Surfer Kawai targeting Olympic gold in 2020

Jul 12, 2017

Surfer Kawai targeting Olympic gold in 2020

Just 16 and still afraid of the water, hot-shot surfer Minori Kawai has set her sights on Olympic gold after a stunning victory at the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Kawai won last month's Chiba Open in her own backyard and feels she will ...

Wetsuit pioneer O'Neill dies at 94

Jun 3, 2017

Wetsuit pioneer O'Neill dies at 94

Jack O'Neill, a Northern California surfing world icon who pioneered the wetsuit, has died. O'Neill's died of natural causes Friday at his Santa Cruz, California home, his family said in a statement. He was 94. The eye-patch wearing ocean lover died peacefully, surrounded by family in ...

Jul 25, 2016

Shark likely attacked surfer off Kochi Prefecture

A shark is believed to have attacked a 29-year-old man Sunday evening when he was surfing in shallow waters off Irino Beach, a popular surfing spot in Kuroshio, Kochi Prefecture. The local Japan Coast Guard office quoted the man as saying a creature that seemed ...

Olympic chiefs back five sports for Tokyo 2020

Jun 2, 2016

Olympic chiefs back five sports for Tokyo 2020

Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, are set to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the IOC on Wednesday recommended them to attract a younger audience and boost local support for the games. The International Olympic Committee must now rubber-stamp the inclusion of ...

Jan 3, 2016

Surfing visionary Gordon dies at 76

Larry Gordon, who helped turn surfing into a mainstream sport with the foam boards he created at his California company, has died. He was 76. Gordon's wife, Gayle Gordon, told The Associated Press Saturday he died peacefully on New Year's Day at his San Diego ...

Santas hang ten by the hundreds off Cocoa Beach in Guinness quest

Dec 25, 2015

Santas hang ten by the hundreds off Cocoa Beach in Guinness quest

Hundreds of surfers dressed as Santa Claus caught the waves and celebrated on the shore in what has become an annual tradition at Florida's Cocoa Beach. Organizers of the seventh annual Surfing Santa event say they distributed 500 wristbands Thursday for surfers who wanted to ...

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Sep 28, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday. Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will see ...