US Open of Surfing: as big as soccer

The world’s largest action sports festival wouldn’t be complete without an all-star event. And at this year’s U.S. Open of Surfing, held July 31-August 8 at the Huntington Beach Pier, we’ll see the return of the World Professional Surfers (WPS) All Stars.

Last year, fans voted online for their favorites and were then able to watch eight icons — including Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Mick Fanning, CJ Hobgood and Rob Machado — perform live in both the main event and in two specialty expression sessions. Not only did it help amplify Huntington’s stadium atmosphere to unprecedented levels, but it honored those surfers who continue to move the sport forward.

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Kai Hing: one day he will be just like Mark Richards

Formerworld champion surfer Mark Richards is renowned for pushing the limits of performance surfing throughout the 1970’s and early 80’s. But today, he was wasn’t letting his own surfing take the limelight, rather mentoring Australia’s finest under 16 junior surfers participating in his MR Surf Camp.

MR, who won four consecutive World Titles from 1979 – 1982, spent the morning with the countries up-and-coming junior surf stars as they participated in mock heats on a day trip to South Stradbroke Island before returning to the mainland for some high performance sport training.

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Xcel Open Ocean Paddleboard Race: it's tough

XcelWetsuits & UV Performance Gear will welcome over 100 of Australia’s best Paddleboarders to the Gold Coast this weekend for the 2010 Xcel Open Ocean Paddleboard Race.

For the uninitiated, paddleboards are streamlined, specialised craft that are designed for paddling long distances and riding open ocean swells. Coming is a range of sizes, they’re paddled surfboard style in either a prone or kneeling position.

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