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10.28.15

Random Happenings

Skysurfin’ Comin’ to Florida Wave Pool

New wave pool atop a ten-story building planned for Orlando

If you’ve seen Bladerunner as many times as I have, then you’re likely just as convinced as I am that our future will take place entirely in skyscrapers (and in off-world colonies). There’s only so much available land out there, so, up, up, up we go. But where to put the wavepools that we’ll all

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10.28.15

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Virtually Yours

WSL releases new footage allowing anyone to (almost) get barreled

For more than a decade, virtual reality has been the holy grail of the tech world. Countless start ups and millions of dollars have been lobbed into the quest of taking a viewer inside another world, without ever having to leave the couch. Time and again, the devices have failed. The biggest problem? They make

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10.21.15

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We Live In The Future

So now what?

We live in a time when further progression and innovation seems just about impossible, especially in the surf world. Motorized vessels pull men and women into backless waves that break over sharp, live coral. Above-the-lip antics of weightless little groms’ seem to pay homage to Shawn White’s winning half pipe runs rather than to the

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10.14.15

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KFC Reenacts Fanning’s Shark Attack

Fried-chicken peddlers feature embellished shark encounter in new ad campaign

Poor Mick Fanning. The guy quarrels with a shark on live webcast, sees his life flash before his eyes, and now a fried-chicken chain is poking fun at his close call. I’m not sure how “next level awesome” equates to a shark encounter, but if an overly processed “Jacked Up Double Crunch” sounds appetizing to

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10.7.15

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Surf Snowdonia Forecast Flatlines

Wave park closes again to make repairs

After months of media hype that culminated with Albee Layer’s win at the Red Bull Unleashed event, the manmade peaks in Wales’ Surf Snowdonia wave park have been put on hiatus. According to officials from Surf Snowdonia, the machine that generates the left-and-right-hand lineup suffered a serious malfunction recently, forcing the company to cease all operations until

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10.7.15

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Storing San Onofre’s Nuclear Waste

California Coastal Commission approves construction of "concrete monolith"

The California Coastal Commission gave a controversial go-ahead to build a concrete structure that would hold nuclear waste from the inoperative San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Orange County Register reported on Tuesday. The system — officially named an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) — would house dry, steel casks of spent fuel to

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9.28.15

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Surfing Shortlisted for 2020 Olympics

One step closer to surfers going for the gold

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee announced early this morning that it approved surfing for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo games. This doesn’t mean that surfing is officially in yet, just that the Tokyo games organizers have recommended its addition, along with four other sports — baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, and skateboarding. The surfing portion would

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9.17.15

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Finally: Overhead Man-made Surf!

Of the unsurfable kind, but still...

Snowdonia what now? That well-overhead sloshing you see above is purely in the name of science, but oh, the possibilities! The Dutch, ever-vigilant to the possibilities of their entire country being subsumed beneath the freezing waters of the Atlantic, built this tsunami-replicating beast to test the water-resisting ability of some of their legendary dike technology.

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9.17.15

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‘Point Break’ Releases Second Trailer

"You haven't surfed anything like this"

The second trailer for the highly-anticipated Point Break is hot out of the oven, which means you get another glimpse at the probable scenario of a hotshot FBI-agent’s brash attempt to tame Teahupoo. Heed the fisherman’s advice, Johnny Utah.

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9.12.15

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Dolphins Hate SUPers

The proof is in the body slam

Two stand up paddlers went surfing in Los Angeles the other day when a dolphin surfing a wave decided to body slam straight into the SUPer that was attempting to get the clip. Well, he definitely got the clip. While in actuality the dolphin was probably just confused, we’re not counting out the idea that

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