Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

National Apr 23, 2020

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

Some leisure spots near Tokyo have seen crowds of visitors recently despite government instructions to stay home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, prompting local residents and municipalities to voice concerns about further potential spread of the virus. Although it was a weekday, a beach near ...

Australian fires turn historic surfboard collection to cinders

Asia Pacific Jan 16, 2020

Australian fires turn historic surfboard collection to cinders

White cinders, a few fins and melted board skins are all that remain of Australian surfer David Ford's 260-strong collection of irreplaceable vintage surfboards. The hand-crafted boards, some dating back to the 1960s, were destroyed by bush fires that swept through Ford's property over New ...

Surfing legend Kelly Slater doesn't qualify for 2020 Olympics

Olympics Dec 21, 2019

Surfing legend Kelly Slater doesn't qualify for 2020 Olympics

Surfing legend Kelly Slater, seen by many as the greatest of all time, won't be competing at the Tokyo Olympics. The 47-year-old American didn't qualify for a spot on the U.S. squad for the sport's Olympic debut next July, with John John Florence returning from ...

Beach cleanup held at Olympic surfing venue

Olympics Jun 5, 2019

Beach cleanup held at Olympic surfing venue

Surfers and students participated in a trash-picking event at the surfing venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday in a bid to raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution in the buildup to the games. Teen surfer Minori Kawai, who is hoping to qualify for ...

Surfers eye 2020 Games while enjoying the ride

More Sports May 10, 2019

Surfers eye 2020 Games while enjoying the ride

by Kaz Nagatsuka

A long Golden Week holiday period had just ended the previous day. Not surprisingly, Tsurigasaki Beach wasn't crowded with spectators on Tuesday, the final day of the inaugural Japan Open of Surfing, which was organized by the Nippon Surfing Association. But when the sport makes ...