Athletes of the Year 2014: Brad Domke, Oliver Bridge, Thomas Traversa and Amaury Lavernhe

SurferToday.com has announced the best wave riders of the year 2014.

They have been inspiring our lives and pushing the limits of wave sports.
They are the most talented surfers, kiteboarders, windsurfers and bodyboarders of our oceans in 2014.
Their time is now.

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Pipeline: no good for the pros, splendid for free surfers

The Billabong Pipe Masters had been called off for the day. Fortunately for hundreds of free surfers, there were some of the best waves of the year pumping out there at Third Reef.

Too heavy, too big, and too dangerous. The ASP World Tour decided to protect the fleet of pro surfers and declared a lay day at the third jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing.

But the jewel produced perfect surf, splendid barrels and high-quality rides. If you're crowning a world champion in the sport of surfing, you just can't miss these conditions.

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Kicking your feet in surfing: get that extra boost | Photo: ASP/Will H-S

It might not be cool to kick your feet in surfing, but the truth is that it works. What are the pros and cons of using the lower extremities of your legs for additional stroke power?

It doesn't look good, and it is often associated with beginner surfers and first-timers in the sport of riding waves. Kicking your feet while paddling out the back is not elegant, but what many experienced surfers don't know is that it makes total sense.

Will you go faster if you kick your feet for catching waves? The biomechanical answer is yes, you will. And it happens a lot: you're on a shortboard, trying to catch a fast coming wave or a very mushy slope, but you just can't get into the surf line.

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