- 17 November 2009 | Surfing
A large gathering of surfing dignitaries from all over Australia enjoyed the official opening of Surfing Australia’s new headquarters at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. Formerly based in northern NSW at Casuarina Beach, Surfing Australia’s move to Coolangatta was motivated by the need to better position itself in a surf and business related area.
“This move strategically positions Surfing Australia in a more business orientated environment for our commercialisation process.” said Surfing Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stark. “Nationally and Internationally the Gold Coast is recognized as surfing’s heartland” added Stark
“This year’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Men’s World Champion will be a Gold Coaster whether it be Mick Fanning or Joel Parkinson and there’s every chance Gold Coast’s Stephanie Gilmore will successfully defend her ASP Women’s title as well and it’s essential that Surfing Australia is well established in this perfect business and cultural environment.”
Surfing Australia’s High Performance Training Centre will appropriately stay at the Casuarina Office utilising the wide variety of surf breaks on the Tweed Coastline along with the outstanding training facilities in the Casuarina Precinct while the head office in Coolangatta caters for the ten full time staff attached to Surfing Australia.
- 17 November 2009 | Surfing
It's the story that sets an event apart. There is no fabricating the life of a man, the gigantic waves he rode with a passion, or the venue of symbolic cultural importance where he rode them.
What began as a local tribute to one of Hawaii's favorite surfing sons in 1984 - the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau - took on a life all its own. And the story is the reason why we will celebrate 25 years of the event this winter, perpetuating Aikau's life, legacy and spirit.
The universal appeal and strength of "The Eddie" is a testament to the human spirit it honors and that we all seek to connect with: a life lived with passion, dedicated with meaning, and exited from heroically. Aikau was all that. And this is his story.
Just 31 when he lost his life in an attempt to save others, Aikau has physically been gone now for as long as he was here: 31 years.
But far from being forgotten, his life, the waves he rode, and the lives he saved on his ancestral grounds at Waimea Bay have become a part of Hawaii's story, passed on from person to person around the world, like a wave seeking shore. Aikau is not just a part of surfing history, but a life story woven into the fabric of Hawaii.
- 16 November 2009 | Surfing
Riding on the extraordinary surfing of a slew of Ticos, the best of whom ended up in 2nd place overall in the IX Pan American Surfing Games, the Costa Rica National Surf Team today made history by placing 2nd in the Games that took place at Playa Olivenca de Ilhéus – Bahia, Brazil.
With the skills of Jason Torres earning his first silver medal in the Open, Costa Rica secured its 4th consecutive pódium visit at the PanAmerican Surfing Games since 2003. In this opportunity, however, rather than mining Bronze and Copper as before, the overall points earned by the team resulted in their earning a silver medal and a subchampionship at these PanAmerican Surfing Games.
This team silver medal is even more significant since Costa Rica competed in Brazil with an incomplete team. From the nine selections that arrived here, only Peru, Venezuela and Guadalupe brought the full 15 athletes for the 6 categories. Costa Rica took 8 competitors.
“We do not really believe it,” said José Ureña, President of the Federacion de Surf de Costa Rica and Technical Director of the Costa Rica National Surf Team. “The praises of the other teams and people who followed up in these competitive days came at us from all sides. It’s not something that we can say enough, but the work that we managed to do has been even better because we arrived here with only 60 percent of a team.”