Kolohe Andino: the Red Bull sticker gives him wings

Yes, the world's most famous energy drink is taking over surfing. As you might have noticed, the surf industry is suffering deep changes. Will the "Big Four" keep up as we know them? No, Red Bull is increasing the pressure on the conservative surf industry market.

Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Billabong and O'Neill. For more than two decades, these were the brands that we would traditionally see on the shelves of our local surf shops.

But the classic surfing oligopoly is quietly giving in. Small brands are growing, and the new generation of surfers is chasing new niche concepts, when it's time to buy surf wear, and surf gear.


North Korea: waves are everywhere | Photo: Uri Tours

North Korea is opening its frontiers to surfing, with three new tours organized by the government.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has announced three surf resorts in the country's east coast: Songdowon, Lake Sijung and Majon.

The government led by Kim Jong-un is trying to boost the revenues from tourism, and surfing is part of the plan. The Korea International Travel Company (KITC), controlled by the nation's tourism bureau, is organizing surfing tours to the best spots.


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.