Ryota Matsushita: taking the most out of small waves

Ryota Matsushita won the Murasaki Shonan Open 2014, at Kugenuma Beach, Kanagawa, Japan.

Despite the small waves on offer (one-to-two foot surf), the ASP Japan Tour event got underway in beautiful weather conditions. The final heat had three Japanese surfers and one Australian rider. They've understood how hard it can be to perform tricks on small bumps.

Fresh from a 9th place finish at the last event in Mexico, Connor O'Leary continued his good form to earn 563 ASP Qualifying Series ranking points and USD $4,000 prise-money, but most importantly the result saw him climb from 93rd to 63rd on the rankings.

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Serge Dedina: a surfer running for Mayor of Imperial Beach | Photo: Serge Dedina

Serge Dedina, a Californian surfer and environmentalist, is officially a candidate for Mayor of Imperial Beach, for the upcoming November 2014 election.

The author of "Wild Sea: Eco-Wars and Surf Stories from the Coast of the Californias", and co-founder of non-profit environmental organization WildCoast wants to "make Imperial Beach a better place for kids and families."

Dedina lives in Imperial Beach - "my hometown" - since he was seven years old. In his career, Serge helped developing two national parks along Baja's Sea of Cortez coastline, and halted Mitsubishi Corporation from destroying San Ignacio Lagoon.

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Pepe Oltra: 21 kilometers in 2h38m | Photo: Jorge Góis

Pepe Oltra has conquered the São Jorge 2 Pico, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

The first ever oceanic stand up paddle (SUP) marathon held in Europe gathered twelve athletes. Eleven were able to conclude the 21-kilometer (13 miles) challenge in Atlantic waters.

The conditions were perfect. Light southeast winds and a southern one-meter swell helped paddlers link São Jorge and Pico. Marta Salaberri, the only woman in the contest, finished the crossing in sixth place.

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