Surfing is a surface water sport in which a person (the surfer) rides a board (the surfboard) on the crest of a wave as it carries the surfer towards the shore. A variation, bodysurfing, entails the use of no board and is considered by some the purest form of surfing (see separate entry for Bodysurfing).

Two major subdivisions within stand-up surfing are longboarding and shortboarding, reflecting differences in surfboard design, including surfboard length and riding style. In tow-in surfing (most often, but not exclusively, associated with big wave surfing), a motorized water vehicle, such as a personal watercraft, tows the surfer into the wave front, helping the surfer match a large wave's higher speed, a speed that is generally, but not exclusively, a speed that a self-propelled surfer cannot match.

Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable. There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle (most common and utilises standard kite and board) or wake-style (flatter water using board with bindings) and wave-riding which is focused on big waves using a board designed for wave riding.
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Billabong Pro Rio, Rio De Janeiro, Brasil
Travis Logie of Durban, South Africa (pictured) placed second during round 1 of the Billabong Pro Rio after being defeated by Mick Fanning (AUS) on Wednesday May 9, 2012.

Logie was in exceptional form posting an excellent 8.10 (out of ten) but failed to find a high enough back up score to secure first place and will surf again in round two.

The Billabong Rio Pro will run from May 9 - 20, 2012 and will be webcast LIVE via

Image Credit: copyright ASP/ Kirstin

Photographer: Kirstin Scholtz
Future Stars Selected For Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012

Khayehihle Ngcobo (Umzumbe) placed second in the 2011 Future Stars division and will be hoping for one better at this year's Quiksilver Pro Junior.
Photo Credit: Luke Patterson
New Pier, Durban - Eight surfers from Surfing South Africa's transformation programme have been selected to compete in this year's Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012 presented by the City of Durban. The event, that's now in its fifth year, is taking place over Easter weekend from 6 - 8 April and will attract South Africa's best junior surfers under the age of twenty years old.

The Future Stars division has been included in the event for four years now and aims to give up-and-coming surfers from the transformation programme the opportunity to travel to Durban and participate in this elite junior surfing event. All eight surfers are hosted in Durban for the duration of the event, courtesy of Quiksilver, and get the opportunity to compete for the Future Stars title as well as the ASP Pro Junior title. Last year saw Brandon Benjamin (Cape Town) defeat a strong field to win the title ahead of Khayehihle Ncgobo (Umzumbe) and Papi Makanyane (Cape Town). Benjamin will be back in Durban to defend his title and have a go at the sought after Pro Junior title. Other surfers making their way to the Golden Mile for the event include Avuyile Ndmase (East London), Khayehihle Ngcobe (Umzumbe), Nicky Njapha (St. Mikes) and Simo Mkhize (Umzumbe) as well as three surfers from the Umthombo Street Children organization including Sfiso Mhlongo, Ntaka Ngcobo and Bongani Mpasane.

The event is made up of the Future Stars, ASP Pro Junior and King of the Groms divisions and boasts close to R65 000 in prize money. The 2011 champion, Beyrick de Vries, has been tipped to win the U20 Pro Junior division again at this year's event while the premier U16 division is wide open and counts towards the PST (Pro Surf Tour) ratings. The winner of the U16 King of the Groms division will be flown to France for the International King of the Groms Finals in September which is held in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro France WCT event.

The event is presented by the City of Durban and supporting sponsors include Independent On Saturday, Skullcandy and Nestle Pure Life Water. The event is sanctioned by ASP and Surfing South Africa and surfers will be kept powered by Red Bull. For more information, images, videos, news and more go to the event mini-site:

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