In The Surf: some guys should really take a look at this...

BSUPA's Simon Bassett and Matt Argyle have been working with the RNLI and other national bodies to develop a safety leaflet for people thinking of stand up paddle surfing.

You will be seeing this leaflet at shops, beaches and activity centres all over the UK, but it is also available here.

If you go out into the surf you need to read this, especially the sections about etiquette in the lineup and wave priority.

This document applies to surfers, kitesurfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders.

US Open of Surfing: as big as soccer

The world’s largest action sports festival wouldn’t be complete without an all-star event. And at this year’s U.S. Open of Surfing, held July 31-August 8 at the Huntington Beach Pier, we’ll see the return of the World Professional Surfers (WPS) All Stars.

Last year, fans voted online for their favorites and were then able to watch eight icons — including Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Mick Fanning, CJ Hobgood and Rob Machado — perform live in both the main event and in two specialty expression sessions. Not only did it help amplify Huntington’s stadium atmosphere to unprecedented levels, but it honored those surfers who continue to move the sport forward.

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Kai Hing: one day he will be just like Mark Richards

Former world champion surfer Mark Richards is renowned for pushing the limits of performance surfing throughout the 1970’s and early 80’s. But today, he was wasn’t letting his own surfing take the limelight, rather mentoring Australia’s finest under 16 junior surfers participating in his MR Surf Camp.

MR, who won four consecutive World Titles from 1979 – 1982, spent the morning with the countries up-and-coming junior surf stars as they participated in mock heats on a day trip to South Stradbroke Island before returning to the mainland for some high performance sport training.

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