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7 Best Excuses Not to Surf Big Waves

Big waves are scary. They are big, for starters. They can hold you underwater for long periods of time and deprive you of valuable oxygen. They can make you panic and fear for your life. For some surfers, that’s a good thing. For most normal surfers, however, big waves provide another outlet for more stress in their lives. Surfing is supposed to provide a means of alleviating stress, not compound it, though. That’s why it’s handy to have a few foolproof excuses in your locker whenever the waves get big.

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2015 Airline Surfboard Fee Guide

Depending on the time of year, some airline’s won’t even take your surfboard, for any excess baggage charge. See the list below the table, and ask any airline, especially if you’re booking during peak travel times. Actually, it’s a good idea to call the airline no matter what time of year; this list is a guideline and fees can change, depending on the weather and the ticket agent’s disposition. Oh, yeah: remember to smile and be nice to the ticket agent.

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How To Buy A Used Surfboard

Surfboards, a bit like cars, lose value as soon as they leave the showroom. What that means is that in when you buy a used surfboard you can pick up a real bargain, just by it having been waxed up and having a couple of footmarks in the deck.

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Rip Curl Renews With Owen Wright And Tom Curren

On the eve of the World Surf League kickoff on the Gold Coast this week, Rip Curl is stoked to announce new long term sponsorship agreements with hard-ripping goofy footer Owen Wright and 3 x World Champion Tom Curren.

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New App Can Alert Beachgoers to Sharks

A new app has the potential to alert beachgoers to sharks in the area. Called Global Shark Tracker, the free app transfers data from tracking devices on great white sharks and other large apex predators straight to your smartphone.

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Slater’s Second Love

Over the Valentine’s Day weekend 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and professional golfer Marcel Siem (Germany) teamed up for the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Slater and professional golfer Marcel Siem (Germany) partnered up for the charity event. Slater and Siem’s combined score earned them a fourth place finish overall, matching his finish on the 2014 Championship Tour (CT) rankings.

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65-year-old Gary Linden Rides Jaws

When it comes to representing the business of big wave riding, Big Wave Tour Vice President Gary Linden decided it was best to lead by example. At the tender age of 65, he just scored his first big wave at Jaws, site of the BWT’s Pe’ahi Challenge. Though the event hasn’t yet run, Linden was able to cross an item off his bucket list and, just maybe, set a record in the process. The big-wave hellman chatted about his experience at Jaws.

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Surfing Lead Charge for 2020 Olympic Inclusion

Sports such as skateboarding and surfing will have their chance to impress the International Olympic Committee later this year as they push to be included at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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Five Rivalries Surfing Needs Right Now

Friendly competition will push a sport to a whole new level. But a rivalry? That’ll shove it along. Simply put, a rivalry is the catalyst for progression in a sport. Not so simply put, nothing compares to a good old fashioned hot-blooded vendetta between two elite masters of a certain sport.

Surfing is a sport – yeah, we said it – and it thrives off rivalries just like any other competitive endeavor. And, honestly, how good are rivalries for the fan? So without further ado, here are five rivalries surfing needs right now.

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Bethany Hamilton Announces She’s Pregnant

Famous Pro surfer and husband Adam Dirks announce that their first baby, a boy, is due in June; ‘I’ve always looked forward to one day being a mom’.

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