Tiago Pires: putting his fins to work | Photo: Masurel/WSL

After six consecutive lay days, the 2015 Hawaiian Pro kicked off in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu.

The man of the day was Frederico Morais. The Portuguese surfer collected the highest heat total of Round 1 (17.96 points) and advanced through to the next phase alongside Billy Kemper.

"I love these waves; these powerful waves where you can really do power turns and bottom-to-top surfing. That's what I'm looking for, and that's what I've been working on," said Morais.

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Seven Mile Miracle: 36 surf breaks pumping the North Shore of Oahu | Photo: Ryan Miller/Red Bull

Welcome to the North Shore of Oahu, in Hawaii. Here, you'll find the most concentrated and celebrated stretch of world-class surf breaks on the planet. The region is home to the famous Seven Mile Miracle.

Hawaii is the spiritual home of surfing. It's where it all began - the ritual, the boards, the ride. Hawaii has some of the most powerful waves in the planet, surrounded by pure volcanic nature.

Despite the crowded peaks, the localism, and the limited surfing resources, the northern coastline displays an impressive number of surf spots. The North Shore of Oahu is considered the ultimate proving ground for any surfer. It's the land of the surfing superlatives.

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Biarritz: French doctors are prescribing surfing to their patients | Photo: Alberto Cabrera/Creative Commons

Who needs pills when you've got surfing? A group of French doctors and health care providers is prescribing surfing to their patients. And the overall results are quite impressing.

We knew surfing is good for your health. Late Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz had already taught how riding waves could increase our quality of life. As a doctor himself, he recommended surfing to everyone who he met through life.

Surfing is extremely addictive; but you won't develop health problems for catching waves. And that is why the French town of Biarritz is prescribing surfing lessons in place of pills; waves instead of medication.

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