Hurricane Isabel

High waves, strong winds and heavy rain. The hurricane season is here and surfers, kiteboarders, windsurfers and bodyboarders are on red alert.

Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific are the main regions affected by the power of tropical cyclones.

According to NOAA, the terms "hurricane" and "typhoon" are regionally specific names for a strong "tropical cyclone":

* "hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
* "typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
* "severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
* "severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
* "tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

There are several things you should check before testing the power of a tropical cyclone.

If your going to surf during the hurricane season, please make sure you visit NOAA's National Hurricane Center, where you will find information on the next forecasts, as well as the present activity of hurricanes Bill and Guillermo

Kelly Slater training with Vitor Belfort

Nine-time world surfing champion, Kelly Slater came by the VA Sport Center to get some training tips from Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort and PM Tenore.

Vitor Belfort is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who has fought in Japan and the USA. He competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and he is the current Cage Rage light heavyweight champion.

Owen Wright will be in the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 2009

Get ready to witness the first ever big wave invitational Pro Junior challenge in the world as the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 09 signals Orange Alert today with expectations high that we will run this spectacle in massive waves off the remote South Australian Coastline sometime in the coming week!

Check your favourite weather charts and it’s easy to see, a serious low pressure system is expected to run through the southern ocean under South Australia and this will create waves of serious consequence pounding the extreme surf locations off South Australia.

Chief forecaster for the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational 09, Ben Matso has played a cool hand to date.

There have been big swells, particularly early in the month, but this approaching swell is what Ben has been waiting for.

Matson’s official alert is as follows – “The next round of swell is expected to arrive on Sunday, and although we’re looking at a period of windy conditions at first, it appears that this large swell will last over two or three days. Computer model forecasts are suggesting a ridge of high pressure will move into the region early next week, easing the local winds and cleaning conditions up considerably. And with the storm track being positioned much more closely to the location, we’re likely to see some very large waves around this time.”

“So the short version is that we’ve upgraded the status to Orange Alert for the time frame between Sunday and Tuesday. Gut feel suggests we’re looking at late Monday or early Tuesday for the best combination of large waves and good winds, but I’ll update this over the next couple of days as more weather information comes to hand.”

Look for a RED alert call in the coming days as this weather pattern unfolds and then look for the event to be called ON, 48 hours before the official start time as Matson conjures all the meteorological information and goes out on a limb to send all the infrastructure that will run, film, judge, control and even live webcast this incredible event.

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