North Korea: waves are everywhere | Photo: Uri Tours

North Korea is opening its frontiers to surfing, with three new tours organized by the government.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has announced three surf resorts in the country's east coast: Songdowon, Lake Sijung and Majon.

The government led by Kim Jong-un is trying to boost the revenues from tourism, and surfing is part of the plan. The Korea International Travel Company (KITC), controlled by the nation's tourism bureau, is organizing surfing tours to the best spots.

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Nathan Hedge: experience pays off at Teahupoo

The 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti will run between August 15th-26th, at the world-famous reef pass of Teahupoo. A solid swell is expected to hit the magic island in the second week of competition.

Glenn Hall, Mitch Coleborn, Tuamata Puhetini, and Nathan Hedge will join the Dream Tour surfers as Teahupoo prepares a cold meal to be served at the infamous lefthand reefbreak.

Kelly Slater has won in "Chopes" four times (2000, 2003, 2005 and 2011) and in 2005, he surfed the perfect heat, scoring the first-ever 20 out of a possible 20 points against Damien Hobgood in the Final. Adrian Buchan is the defending event winner. He's ready.

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Tom Carroll: ageing means big wave surfing | Photo: Rod Owen/Red Bull

Tom Carroll, Ted Danson, Rusty Preisendorfer, and Hobie Alter have been honored at the Waterman's Weekend, at Laguna Niguel.

The 25th edition of the Waterman's Ball, an event held by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA), aimed to push the fundraising total to the $7 million mark.

All funds raised go directly to supporting specific programs of 19 non-profit environmental organizations that address water quality and ocean pollution issues, defend beaches and surf breaks from development, and provide public education on ocean conservation.

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