Monday, July 27, 2015

How a City property favorite is helping surfing become an Olympic sport

It's not often one of the world's largest real estate consultancies can legitimately say it's had a hand in creating an Olympic sport - but Colliers International could be about to, after it advised on the feasibility and sustainability of a "Wavegarden" surf lagoon, part of the International Surf Association's (ISA) attempt at becoming an official Olympic sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Surfing is one of eight sports shortlisted by Tokyo 2020 to be included in the games. But the difficulty for surfing competitions is guaranteeing the consistency of the wave.

The Wavegarden lagoon "creates high quality artificial waves on demand", generating two identical waves which break simultaneously for 30 seconds on either side of a central pier, said Sean Young, head of destination consultancy at Colliers.

And as those involved in planning for London 2012 will remember, "legacy" is the all-important word when it comes to Olympic planning. But Colliers suggested a surf lagoon could have lasting advantages in Tokyo.

"What [our] study showed, based on our experience and strong financial data, is that a surf park would not only be an investment for the Olympics but it would also have the longevity as a commercially successful leisure destination for residents and tourists for many years afterwards. A surf park in Tokyo has a strong basis for a long-term legacy.”

The company has form when it comes to scoping out the potential of Wavegardens: it advised on the UK's first lagoon, which is due to open in Snowdonia on 1 August, as well as nine other projects across the world... [Read More]

Three Israeli teens came in first in world youth tournament held in Poland

Israeli windsurfers brought home four gold medals from the 2015 windsurfing Youth World Championship over the weekend in Gdynia, Poland, coming in first in all four competition categories.

Noy Drihan and Yoav Omer won the girls and boys events, respectively. Drihan also won the women's under-17 category, and another Israeli, Kfir Azulay, came in top spot in the men's under 17.

“I knew there were high expectations from me, but I gave my all and I’m delighted,” said Drihan, 15, who was also crowed European youth champion two weeks ago. “My goal was to win a medal in Poland and I’m happy that it was a gold,” 16-year-old Omer told The Jerusalem Post... [Read More]

Throw caution to the wind with kitesurfing in South Jersey

 A person can see amazing feats standing on the beach at 41th Street in Ocean City here when the weather conditions produce gusty winds and high cresting waves.

Kites can be seen flying as high as 90 feet in the air. Flying lines extend down from the kite to a control bar being held by a harnessed rider. With the riders feet attached to a kiteboard with straps or unattached as if riding a surfboard, you can see practitioners flying into their air, doing flips and riding on top of waves.

"It's the most fun you could ever have with you clothes on," joked Chris Doyle, the owner of Leading Edge Kite School, based in Ocean City. "It's the most fun water sport I can think of, for sure, the most dynamic."

Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is the most extreme activity a person can do out in the ocean. You simultaneously control the kite above you and the board beneath your feet. You are at the mercy of the winds blowing all around you and the waves underneath your feet, but for people into the sport, the high that comes from doing it beats surfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing or Hobie racing or sailing.

Kiteboarding is getting more media attention and becoming mainstream during the last decade, saidMarina Chang, the founder and publisher of The Kiteboarder Magazine. References to it are showing up on Billboards and in print advertisements, and more kiteboarding locations are opening up, she said... [Read More]

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Santa Cruz surfers catch waves with replicas of historic boards

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Santa Cruz surfers caught waves at Cowell Beach Sunday using huge boards shaped from designs crafted by Hawaiian princes more than a century ago.

Three Hawaiian princes traveled to Santa Cruz 130 years ago, shaped surfboards out of redwood trees, and rode waves at the San Lorenzo River mouth. It was the first time anyone had surfed at a U.S. mainland beach.

Shaper Bob Pearson, of Arrow Surf Shop, recreated the Hawaiian princes' surfboards.

VIDEO: Surfers catch waves with replicas of historic boards

Coming in at 250 pounds and 17 feet long with no fins, the wooden surf boards are unlike any that surfer Ken Collins has ever ridden before.

"Those are prehistoric," Collins said. "Dinosaur boards, there's no fins on it, no control, you're pretty much trying to get it straight."... [Read More]

The campaign to get girls into windsurfing

Women Windsurfing

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has partnered with Sport England to get women into windsurfing.

“This Girl Can Windsurf” is a national campaign to invite British women up and down the country to come and try the sport of sailboarding, no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

“Provided you are confident in the water, there’s no reason you couldn’t take up this exciting sport. If you are aged 16 or under, RYA’s Team15 is a nationwide network of youth windsurfing clubs where young people and under can get together every week to learn new windsurfing skills and enjoy being on the water,” the campaign notes.

“Once you’ve got the basics you can hire, or purchase your own kit and take it to pretty much any beach or water to get afloat. Windsurfing is often recognised as an extreme sport that provides limitless thrills and excitement in a range of disciplines.”

Why is windsurfing good for girls and women? Among many other virtues, it is an aerobic and cardiovascular workout, it improves muscle tone, it burns calories, and it improves balance and coordination.

Be a part of “This Girl Can Windsurf” and learn to windsurf… [Read More]

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Sports & Play Surfing and kitesurfing in and around Toronto

Kitesurfing in toronto

Surfing and kitesurfing in and around Toronto is more popular than you might think. In fact, it’s easier than ever to achieve the surfer lifestyle close to home. Boasting a wide variety of options for both surfing and kitesurfing, Toronto is the perfect place to hang loose, build your bod, and go with the (tidal) flow.

Here are some of the best places in and around Toronto to kitesurf:

Cherry Beach, Lake Ontario
This Toronto hotspot also happens to be an ideal location for intermediate and advanced kiters. However, its proximity to the city and shallow water entry also makes Cherry Beach a great place for would-be kitesurfers seeking lessons.

Long Point, Lake Erie
Boasting a consistent surf and exposed beach break, Long Point is an excellent location for both intermediate surfers and those looking to develop their skill with lessons. At just over 3 hours from the city, Long Point is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

Sauble Beach, Lake Huron
Known for its Caribbean-clear water, Sauble Beach is a bit of a hike from the city, especially on summer weekends when traffic gets heavy. However, with some planning and foresight, you’ll be rewarded with a long stretch of surf-able waves, enough wind to pick up a kite, and three great spots to start: Main Beach, The Lookout, and Grove’s Point. Watch out for riptides and vicious crosswinds – this beach is best suited for intermediates or lesson-takers… [Read More]

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Surfer Mick Fanning escapes shark attack

Shark attack

A surfing competition in South Africa was canceled Sunday after professional surfer Mick Fanning escaped a shark attack in the opening minutes of the final heat.

“I was just sitting there and I felt something just get stuck in my leg rope, and I was kicking trying to get it away,” Fanning said in the video.

Despite the scare, the three-time world champion wasn’t going down without a fight.

“I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me. …I punched it in the back,” he said.

Organizers of the J-Bay Open, the sixth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour, called off the remainder of the competition. After discussion with WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow, Fanning and competitor Julian Wilson decided to take equal second in rankings points and split the prize purse awarded to the winner… [Read More]

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