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Swimming and surfing in the ocean is fun and invigorating. But sharing the water with animals comes with risks to us and them.
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Many surfers have seen sharks while surfing in the ocean. Yet, unlike the general public, 60% are not afraid of sharks. It’s a finding that offers an insight into attitudes to shark conservation.
The plot is rudimentary, but the tone is totally compelling, the characters are likable, and the surf photography first rate.
Veteran snowboarder Shaun White in action at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
As the Winter Olympics are showing, the unique cultures of action sports seem to support long careers among the top athletes – something other sports and society in general could learn from.
Surfing’s benefits to well-being aren’t often studied in economics terms. This is a major gap in our knowledge we’re now trying to fill.
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The death of 57-year-old Paul Millachip at Fremantle’s Port Beach is a reminder that shark bites, though rare, can be tragic. New research aims to reduce the risk by understanding sharks’ vision.
The last frontier.
In a world where transhumanists seek to use technology to save humanity, and even to defeat death, surfing reminds humans of our staggering insignificance.
Breakdancing will make its sporting debut at 2024 Olympics games in Paris.
From skateboarding and climbing to baseball, the new Olympic events had varying degrees of success.
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.