Supertubos Revisited

After having some of the best waves ever seen on competition this year and having been  proud hosts to world class surfers such as John Florence, hearing him say that he loves our country, worships Supertubos and compares it with the most photographed wave in the world, Backdoor / Pipeline, is just wonderful.  Just check the video and  hear the boy talk...

Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2011 - Adriano de Souza aka Mineirinho wins in Peniche

You won´t forget Supertubos that soon will you Adriano? (image copyright by ASP)

The Brazilian, sixth in the world ranking, won the Rip Curl Pro, by winning the legend of surfing Kelly Slater.

With thousands of people in Supertubos beach, Adriano de Souza, who had already won this year in Rio de Janeiro, scored 15.67 points. Slater, 10 times world champion and winner of last year in Supertubos, only made 14.73 points.

Adriano did not hide the emotion about his return to winning a stage, the third in the world circuit. In his winning speech, Adriano said he would take Portugal forever in the heart.

Slater took small compensation as the prize for best tube of the Rip Curl Pro surfing was awarded to him. The current world champion stressed that the Supertubos waves "were perfect."


Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2011- Bede Durbidge scores a perfect 10!

The competition is getting better day-by-day. Bede Durbidge, from Australia, punctuated the day's affairs with the first Perfect 10 of the event for a monster forehand barrel to the adulation of the thousands on the beach.


Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2011- First results

The competition in Portugal has proven to be one of the best of the championship. The weather is great ( very sunny for an October in Europe) and the surfers are on top! Check out the first table of results.


Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.74 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 10.97

Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.10 def. Francisco Alves (BRA) 6.57

Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.83 def. Justin Mujica (PRT) 8.64

Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.77 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 15.23

Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.43 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.90

Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 19.53 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.97

Heat 7: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.50 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.20

Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.04 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.87

Heat 9: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.97 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 13.93

Heat 10: Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.63 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.27

Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) 16.43 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.76

Heat 12: Taylor Knox (USA) 13.73 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.30 


Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.57 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 8.43

Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.33 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 15.30

Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.13 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 18.40

Heat 4: Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.10 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 5.10

Heat 5: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.77 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.20

Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.86 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 16.37

Heat 7: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.06 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.90

Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 18.33 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.17 


Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)

Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

Heat 12: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. John John Florence (HAW) 
Much more info, as well as photos and other news can be found here.


The usual suspect - Kelly Slater and the Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2011

Is Kelly going to conquer his 11th title? The legendary American surfer is coming to Portugal for the Rip Curl Pro 2011 with 50.150 points. That is, he has a 60250 point advantage for 2nd placed Australian surfer Owen Wright. It is astonishing to think that a 39 year old Kelly Slater defies all younger surfers and continues to show a surf that is only capable by the world´s very best. From the 15th to the 24th October I am going to give all the news about this magnificent event, keep tuned! And to give you a taste of Europe´s best waves I leave you a video of last year´s event. Enjoy!


Surfing injuries part 2 - How to prevent them

There are some important bodyweight exercises that can prevent injuries before and after surfing. Some of them include:  (this circuit should be done as a routine. It was developed by doctor Elizabeth Quinn)

  1. Squats
    Start with some basic squats for warming up and getting the blood moving. Perform as many repetitions as you can in 20 seconds while maintaining good form and control.
  2. Plank
    You can build both endurance and core stability with the plank exercise. Hold for 20 seconds. (Add ten leg lifts on each side to increase intensity).
  3. Squat Thrusts
    Build strength with a move that simulates the 'pop-up' move in surfing. Perform as many repetitions as you can in 20 seconds while maintaining good form and control.
  4. Stability Ball Push Up
    Nothing beats the push-up for building core strength. If you don't have a stability ball, do the basic push-up. Perform as many repetitions as you can in 20 seconds while maintaining good form and control.
  5. One-Leg Squat
    Helps develop strength, balance and coordination required to help you maintain your center of gravity on the waves. Perform 10 reps on each leg.
  6. Side Plank
    A great, overlooked core strength exercise. Hold for 20 seconds and switch sides. For a more challenging move, lift one left leg up off the other.
  7. Back Extensions
    Start on your hands and knees (or lay on a Stability ball). Raise your left leg and right arm 10 times then raise your right leg and left arm 10 times.
  8. Stability Ball Twist
    With hands on the floor, place feet on either side of the ball. Hold body in a straight line with abs pulled in, hips straight and hands directly under shoulders. Slowly twist the ball to the right, then to the left. Start Position / End Position. Perform 10 reps on each side.
  9. Vertical Jumps
    To build lower body strength, while working on balance, try 'high jumps.' Start in a squat position and jump up in the air as high as you can. Land gently with weight evenly distributed on both feet and absorb the impact with a full squat. Repeat 10 times.
  10. Barrier Lateral Jumps
    A great way to build strength, endurance and balance. Jump from side to side over a small barrier, land and quickly jump back. Build up to 20 seconds.


Surf tips - surfing injuries part 1

As with any sport - well I don´t consider the activity of surfing a sport but rather a way of life, but let´s put it that way - surfing can have its dangers and it is up to you to prevent many of the injuries that can happen when you face the sea.

Confronted with this question I sought the opinion of the specialists. A great website called sport injuries bulletin (as a matter of fact you can search for injuries in many other sports, go check it out) makes a very interesting overview about the main injuries you can face when surfing.

They say:

Lacerations to the head, lower leg and foot appear to be the most common injuries, usually caused by contact with the surfer’s own or another surfer’s board or fins (the rudder on the underside of the board); with the ocean floor, or with beach litter.

Soft-tissue injuries comprise the second-largest category, ranging from contusions to acute strains or sprains to the lumbar and cervical spine, shoulder, knee and ankle.

Fractures occur frequently. The head is the most common site, mostly involving the nose and teeth, and many ribs get broken.

Eyes and ears are vulnerable. Eye injuries can result from direct trauma but also chronically from excessive UV light reflecting from the water surface, the drying effect of the wind and exposure to salt water. The surfer’s ears can suffer in two specific ways: firstly, a ‘wipeout’ (coming off the board while riding a wave) can perforate an eardrum; and secondly, a chronic condition may develop involving bony growths within the external ear canal as a result of ‘cold water, spray and wind rushing in and out of the canal, stimulating the tissues to produce excessive bone growth’(1). This causes a loss in diameter of the ear canal and a consequential decrease in hearing. It is known as surfer’s ear.

Craniospinal injuries are rare but of particular concern because of the long-term consequences. (One study(2) found craniospinal injuries to be the most common form, but this finding is less odd when you know that the study was done on Hawaii’s North Shore, ‘where spectacular hard-breaking surf breaks within a few yards from shore in shallow water’.)

Acute musculoskeletal injuries will usually result from a wipeout. Contact with the ground surface – whether it be reef, rock or sand – can cause injury, the type and extent depending on the surfer’s position and contact area. Common injuries include

* over-flexion of the cervical or lumbar spine
* forced shoulder depression and contralateral lateral flexion of the cervical spine resulting in traction to the brachial plexus
* landing on the point of the shoulder causing trauma to the acromio-clavicular joint or in adolescents fracture to the clavicle or the shoulder being forced into anterior subluxation.

Acute knee and ankle, ligament and joint surface injuries can result from a big drop at take-off. When standing up on fast, steep waves, the surfer’s feet can leave the board and then find it again at the bottom of the wave. If the surfer becomes unbalanced for whatever reason, he/she can land off-centre, putting excessive rotational or medial/lateral force through knees or ankles.

Overuse injuries of the shoulder, neck, back and elbow are common and relate to prolonged time spent paddling, tummy down, on a board. For more information on injury statistics, see ‘Surfing Injuries in Otago and Southland, New Zealand’, a research project by Rede Frisby.

(To be continued)
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