Habitat 67: the Montreal river wave | Photo: Corran Addison

Habitat 67 is Canada's most famous standing wave. Located in the Lachine Rapids, in Montreal, Quebec, the ride attracts surfers from all over the world.

The static wave breaks right in front of a futuristic residential block planned by the famous architect Moshe Safdie, in 1967. Habitat 67, the surf spot, is a fast-flowing river wave that is enjoyed by surfers, bodyboarders and kayakers.

This challenging wave can build up to two metres high. Upriver, surfers can find an alternative: "Big Joe" is also surfable and endless rides are available.

There are more than 500 local surfers. The Montreal surfing community discovered Habitat 67 in 2002 and, since then, thousands have been testing its qualities. Watch how is it to surf at Habitat 67, in Montreal.

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Crab Island and Doolin Point: another great wave under threat

The Doolin Point, one of the best waves in Europe, may be pumping world class rides for the last months. The local councilors voted unanimously in favor of a new pier at Doolin, in the Clare County, in Ireland.

The new construction will destroy the Doolin Point and Crab Island, two prime surfing destinations. In addition, surfer will be put in danger, as they will have to paddle from inside the pier, in the near future. Ferries and new currents will add extra difficulty to water sports.

The final conclusions of the wave modeling prove that the pier will have a deep impact in the quality of the wave. The 32 councilors know that, but decided to end surfing in the region.

The Doolin pier will be funded with EU support and the local environment will be largely affected when construction work begins within four to six months.

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Gary Saavedra: long wave rider

Gary Saavedra has entered the Guinness Book of World Records. The surfer from Panama surfed for three hours and 55 minutes in 41.3-mile wave created by a power boat.

Saavedra, the 13-time national Panamanian surfing champion, had been training hard for the "Red Bull Canal Cross" challenge. Watch how he successfully completed his goal.

The weather conditions were pretty tough. The surfer had to battle 20-knot winds and large vessels that were making the water conditions unstable for riding the artificial wave. Saavedra almost fell and lost his wave ten times.

He reached his goal by arriving at the the Amador Causeway, in the southern entrance of the Panama Canal, where more than 30 supporters cheered him.

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