Surfing the Baan: an Indian tidal bore river wave

A group of European surfers has discovered a powerful tidal bore river wave in the heart of India. They've named it "The Baan."

Welcome to the Hooghly River, a 260-kilometer (160 miles) water current flowing through West Bengal. Can you imagine catching waves a mere 20 kilometers away from Bangladesh, in a major tributary of the Ganges?

The growing Indian surfing community has a new gem in the country's surf spot map: a tidal bore river wave that happens to build up twice a day, in changing tides.

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Surfing animals: dogs, alpacas, goats, cats, rabbits, squirrels, seals, mice, sheep, pigs, swans, and even elephants share the stoke

Humans who love surfing tend to think animals like to ride waves. Sometimes that is true and sometimes it is not. The truth is that the number of animals that hit the peak could easily easily justify the opening of a surf zoo.

Surfing animals are getting famous. Their names and stunts are spreading all over the internet making their owners proud and happy. Some of these creatures of Nature learn rapidly and prove they can do better than humans by, for example, hanging 20.

Training dogs, alpacas, goats, cats, rabbits, squirrels, seals, mice, sheep, pigs, swans, and even elephants requires time, dedication and patience.

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Jordy Smith: floating to victory | Photo: Red Bull/Trevor Moran

Jordy Smith has conquered the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014, in San Clemente, California, in windy five-foot wave ramps. The ASP World Tour title race has introduced new variables in the game.

Kelly Slater watched Gabriel Medina falling at the hands of Adrian Buchan in the quarterfinals, and he couldn't hide a smile. The Brazilian had lost first place in the overall rankings.

"I did mistakes and Adrian was surfing very well. It happens. Fifth place is a keeper. I just want to make heats. I will work more," expressed Medina.

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