Earlier today in Portugal, surfer Kelly Slater had some downtime during the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro competition, so he hit the water. And then the 42-year-old pro pulled off a sick 540 — that’s one and a half rotations — in rough water and windy conditions. We’re used to seeing this kind of thing from snowboarders, but it’s super rare in surfboarding, what with all the waves and everything. It's so rare, in fact, that Slater is the first person to pull it off!
This is a very cool video, not only for the trick but also the reactions from Slater’s fellow surfers, as well as Slater’s post-trick, NBD attitude. He even gets some smack talk in at the end! (And pay no attention to the title of the video. He does a 540, not a 720. #math)
Surfer Bethany Hamilton was only 13 years old in 2003 when she was attacked by a tiger shark and lost her left arm. She thought her surf career was over, but a little over a year after her life-changing experience, she was back on a board and competing. She also wrote about her experience and getting back in the water in the book Soul Surfer, which became an instant hit and a source of inspiration for kids and adults alike.
More than 10 years after the shark attack, Bethany is still competing and writing. Her latest book is Body & Soul, a collection of fitness and nutrition tips for kids that she wrote with trainer Dustin Dillberg. Bethany recently stopped by the SI Kids offices to talk about the book, why it's important to eat healthy, and how to get started as a surfer.
When it comes to action sports, nobody goes bigger than Red Bull athletes. They turn in big-time performances and pull big-time tricks to push the limits of their sports. And that usually results in some wild video and great photography — like the images selected by the company as the best sports images of 2013.
The folks at Red Bull revealed their list of the top 13 photos "from the world of Red Bull" today, and the selections are pretty amazing. Here's what I think are the five best images from the group:
The cutting edge of women's surfing is not on the famed North Shore of Oahu or the reef breaks in Indonesia's Mentawai Islands. In this moment it is at Lakey Peterson's family home in Santa Barbara, California, where the 18-year-old executes a rodeo flip while seated in a tastefully upholstered white chair.
"It's essentially just a backflip," she says, holding an imaginary surfboard's rails. "So if I'm riding right, my back is facing the lip, and I just huck myself back toward the beach" — now she is bending over backward in the chair, flipping in her mind — "then you land backward, and spin out." And keep riding. She has yet to land a rodeo. No woman has in competition, and she wants to be the first. You shouldn't bet against her.
Hold on to your seats! The SI Kids IN YOUR FACE 3D App is throwing you right into the action. You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the exciting 3D photographs that jump out from your iPad. Based on the popular book, these 3D photos will truly make you feel like you’re part of the game. Get ready to catch a pass from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, block a shot with NBA star Carlos Boozer, and cruise down a mountain with Olympic snowboarders.
Did you know the 51st US Open of Surfing was held last weekend?
If you did know, you're aware of all the awesome surfing, skateboarding and BMX action that took place over four days in Huntington Beach, CA. You also know some pretty-sick gear was unveiled, including new sneaks from skate-superstar Paul Rodriguez, and that, overall, the weekend was pretty AMAZING!
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