Adriano De Souza Back on the Podium at the 2017 Oi Rio Pro!

The WSL has just wrapped up the Brazilian leg of the World Tour at the 2017 Oi Rio Pro, with one of the most surprising set of results to come out of this year’s events yet! Upsets, dramas, fines, and suspensions, the 2017 Oi Rio Pro had it all. After some bad experiences at the Rio de Janeiro city surf break in recent years, the WSL decided to move the event to Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema. Everyone on tour was happy about this decision, and it looks set to be a permanent one, but let’s wait and see. Now it’s time for the highlights!

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Wavegarden Cove – The Next Generation of Artificial Surf Pools

There have been glimpses and teasers over the last couple of weeks, but now finally the Wavegarden Cove has been unveiled in all its glory. This next generation of artificial wave pools looks set to transform the playing field once again, just as the Kelly Slater Wave Company pool did when it was first revealed. A wave every 8 seconds, 1000 waves an hour, changeable from a slabby barrel to a mellow wall. All this sounds very good indeed, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Brazilian pro surfer Gabriel Medina tested out the waves at the Cove test facility and gave his verdict, saying, “The wave is really good, it’s very similar to waves in the ocean.”

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It’s the O’Neill Wave of the Winter Awards!

With the winter well and truly over, it’s over to Hawaii and the North Shore for the Wave of the Winter Awards! Presented by Surfline, the Wave of the Winter Awards showcase the standout performances that set the bar for the world’s best surfers. Centered around the Seven Mile Miracle and focusing on Pipeline, chargers battle it out to see who can claim this prestigious prize. The judges of this highly sought after award are Pipeline veterans like Gerry Lopez, who is the head judge, Pancho Sullivan, Roos Williams, and Shawn Briley. This year all the prizes went to local Hawaiians, and it’s no surprise to see why…

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2017 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – After 10 Years Jordy Nails It!

The last event in the Australian leg of the Championship Tour, the 2017 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach went down in pumping waves that really put the competitors to the test. The reeling righthand point break at Bells favored a few surfers on tour more than others, and some insane surfing went down. After ten years of competing at this iconic Australian surf spot, it was South Africa Jordy Smith who rang the bell and took home the trophy.

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5 Awesome Waves for Longboarding in Europe

Europe has some spectacular surf spot setups, the only problem being that to get really good waves surfers often have to wait for the big winter swells. When summer hits, it’s time to break out the longboard and paddle into some mellow peelers! If you’re planning a trip to the culture continent makes sure you check out these five awesome waves for longboarding in Europe …

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2017 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – Florence and Fitzgibbons Steal the Show!

It’s a wrap at this year’s 2nd CT event, the 2017 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, and the rankings for both the men and women have had a shake up! The contest waiting period saw plenty of swell, and this year saw the first ever heats held at North Point. The waves around Western Australia are renown for their power, and sent one surfer out of the contest early due to injury. The unspoiled beauty of the Margaret River area attracted plenty of spectators to the event, and all in all it went down as one of the best in WA yet! Now let’s get into the surfing…

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5 Surfers Not On The Surfing Championship Tour… But Should Be!

Time waits no man, and for every surfer that manages to carve out a pro career and make it to the Surfing Championship Tour there are hundreds, maybe thousands, more trying to do the exact same thing. New talent is cropping up across the world all the time, young guns, local legends, once radical groms and now ready for the big league. Here are five of the best young surfers, each from a different part of the planet, who have the Surfing Championship Tour firmly in their sights. All these guys rip, tipped to become surfing greats, they just haven’t clocked up enough points on the QS to prove it yet…

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The Dry Bag – No More Cold Soggy Wetsuits!

Every once in a while a new invention comes along that makes you think, why hasn’t someone comes up with this already! Simple and genius at the same time, a solution to a problem that surfers around the world suffer on a daily basis. The wet wetsuit. When you surf regularly there isn’t always enough time to dry out your wetsuit ahead of the next session. That means when it comes to hitting the waves again you have to slip into a soggy and cold wetsuit, hardly the most enticing feeling. Sometimes it’s enough to put you off going in for a wave altogether, so what’s the solution. The Dry Bag!

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