Elishama Beckford: double victory at the 2014 Makka Pro | Photo: Sean Murray Photography

Elishama Beckford has stormed the 2014 Makka Pro, in Yallahs, Jamaica, by winning the Open and Junior trophies in front of hundreds of surfing enthusiasts.

With a low pressure in the central Caribbean pumping five-to-eight foot waves over Jamaica's southeast coast, Makka Beach had it all.

In the Junior final, Elishama, Nick Pryce, Ivah Wilmot, and Ronald Hastings had 30 minutes to show off. A total of 34 waves were surfed, with multiple exciting exchanges. Beckford would prevail, with Nick in second, Ivah in third, and Ronald in fourth.


Artificial waves: surfers will design their own rides

The Sunshine Park, Australia's first artificial surf pool, will be able to pump 500 waves per hour, on the Sunshine Coast, in 2016.

The project, which will be built by Waterplay Pty Ltd, at Steve Irwin Way, in Glenview, on the Sunshine Coast, will embed Webber Wave Pools technology. The $90 million investment promises to create 250 jobs.

The Sunshine Park will feature an artificial surf pool, waterslides, canoeing tracks, 120-room hotel, restaurants, and holiday village. It will be fully built in three years, with the wave pool opening earlier.


Matt Banting: he clearly deserves more sponsors | Photo: Michael Lallande/US Open of Surfing

Matt Banting and Bailey Nagy have conquered the Vans US Open Pro Junior 2014, at Huntington Beach Pier, California.

Banting was able to pull an excellent last-second 9-point wave to jump from last to first, and defeat finalists Cam Richards, Joshua Moniz, and Miguel Tudela.

"I'm over the moon. I couldn't really buy a wave throughout the heat and for that last wave to come in the last minutes was a gift from God," reveals an emotional Matt Banting.