September is in full swing and students are back to school. So, if you’re college-bound looking to get a good education but can’t let go of the swell, which schools are the best for our surfers? Here’s a top 5 list of schools that are either geographically situated near great surf, have surf clubs or teams, and/or have a good surf scene. Continue reading
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Ready to buy a surfboard? Purchasing a surfboard could be one of the most difficult pieces of sport equipment to buy. There are so many variables in surfboard design that influence the way the surfboard will ride! Just a few elementary questions include, “What kind of tail do you want?,” “What kind of rails do you want?” Plus, you have to think of the fin set-up, the rocker, the bottom, how thick, how wide… it can get downright overwhelming and confusing. Remember, no one surfboard design works in all waves, all of the time. This is why so many different surfboard designs exist and why some surfers have a collection of surfboards to cover a range of different waves and surf conditions. Continue reading
By now, we all know that Kelly Slater won this week’s competition in Tahiti against Aussie Owen Wright, the 5th stop of the 11 stop tour to crown the ASP World Champion of 2011. Teahupoo, which usually brings in giant waves and is notoriously treacherous, had such huge swells this year that the ASP World Tour declared a “code red” situation one day because the swells were too large and breaking too swiftly to be safely caught by paddle power.
It was during this off day, in the middle of the event, when more than a dozen surfers conquered the massive surf and participated in what some observers described as the most incredible and intense big-wave session ever recorded. Tow surfers thrive on these giant swells – skiing onto building waves behind personal watercraft, then letting go of the rope and surfing on customized boards
Among the men and women who conquered the thunderous breakers, including a handful of World Tour surfers and some who endured monumental wipeouts, were Dylan Longbottom, Dean Morrison, Julian Wilson, Bruce Irons, Nathan Fletcher, Maya Gabeira, Keala Kennelly and Danilo Costa.
Check out the video above! Crazy amazing and unreal, and oh so cool. Continue reading
It goes without saying that you need a good board (ahem, Becker!) and a well-made wetsuit since the core goal of a surfer is to spend as much time in the water as possible, and continuously catch those waves! But, here are a few other surfing essentials to put on your list of must-haves:
This past weekend gave us the final two contenders who will make up the men’s draw for the Billabong Pro, Tahiti, which begins August 20th and runs until August 31st. It is event 5 of 10 on the 2011 ASP Men’s World Tour. Continue reading