California Games, 1987: one day, surfing games will be like this

The video game developers say it's hard to model water and liquids, but there have been some major changes and progress should be done in entertainment surfing. Look at the "Uncharted", "Far Cry" or "Heavy Rain" incredible water effects.

So, why haven't we got new surfing video games for new generation of consoles like Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii? kicked off the debate more than one year ago. A petition was launched in order to ignite the video game industry.

In the last few months, two major surf industry brands have unveiled new surfing games for the iPhone and iPad: "Live The Search: The Ultimate Surfing Game" and "Billabong Surf Trip".

These are two great efforts, but we're still behind the last great surfing video game: "Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer".

We cannot compare a mobile phone game with a console game. The wave modeling is very archaic, the look of the surfers is far from perfect, graphics are poor and controls are too limited by the phone's keyboard.

Dennis Amith's article about "The History of Surfing Video Games" is a great example of how evolutionary steps were achieved towards better surfing games.

But, to be truly honest, mobile phone versions of real surfing games aren't innovative. We've got to get the best of the new developing techniques, such as 3D modeling, rendering high detail and sound design.

A new console surfing video game would certainly be a sales hit not only among surfers and wave sports enthusiasts, but also between those who enjoy action and all the beach lifestyle.

"Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer" was published in 2003. Much water has flowed under the bridge since then in computer programming. Let's hope some of that water is channeled to the best surfing game ever imagined, in the near future.

Console surfing video games:

Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer (2003)
Transworld Surf (2002)
Sunny Garcia Surfing (2001)
Surfing H3O (2000)
Championship Surfer (2000)
Surf Riders (2000)

Meanwhile enjoy the online surfing games has to offer.

Maxime Huscenot: another title

The annual European surf industry gala dinner took place last Friday, October 1st, 2010 in a new location, the Quiksilver Campus in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France.

Organized by EuroSIMA, the European boardsports industry manufacturers association, the Waterman’s Ball aims to federate the boardsports industry and raise funds to promote ecological and environmental organizations.


A panel of experts gathered by the EuroSIMA Cluster assigned the 2010 Ecological Innovation Prize of 5000 euros to the brand Völkl for its ranges of eco-friendly snowboards – Cashew, Yavana, and Vice – designed in accordance with sustainable development considerations.

The boards are all equipped with a tear-proof hemp/canvas surface instead of plastic topsheet, with flexible wooden instead of traditional ABS sidewalls. The edges are constructed of recycled steel and only minimal amounts of resin and other toxic materials were used.


The same experts awarded the 2010 Technological Innovation Prize of 5000 euros to Sport Contrôle for the protective earplugs SORKY developed in partnership with Sympatex. The SORKY aims to protect ears from infections or other diseases linked with aquatic activities while ensuring ease of use, hearing and balance. An awareness of a health problem that affects many board sports participants!


GSM Europe (Billabong, Element, Von Zipper, Nixon, Tigerlily, Dakine, Xcel, Sector 9, 2 Seasons, Kustom, Honolua, Palmers, RVCA) was awarded for its 2009-2010 results but also for its steady growth for the past 10 years, as well as for its promising business perspectives for years to come thanks to an outstanding collection of youth lifestyle brands.


Maxime Huscenot received the European Athlete of the Year award for his ASP World Junior title at Narrabeen, Australia. The 17 year-old Reunion Island surfer entered the French surfing history by becoming the first European surfer to win this trophy.


The EuroSIMA Board honored Amaury Lavernhe with the EuroSIMA Special Award for his exceptional performance on the IBA world tour. Amaury won the 2010 professional bodyboard world champion title before the end of the world tour. It is the first time in the history of professional action sports that a French athlete (and moreover a European) has reached such a level!


Michel Hoff, former general manager of SAS Aupa Hoff and EuroSIMA founder member, received the Lifetime Achievement award for his active contribution to the development of the boardsports industry and culture in France and Europe.

Blessing of the Waves: 3000 surfers ask God for the best waves | Photo: OC Register

Priests, Rabbis, Imams and others were joined by nearly 3,000 surfers and ocean minded people early Sunday morning for the third annual Blessing of the Waves celebration in Huntington Beach, Calif. This unique observance called on participants to show spiritual appreciation for the ocean and all that it gives the planet and its population.

Attendees were joined by Tongan and Samoan choirs who performed hymns in traditional island attire, honoring the ocean environment and sending their prayers out over the ocean to other coastal communities.

"We benefit greatly as a community from the gifts the ocean provides. The Blessing of the Waves seeks to bring our diverse community together in celebration of these many gifts. It was truly inspiring to see such a large and diverse group of participants and faith leaders united in prayer and adoration," said the Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, Bishop of Orange.

Southern California is home to many world-class surf breaks and the majority of these are in Orange County. Many people, including Catholics, spend much of their time surfing and enjoying the natural beauty of our coast line and recognize the spiritual importance of this natural asset.

The Diocese of Orange organized this first of its kind interreligious event in 2008 drawing more than 400 participants to the Huntington Beach pier to take part in this community activity lead by Catholic clergy, Diocesan youth groups, and participants of various faith traditions. The second annual event held in 2009 drew more than 1,000 participants to the iconic pier for this spiritual observance.

The year’s blessing began on land with clergy discussing the importance of our natural environment and the effect of global warming on the poor and marginalized around the world. The speakers touched on the spiritual and ethical responsibility to respect and nurture the planet and its resources. Faith leaders offered prayers representing their individual faith tradition’s reverence for the ocean and its ecosystems.

Several ceremonial conch shells were blown as Tongan and Samoan choirs dressed in traditional garb sung hymns in their native tongue out over the pacific as several surfing priests and a rabbi, joined by dozens of surfers, took to the waves for a surfing session in celebration of nature’s gifts.

The Blessing of the Waves fell on October 3rd, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology and founder of the Franciscan Order in 1209. It was the Franciscans who established many of California's missions.

"The Blessing of the Waves program brought together peoples of many faiths - sharing concern for our environment. St. Francis would be pleased to know that his voice is being heard by surfers, sailors, fishermen and other ocean-minded people," Bishop Brown concluded.

Clergy and faith leaders who attended:

- Rev. Mathew Munoz, associate pastor, St. Irenaeus Parish, Cypress, Calif.
- Rev. Christian Mondor, vicar emeritus, Sts Simon and Jude Parish, Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Rabbi Nachum Shifren, the "Surfing Rabbi"
- Maneck Bhujwala, Zoroastrian Community
- Donald Garrick, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
- Maria Khani, Islamic Society of Orange County
- Milia Islam-Majeed, Executive Director, South Coast Interfaith Council
- Carol Weinfeld, Temple Beth David, Westminster, Calif.