Big wave surf contests miss the 20-foot waves
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau and the Billabong Monster Tow-in Surf Session will not be run in 2012. The big wave surf contests demand a solid day of 20-foot-plus waves at Waimea Bay (Hawaii) and Mullaghmore Head (Ireland), but it didn't happen in the holding period.
The last Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was last held in December of 2009 and it was won by California's Greg Long. "As much as we'd like to see this dedication run every year, the event is committed to meeting the criteria of 20 feet," said contest director George Downing.
"Those special winters of Eddie-sized waves seem to only come around every three to five years, so a season like this is to be expected".
Last year's inaugural Billabong Monster Tow-In Surf Session witnessed epic conditions, with waves in the 25 feet range. This time, the infamous Irish surf sanctuary didn't send the epic surf everyone was waiting for.
The Mavericks Invitational 2011/2012 still has hopes of sending the green light to all invitees. Several ground swells have been warming up Half Moon Bay, but still do not produce what it takes to run the show: really big gnarly waves. Until March 31st, hope and stoke walk together.
In Spain, the inaugural Billabong Mundaka Challenge is set to bring back the world's best tuberiders to Mundaka, one of the world's best waves. A three-month waiting period starting from 15th January 2012 has been put in place to ensure the one-day event will score flawless conditions and a minimum wave size of 6 to 8 feet. Let's see if Mundaka is lucky.
Europe and North America
have been enjoying a splendid medium-size winter surf season, but the big toys are still making their way to best surf big wave surf spots in the world. Patience is a virtue.
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau and the Billabong Monster Tow-in Surf Session will not be run in 2012. The big wave surf contests demand a solid day of 20-foot-plus waves at Waimea Bay (Hawaii) and Mullaghmore Head (Ireland), but it didn't happen in the holding period. The last Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau was last held in December of 2009 and it was won by California's Greg Long. "As much as we'd like to see this dedication run every year, the event is committed to meeting...
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, Mark Haywood
, Al Lindsay and Maria Rivans
are some of the modern artists featured in the surf exhibition. "Explorers and early travellers drew surfers, surfers...
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, in the Caribbean Sea
, at high speed and getting the most out of the trade winds. Cape Verde is well behind her back. The transatlantic journey is going very well. In fact, Hebert is preparing her windsurf equipment to the minimum detail, every morning. She has been suffering a bit with the constant swell shock on her knees, but the pace is just great. Sarah...
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saw close to 50 sailors testing their racing skills in Formula, Sports Formula and Kona fleet. "I had never been to the event or the West Coast of Florida before and since I was in Miami
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The Bodyboarder International Association
(BIA) has announced the 2012 BIA Tour dates. California's iconic bodyboarding competition will kick off at the Manhattan Beach
, Los Angeles
, on the 17th March. The 2012 BIA Tour is a very popular contest and has been a ramp to national and international stages. Many Californian riders start competing at the Amateur divisions and then move up to higher levels. The 16th bodyboarding season of the BIA Tour will then move to the Seaside Reef, in San...
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