Travis Grant has broken the coveted four-hour barrier at the 2017 Molokai 2 Oahu (M20) Paddleboard World Championships, in Hawaii. The athlete from the Gold Coast won the men’s unlimited stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race and set a new record after finishing in 3 hours, 59 minutes, and 52 seconds. “I can’t believe we can go 32 miles (53 kilometers) on a SUP in under four hours, now. I was pretty emotional this year, during and after the race. It’s amazing how your own family can change and influence you so much,” expressed Travis Grant.
New SUP record set at the 2017 Molokai 2 Oahu
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and, after the inclusion of surfing, is one step closer to becoming an Olympic sport. Coincidently (or maybe not) the International Canoe Federation (ICF) has recently challenged the idea that the International Surfing Association (ISA) is the world governing body for the sport. So, who should rule SUP: surfers or canoeists? The ISA has been running stand-up paddleboarding events and world championships for over a decade.
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Who should rule SUP: surfers or canoeists?
The Hula is a complex dance developed by the Polynesian who originally settled Hawaii. The dance is accompanied by a song (“mele”) or chant (“oli”) which tell stories and traditions embedded in the Hawaiian culture. According to historians, the dance – named “Ha’a” – was originally performed for Pele, the goddess of volcanoes fire, wind and lightning, and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Ancient Hula is played using traditional instruments, while the Western-influenced version features the ukulele, the guitar, and the double bass.
What is the Hula?
Surf localism is an aggressive behavior commonly seen in the most crowd surf spots on the planet. When the ancient Hawaiians introduced surfing to the world, it was kind of like the birth of money – it made some people hungry, greedy, and powerful while leaving the majority, thirsty, needy, and destitute. Before California made surfing mainstream in the 1960s, surf itself was a quiet, and hyper-local sport. After all, it’s one of the few sports that is mainly dictated by one’s geographical location.
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What is surf localism?
John Severson – surf filmmaker, writer, painter, photographer and founder of Surfer Magazine – passed away in his sleep at the age of 83. Severson was born in Pasadena, in 1933. He started surfing aged 13 after moving with his family to San Clemente. Severson earned a degree in art education from Long Beach State College in 1956. He was drafted into the Army, and assigned to the Army’s surf team in Honolulu, Hawaii.