The Nelscott Reef Pro/Am will bring some of the best big wave surfers from around the world, along with local big names in the field to compete in a single day’s competition. Organizers are excited about this year, as the event has once again opened the invite list to include amateurs as well as professionals. After an overwhelming response to an initial call for interest, organizers Adam Wagner and Gabe Smith decided to open the field to both. “I was a little surprised how many people wanted to be included this year. I knew it was going to be a good event this year, but we doubled the amount of interest from last year in just the first 24 hours of making the announcement. We are super excited with the diversity of the invite list,” said Gabe Smith.
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The Nelscott Reef Pro/Am 2017/2018 is ready to go
Alex Botelho won the “Paddle In Wave of the Year” at the 2017 EDP Mar Sem Fim Awards. The Portuguese big wave surfing elite gathered to celebrate the most extreme rides of the season. After narrowing 87 entries to 20 nominations, the event finally crowned four new division champions. On December 12, 2016, Alex Botelho paddled into a giant wall of water at Nazaré’s Praia do Norte. The judges considered it to be the wave of the year by a Portuguese athlete.
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
Seventeen young patients with cerebral palsy enjoyed the pleasures of surfing in Long Beach, Long Island. The event organized by the Adaptive Sports Academy at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) had surfers Will and Cliff Skudin teaching the basic lessons to beginners aged from 5 to 21. Despite the initial anxiety and fear, the patients affected by disabilities such as cerebral palsy and other body movement restrictions had fun riding the challenging waves on offer in New York’s Long Beach.
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Children with special needs go surfing in NY’s Long Beach
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