Alex Gray and Cheyne Magnusson: tidal bore masters | Photo: Body Glove

Alex Gray and Cheyne Magnusson (Team Los Angeles) have conquered the 2015 Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shoot Out, in the tidal bore of the Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, China.

The event puts four two-man teams against each other in the "Silver Dragon." The third edition of the innovative competition was compressed into a one-big-day format due to the approaching Category 4 typhoon Dujuan.

Team LA was able to get barreled in the Chinese tidal wave and nailed the highest scored ride in the history of the competition.

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Salty Eyes: girls and the waves | Photo: Marianna Piccoli

A Brazilian photographer has launched a project to document the women's connection with the ocean. "Salty Eyes" is a surf photo adventure by Marianna Piccoli.

She wants to take the feminine soul to the waves. With an artistic and unique language, Piccoli's intention is to perpetuate the feelings and beauty of this virtuous, deep connection.

"Salty Eyes" is a traveling project that offers photo sessions in the most beautiful beaches in the world. Marianna documents the surf action in and out of the water, as well as the girls' lifestyle.

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Surfing: judging tricks is a subjective assessment | Photo: Glaser/Quiksilver

How do you know who's the best surfer in the water? How do you rate a surfer's performance in the waves? Who decides who wins a surfing heat?

Judging surfing is never a scientific and objective formula; it can't be compared with football/soccer, tennis, rugby, baseball, volleyball, hockey, running and basketball. In all of these individual and team sports, score is a quantitative measure that determines success.

In surfing, however, victory and defeat are decided by a panel of judges. Professional surfing contests put athletes in man-on-man, three-man or four-man heats. The winner of the heat (or the two best surfers in each heat) advances through to the next round, in a ladder tournament format.

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