Joel Parkinson: look up, mate

Four-to-five metre waves pumped the surf of the Telstra Drug Aware Pro, at Margaret River. It was not easy to face the giant walls of water and a few surfers were caught between sets in the strong white water.

Kelly Slater was the only surfer riding a small board. The Floridian chose a 5’9”, while others opted by longer boards.

"When I was paddling out I was thinking I should have taken out an 8 footer," said Slater. "But when I had to duck dive a bomb set I was glad I had a small board I could push way down."

The 39 year-old master quickly secured two good scoring waves to place him comfortably ahead of his nearest opponent, Masatoshi Ohno of Japan.

"I was having a ball out there, I was laughing the whole time!" said a clearly stoked Slater. Eliminated behind Slater and Ohno were Matt Wilkinson of Australia and Pablo Paulino of Brazil.

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Virgin Oceanic: a cartoon-like water craft

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will explore the deepest oceans of the world with an 18-foot jet submarine, in the next two years.

The entrepreneur will undertake five extreme dives through the "Virgin Oceanic" project. The water craft engine is capable of descending more than 36,000 feet below the surface.

Branson will start his challenge in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. After the inaugural deep dive, it's time to conquer the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean and the Diamantina in the Indian Ocean will follow.

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Surf Wax: say green if you're green | Photo: JFSeven

Surf wax is far away from being green and eco-friendly. An independent French laboratory has studied surfboard waxes that claim to be green and the results cause concern.

In the last three years, the wax brands launched green formulas that claim to be organic and natural, which means free from petrochemical ingredients.

Rescoll developed a chemical screening of the surf wax companies: Matunas, Greenfix, Terrawax, Ransom, Famous Green Label and Sticky Bumps Soy Wax. The results are outstanding.

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