Parko: Superbank needs sand

The solid 8-foot Christmas swell that hit Australia’s Gold Coast was a welcome relief for wave-starved surfers suffering from tiny Southern Hemisphere summer conditions. Snapper Rocks, Kirra, and Burleigh pumped for the first time in months. But while surfers reveled in the conditions, organizers…

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Parko: Superbank needs sand

Training for the big time

The following is a guest column, special to ESPN.com: For many outsiders, the idea of professional surfers “training” to compete is a laughable concept. Why would these guys need to stay in shape if they’re just riding a board and hanging out on the beach? Because surfing is one of the most physical…

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Early days in Oz

It’s been hot, but there have been moments of relief. Australia’s kind of like that. The talent showed up around Coolengatta early, before the Breaka Burrleigh Pro, and there were a few sessions over the hill at D-Bah and even Kirra had a couple waves. Gallery In two weeks time the surf world’s…

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