Hendo is the world's first real hoverboard


The world's first real hoverboard has been successfully tested. Discover how Hendo will revolutionize the way you train rotations, spins and reverses in surfing.

When Tony Hawk introduced us HUVr, the ultimate "fake" hoverboard, we dared to dream. Now, the dream has become a reality. Yes, there's an high-tech skateboard without wheels ready to hit the skateboard parks of the world.
The Hendo hoverboard rides about one inch off the ground. The prototype is real and it works. It is not a matter of defying gravity; it's pure science instead. As your weight transfers to the board, you feel a light springy bounce, and you're immediately bouncing on air.
The secret behind Hendo hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift that levitates our board off the ground.
The board resembles a snowboard, and the team behind Hendo says you'll experience an effortless ride. Apparently, it is smoother than any ride on wheels. The current models can lift large sized adults, with about a half an inch of hover height, at a loading of 250 pounds.
The next step is the construction of a hoverpark, with surfaces optimized for the enhanced capability of the hoverboards. Greg Henderson, the founder of Hendo and developer of the Magnetic Field Architecture, promises to change the course of board sports.

The wipeouts of the year 2014

Welcome to the most spectacular unsuccessful rides of the year 2014, also known as wipeouts. Whether at El Buey or Puerto Escondido, many surfers suffered the wrath of Neptune and Poseidon.

The judging panel of the 2015 Billabong XXL Awards will have plenty of work to do. At least, when it comes to analyzing hideous wipeouts. And Latin America has been particularly spicy in this field.
El Buey is one of the heaviest waves in Chile. The spot located near Arica has claimed a large collection of surfboards over the past few months. Ask Gabriel Villaran and Marcos Monteiro.

Puerto Escondido is breaking bones and boards forever, but the Mexican Pipeline has been particularly dangerous this year. Hold your breath, and imagine yourself riding and falling off these monsters. The victims were Anastasia Ashley, Gabriel Villaran, Billy Kemper, Andres Flores, Ricardo dos Santos, and Gary Hughes.

What are hurricane-generated waves?

Big wave surfers are storm chasers. They travel the world in search of the largest swells. But what exactly are hurricane-generated waves?

Science tells us that the barometric pressure in the eye of the hurricane is lower than the pressure some distance from the eye. Hurricanes are also known as tropical cyclones because they form primarily in the tropics. Asians call them typhoons.
High wind speeds associated with hurricanes are able to produce extreme waves. When water rises from the eye of the hurricane and gets influenced by winds, currents and tides, a storm surge is in the making.
In other words, there's a dramatic increase in the water surface elevation at the coast by tens of feet, causing destruction in the coastal region.
"The waves generated by a hurricane differ from those generated by normal wind conditions in several ways. The speeds of the wind in the hurricane aren't constant, so the wave characteristics vary," explains Frederic Raichlen, author of the must-have book "Waves".
"The winds in a hurricane have a circular path. The hurricane moves over waves generated at various angles of direction to the storm path. To the right of the eye (in the northern hemisphere), the winds are enhanced by the forward speed of the hurricane increasing wind speed from simply that of the rotating wind system."
"Because the storm surge increases the water's depth near the shore, the waves generated by the wind can now propagate on deeper water, and larger waves and wave breaking can occur nearer to the shore than would occur without the hurricane."
Weather forecasters have scientific methods for predicting hurricane-induced waves in deep water. The following guide is based on observations, and it should not be considered absolutely exact.
(Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale)
Wind Speed
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Wave Height Range
Wave Period

Mick Fanning Wins Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in clean 3-to-5-foot barrels at the iconic Supertubos in Peniche. Fanning’s third event victory this season, after wins at Bells Beach and Jeffreys Bay, moves him up to World No. 2 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.
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Following the event in Portugal, only reigning three-time ASP World Champion Fanning, 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and current World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) remain in contention for the World Title heading into the final event of the season in Hawaii.
Fanning looked in form throughout the contest, winning all but his Round 1 heat. The Australian surfed five separate heats on the final day, dispatching Alejo Muniz (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Kai Otton (AUS), en route to the Final, where he faced Jordy Smith (ZAF). Fanning overtakes Kelly Slater (USA) on the WCT Rankings, claiming the second spot going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
Fanning built his scoreboard early in this afternoon’s Final before locking into a deep backhand barrel for a nine-point ride and the heat lead. The reigning champ backed it up with another barrel to net a 6.50 and seal the deal, winning a second event in Peniche, after his 2009 victory at the Rip Curl Search event.
“I am just so stoked,” said Fanning. “I didn’t really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy (Smith) surfed amazing, John John (Florence) surfed amazing, Kai (Otton) too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it. It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here.”
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A runner-up finish in Portugal is Jordy Smith’s (ZAF) second best result of the year, after a win in Lower Trestles, and sees the South African move up to seventh place on the WCT Rankings. Smith’s runner-up finish in Peniche and a previous quarterfinal berth in the ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro solidified his position at the top of the Portuguese Waves Series and earned him the Cascais Trophy and the coveted bonus of $50,000 in prize money.
In the Final today Smith answered Fanning’s 9 with a good wave of his own, punctuating a smaller barrel with a powerful gauge for a 7.67. Unfortunately for Smith, a slow lineup didn’t deliver many other opportunities, and the talented regular-footer was left chasing a second-score for the remainder of the final.
“That’s incredible taking out the Cascais Trophy and the $50,000,” said Smith. “I’m definitely coming back next year. I am so excited and stoked. I didn’t realize it until I came in after my Semifinal and a friend of mine said to me that I’d just won the Cascais Trophy. I was like, “are you kidding me”, I was pretty pumped. I like this place, I really like the waves around here and I love Portugal and the people here. It’s a really great place and I always love surfing here.”
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Smith previously defeated one standouts of the event, John John Florence (HAW), in the Semifinal today. Despite posting the only two perfect 10-point rides of the event Florence lost his momentum and was eliminated after Smith posted two excellent scores, which were too much for the young surfer from Hawaii to overcome. Florence leaves Portugal in equal third place and the loss is the end of his 2014 World Title hopes.
“I’m super bummed, but at the same time I’m stoked to have made the Semifinals,” Florence said. “I’ve been on a fun, good run for these last few events. Jordy (Smith) got the good ones, so congratulations to him. I’m definitely excited to go into Hawaii as a possible spoiler to the World Title, I want to win Pipeline no matter what. The World Title is now out of my hands, so there’s no pressure on. I just can’t wait to go home and surf Pipe.”
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Defending event champion Kai Otton (AUS) was on the verge of a second consecutive Final in Peniche, but with only minutes remaining in his Semifinal heat Fanning the came back with two consecutive fast barrels to turn the heat and steal the win. Otton’s excellent campaign in Portugal marks a season’s best and will take the Australian up six places to 18th on the rankings.
“I just got bumped off on a lot of my waves,” Otton explained. “I think that one wave I had would have been a really high score, then I might have been in control of the heat. Mick (Fanning) fought his way back like a champion with that 7.17 score. It’s beautiful having the family here, and it’s great coming in from each heat, win or lose, and they’re there to cheer me up.”
Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):
If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

Highlights: Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Final Day

The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 – 20, 2014.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Final Results:
Winner: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.50
Runner-Up: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 7.67
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Semifinal Results
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.64 def. John John Florence (HAW) 7.27
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.40
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.83 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.83
QF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.27 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.23
QF 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.80 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.17
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.07 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.10
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 5 Results
Heat 1: Adam Melling (AUS) 7.50 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 5.90
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.63
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.83 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 8.33
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.23 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.30
Current ASP WCT Top 10 (following the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 53,100 pts
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
4. John John Florence (HAW) 47,950 pts
5. Michel Bourez (PYF) 43,750 pts
6. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 42,900 pts
8. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,250 pts
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) 41,700 pts
10. Kolohe Andino (USA) 35,900 pts

How Ian Walsh Training for Winter Swells

Big wave surfing, like most things in life, is all about preparation. For Ian Walsh this means starting the morning off with a surf, going straight into multiple grueling training sessions with Deep Relief Athletic Training Center on Maui, and then ending the day with yet another surf and a large plate of food.
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Check out Ian’s workout below. It’ll have you well prepared for whatever waves you’re chasing, even if you’re not charging the same massive swells he is.
Wake up and work for what you want. In the mix of a six week training camp to geared up for winter. This is what my yesterday looked like.
Surfed for two hours in the morning. Then head to gym.
Mobility Warm Up:
1. Foam roller work for 10 minutes.
2. Walking dynamic stretches.
3. Reverse back extensions with hip abduction, three sets of 10 reps.
4. Back extension progression, three sets with 20, 15, then 10 reps.
5. Foot and ankle progression, four sets of 30 reps.
6. Dragon warm-up, two sets of 10 reps.
7. Walking lunges with DB diagonal push press, three 15-yard sets.
8. Wall starfish, two sets of eight reps.
9. Dynamic flexibility work, five minutes.
Session One:
1. Standing tuck position SL lateral push outs using light band, three sets at 15, 30, and 30 seconds.
2. Standing starfish SL with lateral shoulder raise in weight column, three sets at 30 seconds.
3. Core progression sit-ups, three sets of 10 reps.
4. Hanging leg extensions (in and outs) with MB squeeze, three sets of 12 reps.
5. Walking lunges with heavy DBs, four sets at 15 yards.
6. Straight arm ab crunches into extension SSL, three sets at 30 seconds.
7. Eccentric hanging leg tucks, three sets at 20 seconds.
8. Reverse back extensions, three sets at 20 seconds.
9. Body blade on the bosu ball, three sets at 30 seconds.
10. Light aerobic work on bike to enhance recovery between sessions.

Surfing Etiquette For A Perfect Experience

Just like anything else, surfing has its own rules of behavior that we recommend knowing before you venture out in the water. These rules are well-known all over the world and help to keep in order this amazing sport. If you do not follow these rules, you will be exposing yourself and the others around you to having a chaotic surf experience.
Rule 1: Always keep a cool attitude
Be nice, this is a cool sport where mistakes and accidents happen all the time. If you make a mistake, the best thing to do is to apologize. Always try to avoid accidents that may result in injuries, make sure that you and everyone near you are okay.
Rule 2: Never drop in on another surfer
If you are paddling for a left but another surfer already has the wave on his right, you must definitely yield to the other surfer. If it is not you who is the closest one to the peak, you should stop paddling and move out of the way of the other surfer. In the event that you decide to keep paddling until you catch it and start surfing, you will be dropping in and that is not something cool to do.
Rule 3: Respect the right of way
There are cases in which two or more surfers are paddling for the same wave; the surfer that is closer to the peak has the right of way. It is not acceptable to cause someone not to catch a wave. This rule used to be different, in the past the first person paddling for the wave had the right of way. There might be some conflict of opinion about this rule, but in the most of the cases you should stick to the idea of respecting the one closest to the peak.
Rule 4: Move behind the surfer that is riding a wave
When you are paddling back and notice that another surfer is riding a wave, allow him or her to continue riding the wave by moving behind them. You will be smashed by the whitewater but at the same time you will be avoiding and accident and if the next time it is you the one who is riding, you will certainly appreciate someone else doing the same thing for you.
In the end, remember to share the ocean, the sea is there for all of us to use it and enjoy it. Have fun and respect the others and the marine life in the ocean.

Surfboard Styles To Consider When Shopping

Surf season may not be at its peak but that's no reason not to shop for boards. In fact, buying a couple now could make you eligible for a discount being off-season and all (in some places, at least).
If this is your first time shopping for surfboards, a little advice is invaluable. There are several styles designed for specific surf conditions. Boards favored by professionals may also not be to your liking (just yet) as they require well-practiced skill. Check out these board styles to find out which is up your alley.
Longboard: Also called 'logs', longboards measure around 9 feet in length. They have a rounded nose which, combined with the size, makes them very stable and, therefore, perfect learning boards. However, the large size also means you may struggle to get through the surf. Practice will make it much easier and since the board is ideal for amateurs, you should be able to learn to handle the size very soon.
Stunts such as the hang five and hang ten are possible on a longboard.
Shortboard: Where a longboard is long with a rounded nose, a shortboard generally measures not more than 6'4" and has a slightly pointed nose. It's easy to assume that a shorter board would be simpler to ride but the lack of length means maintaining balance is tough. Disregard this board if you're a beginner but begin practicing once you've mastered all of the basics. Be prepared for bursts of speed and being able to quickly cut corners.
Funboard: A funboard's length is between a longboard and a shortboard, up to 8 feet max. It has a lot of volume in the middle so balancing is easy. It's great for amateurs looking to move to a shortboard but who are still apprehensive of the lack of length it has. A funboard gives them this confidence till they're ready to move onto the tricky shortboard.
Fish: The fish style is as short as a shortboard but that's where the resemblance ends. It has a rounder nose, wider middle and a swallow tail which gives it an actual fish-like appearance. Fish styles are perfect for small to medium waves where speed and maneuvering can be maintained. They paddle extremely well, even more so than a shortboard but as mentioned, confine them to small to medium waves as you'll have trouble keeping hold.
Gun: Designed for large waves, gun surfboards have a very pointy nose and are thinner than shortboards. They're very long, however, reaching lengths of over 10 feet. This lets surfers gain speed while paddling so you can catch that huge wave. The added length lends more control especially when surfing at high speeds.
Bodyboard: This is for the true beginner, child and for someone who's not really eager to try out surfing. Bodyboards are very short and rectangular in shape, not meant to be stood on but rather to be laid on. They can be picked up at any surf accessories store for a cheap price.
This quick list of board styles should help you find one that matches what you want to learn on the surf. The more you progress, the more you'll be able to master more board styles which will increase your versatility on the vast expanse of surf.

Kite Surfing - Small Steps To Giant Leaps

Kite surfing is one of those brand new, exciting sports that you've heard about; it's good exhilarating, it's adrenaline pumping, it's wet and wild and it definitely has the wow factor - but how do you get involved in this awesome outdoor pursuit? What do you need to get started? Where do you have to go? Who do you have to talk to? And most importantly, is it for you? When it comes to starting any new recreational activity or sport it's best to do a little reading and research before heading out to the shops. Having all the gear and no idea isn't going to win you any 'cool' points.
First of all, make sure that it's something that you really want to do. The best way to get a taste for the sport without actually doing it is to watch it. Head down to the local areas where your native kite surfing gurus practice their art and watch the professionals in action. If you have the benefit of living in a coastal area, check out any long stretches of coastline that have strong, steady winds. If you're unsure what winds to look out for, check a local surf report website for more information.
If you're far from the coast, try searching for lakes and reservoirs; basically, any large body of water will attract the land locked kite boarder (some intrepid enthusiasts even fly up and down rivers!).
As soon as you've watched some kite boarding action, you're either going to say: 'I want to try this' or 'I don't think so!'. If you tick the first box, it's time to make a decision, are you going to self-teach or take the lessons?
DIY learning is possible but it takes a lot of time, effort and money. If you're unfamiliar with kites in general, you'll need to educate yourself how to control one on land before you can hit the water. To learn how to control and launch a kite means another thing too: buying one. Small power kites are relatively inexpensive but it's an expense that you can do without because a small beginner kite will be of no use to you on the water, it'll only be for practice. You'll also need to learn the basics of wind direction management, tacking and de-powering before you head out onto the water too. It's a lot to learn at first and that's even before you've spent money on a kite board, a wetsuit, a harness and all of the other paraphernalia that you may need.
Lessons are a good investment. It's as simple as that. Taking a kite boarding lesson can save you a lot of money in the long run, because equipment rental is usually included in the price and you get the pleasure of a dedicated, professional instructor to walk you through the basics. Most beginners (we're talking about complete amateurs here) can be up on a board and gliding through the water in hours of beginning their first lesson. So, if you want to learn how to kite board, why take time with the spills when you can fast track to the thrills?

Mick Fanning wins the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014

Mick Fanning has conquered the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, at Supertubos, Peniche. Despite losing the final heat, Jordy Smith claimed the Portuguese Wave Series.

After a pair of low-scoring semis, it was quickly clear that the Final promised to be a different kind of party. Again, Mick Fanning was out of the gate first, getting a quick tube for a 5.67 to start.
Fanning's next wave topped that: When Jordy Smith backed off of a left under priority, Fanning pulled in high and tight for a technical ride capped with wrapping turns for a 9.00.
Smith was now combo'd, but answered back with an impressive tube of his own, hacking the lip on the exit for a final flourish. He earned a 7.67, and returned to the patience game.
Fanning sat and waited too, as a long lull set in. It wasn't until the last three minutes that Fanning improved his scoreline, with a 6.50, to secure the event win for the first time in Peniche since 2009.
"I am just so stoked. I didn't really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy surfed amazing, John John surfed amazing, Kai too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it," said Fanning.
"It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here."
The Billabong Pipeline Masters 2014 will crown the ASP World Tour champion between December 8th-20th, on the Oahu's North Shore. Only three surfers remain in contention: Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014 | Final
Mick Fanning (AUS), 15.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF), 7.67

The 2014 ASP World Tour title scenarios

The Portuguese event at Supertubos changed the look of the 2014 ASP World Tour title race. Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning are eyeing glory at Pipeline, but Kelly Slater is still playing the winners' game.

Once again, it's all down to Pipe. Fanning and Medina have both won three events during the season, but the Brazilian is traveling to the Oahu's North Shore in the first place with 56,550 points, against the Australian's 53,100 points. Kelly has 50,050 points.
The Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 will be surfed between December 8th-20th, in Hawaii, and we all know the math by now. Let's take a look at the numbers:
1. If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World title;
2. If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention;
3. If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention;
4. If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better, and Slater will be out of contention;
5. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat "surf-off" between himself and Medina;
6. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event;