Nathan Hedge: experience pays off at Teahupoo

The 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti will run between August 15th-26th, at the world-famous reef pass of Teahupoo. A solid swell is expected to hit the magic island in the second week of competition.

Glenn Hall, Mitch Coleborn, Tuamata Puhetini, and Nathan Hedge will join the Dream Tour surfers as Teahupoo prepares a cold meal to be served at the infamous lefthand reefbreak.

Kelly Slater has won in "Chopes" four times (2000, 2003, 2005 and 2011) and in 2005, he surfed the perfect heat, scoring the first-ever 20 out of a possible 20 points against Damien Hobgood in the Final. Adrian Buchan is the defending event winner. He's ready.


Tom Carroll: ageing means big wave surfing | Photo: Rod Owen/Red Bull

Tom Carroll, Ted Danson, Rusty Preisendorfer, and Hobie Alter have been honored at the Waterman's Weekend, at Laguna Niguel.

The 25th edition of the Waterman's Ball, an event held by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), aimed to push the fundraising total to the $7 million mark.

All funds raised go directly to supporting specific programs of 19 non-profit environmental organizations that address water quality and ocean pollution issues, defend beaches and surf breaks from development, and provide public education on ocean conservation.


Garut Widiarta: monitoring the Padang Padang lip | Photo: Mick Curley

The best ever edition of the Rip Curl Cup Invitational saw Garut Widiarta stealing the show in firing wave conditions, at Padang Padang, Indonesia.

He is considered Bali's favourite son. Garut Widiarta is living the dream. The final of the 11th Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang got underway in solid six-to-eight foot bombs driving against powerful trade winds.

In the last heat, cousins Raditya Rondi and Widiarta had giant sets closing out the channel. But their knowledge and experience would prove that Indonesian surfing is coming out of the underground world.