Big wave surfing: extreme is a soft word for that

Laird Hamilton, Eddie Aikau, Jeff Clark, Mark Foo, Ross Clarke-Jones, Mike Parsons, Grant Baker, Greg Long, João de Macedo, Shane Dorian, Ken Bradshaw and Maya Gabeira all share the same sentiment. They would go.

In big wave surfing, time and timing are two different things. There's a time to paddle hard and go for it; and then there's the stand-up timing.

Surfing in the most extreme spots and weather conditions can be uncomfortable for those without the relevant experience and knowledge. A little courage never hurt, either. The risk of leaving family and friends forever should not be taken without every possible consideration for safety being made. has carefully picked the ultimate extreme surf spot list. If you really aim to surf big and have what it takes, you simply have to try the diversity of these different wave peaks. Ride them all one by one. Some offer wind and swell adversity; others require slab experience. All are really, really big.

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Surf Music: cool tunes for a cool lifestyle

Surfing and music have always walked together. At the birth of modern surfing, music was there; playing a very important role in creating the perfect environment for the so-called surf culture.

In the early 60s, Californian surfers discovered surf music. Actually, they invented it. The Beach Boys arrived, inspiring the first modern surfing generation.

Light harmonies, cool tunes and pumping riffs: The Beach Boys were a big influence on interest in surf, and the perfect soundtrack for endless surf trips through sunshine California. Led by non-surfer by Brian Wilson (the only one in the band who didn't surf!), the band's popularity crossed oceans. Their songs were adopted by Australian and European surfers as anthems.

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The Boscombe surf reef: severe improvements required

The Boscombe artificial surf reef has been considered unsafe and will be closed to surfing. The £3.2million project was opened in 2009, but the quality of the produced waves was below acceptable levels.

In the past months, the controversy went up, as the installing company from New Zealand refused to fine tune the reef. Moreover, the sands bags have gaps between them and dangerous under-currents are being formed.

The local authorities have already checked the artificial wave generator and decided to close it down, for public safety, as surfers may be sucked down by the underwater currents.

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