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Gold Coast unveils its Surf Management Plan

The Gold Coast Surf Management Plan has been released. The 56-page document aims to improve the quality of the surfing experience along the 52 kilometers of surf breaks. Every year, the Gold Coast attracts 11.5 million day-visitors. Surfing is a key outdoor activity in Australia’s sixth largest city. However, resources, i.e. waves, are not endless, and surf etiquette is not always taken into consideration. The Gold Coast Surf Management Plan has identified several issues, which include an increasing demand and diversity of beach and ocean uses, an increasing number of active surfers and other wave-riding participants, a dynamic and ever-changing ocean beach environment, and the need to protect the city’s image and reputation as a world-class surfing destination.

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Swell of the decade hits Mavericks

Mavericks delivered one of the finest days of big wave surfing of the decade. The swell was powered by El Niño. Waves in the 30-to-40-foot range hit the famous surf break located off the coast of Half Moon Bay, in Northern California, and the opportunity was not unnoticed by dozens of well-known chargers. Kai Lenny, Peter Mel, Ryan Seelbach, Josh Kerr, Jamie Mitchell, Ken “Skindog” Collins, Patrick Shaughnessy, Matt Becker, Ben Andrews, Nick Rozsa, Tyler Larronde, and friends had the best February 4th of their lives.

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Kelly Slater wins the Volcom Pipe Pro 2016

Kelly Slater has taken out the Volcom Pipe Pro 2016, in 10-to-15-foot surf at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.
The magical all-star 30-minute final included Jamie O’Brien, Bruce Irons and Makai McNamara and got underway in classic Pipeline conditions. A barrel fest. Slater celebrated his first victory in two years. “I’m stoked; it’s been a while. Between drinks as they say in Australia. Two years since I won an event, and it was this one,” expressed Kelly Slater.

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Pedro Henrique wins the inaugural Seat Pro Netanya

Pedro Henrique and Maud Le Car have conquered the inaugural Seat Pro Netanya, in three-to-four foot surf at Kontiki Beach, in Israel. The Portuguese-Brazilian surfer enjoyed a flawless stay in Israel by locking in the competition’s combined heat totals and highest single wave scores. Henrique used his air skills and powerful carves to beat Mihimana Braye in the final. “I’m over the moon, I came here not feeling 100% and managed to build my form in this event so to finally win is incredible. I’m going to go home and train more to be ready for the next events. It’s amazing to start the year like this but the season is long,” notes Pedro Henrique.

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Rip Curl’s GromSearch Indonesia is Underway!

Setting on fire the imagination of every under 16 year old surfer in Indonesia, Rip Curl is proud to announce their 2016 GromSearch series. With 6 separate competitions staged at 6 different locations promising the best surf in Indonesia, the annual GromSearch gives any under 16yr old surfers their shot at the big time. Real surf, real contests, real winners and a fantastic grand prize that could lead to international recognition and launch an international professional surfing career.

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Bethany Hamilton Extends Contract With Long-Time Sponsor Rip Curl

Hawaiian charger Bethany Hamilton has extended her contract with long-time sponsor Rip Curl, renewing a partnership that started when she was nine years old.

Bethany, just shy of her 26th birthday, has already reached unimaginable heights in surfing; winning national competitions, competing on the WSL Championship Tour and inspiring millions with her determination in the face of adversity – returning to the water after the shark attack that left her with one arm as a teenager.

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