Surfing without surfboards: glide your feet through the water

What if we could stand up and ride a wave, exclusively on our feet, and without a surfboard or any other surf craft? It is now possible, even if you need special help from a computer-generated imagery professional.

Meet the floaters: Ryan Burch, Spencer Gordon, Travers Adler, and Trevor Gordon. They are about to show you how to slide across the surf line without any means of transportation.

Walking on water was a longtime dream. Now, it is a reality. Foster Huntington, the creative mind behind Van Life, spent a few months filming those who master the art of surfing without surfboards.

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Andy Criere: a tasty win at Praia da Fisica | Photo: WSL

Andy Criere and Garazi Sanchez-Ortun won the inaugural Santa Cruz Pro 2016, in three-to-four-foot surf at Praia da Fisica, in Portugal.

The French surfer defeated the Portuguese star Jose Ferreira in the Men's final. Criere opened his account with a 6.67 wave and later backed it up with a convincing 8.33. Ferreira never found his rhythm, and only collected 5.66 points from the judges.

"I'm beyond stoked! After last year's final, I really wanted to win an event and today was my day I guess. Everything went my way, day's like this don't come too often, so I'm enjoying this," explained Andy Criere.

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Filipe Toledo: going for broke in Huntington Beach | Photo: Vans US Open of Surfing

Who will claim the Vans US Open of Surfing 2016? The event runs from July 23rd-31st, in Huntington Beach, California.

The last American to win the iconic contest was Kelly Slater, in 2011, but the US armada will try to recapture the trophy lost to Julian Wilson (2012), Alejo Muniz (2013), Filipe Toledo (2014) and Hiroto Ohhara (2015).

Last year, Ohhara raised the Japanese flag and wrote a beautiful story for his country. This time, he will return and do his best to repeat the feat.

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