Wavejet: boost your paddling

Tired of paddling and fighting against the white water walls. The Wavejet might be for your. Meet the new motor powered surfboard, only 13 pounds heavier than a traditional surfboard.

Surfers can easily opt for turning the motor on or off by using a remote strapped to their arm in a wristwatch-like device. Wavejet can be recharged through a standard wall socket. There's no gasoline or diesel involved. You can watch the Wavejet in action.

Technology has been changing surfing and this Personal Water Propulsion (PWP) engine was designed for use in a wide range of personal watercraft, from SUP to surfboards. Wavejet can be up in a continuous run-time of over 30 minutes.

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Rio de Janeiro: there are people watching you from their homes

Everybody's ready and surf's up. The best female surfers in the world are gearing up for the 2011 Billabong Pro Rio, at the Barra da Tijuca surf peak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's the fifth stop of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season.

The exciting return to Rio promises superb surfing performances. Carissa Moore is fired up after making four Finals from four events and claiming two victories. The young Hawaiian holds a solid position as frontrunner at the moment.

"I’ve have had an amazing year so far," Moore said. "To make four Finals from four events is a really good start for me and I’m having a lot of fun. Everyone is surfing really well and I’m feeling really pushed right now by all the girls like Coco (Ho), Tyler (Wright), Steph (Gilmore) and of course Sally (Fitzgibbons)."

Sally Fitzgibbons, current ASP Women’s World No. 2, has had a breakout year of her own, making two Finals and collecting a well overdue inaugural victory at Bells Beach.

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Pantin Classic: a Spanish surfing jewel

In 1988, one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the longest running surf contests in the world was being born in the region of Galicia, in Spain. The first Pantín Classic was surfed between 23rd and 25th September.

The winner of the surfing competition was Jorge Imbert and the bodyboarding trophy went to Gonzalo Casal "Super". The decades have passed and the contest survived time, economical crisis, regional shifts and lack of sponsoring.

There are many stories behind this true surf classic. The Pantín Beach is located in Ferrol, an autonomous community in northwest Spain, in an industrial and naval region. Pantín is not far from A Coruña, one of the biggest cities in Spain, but at the same time is far away from huge building, traffic jams and highways.

More than 20 years after the inaugural Pantín Classic, a beautiful documentary has been released. The film tells the stories, past, present and future of the iconic surf competition. Watch it in Spanish language.

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