Emilia Perry: preparing to dominate the North Shore

The Science Hawaii Pipeline Women's Pro will hit Oahu's North Shore between March 29th and April 12th, in the best possible wave conditions. The official are looking forward to a good swell predicted for the end of the next week. The most go-for-it surfer girls in the planet prepare to take down Pipeline and are set to get their adrenaline pumping.

Competitors will be coming from all around the world including Venezuela, Japan, Brazil, France and Africa. Barrels are waiting to be challenged in the famous Hawaiian spot.

"I am involved in this event because it is the real deal, real blue crush", says legendary Pipeline surfer Rory Russell. "Good luck, ladies". Russell is famous for his tube riding abilities and represents Lightning Bolt Surfboards. He will be awarding a surfboard to the best tube rider of the Science Hawaii Pipeline Women's Pro.

Tubes will get high scores, promise the panel of judges eye. The reef has little sand, it's exposed and lending potential for great barrels. This could be an epic year.

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Australia: good things come to those who wait | Photo: Sheffield/CoastalWatch

Mark Mathews, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow and and the Gudauskas brothers have enjoyed one of the best surfing days in Australia, in the last years. The swell hit the New South Wales region and pumped world class rides for everyone.

The Sydney surf breaks were on fire and this was called the best swell since the outstanding moments registered in June 2007. Surfers enjoyed overhead waves combined with light offshore winds and sunshine.

The year 2011 has been frustrating for the surfing community. Quality waves were rare and surfers were getting anxious to hit the surf in decent conditions, but good things come to those who wait.

In Australia, everyone is talking about it. The swell brought impressive barrels to point, reef and beach breaks. The further south you went the bigger it was.

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Hideaki Akaiwa: our hero

A Japanese surfer has saved his wife's life in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

Hideaki Akaiwa, a 43-year-old wave rider, put on his wetsuit and scuba equipment and tried to find the place where his love of 20 years was, in the middle of chaos, destruction and debris.

The water was cold, but Akaiwa managed to swim to her and rescued his wife. "The water felt very cold, dark and scary," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I had to swim about 200 yards to her, which was quite difficult with all the floating wreckage."

Hideaki met his girl in the 90's when he was surfing a local spot. But there's more. After locating his wife, Akaiwa rescued his mother trapped in her flooded house.

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