At the halfway point, Kelly Slater held first place in the Quiksilver's Eddie Aikau Big Wave Contest at Waimea Bay on Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii. Slater scored a 98 out of a possible 100 on one of his rides, solidifying his lead. The event is held in memory of legendary surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau. Eddie Aikau was born in Hawaii in 1946 and became famous for surfing huge swells in Waimea Bay. In 1984, the first memorial event in Aikau's honor was held at Sunset Beach (it was...Read Full Story
What does surfing have to do with Islam? Not much. Which is why Australian artist Phillip George has combined them in hopes of creating a greater understanding between the two cultures.Inspired by his trips to the Middle East and by the Cronulla riots in 2005, where people of Middle Eastern appearance were targeted at a Sydney beach, George adorned 30 boards with intricate designs from the Islamic culture. He calls his project the Inshallah (which means God Willing) surfboards.With this...Read Full Story
A Japanese surfer in action during the team challenge in the Surfing on day six of the 2008 Asian Beach Games at Kuta Beach on October 23, 2008 in Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images AsiaPac) Dede Suryana, of Indonesia (pictured at left), won the gold medal in the men's aerial competition at the Asian Beach Games Wednesday.The competition was the first time surfing had appeared at any competition sponsored by an Olympic committee. The 2008 Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia...Read Full Story
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