Surfing: stop smoking and increase paddle power

There many surfers who smoke. If you're passionate about the ocean and the waves, consider quitting cigarettes. You can't imagine what you'll earn.

Smoking and surfing. Two words with the same number of characters, two words with opposite meanings. The good news is that a surfer can quit on any day of the year. What for? To live more, to surf better, to catch more waves, and to ride waves others couldn't catch.

Each cigarette contains around 4,000 chemicals. Now, add nicotine and you'll know you'll be losing money and decreasing your life expectancy.


Tiago Pires: no rules, great sprays

The Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014 has entered man-on-man competition, in South Africa.

The biggest Qualification Series event in Africa plays a decisive role in the qualification hopes for the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). There are only 20 surfers battling for big points.

Jack Freestone scored the highest heat total of the day, after displaying his aerial arsenal. As a result, he got through to Round 5 with 16.84 points (out of a possible 20.00).


Makua Rothman: he dropped into an impossible ride

Makua Rothman has conquered the Billabong Pico Alto 2014, in Punta Hermosa, Peru. The final was held in 25-to-45 foot surf.

The Billabong Pico Alto 2014 opened the Big Wave World Tour 2014/2015 in scary conditions. Low clouds and grey skies, random hollow walls of water, bumpy wave faces, and unstable winds welcomed big wave surfers in Peru.

Wipeouts rapidly hit the fleet. Surfers got caught by the rolling whitewater or hit by falling heavy lips, which means that inflatable life vests were put to work. Jet skis also suffered at the hands of Pico Alto.