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SURFING Magazine’s Baby Cobras Contest is coming to a close. Baby Cobras, a competition for aspiring creative surfers, began this past August and has now narrowed it down to 6 finalists for each of its 3 categories – writers, photographers, and film-makers.

The contest was created for creative surfers who could work at a magazine, make a movie, or get those shots — maybe even better than the actual SURFING Magazine staff.

Participants (between the ages of 18 and 27, live in the USA and not work for any other surf media) were asked to tell a story about their home break in their medium of choice – through words, photos or video.

  • Video: Upload video that’s under 3 minutes
  • Photos: Create a photo series of between 5 and 10 photos
  • Writing: Upload a piece that’s between 100 and 1,000 words

All entries were then uploaded to the SURFING Magazine Facebook page, and submissions were voted by the public, who selected five winners from the all of the entries in each category. SURFING Magazine also selected one wildcard from each category. Six hopefuls per category are now headed to the final round. They will be given the chance to edit their work and resubmit for final judging by the SURFING staff. The overall three winners (one from each category) will be announced November 1st.

SURFING Magazine will send each of the three winners to Hawaii to document a week on the North Shore season, which will be published online and in the magazine.

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With Julian Wilson (AUS) winning the Rip Curl Pro Portugal event last Friday, the title race now moves to event number 9: the Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California from November 1-11, 2012.

It was an exciting final seconds at Supertubos when Julian Wilson (AUS) beat Gabriel Medina (BRA) with a barrel ride to win his first World Tour event. The win over 18-year-old Medina earned 23-year-old Wilson 10,000 points toward the World Tour title and $75,000, leaving Wilson in sixth place in the ranking.

11-time tour champion Kelly Slater (USA) failed to find a wave to get him to the semifinals. Kelly still remains in second place in the ASP World Tour rankings despite his bad finish in Portugal.

He is 5,500 points behind Joel Parkinson for the lead. Parkinson lost to Medina in the semifinals. He still maintains his overall lead for the 2012 title with 52,700 points.

With only 2 events left – the O’Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz in California and Banzai Pipeline in Oahu – this means that the title race will go down to the wire at Pipeline for the first time since 2006.

The 25-year-old O’Neill Coldwater Classic is on the ASP World Tour for the first time since ASP created a two-tiered competition system in 1992. It also coincides with the 60th anniversary of O’Neill Wetsuits.

Here is the current ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):

  1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 52,700 pts
  2. Kelly Slater (USA) 47,200 pts
  3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts
  4. John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts
  5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 37,650 pts

The pressure is on!

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Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal ran a feature piece that detailed that many East Coasters and Manhattanites have opted to hang ten instead of hit 18 holes to make business deals and connections.

“The ocean is the new golf course,” says technology industry recruiter Alan Cutter, 43 years old.

According to the WSJ, a small group from the tech industry is choosing New York’s beaches to build business relationships. About 30 people have joined a LinkedIn group created by Cutter for digital media surfers earlier this year.

New York City is now the fastest-growing tech sector in the nation, altering New York’s more traditional corporate culture with a Silicon Valley-like lifestyle. At the same time, beaches ranging from Rockaway to Montauk are gaining popularity as surfing destinations. New York Surf School in Rockaway Beach reports classes have doubled in size in the past four years.

Plus, Quiksilver’s Pro surfing competition last year put Long Beach, N.Y. on the surf spot radar.

It will be interesting to see if the East Coast mindset continues to embrace more West Coast values. While NYC’s surfing culture is gaining traction, it still isn’t as widespread as the West Coast, which has bigger, more consistent waves.

Still, others note that surfing meet-ups only work in the tech sector since timing waves are crucial, and so it is only a possibility where workers can set their own schedule. “The only two types of people who have time to surf are bums and the tech industry,” said Eli Mechlovitz, founder of online retailer and a member of Mr. Cutter’s group.

Plus, as we all know, there are unspoken rules in the water which could make for tricky business negotiating. Don’t’ forget your etiquette – wave hogging and wave stealing could totally ruin business prospects.

We’re curious… anyone strike any good business deals out on the water? If so, we’d love to hear about it!

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It’s that time of year – Halloween is right around the corner! Our New York-based fans can check out the Nightmare on 90th Costume Surf Contest presented by B&B Board Storage and Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Saturday, October 27th.

The Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a not-for-profit community organization and social club, helps promote the community of Rockaway Beach, a historic and up-and-coming New York City neighborhood and surf destination. Members can come together to exchange ideas, create art, make things, have fun, and improve the quality of life of the neighborhood and its residents.

Enjoy a day of surfing, costumes, music and movies.

To purchase tickets, go to More details on the event below:

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012

12:00 – 3:00 pm: Expression Session in Costume
Beach 90th Street and the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach, NYC
Prizes for: Best Wave in a Costume and Best Costume (male and female)

4:00 pm: After-Party at THE SPOT
302 Beach 87th Street, Rockaway Beach, NYC
Outdoor Screening of KOOK PARADISE
Live Performance by THE DEAD EXS

Complimentary Beverages from Dundee Ales & Lagers
Food available from 666 Burger

Online ticket buyers will be entered to win a Brand New Stewart Hydro Hull Surfboard from Global Surf Industries

Tickets: $10 in Advance, $20 Day of Event
Includes Contest Registration and After-Party with Open Bar
FREE for RBSC Members

**Space to Shower and Change after the contest at The Spot**
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A benefit night for SurfAid International is planned for next Thursday, October 11th. SurfAid is an international non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, well being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected through surfing. It was founded by Dr. Dave Jenkins of New Zealand in 2000. Dr. Jenkins will be at the event.

In 1999, Dr. Jenkins was on a surfing trip in the area and saw the health problems of the local people, which inspired him to establish SurfAid. After the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, SurfAid came to international attention since it provided medical aid to its victims. It was able to reach people on small islands, who were among the hardest hit, using small boats with people familiar with the area.

Now, SurfAid has earned several international awards, and receives donations of about $3 million per year from private and corporate donors, most involved in the sport of surfing.

In addition to founder Dr. Dave Jenkins who will be on-hand next Thursday, October 11, appetizers and light pupus will be served. There will also be a stand up paddle board and paddle (estimated value $1,000) and other surf gear up for raffle.

October 11, 2012, from 7pm-9pm
The Greenhouse
685 Auahi Street Honolulu, HI
$20 at door, includes one raffle ticket for stand up paddle board
Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at event
Must be present to win.

If you have any questions, call Robin at 808-489-3253. For more information on SurfAid International, go to
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