The Future of Surfboards: there's everything a modern surfer will need

How will the surfboards be in the future? Will they embed gadgets such as mobile phones? Will surfers be able to feed themselves while enjoying the pleasures of wave riding? Where is innovation in modern surfing?

Well, in 2004, Intel - world’s largest chip manufacturer - created the world’s first ever surfboard with built-in wireless laptop. The surfboard allowed surfers to check their emails and surf the internet.

We're living in the world of global communications, so decided to shape the surfboard of the future or, if you wish, the futuristic surfboard.

Here's our proposal:

1. HD Camera: good for capturing the biggest barrel of your life and to prove it to your friends and family;
2. iPad w/ Internet Access: "yes, boss. I am in a middle of a meeting. I'll call you back in a few waves... er... minutes";
3. GPS w/ Height Measurement: your aerial moves will be recorded and you'll enter the "Biggest Air of the History of Surfing" after many tries;
4. Finger Pulse Oximeter: is my body responding well to seven consecutive duck dives?;
5. HiFi Embedded Speakers: hit the peak with Metallica or Jack Johnson;
6. Propeller: tired of paddling? No problem. Press "on". thinks these are the best add-ons for the future surfboard. Have you got other suggestions?

Australian Open Surfmasters Titles: a turn, in style surfing

While the world’s elite surfers get ready for the next leg of the ASP World Tour, Australia’s top amateur surfers are waxing their boards in anticipation for the Australian Open Surfmasters Titles.

The prestigious event, running from 22-28th August, 2010 at Port Macquarie, forms part of the upcoming Country Energy Australian Surf Festival, which also entails the Australian Longboard Titles (14-21st August) and the Australian Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Titles.

Reigning Open Men’s champion Mark “Richo” Richardson of Queensland will be out to defend his title despite a swag of up-and-coming talent qualifying for this year’s event.

Richardson will also be representing Australia in the upcoming World ISA titles in Peru in the Open men's team.

Hot on the heels of Richardson will be recently crowned NSW Open Men’s champion Max Ayshford (Matraville, NSW).

Ayshford was in the most sparkling of form at the Kiama based NSW Open State Titles in July. Having claimed an Australian Junior Title as a 16-year-old and now a prestigious NSW Open Surfmasters Title two years later, Ayshford will be one surfer to watch once the siren fires on competition.

“I would love to add an Open Aussie title to my junior crown,” said Ayshford. “I felt like I performed pretty well in Kiama, so hopefully I can keep it going in Port Macquarie.”

Entertainment Schedule:

Surf Art / Reg Mombassa: Selected Works / Thursday 29 – Sunday 26 September 2010 / 10am – 5pm Tues – Fri & 10am – 4pm Sat & Sun / Free
Surf Film #1 / Going Vertical – The Shortboard Revolution / Wednesday 18th Aug 2010 / 7:30pm* / Tickets $17.50*
Surf Music #1 / Haldanes Daughters + The Grains / Friday 20th August 2010 / 7:45pm* / Tickets $12.50*
Surf Film #2 / Tim Bonython’s Sessions 2 - Slab Hunter and MayDayz - 2 massive days at Teahupo'o / Thursday 26th August 2010 / 7:30pm** / Tickets $12.50*
Surf Music #2 / King Tide + Mojo Bluesmen / Friday 27th August 2010 / 7:45pm* / Tickets $17.50*

Cortegaca Beach: at night, the spirits of surfing will invade this place...

Portuguese surfers will flock to Cortegaça Beach, in the north of Portugal, for another thrilling "Surf At Night".

The event will be held between 13th-15th August. Friday, all surfers are welcome to hit the waves at 22pm. May the swell make it happen for hundreds of wave riders.

Saturday, the moonlight surf will be reserved to invited athletes. They will show their talented dark skills in a special Expression Session.

"Surf At Night 2010" will also display skateboarding experiences, concerts, fitness, a radical zone, surfing lessons and much more.