Cascais Billabong Pro 2014: surfing in a windsurfing gem | Photo: ASP/Masurel

Several top seeds have fallen in Round 1 of the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014, held in four-to-six foot surf at Guincho.

The Prime surf contest plays a critical role in the hunt for the 2015 World Surf League and will decide the 2014 European surfing champion. Many Dream Tour surfers tasted the power of the Portuguese windsurfing wave gem and were eliminated in the first round.

Taj Burrow was one of them. Carlos Munoz and Joan Duru got the Australian and Tomas Fernandes out of competition.


Hot air balloon: riding the waves of Cardiff-by-the-Sea

A marriage proposal in a hot air balloon ended up in the waves, in California. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

It was supposed to be just another beautiful afternoon near Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The surfers were enjoying the last waves of the day, under a magical sunset.

Suddenly, the line-up felt there was something wrong with a hot air balloon drifting a few meters up in the sky. Inside the balloon basket, Eric Barretto had proposed to his fiancee.


Sandy Beach, Honolulu: Barack Obama has bodysurfed here | Photo: Creative Commons/Matt Sims

The popular Sandy Beach may be renamed in honor of US President Barack Obama, but the idea doesn't touch the heart of the majority of Hawaiians.

President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park. This could be the new name of Honolulu's Sandy Beach, famous for its iconic bodysurfing competitions, and shore break photo stunts. Bodyboarders love it, too.

The City Council has made the proposal having in mind that Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, and the President's proven ability to bodysurf the local waves.