20K and a new jet ski was awarded to West Australian surfer Alex “Alfy” Cater for earning top honors at the Oakley Surfing Life Biggest Wave Awards in Sydney. His terrifying session on a 14-meter wave near Margaret River helped him edge out three other massive rides recorded on the same day by Queenslander Mark Visser and Hawaiians Jamie Sterling and Ian Walsh, who travelled halfway round the globe to meet the swell last September. “Now I can pay the taxman all the money I’ve owed him for the past few years.”Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
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Mike Parson’s, Brad Gerlach, Sean Collins and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew round out the list of honorees for 2008′s Surfers’ Hall of Fame. Along with bragging rights, each will receive a new oven range and a year’s supply of Turtle Wax. The OC Register has full details.
Our on-the-spot reporter Elsa Gomes-Wingett braved life and limb to bring us compelling images from the front lines of the California Coastal Commission’s hearing on Toll Road Extension 241. Here, we can clearly see that even the beautiful people took time out to show their support for saving Trestles and San Onofre State Beach. Ultimately, the extension would be vetoed by a vote of 8 to 2.
An estimated 3,500 people attended the hearing, including bus loads of students, industry supporters, and concerned citizens. All attendees who registered at the Surfrider Foundation tent were provide tickets for a free lunch. Incredibly, after the last of the thousands of lunch boxes were passed out, remaining individuals were given $10 to purchase food from nearby vendors.
As anticipated, all walks of like came to show their support.
The decision was a major setback for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, which has spent years and tens of millions of dollars preparing to construct the 16-mile tollway as an alternative to Interstate 5.
“I am very dissappointed because there was a number of things that did not match up with the testimony given,” said Tom Margro, the chief executive officer for the toll road agency in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. He expects the authority will take some time to examine the vote and to determine what it means to the future of the project. He also added that it is likely the commission’s decision will be appealed to the federal government.