Without waves, surfers are nothing. Take a look at the different energy zones that make a wave the ultimate resource for water sports enthusiasts. The ocean produces four types of breaking waves, and the majority of them are rideable from a surfing perspective. From the moment wind produces the first ripples until they reach the coastline, waves are in constant mutation, evolution, and change.
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The energy zones of a wave
Learn how to avoid obliteration in the waves. Master the duck diving technique, and get out-the-back faster and effortlessly. When the waves are small is relatively easy getting outside. All you need is to get the nose of your surfboard over the crumbling wave. But when the surf gets rough, you must know how to survive the impact zone. Duck diving is the most efficient way of not getting pummeled and pushed back by a crashing wave.
How to duck dive
Andrew Cotton suffered a serious back injury at Nazaré’s Praia do Norte, in Portugal. Local surfers believe Nazaré fired some of the biggest waves of the decade, as side-shore winds and a powerful NW swell channeled energy into Praia do Norte’s underwater canyon. Waves in the 35-foot range worked like a magnet, and the lineup was quickly invaded by big wave surfers and their support teams.
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Andrew Cotton breaks back at Nazaré
The family of Eddie Aikau confirmed that the event in memory of the legendary surfer and lifeguard will run even without a major sponsor. “The Eddie: In Memory of Eddie Aikau” is the new name chosen for the big wave surfing contest held annually at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The Eddie Aikau Foundation announced the new era during the debut of the event’s official poster. And, for the first time in three decades, the contest will not be sponsored by Quiksilver because an agreement was not reached.
"The Eddie": Aikau’s family renames the event
Patagonia launched a must-have book on the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, smartly blending words and personal experiences with glamorous photos and illustrations. The story of the original Hokule’a is simultaneously epic and tragic, beautiful and bittersweet. In a way, it is a mirror of life, with its unexpected ups and downs, celebrations and disappointments. Hokulea means “Star of Gladness” in Hawaiian. The original Hokulea was launched on March 8, 1975. Three years later, the double-hulled sailing canoe capsized and one of its crew members, the legendary Eddie Aikau, paddled his surfboard back to land to get help, but despite all efforts, he was never seen again.
The book that documents Hokule’a's voyage of hope