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Kelly Slater to build largest man-made wave in California desert

Surfer reveals plans for 18 million-gallon basin $200m Coral Mountain complex to open in 2022Plans for the world’s largest man-made wave have been announced, featuring the largest rideable open-barrel human-made wave in the world with technology from K…

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Big wave surfer Alex Botelho in hospital after serious incident at Nazaré

Surfer ‘stable and conscious’ after sent flying off jetski Surf spot known for its dangerous conditionsPortuguese surfer Alex Botelho was rushed to hospital where he is “stable and conscious” after being involved in a serious incident at the notorious …

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Surfer Alex Botelho in hospital after horror incident at big wave event – video

The Portuguese surfer was involved in a serious accident during the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge in Portugal. Alex Botelho was being towed by a jetski when he was pummelled by an approaching wave. Rescue crew pulled him from the water before he was rus…

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Twenty athletes set to light up the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Our writers choose the Olympians likely to make the headlines at the most anticipated sporting event of the yearSeb Coe, who knows a thing or two about winning Olympic titles, believes Asher-Smith will be Team GB’s “poster girl” in Tokyo. Given her sea…

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Kelly Slater misses Tokyo Olympics as John John Florence takes final US spot

American surfing legend falls short of qualifying for Olympics John John Florence joins Kolohe Andino on two-man US teamJulian Wilson books place for Australia, joining Owen WrightEleven-time world champion Kelly Slater failed to qualify for the US Oly…

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Swell news for Tahiti as Paris opts to host Olympic surfing 10,000 miles away

Organisers criticised over environmental impact as site is thousands of miles from host cityThe organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have chosen Tahiti as the site for surfing events, arguing that the waves are more dependable than the French coast, d…

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Stephanie Gilmore beats comeback surfer Tyler Wright in Maui Pro final

Gilmore defeats countrywoman 14.16 to 9.67 for 31st tour win‘I feel very lucky to be here today,’ says Wright after long layoffStephanie Gilmore defeated Tyler Wright in the final of the season-ending Maui Pro and has immediately set her sights on an e…

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Paris wants to host Olympic surfing competitions on Tahiti

Polynesian island is suggested as alternative to Atlantic coast locations of French mainlandFrance is proposing to hold the 2024 Olympic surfing competitions on the island of Tahiti.Paris, which will host the summer Games, has reportedly suggested the …

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Catching big waves at Nazaré – in pictures

Nazaré in Portugal hosts one the two World Surfing League’s Big Wave surfing contests, with waves reaching up to 30 metres during winter. For anyone seeking heart-pounding action, Big Wave is a place where humans constantly push the boundaries of what’…

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Owen Wright nabs third at Freshwater Pro to cement spot in WSL top 10

Gabriel Medina seals victory in California for Brazilian one-twoStephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons settle for share of fifthAustralia’s Owen Wright has cemented his spot in the World Surf League tour top 10 with a third-place finish at the Freshwa…

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Brazil fire warning shot to surfing rivals in Olympic qualifier

Italo Ferreira wins men’s gold at MiyazakiCompatriot Silvana Lima takes women’s silver Powerhouses Brazil showed just what a threat they will be at surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo next year, claiming gold and bronze in the men’s division and silver in…

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Surfer in denim shorts defies passport theft and hurricane to win on borrowed board

Italo Ferreira needed to compete to be eligible for Tokyo 2020Arrived just in time and won heat wearing denim shortsRobbed of his passport in the USA, delayed by a hurricane as he entered Japan, Italo Ferreira’s Olympic dream looked to have been wiped …

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Airborne surfer lands on shark and gets bitten on hand and leg

Donald Walsh caught air on a wave and landed on 6.5ft shark in waist-deep water at New Smyrna Beach in FloridaAuthorities say a surfer at a Florida beach caught air on a wave and landed on a shark that, in turn, bit him on the hand and calf.Donald Wals…

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‘My world just crumbled’: the untold wreckage of concussions in surfing

Mercedes Maidana was one of the world’s best big-wave surfers, until the head injury that swept away the life she knewIt looks like the sea is aiming at her.The wave lifts, lunges and detonates and Mercedes Maidana lies on her board as she is engulfed …

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Helmeted Owen Wright wins maiden Tahiti Pro surfing title

Australian beats Gabriel Medina in final Wright suffered serious head injury in 2015 at PipelineOwen Wright has finally claimed the Tahiti Pro surfing title after defeating world champion Gabriel Medina in the final. The 29-year-old Australian’s top tw…

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Julian Wilson not fazed by shark scares at Margaret River Pro

Surfers rushed onto waterskis after sightingFour-foot shark believed to be a juvenile Surfing star Julian Wilson has praised the new safety measures at the Margaret River Pro after being plucked from the water during a shark scare on Tuesday. The Austr…

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Julian Wilson not fazed by shark scares at Margaret River Pro

Surfers rushed onto waterskis after sightingFour-foot shark believed to be a juvenile Surfing star Julian Wilson has praised the new safety measures at the Margaret River Pro after being plucked from the water during a shark scare on Tuesday. The Austr…

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Former surfing world champion Sunny Garcia in intensive care

World Surf League confirms Hawaiian is in hospital in OregonWon world title in 2000 and six triple crowns of surfingThe World Surf League has confirmed the former world champion Sunny Garcia is in intensive care.“With heavy hearts we confirm that Sunny…

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Caroline Marks: youngest surfer on world tour wins maiden title

17-year-old trumps Carissa Moore in Gold Coast final‘I didn’t know it would happen this fast’Caroline Marks ditched a horse for a surf board on her brothers’ urgings a decade ago and says they have since helped drive her to a maiden World Surf League t…

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Tyler Wright’s Olympic dream ‘a world away’ as she struggles with post-viral brain fog

Two times world champion to miss first half of seasonAustralian surfer fell ill on a trip to Africa last yearAustralia’s two-time world surfing champion Tyler Wright will miss the first half of the season as she continues to struggle with illness. Wrig…