Surfers enjoy challenges, and Santa Barbara’s Sandspit has the perfect formula for intermediate and advanced riders. The Sandspit is one of the most unusual surf breaks in California. Imagine a brown wave breaking close to a breakwater’s elbow (Point Castillo) that peels for around 100 yards (91 meters). Now, add a random backwash, and a few tube riding opportunities. Perfect days are a rare exception at the Sandspit, but when the weather and ocean conditions gather in harmony, you might ride one the most exciting waves in the world.
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Surfers enjoy chocolate-brown rides at the Sandspit
Team Brazil has conquered the 2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, held at La Jolla Shores, in California. The surfers from Brazil won two gold medals (Felipe Lima and Davi Teixeira), one silver medal (Elias Diel), and one bronze medal (Henrique Saraiva). “To be crowned world champion has been a dream of mine my whole life and that dream has finally come true. I knew that this day would arrive, and it finally happened!” expressed 11-year-old charger Davi Teixeira, winner of the AS5 Assist division.
The good news is that secret surf spots will never die. Why? Because man-made intervention creates new hidden waves, Nature changes sand banks, and isolated surf breaks are constantly emerging. But, how can we keep our surf spots secret? Everyone wants a piece of the treasure. Surf explorers, surf media professionals, pro surfers, fully-sponsored free surfers, and even the average Joe chase the dream of surfing undisclosed, classified surf spots where every wave peels for five miles. The worst enemy of a secret spot is word-of-mouth. But should we keep perfect, hidden surf breaks in the obscurity? Or must we embrace the Multimedia Age in which everything is shared with everybody?
How to keep a surf spot secret
Four surfers from four different countries have qualified for the semifinals of the 2016 Hurley Pro at Trestles, in San Clemente, California. In an exciting quarterfinal battle, Filipe Toledo defeated Kelly Slater with the highest two-wave total of the day. The Brazilian only got his winning rides in the last third of the heat. Toledo used his air knowledge to earn a 9.17; Slater answered with a competent 8.17. But Filipe was in comfortable waters and finished his sixth ride with an air reverse scored at 9.20.
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Semifinalists decided at the 2016 Hurley Pro at Trestles
It’s the only California stop on the World Surf League’s Championship Tour (CT), but it is one of the most popular events on the pro surfing calendar. The 2016 Hurley Pro at Trestles will be a decisive showdown. For many, Lower Trestles is the perfect surf spot, the ultimate playground. The cobblestone break offers all the opportunities surfers need to prove themselves to the judges and the world. They’ve got the oblique wave faces, the A-frames, and the punchy lips so, in the end, it all comes down to experience, real-time decision making, and physical condition.