Greg Long: ready to defend the 2015 Big Wave Tour title | Photo: Hallman/WSL

The Puerto Escondido Challenge 2016 gets underway Friday, June 24th, in Oaxaca, Mexico.

According to the surf forecasters, the first stop on the 2016/2017 Big Wave Tour (BWT) season will deliver 25-to-40-foot waves.

Twenty-four big wave riders will compete at Puerto Escondido for the first time in the history of World Surf League's Big Wave Tour. The most powerful beach break in mainland Mexico is known for its shifty peak and powerful closeouts.

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YouRiding's The Journey: a surfing game with 300 real surf spots

YouRiding has been developing online action sports games since 2007. The first bodyboarding games were a huge success, so the company extended its portfolio to surfing, free skiing, and snowboarding.

Now, YouRiding is hitting the mobile device world with new titles. Simulating waves in digital interfaces has never been an easy task, but the results achieved so far can be considered enjoyable. Far from perfect, but fun.

"The Journey" is a smartphone/tablet surfing game featuring 300 real surf spots, and realistic tricks and maneuvers. Players are invited to pick their favorite surfers and customize a series of options.

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Bruce Gold: the true surfing hippie

Bruce Gold has been living a hippie surfing life for more than 40 years. Discover the legend who collects shells, and once surfed with Miki Dora.

The surf industry has never had a room for Bruce Gold. Not that he cares. Surfing's status quo breathes young, tanned, and good-looking role models. And Bruce never fit in mainstream surfing.

Today, he enjoys an occasional spliff, goes surfing several times a day, and keeps monitoring the surf conditions. Nature is his habitat, and meditation is part of his daily activities. Not the regular weekend warrior, is he?

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