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When Kelly Slater was knocked out of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Round 3 by Aritz Aranburu, seemingly letting his golden opportunity to tighten the title race with Medina slip through his fingers, the champ was, understandably, a little frustrated. After walking into the competitor’s area and away from the camera crew, Slater, believing he was out of the hunt for the title, destroyed his board, fracturing it into three pieces. He gave the hunks of twisted foam to the local groms, garnered his composure, and conducted his post-heat interview without breaking a sweat.
Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in clean 3-to-5-foot barrels at the iconic Supertubos in Peniche. Fanning’s third event victory this season, after wins at Bells Beach and Jeffreys Bay, moves him up to World No. 2 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.
The wind is blowing ferociously on the banks around Peniche right now – most of the banks are closeouts, yet the whole of the WCT is out there. But on a lay day in Portugal, Kelly Slater tagged a closeout ramp and just kept spinning, spinning and spinning in a fashion your eyes won’t believe.
Think of a place that is known for the quality of its surfing, and a few destinations may spring to mind. Australia, certainly, with its long sandy shoreline and near-obsessive love for the sport that plays out on beaches from Brisbane to Perth. The glorious coastline of California. Even our own Cornwall, with its busy boarding scene.
Are you one of those people who can’t go surfing without thinking about sharks? Or maybe you suffer from that totally irrational ‘there’s a shark in the swimming pool’ sensation? Then you might not want to go surfing in these places.
Every so often, a convicted Australian paedophile – we’ll call him “Malcolm” – transfers small amounts of cash via Western Union to his “friends” in Indonesia.
Surfers came to the rescue of newly engaged couple that was aboard a hot air balloon making an emergency landing off the coast of Cardiff-by-the-Sea Sunday.
Surf and bodyboard are dangerous sports when high tide and BIG WAVES come together in this place. A group of surfers and bodyboarders have accidents in the famous spot “LA21″ situated in Gijon-Asturias (Spain), in the north of Spain. You must be carefull in this wave if your surfing level is not very good.
A POD of killer whales have been filmed for the first time hunting and killing a TIGER SHARK. The footage, which is believed to be a world-first, was captured off the coast of Costa Rica by underwater photographer Caroline Power and British marine biologist Nicholas Bach. It shows three killer whales working as a team to force the panicked shark to the surface, wearing it down and taking opportunistic bites at its fins.