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Teen Surfer Sought Irma's Waves. It Cost Him His Life

Zander Venezia drowned in dangerous conditions in Barbados

(Newser) - A young professional surfer is dead after venturing into waves generated by Hurricane Irma. Zander Venezia, 16, was surfing on the east coast of Barbados on Tuesday when he ran into trouble with a closeout set—a wave that breaks all at once so that a surfer doesn't have... More »

The Seedy Underside of the '60s Surf Scene

'Vanity Fair' peeks into life of legendary Miki Dora, and the 'lost boys' who followed him

(Newser) - Three teens featured in a 1961 Life magazine article thrust California surfing life into the spotlight, a seemingly carefree existence of surf, sand, and sun. But as Sheila Weller explores in Vanity Fair , there were darker undertones floating underneath the Malibu surfing scene, an "underground saga" that often masked... More »

Rescued Surfer: 'I'd Pretty Much Made Peace With It All'

Matthew Bryce says he 'knew' he was going to die after 32 hours at sea

(Newser) - The 23-year-old Scottish surfer rescued Monday night after 32 hours adrift at sea says he was prepared to die as he faced the prospect of a second night spent clinging to his surfboard, the BBC reports. "I was watching the sunset, and I'd pretty much made peace with... More »

Surfboard Helps 'Lucky' Scottish Surfer Survive 32 Hours at Sea

Matthew Bryce found 13 miles off Scotland's west coast

(Newser) - A Scottish man is "extremely lucky" to be alive after spending more than 32 hours at sea with only his surfboard. Matthew Bryce, 22, was spotted by a coast guard helicopter some 13 miles off the coast of Argyll, Scotland, around 7:30pm Monday after first jumping in the... More »

Surf Leash Used in Rescue of Shark Attack Victim

Surfers at San Onofre State Beach in California recount aiding the victim

(Newser) - An unidentified woman was attacked by a shark Saturday while swimming at “Churches,” a popular surf spot in Orange County, California. Two surfers towed the victim in on their board, reports the Orange County Register , traversing slippery rocks before safely pulling her ashore. Several surfers on the scene... More »

Father-Daughter Surf Outing Turns Tragic

Shark kills 17-year-old surfing with her dad in Australia

(Newser) - A teen surfing off the southern coast of Australia died Monday after she was attacked by a shark, the AP reports. ABC Australia says the 17-year-old was surfing with her dad near the Kelp Beds surfing break, off of Esperance, at the same beach where a surfer suffered serious injuries... More »

Surfing Amazon's Giant Waves Is a Thing of Past

Man-made influences are being blamed

(Newser) - As the sun crosses the Equator during the fall and spring equinoxes in September and March, strong gravitational and lunar pulls trigger tidal bores around the world as the flow of nearby rivers reverses and the water grows turbulent. Along Brazil’s remote Araguari River in the Amazon, this created... More »

Loved Ones Fear Burned Van Belongs to Missing Surfers

The pair disappeared in Sinaloa Cartel territory

(Newser) - They were expected to be in Guadalajara, Mexico, by Nov. 21. But the two Australian surfers never arrived. The girlfriends of Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, both 33, will travel Monday to Culiacan, the capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, to help identify two charred bodies reportedly found in... More »

Big-Wave Surf Legend 'Ace Cool' Is Missing

Coast Guard has called off Hawaii search for Alec Cooke

(Newser) - Big-wave surfer Alec Cooke cheated death countless times in more than 50 years of surfing, but friends fear the legend known as "Ace Cool" may have finally met his match. The 59-year-old was reported missing on Wednesday when he failed to return from a surfing trip on the north... More »

Big-Name Surfer Breaks Neck

Shawn Dollar promises to be 'back in no time'

(Newser) - The surfing world got a stark reminder of the sport's dangers this week when one of its top athletes broke his neck in four places off California's Central Coast, reports the Surfer Today blog . Shawn Dollar ran into trouble Monday among 25-foot waves in Big Sur and hit... More »

Sharks Pick on Wrong Surfer

Mick Fanning says he punched shark that attacked him during competition

(Newser) - Mick Fanning made a few more waves than normal during today's Jeffreys Bay Open surfing competition, likely due in no small part to the fact that shark attacks make for great live television: The professional surfer from Australia was getting ready to compete in today's final in South... More »

'Huge, Huge Shark' Kills Australia Surfer

Tadashi Nakahar, 41, is latest victim in string of encounters

(Newser) - Australia sees an average of one shark attack death every 12 months—but a brutal attack on a Japanese surfer has brought the total to four fatalities in the past year, the Guardian reports. Tadashi Nakahar, 41, lost both his legs and died at the scene as fellow surfers tried... More »

Shark Drags Surfer Under at California Beach

Man's injuries aren't life-threatening

(Newser) - A surfer was hospitalized after a shark pulled him underwater in California. Witnesses at Montaña de Oro State Park say the victim was one Kevin Swanson, 50; the attacker, according to a park ranger, was an 8- to 10-foot juvenile shark, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. "It... More »

Friend Punches Out Shark to Save Surfer's Life

Brian Wargo says he wasn't about to let shark eat McKenzie Clark in Hawaii waters

(Newser) - Brian Wargo doesn't remember consciously thinking about what he should do when he saw his friend being attacked by a shark—but he obviously took the right course of action, because he likely saved her life. Wargo and McKenzie Clark were surfing off North Kohala on Hawaii's Big... More »

Surfer Loses Hands to Shark

2 great whites killed after Western Australia attack

(Newser) - A 23-year-old surfer in Western Australia has lost both hands and one arm from the elbow down in a shark attack that has renewed debate on the state's controversial shark cull policy . A witness says Sean Pollard believed he had been attacked by two bronze whaler sharks in a... More »

'Surfer Girl' Model Tried to Run Senior Over: Cops

Jill Hansen charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - A surfer and model is behind bars for allegedly attempting to plow over an elderly woman in Waikiki, Hawaii—and then moving to hit her a second time, according to witnesses. Jill Hansen has been charged with the attempted murder of Elizabeth Conklin, 73, who was hospitalized following the Wednesday... More »

Surfer Missing After Wipeout

Search is on for big-wave hunter in Hawaii

(Newser) - A search is underway for an experienced big-wave surfer who went down off the coast of Hawaii Wednesday, reports HawaiiNewsNow . Fellow surfers say 32-year-old Kirk Passmore wiped out on a 20-foot wave, then got swamped by a second big wave. "He was seen swimming down with his feet up... More »

Surfwear Maker Under Fire for 'All Sex, No Surf' Ad

Petition calls it example of sexism in sport

(Newser) - A California company that makes clothes for surfers has a new ad featuring pro surfer Stephanie Gilmore. That part's not controversial. What is rankling critics, however, is that Roxy's ad shows Gilmore in bed and in the shower, but never actually, you know, surfing. As a result, three-time... More »

Surf's Down: Billabong Is Now Worth $0

Longtime Australia company has its worst year ever

(Newser) - Bust out the "wipeout" surfing analogies for Billabong: The Aussie surfwear brand had been valued at $3.5 billion as recently as 2007. Today? It is literally worthless. The 40-year-old company reported a net loss of $772 million for the fiscal year and wrote down the value of the... More »

Australians Unveil 'Shark-Proof' Wetsuits

Or so they hope

(Newser) - Australian researchers say they've come up with the first shark-proof wetsuits, reports the BBC . Divers and surfers might be a little disappointed to learn that the suits aren't made of some magical fiber that wards off sharp teeth—this is all about visual tricks. One has black and... More »

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