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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 »

Whale Smacks Surfer Unconscious With Tail

Unexpected guest at Bondi beach makes a splash

(Newser) - Well-known surfing hazards: riptides, wipeouts, rocks, and newbies. Lesser known surfing hazards: whale tails. When a 32-foot whale decided to join the hordes of other tourists at Sydney's Bondi Beach, surfer Bishan Rajapakse learned about that one the hard way. Another surfer reportedly warned Rajapakse, 38, not to get... 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 »

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 Surfs 90-Foot Monster Wave, Sets Record

Garrett McNamara rides rode monster off Portugal

(Newser) - There are waves, and then there are waves. Garrett McNamara managed to surf one of latter. The Telegraph reports that the Hawaiian set a world record after riding the 90-foot monster off the coast of Portugal. The 44-year-old professional surfer was in a prime position to do so: He was... More »

Fishermen Find Body of Missing Surfer

Daniel Bobis apparently hit another surfer's board

(Newser) - Local fishermen yesterday found the body of an American surfer who went missing last weekend in waters off western Indonesia. Daniel Bobis apparently hit another surfer's board after emerging from the barrel of a powerful 10-foot wave. His leash broke and his board washed to shore. A member of... More »

Surfer's Death Reignites Debate Over Jet Skis

Wildlife officials limit them, but surfers want them for rescues

(Newser) - Mavericks is a legendary surfers' paradise off the California coast, where ridiculously big waves draw the sport's best and bravest. It also happens to be part of a designated wildlife sanctuary, thus setting up this dilemma: Sanctuary officials limit the use of jet skis to protect the fragile ecosystem, but... More »

Legendary Big-Wave Surfer Drowns in California

Sion Milosky went under at famed surf break Mavericks

(Newser) - The man credited in surfing lore with paddling into the biggest wave of all time (a 60-footer in Hawaii) has been killed in a surfing accident near San Francisco, reports the San Jose Mercury News . Sion Milosky, a 35-year-old Hawaii native, was surfing 20-foot waves at the renowned Mavericks surf... More »

Surfer Near Death After Giant Wave Hits Contest Spot

Surprise monster close to shore wipes out group

(Newser) - A California surfer's life was hanging by a thread after a monster wave wiped out several surf competitors who had gathered for a contest at California's notorious Mavericks beach. Some 30 surfers waiting in the water at the Half Moon Bay site were startled by a 25-footer. Several surfers were... More »

Dick Van Dyke: I Was Saved by Porpoises

Poppins star says school saved him when he found himself adrift on surfboard

(Newser) - Dick van Dyke says he owes his life to a helpful school of porpoises. The Mary Poppins and Diagnosis: Murder star recently told an interviewer that he fell asleep on a surfboard and woke up adrift at sea and out of sight of land, the Telegraph reports. "I started... More »

Surfing World Mourns Death of Champ Andy Irons

He may have contracted dengue fever in Portugal

(Newser) - He may not be a household name, but he was an absolute giant in the surfing world. That community today is mourning the death of 32-year-old Andy Irons, who was found dead in a Dallas hotel room. Police have ruled out foul play. Irons had just withdrawn from a tournament... More »

Surfers Barrel to Earl

Hurricane expected to produce 10-foot waves

(Newser) - People heading away from North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Earl approaches are passing hardy surfers heading in the other direction. Earl is the biggest hurricane to threaten the East Coast since Hurricane Bob in 1991, and surfers up and down the coast are getting ready to take full advantage... More »

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