Surfers and sailors honor the life of Hobie Alter

Thousands of surfers and sailors have honored the life of Hobie Alter in an impressive memorial paddle-out, at Doheny State Beach, California. The man who teamed up with Gordon Clark to use polyurethane foam in modern surfboards had only one wish: a traditional Hawaiian paddle-out ceremony after he died. “It was unbelievable. It was unbelievable. I knew there’d be quite a few people here, I didn’t think this many, so it’s a great day,”, says Hobie Jr, reliving the hundreds of flowers in the water and raised paddles in the air.

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Surfers and sailors honor the life of Hobie Alter

John John Florence scores Perfect 10 at Bells Beach

Taj Burrow, John John Florence, Joel Parkinson, and Mick Fannning are in the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Bells Beach 2014. Burrow used his 16 years of Dream Tour experience to defeat Adriano De Souza and fellow Australian Adam Melling. Burrow timed his wave selection perfectly, netting the two top scores of the Heat, 8.07 and 7.50 for a series of fins-free turns and cutbacks. “I love Bells, it feels great to be through to the Quarterfinals. The waves here have been really good and I’ve managed to get on a bit of a roll that hopefully I can keep it going,” says Burrow.

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John John Florence scores Perfect 10 at Bells Beach

Classic surf at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Clean and pristine surf conditions marked the second day of competition at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014, in Victoria, Australia. Michel Bourez was not able to repeat the Margaret River Pro performance. The powerful Tahitian was defeated by the injury replacement surfer Glen Hall, in Round 2. “It’s been a long road to get here but surfing in the first heat of the day with great waves and ACDC’s Hell’s Bells playing in the background has made it all worth it,” reveals Glenn Hall.

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Classic surf at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Tricky waves open the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

The first round of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014 has been completed, in tricky wave conditions. Kelly Slater snatched a last-minute victory against Kolohe Andino and wildcard Jacob Willcox. Despite Kolohe’s early dominance first with a series of clean forehand carves, Slater managed to answer back with experience. “I made a few mistakes and I was a little nervous to be honest because I haven’t surfed in three days,” explains Kelly Slater.

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Tricky waves open the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Prince George gets a surfboard shaped in New South Wales

Prince George has been offered a custom shaped six-foot surfboard by the mayor of Manly, in Australia. We knew that the Duke of Cambridge was a keen water sports enthusiast. He was spotted catching waves in Cornwall and Portugal, several times in the last decade. Prince William owns surfboards and bodyboards, although he admits he’s not good enough. His father, Prince Charles, is an experienced windsurfer. In 1978, he was photographed by “Life” magazine sailing in matchless style.

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Prince George gets a surfboard shaped in New South Wales

The best inflatable SUP boards in the world

Inflatable stand up paddle boards are the best option for flat days. In a matter of seconds, you take the SUP out the car and hit the water for waves or cruising. They’re light, portable, durable and ready to ride. The new inflatable stand up paddle boards will provide you with hours of fun. It’s probably one of the best inventions of the surfing world. SUP boards are traditionally heavy and could only be transported in surfboard car racks.

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