Even when a sport is open to all genders, abilities and experience levels, it can be intimidating to join in when you feel like the odd man out — or woman in this case. Betty Michels grew up surfing with her brothers and their friends. It wasn’t a lack of ability that made her look past the break, but a longing for connection to other female surfers.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist and defending champion Carissa Moore of Honolulu won her fifth world title and Gabriel Medina of Brazil claimed his third at the Rip Curl World Surf League Finals on Tuesday at Lower Trestles. It was the first time the WSL decided its world champions in a one-day, […]
Logan Radd, 15, rides the waves of Space Coast.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — From Tokyo to Lower Trestles, surfing is still riding its biggest wave. Less than two months after their sport’s Olympic debut, the top five women and men have gathered at Lower Trestles, one of Southern California’s epic breaks, for the World Surf League’s new one-day, winner-take-all championship. For the first time, […]
Carissa Moore wore a white and yellow plumeria pinned next to her ear for her victory-lap interviews after making history as the first Olympic gold medalist at surfing’s historic debut. Her mother — crowned the Honolulu Lei Queen in 2016 — had given her the flower hair clip before she left for Tokyo to remind […]
The world’s longest running surf competition, the East Coast Surfing Championship (ECSC) held in Virginia Beach, hosts its 59th annual competition in August. Several hundred amateur and professional surfers travel here from all over to compete for prizes, surfing titles and bragging rights.
ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — After a series of underdogs stole the show at the beginning of surfing’s historic Olympic debut, two of the sport’s most seasoned superstars took home the gold medals. Carissa Moore of the United States and Italo Ferreira of Brazil became the first Olympic surfing champions on Tuesday, more than a century […]
ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — An aggrieved Olympic surfing alternate forced into a futile race against time to catch a wave in Japan is slamming a competitor’s officials as “selfish” for not being transparent about his rival’s positive COVID-19 test that cost him a shot at the sport’s historic Summer Games debut. Angelo Bonomelli, 30, is […]
ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — It was surf’s up Sunday for the sport’s century-in-the-making Olympic debut as competitors were consumed emotionally by the momentous occasion and exuded the pure joy of finally making it. For many spectators, this was the first glimpse of a beloved-though-niche competitive sport that is as wild as it is stunning. Kanoa […]
ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — Olympic surfing’s debut is making clear that these wave riders are unsung masters of science — in climatology, meteorology and oceanography to be exact. Serious wave chasers are by default atmospheric science junkies because there are few, if any, sports that are both dependent on an uncontrollable variable — the weather […]