Kiteboarders are preparing to get their hands in a new video game for the world’s best consoles. “Motion Sports: Adrenaline” will feature eight extreme sports in Kinect mode: Wingsuit, Mountain Bike, Rock Climbing, Kayak, Kitesurf, Parkour, Extreme Ski and Extreme Trampoline.
Expect real kiteboarding simulation
The kitesurfing game promises to be the finest title ever produced. Watch how Ubisoft developed the uniqueness of the wind sport, in the game trailer.
Riders will be able to compete in multiplayer mode against or in cooperation with other contestants. The intuitive motion control is set to display the most precise gestures from the players.
The water and the kite details are impressive, so you should expect a very real simulation of extreme action kiteboarding, between the hills and rocky mountains of world scenarios.
“Motion Sports: Adrenaline” will be released by Ubisoft in October 2011. Source: SurferToday
The first surf game in the history of computers is California Games. The Commodore 64 video game was released by Epyx, in 1987, and it was a total success.
Does anyone remember this game?
In the 80’s, video games were run in audio cassette tapes. California Games featured surfing, skateboarding, BMX, roller skating, freestyle foot bag and flying disc.
In the surfing competitions, players had to perform the best possible moves and tricks, although they were not that complex. A bottom turn, a few cut-backs, aerials and tube rides could boost your final score.
Playing California Games was great, at the time. If the surfer wiped out, a shark would appear and the famous theme from the movie “Jaws” would be heard. A true classic.
After the release for the Commodore 64, California Games was ported to Amiga, Apple IIGS, Atari 2600, Atari ST, Atari Lynx, DOS, Sega Mega Drive, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX and Sega Master System.
In 1993, California Games 2 arrives with better graphics, sound and new sports. Surfing is replaced by bodyboarding and at the end of your wave ride you’d get a nice message: “Get a virtual life, dude”.
System 3, the company who owns the title, recently announced plans to re-release California Games in the new video game consoles. Nintendo’s Wii might be the first to get the revival nostalgia. Source: SurferToday
They have sponsors, rankings, a rulebook and even a board of directors. Meet the Second Life Surfing Association (SLSA). Confused? Well, these days everything is possible. If your favourite surf spot is on flat days, why don’t you try virtual surfing?
Second Life has grown so much you can actually live another “life” in this virtual world. With surfing, it’s exactly the same. Even if you have never surfed a real wave, you can be a pro in the electronic environment.
The SLSA’s mission statement is so much fun. “The Second Life Surfing Association (herein known as “SLSA”) is the governing authority for surfing and surfing-related events throughout Second Life (herein known as “SL”). The SLSA governs competitions; promotes surfing and surf-related sports; and provides guidance and advice to its members on matters such as competition organization, judging, and sport instruction”.
Just like in real life. It is fair to say that the SLSA is the International Surfing Association (ISA) of the electronic world. The SLSA season events are professionally organized and deliver virtual prize-money for the best surfers: Linden Dollars (L$).
Actually, there are thousands of surfers in Second Life. They can be often seen in the best surf spots of that virtual planet. Playa Sol Manañero, Kapu Kai, Bundoran Reef, Monkey Cove and Tsunami Beach host “pro” SL surfing competitions.
So, if you’ enjoy becoming a 10-time Second Life world champion, check out the SLSA official website here and SurfWatch, a 100% Second Life surfing blog where you can discuss the pain you’ve felt after a digital wipe-out. Source: SurferToday
What can't the iPhone do? These are cool apps no doubt.
Surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing and bodyboarding applications have been invading the iPhone mobile phone. In the last two year, many bad, fair, good and very good apps were developed and uploaded into the iTunes Store. Free or paid, it’s time to check the best iPhone surf apps.
Let’s start by the iPhone surfing games. It’s not easy to make a good portable surfing game, but “Billabong Surf Trip” is great. Cool graphics, friendly user controls and an overall will to hit the real waves apply. Rip Curl developed “Live The Search: The Ultimate Surfing Game”, another gnarly example of how we should pass time while waiting for the best tide. Finally, “Wildcard Pro Surfing” let’s you, Jonny Carver, experience 1000 different surf trick combinations.
There are other interesting surf apps for you iPhone. The “NOAA Ocean Buoys” is pretty cool. It provides users with access to live data transmitted from over 120 buoys scattered throughout North America, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. Check the wave heights, wave periods, wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, water temperature, atmospheric pressure, pressure tendency and dew points. Great for surfers and sailors.
Surfline has developed an iPhone app with world surf forecasts. Featuring 90 live HD surf cams, this mobile app has what it takes to get to the best surf spot available, in a few minutes. Windguru launched a very intuitive version of the classic website. This iPhone app is free and can be quickly downloaded. Storm Surfers are also hunting the biggest waves and let you know where they are, for free.
“iSurfer – Surfing Coach” is the perfect surf dictionary for beginners, intermediates and advanced surfers. Learn to perform tricks, the rules, the best equipment and safety procedures. If you’re a windsurfer or kitesurfer, the “Kite and Windsurfing Navigator” is essential to understand what are the pros and cons of your surf trip destinations.
“Wind Vane” is remarkable. This iPhone app gets your GPS location and starts delivering real-time wind speed and direction data. “Wind Meter” uses you iPhone to calculate wind speed, by analyzing the volume on your microphone.
If you’ve still got time before hitting the surf, find out more about “Wind Sensor”, “Over The Falls”, “Windsurfing Tricktionary”, “Sail Size”, “Bobble Surfer”, “Marine Day Tides”, “The Stormrider Guide” and “iBodyboard”. Source: SurferToday
No beach, no surf, no ocean, no problem. Surf in this 3D game
YouRiding will debut the fourth generation of online extreme sports video games, at the ISP Trade Fair, in Munich, from the 6th to 9th February. Visitors will be able to test the new versions of YouRiding games, to be officialy released in Summer 2011.
The entertainment site promises completely new 3D images, new game mechanics and innovative scenarios. YouRiding is developed by the French company Intellysurf. The first version of Youriding came out in 2007.
Online water sports’ fans can choose four different disciplines: Surfing, Bodyboarding, Snowboarding and Freeskiing. In 2010, the multiplayer modes had over seven million visitors from 205 countries, who surfed 150 million waves and sped down 20 million ski trails. Source: SurferToday