Azores: the Atlantic surf island

The Azores Islands, a Portuguese archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, is one the most uncrowded top surf spots in Europe.

There are nine islands with huge surfing potential - S. Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, S. Jorge, Graciosa, Faial, Pico, Flores and Corvo.

Recently, the town of Angra do Heroísmo, in the Terceira island, has been elected world heritage site by Unesco. Also the National Geographic considers Azores the second best world islands destiny for natural sustained tourism.

In the last month, two Azorean sites were included in the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal: Lagoa das Sete Cidades and Pico Island won categories. The nine islands are divided in three groups: Western, Central and Eastern group.

If you're looking for perfect waves, uncrowded peaks and wonderful food, then Azores is just for you. You can easily travel to Azores through Lisbon or Porto, in mainland Portugal.

Mick Fanning: another year, another win

Mick Fanning has won the 2010 Quiksilver Pro France, at Culs Nus Beach, under solid surf conditions.

The Australian surfer defeated Kelly Slater in the last heat of the European event, in front of thousands of spectators. The two surfers had the opportunity to ride waves in eight-to-ten foot (3 metre).

Many sets came closing heavily and choosing the best walls was top priority. Watch the final highlights.

“That was difficult,” Fanning said. “Kelly (Slater) and I were talking out there about how we were trying to get in the spot. There was just a lot of water moving and it was super challenging. I got absolutely hammered by that set – copped the whole thing on the head and it killed me. You were either in the spot or you weren’t, and I was fortunate enough to be there for a couple.”

The Quiksilver Pro France was the seventh stop of the 2010 ASP World Tour. Jordy Smith (ZAF), 21, current ASP World No. 2, was unable to find a rhythm in his morning’s Quarterfinals match-up, falling to Fanning and finishing Equal 5th.

Kelly Slater continues to increase his gap to the South African, but Fanning is closer to the top places. The next stop on the 2010 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 7 through 18, 2010.

Final:

16.90 Mick Fanning
6.74 Kelly Slater

God Went Surfing With The Devil: a strange way of surfing

The California Surf Festival is preparing for the biggest year ever in its fundraising efforts for the California Surf Museum, one of the oldest surf museums in the United States.

The dates for this year’s Festival are October 6th through October 10th. The five days of the Festival include music, surf films from around the world, art, photography, special events and VIP receptions.

Special events include: Girls Night Out with a San Diego County premiere of the Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story; Big Shorts From Little Groms – a grom filmmakers’ film contest; the California Surf Museum’s 2010 Silver Surfer Award presented to surfing legend Linda Benson; Big Wave Night featuring footage of the biggest paddle-in surfing from last winter; and, a world festival premiere of the first-ever feature film on stand up paddling. Come experience some of the most exciting presentations ever in a film festival at this year’s California Surf Festival.

With films from France, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and waves from all over the world, this truly is a worldwide surf film festival and it is taking place in Southern California. Many special guests will be on hand for the five days as the music, art, photography, history, culture and films of the surfing lifestyle are celebrated at the 2010 California Surf Festival in Oceanside, California.

Some of the newest surf feature films from all over the world are set to screen:

My Eyes Won't Dry 3 by Brian Conley
Idiosyncrasies by Patrick Trefz
Fiberglass and Megapixels by Derek and Craig Hoffmann
Somewhere Near Tapachula by Jonno Durant and Stefan Hunt
Japan: Style Is Everything by Yoshitaka Itoi
Last Paradise by Clive Neeson
God Went Surfing With The Devil by Alexander Klein
Westsiders by Josh Pomer
Hana Surf Girls by Russ Spencer

Check the most complete collection of the surf movies and documentaries ever made from the Big Wednesday and The Endless Summer to North Shore and Blue Horizon.