Surfers from Brazil and Australia win final Olympic qualifier in warm and windy Puerto Rico

[ad_1] ARECIBO, Puerto Rico — Top surfers Gabriel Medina of Brazil and Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia won the final qualifier for the upcoming Olympics on Sunday following nine days in which scores of competitors faced volatile weather and painful sea urchin spines. The World Surfing Games competition organized by the International Surfing Association began in … Read more

Senegal’s top surfer wants a fighting chance to compete at the Olympics

[ad_1] DAKAR, Senegal — Cherif Fall kissed his wife on the lips and they swapped pecks on each other’s foreheads, for good luck. Then he zipped up his wetsuit, grabbed his surfboard and strode into water he didn’t want to be in. Instead of training in the waves off his Senegal homeland, Fall was wistfully … Read more

Hundreds are set to descend on Tahiti for Olympic surfing. Can locals protect their way of life?

[ad_1] TEAHUPO’O, French Polynesia — Peva Levy said he felt a powerful, natural energy known as “mana” when he surfed Teahupo’o’s waves on a piece of plywood for the first time, rushing down a crumbling white surf in front of an untouched volcanic beach several years before the steady streams of surfers started arriving when … Read more