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The race for the ASP World Tour starts this Saturday, so who do you think will win it all this year? Are you betting that Kelly Slater, at 40, will take title #12?

Well… with Owen Wright, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, and Jordy Smith (just to name a few) all in the running, we can pretty much guarantee that there will be some pretty stiff competition for Kelly.

We can’t wait to watch it unfold once again. Here’s the ASP World Schedule:

Dates  Site Event Prize
Feb 25 – Mar 7 Gold Coast,Qld, Australia Quiksilver Pro presented by Land Rover $425,000
Apr 3 – 14 Bells Beach,Victoria, Australia  Rip Curl Pro presented by Ford Ranger $425,000
May 9 – 20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Billabong Rio Pro  $500,000
Jun 3 – 15 Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji  Volcom Fiji Pro $425,000
Aug 16 – 27 Teahupoo, Taiarapu, French Polynesia Billabong Pro Teahupoo $425,000
Sep 16 – 22 Trestles, California, USA Hurley Pro $425,000
Sep 28 – Oct 8, South West Coast, France Quiksilver Pro France $425,000
Oct 10 – 21 Peniche, Portugal    Rip Curl Pro  $425,000
Nov 2 – 12  O’Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz $425,000
Dec 8 – 20, Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii  Billabong Pipe Masters     $425,000

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We know that the ocean is awesome, but marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols believes that humans have an actual inherent, deep-seated “need” for aquatic environments. According to an article from Outside Magazine December 2011, Nichols is trying to scientifically reveal that oceanic environments actually produce neurological benefits such as mood elevation, stress reduction, and better memory. Yes!

In the past couple of years, Nichols has become a sought-after speaker, giving dozens of presentations, from TEDx to adventure-travel trade shows to environmental symposiums. We’ve seen tons of data on rising sea temperatures or plastic pollution or disappearing creatures, but he believes that the best advocate for ocean conservation is if we study our own minds, and scientifically prove all the neurological benefits that the ocean brings us.

Nichols has launched a campaign to create a new field of study he calls neuro-conservation. He hopes to inspire cognitive scientists to examine these fundamental questions, since we all intuitively know there’s something uniquely calming and contemplative about the ocean, but research hasn’t actually validated this.

Hopefully we’ll be a step closer to unraveling the mystery of mind and nature, and the connection between the two. For more information on Nichols’s efforts on the link between neuroscience and ocean science, check out his site:

One step closer to truly proving that nothing is a better mood elevator than a good surf session!

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Thank goodness there wasn’t a single shark attack fatality in the US last year, but they’re still out there, resulting in 12 deaths worldwide. The statistic is the most since 1993, according to the University of Florida’s 2011 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary, which was released last week.

2011 saw a total of 75 unprovoked attacks, which was 7% lower than the 81 unprovoked attacks recorded in 2010. However, the number of worldwide unprovoked shark attacks has grown at a steady pace since 1900 with each decade having more attacks than the previous. Not surprisingly, surfers and others participating in board sports (60% of cases) were most often involved in these incidents in 2011.

North American waters had the most (35%: 26 attacks) unprovoked bites in 2011, and a total of 29 attacks in the United States (including 3 in Hawaii). Florida had the majority of the unprovoked attacks (11). The other states were Alabama (2), North Carolina (4), California (3), Texas (2), South Carolina (2), Hawaii (3), and Oregon (2).

Outside the US, attacks occurred in Australia (11), South Africa (5), Reunion (4), Indonesia (3), Mexico (3), Russia (3), the Seychelles (2), Brazil (2), and open sea (2), with single incidents reported from Antigua, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Tahiti, and the Turks & Caicos.

In case you’re interested in monitoring all the shark attacks worldwide, we discovered this blog: It’s a rundown of all the reported shark attacks, with the most recent incident last month in Taiwan. But forewarned, the images can be a little NSFL.

Be safe out in the waters!

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If you want to check out where groms are groomed, look no further. Long known for its record of turning out future surfing stars, the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) has recently announced its 2012 National Championships Series dates. The NSSA is the highest profile amateur competitive surfing association in the United States and their annual championship brings the top elementary, middle school, high-school and college-aged athletes together to compete against each other in both an individual and team setting, and has long been considered a major stepping stone to professional success. Past champions include Kolohe Andino, Nat Young, and Courtney Conlogue.

The schedule includes seven championships – featuring competition in Team, Novice, Airshow, Explorer and Open categories, plus the crowning of Regional and National champions

For the West Coast, Huntington Beach, CA will host four of the championship events, including the 35th national championships and the 3rd annual Mayor’s Cup. East Coasters will compete in New Smyrna Beach. The 2012 Hawaii Regional championships will be held in the reef peaks of Kewalos located on Oahu’s south shore. The 2012 National Interscholastic Championships will be at Salt Creek Beach, in Dana Point, CA.

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The 2012 NSSA Championships Schedule:

Interscholastic State Championships
2012 NSSA College, High School and Middle School State Championships
March 9-11 Huntington Beach Pier

Hawaii Championships
2012 NSSA Open, Explorer and Airshow Championships
March 13-18 Kewalos, Oahu, Hawaii

East Coast Championships
2012 NSSA East Coast Open, Explorer, Collegiate, High School and Airshow Championships
April 12-15 New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Jr. Novice Championships
April 21 Huntington Beach Pier

West Coast Championships
2012 NSSA West Coast Open, Explorer and Airshow Championships
May 17-20 Huntington Beach Pier

National Interscholastic Championships
2012 NSSA National Interscholastic College High School and Middle School Championships
June 14-17 Salt Creek, Dana Point

National Championships
2012 NSSA National Explorer Championships – June 26-28, Huntington Beach Pier
2012 NSSA National Airshow Championships – June 26-July 3, Huntington Beach Pier
2012 NSSA National Open Championships/Mayor’s Cup – June 28-July 3 Huntington Beach

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Partly due to the amazing success of the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, CA over the last few years, there is now a similar event in Australia, and it is currently going on at Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach, starting this past weekend, February 11th and going on until the 19th.

The event is presented by Billabong and Hurley, who have joined forces with Events NSW on behalf of the New South Wales Government, and is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP).

The Australian Open of Surfing hopes to be one of the biggest events on the Australian surfing calendar, featuring the best surfers in the world with 13 of the top 34 set to surf in the event alongside a multitude of current and future surfing stars. There will be an ASP 6-Star Men’s World Tour event, an ASP 6-Star Women’s World Tour event and Men’s and Women’s ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series events. It is a global, multifaceted youth and sporting event that will showcase the best in surfing, skate, music, fashion and art with an expected spectator audience of 125,000.

The event will surely re-affirm Manly’s position on the surfing map, since Manly was the location of the very first World Surfing Championships in 1964 and the first Australian beach to legalize day-time swimming in 1904. The city has hosted an array of world-class surfing competitions, but it has been a few years since an international event has been held at Manly.

Joel Parkinson (AUS), who finished runner-up in the 2011 ASP World Title race is looking forward to starting his 2012 competitive season at the Australian Open Of Surfing at Manly Beach. According to a recent press release, “I’m really looking forward to this event,” Parkinson said. “I haven’t actually competed in a proper ASP World Tour event in Sydney. The last time I competed at Manly I was still in the juniors there was nothing of this size and scale. It will be an interesting week with so much going on and I’m excited to check it out, I can’t wait for it.”

We can’t wait either – we know this event will surely be epic, and the start of more cool years to come.

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