Brad Domke fins-free at another monster
By now you’ve heard the name “Brad Domke” more than a couple times and it’s mostly because of the guy’s insane crusade to charge the biggest and baddest waves on earth on a skimboard. Thus far, the man has gone frictionless at numerous oversized Mexican beachbreaks, Teahupoo, and now Nazaré. Yes, you read that right. The Portuguese
Color-coded difficulty system proposed by Gold Coast, Australia council
Green circle. Blue square. Triple black diamond. These pairs of colors and shapes are familiar on ski runs as difficulty warning symbols, but they soon could appear at Gold Coast surf breaks too, according to a recent article by The Brisbane Times. As part of a developing “Surf Management Plan” that is evolving in response
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.