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Surfer Who Was 'Loved by All' Killed in Hawaii Shark Attack

Pro surfer Tamayo Perry was 49

(Newser) - A professional surfer and lifeguard who appeared in movies including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was killed in a Sunday afternoon shark attack off Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii. The AP reports Tamayo Perry, 49, died in an attack near Goat Island. Honolulu Ocean Safety and city...

Paris Olympics Hit a Surfing Snag
Paris Olympics
Hit a Surfing Snag

Paris Olympics Hit a Surfing Snag

Construction of a new tower apparently caused problems before it even began

(Newser) - Tahiti's Teahupo'o "is one of the most powerful and deadly waves on the planet for surfing," in Surfer Today's view, a place that has only been surfed since 1985 but one that now features on the World Surf League's championship tour. It's also...

'The Wave of My Life:' Female Surfer Makes History

Laura Enever of Australia surfs a 43.6-foot monster, is certified by Guinness

(Newser) - An Australian named Laura Enever now holds the mark to beat for other female surfers—43.6 feet. The Guinness Book of Records has certified Enever with paddling into the largest-ever wave by a woman, reports . The 31-year-old conquered the wave back in January in Oahu, Hawaii, but...

Surfer Fatally Mauled by Shark 'in the Blink of an Eye'

Police are now hunting for body of man off coast of South Australia after Tuesday attack

(Newser) - A surfboard with a bite mark is all that remained after a surfer off of South Australia's Eyre Peninsula was dragged under the water Tuesday by what witnesses believe was a great white shark. Police confirm they're now looking for the 55-year-old man's body, per 7NEWS , which...

Guy Who Surfs With Pet Python Hit With a Fine

Wildlife authorities aren't pleased with Australia's Higor Fiuza and his snake, Shiva

(Newser) - Higor Fiuza is a familiar face in the beach community along Australia's Gold Coast, and he's often got Shiva in tow. Shiva isn't the name of his surfboard, or a canine companion—that's his pet Morelia bredli python, who accompanies Fiuza in the water as he...

Pro Surfer Dies in Freak Accident With Board

Hawaii native Mikala Jones was 'arguably one of the most barreled surfers on the planet'

(Newser) - An American professional surfer who became famous for taking cameras and viewers inside barrel waves has died in a freak surfing accident. Mikala Jones, 44, was fatally injured while riding waves in Indonesia's Mentawai Islands on Sunday morning. According to Surfline , the native Hawaiian was surfing near Awera Resort...

Bethany Hamilton Boycotts Surfing Events Including Trans Women

Pro surfer refers to trans female athletes as 'male-bodied'

(Newser) - Bethany Hamilton, the pro surfer and author of the memoir Soul Surfer whose arm was bitten off by a shark when she was 13 , is boycotting World Surf League events to protest the league's new trans-inclusive policy. WSL said trans women will be allowed to compete in women's...

Surfing Legend Dies Riding Giant Waves

'Mad Dog' surfer Marcio Freire died while practicing in Nazare, Portugal

(Newser) - Surfing legend Marcio Freire died Thursday in a place some call surfers' heaven: Nazare, Portugal, which is famous for its giant waves. The 47-year-old Brazilian died while practicing tow-in surfing, the local maritime authority said, per Reuters . He was one of three surfers in the documentary Mad Dogs , which looked...

This Is the Largest Wave Ever Surfed by a Human

It measured 86 feet in height, and Sebastian Steudtner rode it

(Newser) - The wave that surfer Sebastian Steudtner rode in October 2020 has been confirmed as the beast it appeared to be. Guinness World Records on Tuesday announced the 36-year-old German did indeed break the record for riding the largest wave when he rode an 86-footer off Portugal. The Washington Post reports...

AM Routine Helps Zuckerberg Cope with Daily Bad News

Morning headlines and emails often leaving him feeling like he's been 'punched'

(Newser) - Most mornings, Mark Zuckerberg awakens to what he calls "a fair amount of bad news and new things that I need to absorb," per Insider , which quotes a recent interview on the Tim Ferriss Show . To relieve himself and prepare for the day ahead, Zuck explains he tries...

Another Athlete Goes Public With Mental Health Needs

Gabriel Medina pulls out of the World Surf League season

(Newser) - In naming him its "Athlete of the Year 2021," SurferToday wrote that No. 1-ranked Gabriel Medina "seems to have found a personal stability that clearly influences his competitive performance." The 28-year-old Brazilian announced Monday on Instagram that he's bowing out of the 2022 World Surf...

Olympic Surfing Hopeful Fatally Struck by Lightning

Katherine Diaz planned to compete for El Salvador this summer

(Newser) - Katherine Diaz planned to compete for her home country of El Salvador when surfing makes its Olympic debut this summer. But the 22-year-old, the country's top surfer, was struck by lightning and killed Friday while training near her home in El Tunco, the Guardian reports. Per a Spanish-language newspaper,...

'Anyone Who's Ever Broken Their Pelvis in Half Can Relate to This'

Billy Kemper talks about the wave that almost killed him

(Newser) - "Anyone who's ever broken their pelvis in half can relate to this," Billy Kemper says of the injury that almost ended his surfing career, and his life. The 30-year-old Hawaiian, widely considered one of the best big-wave surfers in the world, tells CNN that friends saved his...

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...

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...

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...

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. "...

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...

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...

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...

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