Hawaiian surfer John John Florence, seen here competing in Portugal, is one of the favorites to win surfing’s first Olympic gold.
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Olympic surfers are coming from around the world to compete in surfing’s Olympic debut. But where will the waves come from?
US surfer Carissa Moore will be part of a new-look Olympic sports schedule in Tokyo.
The inclusion of new action sports can offend Olympic traditionalists and outsiders alike. But it’s part of a long-term strategy to keep the games relevant and appealing to younger fans.
How does the spirit of Byron Byron endure wave after wave of seekers and lately, Instagram influencers? Sally Breen took a road trip and found a something deeper in the beachy township.
A new documentary is an extraordinary window into the second-class treatment once endured by female surfers.
Some places, like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal, produce freakishly huge waves.
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Some beaches in the world tend to consistently produce huge waves. Places like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal and Mavericks in California are famous for their waves because of the shape of the seafloor.
By the time a wave reaches shore, it may have travelled tens of thousands of kilometres.
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There’s much more to waves than the part you see at the beach.
Letham with her board.
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Isabel Letham was one of the first Australians to ride the waves. After moving to the US in 1918, she became an epitome of the modern woman: economically independent, physically daring and unapologetically ambitious.
Professional female surfers have been advocating for decades for equal pay, access to events, visibility and sponsorship.
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The World Surfing League has announced that it will offer equal pay to male and female athletes. In a sport dominated by hyper-masculinity, this is a significant step.
Many of Australia’s beaches are now being monitored for shark safety by drones.
Drones are now being used to warn beachgoers about sharks – with groundbreaking accuracy.
Like big waves? Thanks to surf forecasting, you’ll know when and where to find them.
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Walter Munk might be the most under-appreciated man in surfing, but he is a big deal in ocean science. If you’ve ever checked a surf forecast before paddling out, you have him to thank.
England’s Lucy Bronze (right) and Spain’s Leila Ouahabi (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017.
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The reality of life as a female sports star.
Surfing can strengthen your ability to persevere.
Marc in het Panhuis demonstrating that surfers require fins in their surfboards for stability and control during manoeuvres.
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3D printing looms as a gamechanger for the surfing industry as surfboard and fin technology become increasingly high-tech.
In sharks’ territory.
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Professional surfers have called for culling sharks to reduce the risk of attacks. A shark biologist explains why culling will not work and surfers should accept risk when they enter the water.
More action sports will be on the Olympic bill in Tokyo with skateboarding, surfing and climbing added to the programme.
Talking therapy for people with post-traumatic stress disorder is one suggestion. A new study finds that surfing may be beneficial too.
The IOC is seeking to address the problem of an ageing audience with the inclusion of more youth-focused action sports in the Olympics.
The Japanese Olympic Committee recently announced five new sports for possible inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics: baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.
An Indo-Pacific Man-o-war, AKA bluebottle, washed up on a beach.
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Blue bottles have been washing up on beaches lately, but what exactly are they? And are you really supposed to pee on their stings?
Australian surfer Mick Fanning, seen here surfing at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, has decided to change the colour of his surfboard. No more yellow.
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The recent shark attack was enough to convince Australian surfer Mick Fanning that the colour of his surfboard may have been a factor. But what do sharks actually see in the water?
The moment a shark encounters Australian champion surfer Mick Fanning.
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Although frightening, the footage of Mick Fanning at Jeffreys Bay is a reminder that sharks are present in the oceans, and that the vast majority of interactions between people and sharks end without fatality or injury.