Pepe Oltra: 21 kilometers in 2h38m | Photo: Jorge Góis

Pepe Oltra has conquered the São Jorge 2 Pico, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

The first ever oceanic stand up paddle (SUP) marathon held in Europe gathered twelve athletes. Eleven were able to conclude the 21-kilometer (13 miles) challenge in Atlantic waters.

The conditions were perfect. Light southeast winds and a southern one-meter swell helped paddlers link São Jorge and Pico. Marta Salaberri, the only woman in the contest, finished the crossing in sixth place.


Surfer dog: canine style in the waves | Photo: San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Ziggy, Ricochet, Hanzon and Kalani are the winners of the 2014 Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, held at Imperial Beach, California.

Fifty surf dogs gathered for one of the most important canine wave riding contests in the USA. The 9th edition of the Surf Dog Competition crowned champions in four categories: small, medium, and large dogs, as well as an innovative tandem surf showdown.

Dogs are surfing better and better. It's clear that many can already carve and turn like true professionals. One day, they'll be hitting the line-up by themselves, snaking their best friends for the perfect wave.


Stretching: your surf muscles will love it | Photo: Rip Curl

Surfing is a complete physical sport. The act of catching waves interferes with your bones, tendons and muscle groups. Surfers are known for quickly developing flexibility and endurance, but what are the main muscles involved in surfing?

The concept of surf training is relatively new. In the last two decades, professional surfers have dedicated more time to the performance of their bodies and added special workout routines to their schedules.

But what can the average surfer do, in terms of physical exercise, in order to step up from good to great, out in the line-up? Is there any particular fitness guide for wave riders?