The Doolin Point: Irish pearl, do not touch

The Doolin wave peak, in Ireland, is threatened by the construction of a €6 million pier planned by the Clare County Council.

The Irish surfers may have reasons for concern as the best wave spots of the country might disappear - Doolin Point and Crab Island.

The West Coast Surf Club and Irish Surfing Association are launching a petition for everyone to sign their protest.

Surf tourism is a very relevant activity in the area of west Clare and this pier will certainly change many lives.

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Dick Pearce: an UK surfing legend

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dick Pearce, who shaped traditional wooden surfboards in North Devon for the last fifty years.

Thousands of British surfers got their first start on one of Dick’s famous ’surf riders’, and it’s a fitting tribute to him that they’re now going through a revival on our beaches and even have their own world championships.

He passed away peacefully at Eastleigh Care Home near his home in South Molton on Saturday July 10, 2010 aged 81. He’d had cancer for the last decade but only stopped working full time in the last year.

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Jordy Smith: hey, home win

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, has claimed his maiden ASP elite victory, taking out the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay over Adam Melling (AUS), 25, in front of a capacity hometown crowd.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay was nothing but blaring Vuvuzelas and roars from the bluff as these two titans went tit-for-tat in an incredible Final exchange. The young South African proved the victor, dominating from the outset and securing an emotional first win.

“This is the best day of my life,” Smith said. “The crowd on the beach has been supporting me the last few days and hearing the cheers and the Vuvuzelas just gets me fired up to perform. It feels like they’re pushing me along. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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