Daniel Büeler: riding a surfboard in the mountains of Switzerland

Daniel Büeler has shaped a surfboard for landlocked riders.

Switzerland has no waves. The nearest coastline is located 200 kilometers to the south (Ligurian Sea), and 700 kilometers to the west (Atlantic Ocean). Switzerland is all about snowboarding and skiing.

The Swiss Confederation has more than 1500 lakes covering six percent of the national territory. There are perfect conditions for stand-up paddleboarding, but waves and surfing are, still, a mirage. At least, until an artificial wave park hits Zurich.

Read more ...

Cory Lopez: barreled at Teahupoo | Photo: Tom Servais

Floridian surfing legend Cory Lopez is the new name written on the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. The goofy-footer from Dunedin is one of the most traveled free surfers on the planet.

"Lopey" has a long and successful career. He is one of the three famous contemporary Floridian surfers who made it to the Championship Tour. Despite never having won the world title, Cory Lopez conquered several top events.

The 38-year-old surfer won the Billabong Pro Tahiti (2001), the US Open of Surfing (2003), the Globe SI Pro (2005), the gold medal at the ISA World Surfing Games (2010), and three gold medals at the X Games.

Read more ...

Bethany Hamilton: surfing the biggest wave of her life | Photo: Lieber Films

Bethany Hamilton has ridden 40-foot waves at Jaws, in Hawaii, seven months after giving birth to her son Tobias.

Twelve years after losing her left arm in a tiger shark attack at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hamilton says he caught the biggest wave of her life and career in Peahi's infamous surf break.

The 25-year-old surf star was towed into huge waves, as her husband and father watched from a boat. It was not her debut at Jaws. Bethany Hamilton surfed a single wave here when she was just 18.

Read more ...