Duane DeSoto: party time

Duane DeSoto is the new king of world longboard. The Hawaiian surfer, 33, has just conquered his first ASP World Longboard title, after beating the French Antoine Delpero, in Makaha, Oahu.

DeSoto was playing in home waters, in front of friends and family, but showed a great stamina to win five heat victories in a row.

“This feels insane,” DeSoto said. “I’ve been trying for so many years and I’m 33 and I finally got a title. I started doing these when I was 16. I’m just so incredibly happy to be here and it couldn’t get any better".

Also, Duane has scored the best waves of the entire event. In the semi-final, the Hawaiian defeated his fellow mate Bonga Perkins, the 38-year-old experienced longboarder. But, the island of Hawaii is still mourning the loss of a great friend and surfer.

“I’ve got a lot of emotions running though my head,” Perkins said. “Losing my good friend Andy (Irons) and my Mom, for me to make it this far into the event with these many things in my head, I’m pretty happy. I’m pretty stoked.”

Oxbow ASP World Longboard Championships Final Result:

1 – Duane DeSoto (HAW) 14.97
2 – Antoine Delpero (FRA) 13.53

Bethany Hamilton: a true soul surfer

"Soul Surfer", a film about the life of Bethany Hamilton, is going to be premiered on April 15, 2011, in US theaters.

Directed by Sean McNamara, "Soul Surfer" tells the story of a competitive surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack, but has keep showing everyone the determination do live the true surfing dream. Watch the trailer for the "Soul Surfer" movie.

The devastating 2004 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean unexpectedly gives Bethany a new perspective. Traveling to Phuket, Thailand with her youth-group leader Sara Hill (Underwood), she witnesses life beyond her own shoreline and discovers her greater purpose—she can make a difference in the lives of others.

Filled with a new sense of hope and direction, she returns home with a renewed resolve to conquer her own limitations and set an encouraging example for people facing adversity.

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Paddling out in Puerto Rico: see you in heaven, Andy

Emotions, tears and memories flowed throughout the surfing world as Andy Irons passed away at 32.

In Puerto Rico, where the pros gather for the Dream Tour competition, surfers paddled out and raised their arms in honor of the late Hawaiian legend.

The memorial service was held at Middles Beach, in Porta Del Sol, today. Roy Powers (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW) and other friends carried bouquets of flowers and laid them on the ocean.

Watch the tribute video made by our friends at Track Magazine.

Andy Irons is resting in peace with all of us in his heart. There's a tribute photo gallery dedicated to Andy Irons.