Ben Skinner is the King of the Longboard 2014

Ben Skinner: style is everything in longboarding | Photo: ASP/Gonzalez

Ben Skinner won the King of the Longboard 2014, at Playa de Somo, Cantabria, Spain.

The ASP Europe sanctioned specialty event combined both performance and classic longboard styles in long peeling two-to-four foot waves, at Ribamontan al Mar.

The innovative format saw Ben Skinner displaying a full array of manoeuvres including hang-tens, drop-knee turns and amazing foot work. The British longboarder finished the event with 32.35 points, ahead of Aurelien Meynieux and Alberto Fernandez.

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The 2014 ASP World Tour title scenarios

Mick Fanning: putting the pressure on Gabriel Medina | Photo: ASP/Cestari

The Portuguese event at Supertubos changed the look of the 2014 ASP World Tour title race. Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning are eyeing glory at Pipeline, but Kelly Slater is still playing the winners’ game.

Once again, it’s all down to Pipe. Fanning and Medina have both won three events during the season, but the Brazilian is traveling to the Oahu’s North Shore in the first place with 56,550 points, against the Australian’s 53,100 points. Kelly has 50,050 points.

The Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 will be surfed between December 8th-20th, in Hawaii, and we all know the math by now. Let’s take a look at the numbers:

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Mick Fanning wins the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014

Mick Fanning: pitted in Supertubos | Photo: ASP/Poullenot

Mick Fanning has conquered the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, at Supertubos, Peniche. The Australian beated Jordy Smith in the final heat.

After a pair of low-scoring semis, it was quickly clear that the Final promised to be a different kind of party. Again, Mick Fanning was out of the gate first, getting a quick tube for a 5.67 to start.

Fanning’s next wave topped that: When Jordy Smith backed off of a left under priority, Fanning pulled in high and tight for a technical ride capped with wrapping turns for a 9.00.

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The 2014 ASP World Tour will be decided in Pipeline

John John Florence: Perfect 10 in Supertubos | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

The 2014 ASP World Tour champion will be decided at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, in Hawaii. Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater are out of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Shifty five-to-eight foot barreling waves sent the world title race to Pipeline. Joel Parkinson, who also lost his Round 3 heat, is mathematically out of the equation.

Gabriel Medina was the first to fall. With just minutes remaining on the clock, the Brazilian had the opportunity to overtake Simpson, but he left the water after his final wave before the time had run down, thinking he had the score for the win. Critical mistake.

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The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014

Surfing Santa Claus: coming to town with bag full of gifts

Welcome to The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014. If you have a surfer relative, friend or loved one, don’t fret and plan ahead. Discover our curated selection of Christmas gift ideas.

We’ve handpicked the best surfing presents that will put a smile on any surfer’s face, whether you are a savvy or a big spender Santa Claus.

A passionate surfer may seem hard to please, especially after years of practice and continuous investment in the sport. However, the surf industry keeps evolving and year after year there are new things all surfers want to put their hands on.

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Kelly Slater completes a 540 air reverse in Peniche

Kelly Slater: a 540 air reverse at 42

Kelly Slater has pulled a 540 air reverse at Supertubos, Peniche, in Portugal.

The 11-time world champion keeps pushing the limits of the wave riding. In a free surfing session at Supertubos, the Floridian completed a 540-degree rotation in the sky before landing in the whitewater.

At a first glance, it seems that Kelly Slater is able to successfully pull a 720 air, but a careful analysis reveals us that the surf master spins one and a half rotations in midair.

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The surfboard brands of the world

Surfboards: there's always a shaper behind a brand | Photo: O'Brien/The Boardroom

What are the best surfboard companies in the world? There is no answer for that question. But there is a perfect surfboard for your surfing style and experience, and that is precisely what a good shaper does.

Every year, surfers buy more than 400,000 surfboards worldwide. The largest companies and shapers in the surfboard industry are located in the USA, Australia and Europe.

In 2008, 26% of the surfboards sold in the USA were shaped by local craftsmen. Polyurethane and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) with epoxy formulas still rule the market, but eco-friendly core materials such as cork, fungi, and wood are gaining enthusiasts and a new generation of costumers.

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Papoa welcomes big wave surfing enthusiasts

Papoa: big wave surfing in Peniche | Still: Jorge Figueira

A group of professional surfers has returned to Papoa, the big wave surf spot located in Peniche, Portugal. The waves were pumping in the 15-18 foot range, with wind gusts of up to 30 knots.

The swell forecast said it all, and word spread quickly. Papoa was about to deliver giant waves as the buoys indicated a powerful wave train heading towards Peniche. The show went on for two days.

Garrett McNamara, Kealii Mamala, Carlos Burle, Pedro Scooby, Peter Mel, John John Florence and Nic von Rup visited Supertubos’ big wave brother, alongside hundreds of spectators and media professionals.

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How can surfers rescue struggling swimmers?

Surfers: riding waves and saving lives | Photo: Creative Commons/Roman Königshofer

Surfers save lives. When wave riders are out in the line-up, there may be swimmers in trouble, more or less far away from firm land. No matter if it’s summertime, spring, winter, or fall.

Rip currents are responsible for 80% of all rescues in the surf environment, and take away about 150 lives every year in the United States. Strong rip currents can move people at eight feet per second.

The surf lifesaving movement is deeply connected to the sport of surfing. The original surf lifesaving club was born in Australia, between 1903 and 1907, although it is not clear whether the world’s first organization is Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club or Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club.

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World’s first inflatable reef promises to blow up your beach break

Airwave: Troy Bottegal has patented his inflatable surf reef

It’s not a mistype. You’ve already discovered inflatable SUPs, not it’s time to fine-tune your local beach break with the ultimate reef. With air-filled bags. Got it?

Troy Bottegal’s idea seems too good to be true. But, in theory, it’s makeable. “Airwave” is a 20-meter wide, two-meter high sail-like structure that will be “glued” to the ocean floor.

As a result, we may enjoy artificially produced A-frame rides anywhere, anytime. Bottegal eco-friendly surf reef is planned to be removable and possibly replaced, if necessary.

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