Competitive Surfing

Competitive Surfing

Cree McCree

CONTESTS & EVENTS

Surfers may still hang loose, but the sport itself has gotten serious recently, with competitions around the globe. The Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour [aspworldtour.com] covers every division, from Junior to Master. Late July and early August heat up with the U.S. Open in Huntington Beach, California, and several big meets off the coast of France.

Despite being wildly entertaining to watch, surfing ranks as a mere “Etc.” sport at EXPN [expn.com] and rarely airs on TV. Luckily for us, Surfermag.com archives such clips as “It’s a Grom’s Life” and “Backdoor, Pipe, Sunset.” Also check here for audio interviews with surf stars.

Not all elite competitors are pros. Catch the wave with ace amateurs at the East Coast Surfing Championships [surfecsc.com] in Virginia Beach (August 21–25).

FORECASTS & LIFESTYLE

Somewhere on the planet, surf’s up. Watch swells form at Surfline [surf line.com], which features animated LOLA models that are positively psychedelic (LOLA—which stands for Library of Location Algorithms—gathers real-time data from offshore buoys to measure wave pulses from storms around the world). A modest monthly fee offers access to LOLA forecasts; a demo is free. Nonmembers also can peruse surf reports and travel guides or boogie over to shop for gear at Swell [swell.com].

Ever dreamed of quitting your job to pursue the endless summer? Get a taste of what that would be like at SurfersPassage.com, where three best friends are chronicling their adventures as they circumnavigate the globe one wave at a time.

No one wants to ride a polluted swell. Surfrider Foundation: State of the Beach [surfrider.org/state ofthebeach] sponsors cleanup initiatives of U.S. coastal waters; it also reports on aquatic conditions in key states and suggests ways to improve them.

Copyright © 2002 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Originally appearing in Yahoo! Internet Life.