Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to dabble in surfing – but excuses (and fear) have always managed to get the best of me. That said, I’ve been keeping tabs on surfing news in the recent months and there have been plenty of awesome surf related happenings that convinced me that 2017 is THE year to take a leap of faith and to finally make it happen. In this post, I’d like to share with you three of the many amazing reasons that may just entice you to take up surfing too!
There are more female surfers
Surfing has been known as a mostly male dominated world but recently, women are getting more recognition! This will hopefully encourage even more girls and women alike to enter the sport. As an example, earlier this year, the Titans of Mavericks has finally decided to allow women surfers to compete in the prestigious big wave surfing event. Also, the World Surf League included a Women’s Championship event for the first time ever this year. With this noteworthy and exciting progress, I am certain that there’ll be more inclusion of women in the surfing world in the new year.
The invention of man-made waves
After 10 years of development, Kelly Slater, a surf living legend, announced the completion of his impressive man-made wave pool. Located 50 kilometers south of Fresno, California, this mysterious wave machine is apparently able to simulate the perfect wave. Though this wave-pool is not (yet) open to the public, it may just change the way people surf forever! The existence of man-made waves allows those in landlocked or inner-city who dream of riding the waves to be able to take up the sport and improve their skills.
Created by Slater’s company, Kelly Slater Wave Company, this inventive technology offers everyone, regardless of their location, the chance to experience a variety of waves which one can previously only get when surfing in certain oceans.
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Surfers young and old were delighted with the news that America’s first inland surf park, Nland Surf Park, was opened to the public in Austin, Texas in October. This massive 25 acres surfing destination is the ‘brain child’ of Doug Coors, an engineer, and a longtime surfer and also the founder and the CEO of NLand. Although The Lone Star State has long been a favorite amongst surf enthusiasts, this park enable beginners and professionals alike to surf at the same place!
Surfing is now an Olympic sport
In the world of competitive sports, many believe that there’s simply no higher honor than to be included in the Olympic games. Announced by the International Olympic Committee’s President, Mr. Thomas Bach, this past August, the exciting news was warmly welcomed by many surfers. They hope that with the added recognition, it’ll further encourage popularity of surf as well as inspire a whole new generation of surfers.
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When asked about the committee’s decision on the 5 new sports to be included in Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, Mr. Bach explained:
“With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us. We have to go to them. Tokyo 2020’s balanced proposal fulfills all of the goals of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendation that allowed it. Taken together, the five sports (surfing, baseball/softball, skateboarding, karate, and sports climbing) are an innovative combination of established and emerging, youth-focused events that are popular in Japan and will add to the legacy of the Tokyo Games.”
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