Nazare: a big wave event would fit nicely

Garrett McNamara, the waterman and big wave rider, has decided to stay more days in Portugal, after four huge swells and three tow-in surfing sessions. The 43-year-old surfer will only return to Hawaii on November 30th.

"The hospitality that I felt, the waves that I caught, the excellent food and the intense training, made me delay my return to Hawaii, without regrets", said McNamara to "The North Canyon Show" blog.

McNamara feels Nazaré deserves a big wave event. He is getting back to Hawaii to participate in opening ceremony of Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, on December 2nd.

Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal, has delivered 7-to-9 meter waves to the local team led by José Gregório, a former triple Portuguese champion, and Garrett McNamara.

In the last days, the Portuguese WQS surfer Ruben Gonzalez, the Irish Alistair Mennie and the English Andrew Cotton joined the combat team.

O’Neill World Cup of Surfing: underdog time

In the first day of competition in O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, the greatest surprise came from South Africa.

Rudy Palmboom, 22, got the highest wave heat total (15.34) of the day and secured a place in the next round, here in Hawaii.

“It’s pretty fun out there and a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” said Palmboom. “I got an 8.67, a nice little barrel. I lucked into a good wave straight after the siren. It’s more spread out and there’s a lot of waves coming through, which makes it a lot more fair".

Will the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing be the event of the underdogs? The crew from California experienced mixed feelings. San Clemente’s Chris Ward and San Diego’s Austin Ware progressed through the round while Tim Reyes (Huntington Beach) and Chris Waring (Seal Beach) were eliminated.

That's life out there in the lineup. “Being off the (elite World Tour) I get a lot of open time to surf different waves year round. But to be back here at Sunset and the Triple Crown feels good. I’m happy to be here", said Ward.

The Hawaiian keeps delivering solid performances. Joel Centeio, Sunny Garcia, Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan are through to the next stage and proved their intimate knowledge of positioning and wave selection in one of the gnarliest surf spots in the world.

“I was actually a little nervous,” said Centeio. “You come off such a big result like Haleiwa and you want to follow up with another big one.

Athletes Of The Year 2010: congrats, boys! has announced the standout riders of the year 2010. The selection of the best surfer, kitesurfer, windsurfer and bodyboarder was a very hard task in this 12-month period.

A lot of challenges have successfully been conquered by many athletes, showing cutting edge performances in our wave and wind water sports.

SurferToday’s "Athletes Of The Year 2010" are:

Kelly Slater


Kelly Slater

He is surfing better than ever. With Mr. Slater, this statement is valid every year. The Floridian surfer and artificial wave entrepreneur has conquered his 10th world surfing title. Who will defy his perseverance?


Rob Douglas


Rob Douglas

“Veni, vidi, vici”. He trained, he kept out of the news and he stormed the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge. Let’s put it this way: Douglas is fastest sailor on Earth.

Antoine Albeau


Antoine Albeau

Title after title, challenge after challenge. The French bullet has had another extraordinary year by winning big and small events. What’s next for the windsurfing star?


Amaury Lavernhe


Amaury Lavernhe

The pro bodyboarder from the Reunion Islands showed humbleness and regularity to clinch the world title and gain respect for the European bodyboarding.


Congratulations to the winners of SurferToday’s "Athletes of the Year 2010"!

Check out the winners of the 2009 edition.