Posts Tagged ‘surfing’

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

Lady Gaga Goes Surfing In Mexico

Friday, September 16th, 2011
Lady Gaga: the karate-styled surfer

Lady Gaga: the karate-styled surfer

 

Lady Gaga is the newest surfing celebrity. The singer has enjoyed a few waves in Mexico, during a short summer vacation. The 25-year-old pop star has reportedly been taking surfing lessons while enjoying some time off.

 

Gaga was photographed surfing waves in Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican balneario resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas. She is taking off on a 2-3ft wave and preparing to go for a radical bottom turn in a karate-style position.

 

Lady Gaga was taking a break from promoting new single “You And I” and decided to pay $240 for her surfing lesson. “For a relative beginner she took to surfing really well,” said a witness.

 

“She started quite slowly learning how to bodyboard and then she was able to work up to standing – she made excellent progress.”

 

The picture was posted by Lady Gaga on her Twitter page and shows the star in a skimpy black bikini and standing on a surfboard with caption that read, “yeah thats me. no heels baby.”

 

The author of “Born This Way” is one of the many film and music stars that have already tasted the pleasures of surfing. Source: SurferToday

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

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

Ashley Greene Is A Surfing Celebrity

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Ashley Greene is a surfing celebrity

Ashley Greene is a surfing celebrity

 

Ashley Michele Greene was born on February 21st, 1987. She is an American television and film actress.

 

She played Alice Cullen in the film “Twilight” (2008). Source: SurferToday

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