Santa Claus: he loves surfing | Photo: Body Glove

Whether you're freezing in England, Germany, Spain and Portugal or you're having a refreshing beer in the warm beaches of Brazil and Australia, it's Christmas time.

Surfers have always been very creative and innovative in this season and everyone knows Santa Claus' preferred sport is surfing. And kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding, of course. He simply loves wave riding.

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Bruce Irons: emotional waves

And there he was, Andy Irons, overlooking his fellow surfers and friends paddling for each moment they shared with the Hawaiian. The 2010 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons has kicked off in six foot waves, on Oahu’s North Shore.

It was a day of mixed feelings. Bruce Irons witnessed the birth of Andy Jr. and flew in to the contest to compete against Tom Whitaker, who took Andy's open slot.

"He's a nice, healthy baby boy. Lyndie and Andy Axel are doing really good and I'm just happy that they're healthy” Bruce said after the heat. “Contests are fun but life means a lot more. I was at the hospital at 8 o'clock, the baby came out, some guy gave us a private jet, picked us up at the airport, flew by the (Pipeline) lineup and parked at Mokuleia, and drove right here".

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Cobden Beach: New Zealand lost two great surfers | Photo: hs238/Panoramio

Glen Cruse and Kane Nieper have lost their lives in the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy, in New Zealand. Our fellow surfers were members of the Kahuna Boardriders Club.

Glen was a miner and Kane was a builder working for a local contractor. They both had young children and were wonderful mates.

Last week, the surf club members attended the memorial service, at Omoto Racecourse, and gathered friends and family to remember their friends.

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