A beautiful chaos, the ultimate surfing wave, a freak of nature, the advanced surfer’s testing ground, a specialty wave, the premier tube riding arena, and, ultimately, the Mecca of surfing. A lot has been said and written about Banzai Pipeline. The steep, fast Hawaiian barreling wave breaks almost all year round on the North Shore of Oahu, south of Sunset Beach, north of Log Cabins, and right in front of Kamehameha Highway. Banzai Pipeline is one of the biggest, heaviest waves on the planet. Despite only lasting around seven seconds, a ferocious Pipe left will always spit its spray.
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Why is Banzai Pipeline the ultimate surfing wave?
Gabriel Medina has taken out the 2017 Quiksilver Pro France, at La Graviere, in Hossegor. The Brazilian surfer defeated Hawaiian prodigy Sebastian Zietz in three-to-five foot beach break waves. Medina locked in his third Quiksilver Pro France win. “It feels so good to win again. I have been working so hard before this event. This is a really special place for me. I am stoked. I am not thinking about a world title. I just want to do good at every event. I promised myself that I had to win one event this year and I finally got it!” sais Gabriel Medina.
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Gabriel Medina wins the 2017 Quiksilver Pro France
Donn Ito, the man behind the blog “Quantum Surf Physics,” reveals the secrets behind many unfinished rides. Blame it on the surfer; blame it on the surfboard. There are many reasons why we fall off a surfboard. But understanding what causes surfboard’s rocker to stick can reduce wipeouts. Below is a sequence of Mark Foo’s last ride. Note the spray shooting from under Mark’s board. It is generating a wake after a free fall. Mark struggles to maintain his balance but is pitched.
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.
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Hawaiian surfer hero Bethany Hamilton has been named the Waterman of the Year 2017. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) decided to honor pro surfer Bethany Hamilton with the prestigious award for her inspirational work in the surfing community. Despite losing her left arm in a shark attack in 2003, the young and talented athlete didn’t stop surfing, competing and participating in motivational conferences and events.
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Bethany Hamilton is the Waterman of the Year 2017