The Thruster: Still Thrusting – Simon Anderson’s famous Bells win, three decades on

Thirty-four years ago today—April 18, 1981—Big Simon Anderson won the Bells event on his new-fangled three-finned thruster design. It’s usually considered the big breakout moment for the thruster, but Anderson had actually ridden his new board weeks before at Burleigh Heads during the Stubbies contest. Even on the new design, he unceremoniously lost out in […]

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Joel Tudor, Cardiff – Photo: Todd Glaser

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Week in Review – Random happenings in surf for the week of April 14

Random happenings in surf for the Week of April 14.

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Prince George gets a surfboard shaped in New South Wales

Prince George's brand new surfboard: shaped in Manly | Photo: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org

Prince George has been offered a custom shaped six-foot surfboard by the mayor of Manly, in Australia.

We knew that the Duke of Cambridge was a keen water sports enthusiast. He was spotted catching waves in Cornwall and Portugal, several times in the last decade. Prince William owns surfboards and bodyboards, although he admits he’s not good enough.

His father, Prince Charles, is an experienced windsurfer. In 1978, he was photographed by “Life” magazine sailing in matchless style.

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North Shore 2: Please No – Design North Shore 2 outta the picture, haole

Did you catch that? Turtle is wearing a Chandler Surfboards T-shirt! Somebody actually made a shirt festooned with the Chandler Surfboards logo. People really, truly, love North Shore. And now some of the people who really, truly love North Shore are getting desperate to make North Shore 2, a mere 30 years after the original […]

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The best inflatable SUP boards in the world

Inflatable SUP: portable, light and great for waves and cruising

Inflatable stand up paddle boards are the best option for flat days. In a matter of seconds, you take the SUP out the car and hit the water for waves or cruising.

They’re light, portable, durable and ready to ride. The new inflatable stand up paddle boards will provide you with hours of fun.

It’s probably one of the best inventions of the surfing world. SUP boards are traditionally heavy and could only be transported in surfboard car racks.

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How to paddle faster for waves

Paddling faster: catch more and better waves | Photo: Quiksilver/Timo

Improving your swim strokes means catching more and better waves. Paddle power is not a technique, rather it is the result of a quality fitness workout.

Have you ever felt out of breath in the early minutes of a normal surf session? Are your arms in pain? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone in the line-up.

Whether you’re escaping from a freak set or paddling for a small, mushy, summer wave, you’ll need well-trained arms and lungs. And don’t forget to maintain a correct body positioning on a surfboard.

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Wavegarden UK – Construction set to begin on a Wavegarden in a surf park in North Wales

It’s been more than three years since Wavegarden first debuted their man-made lineup in a Spanish forest to the surfing world. In the ensuing time, we’ve seen the likes of some of the world’s best surfers cut their fins into the wave’s freshwater face, leaving you hard-pressed to find a surfer alive who wasn’t eager—or […]

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Kai Lenny wins the 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam

Kai Lenny: who SUPs don't fly?

Kai Lenny has claimed the 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam, at the Wadi Adventure, United Arab Emirates.

With three lefts, three rights and three closeouts, the standup paddleboarder from Maui secured his first win of the season in the exotic artificial surf pool.

But it was not an easy task for Lenny, at all. Lai had an in-form Sean Poynter eager to steal the show.

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Inside Out – Alex and Koa Smith getting barreled from all angles at P-Pass

There was a massive low-pressure system brewing in the Pacific when the Smith brothers pulled the trigger for this strike mission to P-Pass. They arrived to wind-groomed, reef-sucking, heavy-water, super-session perfection. Here’s Koa Smith’s take his best wave and the whole session, from the feature in our May Issue: “It was the first big wave […]

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