Kelly Slater: a 540 air reverse at 42

Kelly Slater has pulled a 540 air reverse at Supertubos, Peniche, in Portugal.

The 11-time world champion keeps pushing the limits of the wave riding. In a free surfing session at Supertubos, the Floridian completed a 540-degree rotation in the sky before landing in the whitewater.

At a first glance, it seems that Kelly Slater is able to successfully pull a 720 air, but a careful analysis reveals us that the surf master spins one and a half rotations in midair.

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Surfboards: there's always a shaper behind a brand | Photo: Roache/The Boardroom

What are the best surfboard companies in the world? There is no answer for that question. But there is a perfect surfboard for your surfing style and experience, and that is precisely what a good shaper does.

Every year, surfers buy more than 400,000 surfboards worldwide. The largest companies and shapers in the surfboard industry are located in the USA, Australia and Europe.

In 2008, 26% of the surfboards sold in the USA were shaped by local craftsmen. Polyurethane and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) with epoxy formulas still rule the market, but eco-friendly core materials such as cork, fungi, and wood are gaining enthusiasts and a new generation of costumers.

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Papoa: big wave surfing in Peniche | Still: Jorge Figueira

A group of professional surfers has returned to Papoa, the big wave surf spot located in Peniche, Portugal. The waves were pumping in the 15-18 foot range, with wind gusts of up to 30 knots.

The swell forecast said it all, and word spread quickly. Papoa was about to deliver giant waves as the buoys indicated a powerful wave train heading towards Peniche. The show went on for two days.

Garrett McNamara, Kealii Mamala, Carlos Burle, Pedro Scooby, Peter Mel, John John Florence and Nic von Rup visited Supertubos' big wave brother, alongside hundreds of spectators and media professionals.

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