To be a surfer you have to love the feeling of surfing. It takes a lot of hard work to catch waves. The learning curve for surfing can be quite steep. If you take lessons and pick the right board shape and size, for the right wave height and speed, you are steps closer to ripping like the pros. The paddle, the pop-up, and duck diving, all take time to master and execute effectively. Normal challenges include starting late in life or not having the money for high-performance boards.
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Former Championship Tour (CT) campaigner Taj Burrow has taken out his second consecutive 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. The Australian veteran, who had already won the twin-fin division, concluded his performance in the pumping right-hand reef of Sultans with a win over free surfer Rob Machado in the thruster final. “I would have retired earlier if I knew this is what life would be like. I’m so stoked I got to come back here after a win last year. The waves were cooking for this whole event,” said Burrow.
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Taj Burrow takes out the 2017 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy
Aritz Aranburu conquered the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials, at Teahupoo. The Spanish surfer defeated Nathan Edge in a final held in challenging ocean and weather conditions. Despite the absence of the classic Teahupoo barrels, all 32 trialists gave their best to earn a spot in the main event. “It’s a dream come true,” expressed Aritz Aranburu, a former Championship Tour (CT) campaigner. He will face Matt Wilkinson and Wiggolly Dantas in Round 1 of the competition.
Bede Durbidge announced that he will retire from the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour in 2018. The Australian surfer will put an end to his pro surfing career as an athlete, possibly after the 2018 Margaret River. But he has big plans for the future. “I’m very excited to take on the role as the elite program manager for Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre (HPC) and will be working with the best Australian surfers and their coaches heading into the 2020 Olympics,” stated Bede Durbidge.
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Bede Durbidge: goodbye WSL, hello Olympic Games
Why do you surf? How do you explain the need to catch waves on a regular basis? We look at the most common reasons why people love surfing. It’s the sport of the kings and an ancient form of getting back to shore after a fruitful fishing session. But, what is surfing for you? We all know surfing is an old practice that became a sport and a pastime in the 20th century. Yet, there’s more to it that can’t be described. Surfers regularly feel the need to get back in the water. How do you explain that? Is that an uncontrolled desire a formulation of the brain? Why does surfing make us so happy with life and ourselves?
I surf because…