Cork surfboards: they float

When Archimedes designed the first buoyancy principle, he was certainly thinking of how to get a surfboard in the water.

"Any object, wholly or partly immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object", stated the Greek mathematician. Today, computers make his job quite well.

From this moment on, all surfboard shapers started to test the best materials to acquire top performance, light weight, design and resistance to impact. Nowadays, everyone knows how to shape a standard surfboard. When building the perfect formula for a champion, the choice of materials is decisive.

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Dunedin, New Zealand: protecting the Kiwi surf breaks

New Zealand has announced the protection of 19 surf spots, under the revised Coastal Policy Statement.

This is a huge victory for the entire Kiwi surfing community. The water quality, access or placement of anything in or on the water that may affect swell reaching the surf breaks will be under tight control.

Although the consistency of the waves on 'The Whangamata Bar' is already in danger, because of the regular marina dredging, a new beginning is taking place in the country.

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Raoni Monteiro: just like Fabio Gouveia

History was made and written in the ancient book of surfing. For the first time in 20 years, a South American male surfer has conquered the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach.

Raoni Monteiro is the man of the moment and follows his fellow Fabio Gouveia who took the event in 1991. Head-high waves were enough for Monteiro. The final consisted of the Brazilian, Hawaii's Granger Larsen, and Australian pair Julian Wilson and Josh Kerr.

"It means a lot to me because I've been trying to do good in Hawaii for so long," said Monteiro, who is from Rio de Janeiro".

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