World Surf League (WSL) ran the first ever competition at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, in Leemore, Central California. It was named the Future Classic. The pro surfing organization tried to keep it a secret but also spread the rumors that something special was about to take place at the private surf pool. The marketing stunt included all the top male and female surfers, as well as a few stars from the outside world. Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam’s frontman, and a surfer himself, was there to praise the event.
There’s no place like California. And if you’re a visiting surfer, you should know where to go to score the best waves. Southern California is home to hundreds of fantastic beach breaks, point breaks, and jetty breaks. Depending on the swell angle and wind conditions, you’ll always find a wave that suits your needs. From Malibu to the Mexico border, there’s a lot of peaks to be explored and ridden. Quiksilver shot a boardrider’s video guide to do SoCal right. So, pack your gear, and get on the surf trip of a lifetime.
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The Boardrider’s Guide to Radical Times in Southern California
It’s a surfer’s nightmare, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The black ball flag is a synonym for “no surfing,” even if the waves are pumping out the back. The black ball, or blackball flag, is a rectangular flag featuring a centered, solid black circle against a yellow background which is raised on Southern California beaches during the summer months. The flag waves over the lifeguard tower and prohibits hard fiberglass/polyurethane foam surfboards and skimboards in the waters of that beach. The ban can be more or less temporary (for example, during the busiest hours of the day) and less or more restricted to a specific area (for example, 100 yards to the left of a landmark).
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What is the black ball flag?
World Surf League (WSL) has bought the annual Mavericks big wave surfing invitational. The organizers of the Big Wave Tour (BWT) reached an agreement with the Titans of Mavericks and Cartel Management to run the event during the 2017/2018 season. According to the documents filed in U.S. District Bankruptcy Court, WSL bought the multi-year rights to the Mavericks Invitational for $525,000.
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World Surf League buys the Mavericks surf contest
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.