We love our surfing animals and next weekend’s fourth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, CA. is a celebration of their athletic prowess! Be part of the action September 28-30, 3012 for three days of doggone fun for all.

Once again, California’s dog-friendly Huntington Beach’s Dog Beach will be the site of this year’s competition since it’s specifically for the dogs. At Dog Beach, our four-legged friends rule year-round, and play, swim, dig and have a plain old fun time… mostly all off-leash.

Some of the activities planned this year include an Opening Ceremony and Dog Is Beachin’ Fashion Show, Surf City Dog Spaw Costume Contest and Expo and conclude with the Surf City Surf Dog Competition on Sunday.

For the competition, the surfing pooches will take part in four different weight classifications, from small dogs weighing under 20lbs. to extra-large pooches weighing in at more than 60lbs. Last year, more than 40 dogs competed at the event, with even a Guinness World record set by Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie and her owner Michael Uy, for longest ride on a board at 60 meters.

We’re looking forward to seeing if more world records will be set this year.

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We’ve passed the halfway point, and now the world’s best surfers are heading to Lower Trestles at San Onofre State Beach from Sunday, September 16th – 22nd for the Hurley Pro competition, the 6th of the 10 ASP World Tour events. It is a critical stop in the quest for the 2012 ASP World Championship title, with the event victor ultimately winning the ASP World Title the past four years.

At this point Aussie Mick Fanning is in the #1 ranked position, just slightly ahead of his country mate Joel Parkinson. John John Florence (HAW), Kelly Slater (USA), and Taj Burrow (AUS), currently ranked 3, 4, and 5 respectively, threaten to steal the top spots held by the Australians.

This year the world’s surfing elite will tackle the surfing’s “Center Stage,” in a brand new World Tour seeding format and the most progressive judging criteria in the ASP’s history. For only the second time, the Tour will narrow its participants to just 32 instead of the usual 44.
Last year’s Hurley Pro set a historic record, offering the single largest first place and overall prize purse in ASP World Tour history; $105,000 first place prize and $400,000 overall. This year’s first-place check has yet to be determined.

Lined with cobblestones, San Onofre State Beach – Lower Trestles is California’s premier point/reef break and a world-class showcase for high-performance surfing. It is considered almost unanimously to be the most high-performance wave in the world, and where the most futuristic maneuvers in surfing are attempted and perfected.

With waves that’s propelled surfing careers, let this critical week at Trestles begin!
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Wow! The Element riders have definitely been doing the rounds showing off their sick skating skills. Earlier this month, the guys were on the East Coast, but this weekend, they’ll be representing the West Coast, when Element and Beachworks present Element day at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA.

Element team riders Nyjah Huston, Levi Brown, Chad Tim Tim, Nick Garcia, Julian Davidson and Ray Barbee will be on-hand for an autograph signing with free posters and giveaways this Saturday, September 15th from Noon – 5pm. It will be a day of Skateboarding, live music, arts & crafts, Team Signing and more. Events from the day will include:

No Board Left Behind Chop Shop
Bring your dilapidated deck, and get it cut into a cruiser shape. The first 50 people in line will be provided with trucks and wheels to turn your old board into a new cruiser!

Game of S.K.A.T.E.
Enter a game of S.K.A.T.E. at 3pm for your chance at $500 and a scholarship to Element YMCA Camp plus heaps of other prizes.

Jammin’ on the Guitar with Ray Barbee
Legendary skateboarder and musician Ray Barbee who was one of the first skateboarders to bring freestyle/flatland tricks to street, and is best known for his comply variations, will be jamming away through the afternoon with his jazz-influenced instrumental tracks. Pick up a provided guitar and join in the jam.

Live, Interactive Art with Mike Kershnar
Element Advocate and artist Mike Kershnar will be painting live at the event. Join him to collaborate on artwork that will be showcased at Beachworks following the event.

Recycled Bracelet Making
Using the scraps from the Element cutting room floor, help repurpose these into a stylish accessory with the Element Eden Advocate team.

Team Signing
Finally, don’t miss the Element team signing with 2012 Street League Champion Nyjah Huston, as well as Levi Brown, Chad Tim Tim, Nick Garcia, Julian Davidson and Ray Barbee for an autograph signing with free posters and giveaways.

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Plaza Tower
(714) 435-2000

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A team of scientists out of Auckland University in New Zealand recently conducted studies of the actual physiological demands of competitive surfing, and have proven that overall fitness is important to surfing success.

The studies, which were published last month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, recruited 12 professional New Zealand surfers, outfitted the surfers with tiny, sophisticated, waterproof heart rate monitors and GPS units and then simply let them ride. The surfers wore the various monitors during three heats at two separate competitions in the surf off the New Zealand coast.

The discovery: to be a fit and functioning competitive surfer, you’ll need a “high endurance for paddling with bursts of high-intensity activity and short recovery times.”

The study breaks down the standard activity of a heat into four parts. The surfers spent 54 percent of the heat paddling, 28 percent of the time stationary on their boards, and only 8 percent of the heat spent actually riding waves.

Forget the perception that surfing is calm and meditative. According to the GPS data collected, over the course of a 20-minute heat, the surfers traveled an average distance of about one mile (two thirds of that covered while paddling). The average paddle speed for the surfers was 2.3 mph and the average high speed while riding waves was 20.75 mph, with the top recorded speed of the event clocking in at 27.96 mph. Throughout the heat, heart rates stayed in the moderate- to high-intensity range for two-thirds of the time, with surfers’ heart rates soaring to 190-plus beats per minute during the competitions and rarely dropping below 120 beats per minute. Thus, surfing is a quite a workout requiring high-level aerobic endurance, given that the heart rate stays above 120 beats per minute at least 80 percent of the time, and given the amount of time spent paddling.

Surfing also requires muscular power, particularly in the upper body. In the second of the new surfing studies, elite surfers visited the group’s lab, turning paddles rapidly with their arms to simulate ocean paddling. Those who could generate the most wattage while paddling were also the highest-ranked surfers of the group.

So what should you do to optimize a surf-specific workout? Do exercises emphasizing aerobic conditioning, fast recovery times, and high-intensity heart rate workloads. This could include press-ups, bench presses, squats, abdominal crunches, pull-ups, and general arm exercises, and power training exercises such as jumping onto and off boxes or stair steps. Surf-specific training could include paddling with resistance in a pool or on a rowing machine in a gym.

Finally, you’ll need to put in hours of running, bicycling or swimming to build the endurance required to reach the good waves.
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Lately, surfing has been inspiring the coolest Lego creations. And why not? These famous colorful plastic bricks and mini-figures promote so much creativity and inspiration that all of Legoland’s five Lego-themed theme parks around the world all receive approximately 1.4 million visitors per year or more.

We’ve spotted some pretty rad surf Lego designs online, and are really digging the different creations.

One of the more popular Lego creations is called “A Weekend at Surfers Cove” designed by 14-year old Eli, who hails from New South Wales, Australia, and has spent approximately 20 hours of building it.

A Weekend at Surfers Cove” creates the perfect surf spot, with an endless barreling Lego wave (and a peak simulated at 12 feet high) breaking in a sand beach. While the rider enjoys the surf line, his friends cheer him on and hang clothes and grill fish, at the surf camp.

Eli has also included a beach shack, sofas, sunbathers on towels, a camp fire, garbage, flowers, gardens, bicycles and even a rock pool.

Inspired to create your own lego surf wonderland? With the improved range of pieces and accessories, as well as other tools such as the Lego Digital Designer, you too can create surfing lego dreams.

Here are some of the cool lego designs. Which one is your favorite?

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