Fatal Shark Attack in California

October 23, 2010 - Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student, was bodyboarding at a remote beach 5 miles north of California's Point Conception when an estimated 18-foot shark attacked him and pulled him under water, mauling his leg. Ransom's friend and others helped him to the beach, but he died shortly after due to blood loss.

Surf Beach, where the attack took place is located on the property of Vandenberg Air Force Base. The beach saw a previous shark attack in 2008 when a shark bit a surfer's board. In that attack the surfer was unharmed. According to the Global Shark Attack File, out of 53 reported shark "incidents" in California since 2000 (which include attacks and bumps), only three had been fatal prior to this attack. More at Surfline.

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Kelly Slater Wins Hurley Pro

September 23, 2010 - 38-year-old Kelly Slater proved once again that he is one of the world's best surfers winning the Hurley World Pro contest at Trestles and a check for $105,000, the largest prize ever awarded in a surfing contest. This was Kelly's fourth elite tour win at Lowers since 2005 and the 43rd elite tour victory of his career. Conditions on the last day were so good that Slater said on the victory stand:

"I'd let 105,000 people punch me in the face to surf these waves by myself and you guys are paying me."

Big Waves From Igor

September 15, 2010 - Hurricane Igor is slated to hit Georges Bank early next week sending massive waves to Cape Cod's Atlantic beaches before, during and after its arrival.  Sunday 9/19 through Tuesday 9/21 are expected to be the biggest days with possible wave faces of up to 15'. Significant beach erosion is possible. 

Hurricane Earl arrived from the south southwest and departed quickly. It caused no damage to beaches. Igor's waves, coming primarily from the southeast and east will be hitting more directly, harder and for a longer period of time. They may cause damage similar to that of a serious winter storm. Fortunately high tides will not be much higher than normal so the likelihood of extreme damage is low.


Towing into Hurricane Earl Waves

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September 10, 2010 - Will and Cliff Skudin are well known big wave riders with experience in huge surf at famous spots around the world. They rarely get a chance to ride big waves near their Long Island home. When Hurricane Earl headed toward New England they saw a great opportunity and together with some friends headed out to a spot off Rhode Island. There, for a short while, everything came together and they towed into massive clean waves.

The Skudin brothers run a surfing school at Long Beach, Long Island. Here's their website.




Video of Great White Sharks Circling Stand Up Surfer

August 12, 2010 - Professional surfer Chuck Patterson spotted two sharks while out SUP surfing with a couple of friends earlier this week at San Onofre beach, California. He returned the following day to try and capture them on film.

“The next day, I decided to go back out at around the same time and take my camera mounted on a 10ft pole and do some exploring.... Within five minutes a 9ft shark came out of nowhere and circled twice and slapped his tail on my board before disappearing.... Then a minute later a 7ft young juvenile Great White swam circles around me for 12 minutes.”

Me my Shark and I from Chuck Patterson on Vimeo.

Cape Cod Surfing Exhibit At Cape Cod Maritime Museum

August 11, 2010 - "Surfing Cape Cod: A Modern Cultural History" presents local surfing history from the surfers themselves. Learn about the anatomy of a surfable wave, how to shape a board, surf-inspired artwork & stories, photos of Cape Cod surfing past & present, rare surfboards, and the surfing legends of the past 50 years on Cape Cod.

Curated by local surfer Russell Kingman, this new rotating gallery exhibit includes contributions from the following surfers, experts & enthusiasts: Mike Marks of MoreBeach.com, Ken Merrill of the Cape Cod Surf Riders, Sick Day Surf Shop of Wellfleet, Matt Rivers & Jamie Demetri of The Pump House, Sugar Surf Cape Cod with Katy Weeks & Rachael Finn, John Winchell, Chick Frodigh, journalist Samantha Pearsall, Andrew Jacobs of Soul Kontrol, Cape Cod Wahines, Shawn Vecchione of VEC Surfboards, Mike Houghton & Family (of Jasper's), Bryan Knowles of rideanything.com, Dillon Murphy of Cape Cod Surf Camp, wood carvings by Nancy Kunik, photography by Claire Hassett & Abby Peterson, and meteorologist Tim Kelley of NECN. The exhbit runs until October 10th.

The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is located at the top of Hyannis Harbor at 135 South Street
Hyannis MA 02601

*Photo of Brendan McCray by Luke Simpson



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