Recent Rants

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If the average person on the street were asked to name one of the world's top pro surfers, chances are Kelly Slater and only Kelly Slater would come to mind, because he's the only athlete on the elite world tour known among mainstream audiences.

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Stefan Ramin, 40, from Hamburg, disappeared last month after reaching the remote tropical island of Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia, which was described in Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick.

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Keith Malloy’s directorial debut film, Come Hell or High Water, will premiere in San Francisco on Friday, November 4 at Save The Waves Film Festival. Californian Keith Malloy steps out for his debut feature film in this unique exploration of bodysurfing.

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High Pressure - The Story of Ireland's First Big Wave Surf Contest is a forthcoming documentary presenting inside views of what was considered a groundbreaking event in Irish waters, held at Mullaghmore Head in February 2011. Along the journey towards the contest, it explores deeper elements of the sport and the value of waves as a natural resource along the Irish west coast.

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Chilly, rainy tubes....

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Three days of perfect swell hit Praia do Norte. Ocean explorer, Garrett McNamara and Floridian, CJ Macias were in the right spot to take full advantage of what Nazaré had to offer. This was the first session with large waves to start this year’s ZON North Canyon Show 2011 exploration.

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In Haiti, the curtain is always half-raised, so that you never know if the show is about to begin or has just ended, but you had better be on the right side of the curtain. The rah-rah drumbeat and tom-tom roll is always there, in the background, rattling the soul. You have to turn this over in your mind.

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When the waves are windy, I hop on the bike and head to Lindy.

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The Coldwater Classic is Santa Cruz’s biggest surf contest of the year. Each fall an international contingent of surfers descend on the town to show off their talent, earn a few ratings points and, if all goes as they want it to, take home a bit of Jack O’Neill’s sweet prize money.

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Despite being in superb form at the famed Supertubes break in Portugal, Kelly Slater couldn’t muster one final winning result, as Brazilian surfer Adriano de Souza defeated Slater in the Finals to win the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

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The function of professional surfing, and photography, brings to mind warm water, women in bikinis, and an endless summer vacation, but what are we missing when we drool over the lives of those who chase waves all day? The reef rash, the confrontations, and oh yeah, the ever-constant threat of drowning.

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We all have or are going to make our trip to the North Shore. I wanted to bring my own board, but Delta was going to charge me $150 EACH WAY to bring it. Screw that. A friend of mine recommended that I rent a board from this dude Jorge, a local North Shore surfer. I rented a board from him for 7 days for $100. It was a perfect board for me (Channel Island K-Whip).

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Local tree cutter and environmentalist Ian Butler found some buried treasure possibly of the mammoth variety near Pacifica's secret waterfall as he cleaned up trash late last week.

Butler said after the recent rainy days, he saw fossils in the mud along the bluffs of a canyon leading to the waterfall and excavated a few.

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