Welcome to the grainy world of sandboarding. If you visit or live near large dunes, you may experience one of the most heart-pumping outdoor activities you will find on the planet. The sport that was never quite considered an “official sport” is usually practiced in large, steep coastal dunes, and even in hot deserts where oceans and water are only a mirage. Sandboarding is a blend between surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. Instead of descending water, asphalt, or snow, a sandboard rides down or across the dune’s face.
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What is sandboarding?
Australian surf photographer and filmmaker Tim Bonython is the man behind “The Big Wave Project,” an exhilarating surf movie experience. The film documents the evolution of big wave surfing in the past decades, and it became an obsession for its actors and actresses. To make “The Big Wave Project” a reality, Bonython traveled the world, interviewed the stars of the extreme surfing scene, and capture the best waves, from the perfect angles, at the right time.
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Tim Bonython’s "The Big Wave Project" is set to impress
How does a surfboard perform when submitted to a pressure distribution analysis? Riccardo Rossi is an Italian scientist. He works with high-end automobile manufacturers to help them improve car aerodynamics. But Rossi is also a passionate surfer, so he thought he could have a say in surfboard performance. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) allows us to have a better and deeper understanding of what’s going on on the surfboard. With CFD, you get a comprehensive picture of the flow field, including variables like pressure, velocity, and turbulence.
The organizers of the big wave surfing contest filed for bankruptcy after being sued by the main sponsor of the event. Red Bull alleges that Cartel Management breached the contract, and is seeking $400,000 in a lawsuit against the management group that runs the competition at Half Moon Bay since 2014. Last year, the Titans of Mavericks had already had problems with the contest dates and the World Surf League. Then, the lawsuits from Body Glove, Glissin, and Fox Sports.
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The Titans of Mavericks 2016/2017 has been canceled
The International Surfing Association (ISA) will work with the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) to establish standard water safety course and certificate for surf and stand-up paddleboard instructors and coaches. The world governing body for the sport of surfing teamed up with ILS to design the International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course, a program that will see the light of day in 2017. The new course will teach water safety, lifesaving, environmental responsibility, and ocean sustainability to surf training professionals. Accredited trainer Jamo Borthwick worked with both organizations and developed the program’s content.
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ISA teams up with lifesavers