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APNewsBreak: Family says no “Eddie” surf contest this season

HONOLULU (AP) — The family of surfing legend Eddie Aikau says the big wave contest named in his honor won’t be held this season. Aikau family spokeswoman Cynthia Scrima said Wednesday the withdrawal of the contest’s sponsor and problems getting a permit forced the move. The Aikaus obtained a permit from Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation. But Scrima says they don’t have...
Via MyNorthwest.com
16 days ago

WATCH: Surfing legend Kelly Slater rides massive N.J. wave

Kelly Slater was surfing in New Jersey on Monday, and the footage is epic. Watch video With 11 World Surfing League titles under his belt, Kelly Slater is known as the greatest surfer of all time. His accolades are stacked. Slater won five consecutive titles from 1994 to 1998. He was the youngest to win a title at age 20, and...
Via NJ.com
October 31, 2017

Oklahoma football family mourns the loss of ex-Sooner Tom Carroll

Seven decades as one of the most recognized and revered programs in college football has given Oklahoma football fans much to celebrate over a very long period of time. But there also is sadness associated with those 70 years, because it means the periodic loss of members of the extended Sooner football family. Tom Carroll, […] Oklahoma football family mourns the loss of ex-Sooner...
Via Stormin in Normin
July 11, 2017

Surfer Stephanie Gilmore’s five favorite looks for the gym and beach

Why do surfers always have the best style? And perhaps no female rider rocks this rule better than Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore—the epitome of cool in water and on land. The six-time world surfing champion has been pushing boundaries in the waves since her pro debut in 2007, and after winning the Roxy Pro Gold Coast this month, Gilmore, now ranked world No. 1, hopes to continue...
Via Excelle Sports
March 30, 2017

Roxy Pro: Surfer Stephanie Gilmore is back on top

Stephanie Gilmore may be six-time surfing world champion, but she hasn’t been able to claim a world tour win since 2014—that is until Sunday at the Roxy Pro where she won the 2017 Roxy Pro Gold Coast title. Gilmore defeated Lakey Peterson with a score of 16.60 to Peterson’s 12.66 at Snapper Rocks. The victory could mean a promising year for Gilmore especially because four of the...
Via Excelle Sports
March 20, 2017

Stephanie Gilmore wins Women’s Pipe Invitational

Australian Stephanie Gilmore posted a 9.0 ride and a 8.0 ride on her way to winning the Women’s Pipe Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii. With an average wave score of 5.71 and the closest runner-up—and fellow Australian—Tyler Wright posting a 6.33 for her best ride, the Invitational was all Stephanie Gilmore’s to win. While she might not have had the best season in 2016, the win over Wright...
Via Excelle Sports
December 15, 2016

Kelly Slater's bizarre tribute to Gene Wilder sparks backlash

Gene Wilder passed away Monday at the age of 83, prompting an outpouring of solemn tributes for the beloved comedic actor.Most of these remembrances were nice and cogent thoughts about the man whose portrayal of Willy Wonka touched many generations.Pro surfer Kelly Slater also offered his tribute on his Instagram account.Yeah, that's Slater's face over Gene Wilder's in the Willy...
Via FOX Sports
August 31, 2016

Bethany Hamilton, shark survivor, wows in surf competition

HONOLULU (AP) It's a feat that few have the bravery or physical ability to attempt: taking on one of the world's most dangerous waves while competing against the best surfers in the sport. But Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a shark at age 13, charges the waves. Now 26, she knocked the top-ranked female surfer out of the competition during the World Surf League Fiji...
Via AP on Fox
June 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Surfing legend Kelly Slater created his own artificial wave pool

Surfing icon Kelly Slater has been developing his mysterious artificial wave for the last decade, and last December stunned the surfing world with by showing off his secret spot - a huge pool that can produce "elite-level" waves repeatedly. Slater recently invited some of the best surfers in the world to test out his wave pool, and they were blown away. 
Via FOX Sports
May 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Surfers get once-in-a-lifetime 60 foot swells off Hawaii

HALIEWA, Hawaii (AP) The Eddie was ''a go'' as a powerful and sustained swell produced huge surf on Oahu's North Shore Thursday. Before the sun came up over the horseshoe-shaped Waimea Bay, organizers huddled together to make the final call on the invitation-only big-wave competition that hasn't been held in six years. The event in memory of local lifeguard and big-wave surfer...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Hawaii's big wave surf competition called off

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) Hawaii's big wave surf competition was called off early Wednesday when the 40-foot swells predicted failed to materialize, event spokeswoman Jodi Wilmott said. The competition was last held six years ago, when swells met organizers' strict minimums. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event began in 1984, but there have only been eight times conditions...
Via AP on Fox
February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Man credits higher power for surfer Kelly Slater saving wife, baby from wave

Kelly Slater: 11-time World Surf League champion and ... guardian angel?A man credited "the surf gods" for putting Slater in the right place at the right time to "save my wife and kid who were swept across a road by a freak wave" on Kamehameha Higheway this week in Oahu, Hawaii.Photographer Chris Whitey thanked Slater in an Instagram post, while providing some scary details in his comments.
Via FOX Sports
January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Shark attack survivor Fanning pursues surfing crown despite brother's death

SYDNEY -- Mick Fanning, who survived a shark attack in South Africa in July, decided to keep competing at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii to pursue his fourth world surfing title despite learning of the death of his brother Wednesday.Before entering the water for competition, Fanning was told his 43-year-old brother, Peter, had died back in Australia.Fanning, 34, says "it's kind of...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Fanning keeps competing in Hawaii despite brother's death

SYDNEY (AP) Mick Fanning, who survived a shark attack in South Africa in July, decided to keep competing at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii to pursue his fourth world surfing title despite learning of the death of his brother on Wednesday. Before entering the water for competition, Fanning was told his 43-year-old brother, Peter, had died back in Australia. Fanning, 34, says ...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

'Thanks for not eating me' -- Surfer home, recounts shark attack

Mick Fanning sat up on a high stool, straight backed and good humored, recounting the story he will be telling for the rest of his days, about how he fought off a shark with his bare hands during a surfing competition in South Africa. It sounds like the plot of a movie, but this three-time world champion is no fictional Crocodile Dundee-style Aussie. He's the real thing: his shark...
Via AP on Fox
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Surfer and bare-handed shark wrestler returns to Australia

Mick Fanning sat up on a high stool, straight backed and good humored, recounting the story he will be telling for the rest of his days, about how he fought off a shark with his bare hands during a surfing competition in South Africa. It sounds like the plot of a movie, but this three-time world champion is no fictional Crocodile Dundee-style character. He's the real thing: his shark...
Via AP on Fox
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

3-time world champ fights off shark during South Africa comp

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, three-time world champion Mick Fanning punched the creature before escaping unharmed during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa on Sunday. The Australian surfer was struck by the shark from behind and knocked into the water as he sat on his board waiting his turn during the JBay Open in...
Via AP on Fox
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Surfer Mich Fanning Attacked By Sharks During Finals of Competition in South Africa

Surfing looks cool as hell, but there is a very good reason why a lot of people don't do it--they don't want to get eaten by a shark like surfer Mick Fanning almost was during a competition off the coast of South Africa. Fanning was out in the water on his board when a shark fin pops out of the water right next to him.The ensuing attack was all captured on camera (very intense and...
Via FatManWriting
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Champion surfer Mick Fanning attacked by shark during live broadcast (VIDEO)

An Australian surfer made an incredible escape from serious harm after encountering a shark during a major competition in South Africa — all of the frightening attack being seen by viewers on a live broadcast of the event. Mick Fanning was competing in the J-Bay Open on the eastern Cape, when one of the sharks approached his surfboard. Video of the attack showed the shark...
Via The Other Paper
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mick Fanning attacked by shark; J-Bay Open canceled

Following Mick Fanning’s near death encounter with a shark during a heat at Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa, the commissioner of the surf league decided to cancel the remainder of the competition. The safety of our athletes is a priority &, after discussions with both Finalists, we will cancel the remainder of #JBayOpen competition. — #JBayOpen (@wsl) July 19, 2015 In an interview...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mick Fanning shark attack caught on live TV (Video)

Professional surfer Mick Fanning had a close — WAY too close — encounter with a shark on Saturday, and it was all caught on live television. Fanning, who was competing in the World Surf League’s J-Bar Open in South Africa, was floating in open water waiting for a wave when a shark swam up beside...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Surfer fights off shark attack on live TV in South Africa

Mick Fanning is one lucky dude. The Australian surfer was competing in the J-Bay Open in South Africa when he was attacked by a shark on live television. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. Here's a Vine of the attack courtesy of World Surf League, which is covering the event: Somehow, Fanning came out of the attack completely unscathed by fighting off the shark in the water....
Via FOX Sports
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pro surfer has terrifying encounter with shark

By Jesse Reed World renowned surfer Mick Fanning stared death in the face on Sunday when a huge shark attacked him during the J-Bay Open final in South Africa. The entire thing was caught on tape, as the harrowing event occurred on live TV. Sharks are in the lineup. @Mick_Fanning is OK. The #JBayOpen Final is on STANDBY http://t.co/Kq8bZ5eIA7 http://t.co/FusEoR2EHM — #JBayOpen...
Via Sportsnaut
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Wrap up: 2015 Fiji Pro

Highlighted by Owen Wright’s four perfect 10s in a single heat, the 2015 Fiji Pro wrapped up last Friday on a quiet, soft note with some riders facing scores as low as three points. Here’s a summary of the tournament, starting with the quarters. Quarterfinals Heat 1 Julian Wilson (AUS) Italo Ferreira (BRA) Heat 2 Taj Burrow (AUS) Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) Heat 3 Owen Wright (AUS) Joel...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Speculation over Slater retirement after Instagram post

BELLS BEACH, Australia (AP) Kelly Slater caused a stir in the surfing world on Thursday when the 11-time world champion suggested in an Instagram post that the Bells Beach event in Australia might be his last before retiring. The 43-year-old American said in the post that ''big decisions in life don't come easy and it's taken a lot of quiet time and personal introspection to come...
Via AP on Fox
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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