Tomas Tudela conquers the 2017 Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour

Tomas Tudela has taken out the 2017 Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour, at El Gringo, in Chile.

Arica's most famous surf spot delivered flawless left-hand barrels. In an all-Peruvian final, Tudela defeated Alvaro Malpartida with a competent display of tube riding in five-foot surf.

"This contest was incredible, and I'd like to thank everyone that made it possible to become a QS3,000. It was an amazing opportunity for the Latin American surfers and winning here in Arica means so much to me.

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How to sit on a surfboard

Sitting on a surfboard and pivoting is one of the first things you'll need to master when learning how to surf. It requires balance and practice.

Surfers sit down on their boards to wait for the waves. The technique has many advantages. For example, it allows you to keep an eye on the best sets from a higher perspective.

If you're simply laid prone on a surfboard waiting for the action, you'll lose a lot of precious swell information. Sitting on the board will also enable you to turn the board faster toward the beach when you decide to catch a wave.

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Kelly Slater breaks foot and is out indefinitely

Kelly Slater has broken his right foot while free surfing at Jeffreys Bay, in South Africa.

The 11-time world surfing champion pulled into a closeout barrel, and his surfboard slammed back into his foot while underwater breaking his foot in two places.

Slater was immediately forced to withdraw from the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay and, after medical examination, he might need between four and six months to make a full recovery.

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