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Joel Parkinson talks about his long love affair with Jeffreys Bay

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The high cost and exclusive nature of Italy's best beaches cause regular disputes, but accelerating coastal erosion means some of them are now disappearing altogether.

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A San Jose man fell to his death on Friday from a cliff along the San Mateo County coast, a coroner's deputy said today.

Ruben Santos, 56, died from injuries suffered when he fell from a cliff near state Highway 1 and Pescadero Creek Road, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

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Jye Byrnes says a tow-in session at Bar Reef this morning was some of the biggest surf he had ever encountered in Newcastle. The Merewether resident took 40 minutes to paddle out in massive swell where he joined big-wave mate Josh Ferris and jet-ski rider Rhys Smith. The big swell is expected to remain off Newcastle’s coast tomorrow with swells of 2 to 3 metres expected.

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“Here’s a shot from the all-girls surf trip we did to Mainland Mexico a couple years ago,” says Todd Glaser. “They were all ripping on this trip!” Photo: Glaser

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Rant - WTF

SPAM Attack of the Santa Cruz Wave Site

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I got a massive amount of email a few weeks ago after my story on James Arness. I guess most people didn't know that he was a pretty hard-core surf dude in his day.

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“Jesse Merle-Jones, Sean Moody, Marcus Hickman, Fred Patachia and I were down in Rapa Nui and we found a bunch of perfect waves with no one out,” says Zak Noyle. “It was a very rugged coastline and you could feel the raw energy in the waves.” Photo: Noyle

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Rant - Shark Bait
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A major brick in the foundation of Santa Cruz surfing lore was laid in 1966.

That's when Laura Powers, a former U.S. women's surfing champion, began working at the Haut surf shop as a glosser, pin striper and resin artist. She was the first female to do so in the industry of surfboard manufacturing.

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“In this part of Mexico the beaches are undeveloped and barren for miles,” says Bryce Lowe-White. “I can only imagine the amount of unridden waves bombarding this beach as south swells make their way up Mexico’s coast this summer.” Photo: Lowe-White

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Alfred Hitchcock once went sailing with Jack O'Neill from there, and Jack's hot air balloons were prepared for flight and brought back to this spot for repairs.

Wetsuits, sailboats and dive equipment were sold, and legendary parties and promotions for the O'Neill brand were held there and on the beach just east of the harbor channel.

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 July, 2011 : - - Lunasurf Ambassador and legendary tube rider Ryan Turner has made the invite list of the Padang Padang Cup 2011 in Bali and will be riding the brand new 'LUNASURF 5 piece pads' for it. The waiting period starts 10th July to 14th August for "the ultimate tube riding contest".

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