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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Surfing in Italy: the right way is still unclear

Italian surfers are facing a national turmoil. There are currently two governing bodies working independently. The Federazione Italian Surfing (Fisurf) was founded in 1997 and is the official governing body for surfing, as recognized by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Surfing Italia is a very popular organization in the Italian surf club scene. From the Sardegna to the Toscana region, Surfing Italia has gathered a good number of affiliated local surf clubs.

In the last two years, Fisurf and Surfing Italia have been trying to unite efforts, but it has not been easy. "After countless meetings, phone call and emails we could not get a positive result", tells the latest Surfing Italia press release.

Surfing Italia defends that clubs should be the ones who decide a future president, respecting the Italian legislation. An agreement was not possible and the entire Surfing Italia board of directors resigned.

So, in the next months, there's a lot of work to do in order to reunite surfers, surf clubs and governing bodies. The International Surfing Association is expected to contribute with ideas, proposals and guidelines.