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Surfing news: Portugal and the world

photo by F H Mira (Flickr CC)

Yeah, yeah, so Kelly Slater has his 11th world title in the bag. Did anyone expect otherwise?

Ever the honorable gentleman, Slater even notified the judges that his ‘win’ had been announced prematurely.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

On Wednesday, a gorgeous San Francisco day, Slater won a Round 3 heat that appeared to mathematically clinch his 11th world title on the Association of Surfing Professionals Tour – only to learn, hours later, that a recalculation left him a few points short. Slater alerted ASP officials, who owned up to the mistake and lived through several days of embarrassment.

Can’t help but like and admire the guy.

Back on the home front, the surfing news out Portugal is nothing to sniff at.

The largest wave ever surfed (I thought it was just the biggest wave of the year to be surfed) was recently caught off the coast of Portugal by American surfer Garrett McNamara, to the amazement of other surfers, including Ireland’s Al Mennie.

From Irish Central:

The men surfed 60-90ft Atlantic swells at Nazare off the coast of Portugal last Tuesday. McNamara broke the world record with a 90-ft wave surf.

Check out the video of McNamara’s amazing Portuguese wave run here and read more on what is being referred to as the biggest wave ever surfed here in the Guardian, which clarifies: ‘McNamara, 44, found himself on a freak mountain of water 90ft (30m) high, surfing one of the biggest waves ever ridden, probably the largest in Europe and the biggest recorded on film.’

So there.


Graham Land is a writer who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, earning an MA in History from Malmö University in Sweden. Graham writes on a variety of topics including the environment, politics and history.
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