Bethany Hamilton: first victory in 10 years

Bethany Hamilton has conquered the Surf N Sea Pipeline Women's Pro 2014, at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.

Bethany Hamilton was on fire and fully deserved victory, in three-to-five foot wave faces on offer at the Hawaiian surfing capital.

The 24-year-old surfer claimed the first event title in 10 years. The final heat saw four surfer girls in action - Moana Jones, Sayuri Hashimoto, Dax McGill and Hamilton.

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Andrew Cotton: have you got a ruler?

The contest window for the 2014 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards has been concluded.

The 2013/2014 winter season showed why big wave surfing has a bright future ahead. In Ireland, Mexico, Tasmania, Tahiti, Portugal, California, Western Australia, Hawaii and France, the number of quality waves ridden meant a record number of entries for the XXL competition.

"This was clearly the most outrageous year for extreme big waves in the fourteen years of the Billabong XXL Awards," says Bill Sharp, director of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

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Big wave surfing: doctors are studying new dangers

The third Annual Conference in Surfing Medicine will be held at Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland, between 9th-13th September, 2014.

The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) will be taking surfing medicine to extremes. The unprecedented North Atlantic swells of our recent winter boosted big wave surfing in the Old Continent.

Waves of immense ferocity and magnitude were cast upon the shores of Western Europe. The danger factor increased incommensurably.

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