Shooting the pier: exciting and dangerous | Photo: US Open of Surfing/Michael Lallande

Shooting the pier. It's one of the ultimate surfing experiences. The exciting stunt can turn into tragedy, but we're leaving clues on how to navigate through the pilings at 30 miles per hour.

First of all, a disclaimer: This is dangerous stuff, boys and girls. It cannot be stressed enough how much practice and experience a surfer needs to have before attempting it. Riders have been injured, and even killed trying. Don't be that guy.

For shooting the pier, you must know your skill level. Are your maneuvers tight and controlled? Do you have big wave or barrel experience? Can you bail out at the last minute safely and effectively?


Joan Duru: climbing up the wall | Photo: ASP/Damien Poullenot

The Round 3 of the SATA Airlines Azores Pro 2014 has been concluded in perfect three-to-five foot surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

Maxime Huscenot was one of the standouts of day two of competition. The French surfer showed exceptional rail-surfing and a fine aerial repertoire, including a 9.67-point wave in his Round 3 clash.

"That left is super fun and I love to surf on my backside. I knew the backwash today would come into play, so I changed boards. I know two scores is all you need, and I focused on selecting the best options out there," explained Huscenot.


Ben Shaw: surfing for 29 minutes and 10 minutes at Kure Beach

Ben Shaw has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive surfing session, at Kure Beach, North Carolina.

The passionate surfer rode waves for 29 hours and 10 minutes. He was raising awareness for Ocean Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving free surf lessons to medically fragile and at risk youth and adults.

Shaw entered the waters of Kure Beach at 6:30am (30th August, 2014) and kept catching waves until 11:40am (21st August).