Dean Hanmer: brave paddler

Early mornings, countless kilometres and hours of gruelling training paid dividends for Dean Hanmer today, as the Broadbeach bolter proved he’s a cut above his paddleboard peers, winning the 8.5 kilometere Xcel Open Ocean Paddleboard Race from Snapper Rocks to Currumbin Estuary.

Winning the blue ribbon Unlimited Open Men division, in a time of 59 minutes and thirteen seconds, the paddleboard powerhouse smashed his nearest opponents by more than 6 minutes finishing ahead of Bondi Rescue star Corey Oliver (1hr 5min 23sec) and Scott Wildin (Burleigh Heads, Qld – 1hr 8min 2sec) who finished second and third respectively.

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NSL: not to be confused with the National Skydiving League

The best high school surf teams in the country will meet at Upper Trestles, CA this weekend June 12-13 for the National Surf League (NSL) High School Cup Championships.

Using the National Surf League’s innovative “Game” team format, the High School Cup will feature some of the progressive amateur surfing action ever seen, along with all the drama, strategy and spectator excitement the “Game” format is known for.

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Caballitos de Totota: the future of surfboard shaping

No, pro surfers aren't going that retro. But Sofia Mulanovich, Sally Fitzgobbons and junior Nadja de Col surely enjoyed the "Caballitos de Totora", old surfboards originally used by fishermen in the waters of Peru.

These ancient and unique surf treasures have thousands of years of history and are made of a watergrass type.

"They are huge and heavy, much bigger than a normal surfboard. It was incredible. A lot of fun but very difficult to stand up and do some maneuvers with it. It does not have killas, and its very, very heavy" Sofia Mulanovich commented.

Watch how to ride wave with a "Caballito de Totora".

Maybe they'll exchange it for the quad fin surfboards... Who knows?