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511 surfers paddle out at Huntington Beach

Five hundred eleven surfers have broken the Guinness World Record for the largest paddle out ever recorded, at Huntington Beach, California. Despite the fog, the strong currents, and the choppy waters, 511 surfers were able to form an unbroken “Surfing Circle of Honor” to raise awareness of the International Surfing Museum. The event attracted people of all ages and experience levels and also helped promote Huntington Beach as the potential surfing village for the 2024 Olympic Games if Los Angeles wins the bid.

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A Chinese surfing story

China has some of the best athletes in the world, but surfing is still making its first steps into the mainstream. Here’s how it looks in 2017. In Zhuhai, a city located in the South China Sea, there is a surf spot called Golden Beach, which is very suitable for surfing beginners, and it’s one of the few places where it is allowed to surf in the region. A Cai is a 37-year old surfer from the neighboring city of Jiangmen. He is an electrical engineer, a father of two children, and one of the very few surfers who catch waves on this beach.

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The surfing equipment list

Surfing is not a complicated sport. Unlike many other water sports, the truth is that surfing only requires a surfboard and someone willing to glide over the ocean waves. The essential surfing equipment for beginners is comprised of a surfboard, fins, leash, wax, and wetsuit. That’s all you need to get into the sport of kings. But as you progress and improve your surfing skills, you’ll want more than just the essentials. A bag to protect your favorite stick, skin and ear protection and surf gadgets will also be useful to your surfing life.

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Alex Ribeiro wins the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing

Alex Ribeiro has taken out the 2017 Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing at New Pier, in Durban. Despite the onshore wind, Dairy Beach delivered contestable three-to-four-foot waves for the last day of the prestigious South African surfing competition, a QS3,000 rated event. In an all-Brazilian final, Ribeiro needed over 15 waves to find two high scores that would defeat Hizunome Bettero. The former Championship Tour campaigner is looking forward to requalifying in 2018 for the elite tour.

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World Surf League wants Mavericks on the Big Wave Tour

The World Surf League (WSL) has publicly declared its interest in buying the Titans of Mavericks or, alternatively, in getting the permit to run a competition at Half Moon Bay. The invitation-only contest had been put for auction with bids starting at $1 million, but after the initial reviews, four interested parties decided not to submit an official bid. Cartel Management – the company behind Titans of Mavericks – canceled the public auction, and announced that it was engaging parallel negotiations with two potential buyers.

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