Epic swell: Australia has been blessed

Late autumn, historically reknowned as the most consistent time of the year to score quality surf has lived up to its reputation and delivered a run of epic waves all over Australia.

Coastalwatch Editor Ben Horvath said, “Everywhere has been pumping. The southern WA region enjoyed an incredible run of six swells in the 6-8ft plus range in three weeks, Shipsterns Bluff has averaged a massive 10ft swell a week for the last 6, Vic pumped for two weeks straight, and the east coast finally turned on a solid 8-10ft south swell last weekend.”

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Blake Lively: a helping hand from Rob Machado

Soul surfer Rob Machado is teaching how to surf to athletic role model and actress Blake Lively.

They appear together in Vogue Magazine. Lively compares the routine of getting into a wet suit to "the process it takes to get into couture!".

Rob Machado tried an impossible mission. "My goal was to keep her hair dry! I failed, but she never actually fell. We rode every wave to the end." he tells Vogue.

You can watch the slideshow of Rob Machado and Blake Lively for Vogue.

Leo Delyannis and Carson Mosley: true surfers

From Georgia to Delaware, surfers young and old scoured their quivers for their weapon of choice last week as the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition kicked off, lasting Thursday through Sunday. While the waves may have been less than epic, the stoke was prominent - and it was contagious.

This year's contest roster was filled with strong competitors, all shooting for the top spot in their divisions. Showcasing hopefuls such as Virginia Beach local, Ryan Leopold, The Regional paves the way for a future in competitive surfing. "To be even considered in the The Easterns(r), you have to do well in The Regional," commented Harry Purkey, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director.

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