California’s Mavericks surf contest canceled indefinitely
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Organizers of the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California say they are canceling the competition indefinitely.
Peruvian surfers win gold at home Pan Am Games
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru dominated surfing at the Pan American Games on Sunday when Lucca Mesinas and Daniella Rosas won their shortboard finals and a potential ticket to the Tokyo 2020...
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Every dawn, on every day, surfers in wetsuits paddle out to take on the famed Peruvian waves. Back on rocky beaches bearing Hawaiian names like Makaha and Waikiki, instructors...
Olympic hopefuls enter Super Girl Surf Pro
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Several Olympic hopefuls are competing this weekend in the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro, the world's largest all-women's surfing contest.
ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — As one of the new sports added to the program for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, surfing is arguably the most glamorous and is sure to bring a new dimension as the IOC seeks a...
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The USA Surfing Championships was put on pause after a shark jumped out of the Southern California water.
The Orange County Register reports the shark was spotted...
New Cape Ann surf competition debuts at Good Harbor
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Over 25 surfers hit Good Harbor Beach on Saturday for the first outing of a new Cape Ann surfing competition.
The Lake Atlantic Invitational Surfing Competition,...
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore lost her quarterfinal Saturday to 17-year-old Florida surfer Caroline Marks in the World Surf League season...
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore has lost her quarterfinal to 17-year-old Florida surfer Caroline Marks in the World Surf League season opener.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater is out of the season-opening Quiksilver Pro in the World Surf League.
Slater, returning from a lengthy layoff because of...
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Qualifying for the inaugural Olympic surfing competition began Wednesday with a World Surf League event which also featured equal prize money for male and female board...
Riding the wave: Surfers grow up in touching documentary
The day surfing lost one of its most beloved rabble-rousers was the day it rediscovered its soul.
That's one of the many takeaways from "Momentum Generation," a beautifully melancholy...
With Olympics looming, surf star captures a bigger prize
If Australia's Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win.
Gilmore, who is talked about as possibly the greatest athlete of all time in her sport, takes pride in being on the ground floor in the fight for a prize that could have a longer-lasting impact: equal pay for women on the professional tour where she and her rivals make their living.
Riding a wave: Surfer makes name with videos over contests
The 29-year-old surfer from Hawaii doesn't participate in a lot of contests. Not really his thing.
Pro surfing league on board for equal prize money in 2019
The World Surf League will award the same prize money for men and women starting in 2019.
CEO Sophie Goldschmidt says the equal pay for surfers will apply for the league's various tours — world championship, junior world championship, longboard and big wave.
Surf’s up in California, where it’s now the official sport
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Surf's up in California, where it's now the official state sport.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill making it so.
The new law declares surfing to be "an iconic California sport" — though it acknowledges that surfing originated with the Polynesian people and was imported into California from Hawaii.
Still, it says Californians have embraced surfing and made important contributions to the modern sport.
Carissa Moore wins surf contest at Oceanside Pier
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Three-time world champion Carissa Moore of Honolulu edged 16-year-old phenom Caroline Marks of Melbourne Beach, Florida, to claim her first Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro victory Sunday at the Oceanside Pier.
It was Moore's first time topping the podium in six attempts at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro, the largest women's surf contest in the world.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Surf's up again for Bethany Hamilton, who's back to riding waves four months after giving birth to her second son.
Hamilton has earned a wild-card spot in the first Surf Ranch Pro at the World Surf League's Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California.
It's a big step for Hamilton, 28, who has forged a strong surfing career as well as several off-the-water pursuits since losing her left arm to a tiger shark 15 years ago.
TOKYO (AP) — In keeping with the laid-back lifestyle of his sport, Kanoa Igarashi won't let the pressure of representing Japan overwhelm him when surfing makes its much-anticipated debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 20-year-old Igarashi was born in Huntington Beach, California, in 1997 but recently received dual citizenship in order to compete for his ancestral homeland in 2020.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — On any given day, Philip Goold is in his tiny woodworking shop, running his hands down a piece of wood, almost feeling the grains produced by years of growth.
On another, he's out on the ocean, sliding his hand down the face of a wave, using it to slow his speed so he can get covered up by the barrel formed as the swell crests.
Often, at least in his mind, woodworking and surfing are synonymous.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Surfing star Kelly Slater has not only found what could be the perfect wave, he's helped create it.
Slater will introduce his Surf Ranch to the world this weekend, when the two-day Founders' Cup of Surfing is held in a nondescript patch of California's Central Valley, some 100 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A professional surfing event off Western Australia has been called off two days after two shark attacks nearby.
The Margaret River Pro, part of the World Surf Tour, was canceled on Wednesday after organizers decided there was a risk of further attacks.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A surfer mauled by a shark Monday off southwestern Australia managed to swim to shore despite serious injuries to both of his legs, an official and a witness said.
World Surf Tour event suspended after shark attack
PERTH, Australia (AP) — A professional surfing event off Western Australia was briefly suspended Monday after a shark attack nearby.
The Margaret River Pro event, part of the World Surf Tour, was put on hold for an hour after the attack at Gracetown, about 15 kilometeres (nine miles) away.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Going surfing with Mick Fanning made Chad le Clos a little nervous.
Fanning had to punch away a shark during a competition in South Africa in 2015, and the Aussie surfer's later interview describing the narrow escape became the stuff of legend. The video of Fanning's encounter with the Great White has been viewed more than 25 million times.
French men denounce predators, support #metoo movement
PARIS (AP) — A group of French men — including doctors, lawmakers, a judge and a surfing champion — is speaking out against sexual harassment and violence, and calling on other men to join the cause.
In an essay published Tuesday in Le Monde, scores of men say "all of us have benefited" from sexism in public life, and "we have perpetuated these inequalities."
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
This week's images include an Amazonian indigenous man in traditional clothing during a meeting ahead of the pope's visit in Peru; big-wave surfing in Portugal; and a Dakar Rally team driving through a mountainous region in Argentina.
Coping with the cold Philly-style: Skydiving, surfing, a Penn basketball game
There was only one way to escape Saturday’s frigid temperatures — to stay indoors. And many in the Philadelphia region did just that, some resorting to adventurous, thrill-seeking ways to escape the polar-like blast that set a record high for the region with a measly 15 degrees.
In King of Prussia, iFly, an indoor vertical wind tunnel for “skydiving,” had every flight slot booked from 7 a.m. to the last one at 10 p.m.
Bruce Brown, whose ‘Endless Summer’ redefined surfing, dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer" molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. He was 80.
Brown died of natural causes Sunday in Santa Barbara, said Alex Mecl, general manager of Bruce Brown Films.
Along with the music of the Beach Boys, Brown took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part of American culture.
Ezekiel Lau is setting quite a precedent when it comes to late-season drama. From last season’s qualification bid that required some third-party results from Kanoa Igarashi at Pipeline, to this year’s jump from 105th place all the way up to ninth in just two Qualifying Series contests, Lau has put himself in position to surf a sophomore season on the Championship Tour.
Kelly Slater to bring man-made waves, surf ranch to Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Surfing legend Kelly Slater is building a man-made wave park in Florida.
Palm Beach County officials recently greenlighted the surf ranch in his home state. The ranch could be ready in early 2019. Florida might have endless miles of beaches but it's not known for the monster waves that surfers crave.
LIHUE — For three years, world champion surfers Kalani Vierra and Krystl Apeles have fine-tuned their tandem techniques on Kauai waves.
County council committee members on Wednesday recognized the achievements of the Kauai athletes for winning their second world championship title at the 11th annual Tandem Surfing World Championship at Kuhio Beach, Waikiki in August.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. proclaimed Oct. 25 as “Kalani Vierra & Krystl Apeles Day.”
California surfer makes board using 10,000 cigarette butts
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — A California surfer has won a recycled surfboard contest with an entry covered with 10,000 cigarette butts.
"This is the most polluted item picked up on the beach," creator Taylor Lane told the Orange County Register. "And no one thinks twice that you can do anything with it."
Quicksilver pulls sponsorship of surfing contest ‘The Eddie’
HONOLULU (AP) — Quicksilver has announced that it will not be sponsoring this year's iconic big wave surfing competition known as "The Eddie."
Quicksilver, Red Bull and the Aikau family had previously agreed to sponsorship terms for the world-famous event until Saturday, when new terms that were introduced could not be met.
"When the family declined to surrender control of the Eddie for five years on the terms Quiksilver was demanding, Quiksilver terminated negotiations," the Aikau family stated.
The ending to last season was a magical one for Ezekiel Lau as the Oahu pro qualified for the Championship Tour thanks to some clutch surfing from one of his best friends, Kanoa Igarashi. The Huntington rookie’s dramatic run to the final heat at the Pipe Masters secured Lau the final spot on this year’s world tour.
The search for the perfect wave may have been completed
It wasn’t a sanctioned event, but one of the most important and influential World Surf League gatherings occurred this past week. It was a contest that could end up shaping the future of competitive surfing, if not at least contributing to its progression.
LEMOORE, Calif. — The World Surf League held a test event at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif., on Wednesday, evaluating the new technology as it pertains to performance, competitive format, broadcast and spectator interaction as well as overall experience.
17 surfing dogs hit shores of Waikiki for OceanFest contest
HONOLULU (AP) — A bunch of four-legged surfers hit the shores of Waikiki for the annual dog surfing contest at Duke's Oceanfest.
KHON-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2xBsWUl ) 17 dogs paddled out on Thursday to compete for best wave, best tandem and best costume.
The annual dog surfing contest brought participants from as far away as California.
HONOLULU — Kauai’s Kalani Vierra and Krystl Apeles are the 2017 International Tandem Surfing Association’s world champions after winning the tandem surfing event during the Duke’s OceanFest in Waikiki.
The ITSA World Championship featured the top 12 teams from Hawaii, USA, Federated States of Micronesia competing over two days for the title Thursday at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.
POIPU — Local youth surfer Sage Tutterow said he got his love of surfing from his parents.
“They like to surf. So they’d take me surfing, and I just got into it,” Tutterow said. “(I remember) I was at Rock Quarry. My dad pushed me into a wave, and I just stood up on my own.”
The 2017 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Hawaii season kicked of a couple weekends ago at Prince Kuhio’s Beach in Poipu.
Tutterow, 14, kicked off the season with a handful of first-place finishes.
James Island dentist, eighth grader from Conway win top S.C. surfing titles
FOLLY BEACH – Dentist Chris Costa and eighth grader Bree Labiak won the top state championship titles in the local Eastern Surfing Association’s Governor’s Cup of Surfing on Sunday.
For the 34-year-old Costa, who started surfing at age 4, the championship was special, noting that “I’ve finished second like 20 times” over the years.
Over the past decade, the U.S. Open of Surfing has been a pretty successful event for Hawaii’s best surfers. The Huntington Beach pier can sometimes lack in the quality wave department, but Hawaii’s talent pool has navigated nicely through its hit-or-miss conditions.
Adding to that streak of success are both Cody Young and Brisa Hennessy, who claimed U.S. Open of Surfing Junior championship titles on Saturday.
Surfer who lost arm in shark attack enters hall of fame
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Hawaii surfer Bethany Hamilton lost 60 percent of her blood and her left arm in a 2003 shark attack. After multiple surgeries, she vowed to get back on the board — which she did just one month later. And now, 14 years later, she has taken her place among the sport's greats.
Hamilton was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame on Friday in Huntington Beach, California.
It’s all happening.
The California leg of the surf season, which sees the Championship Tour and Qualifying Series converge in the Golden State, had some surprises on Tuesday. After Sunday’s finale for the Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, the women’s CT and the men’s QS met up in Huntington Beach to crown a pair of US Open of Surfing champions.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana held off Sage Erickson of Ojai to win the Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro surfing contest Sunday at the Oceanside Pier.
Conlogue won the contest for the second time. She also won in 2009
Conlogue pulled the event's highest single-scoring wave during the final, earning a near-perfect 9.77 with a massive air-reverse.
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Three-time world champion Carissa Moore of Oahu, Hawaii, second-ranked Courtney Conlogue of Santa Ana and defending contest champion Coco Ho of Oahu head the field for the 10th anniversary edition of the World Surf League 6-Star Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro on Friday through Sunday at the Oceanside Pier.
KILAUEA — Growing up in Kilauea, the ocean was Rylan Beavers’ playground.
And the countless hours of catching waves with his family are beginning to pay off.
Beavers, 11, has only been surfing for four years, but has already cemented himself as one of the nation’s top young surfers after winning first place in the Open Mini Groms division earlier this month at the National Scholastic Surfing Association National Championships at Huntington Beach, Calif.
KILAUEA — Local surfer Gabriela Bryan, a 15-year-old from Kilauea, recently returned home after a month-long trip competing in Mexico and California.
“It’s definitely, like, you have to work hard to do well,” Bryan said Wednesday. “I started off doing Junior Pro events … three years ago. It was definitely so different from amateur contests. You definitely have to step up your game.”
NAWILIWILI — The youngest surfer was 3 years old, although her fingers only raised two when she asked how old she was Saturday during the Seventh annual Deja Vu Free Keiki Surf Contest at Kalapaki Beach.
Waves were enhanced by the southerly bump, and the low tide provided the 72 competitors a solid field to compete in before a crowded audience which included players participating in the neighboring Duke’s beach volleyball matches.