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Kelly Slater created a man-made wave pool good enough for surfers

We’ve all been to water parks and swam in those giant wave pools. They’re fun, but nothing like the real thing. If you’re a surfer, and you can’t practice in the actual ocean, you need a good approximation of what you’ll be facing during competition. Surfing legend Kelly Slater went ahead and created a wave pool that might actually be a decent representation of the ocean...
Via The Comeback
24 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  Discuss

John John Florence Wins Eddie Aikau Big-Wave Surfing Competition (Videos)

John John Florence just wrote his name into the surfing record books. The surfing world was captivated Thursday as the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing competition took place for just the ninth time since 1984, and Florence came out of the day the winner with a score of 301. Ross Clarke-Jones (278), Shane Dorian (270), Jamie Mitchell (249), and Kelly Slater (238...
Via NESN.com
February 25, 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

Rare Eddie Aikau Surfing Contest Good To Go Because Of 50-Foot Swells (Video)

With swells in Waimea Bay, Hawaii consistently topping 50 feet this week, organizers gave the green light for the rare Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing competition, according to The Associated Press. The minimum requirements for the competition include 40-foot sustained swells that last long enough for multiple heats. Since the prestigious, invitation-only competition began in 1984,...
Via NESN.com
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

Surfer Kelly Slater Saves Child, Mother After Rogue Wave Sweeps Them Away

Don’t call Kelly Slater a hero: the 11-time World Surf League champion was just in the right place at the right time. After getting rejected by a giant closeout wave at Waimea Bay in Oahu, Hawaii, Slater took a different route home than he normally does. Photographer Chris White was with his wife, Sarah, and young son, Van, when a giant rogue wave crashed over the guard rail at...
Via NESN.com
January 28, 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

Mick Fanning recounts close call with shark

Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning recounted his close call with a shark. Fanning was attacked during a competition off the coast of South Africa. The 34-year-old, was in the water in Jeffreys Bay waiting for his turn to compete when the shark came up behind him.
Via Sports-Glory
July 21, 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

Friend Relives Mick Fanning Shark Attack: ‘I Thought He Was Gone’ (Video)

Mick Fanning survived a shark attack during the J-Bay Open on Jeffreys Bay in South Africa on Sunday. The professional surfer wasn’t alone in the water, however, during the time of the encounter. He might have even saved another life. Longtime friend and competitor Julian Wilson witnessed the attack firsthand, and initially thought his friend had been killed. Before Fanning...
Via NESN.com
July 20, 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

Surf Contest Shark Attack Caught On Video

Former surf champion Mick Fanning just saw his life flash before his eyes.
Via Gamedayr
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...
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

Pro surfer unharmed after shark attack during competition

Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning nearly had his leg bitten off by a shark Sunday during a competition off the coast of South Africa. The World Surf League suspended the J-Bay Open shortly after the shark attack. “I just can’t believe it,” said Fanning, who was nearly overcome with emotion on multiple instances during his interview with the World Surf League’s...
Via Sports-Glory
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

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 West
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Surfer Escapes Shark Attack At World Competition In South Africa (Video)

Surfer Mick Fanning showed the world just one of the reasons why his sport is considered an extreme one. During the J-Bay Open on Jeffreys Bay in South Africa on Sunday, the Australian was in the middle of his first wave of the competition’s final when something grabbed his leg rope. And that something happened to be a shark. Just as a warning, one of the announcers (understandably...
Via NESN.com
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
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