Peruvian Surfer Cristobal de Col Sets New World Record and Carves One of the World’s Longest Waves 34 Times in a Single Run ISA World Surfing Games Junior Champion Cristobal de Col recently pushed through fatigue, mental pressure and a jellyfish plague to set a brand new world record by performing 34 carved turns on the longest wave in the world at the Red Bull Chicama Challenge.

Chicama, a surfer’s paradise located in the north of Peru, is known for its waves that run for over two minutes, earning its reputation as the longest left-hand wave in the world. Endearingly called by the locals as “Malpaso”, “Keys”, “The Point”, and “El Hombre,” locals claim to have achieved a single ride all the way from the top of the cape to the pier, for a distance of about 2.2 km, in 10 foot swells.

So there was no better place for the Red Bull Chicama Challenge, in which Peruvian surf star Cristobal, his team, and family spent two full days attempting to set a brand new world record for the most maneuvers performed on a single wave.

“All the while I was counting and my mind was only focused on that moment. When I reached 25, I really started to give it my all. I chose to do carved turns because it’s the maneuver that fits best to this type of inconsistent wave,” explained an exhausted Cristobal, who is now a happy world record holder.

Cristobal accomplished the feat on August 25th in 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Check out this video where you’ll see Cristobal perform the 34 cutbacks he pulled off in Chicama. So awesome and congrats!

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Mark your calendar now as Billabong’s 13th Annual “Cosmic Creek” presented by Subaru is coming the weekend of September 8 and 9th, 2012. Cosmic Creek is hardly just another surf contest. Instead, it is a throwback to the 1970s and a classic surf community celebration of the unique surfboards and surfing styles that made that era unforgettable…it was all about single fins and twinies while the best surfers sported super short inseams and feathered hair.

This year’s Cosmic Creek will once again feature a casual competition for all age groups. Expect local heroes, former pros, industry execs and a few of today’s top surfers including Dave Rastovich, Tyler Warren, Chris Del Morro, Rob Machado, Tom Curren and Donavon Frankenreiter. They’ve all made their mark riding the most unusual and forgotten surfboard shapes of decades past, from Ben Aipa stingers to MR twin fins, and these will be the ones on offer for the competition.

There will also be lots of art and giveaways with Creek legend Frankenreiter (who has been a staple at the event since its inception) hosting a FREE concert on the grass overlooking the beach immediately following the contest awards ceremony. “My favorite weekend of the year?” Donavon asks rhetorically. “The Cosmic Creek weekend! How can you go wrong with retro surfboards and a free concert on the beach?”

The contest is open to the public. To enter the event, download an entry form and take it signed with payment to Hobie Dana Point or Killer Dana surf shops.

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Hot on the heels from last week’s Street League Skateboarding championship in Newark, NJ, which crowned Nyjah Huston as 2012’s best, Element and Plan B will be hosting a team signing, demo, live music and more this Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd in Virginia.

Join champion Nyjah Huston, as well as Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Mark Appleyard, Nick Garcia and Evan Smith for two fun evenings:

Don’t miss a Team Signing with Nyjah Huston, Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Mark Appleyard, Nick Garcia and Evan Smith! Event runs from 5-7pm. Spend $65 or more on Element / Plan B product and receive a free T-Shirt and ticket to the front of the line.

Coastal Edge
1401 Greenbrier Parkway #1200
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Today’s event runs from 12-5pm and plays host to an array of events. Team Demo & Signing, No Board Left Behind chop shop and Live Music by The Drowning Clowns. Spend $65 or more on Element / Plan B product and receive a free T-Shirt and ticket to the front of the line.

No Board Left Behind Chop Shop
Bring your dilapidated deck, we’ll cut them into shape right here on-site. New trucks and wheels are available for purchase at Coastal Edge. Give your board a second chance to hit the streets, and leave “No Board Left Behind.”

Coastal Edge
316 21st St. & Arctic Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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Who’s ready for Doheny Days 2012? The Doheny Days Music Festival returns to Dana Point, CA’s Doheny Beach on September 8th & 9th. This legendary festival returned last year after a 7 year hiatus.

The festival features an eclectic mix of music and embraces the eco-conscious beach/surf culture of SoCal. Over the weekend, festival goers enjoy 20+ sets of music on three different stages, eco-friendly attractions, tasty food & drink selections, and a huge vendor village.

Headlining the 2012 festival on Saturday, September 8, will be legendary alt-rock group, Jane’s Addiction. Also appearing at Doheny Days will be Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Rebelution, Beats Antique, Delta Spirit, and Anuhea. The festival will feature three stages of roots, rock, reggae and funk music with additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Doheny Days is produced by Omega Events, which has successfully operated 26 festivals at Doheny State Beach, including 9 years of Doheny Days (1997-2004 and 2011) and fifteen consecutive years of the internationally recognized Doheny Blues Festival.

Discounted Early Bird passes are already sold out, but 2-day weekend passes went on sale earlier this month. These “Sunset” passes are available for a limited time only so snag yours while you can. Tickets start at $100 for a general admission weekend pass.

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The Catalina Classic, the longest race of the paddleboard season, is this Sunday, August 26th. Always on the last Sunday of summer, the 32 mile race from the Catalina Isthmus to the Manhattan Beach pier attracts paddlers from around the world, including France, Australia, Hawaii, and the U.S.A’s East and West coasts.

Now in its 37th year, the Catalina Classic originated in 1955 when Bob Hogan along with Greg Noll, Ricky Grigg, Tommy Zahn and other surf pioneers decided to race their paddleboards from Catalina to the mainland. Since then, the race has seen some of the world’s greatest watermen compete, including Dale Velzy, Micky Munoz, Miki Dora, Laird Hamilton, Buzzy Kerbox, and Jaimie Mitchell.

The race kicks off at 6 a.m. at the Isthmus of Catalina, and racers finish anywhere from 5 to 9 hours after the start. They are expecting approximately 80+ paddlers to do the challenging trek, using only their arms to propel themselves through the water.

Some of this year’s noted paddlers include several winners from the sport’s most prestigious paddleboard competitions. Returning champions Sean Richardson and Adam Buckley will compete against each other in the Unlimited Division, and Women’s Stock Champion Jo Ambrosi from Australia will defend her title against the largest field of women’s paddlers ever assembled for the Catalina Classic.

Several paddlers have taken on the additional challenge of raising money for several non-profit organizations including Ocean of Hope, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, and the ALS Association. Last year, paddlers generated over $100k to support these causes.

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