ISA Surfing Masters: years of riding knowledge

The venue for the planet’s greatest event in Masters Surfing, the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship (WMSC) has been named.

The perfect waves of Santa Catalina, on the north Pacific coast of Panama will see the best over 35 year-old surfers from all over the world from August 29 to September 5.

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Ryan Payne: he has a deal with Xcel to win all contests

Local favorite and 2009 winner Ryan Payne has emerged victorious once again at the Xcel Pro Showdown At Supertubes.

In near-perfect 6'-8' Supers walls and barrels, Payne took his second victory in a row, defeating goofy-footer Remi Peterson in the man-on-man final.

"Thanks very much to Xcel and everyone involved in this contest," said Payne on the beach his win. "It's definitely the best event I've ever surfed in, and it will be for the rest of my life."

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Surfing in UK: heavy boards used in 1929, hein?

Eighty-one years ago Lewis Rosenberg and a group of friends saw a newsreel showing Australians surfing standing up on their surfboards – it was a moment of inspiration that changed their lives.

This close-knit group of Jewish immigrants, who lived in London and Hove, had been riding their four-foot long wooden bodyboards in the West Country and Channel Islands for almost a decade. But in 1929 they set about building their own longboard, wrapped it in linen sheets, and took it on a steam train from London to Newquay.

Not only did they try to teach themselves how to surf standing on their board, they also filmed their exploits and now this rare footage has been brought back to life after lying untouched in a Cambridgeshire loft for many years.

“When Sue Clamp visited one of our exhibitions and told us she had film of her father’s surfing exploits on a wooden longboard in 1929 we were totally blown away,” said Peter Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing. “We took the reels of fragile 9.5mm stock to the local film archive for them to be preserved and transferred to digital tape – it’s a national treasure.”

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