Surf dogs: they hang twenty

Eighty surf dogs will hang 20 in the 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. The canine surfing event will take place at Dog Beach, in Del Mar, on the 7th September, 2014.

The surf dog competition will feature for the first time the Paddle Paws Parade, a stand up paddleboarding show for puppies mastered by the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

All 80 dogs will compete in four different weight class divisions. Winners are selected based upon their ability to ride the waves, have fun and stay on their boards.


Ella Williams: chasing medals at the ISA World Surfing Games | Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

The ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games will be ridden in Punta Rocas, Peru, between October 24th and November 1st, 2014.

The International Surfing Association [ISA] prepares to celebrate 50 years with the world's largest surfing competition, which includes Team, Men's and Women's divisions.

"We are delighted to be going back to Peru for the 2014 edition of the ISA World Surfing Games and our 50th anniversary celebration. I am looking forward to witnessing the world's top surfers compete in the perfect waves at Punta Rocas," says Fernando Aguerre, the ISA president.

"The ISA has enjoyed 50 years of success and I will ensure that we channel our energy, ambition and love of surfing as we enter the next stage of our development and step up our aim for Olympic inclusion."

The International Surfing Association gathers 86 member nations and expects to achieve its goal of reaching 100 countries in 2015. It is estimated that 35 million people in over 100 countries surf globally.

The 2014 World Surfing Games will see 192 surfers from 32 countries battling for medals in the world-class break of Punta Rocas.

Bede Durbidge: judges loved this new trick | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Wipeouts and upsets marked the near conclusion of Round 2 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014, in Teahupoo.

With six-to-eight foot barrels on offer, the world's best surfers repeated the daily dose of tube riding performances.

Josh Kerr survived the first elimination round against fellow countryman Mitch Coleborn. Kerr put out a solid surf, with an excellent 8.83 for his first wave, and a nine-point for a long tube and narrow escape.