Kelly Slater: the boss

Kelly Slater has been awarded Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year 2011. The 10-time world surfing champion secured the "Oscar of Action Sports" in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

The Floridian surfer from Cocoa Beach beat fellow action sports stars Jamie Bestwick (UK, BMX), Victor Fernandez (Spain,Windsurfing), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia, Surfing), Levi Sherwood (New Zealand, Freestyle Moto-Cross) and Shaun White (US, Snowboarding).

American Kelly Slater received a warm reception from an enthusiastic audience as he was presented with the Laureus Action Sports Award for the third time, after winning a record tenth World Surfing Championship. He became the youngest ever world champion in 1992 at the age of 20. He became the oldest at 38 in 2010.

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Air France and KLM: not surfer friendly

Traveling with a surfboard is harder, every year. The airline companies are severely restricting surfer's right to fly with his belongings. This time, the problem is raised by Air France and KLM and their baggage policies.

Now, if you want to check-in a bag which is more than 158 cubic centimetres (height x length x width), you will have to pay €200, from Europe, or $200 from the United States, for a one way flight. In many cases, your surfboard will be more expensive than your personal flight ticket.

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Shape room: more than a just a surfboard factory

What does an MBA and surfing have in common? Nick Traboulay, MBA candidate at the College of Business Administration of the California State Polytechnic University, is studying how surfers think how design theories affect surfboard shaping.

Traboulay wants to determine the demand for hosting evening classes on surfboard shaping, design theories and manufacturing materials. So, the MBA candidate has posted an online survey and invites everyone to respond to his questions. The "Shaper’s University Potential Customer Interest Survey" is available online.

In 10 minutes, surfers answer 50 simple questions like "How often do you surf?", "How many surfboards do you currently own?", "Have you ever tried to shape your own surfboard?", "A surfboard’s bottom contours are very important to my decision to purchasing a specific surfboard" and more.

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