The Slater Brothers: partner in surfing

The 2010 edition of the World Skin Cancer Foundation’s biggest annual fundraising and awareness event will take place at Coconuts on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the weekend of October 22 – 24, when Bright House Networks presents The Fifth Annual World Skin Cancer (WSCF) Foundation Slater Brothers Invitational surf contest.

The event is organized and hosted by the WSCF and surfing brothers Sean Slater, Kelly Slater and Stephen “Skippy” Slater who annually reunite in their hometown of Cocoa Beach to raise funds and educational awareness about the causes and prevention of skin cancer through what has become one of Central Florida’s premier surf contests.

The first four editions of the Slater Brothers Invitational drew thousands of spectators and some of the world’s best surfers and top-ranked skateboarders, and this year’s event is expected to be the biggest and best to date.

The Slater Brothers Invitational will also feature free and private skin cancer screenings on Saturday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to Noon, and Sunday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The screenings will be conducted by an accredited team of medical personnel led by WSCF President and Founding Board Member Jeannie Stein MD.

The WSCF is dedicated to promoting skin cancer awareness – the fastest growing type of cancer in the United States – while encouraging everyone to enjoy a sun-safe outdoor lifestyle at events such as the Slater Brothers Invitational.

Along with nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater, who won the event in 2008, a full entry of other world-class surfers is expected to compete in the three-day Slater Brothers Invitational. Past participants in the first four editions of the contest include CJ and Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Benji Weatherly, Taylor Steele and Shea and Cory Lopez, to name just a few who have participated in support of the skin cancer cause.

In addition to three full days of surfing competition, the Slater Brothers Invitational also features a beachside mini-vert skate ramp and such nationally recognized skaters as Cocoa Beach’s Adam Taylor, who is also surfing in the invitational. Taylor’s talented young siblings Dylan and Lea Taylor will also participate in the vert-ramp events.

It all gets underway with the official kick-off party for the Bright House Networks World Skin Cancer (WSCF) Foundation Slater Brothers Invitational on Thursday, October 21, at Rusty’s in Port Canaveral at 7 p.m.

Longboard and shortboard competition takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Coconuts on the Beach with the mini-vert ramp exhibitions also set for all three days of the event. A 5K beach run/walk has also been added to the 2010 event and takes place Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. on the beach in front of Coconuts.

Over one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year and over 10,000 people die from skin cancer annually. The most important benefit of supporting the World Skin Cancer Foundation and one of its many events is helping the organization’s efforts to raise awareness for skin cancer through education, prevention, detection and informational public signage while supporting sun-safe outdoor recreation.

The Hunt: waves wanted

Cataloging the 2010 Atlantic Ocean / Gulf of Mexico hurricane season, “The Hunt” is a series of webisodes that will feature the largest storms impacting the East Coast of the United States and the hardcore surfers who cherish their wave producing power.

“I'm hoping the third season of ‘The Hunt’ is going to be the best one yet,” stated Alek Parker, Seven Tiki team rider and webisodes creator. “Hopefully all the components will create an extremely active Atlantic season. It’s an exciting time when the charts turn deep red and purple!”.

The opportunity to harness the energy that creates the best waves the East Coast sees every year leads many surfers to chase these swells. "The Hunt" and crew are not following a set schedule or location schedule, but will spontaneously go wherever the forecast is best.

“Hopefully with an El Nino year, we’ll have plenty of surf and it’s looking that way right now as the Atlantic turns on.”, says Billy Melnyk, senior manager of the sponsoring brand.

With previous filming locations known and unknown, it’s anyone’s guess where the surfers will end up. Plus, this year extra precautions are being taken to make the trips as spontaneous and secretive as possible.

The Kook’s Guide to Surfing: Mark Twain should have read it

Mark Twain tried to surf. He failed miserably, downed a mouthful of sand and a nose full of salt water, and crawled back up a Hawaiian beach uttering the words, “None but the natives ever master the art of surf-bathing thoroughly.”

Twain was a kook, an inexperienced or irresponsible surfer. He never got over it. But if he were alive today, Twain could pick up a copy of Jason Borte’s new book, The Kook’s Guide to Surfing, for just $19.95 and learn everything there is to know about overcoming “kook-dom” and mastering the waves.

“Jason Borte is something rare: a world-class surfer who writes as well as he rides waves. He’s also a gentleman, which means this book is infused with his compassionate sensibility,” insists former Surfer magazine Editor Steve Hawk.

“I know many longtime surfers who’d benefit from reading it.” While The Kook’s Guide to Surfing is primarily a how-to for would-be surfers, it contains pertinent information for experienced wave-riders as well, including a section on etiquette and layman descriptions of the most popular on-board maneuvers.

“One of the wittiest, most insightful voices in surfing is at it again,” boasts big-wave legend and former Surfing magazine Editor Evan Slater. “An essential read for kooks and kings alike.” Utilizing his background as a schoolteacher and surf instructor, Borte manages to deliver his message in a way that is humorously entertaining while simultaneously packed with vital tips.

The Kook’s Guide to Surfing is no joke; it’s soon to be regarded as required reading for every person with hopes of gaining competence on a surfboard. If this book does not make you a better surfer, nothing will.

Borte’s first book, the Kelly Slater bio Pipe Dreams: A Surfer’s Journey, appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction. A former editor for Surfer, Surfing, Explorations, and Swell.com, his articles have appeared in every major surfing publication.

Most recently, his work appeared in The Mountain and the Wave: The Quiksilver Story (2006), The Best of Surfer Magazine (2007), and Pipeline: The World’s Most Respected Wave (2008). A professional surfer since the 1980’s, he earned the title of East Coast Champion in 1997. He holds a Masters Degree in Education and has operated The Surf School since ’97, whereby he has personally taught thousands of people to enjoy the sport of Hawaiian kings.

Buy "The Kook's Guide to Surfing".