Here's a selection of surf-related "news" from mainstream newspapers throughout the world. Remember, newspaper links have a tendancy to expire, die, and cease to exist, so no promises these will work come next week.
United Kingdom: Bournemouth Gets Artificial Reef
The Times, that oldest and most respected newspaper, reports that "watersports enthusiasts" could soon be flocking to Bournemouth beach after plans for the first artificial surfing reef in the Northern Hemisphere were given the go-ahead. A bit old news by now, but still interesting.
Ericeira, Portugal: Rainy Days And Mondays
ASP Europe reports on the four-star WQS at Riberia Dilhas in Portugal where Zane Harrison fought through the rain and into first.
Honolulu, Hawaii: What The Boss Doesn't Know…
Trouble juggling surf and work? The Pacific Business News tells us how dentists and bankers do it in Hawai'i. But be prepared for sentences like: "Sun, surf and sea. For a few free spirits, not much else is needed in life but these divine elements." Phew.
Manasquan, New Jersey: Icons From Another Age Help Surfrider
The Ashbury Park Press tells how Greg Knoll sic, Corky Carrol sic, and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver and others helped raise 2,000 dollars for the Surfrider Foundation at the 2000 Manasquan Inlet Classic Longboard Contest.
San Clemente, California: Da Bull Out Of "Retirement"?
The Orange County register explains that when a licensing deal with a Long Beach clothing manufacturer expired in 1999, Greg Noll, now 63, and John Bernards, 62, came out of retirement to launch Greg Noll Oceanwear. So how are they doing, and where the hell is San Infer?
Salt Creek, California: La Jollan Beats H.B.er
The Los Angeles Times reports on how Shaun Ward went down to Ian Rotgans at the NSSA Men's Division event on the opening day of the 2000 Southwest Conference Explorer.
Gold Coast, Australia: Slip Out The Back, Jack.
The Australian Financial Review reports that the Australian Securities and Investment Commission has sought help from the FBI to track down former Surf Dive n' Ski Owner Lakhmi Daswani. When his fifteen surf-apparel retail stores went belly up, he was in debt for more than 50-million Australian dollars. Now it looks like he doesn't want to pay and a manhunt is underway.
Kauk Bay, South Africa: Boy's 150-Kilo Friend Gobbled By Shark
The Independant in South Africa reports that surfers have been asked to stay out of the water after a seven-meter Great White Shark ate a 150 kilo seal — dubbed Robbie — in fifteen seconds. Locals are heartbroken: "He would nudge me and try to bite my flippers," reported one heartbroken pal.
Half Moon Bay, California: Mainstream Media And Sharks — Love At First Bite
The San Francisco Examiner reports on Paul Evwer's Great White Encounter at Maverick's
Black Point, Australia: More Death And Carnage
The Canberra Times reports that another surfer has been taken by a shark off the South Australian coast, the second in two days. The 17-year-old was ripped from his surfboard about 50m off Black Point, near Elliston, on the Eyre Peninsula, last week.
Fouveaux Strait, New Zealand: Now This Is Roughing It!
The Southland Times gives us the low down on the The Rex von Huben Big Wave Challenge in New Zealand. "Competitors are based in Dunedin for the duration of the tournament and helicoptered to wherever the surf is at its peak." Flown around in a chopper looking for surf, the workingman's life in New Zealand.