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Surfonomics quantifies the worth of waves

Photo:Eric Luse/SFC - Winner Anthony Tashnick during the finals of Mavericks 2005 surf contest near the Princeton Harbour in Half Moon Bay.

In 2002, a surfer named Chad Nelsen enlisted an economist at Duke University to help put a price tag on a popular surfing spot on Puerto Rico’s northwest coast. Nelsen’s idea was novel: to prove that the waves breaking on the beach constituted a multimillion-dollar asset and persuade the local town to take pains to preserve it.

Real estate developers were after another multimillion-dollar asset: the views from the beach, which would be the selling point for three high-rise condominiums they planned to build.

Surfers and environmentalists feared that the construction at Rincon, the village in Puerto Rico, would change the flow of sediment around the beach and bury a reef that created the surf break. Nelsen sought to show that without the reef, there would be no waves, no surfers and, ultimately, a big drop in tourism dollars....


August 2012 is unique: Two full moons, one is BLUE

What is unique about August 2012?

August 2012 features not 1 but 2 full moons. Surf n Sea celebrates with their final Full Moon SUP event of Summer.

31 August, 2012 : The full moon occurs once every 29.5 days. This essentially means that there is one full moon every month. However, as we know, every month but February has at least 28 days in it, which presents the potential for two full moons in a month. August 2012 - is one of these unique months, which will have two full moons.

There was a full moon on August 2nd, and there will be another full moon on August 31st. So those of us whom are superstitious in regards to full moons will have two special days in August of 2012. The term Blue Moon can refer to the second full moon in a given month. When people say "once in a blue moon" they are speaking to the rarity of the occurrence of a second moon happening in the same given month.


Fox #NoFilter The Movie Featuring Damien Hobgood, Bede Durbidge and Ian Walsh Surf Film Full Length

This is Ian Walsh deep in Mexico.

Since we're in a dry spell with only small swells for the next 2 weeks lets use some sick Vid to break it up. Not your typical surf film, #NOFILTER The Movie willgive you an in-depth, raw look into the lives of some of surfing's elite. Spotlighting Fox pro-surfers Ian Walsh, Damien Hobgood and Bede Durbidge, #NOFILTER The Movie will take you far beyond the typical surfing footage with this honest 1,562 second film. Check it out now www.foxhead.com/nofilterthemovie


Epic Final Day Highlights

The Billabong Pro Tahiti culminated in dynamic fashion Monday, the last day of the waiting period, with swell pulsing for the all-Australian Final. Have a look at the highlights of the final day of competition.

The director Luke Egan couldnt be more stoked as the swell ramped up and cleaned up to perfect 3-6' tubes. This event further cemented its legendary status. We know AI is smiling down.


Best of Mates since childhood; Fanning beats Parko becoming the 1st Aussie to win here since Occy in 1999!

120pm Monday 8/27/12.  Mick wins the Billabong Pro and overtakes Joel in the final minutes after being 'comboed' ...Mick extends his ratings lead as #1 on the ASP World Tour.Surf was perfect 3-6' from the South and offered the best conditions seen since early days of the event.
CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Billabong Pro Tahiti)
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 34,750 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 31,700 pts
3. John John Florence (HAW) 27,450 pts
4. Kelly Slater (USA) 25,450 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 24,950 pts


Tune into the final day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Mick Fanning beats Joel Parkinson to become the winner.

It's over. The full story on the way.

The Billabong Pro Tahiti, Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, recommenced today with Rounds 3 and 4 being completed in rapidly-improving three-to-five foot waves at Teahupo’o.Ricardo dos Santos (BRA), two-time Von Zipper Trials winner and wildcard into the main event, caused the upset of the day in eliminating reigning 11-time ASP World Champion and defending Billabong Pro Tahiti winner, Kelly Slater (USA), 40, with an incredible down-to-the-wire performance in Round 3. Needing a major score with 10 seconds remaining in the heat, Dos Santos threaded a lengthy forehand barrel to attain a 9.87 out of a possible 10 and the emotional win.


After 8 days of waiting...Billabong Pro Tahiti is ON rounds 3 and 4; also check this video out about the reef of Teahupoo...whoa!

Surf News, 26 August, 2012 : The Billabong Pro Tahiti is back on! The predicted swell has arrived at 3-4' today at the world’s most infamous lefthander and we are ready for another full day of action. it's expected to rise even more around 3pm for the last two hours. The  show is live now. 8.30 - 5pm Rounds 3-4... Heat 1, Mick Fanning beats Fredrick Patacchia. See results up to 2pm. We have to get wet. Watch it too on OC 250.


Here's some Duke's Oceanfest Day 8 Swim, Paddle, Legends...pictured Candice Appleby & John Paul

We're finishing up Today and will have it all for you Monday. Saturday was a Full Day of Sports in Duke Kahanamoku's Name.

 Australia First in at the Swim;  Team Kona Brewing win Legends; Kaeo Abbey and Andrea Muller Victorious in the Paddle 

Yesterday was a full day in Waikiki in honor of the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Team surfing kicked off the long day and the waves were some of the best Waikiki has seen all summer. The team competition started off Friday on Duke's official birthday and concluded today in 2-3 foot perfect surf at the world famous Queens Surf Break. Teams battled it out for bragging rights and in the end it was Kona Brewing that had the most points.....


The raw emotion of making a long barrel at Teahupoo brings out some of the best claims. The worlds best discuss their favourites. Claims will come by Monday with 8' swell!!.

More 'claims' go down at Teahupo'o than any other reef on the planet when the tours in town. This gives insight into the best surfers in the world. Check out the vid.


Surfer Dr. Richard W. Grigg inducted into the Hawai'i Waterman Hall of Fame

Photo Ron Church

Dr. Richard W. Grigg is an Emeritus Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii where he is internationally known for his research on the ecology and paleoceanography of reef building corals in Hawaii and the Pacific at large. His research on the history of the Hawaiian Archipelago and the Darwin Point, which explains why islands drown at the northwestern end of the Hawaiian Islands, is considered a milestone in the field. A full description of this work can be found in his latest book, In the Beginning, Archipelago, the Origin and Description of the Hawaiian Islands, published in 2012.


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