Thiago Camarao: Brazilian style | Photo: Glaser/Oakley

Thiago Camarao claimed the Oakley Lowers Pro Trials 2015, at Lower Trestles, California.

The Brazilian surfer and runner-up Ezequiel Lau were awarded highly-coveted spots into the main field of 96 surfers that will compete at the first World Surf League (WSL) QS10000 event of the year.

The Oakley Lowers Pro Trials were run in clean and glassy, one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves. Despite the small conditions, all eight surfers showed anything is possible when you've got talent.

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Wadi Adventure: inspiring the Texan dream

A medical laboratory scientist wants to overcome the irregular surfing conditions of Texas by building a surf pool in the Greater Houston area.

Naradah Tisdel has a dream, and he will try to write history in the heart of Texas. The scientist-DJ has set up a crowdfunding campaign to draft the plans for a park called Surf Republic.

"It has the potential to lower barriers of entry into the sport, and will impact tourism, health and wellness, economic development, the surfing community, the start-ups, general business, the themed attractions, and action sports community," stresses Tisdel.

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Punta de Lobos: the wolves will chase you | Photo: Escobar/Red Bull

The Quiksilver Ceremonial 2015 will get underway on April 30th, in Punta de Lobos, Chile.

It's on. The World Surf League (WSL) has raised the green flag. There's a projected 20-foot-plus swell heading towards the Chilean big wave break. And it's one of the biggest in a long time.

"The swell we've been tracking from Antarctica has intensified and we've called the Quiksilver Ceremonial in Punta de Lobos on for a Thursday start. We're very excited to kick off the 2015/2016 season in such style at an iconic venue with an incredible competitive field," underlines Peter Mel, Big Wave Commissioner at WSL.

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