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‘Falling face first into a wall of chlorinated water’: a beginner’s guide to inland surfing

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On a sunny Melbourne afternoon, the perfect temperature for repeatedly but cheerfully embarrassing oneself on a surfboard, I hop into the car and head in the opposite direction to the ocean. Following signs to Melbour...

Philippine surfing paradise Siargao wiped out by typhoon just as tourists return

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Resort and bar owners on a Philippine island popular with surfers and tourists were expecting a bumper Christmas holiday after Covid-19 restrictions finally eased. Then Super Typhoon Rai wiped them out. The strongest ...

Stephanie Gilmore poised to pass Layne Beachley and become women’s surfing ‘GOAT’ at Lower Trestles

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When Layne Beachley secured her seventh and last world title at Honolua Bay back in 2006, she knew the benchmark she had just set would not stand forever. But Beachley didn’t realise that the fresh-faced teenager tear...

Surfing glides gracefully into Olympics as Igarashi comes home

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There was a little bit of Olympic history made at Tsurigasaki beach early on Sunday morning when four surfers paddled out into the Pacific for the start of the Games’ very first surfing competition. No one was exactly...

Wave of success: staycations and Olympics drive surfing boom

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After devoting much of lockdown to cold-water swimming and doing up a camper van called Mabel, one of the first things Elinor Bishop did when restrictions were lifted this spring was to book surfing lessons. “I love i...

A softball veteran to a surfing champ: 10 US athletes to watch at Tokyo 2020

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Age: 32 Event: Men’s archery Why you should watch: US fans are fascinated with people trying to round out their legacies by winning Olympic gold. Ellison was ranked first in the world in 2011-12 and reclaimed that po...

Surfing ready to make a splash at Olympics and move away from the stereotypes

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At the prestigious Billabong Pipeline Masters in 2019, the final event of the last completed World Surf League Championship Tour (CT) season, Italo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina emerged in the final to duel each other f...

Drowntown review – surfing waves of sadness on the seashore

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A white space pockmarked with circles of dark dust, like black holes of misery. An empty lifeguard’s chair. A safety station, with bright red lifebuoy, and a telephone in its own illuminated box. This is the setting f...

Shark sighting marks Mick Fanning’s surfing comeback at Narrabeen

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Mick Fanning dodged a shark in his World Surf League return, but there was no getting around Brazilian world champion Italo Ferreira. The Australian veteran’s wildcard appearance coincided with a shark sighting which ...

Olympic surfing hopeful Katherine Diaz killed by lightning while training

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El Salvador’s top surfer, who had been preparing fo the sport’s Olympic debut this summer, has been struck and killed by lightning during a training session. “A great athlete who has represented our country has left u...

Riding high – the surfing maths teacher on the crest of a wave

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When she’s not in the classroom, teacher Emily Grimes can be found riding waves in the chilly North Sea. She tells Nicole Morley how she came to find her perfect balance Fri 26 Feb 2021 06.15 EST Last modified on M...