Mavericks Wave Knocks Over Spectators

The Mavericks surf contest always promises excitement. But spectators expect to witness the excitement from afar–close enough to see but, well, that’s close enough. A wave overtook spectators this past week and the several suffered broken bones and while others were bruised and battered. Scary.–Stef McDonald

Kelly Slater Flick: Waves in 3D

I heard Kelly Slater interviewed on the radio about his new surf flick, “Ultimate Wave Tahiti.” Searching for the ultimate wave? That’s right–the endless (and endlessly fun) pursuit. So what makes this flick different than the last? 3D, for one (3D waves!). It’s also another vehicle for the world champion surfer to raise more awareness for protecting the sea and those waves we love to ride.–Stef McDonald

Tip: Stand Up Straight!

At one of Rebecca’s “Surf Like A Girl” days, where she teaches women to surf during a morning session, Peggy Hall was there to warm up the new surfer girls with stretches on the beach. Then I began practicing with Hall’s series of “Yoga For Surfers” DVDs (fyi, her yoga DVDs are good for anyone, not just surfers) and she’s offered us a lot of good tips to us. (A tip from Peggy on our website on stretch for paddling.)

In the last year, I began to experience back pain and a chiropractor pointed out what should have been obvious to me: I had terrible posture and years of slouching had hurt me. What could I do? More yoga and learn— finally—how to stand up straight. Pushing shoulders back? Not right. Seems like it should be simple, right? Those who practice yoga know how it’s done. Check out Hall’s video clip on perfect posture. I’m practicing….—Stef McDonald