Chad Nelsen: he breathes Surfrider | Photo: Surfrider Foundation

Chad Nelsen is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Surfrider Foundation.

The largest grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches has a new commander. Nelsen replaces Jim Moriarty, who managed Surfrider in the last nine years.

"I am extremely honored to lead the Surfrider Foundation. Our mission to protect our coasts is vital, and the strength and dedication of our grassroots activist network is the key to our success," expressed Chad Nelsen.


Wilkinson and Slater: this is not Photoshop | Photo: ASP/ Poullenot

Kelly Slater failed to advance Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro France 2014, at Hossegor. Gabriel Medina is through to Round 3.

After watching Taj Burrow, Michel Bourez, Jeremy Flores, and Joel Parkinson claiming their early morning heats in the Southwest of France, Slater knew he had to build a winning pace to keep his Dream Tour title hopes alive and steady.

But Matt Wilkinson had a different plan, in a rather strange heat. In one of the best waves of the day, Slater pulled off a 9-point huge air reverse but backed off for Wilkinson, who had priority.


Closeout re-entry: a last-chance maneuver in surfing | Photo: Quiksilver/Chauche

In competitive surfing, the closeout re-entry is an exclamation mark. Performing a last-chance maneuver when the wave is closing out might change a heat, but it also shows how competent an intermediate surfer can be wrapping things up.

The section is coming at you. It's the last opportunity to show commitment, power, balance and aggression in surfing. The closeout re-entry is quite demanding, but it also separates the men from the boys.

After targetting the lip, accelerate from a deep bottom turn towards the oncoming section. To avoid getting knocked off, anticipate the impact by flexing your legs and applying strong back foot pressure just before you hit it. Your center of gravity must be lower than the surfboard's with your backside under the rail.