- 13 April 2011 | Surfing
Kelly Slater has a busy surfing agenda. Before hitting the waves of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the ten-time world champion has been training his skills in several different breaks.
In Australia, Slater decided to take the crazy train of "Ours", an almost impossible slab very much appreciated by the Bra Boys. The wave is fast, powerful, heavy and irregular. If you're not experienced, avoid a long stay in the nearest hospital.
Taj Burrow and Mark Mathews shared the "Ours" waves with Kelly Slater and nobody got hurt. Watch the video, here.
Fiji is near. So, the fully booked agenda ordered a few meals in "Restaurants" and Cloudbreak. Slater even tests a strange 3D equipment around his chest in the six-foot Fiji waves.
- 13 April 2011 | Surfing
Matt Mohagan has conquered the inaugural South Bay Boardriders Club Big Wave Challenge. The Los Angeles surfer caught a 15-foot wave at the El Porto jetty, in Manhattan Beach, and got away with a $1000 check and a custom-made 10-foot big wave gun shaped by Pat Readon.
Derek Levy, Chris Rodriguez, Marcelo Malinco and Tyler Hatzikian were also nominated for the prize, but Mohagen's wave captured by surf photographer Jeff Farsai was hailed as the best in the final decision. Watch Matt Mohagen taking Hammerland.
"I'm so psyched. It's been a long winter," Mohagen told the Manhattan Beach Patch. "I got that wave in January and actually have been really nervous hoping another big swell wouldn't come in."
To capture the Hammerland wave, Farsai positioned in the surfer's riding line and directioned his Canon digital SLR camera towards Mohagen. The wave breaks near the jetty.
The contest for the region’s biggest wave rider kicked off last year on December 1st and ended March 31st.
The original board members of the include South Bay Boardriders Club Mike Balzer, Derek Levy, Tom Horton, Kim Komick, George Loren, Matt Walls, Tim Ritter, Kevin Campbell, Dickie O’Reilly and Kelly Zaun.
- 12 April 2011 | Surfing
"Soul Surfer", the surf movie featuring the life and courage of Bethany Hamilton, is already a tremendous success. The film tells the true history of a young surfer girl who has been attacked by a shark and struggles to make her dreams come true.
In the opening weekend, "Soul Surfer" reached the fourth place in the box office making more than $10 million dollars. The life story of Bethany Hamilton is almost religious because she believed everything was possible after losing one arm.
Faith, determination, passion for surfing and the will to win led Hamilton to a surfing national title, while competing at the highest level all over the world. Check the "Soul Surfer" movie trailer.
Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt star in "Soul Surfer", but the biopic aims to reach for other stars, like the values of love, family and health.