Archive for December, 2010

Surfing Against Leukaemia

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
Matt Scorringe's story is very inspirational

Matt Scorringe's story is very inspirational


After months battling for his life, Matt Scorringe is preparing to get back to the water. The Whangamata surfer was diagnosed with leukaemia and had to undergo several treatment during the year.


Now, Scorringe only wants to ride his waves. The beach and the hot sand is waiting for him. “Surfing has pretty much been my entire life. Something that helped me get through this last year as well, I kind of know everything to so it comes full circle”, he told media.


Matt had toured the world, between 2006 and 2007, surfing the WQS events. Suddenly, he discovered he had to fight for his life in four chemotherapy sessions at the Auckland Hospital.


The 25-year-old surfer lost 20 kilograms in a few months. His close friends and family stood by his side and the “other” friends, the Facebook ones, have set up a fundraiser to help him pay the recovery schemes.


Matt Scorringe is getting well very rapidly and will be competing at the highest level very soon. If you see him in the line up, give him a thumbs up. Source: SurferToday

Old School Tandem Surfing Contest

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010


Tandem surfing was all the rage back in the 1960s. The Hawaiian and California surf scene was all about getting two people on one surfboard. Many Hollywood movies were made during that decade highlighting the popularity of the sport. Fast-forward a decade or two and tandem surfing all but fell out of the spotlight. Well, today it is making a strong comeback with new competitions sprouting up all the time. Enjoy this old school video of the 1966 Makaha Tandem Surfing Contest. You just have to love old school surf videos!

Bart Simpson Goes Kiteboarding

Monday, December 27th, 2010
What will Bart Simpson master next?

What will Bart Simpson master next?



Bart Simpson has always been addicted to skateboarding.


In several episodes, the fictional character designed by cartoonist Matt Groening has showed incredible skills for outdoors sports.



This time, Bart shows off in front of his school colleagues.


There’s a kite race track full of mud and the Simpson’s boy even manages to complete the famous “Jesus Walk”, a Leander Vyvey trademark trick. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarding Is The New Golf

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
Will kiteboarding replace golf?

Will kiteboarding replace golf?


Business magazine Forbes has considered kiteboarding to be the new golf.


The famous news periodical has published a small article and video about the CEOs, CTOs and CFO who are gathering at the beach to ride or to learn kiteboarding at the 2010 MaiTai Kite Camp.


Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists now seem to have business meeting and deals at the beach.


Even the creator of Farmville, the (in)famous Facebook videogame, attended the kiteboarding event for executives of Silicon Valley, where hierarchy does not really have a meaning. Source: SurferToday

Manta Bodyboards Turns 25

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Happy birthday to Manta Bodyboards

Happy birthday to Manta Bodyboards


Manta, the iconic Australian bodyboard brand, is celebrating 25 years old. It all started out in Cronulla, in November 1985. Rapidly, Manta started pushing innovative designs built for the waves in the local area, which included the infamous Shark Island.


Since then, the brand has sponsored some of the sports best riders including Ross Hawke, Doug Robson, Dave Ballard, Tim Jones, Adam “Wingnut” Smith, Michael “Eppo” Epplestun, Paul Roach, Ryan Hardy, Mitch Rawlins, Andrew Lester and John Showell.


To celebrate Manta’s 25th anniversary, the brand offered a special “Silver Series” custom board. The winner is Ian Macdonald. Ian’s froth for his old Pro Hawke and the pics got him over the line. Ian will have a new Pro Hawke heading his way. Source: SurferToday

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