Australian Open Surfmasters Titles: a turn, in style surfing

While the world’s elite surfers get ready for the next leg of the ASP World Tour, Australia’s top amateur surfers are waxing their boards in anticipation for the Australian Open Surfmasters Titles.

The prestigious event, running from 22-28th August, 2010 at Port Macquarie, forms part of the upcoming Country Energy Australian Surf Festival, which also entails the Australian Longboard Titles (14-21st August) and the Australian Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Titles.

Reigning Open Men’s champion Mark “Richo” Richardson of Queensland will be out to defend his title despite a swag of up-and-coming talent qualifying for this year’s event.

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Cortegaca Beach: at night, the spirits of surfing will invade this place...

Portuguese surfers will flock to Cortegaça Beach, in the north of Portugal, for another thrilling "Surf At Night".

The event will be held between 13th-15th August.

Friday, all surfers are welcome to hit the waves at 22pm. May the swell make it happen for hundreds of wave riders.

Saturday, the moonlight surf will be reserved to invited athletes. They will show their talented dark skills in a special Expression Session.

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China Walls: come on, restore the safe access

Surfers are still struggling to reach the China Walls, one of the best surfing spots in Oahu, Hawaii.

One year ago, the authorities closed one of the entrances to this wave with a locked gate.

Nevertheless, surfers chose to jump the fence, as there is no alternative to reach the peak. Many people have injured themselves while doing this.

This is a very dangerous way of reaching China Walls, but the local authorities haven't restored a safer pathway to the water.

China Walls is a very popular place not only for surfers, but also for swimmers, scuba divers, snorkelers and cliff jumpers.

The locked gate has limited rescue time to everyone having fun out in the water.