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Surf Dog Ricochet Raises Half Million Dollars for Human and Animal Causes

Surf Dog Ricochet Raises Half Million Dollars for Human and Animal Causes

Funds raised to benefit people with disabilities, children with special needs, and animals in need   Surf Dog Ricochet celebrated New Year’s Eve by reaching a new milestone, raising a half million dollars. These funds have helped more than 250 different causes, as well as Ricochet’s programs and initiatives. Reaching this major milestone demonstrates how much Ricochet’s worldwide community supports her efforts.  She sincerely thanks her individual donors, social media followers, corporate sponsors and members of the media for their continued support. Most of Ricochet’s fundraising has been done through social media, such as her popular Facebook Page with more than 259K supportive fans, Instagram with more than 104K followers and her inspirational video “From Service dog to SURFice dog” with more than 6.4 million views. Ricochet has been raising awareness and funds for human/animal causes since 2009 when she made an independent decision to jump on a surfboard with...
Vote for Chad Underhill-Meras in GoPro of the World Contest

Vote for Chad Underhill-Meras in GoPro of the World Contest

Santa Cruz surfer gets chance at winning GoPro and cash prizes in 5th annual contest powered by Surfline California’s very own Chad Underhill-Meras of Santa Cruz has​ made Surfline​’s Go Pro of the World V’s Top Three for November. Vote for Chad’s video in the “Capture Different” category and help him win for November AND propel him toward the grand prize in ’17! Vote for Chad HERE. About GoPro of the World V The 5th annual GoPro of the World contest — powered by Surfline – expanded its range of entries to include three categories: Best Wave, Best Photo and Capture Different, which is your chance to display the most innovative use of a GoPro. With the introduction of the Best Photo category, the winning shot could come on any day, on any wave, from any surfer. Think of it as your chance to finally one-up Slater, JOB...
Big Wave Women

Big Wave Women

Female talent in the spotlight at Pe‘ahi Challenge and Titans of Mavericks Bianca Valenti smiles her way out of a Mavericks bomb (Paige Laverty). by Haven Livingston On a bright day in mid-November, a dozen big wave surfers made history and set a new precedent for all who will come behind them. These 12 intrepid women stood up to dangerously windy conditions at the Pe‘ahi Women’s Challenge in Maui and became the first women to compete in their own big wave event alongside their male counterparts. This was no demonstration event or token add on. This was a fully sanctioned, cash prize world championship event with two semi-final heats and a final produced by the World Surf League. This is what a growing number of women have been fighting for over the past few years. Welcome ladies, the world of big wave competition is officially open to...
Capturing the Perfect Moment

Capturing the Perfect Moment

Award-winning photographer Chris Burkard shares his thoughts on cold-water surfing, his purpose, and his children’s book The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth By Chris Van Leuven Mount Vsevidof in the Aleutian Islands, 2013. This stretch of coast remains one of the most wild and untouched places Burkard has ever been to. He’s always going somewhere. For more than a decade legendary surf photographer Chris Burkard has sought out inspiration while interacting with the natural world. When Adventure Sports Journal caught up with Burkard over the phone he was hurriedly packing for a family climbing trip to Yosemite with his wife Breanne and their two sons. He says that the trip was just a quick getaway – he hoped to climb the smooth, southwest face of Half Dome via the route Snake Dike (which he did) – before departing from his home in Arroyo Grande to New York City....
Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Esteemed waterman Kai Lenny shares his strategy for taking on the treacherous Heavy Water event By Joe Spota Kai Lenny ready for the Red Bull Heavy Water event. Photo: Joe Spota Kai Lenny is an all-around maverick in the ocean. From big-wave surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand up paddle boarding, Kai is the epitome of a waterman. As a native of Maui his love affair for the ocean is deeply engrained within the Hawaiian culture. Kai’s focus and determination to succeed in hardcore events like October 19’s Red Bull Heavy Water race are apparent to anyone who talks to him. Kai was one of fifteen of the most elite watermen in the world invited to take on the treacherous Heavy Water race on the San Francisco coast. The entire race is 7.5 miles from the start in the big surf of Ocean Beach, along the dangerous coast...
Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany By Domenica Berman Roy’s infectious energy shows as he gets out of the water at Duke’s Ocean Fest. Photo: Trevor Clark. “Holy shit, first place!” Roy Tuscany exclaimed at the scoreboard minutes after his third heat of the day. He’d won first in his heat and advanced straight to the finals the next day in the Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships on October 7th. The Paddle Surfing Championships include“open” events for all athletes and also“adaptive” competitions for athletes who are disabled in one way or another. The adaptive athletes use waveskis, which are a mix of a kayak and a surfboard for maximum paddle power and maneuverability. When I asked Roy how it felt to win his heat he said with a laugh, “It’s really fun to win something again! It’s been a long time.” He went on to explain, “Ever since my injury, competition...
Surf Dog Ricochet: Canine Ambassador for Surfers with Disabilities

Surf Dog Ricochet: Canine Ambassador for Surfers with Disabilities

Surfing dog and veterans with PTSD help kids with disabilities catch waves of empowerment Ricochet has been providing therapeutic assistance and creating unique surfing experiences for kids and adults with disabilities for over seven years. In that time, there have been numerous life-saving and life-changing transformations in the people that she has helped. Those transformations led to an organic evolution with Ricochet’s newest program called Waves of Empowerment (WOE). The WOE program is about inspiring and empowering kids with special needs, people with disabilities and military with physical and emotional challenges like PTSD to help themselves by helping others. These individuals are now volunteering to assist new people with disabilities who want to surf with Ricochet. The interactions in the water or on the beach cultivate renewed spirits and a sense of purpose for both the participants and volunteers. ​Everyone involved is developing relationships with each other as they...
Chasing the Shot

Chasing the Shot

Photographer Fred Pompermayer on capturing California big-wave surfing and losing friends to wingsuit flying By Chris Van Leuven • Photos by Fred Pompermayer / theshot.com.br Mavericks – one of the best and heaviest waves on the planet. Combine “extreme” with “sports” and many millennials think of busting aerials on dirt bikes and inflated egos. Gen X-ers may think of Mark Twight’s book Extreme Alpinism, which is hardly a cliché because it came out 17 years ago, and it was titled before “extreme” had been used for everything from bikini contests to Doritos. Los Angeles based photographer Fred Pompermayer thinks of big-wave surfing and proximity wingsuit BASE-jumping. Originally from Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil, Pompermayer used that phrasing often as we talked over the phone in mid-August. When Pompermayer, 41, says that he captures action and extreme sports, it doesn’t sound like a cliché. Because that’s exactly what he does –...
World Dog Surfing Championships 2016

World Dog Surfing Championships 2016

World Dog Surfing Championships September 10, Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica Photo: Nelly If you have a dog that loves the water and access to a surfboard, then your time has come to howl and Hang Ten with Man’s Best Friend! You can enter into the 1st Annual World Dog Surfing Championships at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica on September 10 from 9am-2pm. The World Championships for Dog Surfing take place on the Northern California coast, bringing together the best in local and international dog surfing talent. Dog surfers are invited to bring home the gold. During the event there will be a number of activities including the surf competition, dog beach fashion contest, dog adoptions, partner tents and activities, and more. Entrants can also help fundraise for charities such as Muttville, the Peninsula Humane Society, and the Marin Humane Society. Other Partners include Nom Nom Now, Growl...
The Dying Game: High Fives Foundation

The Dying Game: High Fives Foundation

Extreme is not worth it By Tim Hauserman High Fives athlete Steve Wallace adaptive surfing at High Fives annual surf camp. Photo: Trevor Clark. In the April issue of Adventure Sports Journal, I wrote “The Dying Game,” a look at an effort underway in the Lake Tahoe region to reduce the number of people dying and getting severely injured while doing adventure sports. It was a look at the cultural pressure that athletes feel to jump further and fly higher, and the lack of understanding of the increased risks they are taking. One response has been the Go Bigger Coalition, described in the article, which is focused on getting adventurers, especially the younger ones, to make good decisions so they are able to become the true heroes: those who are still alive to climb that mountain in their 70s. The response to the article was electric. It touched a...
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