Former Championship Tour (CT) campaigner Taj Burrow has taken out his second consecutive 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. The Australian veteran, who had already won the twin-fin division, concluded his performance in the pumping right-hand reef of Sultans with a win over free surfer Rob Machado in the thruster final. “I would have retired earlier if I knew this is what life would be like. I’m so stoked I got to come back here after a win last year. The waves were cooking for this whole event,” said Burrow.
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Taj Burrow takes out the 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Filipe Toledo has taken out the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay, in South Africa. The 40-minute final went underway in clean six-to-eight foot surf at Supertubes. Frederico Morais knew he had nothing to lose, and the pressure was on Filipe Toledo’s side. Could the Portuguese rookie make history for his country? Morais kicked things off quickly with three low scoring waves, and Toledo answered with a few better rides and a stunning floater. However, the Portuguese was the first to find a deep barrel.
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Filipe Toledo wins the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay
They’re rare and precious. Watch the perfect heats that marked the history of competitive surfing. Pro surfing has had five different eras: the ISF World Surfing Championships (1964-1972), Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships (1969-1977), IPS World Circuit (1976-1982), ASP World Tour (1983-2014), and the World Surf League (2015-). For a pro surfer, the perfect heat – a two-wave total score of 20 points – is the ultimate goal. But judges are traditionally conservative, and you’ve got to earn it.
The perfect heats that marked the history of pro surfing
South Africa is gearing up for an unusual surf contest format held at an iconic beach break. The Cell C Goodwave, a World Surf League-sanctioned event, has a waiting period of 365 days and will mix former champion with new school pro surfers. Thirty-two of the finest surfers in South Africa and 32 alternates will pay a one Rand entry fee to compete on the best day of waves that the New Pier, in Durban, has to offer.
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Durban gets ready for the ultimate surfing shootout
The biggest wave ever recorded by humans was documented on July 9, 1958, in Lituya Bay, on the southeast of Alaska, when an earthquake triggered a series of events that resulted in a megatsunami. History and science books consider it to be the largest tsunami of modern times. On July 9, 1958, at 10:15 p.m., a magnitude 7.8 earthquake caused a rockslide of around 40 million cubic yards (30.6 million cubic meters) in the Gilbert Inlet. The epicenter of the earthquake was on the Fairweather Fault, i.e., in the heart of the 7 miles long, 2 miles wide Lituya Bay.
The biggest wave ever recorded measured 1,720 feet