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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Exactly 126 years ago, surfers popped up on boards and shredded across waves for the first time ever off the mainland United States.

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Ocean wind and waves have grown stronger and bigger in the last ¼ century, according to research conducted at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, based on satellite data collected between 1985 and 2008.

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The cam looks pretty clean but this morning from 6-6:30 it was choppy and less than appealing. A few guy were willing to take a shot at it and I saw one guy catch a wave. The plus is there because at least the sun is out now and there is no fog.

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Rant - Wind info

Recently someone asked about wind and where can you get accurate information.
Logically windsurf and sailing sites would have their finger on the pulse but they all seem to charge money like surfline.

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Marine researchers in South Africa had a narrow escape after a three-metre-long great white shark breached the surface of the sea and leapt into their boat, becoming trapped on deck for more than an hour.

The incident occurred while the research team was conducting a shark population study off Seal Island, near Mossel Bay, on South Africa's Cape coast.

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The rescue swimmer who plucked a stranded windsurfer from the San Francisco Bay this morning after she spent the night floating in the water said the woman was "calm, cool and collected" when he reached her.

"She was in really good spirits," U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabe Pulliam said of 62-year-old Los Altos resident Cathy Caton.

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Pearls have been the most valuable and sought-after gem in the world for 6,000 years. They are made when irritants such as sand and parasites enter certain mollusks (clams, oysters, mussels, etc.). The mollusk coats the foreign substance in CaCO3 (mother of pearl), kind of like an antibody to an antigen.

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With summer comes sun and surf adventures. It’s inevitable that your lower back and legs will get a good workout with all of the paddling, point breaks, and (small) summer swell, so here is a simple way to loosen up after a long session:

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Since we've figured out Surfline has been phoning it in (http://stokereport.com/rant/phoning-it), I'm starting to wonder how much they rely on the ob-###### cam to still make reports when they can't see. Most mornings when the weather is foggy or drizzly, the Surfline cams are blurred out, yet the ob-###### cam is clear. A big thanks to ob-###### for keeping your cam inside. Does Schaeler have it bookmarked?

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Huge waves have drawn surfers (including Kelly Slater) from across the globe to Fiji where conditions at Cloudbreak are more perfect than could be possibly imagined. Sets have been consistently in the 12-15 feet range with the occasional 20 footer sneaking through. The waves are being fanned by light, dead offshore winds to create some of the roundest barrels ever paddled into.

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The world's best surfers and contest organizers woke up to some fine J-Bay lines on Monday morning here at the bottom of South Africa. Clean, offshore and fast - exactly what everyone was hoping for. R2 got underway, but the inconsistency of the swell ended up being too much, and the day was called after six heats.

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Workshop to make a wooden Grain Surfboard that could last a lifetime. I do wonder, though. If the board will last a lifetime, do I really need to learn how to make another? ;) Sounds cool and wish I could go, but the $1,975 isn't very sustainable for my bank account. Any takers?

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