Fred Hammings: the statesman surfer

Hawaiian House Democrats have killed the identification of surfing reserves in the State, after the measure was approved unanimously, minutes before, by the State Senate.

The proposal had been designed by Fred Hemmings, a Republican surfing passionate, who was retiring from politics.

Hemmings was just trying to show the world the cultural and historical value of surfing in Hawaii, but Democrats felt like it was time for the traditional political fights.

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Haleiwa, Hawaii

Hawaiian surf legend Marvin Foster has died, Tuesday, in Haleiwa.

The respected big wave surfer was found by his brother but the causes of death are still unknown.

The 49-year-old was a tube riding master and had developed a special technique for backside barrels.

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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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