Women are buying more surf-related products, and the online surfing market continues to grow. The new Consumer Insights Study released by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) reveals that the majority of people interested in the surfing lifestyle and its products continues to move to online purchasing. According to the research, there are 66.5 million American adult consumers who could potentially buy surf-inspired products, i.e., 27.8 percent of the US adult population. Of those, 2.2 million are regular surfers.
They are both boardsports, and they both share the need for balance. So, what do surfing and skateboarding have in common? Surfing and skateboarding both have decks, boards or planks. And they are fun to ride. One could be seen as a means of transportation; the other was also a Hawaiian past time. They share many tricks, and maneuvers, but they also breathe the same cultural values and lifestyle. If you surf and skate, you live the same dream.
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The similarities between surfing and skateboarding
The small Mediterranean coastal town of Montgat, near Barcelona, will build a Wavegarden surf pool. The “Tarifa of Catalonia,” as it is also known in Spain, will have a 15,000-square-meter artificial wave lagoon capable of pumping 5.5-foot (1.70 meters) waves every four seconds. The first public Wavegarden complex to open in Spanish territory will cost 10 million euros, and will occupy a total area of 48,500 square meters.
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Wavegarden Barcelona-Montgat opens Spring 2018
On December 22, 2016, Chris Bertish broke the world record for the longest stand-up paddle (SUP) journey in open ocean waters. But he wants more. The 42-year-old waterman from South Africa is halfway through the first ever solo, transatlantic SUP crossing. Bertish kicked off his 4,500-mile (7,500 kilometers) adventure in Agadir, Morocco, on December 6, 2016. He expects to arrive at Antigua, in the Caribbean Sea, around April 2017. However, if possible, Chris Bertish wants to reach the sands of Florida for a complete, coast-to-coast, Atlantic crossing.
Legendary surf photographer Mickey McCarthy has passed away. The East Coast has lost one of the most loved members of the surfing scene. The iconic lensman from North Carolina died from complications after a heart attack. McCarthy was a key figure in the Outer Banks surfing community. Mickey McCarthy was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He started riding waves in 1966, but his passion for surf photography only emerged a decade later.