Taylor Jensen: taking it easy

Taylor Jensen and Jen Smith have claimed the 2014 Australian Longboard Surfing Open, at Kingscliff, New South Wales.

The Legendary Pacific Coast Open Pro final was fiercely contested between two former ASP World Longboard champions Taylor Jensen and Harley Ingleby.

The American surfer Jensen came out on top even though he only pulled three waves during the 30-minute final for a combined two wave total of 16.10.


Hobie Alter: there's always an alternative to conventional surfboards

Hobart "Hobie" Alter has passed away at 80. The surf industry leader teamed up with Gordon Clark to use polyurethane foam in modern surfboards.

"Hobie" Alter was born in Ontario, California, in 1933. He began surfing at 16, in Laguna Beach. After reaching the finals of the Makaha International surf contest, he started producing his own boards.

In 1958, he teamed up with laminator Gordon Clark to develop polyurethane foam blanks that could be marketed for surfboard shaping.


Margaret River: the surf jewel of Western Australia | Photo: Surfrider Foundation

The 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will gather the world's best surfers in the Southwest of Australia, between 2nd-13th April.

Margaret River is a special place. A long-time staple on the ASP Qualification Series, this year is the first time in over 20 years that Margaret River has been an elite stop for both the men and women.

The women's event regained World Championship Tour status in 2013 having last featured in 1996, while this year sees the men's event upgraded to become part of the Dream Tour for the first time since 1990.