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This 7-Year-Old 'Squirrel' Is a Surfing Wunderkind

Meet Quincy 'The Flying Squirrel' Symonds

(Newser) - We've all seen squirrels water ski , but have you ever seen a squirrel surf? ABC News reports Australia's Quincy "The Flying Squirrel" Symonds is already carving waves like a pro despite being only 7 years old. "She is definitely special," the World Surf League women'... More »

Surf Wars: Suit Hits 'Bay Boys' for Hogging Beach

Group known to threaten outsiders

(Newser) - Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., "appears to be a surfer's dream," notes the New York Times . However, thanks to a local group known as the Bay Boys, trying to catch a wave a there can be a nightmare. "These guys tried to really hurt... More »

Dramatic Rescue After Pro-Surfer Goes Under at Deadly Spot

Body-boarder Andre Botha pulled unconscious man to surface

(Newser) - Florida pro surfer Evan Geiselman, 22, was riding a 20-foot wave at Hawaii's Pipeline—one of the world's deadliest surfing spots—on Sunday when he disappeared as the lip curled over him. The Pipeline off Oahu's North Shore delivers breakers that can force a surfer underwater until... 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 »

66 Surfers Crowd Onto Board to Break World Record

They somehow managed to ride a wave together for 12 seconds

(Newser) - About 5,000 spectators crowded the sand and a pier in Huntington Beach, Calif., to watch 66 surfers set a world record for most people riding a board at once. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom-built, 42-foot board off Huntington Beach yesterday.... More »

'Don't Worry, Mom:' Teen Killed in Shark Attack Left Note

13-year-old Elio Canestri promised his mother he wouldn't surf if it wasn't safe

(Newser) - By his dad's account, Elio Canestri was a "very careful" boy "who always listened to his parents." This description underscores the devastation over the 13-year-old surfer's death over the weekend in a shark attack off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion. Even more devastating: the... 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 »

3 Surfers Die in Single Incident

Cornwall trio in 'wrong place at wrong time'

(Newser) - Surf tragedy in Britain: Three people died after being caught in a rip current off a beach in Cornwall yesterday. Police say a man and woman in their 40s and a man in his 50s died after they were pulled unconscious from the water and airlifted to the hospital, reports... More »

Epic Surf Wows California

Hurricane Marie's waves pound coast

(Newser) - Southern California is seeing the kind of epic surf usually associated with Hawaii or Tahiti. Beaches are thronged with wave riders, and crowds are coming to watch the action even as seaside communities try to stave off damage from the ocean onslaught. A third day of waves spawned by the... More »

25-Foot Waves May Hit California

But Hurricane Marie not expected to hit land

(Newser) - A massive hurricane is moving north from Mexico's coast, and while it's not expected to hit land in the US, Southern California can expect some huge and possibly dangerous waves starting today and peaking tomorrow, authorities say. Hurricane Marie is weakening slightly, but some surf spots could see... 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 »

This Could Be Biggest Wave Ever Surfed

Surfer follows up rescue with possible new record

(Newser) - The huge storm that lashed much of Europe yesterday created some huge waves, including a monster that might earn surfer Carlos Burle a place in the record books. The Brazilian rode a behemoth of a wave at Nazare, on Portugal's central coast, that appears to be even bigger than... 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 »

Surfers, Marines Clash Over Famous Beach

Military opposes move to add Trestles to National Register

(Newser) - Surfers and Marines are poised to do battle over one of the world's most famous surfing spots. Trestles in southern California has seven of the best surf breaks around and surfers want to see it added to the National Register of Historic Places. But the Marines own the beach,... More »

100-Foot Wave? Maybe, for US Surfer

Garrett McNamara rides to a possible world-record in Portugal

(Newser) - The surfing world is buzzing today on reports that Hawaiian Garrett McNamara got the holy grail of the sport—a 100-foot wave. Surfer Today has an image of McNamara riding the behemoth in Nazare, Portugal. Surf experts say it looks like a 100-footer, but it will be a while before... More »

Shark Attacks Calif. Surfer

He survives with serious injuries

(Newser) - Another California surfer has been attacked by a shark, but unlike last week's victim , he survived the experience. The 25-year-old man was hospitalized with serious injuries after being bitten while surfing in Humboldt County, the Eureka Times-Standard reports. A group of fellow surfers scrambled to save the man's... More »

Shark Kills Calif. Surfer

2nd deadly attack in 2 years off air base's beach

(Newser) - A 39-year-old California man was killed by a massive shark bite to the torso while surfing off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base yesterday. Fellow surfers pulled the man to shore and tried to administer CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Surfers, Spectators Flock to Alaska for Big Tide

Bore tide expected to be biggest of the year

(Newser) - Mother Nature put on a show near Anchorage, and it had nothing to do with Venus and the sun. The largest bore tide of the summer arrived in Turnagain Arm last night, drawing hundreds of people to highway pullouts south of Anchorage. It also drew a few surfers and kayakers... More »

Man Sets Record Surfing Tallest Wave Ever

Guinness certifies November feat from American Garrett McNamara

(Newser) - American pro surfer Garrett McNamera has done something no other man alive has done: surfed a 78-foot wave and lived to tell of it. Guinness World Record has declared McNamera's wave the tallest ever surfed, topping the previous record, held by legendary surfer Mike Parson, by just one foot,... More »

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