16th Shane Dorian Keiki Classic: fun and competitive

The 16th Shane Dorian Keiki Classic was held in epic atmosphere, in Kauai, Hawaii. With waist-to-chest high waves, the young surfers' talent attracted everyone - pro surfers, restaurants, police, the Mayor, water patrol, surf shops and the whole community donating time and products to the event.

Surfing legend and international icon Shane Dorian has created this contest to raise food for charity, while providing a free entry for all the local kids to participate in a prestigious competition.

Fifty surfers competed in the U13 and U17 categories. This year’s expression session which had Benji, Kamalei, CJ Kanuha, Roy Powers, Torrey Meister, Moody, Freddy P, Lahiki, Keala Naihe, Darren Farhenfort and Ian Walsh was a stellar affair and the kids were amazed.

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Surf reports: trustable but not Astrology

Surf reports deliver precious wave height, swell size and period, wind speed and direction forecasts, but what is the original forecast source? Usually, surf reports rely on national meteorological and hydro meteorological services and information from strategic buoys placed in oceans and seas.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is the United Nations' specialized agency responsible for the official voice on the state and behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and climate.

The WMO has a membership of 189 States and Territories, and works with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC); as well as the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), providing relevant oceanographic data and observations for marine meteorology.

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A Deeper Shade of Blue: another jewel from Jack McCoy

"A Deeper Shade of Blue" is Jack McCoy's latest surf movie jewel. The iconic film maker explores the evolution of the surfboard, like a work of art. "A Deeper Shade of Blue" will be premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, on February 1st.

"It was an extremely exciting time to be a surfer as all kinds of things were happening really fast. Gerry Lopez and a good friend of mine, Buddy Dumphy were taking 12 inches or more off with each new board. They'd go out and ride it and come in and shape one shorter. It seemed radical but once boards went shorter, surfing really had a surge of adrenaline and creativity, within a couple of years a whole new way of surfing emerged", says McCoy.

Jack moved to Australia in the 70's and met the stars of that surf-crazed nation, including Derek Hynd, a sharp student of surf culture, an expert on surfboard design and surfing styles, a talented writer and surfer/shaper who in the film rides the modern surfboard without fins.

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