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International Surfing Day

Happy International Surfing Day – June 20

In 1778 British sea captain James Cook sailed to Hawaii.  The first European to make contact with Hawaiians, Cook was intrigued by the culture and marveled at the native’s ability to ride the crashing waves that broke just offshore: “I could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven …

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Carissa Moore U.S. Open

Carissa Moore Wins US Open of Surfing; Event Ends With Rioting

The nine-day U.S. Open of Surfing, one of the sports biggest events, wrapped Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Crowds during the week totaled in the millions and the final day was a bit of a madhouse with hordes of beach goers spilling out of the stadium seating and overtaking the expo area. It’s unclear how many …

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Snowboarder Hana Beaman: March 2013 Athlete of the Month

 BASICS:  Name: Hana Beaman  Sport: Snowboarding  Nickname: Beams, Hibeams, China  Birthdate: 8-25-82 Birthplace: Santa Barbara Home Mountain: Park City, Utah   LIKES/DISLIKES: Favorite Riders: Travis Rice, Robin Van Gyn, Gabi Viteri, Wille Yi-Luoma, Favorite Sports Moment: (as a fan and/or rider) the ones that haven’t happened yet. Favorite Workout Music: Dance music, techno, something with …

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Snowboarder Kimmy Fasani is Feb. 2013 Athlete of the Month

 BASICS:  Name: Kimmy Fasani  Sport: Snowboarding  Nickname: Kimmy  Birthdate: 04/25/1984 Birthplace: Truckee, CA Home Mountain: Mammoth Mountain  Twitter @KimmyFasani LIKES/DISLIKES: Favorite Riders: Kelly Clark and Annie Boulanger. Kelly’s ability to focus on pushing limits in the halfpipe and her dedication to keeping her body strong on and off the hill is inspiring. Annie changed the …

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Surfer Sage Erickson is the January 2013 Athlete of the Month

 Name: Sage Erickson  Sport: Surfing  Nickname: Sage  Birthdate: 12.28.1990 Birthplace: Ojai, CA Current residence: Ventura, CA BACKGROUND: Favorite Athletes: Sally Fitz is pretty darn amazing. She is a true athlete, dedicated to training, becoming the best at her sport while having the most infectious, kind attitude. Favorite Sports Moment (as a fan): When I was in Portugal two …

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December Athlete of the Month: Malia Manuel

Name: Malia Manuel Sport: Surfing Nickname:  MM Birthdate: 8/9/93 Birthplace: Wailua, Hawaii Current residence: Wailua, Hawaii Home break: Kaua’i Stance: Natural Name: Malia Manuel BACKGROUND: Favorite Sports Moment (as a fan): Watching Andy Irons win his World Titles Favorite Workout Music: Anything upbeat that gets ya movin’ Favorite Place(s) to Shop: Fashion Island, Newport Beach Hobbies and …

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12-Year-Old Alana Smith Lands a 540 McTwist

On Saturday twelve-year-old skater Alana Smith became the second female to land a McTwist, claiming a $1,000 Best Trick prize at Exposure 2012, an all-women’s skateboard competition at the Clairemont Skatepark at the Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego, Calif. The McTwist  is an aerial trick where the rider performs a inverted backside 540 and …

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Game Changer: Pretty Tough Girls Claim a Piece of Online Turf

Believe it or not, not every girl is a damsel in distress looking for Prince Charming. The days when girls were expected to play with dolls, wear pink dresses, have perfect hair, and be quiet and clean are long gone.  For many girls, role models aren’t delicate princesses but kick-butt women who surf twenty- foot …

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The Basics: Mountainboarding

  (Ed. Note: Pretty Tough Team Rider Melissa Becker Ponce de Leon is a pro mountainboarder with multiple U.S. Championships) Snowboarders, Surfers and all other boarders: What do you do when there’s  no snow or water to shred?? Check out Mountainboarding, an off-road board you can ride just about anywhere. What is Mountainboarding? A mountainboard …

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