Alex Ribeiro has taken out the 2017 Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing at New Pier, in Durban. Despite the onshore wind, Dairy Beach delivered contestable three-to-four-foot waves for the last day of the prestigious South African surfing competition, a QS3,000 rated event. In an all-Brazilian final, Ribeiro needed over 15 waves to find two high scores that would defeat Hizunome Bettero. The former Championship Tour campaigner is looking forward to requalifying in 2018 for the elite tour.
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Alex Ribeiro wins the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing
Metrolink announced surfers now can travel with their surfboards on Southern California’s regional rail system. The transportation company installed special surfboard storage netting on all Metrolink Bike/Surfboard cars. Boards must not exceed 6’4”, and bodyboards are welcome. There will be one storage area per train, and each area will allow five surfboards. Metrolink asks users to carry their boards in bags.
David Flide is a British surfer and a longtime fan of the Maldives. However, his eighth trip to the archipelago was not a dream come true. This is his story on paying premium fees for surfing in paradise. “We tried to return to Lohis for the eighth time and enquired for the first two weeks of October. We found a really good price that matched their 3-star offering as a resort – £4,400 ($5,680) for two adults, and one baby for 14 nights.” “Last year, we had an awesome time, although the waves only existed for four of our 16 nights. But hey, that’s surfing.”
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Paying for surf: has the Maldives gone too far?
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
Let’s be honest. Going from a longboard to a shortboard is a slow and tricky process. Learn how and when to make the transition with a few useful and practical tips. Initially, you’ll feel like you’re starting all over again. No worries, though. You won’t need to relearn how to stand up on a surfboard. The only thing you’ll need to train is your muscle memory. If you’ve just learned how to pop up on a foamie, there’s still a road ahead before transitioning from a beginner board – traditionally sized between 7’5” and 9′ – to the classic shortboard.
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How to transition from a longboard to a shortboard