- 09 May 2011 | Surfing
A 42-year-old surfer has died after being hit by a boat on the southern end of Queensland's Gold Coast. The man was surfing at Currumbin Alley, one of the Coast's busiest surf spots, when he was hit by a boat crossing the notorious Currumbin Bar.
Police say the accident happened at about 8.45am. People on the boat were able to pull the man out of the water and he was taken to Gold Coast Hospital with serious injuries.
The man later died in hospital. The boat driver, who helped rescue the badly injured surfer, was in state of shock. Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident.
- 08 May 2011 | Surfing
Miguel Pupo has clinched the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro, at Lower Trestles at San Clemente’s San Onofre State Beach. The 19-year-old surfer from Brazil defeated local standout Tanner Gudauskas in a close final of 13.63 to 13.57. The Hawaiian ride Keanu Asing took the who won the ASP 5-Star Oakley Pro Junior.
Pupo will gain the valuable 6500 points towards his ASP World Ranking while Gudauskas’ runner-up finish earns him 5200 points, each helping their campaigns towards qualification for the elite ASP World Tour. The Oakley Pro Junior’s ASP 5-Star status offered the most points on offer towards surfers’ campaigns towards qualification for the prestigious ASP World Junior Tour. Watch the final video highlights.
Pupo, who was trailing Gudauskas throughout the first half of the Final, got the best of a crucial exchange by taking the heat’s highest single-wave score of an 8.33 for a steep left that offered several turns which the progressive Brazilian completed with an air-reverse on the inside. Pupo found a back up score of a 5.30 on his last wave to secure the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro victory.
- 07 May 2011 | Surfing
What's your favourite surf shop? Everyone has their own special place, where discussing prices for new surfboards, leashes, wetsuits, board shorts and even wax is actually easier. Surf shops are surfers' second home, right after the local surf spot.
Setting up the perfect surf shop is not an easy task. If you're planning to open a new wave sports store, there are few things you should consider: location, number of potential clients, access to suppliers, range of contacts with brand managers, area of the store, an updated website, nice employees, products, bargain and loan strategies and, last but not least, luck.
From the surfer's point of view, a surf shop is the place where he can find the latest surf gear at the best prices. Simple as waxing down a surfboard. Start by selecting a good headquarter for the store. The best and most successful surf shops in the world are located by the beach or a few miles/kilometres from a popular surf spot.
After carefully selecting the location, define the range of products you are going to sell. Surf wear will probably save your business. The biggest profit share of the surf industry comes from shirts, board shorts, shoes, swimsuits, pants and jackets.
New wetsuits and surfboards are critical to attract costumers but margins are smaller and the number of units sold is also much smaller.