Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 5. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.
Walking on the white sands of Durban beach, with South Africa's powerful waves towering in front of him, surfing icon Shaun Tomson feels right at home.
South African pro surfer Shaun Tomson tells CNN about his spiritual experience on the waves.
In a country known for suffering not surfing, CNN's Christian Purefoy found one of the sport's newest hotspots.
Ice can't keep surfers out of the waves off the coast of New Jersey. Watch them ride in the documentary "Dark Fall."
The cold has cleared the sunbathing crowds from New Jersey's beaches, yet the freezing temperatures won't keep some surfers out of the water.
From THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. Copyright © 2010 by Susan Casey. Published by arrangement with Doubleday, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc.
Dana Cummings survived two tours of combat duty as a Marine in the first Gulf War without injury. But 10 years later, he lost a leg in a car crash.
Amputee Dana Cummings found rehabilitation through surfing and now teaches people with disabilities how to surf for free.
Land-locked surfers from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming gather at the Snake River to ride the river-driven waves.
A surfboard atop a vehicle, 700 miles from the nearest ocean, is your first clue that the surf's up in Wyoming.
One man is on a quest to turn the industry he loves into a green venture by using what some board makers throw away.
Joey Santley's flip-flops rhythmically clap as he strolls through San Clemente's surf ghetto, a cluster of boxy surfboard-making businesses.
In Gaza, a handful of Palestinian men have found a way to escape temporarily from the hardships of life in their conflict-wracked home. They go surfing.
More than a dozen spectators are injured by a giant wave at a surf contest. KRON's Haaziq Madyun reports.
The violent waves that injured several spectators at a California surf competition over the weekend technically weren't "rogue waves" as they've been called in some media reports, but they were unexpected and dangerous, a weather and water expert said.
The country superstar costars in Soul Surfer, about shark-attack victim Bethany Hamilton
Check out the 10-ft. great white cruising the bay where Matthew McConaughey and other celebs hang 10!
Hawaii may seem a world away, but there are plenty of big waves, tiny bubbles and tiki-style spots closer to home. Here are some San Diego-based ways to catch the Hawaiian spirit.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- Brett Simpson stared at the names scattered across the U.S. Open of Surfing bracket, which looked more like a Hall of Fame ballot than the field for the richest event in surfing history. There was Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Andy Irons, Taylor Knox, Mick Fanning, C.J. Hobgood and Sunny Garcia -- winners of 15 combined world championships and the highest career earners in surfing history.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- Malia Manuel seems out of place walking among the girls parading around in thongs at Surf City, USA, fawning over every hulking surfer who walks past them. She smiles at the scene, her head hidden under a hat as she walks towards the shore unnoticed, like a Hollywood starlet in disguise while sneaking into her own summer blockbuster.
The sun has yet to peak over the mountains that line the Playa de las FAE, a secluded beach on the Ecuadorian Air Force base in Salinas known for its long waves. Sitting on a bus carrying them through dirt streets to the breaking shores are Kolohe Andino, Connor Coffin and Evan Geiselman, three 15-year-old surfers from different parts of the country that are collectively being hailed as the future of American surfing.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- As USC football coach Pete Carroll and nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater stood above the sun-kissed shores of Lower Trestles talking about their love for Hawaii (Slater is a Pipeline legend and Carroll owns a home on the North Shore) they were drawn away from their impromptu meeting twice by the sight of two Hawaiians who carved up the mainland waves and competition as if they were back on Sunset Beach.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Surfers are often judged by their ability to ride waves from the fronstide and backside, which seems like a good starting point in understanding one of the sport's rising stars.
An environmentally-friendly surfboard has taken to the waves after five years in development.
You know that line in "Dirty Harry" in which Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan describes the power of the .44 Magnum? John Milius wrote that line.
For pro-surfers like nine-time world champion Kelly Slater, flying from continent to continent looking for the perfect wave seems like a freewheeling lifestyle, but for amateurs, it requires careful planning.
Shark attacks on humans were at the lowest levels in half a decade last year, and a Florida researcher says hard economic times may be to blame.
"He'll be getting salty soon," the often-shirtless actor/wave rider says of 2-month-old son Levi
First came the fishermen. Then came the surfers. Now the formerly scruffy enclave of Montauk, at the easternmost point of Long Island, has been colonized by fashion-forward boutiques and hotels that are one-upping the rest of the Hamptons with a refreshingly relaxed sense of style.
With new limits on checked luggage, how do you catch a wave if you must also catch a plane? Pack your board in your suitcase.
The four-time gold medalist marries Tim Shannon, an amateur wave rider
No one could even remember a shark attack along this resort-studded stretch of Mexican coast popular with surfers and Hollywood's elite. Many of the large predators had been pulled from the ocean by fishermen
To watch Dale Webster in the movie, Step Into Liquid, go here. Webster's cameo starts at the 19:33 mark.
(To watch Dale Webster in the movie, Step Into Liquid, go here. Webster's cameo starts at the 19:33 mark.)
It's the dead end of winter. Mountains of work need to get done. Economic uncertainty looms. It's been a long year - and it ain't even April yet.
Happy family cruises are all alike because they allow parents and kids to each be happy in his or her own way. A parent of a toddler, for instance, might be happiest with a cruise that provides trustworthy child-care services at flexible hours. Children, of course, have their own priorities. A teen, say, will probably want lots of activities for socializing after 10 P.M.
OAHU, Hawaii -- "If I die, I die. I've lived a pretty good life" says Mark Healey, a 25-year-old big-wave surfer. "I can't argue with the boss."
As surfers try to catch a wave, British Airways is catching flak for banning surfboards in the baggage hold of its flights.
British Airways has issued a ban on all surfboards, canoes and javelins from its aircraft. ITN reports.
The self-proclaimed 'World's favorite airline' has upset the surfing community by banning surfboards from its aircraft
Chris Hines is a committed surfer and green campaigner who's set himself the task of clearing up surfing's dirty secret. With 750,000 non-degradable surfboards sold each year, and pro surfers going through a board a fortnight, the sport isn't as squeaky clean as its eco-friendly image might suggest. So Hines developed the Eco Board.
The Coast Guard helped clear protesters who briefly disrupted the second voyage of Hawaii's first-ever passenger ferry service among the Hawaiian islands, but the fight over the ship's environmental impact is far from over.
Jesse Billauer rolls into the Beverly Hills Hotel with a blonde bombshell by his side and immediately attracts everyone's attention as soon as he opens his mouth. The tanned surfer is telling his friends to hold on to their girlfriends tight or he just might nab them up before the night is done. His friends laugh but quickly tighten their grip on their significant others. They know Billauer too well.
Paris Hilton is starting to make good on her post-jail promises to help others, turning out at a friend's charity gala to raise funds for children with spinal cord injuries.
"There is no business to be done on a dead planet."
Scientists at California State University at Monterey Bay have discovered why the state's most famous big wave -- Mavericks, off the coast south of San Francisco -- is so big.
Tom Coyne, author of Paper Tiger, is making his way across Ireland on foot this summer, playing every links golf course in the country. In Fall 2008, he'll publish a book about his adventures, A Course Called Ireland. In the meantime, he'll be writing a travel journal for GOLF.com. This is the second installment; the first is here.
Most surfers with a favorite break only share it with their closest friends.
CNN caught up with Chris Hines in Cornwall, England to talk surfing, sewage and saving the world...
Ask those who ride the waves, and they'll tell you surfing and music are like searing sun rays and cold beverages, wet suits and wakeboards, sand and sandwiches. They just go together.
The Scene caught up with Baz Luhrmann in Sydney to talk beach culture, board shorts and Leonardo's favorite pancakes...
Adam Scott shrugged aside poor surfing conditions at Kapalua as he tried to resurrect his swing for this week's Mercedes-Benz Championship.
The surfboard industry is going nuclear -- and greening up in the process.
Shortcut to surfing
A public memorial service for wildlife celebrity Steve Irwin will be held next week, probably in a large football stadium in the Queensland state capital of Brisbane, his family told media Monday.
Hawaii's world-class waves, dazzling sea life and spectacular scenery make getting out on the water a goal for most visitors. Sunset magazine spoke with three islanders for an inside line on the best gateways to tropical adventure.
Fender has created the perfect instrument for computer-loving musicians: a Web-enabled guitar.
In a recent issue of Transworld Surf, a trade magazine, Randy French was listed as the third-most-powerful person in the $4.5 billion industry. But if there were a list of the most controversial pl...
On first look at the surf hammering Jalama Beach, the surfer dude with a retro 'fro lets out a call that channels a combination of a sea lion's bark and a bloodhound's howl: "AAAARH-OOOOOGH!"
Surfing might one day be as much a part of landlocked countries as it is in Hawaii, Indonesia and Australia, thanks to a click of a computer button.
Tim Dicus was surfing about 200 yards off Florida's Panhandle on Saturday, when he heard the screams of a shark attack.
The beaches of northwest Florida reopened Sunday, a day after a 14-year-old girl died in a shark attack, but were largely abandoned as visitors shied away from the water.
Nearly two years ago, elite surfer Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark, losing her left arm and nearly her life. Today, the teenager is catching big waves once again on a specially designed surfboard, and she's written a book about her journey back to the water.
The Indonesian island of Nias, where hundreds of people were killed in Monday's quake, is a popular destination with foreign and local surfers.
An Australian company has developed technology that intends to protect divers and surfers from being attacked by sharks while they are in the water.
I'm about to launch myself down the face of a 60-foot sand dune, my stockinged feet strapped to a 41-inch-long wooden board. All I can think about is friction and the heat it causes, and then I won...
One of the more unusual survivors of the Asian tsunami is an Australian drawn to Aceh by its surfing, caught up in the wave that the whole world knows about.
When Thomas "Doc" Rowe told people almost 30 years ago that he wanted to build a bionic dolphin, people thought he was crazy.
It's amazing how quickly we adapt. I never thought I could go two months without Internet access at home.
It's every surfer's dream to own a stretch of beach in front of some great surfing spot. Matt Sumner found his while cruising Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast. Sumner wants to keep the exact loca...
Computer prices are so low, just about everyone can afford one. The expensive part is stocking the computer with software.
In Virginia Beach, Virginia, this week, a fishing trawler pulls into port. Not necessarily noteworthy, until you consider the mission the Indies Trader has been on.
Australia's best known tourist playground on the Gold Coast is to be site of a massive Aust. $1 billion ($700 million) redevelopment by Japanese condominium builder Daikyo and its Australian partner Lend Lease.
Computer prices are so low, just about everyone can afford one. The expensive part is stocking the computer with software.
Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton returned to competition Saturday, just 10 weeks after losing her left arm in a shark attack.
Surfing isn't fun unless it's dangerous. I got injured last Easter at my house on the north shore of Hawaii. I pulled my hamstring--tore it two inches off the bone. I'm still recovering from that. ...
1 ROBERT AUGUST SURFBOARD Endless Summer star Robert August has made a longboard like the one he rode in the 1966 surfer classic. The limited-edition Endless Summer Classic Model 1963 ten-footer fe...
Jake Burton Carpenter has one of the best jobs in America. Last year he spent 113 days riding his snowboard and still had time to run his company. Luckily for Carpenter, his passion is his business...
I live in New York City, where the closest I ever get to extreme sports is dodging taxis and fighting for a seat on the morning subway. That means I'm probably not the most obvious candidate to try...
For them, office hours are based on weather conditions. Seed-round funding comes from the money they've earned promoting other companies. More often than not, they conduct business not from behind ...
I didn't tell my mother that I was going kitesurfing in Hawaii. I'm a grown man, yet when it comes to activities that might lead to massive reconstruction of expensive orthodontic work, I tend to k...
No one told Mike McCue that the bloom was off Internet startups, especially the sort that act as if they can change the world. Nor does he seem to have gotten the message that it's time to batten d...
Jeff Middleton is not a detective by trade, but he plays the role from time to time. The president of Computer Focus, a one-man consulting firm in New Orleans, Middleton sets up networks for local ...
Jeff Middleton is not a detective by trade, but he plays the role from time to time. The president of Computer Focus, Inc., a one-man consulting firm in New Orleans, Middleton sets up networks for ...
Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz has surfed thousands of waves, but the one he remembers most clearly is his first. On a Corky Carroll longboard, the 6-year-old and his father paddled out tandem-style into ...
Inside Nasdaq's Times Square offices, things are getting hectic. The market is closing its largest one-day gain ever on this mid-April afternoon, and reporters are scrambling. On the floor, Tom Cos...
With his shaved head, baggy black pants, oversized black sweatshirt, and radical Oakley sunglasses, Jonathan Lee isn't easy to label. An artist? A musician? Maybe a surfer?
BILL GATES, billionaire chairman of Microsoft and semipro visionary, leans forward to describe the future of shopping: ''You're watching Seinfeld on TV, and you like the jacket he's wearing. You cl...
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