Monthly Archives: September 2011

We’ve passed the halfway point, and now the world’s best surfers are heading to Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach starting this Sunday, September 18th for the Hurley Pro competition, the 7th of the 11 ASP World Tour events.

It is a critical stop in the quest for the 2011 ASP World Championship title given where we are in the year. While Kelly Slater (USA) is sitting several thousand points ahead of Owen Wright (AUS) right now in the #1 ranked position, he still has to keep up his game in order to capture his 11th World Title. Wright, Joel Parkinson (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), and Adriano De Souza (BRA), ranked 2,3,4, and 5 respectively are competitors who lurk just below Slater.

It will be exciting to watch the ASP top 34 and the two event wildcards, which are yet to be decided. Machado, Coffin, Crews and Yeomans are currently vying for the last wildcard spot which will be announced right before the first heat of Round 1.The second Hurley Pro wildcard is still to be determined by Hurley.

Last year’s Hurley Pro set a record, offering the single largest first-place and overall prize purse in ASP World Tour history: a $105,000 first-place prize and $400,000 overall. The amount of this year’s first-place check has yet to be determined.

We’re looking forward to watching the best of the best fight for the world title from September 18-24 and prove that surfing is one of the most competitive world sports featuring some of the finest, most talented athletes on the planet. Continue reading

Want to join more than 80,000 people to help protect our coast and shorelines? The 2011 California Coastal Cleanup Day is coming up this Saturday, and organizers are hoping to make this a record-breaking year by getting more than 100,000 people to come out and help the efforts.

Now in its 27th year, the California Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup effort and the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways.

Unfortunately, 80 percent of trash that gets into the ocean comes from inland areas through creeks and rivers. This trash, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage the state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day encourages all citizens to join together to take care of the fragile marine environment, show community support for shared natural resources, and learn about the impacts of marine debris in a fun atmosphere.

The day also marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that marks the largest effort around the world each year to keep our playgrounds clean. Organized by the Ocean Conservancy, this day helps to clean 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day each year.

Most clean ups start at about 9 a.m. and run until noon. Chances are clean ups are happening at your favorite major beach along the coast. There are about 800 cleanup sites in California, and worldwide there will be nearly nine million volunteers helping out in 152 countries and locations.

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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

Buddy, a seasoned 14-year old Jack Russell terrier who has been surfing off the coast of Ventura County, Calif., for the last decade with his owner Brucer Hooker, will be inducted into Surf Dog Hall of Fame on September 11th.

The athletic pooch has garnered numerous tournament wins, including the first four Surf Dog Surf-A-Thons. He became the “Fido face of dog surfing” after appearances on Animal Planet, Pet Star, ESPN, CNN, NBC and the CBS Morning Show.

The Surf Dog Hall of Fame is slated as part of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, the world’s largest dog surfing event. This event raises funds for the center’s orphaned animals.

Congratulations, Buddy! Keep on shredding those waves!

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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