Rail of Death: if you fail, you fall | Photo: jackenglish.com/TransWorld Surf

The surfing roller coaster is back and the madness, too. Our friends at Fuel TV and TransWorld Surf have made an upgrade of the (in)famous "Rail of Death". The version 2.0 of the water metal ramp was initially installed in Ponto, Carlsbad, California, and then moved to Oceanside.

It wasn't easy. The portable device was carried to the water by more than 10 surfers. Heavy stuff for heavy chargers. But, the first attempts to ride the "Rail of Death" were not so successful. The tide was too low and the structure was a little bit intimidating.

As the tide started to come in, the majority of the roller coaster went underwater and it was easier to ride it. Suddenly, the masterpiece broke. No worries, our boys used it a very useful launch ramp. Time to celebrate.

Shark shield: very useful indeed

South Africans have invented a electromagnetic shield that protects humans from the shark attacks. The idea has already been tested and saved lives.

The technology is based in a three dimensional electrical wave form that induces spasms in the sharks’ snouts, saving surfers and swimmers from severe injuries and deaths.

After the series attacks at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the local authorities have showed interest in buying devices to protect the tourists.

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Surfing Great Britain: a fresh new start

Surfing Great Britain is the new National Governing Body (NGB) for surfing in Great Britain. The new institution will replace the British Surfing Association (BSA) and it is a completely new organization, not just the BSA under a different name.

The future of British surfing kicks of with a new executive board, as the BSA Ltd is insolvent. The fresh restart starts from 1 January 2011, under the Surfing GB brand, and it will work with the federations of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Channel Islands to create a strong, efficient and dynamic national administrative structure for surfing.

The assets of the old BSA Ltd will be distributed to its creditors, which means that Surfing GB has to start from scratch with an empty bank account.

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