La Vaca Gigante IV: good, but not great | Photo: Iván Rozadilla

The Quiksilver La Vaca Gigante IV got underway in spectacular wave conditions, in Santander, Spain. Thousands of spectators gathered at Playa El Bocal to watch the best big wave riders in world. The swell hit the coast, delivering good looking waves, but still not enough to crown a winner.

In the low tide hours, it seemed that the conditions would be epic, but as the tide started to come in waves were smaller. Watch the highlights of the event.

The competition go through to the semifinals. The final heat of The Quiksilver La Vaca Gigante IV had to be suspended because the waves wasn't reaching the minimum required. Therefore, two prizes were awarded. Joao Macedo, a Portuguese surfer living in California, won the Best Wave trophy. Dani García, a local big wave surfer, won the Best Wipe Out award.

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YouRiding: an easy way to get barreled

YouRiding will debut the fourth generation of online extreme sports video games, at the ISP Trade Fair, in Munich, from the 6th to 9th February. Visitors will be able to test the new versions of YouRiding games, to be officially released in Summer 2011.

The entertainment site promises completely new 3D images, new game mechanics and innovative scenarios. YouRiding is developed by the French company Intellysurf. The first version of Youriding came out in 2007.

Online water sports' fans can choose four different disciplines: Surfing, Bodyboarding, Snowboarding and Freeskiing.

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The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau: 25 feet or more

The swell is picking up and Waimea Bay will be charging what it takes to get green lights for The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau. The contest organizers are monitoring the weather forecast for potential of running the event this week.

"We are receiving a ton of phone calls and we are most definitely watching the development of this swell," says George Downing, contest director. "It is still far too early to make a call at this time, but we will definitely have more substantive evidence to draw upon come Monday."

For the big wave competition to kick off waves must reach 25 feet. The best big wave riders pay tribute to Eddie Aikau, a young Hawaiian waterman lost at sea, in 1978.

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