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Plans for the world’s first inflatable artificial reef with the purpose of creating tailor made peaks has been designed. Troy Bottegal plans to introduce, manufacture and install the world’s first eco-friendly inflatable surf reef, in Perth November 2015.
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.
The latest #Tournotes just dropped in this post-Portugal. This series goes from strength to strength and has, among other things, made Brett Simpson one of the top three most likeable people on tour. But, the highlight of this episode is John John’s “Hollywood shuffle” aka the world’s greatest duckdive.
How many times have you dreamed of living on a beach eternally?
It’d be easy. You just get yourself a bar and serve drinks to other like-minded, super chilled and ultimately enlightened beings and live life like James Bond without all the tedious spy business.
In honour of this life that we all wish we led, we’ve put together eight of the best beach bars in the world. These beaches not only have excellent boozing facilities but they’re also within spitting distance of some banging surf spots. Ideal.
1. Cerritos Beach Club, Los Cabos Baja, Mexico
“What happens in Cabo stays in Cabo” or so the saying goes. The Mexican peninsula is the must-go place for southern Californians to find sun and surf. Because they don’t get enough of that at home.
Los Cerritos is a mellow beach break with a rock point, historically known as a surf camping mecca.
The Cerritos Beach Club is the only restaurant on the beach, not that you need variety. The beers and fresh grilled yellowtail fish tacos are enough to keep even the grumpiest of beach goers satisfied.
Saturday nights are all about live music followed by a few tequila shots. Needless to say, you won’t be joining the dawn patrol after a night here…
2. Flora-Bama Lounge, Florida, USA
Kenny Chesney playing live country music. Frozen cocktails. A washing line of discarded bras. It can only be the infamous Flora-Bama, located in Pensacola, Florida. As a surf spot, it’s known for having virtually empty waves. The bar, however, is anything but quiet.
Why the bizarre name? It’s located bang on the border of Florida and Alabama, hence Flora-Bama. Genius. And it was once named the #1 bar in America by Playboy Magazine, so they must be doing something right.
Make sure you order a Bushwacker, a creamy chocolatey piña colada. It’s notoriously lethal, laced with up to 70 per cent alcohol and guaranteed to give you the best time you’ll never remember.
3. The Surf Lodge, Montauk, USA
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit swankier, then The Surf Lodge in Montauk is the place to go.
It’s frequented by Manhattan socialites and Brooklyn hipsters looking for a slice of surf just a few hours from New York city. But don’t think you’ve escaped door queues and bouncers.
It’s jammed packed with glamorous women and bearded men in fitted shirts. Less dancing on the tables, more sipping cocktails with rock stars.
4. Bomba’s Surfside Shack, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Yep, it’s quite literally a crumbling shack but this is in fact one of the best bars in the Caribbean.
Bomba’s Surfside Shack was first built in 1976 by Bomba himself, made from driftwood and broken surfboards he found on the beach. He didn’t have any money to buy booze in the early days, so friends would drop by their half-drunk bottles for Bomba to use.
The Surfside Shack has survived all the hurricanes that have swept through the Caribbean and is now popular for their Full Moon parties held every month.
Don’t go without trying Bomba’s famous Midnight Tea. Rumours about its.. ahem… interesting psychotropic effects are rife. Whether they are true is another matter, but we do know it contains a lot of rum, fruit juice and sits away bubbling in a cauldron.
5. Dick’s Sand Bar, Hossegor, France
It’s no relation (as far as we know) to the infamous après ski joint, Dick’s Tea Bar, in Val D’Isere. However, Dick’s Sand Bar is one of the most well-known watering holes in France’s surf city, Hossegor.
During the summer months, hoards of party people pack into its four walls for mojitos, kareoke and shots.
The crowd is pretty young, but if you’re under 25 and like seriously sweaty dancing, then you’ll feel right at home.
6. Tortilla Flats, Dominical, Costa Rica
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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.