Surfing Australia: thank you dear Minister

The surfing world has plenty of reasons to be extremely happy. In Australia, the Minister for Sport Mark Arbib granted Surfing Australia extra funding of $1 million per annum for the next four years.

The additional budget will revolutionize the sport in the land of cangurus.

“This new money is the single biggest opportunity surfing has ever had to really make a difference and progress the sport in the areas of grass roots participation development right through to High Performance", said Andrew Stark, CEO of Surfing Australia.

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Bill Laity: he just loves surfing

The Guinness World Records has had thousands of unusual challenges. Bill Laity, 37, added another one to the list. He simply decided to break the record for the longest continuous surf session, in Huntington Beach, from Saturday to Sunday, in stormy sea conditions.

Laity kicked off his attempt at 5am and fought heavy rain, strong winds and choppy waves. For 26 hours, the passionate surfer took his 5'7'' shortboard and defyed the weekend swell.

"I was stressed. I knew everyone had my back and I didn't want to let anyone down", he said.

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Kneeboarding: that is not easy

Kneeboarding is not a very common sport in the world's beaches but, in fact, there are lot of fans and competitors out there.

The truth is more than 200 competitors from 12 countries will competing for the highest trophy, from 19 to 26 March 2011, at Phillip Island, Victoria.

The 2011 ISA World Kneeboard Titles is held every two years and will crown the world champions in the Open division as well as the age divisions that range from Under 16 to Over 60.

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