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'Luckiest Guy on Earth' Escapes Tussle With Great White Shark

Shark snapped Abe McGrath's board

(Newser) - A 35-year-old surfer was taken to a hospital in Australia on Sunday after a shark snapped his board, tore his hip, and flung him into the air, the AP reports. Abe McGrath was surfing at Iluka, off Australia's east coast, when what he described as an 11-foot great white... More »

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 »

Canoeing, Surfing Orgs Fight Over Stand-Up Paddleboarding

A court will decide which sport gets to claim SUP

(Newser) - Ending an argument we're sure has happened at least once on a slow afternoon in a bar somewhere, a court will finally decide whether stand-up paddleboarding is closer to surfing or canoeing. The New York Times reports the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been asked to settle a... 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 »

Suit: As Ship Went Down, Captain Fled With Masseuse

8 surfers allege their $30K Indian Ocean dream trip became a nightmare

(Newser) - "Chaos ensued. The masseuse panicked and jumped onto the Jet Ski with the captain." That's not a line from a romance novel set at sea but part of a lawsuit filed after a pricey surf outing allegedly went horribly awry. Courthouse News reports five Californians and three... 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 »

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 »

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