Daniel Kereopa: surprise, surprise | Photo: Cory Scott

Daniel Kereopa has taken out the stand up paddleboard division of The Ultimate Waterman 2015, held on the Otago Peninsula.

The wave rider from New Zealand surprised everyone with a flawless performance in the 45-minute final. Kereopa scored a Perfect 10 wave for a big hook in the pocket, a quick barrel and two turns.

"I got some great advice from my long time mentor Geoff Hutchison who told me I needed much more urgency in my heats and that is the approach I took today to get my first wave early in the final," revealed Kereopa.

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Bear Island: the spot had never seen surfboards

Inge, Markus and Håkon are brothers in dreams. The trio decided to explore the potential of surfing in the uninhabited Bear Island, in Norway. Look what they've found.

Their goal was a classic one - to explore new waves and nature. But the destination was rather unusual - Bjørnøya (Bear Island, in English), the southernmost island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago.

"We knew that there had to be waves out there, and this was truly a place few or no one had ever surfed before. The surfing was our main motivation for going there, but we also wanted to have the opportunity to wake up each morning and do exactly what we felt like," explains Inge Wegge, director of "Bjørnøya."

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Mark McNamara: an Australian longboard legend | Photo: Surfing Australia

Former Australian longboarding champion Mark McNamara has passed away at 51 while surfing in Kirra, Queensland.

The legendary longboarder suffered a sudden heart attack while catching waves in the Superbank. McNamara was dragged to the beach by lifesavers, who immediately performed CPR.

The Burleigh Longboard Club (BLC) member could not be revived and was rushed to the Tweed Heads Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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