How cool is Hector Santamaria's "Flippy Moppy Flip"?

In a time when everything seems to have been done, you really have got to be creative to invent new surfing maneuvers.

Backflips are not new, but there are many tweaks that surfers do to make them original, personal, and innovative. Gabriel Medina, Yago Dora, Jordy Smith, Matt Meola, and John John Florence have landed a few.

Traditional backflips require head-high punchy waves, and a fast ride down the line, but Puerto Rico surfer Hector Santamaria has come up with a way to make it harder to imitate - he wanted to complete a flip on a two-foot wave.

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511 surfers paddle out at Huntington Beach

Five hundred eleven surfers have broken the Guinness World Record for the largest paddle out ever recorded, at Huntington Beach, California.

Despite the fog, the strong currents, and the choppy waters, 511 surfers were able to form an unbroken "Surfing Circle of Honor" to raise awareness of the International Surfing Museum.

The event attracted people of all ages and experience levels and also helped promote Huntington Beach as the potential surfing village for the 2024 Olympic Games if Los Angeles wins the bid.

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A Chinese surfing story

China has some of the best athletes in the world, but surfing is still making its first steps into the mainstream. Here's how it looks in 2017.

In Zhuhai, a city located in the South China Sea, there is a surf spot called Golden Beach, which is very suitable for surfing beginners, and it's one of the few places where it is allowed to surf in the region.

A Cai is a 37-year old surfer from the neighboring city of Jiangmen. He is an electrical engineer, a father of two children, and one of the very few surfers who catch waves on this beach.

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