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Let the J-Bay games begin! Starting tomorrow until July 15th, the 2012 Billabong Pro Jay-Bay, which was revised this year from a stop to an ASP 6-Star event, will once again showcase the best of the best surfers at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay. With the changed status, the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour calendar moved from 11 events to 10, with surfers now counting their best 8 out of 10 results towards their ASP World Title ranking.

Also with this change, there are now two qualifying events back to back in the South African region. It also provides the perfect opportunity for South Africa’s aspiring pro surfers, for the first time in 20 years, to compete at the best waves in the country against some of the greatest surfers in the world. Plus, it ensures continuity of the event for the local businesses in Jeffreys Bay.

Regardless of the contest status, 11 surfers out of the top 34 surfers from the World Championship Tour have entered and chosen to travel to South Africa and surf J-Bay, including Adriano de Souza, Pat Gudauskas, CJ and Damien Hobgood, Brett Simpson, Travis Logie and Jordy Smith.

The prize purse is over US$155,000 (R1,2 million). In addition, Nixon will again be running their Winner Takes All prize at the Billabong Pro. The Nixon WTA is an award of a US$10,000 (R85,000) jewel-encrusted one-of-a kind watch for the highest heat score in the event. Any competitor can win this prize, so we look forward to seeing who will capture the best wave and score a sweet watch.

Big and perfect surf has been predicted for the opening day of the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012, and the surfers in town are having great practice sessions as six-foot lines pour down the famous Supertubes point. The great wave conditions look exciting and are set to continue through the first three days of competition. July is historically one of the best months for large swells and favorable wind conditions at Supertubes, and the competitors are sure to score excellent winter waves for the event.

Who do you think will take it? And who’s your best guess for winning the Nixon watch?

For more event details go to the event site on www.billabongpro.com.

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Now that summer’s here and we’ll be spending more time at the beach, here is a list of the 12 cleanest beaches in the nation. For the 22nd year in a row, the Natural Resources Defense Council has issued a report on the nation’s cleanest and filthiest beaches. They also discovered that the number of days beaches were closed or under health advisories last year hit 23,481. That number is the third-highest in the report’s history, just one day better than last year.

So, forget sharks! It is bacteria lurking in the water that is the most threatening issue at the beach. The beach ratings factor in various potential health hazards, including pollution levels and the quality of beach monitoring. Harmful water bacteria often come from animal or human waste. The germs can cause diarrhea, skin rashes, stomach flu and respiratory problems. The risks are higher for young children, according to the report, who generally spend more time swimming and dunk their heads underwater more often.

Here is the list of the country’s cleanest beaches:

The Nation’s 12 5-Star Beaches

California Newport Beach (38th and 52nd and 53rd) in Newport Beach, Orange County
California Bolsa Chica Beach, Orange County
California Huntington State Beach, Orange County
Alabama Gulf Shores Public Beach, Baldwin County
Alabama Gulf State Park Pavilion, Baldwin County
Delaware Dewey Beach, Sussex County
Maryland Ocean City at Beach 6, Worcester County
Minnesota Park Point Franklin Park, St. Louis County
Minnesota Lafayette Community Club Beach, St. Louis County
New Hampshire Hampton Beach State Park, Rockingham County
New Hampshire Wallis Sands Beach, Rockingham County
Texas South Padre Island, Cameron County

Source: NRDC

Check out the study here http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/default.asp to see the list of the filthiest, which include Avalon and Doheny beaches in California and several beaches in Louisiana — again. These “repeat offenders” included those with more than 25 percent of bacterial samples that were higher than allowed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for each year from 2007 to 2011.

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Summer is here in full swing and if there are a few of you out there who have never tried surfing, but always wanted to give it a shot, here are a few tips for first time surfers.

Get in shape
Start working on those arms, and get your balance intact. It will be a lot easier the first time you’re out on the water if you’re physically fit. So, work on your core strengthening (so pivotal for balancing on the board), and get ready for the continuous pushups you’ll have to do whenever you try and catch a wave. Oh yeah, being a good swimmer helps, too.

Equipment is very important
A beginner surfer needs a soft top long board. The bigger the board; the better. Larger boards will give you greater stability (less side to side rocking) when attempting to stand. Also, soft boards won’t hurt as much if you fall and it happens to crash against you. They’re very versatile, paddle fast, stable, and simply the best choice. No matter how athletic you are, a smaller board is a complete waste of time for a beginner.

Wear a wet suit or rash guard long t-shirt
You’ll want to wear a wet suit to keep you warm since most surfing waters are chilly. Wet suits also act as a rash guard for your skin since you will rub up against your surfboard. Similarly, a rash guard acts as a barrier for the upper half of your body to keep your arms and torso from rubbing against the board.

Get the surf “stance” down
Before you even get in the water, practice pushing up from your board and getting into your surf stance. Bend your knees and keep your arms out, focus on an unmoving object in front of you and keep your feet firmly planted. Once you’ve got it on dry ground, see how easy it is to try that in moving water!

Surf the white water
A fact: women generally learn to surf faster than men. Why? Women will pick the larger boards and are cool surfing the white water of small waves, while men will select small boards and go for the big waves but catch nothing. Surfing the white water of small waves is a good place to start as you practice the mechanics of standing up and balancing.

Keep trying and don’t give up
Your arms may be sore, and you may be tired of falling off your board, but keep trying and keep getting up. You’ll be stoked once you finally catch that wave!

Be safe and watch your board
Be careful of your board, as it is generally the greatest danger to your safety and others around you. When you fall, the board with its knife like fins is going to go flying into the air with a 20 foot trajectory from the leash. So, protect your head and face, and watch out every time you hit the water.

Don’t overdo it your first time out
Surfing will work out your back, neck, and shoulders, and paddling will exercise new muscles, too. So, when your muscles and back feel tired, give it a rest. Notice any signs of pain and discomfort in your back, and if you feel any tingling, it’s time to call it a day.

Take a Lesson
If all else fails, find a surfing school or an experienced surfer/teacher. They’ll get you to know the basics and fine tune your surfing skills.

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The Volcom Fiji Pro started this weekend with the world’s best surfers greeted by solid swell for the opening of the event window. It has been exciting for the much-anticipated comeback of the Volcom Fiji Pro, which was brought back this year to the ASP World Tour after a five-year hiatus. The event began Sunday, June 3 and will run until the 15th.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Volcom Fiji Pro will recommence this season’s race for the elite ASP World Title and the world’s best surfers were eager to take on the South Pacific perfection of Cloudbreak and Restaurants.

Australians currently lead the charge, occupying four of the Top 5 spots in the world. The current ASP WCT Top 10 (Heading into Volcom Fiji Pro):

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19700 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 18250 pts
3. Josh Kerr (AUS) 18200 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17200 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15750 pts
6. John John Florence (HAW) 15750 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15700 pts
8. Kelly Slater (USA) 13700 pts
9. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12250 pts
10. Owen Wright (AUS) 12150 pts

Who do you think will come up on top? Watch the LIVE webcast at www.volcom.com/fijipro

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

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International Surfing Day, observed globally on June 20 is less than a month away, and has some really ramped up festivities for this year. The day is recognized as a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing and an opportunity to give back to coastal environments. Founded in 2005 by Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day has gone from just a handful of local observances in the United States to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide. This year’s ambassadors will be world champs Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore.

New this year, The Surfrider Foundation, TransWorld SURF and SME will also be hosting a Web-a-thon on International Surfing Day.

Influenced by the Muscular Dystrophy telethons that were big in the 60s – 80s, the ISD Web-a-thon will feature a variety of guests, including pro surfers, celebrities and environmental heroes, as well as musical performances, a bikini fashion show, and dispatches from various activations around the world. The program will be streamed live on the internet and will be hosted by TransWorld SURF Editor-in-Chief Chris Cote and supermodel and swimwear mogul Susan Holmes-McKagan.

In addition to interviewing guests and covering the day’s festivities, Chris and Susan will be helping the Surfrider Foundation raise funds and supporters through their annual International Surfing Day Membership Drive. The goal is to sign up 2,000 new members as supporters to help the Surfrider Foundation.

The International Surfing Day web-a-thon begins at 9:00 AM PST on June 20th and will run until 4:00 PM PST. Viewers are encouraged to “tune in” to the following sites to watch the International Surfing Day Web-a-thon: www.intlsurfingday.com, www.surfrider.org,www.surf.transworld.net and www.smelive.com. Continue reading