ISA strips gold medal from Mark Richardson for positive THC test
“The ISA has been conducting drug tests at every ISA World Championship since 1992. Since then, the ISA has conducted over 600 drug tests, including to all finalists at all our World Championships, and this is the first gold medalist who has tested positive." —ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
Series of shark attacks hit Hawaii
A recent string of shark attacks in Hawaii has left many surfers concerned and bewildered.
In response to recent attacks, Reunion Island shuts down its lineups and plans to cull 90 sharks
In response to a surge in shark attacks, government officials in Reunion Island have banned surfing outside of the island's lagoons until October 1 of this year. Anyone caught surfing outside of the lagoon will face a $50 fine. Additionally, they plan to cull 90 sharks—45 tiger sharks and 45 bull sharks—from the island's waters to help combat the attacks.
Riot police called to Huntington Beach to subdue unruly crowd
Following the conclusion of the US Open at Huntington Beach, riot police were called to the event to break up an unruly crowd that had gathered at PCH and Main Street. Bedlam appeared to ensue as the crowd tipped over numerous port-o-poties and ran amuck in the streets.
Officials believe contaminated water leaked into ocean near damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors
Contaminated water from the Number 3 nuclear power reactor at Fukushima has been leaking into the ocean for the past two years.
The tough reality of becoming a professional surfer
With the industry in flux and team rosters cut to the bone, it's clear that the road to sponsorship has never been more difficult to traverse.
Nat Young breaks down his patented backside maneuver
While it may not be the flashiest of maneuvers, the backside snap is at the foundation of proper power surfing. Santa Cruz’s Nat Young, a man with one of strongest backside hacks in the game, unveils the inner workings of his patented turn.
New developments emerge following the ASP's recent purchase
Under the marriage with the ASP, Gary Linden envisions many new developments with the Big Wave World Tour, including the creation of new events.
Planned nuclear power facility near J-Bay sparks outrage among surfers
The proposed development of a nuclear power facility near Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa has led to outrage among some surfers and members of the local community. Construction on the power plant, which has been hotly debated, is scheduled to begin as early as next year at Thyspunt, which is located 10 miles from J-Bay.
Reef McIntosh breaks down backside barrel riding
Although the act of backhand barrel riding may appear simple, the reality is anything but. To the unknowing observer, a stellar tube requires nothing more than a well-timed stall, while in reality it takes a series of perfectly timed speed checks and pumps coupled with an innate understanding of the wave itself—a hell of a lot harder than it looks. Lucky for us, Pipeline aficionado Reef McIntosh took a few minutes to break down his approach to backside barrel riding.