Surfers: riding waves and saving lives | Photo: Creative Commons/Roman Königshofer

Surfers save lives. When wave riders are out in the line-up, there may be swimmers in trouble, more or less far away from firm land. No matter if it's summertime, spring, winter, or fall.

Rip currents are responsible for 80% of all rescues in the surf environment, and take away about 150 lives every year in the United States. Strong rip currents can move people at eight feet per second.

The surf lifesaving movement is deeply connected to the sport of surfing. The original surf lifesaving club was born in Australia, between 1903 and 1907, although it is not clear whether the world's first organization is Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club or Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club.


Airwave: Troy Bottegal has patented his inflatable surf reef

It's not a mistype. You've already discovered inflatable SUPs, not it's time to fine-tune your local beach break with the ultimate reef. With air-filled bags. Got it?

Troy Bottegal's idea seems too good to be true. But, in theory, it's makeable. "Airwave" is a 20-meter wide, two-meter high sail-like structure that will be "glued" to the ocean floor.

As a result, we may enjoy artificially produced A-frame rides anywhere, anytime. Bottegal eco-friendly surf reef is planned to be removable and possibly replaced, if necessary.


Punta Galea, Spain: Jamie Mitchell draws a high line | Photo: ASP/Robertson

The second half of the 2014/2015 Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) has kicked off on the 15th October and runs through February 28th, 2015.

The competitions on the Southern Hemisphere are over. As a result, only one event has been run. The Billabong Pico Alto crowned Makua Rothman in 40-foot waves.

Now, all hopes are on the Northern Hemisphere swell cycle, which basically means winter season in Mexico (Todos Santos), Spain (Punta Galea) and Hawaii (Peahi/Jaws).