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Surfer Felt 'a Bit Weird.' Then He Saw the Footage

Drone captures Bull shark almost touching Matt Wilkinson

(Newser) - When Matt Wilkinson saw the footage, he could only put his head in his hands. He had heard a splash as he paddled his surfboard off the coast of Ballina in northern New South Wales, Australia, on Wednesday. "[I] looked around and couldn't see anything,” the world... More »

This Year's Biggest Wave Was Surfed by a Woman

Maya Gabeira broke her own world record

(Newser) - On Feb. 11 this year, Maya Gabeira rode a monster wave all the way into the Guinness Book of World Records. Scientists determined that the wave the 33-year-old Brazilian rode off Nazare, Portugal, was 73.5 feet tall—a world record for a woman, and the biggest wave surfed by... More »

He Thought He'd Lost His Board Forever. Then, an Instagram Tag

Doug Falter's surfboard, lost in wipeout in Hawaii in 2018, turns up 5K miles away

(Newser) - Filipino Giovanne Branzuela was pretty stoked over the summer to buy a weathered-looking surfboard for $40 from a neighbor, who'd purchased it from local fishermen who'd found it floating off the island of Sarangani. They'd figured it had fallen from a yacht cruising in the area. Branzuela... More »

Teen Surfer Killed by a 'Really Big Great White'

Mani Hart-Deville, 15, lost his life in Australia on Saturday

(Newser) - A teen surfer died Saturday after a suspected shark attack left him with severe leg injuries, Australia's News Network reports. Seems 15-year-old Mani Hart-Deville was surfing in New South Wales, Australia, when the shark bit him and other surfers dragged the wounded boy to shore on Wooli Beach. "... More »

One Presidential Candidate Had a Chilly Start to 2020

Tulsi Gabbard rode the waves in Hampton, NH

(Newser) - Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard chose New Year's Day to get back on her board. Decked out in a full winter wetsuit, the Democratic presidential candidate surfed the Atlantic in Hampton, NH, watched by several supporters carrying signs, per NBC News . "History is being made!" yelled one, who... More »

Everyone Said Kite Surfer Had 'Drifted Out to Sea'

On Thanksgiving, he triggered a Coast Guard search

(Newser) - The image was scary: a kite surfer drifting out to sea. But this story had a happy ending after the unidentified surfer managed to find dry land, the Press of Atlantic City reports. It all began Thursday afternoon when a kite surfer called in saying his kite had malfunctioned and... More »

He Proposed While They Surfed. Then the Ring Fell In

Chris Garth proposes to girlfriend Lauren Oiye in Honolulu

(Newser) - A Hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend when, instead of hanging 10, he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed, per the AP . Hawaii News Now reported that Lauren Oiye said yes just before Chris Garth dropped the ring in the ocean. Multiple photographers nearby captured... More »

Surprise Surf Champ: 'Didn't Know It Would Happen This Fast'

Caroline Marks, 17, beats 3-time world champ in season opener, has eye on world championship

(Newser) - "I didn't know it would happen this fast." Those were the words of Caroline Marks on Monday after she claimed the championship trophy for the World Surf League's season opener at Australia's Duranbah Beach. What prompted those words: She's the league's youngest competitor... More »

2024 Olympics May Boast 'More Artistic' New Sport

IOC appears to be on board for break-dancing

(Newser) - Break-dancing might just become an Olympic sport. Organizers of the 2024 Games in Paris have put forth their suggestions for four sports to be added to the current roster of 28, with breakdancing listed alongside surfing, climbing, and skateboarding. The latter three sports are already confirmed for Tokyo 2020, but... More »

Family Questions Timeline for Big Wave Surfer's Death

Authorities say Adam D'Esposito drowned; his family isn't sure that's the whole story

(Newser) - The search for a big wave surfer who went missing in Mexico this month has ended with the recovery of Adam Francis D'Esposito's body near the town of Rosarito, People reports. The body was reportedly found Sept. 9—a week after he went missing—but D'Esposito's... More »

Dude, Check Out California's New State Sport

Surfing is officially sanctioned

(Newser) - Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport, per the AP . Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday he has signed a bill making it so. The new law declares surfing to be "an iconic California sport"—though it acknowledges that surfing originated with the... More »

Tesla Sells Out of Its $1,500 Surfboards

The company's unusual offering can fit into its electric cars

(Newser) - Tesla offered an unusual item over the weekend on its website: a surfboard. Branded just like the cars in sleek black and red with the electric car company's unmistakable logo, the $1,500 item was available Saturday until all 200 limited edition boards flew off the virtual shelves and... More »

Surfer Breaks Record for Biggest-Ever Wave

Brazil's Rodrigo Koxa mastered 80-foot wave

(Newser) - A Brazilian surfer has claimed the "Biggest Wave" award—and a place in the record books—for mastering a monster wave big enough to wash away Godzilla. Officials at the World Surf League determined that Rodrigo Koxa set a new record last November for the biggest wave ever surfed... More »

This Might Become California's Official Sport

Surfing, of course

(Newser) - California has an official state tree in the redwood. Now two lawmakers think that something else is so Californian in its nature that it deserves similar stature: surfing. Yes, State assembly members Al Muratsuchi and Ian Calderon have introduced Assembly Bill 1782 to make surfing the official state sport, reports... More »

When Shark Came, Surfer Remembered a Trick

Charlie Fry punched it in the nose, escaped

(Newser) - A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws, per the AP . The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm. Fry, a... More »

Wild Clip Shows Moment Surfer Breaks His Back

'What can I say, I got a little excited': Andrew Cotton

(Newser) - A big-wave surfer is already dreaming of getting back on his surfboard a day after breaking his back in what the Telegraph describes as "mountainous seas" off Nazare, Portugal. Britain's Andrew Cotton, 36, was one of several professional surfers riding big waves Wednesday when a gigantic wall of... More »

'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 »

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