Wavegarden: we want a surf pool in the Sahara Desert

The era of the artificial wave is coming. Nearly monthly, the progress toward perfect artificial waves is being made. In the coming years, there will be a button for classic overhead barreling right-handers and another one for a beginner's three-foot wave lesson.

Surf pools and surf parks are being installed everywhere; from Asia to North America. In Europe, the Instant Engineering Company has developed what is considered the best artificial surf experience ever created: the Wavegarden is no longer a prototype and is breaking down barriers in Spain's Basque Country.

While the surf community and surf entrepreneurs seem to be anxious to ride and build copies of the beautiful Wavegarden, there is one man taking notes. The Kelly Slater Wave Company promises what at present seems impossible: the best robotic surf ride in the history of the sport.

"Cool they made a wave, but I think you'll all be very happy when you see what we have in store. :)," said Slater on his Twitter account, after the Wavegarden boys unveiled their creation.

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Greg Long: always sitting in the bottom of the valley

Greg Long will be honored "Waterman of the Year" by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), in the 2011 Waterman’s Weekend, between August 11-12th.

The surfer from San Clemente is often referred to as “the best young big wave surfer on the planet.” Like the waves he surfs, his curriculum is impressive: winner of the 2003 Red Bull Big Wave Africa, champion of the 2008 Mavericks Surf Contest, winner of the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau 2009, held at Waimea Bay Hawaii, and many more trophies.

Long has become one of only two surfers in the world to be invited to all three major big wave paddle events. He is also the winningest surfer at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave awards and a world star in sports magazine.

Greg gives back to the community by giving motivational presentations to schools and community groups, as well as through his involvement in environmental organizations including Surfrider, Save the Waves, Wildcoast and The San Onofre Foundation.

"What Greg is doing to advance the sport of surfing is truly awe-inspiring, and he embodies the term 'waterman' to the fullest extent", says Doug Palladini, SIMA President.

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Sion Milosky: gone but not forgotten

Hundreds of surfers, Hawaiians and friends have payed a tribute to Sion Milosky, a the big wave surfer that lost his life while riding Mavericks, in Half Moon Bay, California.

The Prince Kuhio Beach Park gathered fans wearing the "Live Like Sion" cap. Milosky was a great surfer, dad, husband and friend. He always wanted to get a bigger and better wave.

His intense battle with adrenaline was memorable. The Kauai charger is an inspiration to all generations of worldwide surfers and won't be forgotten. In the homage to Sion Milosky, surfers paddled out, formed the classic Hawaiian circle and poured the ashes of their friend.

At the same time, helicopters dropped beautiful flowers and emotions flowed.

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