Archive for October, 2011

Venezuelan Bodyboarders Dominate

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Bodyboard Pro Festival: sunny Venezuela

Bodyboard Pro Festival: sunny Venezuela

 

Venezuelan bodyboarders are dominating the 2011 Bodyboard Pro Festival, as competition enters quarterfinals in the Men’s, Women’s and Drop Knee divisions.

 

Damian King, Alejandro Hernandez, David Mantellini, Leoylan Monasterios, Leonel Marcano, Eder Luciano, Enyer Moncada and Sergio Alonzo are set to battle for the trophy.

 

Eunate Aguirre is in the hunt for her first world title and is definitely the one to beat in the Women’s event, but she faces a tough heat against Neymara Carvalho and several of the top women riders still in the competition.

 

Riders are enjoying 3-4 foot waves and some good ramps for aerial spectacle, in Parguito Beach, Venezuela. Source: SurferToday

Surfing Declared High School Sport In Hawaii

Friday, October 7th, 2011
Waikiki, 1945: surfing has always been a national sport, here

Waikiki, 1945: surfing has always been a national sport, here

 

Hawaii has become the first US State to make surfing an official high school sport. Neil Abercrombie, governor of the Pacific Islands, announced a project to allow Hawaii public high school students to be able to compete in school sanctioned surf competitions.

 

The contests will kick off in spring 2013 and will result in having surfing and surfers ranked alongside with other popular sports like football, basketball and soccer.

 

Despite support from parents and students, funding for programs and other challenges kept surfing from becoming a sanctioned high school sport in 2004, the year when the Hawaii State Board of Education approved surfing as a high school sport. All young surfers competing through high schools will be covered by family insurance policies. “Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing. From Duke Kahanamoku to the thousands of residents and visitors who surf both recreationally and competitively, the sport is rooted in our culture and way of life,” said Abercrombie.

 

“Bringing surfing to our students is another step in our collective goal to transform public education and provide our children with rich and diverse educational opportunities”, he added. The announcement was made near the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, father of modern surfing, in Waikiki.

 

Carissa Moore, 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour champion, joined the special event. “Surfing has been a really big part of my life growing up and has taught me so many life lessons,” said Moore.

 

“I think surfing is definitely a really good outlet for a lot of teens and young kids. And it’s a way to channel a lot of energy into something positive. So yeah, this is really awesome”. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarding Center Opens In Grenadines

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Grenadines: lovely place for kiteboarding

Grenadines: lovely place for kiteboarding

 

Jeremie Tronet, Linn Svendsen and Nicolas Bascunana Dulac have opened the JT Pro Kiteboarding Center in Union Island, in the Grenadines archipelago, lower Caribbean.

 

“We want to share our lifestyle in the Caribbean with everybody”, explains says Jeremie. The playground, as Jeremie likes to call Union Island, has everything you can dream of to spend an amazing holiday, whether you want to learn kitesurfing, become better at it, surf or simply relax.

 

The JT Pro Center is located on Clifton Beach, 200 meters from the beach bungalow. The amazing transparent lagoon makes it a perfect spot to learn in perfect conditions from December until the end of June. There are also a few waves for surfing or playing around in on the outer reef.

 

For all the wakeboarding enthusiasts, a kicker and slider will be built during the season. Associated with Ocean Rodeo, the JT Pro Center will also be an international Ocean Rodeo test center with all the 2012 gear available to test.

 

The JT Pro Center on Union island is the first of a series of key kiteboarding spots that are planned for the following years. Source: SurferToday

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