Articles for category: Surfing

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Canadian swimming sensation Maggie Mac Neil secures her fourth gold medal at the Pan Am Games.

Canadian swimming sensation Maggie Mac Neil secures her fourth gold medal at the Pan Am Games.

Canadian swimmer Maggie Mac Neil secured her fourth gold medal at the Pan Am Games, adding to Canada’s impressive pool of medals in Santiago, Chile, on Tuesday. Mac Neil, hailing from London, Ont., clinched the gold in the women’s 50-metre freestyle, sharing the victory with American Gabi Albiero, both clocking in at 24.84 seconds. Expressing her joy, Mac Neil remarked, “I’m pleased with the tie for the win. Swimming freestyle internationally is still relatively new to me. Missing that extra wall really makes a difference. So I’m genuinely content with this.” With this triumph, Mac Neil’s overall medal count from ...

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Santa Cruz's surfing sensation, Nat Young, faces a disheartening outcome in Portugal.

Santa Cruz’s surfing sensation, Nat Young, faces a disheartening outcome in Portugal.

Santa Cruz’s Nat Young showcased his talent by delivering the second-highest scoring wave during his Round of 64 heat at the EDP Vissla Ericeira Pro, an event on the Challenger Series, hosted in Portugal this past Wednesday. However, Young faced a significant challenge—he failed to secure a backup score. His impressive score of 6.77 was achieved on a single wave in the 30-minute heat, which featured waves ranging from 4 to 6 feet in height. Young seized his opportunity midway through the heat, briefly elevating him to second place. In a last-ditch effort within the final 30 seconds of the ...

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Linda Sharp: A trailblazing female surfer amidst a sea of men

Linda Sharp: A trailblazing female surfer amidst a sea of men

Linda Sharp: A Surfing Pioneer Who Rode the Waves of Change Byline: Rowenna Hoskin Source: BBC News In 1967, Linda Sharp embarked on a lifelong adventure when she caught the surfing bug at the tender age of 15. Back then, she was a trailblazer, the first and only woman who dared to conquer the waves year-round in Wales. Linda’s surfing journey began on the shores of Aberavon in Neath Port Talbot, where she honed her skills and competed vigorously for over two decades, securing European, British, and Welsh titles along the way. At the outset, Linda faced the harsh reality ...

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Australia's surfers outshine rivals with cutting-edge rock-infused board technology.

Australia’s surfers outshine rivals with cutting-edge rock-infused board technology.

Australia’s surfboard industry is revolutionizing the sport with an innovative technology that transforms rocks into top-notch surfboards. Here are the key highlights: Steve Hann, a Sunshine Coast surfboard shaper, commended the industry’s shift towards more eco-friendly options that also excel in performance. Basalt’s durability means longer-lasting surfboards, reducing the environmental footprint. Hann shared his positive experience using basalt boards during challenging surf conditions, highlighting their resilience. He emphasized the importance of leaving a cleaner planet for future generations. The surf community is divided between those prioritizing sustainability and those sticking to conventional boards. Hann expressed gratitude for the innovation brought ...

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Linda Sharp: Surfing Pioneer Amongst Men - BBC Documentary

Linda Sharp: Surfing Pioneer Amongst Men – BBC Documentary

In 1967, Linda Sharp embarked on her surfing journey in Wales, becoming the first and only woman at the time to surf year-round. Starting at the age of 15 in Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot, she went on to compete for over two decades, clinching European, British, and Welsh titles. Linda’s early days in surfing were marked by resourcefulness as she lacked a wetsuit. She relied on a makeshift outfit comprising a rugby shirt, cut-off jeans, plimsolls, and rubber gloves. Competing against men was common in those days, and she even won the women’s Welsh championship by default. Her surfing odyssey ...

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Plettenberg Bay unites to save stranded seahorses, showcasing community strength and compassion.

Plettenberg Bay unites to save stranded seahorses, showcasing community strength and compassion.

In the wake of an unprecedented storm drenching Western Cape, a multitude of endangered seahorses, along with abalones and other shellfish, were swept onto Lookout Beach in Plettenberg Bay. Cape Nature officials and the local community swiftly responded. The International Union for Conservation of Nature, as per Bloomberg News, classifies these Knysna seahorses as one of the world’s most critically endangered species. Torrential rains caused floods in Keurboomsriver and Bitou River, washing out the seahorses while fish and lobsters found their way offshore. Petro van Rhyn from Cape Nature explained the circumstances. Volunteers, under Cape Nature’s guidance, rallied to rescue ...

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Jack Robinson Claims Fourth Title and World No.1 Crown as Tyler Wright Falls Just Short in Hawaii

Rising Australian surf sensation Jack Robinson is making waves in the world of professional surfing as he declared his intention to push for a world title after securing his fourth career victory at the prestigious Billabong Pro Pipeline in Hawaii. Robinson, who is only in his third season on the World Surf League Championship Tour, emerged victorious in challenging conditions at the iconic Banzai Pipeline, earning him the coveted world No.1 ranking. The 25-year-old West Australian’s triumph came after a fierce battle with Italian surfer Leonardo Fioravanti in the final. Robinson’s victory was a testament to his skill and determination, ...

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Molly Picklum Claims First World Surf League Title at Sunset Beach

Australian surfing sensation, Molly Picklum, has captured her inaugural World Surf League (WSL) title in an electrifying performance at Sunset Beach in Hawaii. This victory propels her to share the coveted world No.1 ranking with the legendary Carissa Moore, solidifying Australia’s dominance in both the men’s and women’s rankings after the first two events of the season. The 20-year-old rising star, hailing from Shelly Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast, showcased her prowess by triumphing over two-time world champion Tyler Wright in the semifinals. However, her real breakthrough came in the final showdown against American powerhouse Caroline Marks ...

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Gold Coast New Surf Etiquette Sign Program

Surfing, often dubbed Australia’s unofficial national sport, continues to capture the hearts of millions, with the sun-soaked shores of the Gold Coast standing as one of its most cherished playgrounds. However, the surge in popularity of this iconic pastime has brought with it challenges, primarily overcrowding at renowned surf breaks. To address these concerns and prioritize surf etiquette and safety, the City of Gold Coast, in collaboration with the World Surfing Reserve (WSR) Local Stewardship Committee, has initiated the “Good Surfer” program. Surfing’s Soaring Popularity Surfing’s appeal Down Under has witnessed unprecedented growth, with an estimated 1.7 million surfers in ...

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Dry Drowning: Understanding the Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Drowning incidents have long been a concern, especially during the summer months when people flock to pools, beaches, and lakes. While the term “drowning” typically conjures images of a person submerged in water, there is a lesser-known but equally perilous condition known as “dry drowning.” In this article, we’ll delve into what dry drowning is, its symptoms, treatment options, and essential prevention measures. What is Dry Drowning? Dry drowning is a term often used colloquially to describe a specific type of drowning that doesn’t involve the lungs filling up with water, as is typical in most drowning cases. Instead, it ...

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Yulex vs. Neoprene: A Comparative Analysis of Wetsuit Materials

Surfers have long relied on neoprene wetsuits to brave the cold waters of oceans around the world. Neoprene, derived from petroleum, has been the industry’s standard for decades. However, a remarkable shift is underway in the surfing world, with a new player making waves: Yulex. This revolutionary material is changing the game in the wetsuit industry, offering an eco-friendly alternative that not only matches the performance of neoprene but also sets a new standard for sustainability. The Rise of Yulex: A Sustainable Marvel At its core, Yulex is a game-changer because it’s 100 percent plant-based, renewable, and biodegradable. Unlike neoprene, ...

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The story of Willis Brothers’ 100-foot wave at Devil’s Garden

In the realm of extreme sports, there are moments that transcend the boundaries of human achievement. These moments become legends, etched into the annals of history, and inspire generations to come. One such legend was born on January 27, 1998, when the Willis brothers, Milton and Michael, rode a colossal 100-foot wave at a surf break known as “Devil’s Garden.” This is their incredible story of courage, determination, and a battle against the forces of nature. The Unbelievable Forecast The day was January 27, 1998, when an unusual and ominous forecast began to circulate among the surfing community. The surf ...