Finn McGill and Vahine Fierro crowned 2017 WSL World Junior Champions

Finn McGill and Vahine Fierro claimed the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championship at Bombo Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

The final day of competition got underway in wind-affected three-to-four-foot surf and crowned two new future stars of the sport.

In the Men's final, McGill put an end to a less favorable cycle marked by injuries and flight booking mistakes, by smashing Japanese sensation Joh Azuchi in the decisive heat.

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How to become a surf writer

Learn how to build a career in surf journalism, and to develop your inner fiction writing skills. Become an accomplished surf journalist or best-selling surf author now.

In the "fake news" era, it is not easy to become a credible content creator. There are too many sources, too many digital distractions, and, from a consumer's perspective, less time and patience for banality and commonplaces.

Surfing is a highly visual sport. And because it relies on an enigmatic symbiosis between human and nature, you rarely need words to describe what you see - a perfect solitary wave, a giant mountain of rolling water, a freak backwash wave exploding near the shore break. And on top of that, a man or woman riding it for the simple, yet addictive pleasure of doing so.

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Backdoor nearly kills Dusty Payne

Hawaiian surfer Dusty Payne suffered a horrendous wipeout at Pipeline's Backdoor, on the North Shore of Oahu, and nearly drowned.

Payne took off on just another four-foot inside wave at Backdoor but was not able to set his rail, slipped and went down.

According to surf photographer Keoki Saguibo, who was in the water taking pictures, Payne may have hit the reef with his head before getting pounded by four or five waves. But he didn't resurface, and his board was soon spotted floating unattended.

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On January 17, 2018, Portuguese big wave surfer Hugo Vau had a day he will remember for the rest of his life at Nazaré's Praia do Norte, in Portugal.

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Nico von Lerchenfeld has had the time of his life at Surf Snowdonia, in Wales. But he was not there to surf.

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