Archive for August, 2011

The Dog’s Guide To Surfing

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The surfer’s best friend has reasons to smile. Well, a very good reason to bark out loud. A.K. Crump has released the ultimate surfing book for sporty dogs. “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” brings the greatest stories, lessons, advice, movies, gear, and surf wear to anyone who has ever wanted to catch a wave with their four-legged pals.

 

The Dog's Guide to Surfing: da good life

The Dog's Guide to Surfing: da good life

 

Whether you just like to stroll on the beach, play in the water, or get in the line-up, “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” shows how to really be a surfdog.

 

For anyone who loves the antics of man’s best friend, “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” is indispensable, collecting stories, lessons, and advice in one richly illustrated book.

 

For surf-lovers, there’s also plenty of information on surf gear and riding a wave, both with and without a pooch. From mounting a massive seven-footer to simply playing in the water, “The Dog’s Guide to Surfing” shows how to really be a surf dog.

 

Top surfers believe that dogs who learn to surf develop a unique attitude, knowing they have something that sets them apart from other dogs. From mounting a massive seven-footer to simply splashing around in the water, this book celebrates the simple yet profound joys of being a surf dog of any species.

 

Buy the book, here. Source: SurferToday

Hurricane Irene Kills Experienced Surfer

Monday, August 29th, 2011
Hurricane Irene: Deadly

Hurricane Irene: Deadly

 

A 55-year-old surfer lost his life after riding Hurricane Irene waves, off New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Frederick Fernandez was enjoying strong 5-to-7 foot wave sets in 20-to-30 mile per hour winds.

 

Lifeguards say he was surfing one second and then the next second he was floating. Apparently, the well known surfer has hit the bottom and suffered a head injury that left him unconscious.

 

The experienced waterman from Volusia was transported to the Bert Fish Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

Rip current warnings have been lifted as the Hurricane Irene storms the Florida coast and targets New York. Strong winds and giant waves have been spotted along the Southeastern US shores.

 

Hurricane Irene is a North Atlantic tropical cyclone and the first major hurricane of the 2011 season. Irene formed from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave that showed signs of organization east of the Lesser Antilles.

 

The world’s best surfers are expected to hit Long Beach, in September, for the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York. Source: SurferToday

The Importance Of Sustainable Surfing

Friday, August 26th, 2011
Surfing: our sport must respect Nature

Surfing: our sport must respect Nature

 

The planet is facing ever increasing environmental pressures, not least when it comes down to our oceans. From sewage pollution to marine litter, coastal development to climate change, as a group of like-minded individuals we are all often faced with these issues first-hand when using our precious chosen beaches.

 

Surfers Against Sewage brings us all together as people who love, enjoy and use the sea, not to mention those who are perhaps the most inclined to do something to help protect our coastal areas, in fact any area, from environmental damage. But what is the big picture and how can we adapt our lifestyles to make a positive difference no matter how small?

 

The Sustainable Guide to Surfing is a thought-provoking, challenging and sometimes bleak assessment of the challenges that face our environment and how we, as surfers, contribute to them. But it also outlines how well-placed the surfing community is to influence positive action to tackle these issues and influence the masses to adopt an increasingly sustainable way of living.

 

Download a PDF of the report, here.

 

The act of surfing itself is extremely low impact. We use a natural, renewable energy wave. We can carry on surfing without adversely impacting the environment. But we need to check our associated lifestyle around surfing to ensure we can enjoy clean waves tomorrow and beyond.

 

The guide identifies a basic call to arms for surfers, one that harks back to the maverick, pioneer spirit that so often set apart surfers as a resourceful group of individuals intent on getting away from the mainstream and defining themselves in their own terms. Source: SurferToday

The World Of Drugs In Surfing

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

They help you surf better, they pump your adrenaline, they keep you focused and even shape a surfer’s body. Meet drugs in surfing, a lethal escape that may end your life sooner.

 

Anthony Ruffo, Neco Padarataz and Andy Irons are only a few known surfers among many who have had different relationships with drugs. Sometimes, drugs are part of injury recovery. They are administered by professional doctors but may halt surfers from competing in official contests.

Surfing: you don't need drugs to ride this wave

Surfing: you don't need drugs to ride this wave

 

 

Ruffo had a serious problem with methamphetamines for a long time. The iconic surfer would get high in the morning, right after a night sleep. Fortunately, he had the strength to survive the addiction and is now getting back to a top form, free of drugs. There’s a surf movie about his life, here.

 

Methamphetamine increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase libido. It is a highly addictive drug and may lead to depression and suicide. In 2005, Neco Padaratz was suspended from professional surfing until January 1st 2006. The Brazilian surfing legend was caught with performance enhancing anabolic steroids, during the 2004 WCT event in Hossegor, France. Padaratz cooperated with the testing authorities and claimed that he had taken the prohibited steroids as part of a course of self-treatment for a chronic back injury.

 

In 2007, Joel Parkinson has backed calls for more rigorous drug testing in surfing. The Australian rider believes there should be a regular analysis. Parkinson said if surfing was to be considered in the same league as other big sports, there had to be an increased number of regular testing.

 

After the death of Andy Irons, the discussion arose on the use of drugs in the wave arena. Moreover, if surfing wants to get into the Olympic Games, there should be a clear message from the international contest organizers. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) does not conduct its own drug testing, but permits it so long as the drug testing complies with the testing protocol set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

 

If the ASP agrees that the test result is legitimately positive, the surfer shall be suspended from competing for at least one full year. Meanwhile, the ASP says it is closer to getting ratified by the WADA. Will it happen in 2012? The list of prohibited substances is available here. Remember, that like in any other sport, drugs don’t work in surfing. Source: SurferToday

European Kiteboarders Cross The Bering Strait

Friday, August 19th, 2011
The Bering Strait Expedition: no fear

The Bering Strait Expedition: no fear

 

Constantin Bisanz, Geza and Andre Scholtz have successfuly kite crossed the Bering Strait, between Russia and Alaska, in record time.

 

The Austrian and the two Swiss brothers prepared the adventure in the last two years and completed the 70-kilometre journey in harsh cold conditions. The Bering Strait Expedition reached an average speed of 40 km/h.

 

Despite the currents, the gusty winds and the five-metre-high waves, the European kiteboarding team touched Alaska safely.

 

“When we started our third attempt the conditions worked perfectly for us, but as usual in the Bering Strait the weather changed from one extreme to the other just in seconds. To heavy fog, waves, super gusty winds and currents from three different directions”, they tell.

 

Bisanz, Geza and Andre Scholtz have had the support of a crew of seven men in two boats to ensure the kiteboarders’ safety.

 

“For sure we will never forget this trip”. Source: SurferToday

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