York Beach: surfing is not allowed here

There was a time when skateboarding was considered a crime. It was a long time ago and now everybody sees it as an amazing sport. In the 21st century, there are still some cities in the Western World where banning water sports is for real.

It happens in York Beach, Maine, USA. Surfing is prohibited even when this town delivers perfect and safe conditions for wave riding. First, the lifeguards were shocked as if a murder was being committed. They run along the beach, they watch surfers in a state of shock and then they call the Police.

"Last Line of Defense" is a video footage that tells the story of angry lifeguards that call for angry Police support. "First of all, they are not allowed in here. So, they all need to leave. Second is that camera on. Shut it off because I'm telling you to", said the policeman.

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Jeffreys Bay: South Africa's most crowded wave

Matthew Stewardson, actor and former Idols presenter, has collapsed and died while surfing at Jeffreys Bay.

The South African TV presenter was learning how to ride waves when he lost his life. Apparently, Stewardson may have died of heart attack, only one day before his 36th anniversary.

"He was not ill at all - he had a history of drug abuse and he was on the road to recovery again but maybe, you never know if it was interrelated. I spoke to him two hours before he died and he was at his happiest", said his sister Joanne Pienaar Stewardson.

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Peru: a surfing nation

More than 20.000 surfers are visiting Peru, every year, to enjoy the best waves of the country. The information was revealed by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

Surfers from all over the world are very interested in the wave peaks of Punta Rocas, Chicama and Cabo Blanco. These are the best spots for surfing in Peru. The local economy is highly benefited.

"This sport is a specialized niche that still has much growth potential. Peru has the world's longest wave at Chicama beach in Trujillo, one of the world's highest waves at Pico Alto beach in Punta Hermosa and tube waves at Cabo Blanco beach", says Eduardo Ferreyros, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism.

Surf tourists come mainly from Australia, USA and Brazil. There are a lot of surf schools and a young surfboard manufacturing industry. In 2010, the South American country exported 6.000 surfboards and accessories worth more than US$550.000.