- 10 October 2009 | Surfing
The Billabong Pro Mundaka has called it’s fourth consecutive lay day, and with little swell on the horizon, event organizers are considering the relocation to nearby Sopelana for the coming days.
Event No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka optioned to run the man-on-man elimination Round 1 format on the opening day of the waiting period, completing eight heats, before entering it’s current holding pattern, and as swell patterns have indicated, the decision to run the condensed format could prove vital.
“We waited around for most of the day to see if the projected pulse would show on the lower tide but it hasn’t so we’ve called competition off for the day,” Mike Parsons, Billabong Pro Contest Director, said. “Looking in our swell window, we’ll see what materializes, but if we cannot finish the opening round at Mundaka tomorrow, we’ll strongly consider moving to our backup location at Sopelana.”
- 09 October 2009 | Surfing
SurfAid International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through community-based health programs, has launched an Emergency Response Appeal to assist the people of Padang, Indonesia. The capital city, on the island of Sumatra, is currently in a state of disaster and suffering in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquakes that wreaked havoc on the island.
739 people have died and 300 are missing as a result of last week’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake, which was followed by a further damaging 6.8 earthquake the next morning. More than 120,000 homes have been severely damaged and tens of thousands of people are homeless. SurfAid has contributed crucial medical supplies, such as medicine, first-aid kits, dehydration solutions, sutures, minor surgery kits and bandages, along with tents, tarpaulins, construction kits and hygiene packs.
SurfAid International’s Program Director, Dr. David Lange, was working in Padang during the earthquake and narrowly escaped alive as he fled the Ambacang Hotel, which collapsed killing and trapping many occupants. Dr. Lange stated, “I consider myself lucky not only to escape with my life, but as a survivor and SurfAid director, to be in Padang immediately after the disaster to help assist with immediate emergency response initiatives. SurfAid’s Padang office survived the earthquakes and has re-established internet and phone service; we are working 24-hour days to help the people of the island.”
- 08 October 2009 | Surfing
Surfing has never been so near the Summer Olympic Games.
Brazil has been chosen to held the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the landmark capital of a country of surfers.
Our sport has made a long and difficult journey towards the Olympic recognition. Sometimes we've been closer, sometimes we've been beaten by other emerging sports.
BMX, snowboarding and beach volleyball have made it to the Games.
As President of ISA, Fernando Aguerre has tried to push Surfing into the top priorities of the Olympic Movement.
It is not an easy and quick task. It take time.
But, the time is now. Brazil could do it.
Surfing has it all - a strong and global industry, a fashionable lifestyle, an image of drug-free competition, worldwide ocean conditions, a growing number of athletes, a TV-friendly format and a very competitive professional status.