The 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Freshwater Pro presented by Outerknown will welcome the world's elite Championship Tour (CT) surfers, the fans, and The Raconteurs to the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California this September. The CT event starts Thursday, September 19 and runs through Saturday, September 21, 2019. The Raconteurs will be the headlining performer following the Finals on Saturday.
The Freshwater Pro will host an exciting entertainment experience filled with a world-class surf competition and music. Fans can purchase tickets to the Freshwater Pro to attend on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. VIP tickets are available for exclusive access on both Friday and Saturday. General Admission tickets are available for $55 to attend on Saturday (free for kids under 10 years old).
Tickets for the WSL Freshwater Pro are now on sale at WSLFreshwaterPro.com.
The Raconteurs to Headline Freshwater Pro Concert
The Raconteurs will headline Saturday's music performance. Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler make up the famed band who burst onto the scene in 2006, winning worldwide acclaim, Grammy® nominations, and a chart-topping smash single in "Steady, As She Goes," with their now-classic debut album, BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS. The Raconteurs will release, HELP US STRANGER, the band's third studio LP and first new edition in over a decade on June 21, 2019. As it's always been, The Raconteurs feature Benson and White as dual frontmen/guitarists/lead singers/songwriters and the rhythm section of Keeler on drums and Lawrence on bass.
Freshwater Pro Championship Tour Competition Format
The Freshwater Pro is the seventh stop on the women's CT and eighth stop on the men's CT and the event will be made up of three rounds: Round 1, Round 2 and the Final.
Round 1 starts with 36 men and 18 women who surf four waves each and the highest scoring surfers advance on. Round 2 is made up of 24 men and 12 women who have two waves each to improve their scores, and the top eight men and four women will advance to the Final. Each surfer in the Final will ride four waves (except for the top finishers in Round 2 who will receive two extra waves). The male and female surfer with the highest total score at the end of the Final will win the event.
Thursday, September 19: Round 1 (closed to the public)
Friday, September 20: Remainder of Round 1 followed by Round 2 (VIP only)
Saturday, September 21: Remainder of Round 2 followed by Final and concert
The Freshwater Pro will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and Facebook.com/WSL. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners.
General admission tickets are available for Saturday, September 21, for $55 each for adults. VIP passes will grant exclusive access to attend on Friday, September 20, as well as Saturday, September 21. The VIP passes are available for $499. Grom tickets are free to kids under 10 years old. Please note, fans must either purchase a VIP pass or a general admission Saturday pass to access The Raconteurs concert. There are no concert-only tickets available. For current ticket holders (VIP or GA), there is no additional charge to attend the concert.
Grab a group and share a private cabana for a memorable experience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate Cabana packages. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: wslfreshwaterpro.com.
Worlds Best Join Gold Coast Surfers For United @WSL, @WSLPURE Paddle Out at Kirra Beach to Raise Awareness to #stoptrashingwaves
The World Surf League (WSL) joined members of the ocean community at the Australian installment of a worldwide paddle out on Saturday, June 15, to celebrate International Surfing Day (ISD), founded by the Surfrider Foundation, and raise awareness to #StopTrashingWaves.
Kelly Slater, Jack Freestone, Alana Blanchard, Josh Kerr, Bede Durbidge, and Wade Carmichael were just a few of the top CT competitors took part with over 100 Gold Coast and North Coast surfers at the paddle out.
About the #StopTrashingWaves Pledge
The WSL wants to inspire everyone to take a pledge to #StopTrashingWaves. The WSL is backing up the pledge with a series of sustainability commitments:
Assistant State Development Minister and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert has officially opened the $140 million Daydream Island resort in the Whitsundays.
“This is a historic milestone for Queensland’s tourism industry,” she said.
“We get to celebrate the rebirth of this resort after the devastation of Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
“Daydream Island resort had a soft opening in April with occupancy in the first two weeks capped at 75 per cent to put staff through their paces.
“Executives have told me it was a great result with strong bookings from tourists keen to experience the revamped offering.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the reopening marked a new beginning for Daydream Island.
“The Great Barrier Reef is our greatest tourism asset. Attracting millions more tourists to our Great Barrier Reef resorts is an important part of our strategy to grow our tourism industry,” she said.
“That’s why we’re investing more than $55 million to partner with the private sector to restore these resorts to their former glory.”
The Great Barrier Reef contributes $3.9 billion to the state’s economy and supports more than 33,000 jobs.
Ms Jones said Daydream Island resort offered 277 rooms and suites, three new restaurants and three new bars supporting 240-250 ongoing jobs for the region.
“The reopening of Daydream Island resort is a major milestone for our tourism industry and will create hundreds of jobs for locals,” she said.
“We’re committed to working with tourism operators to create jobs in our state.”
Ms Jones said one of the island’s attractions was one of the world largest man made living coral reef lagoons – a 1.5 million litre body of water that would be home to more than 100 species of fish and 80 species of coral.
The reopening of Daydream Island resort comes only days after the Palaszczuk Government boosted the tourism budget by $20 million.
Ms Jones said the government was working hard to support tourism operators through the Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts Rejuvenation Program and the $7 million Tourism Recovery Fund.
“By working with the private sector, we’ve been able to leverage about $1 billion of proposed private investment.”
Mallory Franklin completed a golden double and teammate Joe Clarke won the men's K1 final on a triumphant day for British canoe slalom in front of an enthusiastic home crowd at Lee Valley on Sunday.
Franklin added the C1 title to her K1 win from 24 hours earlier, while Clarke overcame some mid-race difficulties to win the men's K1 at the opening ICF canoe slalom world cup of the 2019 season.
Download the medal runs from the women's C1 final here
The wins were also important for both athletes in their pursuit of British Olympic selection for Tokyo 2020. Franklin had to dig deep in her final after teammate Kimberley Woods posted a fault-free 107.45.
Franklin also raced without penalties to record a time of 106.82.
"It's not my ideal, going off last in the final," Franklin said.
"It's hard for me to put to bed all the different results, and you see the kind of run that Kim put down, I've put quite a bit of work into trying to quieten that and focus on my own results.
"At the end of the day I paddle because I enjoy it, so that's what I try and focus on."
World champion Jessica Fox had a rare defeat, picking up two gate touches to finish third in 113.62.
Olympic champion Clarke is one step closer to defending his gold in Tokyo next year with another strong result on Sunday.
Download the medal runs from the men's K1 here
26-year-old Clarke was the last paddler on the Lee Valley course, and despite running into slight trouble in the middle of his run, was still quick enough to win gold in 90.35. He has now won two of the British Olympic selection races to give him one foot on the plane to Tokyo.
"It's the elephant in the room, the Olympic selection races, but I've got the win, I've also got the world cup win, which is huge, and in front of a home crowd, which is even bigger," Clarke said.
"Last time I raced here was the 2015 worlds, and I left here disappointed, so to have a home win puts that behind me.
"If I'm honest I've had a bit of a shoulder injury, and I haven't really gotten over it. I had a bit of pain coming into the race, so I've got a few days off, and then I'll head to Tacen and try and get a result there."
Czech Jiri Prskavec finished second in 91.21, with Germany's reigning world champion, Hannes Aigner, third in 92.04.
Abu Dhabi has been announced as the host for the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships, which will take place from November 19 to 23, 2019.
The sport’s governing body, the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation approved Abu Dhabi’s bid to host the competition, which sees riders compete across a range of men’s and women’s categories.
The championships will be held at the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, with a $50,000 prize for the men’s and women’s open category champions.
The IWWF president, Jose Antonio Perez Priego, said: “We are very excited to be running our first IWWF World titled event in Abu Dhabi and believe ADIMSC will organise one of the very best events we have experienced.
“We look forward to a long-term partnership with ADIMSC to develop towed water sports not only in Abu Dhabi but also in the entire UAE.”
ADIMSC plans to open a wakeboard academy in September, just ahead of the World Wakeboard Championships, and are working with the IWWF to develop this.
Salem Al Remeithi, ADIMSC’s general manager, explained: “People at all levels of ability will be able to learn new skills, improve their existing skills and further develop their knowledge and understanding of the sport.”
ADIMSC already runs powerboat, jet skiing and fly board academies, and has been one of the Middle East’s leading marine sports venue since it opened in 1993.
The World Wakeboard Championships includes categories for 14 and under, 18 and under, 30 and over, 40 and over and open category in both the men’s and women’s events, as well as a team overall title.
The 2018 event was held in Buenos Aires in Argentina, with Australia dominating. Rebecca Gange won the women’s open category and Cory Teunissen was victorious in the men’s open, while Australia also picked up the team title.
Five of the medalists from the London 2012 Olympic Games will return to Lee Valley this weekend for the opening ICF canoe slalom world cup of the 2019 season.
Adding to the glamour, all three gold medalists from the Rio 2016 Olympics will also be in action as the journey towards Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification picks up speed.
In 2012 German Sideris Tasiadis and Slovakia's Michal Martikan picked up silver and bronze respectively in the men's C1, while another German, Hannes Aigner, won bronze in the men's K1 on the Lee Valley course.
In the women's K1, a teenage Jessica Fox won silver for Australia while Spain's Maialen Chourraut took bronze. Four years later the Spaniard won gold in Rio, while Fox picked up the bronze.
Joe Clarke will lead the charge for the home team in Lee Valley this weekend. He won K1 gold for Great Britain in Rio, and has maintained his strong form in the subsequent two years.
David Florence, a silver medalist in the men's C2 at the London Olympics, will lead a strong British trio in the men's C1. In 2015 Florence won the C1 world title when the championships were held at Lee Valley, an event that also doubled as an Olympic qualifier.
Mallory Franklin will be hoping for a golden double for Great Britain when she steps out in the women's K1 and C1 events. Franklin is one of several female athletes who will compete in both, with C1 set to make its Olympic debut next year.
Australia's Fox will be the athlete to catch in the C1, after she went through 2018 undefeated in the discipline and finished with a stunning world championship title in Rio.
Frenchman Denis Gargaud Chanut won C1 gold in Rio, contemplated retirement, but is back and ready to launch an assault he hopes will provide him with the chance to defend his gold medal in Tokyo.
Only one Olympic medalist from Rio, Japan's Takuya Haneda in the men's C1, will be absent this weekend, giving the competition an almost world championship-strength line-up.
Zhestkov Oleg, a Russian canoe sprint athlete who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics , has returned a positive drug test to the banned substance EPO and will be banned from all competition for a period of four years.
Oleg, who was part of the Russian K4 1000 crew that finished fourth at the Rio Olympics, returned the positive after an out-of-competition test carried out by the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) at the end of March this year.
Oleg won gold as a member of a Russian K4 1000 crew at an ICF canoe sprint world cup in Duisburg in 2013. He last competed at last year's ICF canoe sprint world championships in Montemor, where the Russian men's K4 crew finished fourth.
What started out as a relaxing fishing trip in a kayak on Ross Barnett Reservoir ended with a fisherman fearing for his life.
"I was fishing above Highway 43 along Pipeline Road there," Jake Rickman of Brandon said. "I'd gone up there a mile or so and saw two alligators."
To Rickman, alligators are just a part of the experience and he doesn't worry about them. Even when one slowly approached him, Rickman wasn't concerned. He just paddled a short distance and continued fishing.
"I see them every time I go," Rickman said. "There's alligators everywhere up there.
"If you don't mess with them, they won't mess with you has been pretty much my mindset with them. I've never had one act aggressive at all until last week."
Rickman had already seen two alligators in the area, but then something behind him caught his eye. It was a third, larger alligator coming straight to him and it was only 30 feet away.
A potentially serious situation"I guess I got lucky," Rickman said. "I turned around and he was pretty much right there.
"He was swimming as fast as he could. He was definitely coming in aggressively."
Rickman began paddling his 12-foot kayak and tried to outrun the 9-foot alligator, but the gator began swimming faster.
"I was not getting away from him by paddling at all," Rickman said.
With the gator only a couple of feet away, Rickman knew he was in a potentially serious situation.
"I'm freaking out," Rickman said. "He was on the heel of my kayak.
"It was scary. I've never had anything act aggressive toward me. I'm not going out by an alligator was all I was thinking. The only thing I knew to do was grab my paddle and hit him on the head."
Rickman whacked the gator on the top of its head. That was enough to make it stop and Rickman was able to get away from the animal.
"I think it scared him more than anything," Rickman said. "I think it shocked him."
Rickman said he still has not figured out why the alligator behaved like it did.
"I've never had that happen so it puzzles me why that happened," Rickman said.
Breeding display of dominanceAccording to Ricky Flynt, Alligator Program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, it was most likely related to breeding activity which is taking place now.
"When we're in the peak of the breeding season, males are territorial," Flynt said. "I've had large male alligators display and come up to my aluminum boat.
"They will come up and show their back, raise their head out of the water and raise their tail out of the water. They try to make themselves look as big as possible."
Flynt explained the posturing is used to show dominance to other male alligators as well as attract female alligators, but will sometimes exhibit the behavior toward boats.
"If I've seen that in a 16-foot aluminum boat, I can see that happening to someone in a kayak," Flynt said.
There is also another possible reason the gator behaved as he did.
"We're not talking about extremely intelligent critters," Flynt said. "They might mistake a kayak for an alligator."
Flynt said alligators will also approach humans if they've been conditioned by feeding, but given the location of Rickman's encounter, he doesn't think that is the case.
What if I'm approached by an alligator?If approached by an alligator, Flynt said there are three courses of action.
• Make motions: Wave your hands and arms.
• Make noises: Yell at the alligator loudly.
• Separate distance: In other words, get out of there quickly.
"People should always avoid close proximity to alligators," Flynt said. "That's the simplest defensive tactic you can use — keep your distance."
Australia's canoe sprint paddlers have wrapped up their world cup season with two gold and one silver medal in Duisburg, Germany.
Australia's paddlers have wrapped up the canoe sprint world cup season with two gold and a silver in Duisburg, Germany.
Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull finished one-two in the K1 5000 on Sunday, 24 hours after Bull came away with gold in the K1 1000.
The podium double made it two weekends in a row for the Rio 2016 K2 Olympians who claimed gold and silver in the K1 1000 at last week's World Cup meet in Poznan, Poland but in reverse order.
Burnett took an early lead in Sunday's gruelling longer event and never gave it up.
"That was the plan for AB to take it out for the first 500 and then continue for the rest of it but it all came down to a 200 metres sprint finish," Bull said.
"There were a few of us there and AB got the line but I'm happy to take the second, absolutely stoked. One, two, I couldn't be happier.
"Any world cup medal is a good medal, especially when racing against the best paddlers in the world."
The Australians were also able to land seven boats in team finals at the renowned Wedau course over the weekend, making the most of an opportunity to trial different crew combinations in preparation for the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary at the end of August.
Burnett and Bull combined with South Australia's Cat McArthur and WA's Jaime Roberts to finish sixth in the final of the K4 500, while Queensland's Brianna Massie and London Olympian Jo Brigden-Jones crossed sixth in the K2 200 after also winning the K2 500 B-final.
Norway and Hungary won both gold and silver in K1, respectively men and women when the ICF canoe marathon world cup kicked off with the new world championship short track category on Saturday.
The young giant Zsofia Vellais-Zörös won the K1 women, with her team-mate Wanda Kizli second. The race was quite dramatic -Wanda fall in the final portage just 1000 metres before the finish, lost 50 metres, but managed to pass the bronze-medalist, Jenna Ward of South Africa, just before the finish line.
The men's category became an exciting fight between the two Norwegian brothers, Eivind and Amund Vold, the Dane, Mads Brand-Petersen, and Adrian Boros of Hungary. The four of them raced together all the way over the three lap course of 3.400 metres, which included two exciting portages.
Showing great skills over the portages, the race was not given until the last metres with the two Norwegians once again together over the finish line, similar to last weekend in the sprint 5000m world cup race in Poznan.
C1 was as well a tight race, seeing Jakub Brzina of the Czech Republic as the winner.
The full marathon distances follows on Sunday on the excellent waters of Sandvika, Norway.
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Well, winter is here, and for most of us here in Australia, it means that temperatures might drop below 20 degrees during the day, and even colder overnight. I’m from Queensland, and although it doesn’t get that cold here, I still find myself needing stuff to keep me warm when the water temps drop below 22 degrees.
Climatisation is a weird thing. For anyone who regularly paddles in the southern states where the normal summer water temperatures are far colder than our balmy winter waters, people tend to get used to normal situations and deal.
I have a low tolerance for cold water. I get surfers ear, and headaches when the wind and water combination is too cold. So, I use great products to adapt, to allow me to paddle all year round.
Your paddling season doesn’t need to end when winter hits. There are ways around the cold, and we have a welcome to winter article that will help you to adapt.
In Australia, there are not many areas where snow is a common thing, and for this, we are kind of lucky if paddling is your go-to sport. Here are some tips that can save a few dramas when paddling this winter.
Stay Close To Shore
Colder air means colder water. Even in Australia, hypothermia is something that is a true hazard for those on the water. Staying close to the shore means that you have far less chance of being exposed to long periods in icy cold water. The distance you can swim in warm water is always going to be longer than in cold water. Stay close enough to shore to ensure you don’t get caught out.
Use A Leash
You may not think you need a leash on flat water, but even the most experienced paddlers will stick by this one rule, especially in winter. Your board, boat, yak, or ski is a flotation device that you need to stay as close as possible to. Even flat water has currents that can quickly turn a quick dip into a dangerously long swim in cold water trying to reach the shore or your watercraft.
Wear Winter Clothing
If you’re going to hit the water in the winter months, you need proper winter watersports gear. I prefer only to hit the flat calmer waters in winter, which lowers the risks of falling in. Wear similar clothing when out on the water as you would if you were running. A moisture-wicking base layer, with added layers for wind protection and warmth, are very important.
Make sure your feet and hands are covered properly. Compression tights are a great choice for your legs, and gloves with a little bit of grip will make a world of difference for your hands. Wear a hat, not just for sun protection, but to prevent heat loss through your head.
Wetsuit Or Drysuit
Depending on the activities and conditions you intend on paddling in, you could do well by wearing a wetsuit. If you believe you will be in the water more than once, wear protection against the cold. Drysuits are probably a better option but can be quite expensive, so a wetsuit is often a better option for that reason.
Know Your Weather Forecast
Always, whether in summer or winter, you should check the weather forecast. If your location of the paddle is expecting some heavy weather, maybe reconsider or take precautions. When in doubt, don’t go out. If you are heading out on the water in a lake or dam on an overnighter, be prepared. GPS locators, heat sources, food, water, and correct clothing are essential for your survival.
Be Back Onshore Before Dark
Unless you are completely prepared for an overnighter on the water, try and get back to shore or to your camp by sundown. The temperatures cool off very quickly after sunset in winter, so plan your trip back to shore before the sun hits the horizon.
Don’t Paddle Alone
Its always a great idea to paddle with someone else, in case one of you gets in trouble. In winter this is even more important and can save a life. if you are going to paddle alone, tell someone exactly where you are going.
Pack A Warm Up Kit
Bring an extra set of clothes for once you get back to shore after your paddle. It’s the best way to enjoy your trip home and will help to make sure you don’t get sick afterward. Pack a thermos with something warm to drink when you arrive back to your vehicle, and pack some warm clothes to change into.
Enjoy Paddling All Year Round
Just because the water and air are cold doesn’t mean you can’t get out with your watercraft. I must say I have it pretty good when it comes to location, with decent water temperatures all year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time on the water where you live. Use common sense, be safe and be prepared, and enjoy as much winter paddling as possible.
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Two brothers have been seriously injured after being speared by a marlin that crashed onto their inflatable boat north of the NSW Central Coast.
The men, aged 46 and 48, were out on the ocean as part of a fishing trip with another 46-year-old man in a five-metre-long rigid hull-inflatable boat in the Solitary Islands Marine Park off Wooli late last week when the incident occurred.
The trio told NSW Police the marlin, which they estimated to have weighed between 80 and 100 kilograms, crashed onto the small vessel while they were travelling back to shore at a speed of about 21 knots.
The animal’s sharp snout sliced open the 46-year-old man’s lower right arm and caused a fracture, and also caused a deep cut to his brother’s right shoulder.
The third man in the vessel was not injured, while the fish then scrambled off the boat and back into the water.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was dispatched with a critical care medical team and NSW Ambulance paramedics to treat the men and airlift the 46-year-old man to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
The 48-year-old man was taken by road to the same hospital. Both men’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.Local fisherman Stanley Young said the pair are lucky to have survived the ordeal.
"Both of them are very lucky. If that Marlin spike had have been a bit lower or further over the first man would be dead and the second man more than likely would be too," he said.
"Very, very crazy."
A 44-year-old man went on a fishing trip with his friends from Hillarys Boat Harbour this morning, and unfortunately never made it home alive.
A man has tragically died and his friend has been taken to hospital after they lost control of their boat north of Perth on Sunday during a fishing trip.
Police say the vessel capsized about 7.30am on Sunday, sparking a boating emergency.
Sergeant Paul Crawshaw from the Water Police said the tragedy unfolded when the men were ejected from the boat after they lost control.
Sgt Crawshaw said one of the men was struck by the propeller of the boat and died from his injuries.
"The man driving the boat has been ejected from one side of the boat, his friend on board has tried to help him but as a result has also been thrown out of the vessel," he said.
"The vessel continued in gear and sadly the propeller is believed to have struck one of the men in the head.
"Its nothing more than a tragic accident."
The surviving man was able to swim to shore and was taken to Joondalup Hospital for treatment for shock and hypothermia.
The dinghy was recovered from water near the entrance of the boat harbour.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Police say the men were good mates but were not related.
Sgt Crawshaw said water conditions were good at the time but he said he understood the men were not wearing life jackets.
"The wearing of life jackets can never be a bad thing ... even when the conditions seem calm and innocuous," he said.
"The fact is on the water... sometimes things can take you by surprise and something occurs that can result in a loss of control.
"If people aren't wearing life jackets or ready for whatever it is that happens, it can result in tragic outcomes."
Paddle surfers could yet be racing for gold medals down the River Seine at the 2024 Olympics if a row over who controls the sport is resolved soon, the head of the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) believes.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the International Canoe Federation (ICF) both claim it and last year placed their dispute over the running of the booming sport into the hands of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
"We are waiting to see what happens with the CAS arbitration which is unfortunate for everybody," APP chief executive Tristan Boxford, a former professional windsurfer, told Reuters in an interview at a World Tour race on the River Thames on Saturday.
"Now we are late for Paris but it's still possible. I was in Lausanne the other day and I had a good conversation with the (International Olympic Committee) guys there who said it was still possible to get this resolved and we could get fast-tracked to Paris.
"They love the idea of it, from what I understand they love the younger feel. If they had the opportunity to have the world's best stand-up paddlers battling it out down the River Seine it would be fantastic."
It is easy to see why a dispute arose as the sport has elements of surfing and kayaking, with participants standing on a board propelling themselves forward with a paddle which, according to the ICF, means it should fall under its auspices.
Paddle boarding evolved from surfing in Hawaii in the 1960s but its recent boom has centred on stand-up paddling (SUP) with both disciplines part of the AAP's World Tour since 2012.
Racing can be over a sprint distance or much longer, such as the 13.5-km season-opener that saw the world's top 20 men and women compete in the London SUP Open from the iconic Tower Bridge to Putney Bridge on Saturday.
Other stop-offs include San Francisco and New York.
Boxford said that the appeal of stand-up paddling lay in its accessibility, relative ease to learn and the fact that it could be enjoyed on rivers, lakes, oceans and even inner-city canals.
He said 850 paddle surfers took part in an event in Paris on a freezing cold morning last winter.
"It started off as a surfing sport but people realised that there was something in between, where a traditional surfing sport could be practised anywhere there is water," he said.
"The light bulb kind of went on and we saw the potential of racing and then we launched the World Tour in 2012."
With the rise in popularity of the sport showing no sign of slowing down, Boxford said it was frustrating that its progress had hit choppy waters with the ownership dispute.
"Suddenly the ICF came and saw an opportunity with stand-up paddling grabbing everyone's attention," he said.
"They have had sports that have been around for a long time but are not necessarily growing and then they saw a sport that is growing exponentially and saw an opportunity, which I understand, because it's a business opportunity.
"But the athletes are the losers because there is confusion."
Last year the ICF's attempt to host a Stand-Up Paddling world championships in Portugal was scuppered, but it will stage the event this October on China's Yellow Sea Coast.
"It's unfortunate because the sport is young, there is not that much money in it and this dilutes the message and spreads the athletes," Boxford said of the ICF's competition.
"They are tired of it and want this resolved."
SOURCE: REUTERS via SBS.
The government of Bangladesh has imposed a ban on all types of fishing off its coastal region from 20 May to 23 July 2019 to ensure the safe and sustainable accumulation of fish reserves. The coast guard and navy will be patrolling the Bay of Bengal to enforce the ban. However, for the fishing communities, most of whom depend on fishing for their daily subsistence, the decision is a big blow. Although the government has promised to provide monthly rations to affected fishers, the latter are voicing out their frustrations and the challenges they will be facing for the next two months.
Fishing in Bangladesh
Traditionally, Bangladesh relies on fishing to feed its estimated population of 163 million. More than 60 percent of the animal protein intake in the Bangladeshi diet comes from fish. The country has an exclusive economic zone of 41,000 square miles in the Bay of Bengal which is 73% of the country's total land and maritime areas. There are approximately 475 species of fish, 36 species of shrimp, 15 species of crab, and 301 species of snail and oyster in the Bay of Bengal among others; and around 100 species are fished commercially. There is an estimated two million fisherfolk across the country and around 18.2 million people are employed in fisheries and aquaculture industries. Around half a million fisherfolk earn their livelihood from the coastal region.
In recent years fish stocks worldwide have started declining because of overfishing and due to the effects of climate change. This is also the case in Bangladesh. Short-term bans on commercial fishing in limited areas had been enforced in the past few years, but this is the first time that all fishing boats have been banned for a lengthy period. This includes local fisherfolk who work in the rivers and in the seas. Authorities said that this ban will be continually enforced in the succeeding years during the breeding season to boost fish stocks.
The State Minister For Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru told the media:
These resources will deplete one day if we do not use them sustainably. We should let fish grow and breed. Otherwise, we will have to suffer in the future.
Last October, the government banned the fishing of the national fish Hilsa (Ilish) for 22 days to allow the fish to lay their eggs and migrate from the Bay of Bengal to the Meghna and other river systems. Data collected by WorldFish from Hilsa sanctuaries showed that the total Hilsa catch increased by 28 percent, from 387,211 metric tons to 496,417 metric tons in the 2015 and 2016 harvest seasons due to similar bans.
Last March 2019, the government has imposed a 60-day ban on the fishing of all sorts of fish in Padma, Meghna and their tributary rivers adjacent to different areas of Chandpur, Bhola and Lakshmipur. The government also banned fishing in Kaptai lake, the largest man-made lake in Bangladesh for three months.
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Five man-made floating devices designed to attract specific fish to a recreational fishing reef off Torquay in Victoria have been removed.
Victorian fisheries divers removed the fish aggregation devices in time for the winter whale migration. The floating devices are objects that attract pelagic marine fish. These devices are used globally to improve recreational fishing catches. In recent months, there have been reports of small kingfish captures near the devices at Torquay.
As divers were 25 metres deep detaching the lines, they spotted exciting diverse marine life teeming around the reef modules.
"Victoria's kingfish populations have boomed in recent years and they are now a popular target species for anglers with boats capable of heading offshore."
Each FAD consists of a large floating surface buoy attached to a long rope that descends 25 metres to the concrete reef modules below. Flashing lights on the FAD ensure safe navigation in low light and at night.
Pelagic fish are attracted to structure, so the rope acts like pathway that guides them upwards to a smaller sub-surface buoy, then to another rope that leads to the surface.
The FADs are removed to reduce the risk of damage during large winter swells or entanglement during whale migration.
The Torquay reef was deployed in 2015 about three kilometres offshore. It is Victoria's biggest artificial reef, funded largely by recreational fishing licence fees.
The reef consists of 25 concrete modules, up to four metres high and weighing up to 20 tonnes each, arranged into five clusters of five. Each cluster will host one FAD on the surface.
The Torquay reef's border coordinates are:
The 2019 SIMRAD Victorian Broadbill Championship is currently on in Lakes Entrance, Victoria until 11 June 👏😃
It’s a massive event and a celebration of game fishing in Victoria: https://vgfc.wildapricot.org/event-3281115
Swordfish can live for 15 years, grow up to 4.5 metres and weigh up to 540kg. They’re highly migratory and found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
Targeting swordfish is growing in popularity across the south-east coast of Australia including Vic and Tas because they’re a great sportfish and excellent eating.
In Victoria, swordfish carry a bag and possession limit of 1 and have no legal size limit.
Recreational fishing in Gippsland is worth $300 million to the Victorian economy and the average spend per trip for this type of fishing is over $400 - all of which supports regional businesses.
East Gippsland has become a hot-spot for swordfish with national records (official and unofficial) being smashed. Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota have seen some giants ranging from 349kg to 436kg.
Swordfish are usually found in depths of up to 550m, typically residing along the edge of the continental shelf, with deep-drop offs the most common strategy to target them.
Anglers have invested their fishing licence fees into valuable research to help inform our future management of swordfish to ensure sustainability.
Dr. Sean Tracey from the University of Tasmania and Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies is working with anglers to tag swordfish. The tags record the swordfish’s movements and water temperature, depth and light intensity. 🐟👏
#target1million #gamefishingvictoria #fishinglicencefeesatwork
Swordfish season has been off to a ripper start. Across social media, we’ve seen anglers catching fish weighing up to 190kg!
Swordfish are usually found in depths of up to 550 metres, typically residing along the edge of the continental shelf, with deep-drop fishing the most common way to target a swordfish. They love it when the water temperature is around 18.5 degrees.
While they are found feeding closer to the surface at night, daytime fishing for swordfish has become popular amongst keen anglers. As the baits are dropped to such deep depths, using lights to attract the fish as part of the bait set up is a must-have when targeting swords. Using a circle hook can improve the chances of post-release survival if releasing the fish.
If you’re a keen Swordfish fisher, make this one in your diaries. Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club in conjunction with the Victorian Game Fishing Club are hosting the 2019 SIMRAD Victorian Broadbill Swordfish Championship until June 10 2019.
In April last year, a huge 349-kilogram swordfish was caught off the coast near Lakes Entrance by Matthew Boyle, owner of Hot Shot Charters. It was reeled in after a five-hour long fight on a 37-kilogram line.
Want more info? Head to https://www.vrfish.com.au
SIC Maui and the WPA (World Paddle Association)announce the debut of the “ONE CLASS” race class that officially kicked off at the 2019 Salt Life Cup in Columbus, Georgia this month. The “ONE CLASS” is now recognized by the WPA and will be included as a recognized race class at select events in 2019, and will have an expanded race schedule in 2020.
The goal of “ONE CLASS” racing is to attract paddle enthusiasts to the competitive side of paddling while keeping it fun, fair and affordable with an emphasis on FUN to best grow the sport. The ONE CLASS course is a short and easy one to two-mile course, depending on the event. The ONE CLASS includes identical boards and dimensions with the SIC Sonic (12'6” x 30") which has a nice glide, is very stable, and is suited for paddlers of nearly any age, size, and ability.
“ONE CLASS is leveling the playing field within racing and is opening the doors to new paddlers whether they are male, female or youth paddlers. It also allows paddlers who are so inclined to graduate up into open and elite-class, but we all had to start somewhere” states, Anthony Scaturro, Global Brand Manager for SIC.
The ONE CLASS format will be a series of heat races at each supported event with 6-12 paddlers per heat all using the identical SIC Sonic board, and the Sonic’s predecessors, the BIC Wing and OXBOW Explore.
“We believe this is a great way to get more people introduced to stand up paddling and in a fun race format with a board that can be used in everyday fitness and touring. This gives everyone a chance to feel what it is like to race without a whole lot of pressure,” states Byron Kurt, President of the WPA.
If you are interested in offering a ONE CLASS race or series please contact Casi Rynkowski (SIC Maui) at email@example.com and or Byron Kurt firstname.lastname@example.org
About SIC Maui
SIC is the stand up paddling industry’s premiere manufacturer of high quality, race proven stand up paddleboards and accessories. Founded on the island of Maui and cultivated on a legacy of world class open ocean racing, SIC is an authentic stand up paddleboard maker proud to lay claim to a heritage of designing the most winning board. Share together with our team of elite athletes, brand ambassadors and customers around the globe. Five Star Performance is our motto and we wear it with pride each day through our commitment to extending the SIC experience on and off the water to our growing family. SIC is committed to delivering the very best paddling can offer; for any condition, discipline or ability level. For more information please visit www.sicmaui.com
About WPA (World Paddle Association
The mission of the WPA is to provide a comprehensive voice, fair and equal access and organizational structure to the sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and its participants in a manner that benefits the collective paddling community for the best growth of the sport. Since 2009, the WPA was the first paddling organization to offer rules and guidelines so events would be fair and fun. For more information, please visit www.worldpaddleassociation.com
Oregon man builds his own baidarka before embarking on his trip along southern coast of Alaska.
By MATTHEW DENIS, The Register-Guard
Paddling amid the gentle swells lapping between the Ketchikan Peninsula and various islands on Alaska’s southern coast, native Aleuts hunted from long, bone- and driftwood-constructed kayaks. The boats cut through the water like a sleek barracuda, sliding on the stretched seal skin covering of its structure. They called the craft a baidarka. It was so important, the Aleut considered the canoe to be a living thing.
Peter Marquardt of Eugene has been dreaming of sailing the Alaskan coast — in his own baidarka — since high school more than 30 years ago.
As a teenager, water provided an escape from the harrowing memory of childhood sexual abuse. After a physical altercation with his male guardian when Marquardt was 15, he and his mother fled to her native Germany in order to avoid further violence. Two years later, Marquardt washed ashore in the refuge of the wet Northwest.
In Seattle in 1986, the steel blue Puget Sound called. Marquardt took to sea as many a foolhardy teenager does, launching from Des Moines, paddling north along the coast with no plan and only the vague hope of making it as far as he could. Before he could even make it around the Olympic Peninsula, Marquardt was called back to his job driving a bus on the Trailways Rocky Mountain Line out of Denver. Three months later, he’d try the journey again, this time going south instead of north.
On that second audacious attempt at kayaking the Pacific Coast, the young Marquardt pitch-poled his boat, flipping it from bow to stern instead of sideways. Thwarted, he returned to shore, saddled not only with a broken boat but bloody feet from the barnacle-ridden shallows.
“I was in the Coast Guard and I have paranoia about getting my feet caught in the boat, so I always kayak barefoot,” Marquardt said.
Undefeated, the young man was still called to the water. Upon his return to Seattle, Marquardt spotted a WWII freighter tied to the dock and checked around as to its provenance.
“It turned out to be a humanitarian aid ship,” Marquardt said. “A week later, I was working on the ship.”
After four or five months, Marquardt signed on as a permanent crewman but had to remain on dry land, fixing up the old freighter for years before she’d be declared seaworthy. Marquardt ended up at sea for seven years, meeting his future wife, who was part of the crew.
When the couple finally returned to shore, Marquardt and his new family — his twin sons were on the way — settled in the Willamette Valley. The dream of sailing the coast in a baidarka would have to wait until children were raised.
The name baidarka means “small boat” in Russian. According to Guillemot Kayaks, which design baidarkas. Russians used to force natives to hunt sea otters from baidarkas traveling along the entire North and South American coast to sell in China. Because the boat is so efficient in rough ocean waters, baidarka are still in use today.
Two years ago, Marquardt was able to obtain work plans from the Laughing Loon in Maine, created by a man who built his own baidarka to navigate the north Atlantic coast. Though the plans were easy enough to acquire, construction has been an interesting mix of serendipity and trial and error.
As the recreation director at Eugene’s Cascade Manor retirement community, Marquardt was able to salvage a large amount of wood from demolished buildings.
“I started stripping the wood from there,” Marquardt said. “I’m kind of anal about what I’m doing; I ended up making 22 stern pieces and couldn’t get them right.”
Riding his bicycle home from work one day, he stopped to comment on the beauty of a man’s homemade play structure. After they got to talking, Marquardt found out the man’s neighbor was also building a baidarka. The man ended up providing solid direction for Marquardt.
Ninety-eight percent of the boat is cedar strips, much of it purchased from Lost Creek Industries. A small part of the boat’s wood, however, carries a large significance.
“A friend of mine who died had all this mahogany in his home,” Marquardt said. “Now I like to say ‘George will lead the way’ because the bow is built from that wood.”
The oldest wood on the baidarka is more than 500 years old, pulled from a Springfield swamp 80 years ago when, according to the rings, it was 460 years old.
On May 10, more than three decades after first fantasizing about piloting a baidarka along the Alaskan coast, and after two years of construction, Marquardt set off to finally achieve his dream: kayaking in an 18-foot baidarka made from his own two hands.
Marquardt the father is be accompanied by two 17-foot Pygmy-brand kayaks piloted by his twin sons, Mackenzie and Nicolai. They’re winding their way down Alaska’s Ketchikan Peninsula — traveling about 700 to 800 miles in all — to either Bellingham or Seattle 100 miles south, depending on their speed over the two-month journey.
Even though the project is almost complete, it hasn’t been cheap. To finance materials for an 18-foot homemade baidarka and two additional kayaks for his sons, Marquardt started a Go Fund Me page under his name and the name of his venture, “The Dancing Otter Project.”
This will be the realization of a lifelong dream and the culmination of years spent healing deep wounds. In addition, Marquardt created “The Dancing Otter Project” on Facebook “to create an environment where those with PTSD can go on a shared journey as part of a team of sea kayakers. The exposure to wind and sea, team experiences and the facing of high adrenaline situations will help all of us.”
Marquardt sees a need to help veterans who are struggling. According to the Department of Defense’s Suicide Event Report, the suicide rate for the Army, the branch most affected, peaked in 2012 at 29.9 suicides per 100,000 people, more than twice the national average of 12.6 suicides per 100,000 people. The service saw 165 suicides that year, about one death every 2.2 days.
Marquardt said his inaugural journey will prove that his boat is seaworthy and that he knows what he’s doing. Veterans organizations he contacted before the trip weren’t willing to join the project without that reassurance. So, Marquardt will make the initial trip with his sons.
“The route is pretty standard,” Marquardt said. “A number of books have been written about this route going back to the 1990s and natives have been doing this for millennia.
U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued a man who became separated from his kayak off the windy Bodega Bay coast Sunday afternoon.
The man was checking his crab pots near the Bodega Bay jetty when winds blew the kayak further off shore around 1 p.m., according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s helicopter Henry 1 was patrolling the coast at the time and arrived in less than five minutes. The helicopter searched south of the jetty as a Coast Guard lifeboat left the Bodega Bay harbor to join the search.
The helicopter crew located the empty kayak about a mile off shore between Doran and Dillon beaches, more than 3 miles from the original search location, sheriff’s officials said.
The helicopter landed on a bluff so a deputy could put on a wetsuit and prepare for a long-line aerial rescue, then flew south of the kayak to continue the search.
The Coast Guard’s 147-foot lifeboat headed north, and a man was spotted on shore about four minutes later. The Coast Guard continued the search to be sure the kayaker was no longer in the water, Coast Guard Bodega Bay officer in charge Jeremiah Wolf said.
“Out mantra is always be ready, and they kept searching” Wolf said.
The lifeboat crew found the missing kayaker in the water about a mile south of the jetty and more than a mile offshore, Wolf said. Two crewmen on the lifeboat were able to lift the man out of the water and into the boat.
“He had a leak in his dry suit and water got inside. He was hypothermic and if not for his life jacket, this would be a different story,” Wolf said.
Bodega Bay Volunteer Fire Department medics examined the man on shore and he was taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia, according to the sheriff’s office. The Coast Guard recovered the man’s kayak.
Recreational fishers have been urged to report any sightings of the illegal use of fish traps, after three abandoned devices were reported in the Gascoyne recently.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development officers confirmed traps were set in Wapet Creek, south of Exmouth reported via the FishWatch hotline.
Fish traps are prohibited in Western Australia due to the potential impacts on aquatic life.
Department supervising fisheries and marine officer Darren Schofield said traps indiscriminately catch fish, crabs and other animals, including protected species.
“Animals that need to return to the surface to breathe are particularly at risk of getting caught in traps, including mammals, reptiles and birds, as they are unable to escape and subsequently drown,” Mr Schofield said.
“Traps left abandoned, continue to catch aquatic life, known as ghost trapping, where deceased fish or other organisms caught in the trap attract more organisms and the cycle starts over again.”
Mr Schofield said an untargeted animal was found in the traps set in Wapet Creek.
“Disturbingly, our officers found a green turtle, which had drowned,” he said. “Department officers are now following up on some investigative pathways with the aim of apprehending the offender or offenders.”
Mr Schofield said the discovery highlighted the importance of reporting any illegal fishing activity to FishWatch as soon as possible.
“Once a report is made, a text message is sent to department officers on duty to investigate,” he said. “All information is recorded to aid current and possible further investigations.”
The use of fish traps can attract fines of up to $5000, with additional penalties of 10 times the value of the fish taken.
“For example, if two mud crabs were taken using a fish trap, a fine of up to $5000 plus $120 per crab could result in a fine of $5240, which can be a pretty expensive outing,” Mr Schofield said.
Any suspect illegal fish or fishing activities should be reported to the department’s FishWatch hotline on 1800 815 507.
Casting a line into Barkers Creek Reservoir at Harcourt just got a whole lot easier now that kayaks and canoes are permitted.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said a key component of the State Government’s $34 million Target One Million plan is better on-water access to reservoirs across Victoria.
This waterway is the first to have new access arrangements implemented, delivering on an election commitment that will get more people fishing, more often and boost participation to one million anglers by 2020.
It is also the first time a Coliban Water reservoir has been opened for on-water access of any kind.
Barkers Creek Reservoir is stocked with trout annually, grown at the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s (VFA) Snobs Creek hatchery, near Eildon.
Thanks to an exciting new development last month, it was also stocked for the first time with tens of thousands of golden perch fingerlings. With plans to stock silver perch and Murray cod, anglers can expect great year-round fishing for trout in winter and native fish in summer.
Electric motors may be used on canoes and kayaks if they travel below 5 knots. In the future, on-water access will be further expanded to include boats, on the proviso they’re only powered by electric motors. Work will begin on improving car parking and boat launching facilities shortly.
The VFA will continue to work with water authorities to expand on-water access and improve facilities at several reservoirs including Tullaroop, Lauriston, Malmsbury, Upper Coliban and Hepburn Lagoon.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said, "We promised to open up on-water access to reservoirs and that’s exactly what we’ve delivered.”
“Fisheries has worked swiftly with Coliban Water to facilitate on-water access so that trout anglers can enjoy productive autumn and winter fishing this year.”
“Target One Million is delivering a suite of commitments to make freshwater fishing even better including building a new hatchery at Shepparton, increasing fish stocking to 10 million by 2022 and improving access to Crown frontage along rivers.”
Water Minister Lisa Neville also stated, “We’re making our water assets more accessible for all Victorians, to improve the health and wellbeing of the community by supporting our recreational values.”
Learn more about Target One Million at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/targetonemillion2.
The Fiji government and the High Court have halted a major resort development on a Fijian Island after extensive environmental damage was revealed by a Newsroom investigation. The Chinese developer was brought to his knees by the efforts of local landowners, two Australian surfers and a Kiwi-born lawyer.
They thought they had bought their own piece of tropical paradise.
In 2015, Australian surfers Woody Jack and Navrin Fox purchased a 99-year lease on an acre of land on Fiji’s beautiful Mololo Island.
They gave a share to a friend, Ratu Jona Joseva, a local who runs a business ferrying surfers out to the world-renowned Cloud break. Joseva lives in the island’s main village and is from one of the three clans that own land on Malolo.
Jack and Fox had surfed the break many times and fell in love with the area. They were in no hurry to do anything with the land which could only be accessed by boat at high tide. Longer term they had plans to build a small number of eco-friendly houses, and maybe offer accommodation to surfers.
Last year they got a phone call from Joseva saying something was up. A Chinese developer had moved onto the land next door and was ripping the place apart.
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