Pumpabike and AquaSkipper: who said you need surfboards to ride waves?

Can you imagine riding waves with a human-powered hydrofoil? The invention has 60 years, but this small hydrofoil watercraft has hardly seen the light of day, in the mass market.

It might sound strange, but flapping wing propulsion watercrafts are the fastest water-based vehicles propelled solely by human power. They can reach speeds of up to 34 kilometers per hour (21 miles per hour).

The Wasserläufer was a forerunner of the design developed in Germany during the 1950s. The secret lies in a light submerged body that provides buoyancy with a reduced drag force.


Kelly Slater: eyeing his new surf brand

Kelly Slater will develop his own apparel brand with the support from Kering Group.

After more than 23 years together, Kelly Slater and Quiksilver parted ways. The end of a long marriage will also mark a new stage in the Floridian's business life.

Slater has teamed up with the Kering Group, owner of Volcom, to create and develop from scratch his own surf insignia.


Mick Fanning: floating at Margaret River | Photo: ASP/Kelly Cestari

The first round of the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has been completed with a few upsets, in offshore three-to-five foot conditions at Main Break.

Local hero Taj Burrow, Hawaiian Fred Patacchia and Californian Brett Simpson would exchange a series of low scores throughout the majority of their quiet affair, leaving the door open for any competitor to steal a coveted Round 1 win.

While the heat would remain absent of any big scores, Burrow would find a rhythm in the final minutes, logging two mid-range rides on Margaret River's righthanders for the win.