Competition heats up at Snapper Rocks, as the world’s best surfers battle for a spot in Round 4 of the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia. With the famous right-hander peeling down the line in the three-to-five foot range, John John Florence unleashed his technical experience to defeat Mikey Wright in Round 3. “Mikey Wright is such a gnarly competitor especially. That wave I got was smaller, which is why Mikey didn’t take it knowing there was time left. It had a nice long wall, so I got to surf the whole way through and had a few barrels,” explained the 2016 world champion.
Tight battles in the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
The surfing team that will represent Italy in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be chosen by the Italian Waterskiing and Wakeboard Federation (FISW). The Italian surfing scene is living its own soap opera moment. In an unprecedented move, the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) has designated FISW to proceed with the selection of the surfers that will carry the Italian flag in the upcoming Olympics. The problem is that, according to the International Surfing Association (ISA), the national governing body for the sport of surfing in Italy is the Italian Surfing Federation (FISURF).
Are you ready to master all surfing tricks? We’ve broken down all the names of the moves you need to execute to become a surf champion. Surfing is an action sport with many tricks. The surfer’s informal rulebook tells us that the athlete who invents, pulls, and completes a new maneuver has the honor of naming it. That is why many surf tricks have exotic titles. But you will also find – depending on the region where you surf – a maneuver with different names, or two terms for two identical tricks with subtle variations.
Historians believe they have found the oldest surf photo ever. It was taken in the early 1890s, in Hawaii. Herbert Smith, an amateur photographer born in Manchester, shot two Polynesian natives carrying surfboards on a sandy beach at Hilo Bay, on the Big Island of Hawaii. According to the specialists, the snap is more than 120 years old and was captured three decades before surfing became a proper tourist attraction in Waikiki Beach, Oahu.
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The oldest surf photo ever may have been found
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