Keir Starmer warns PM: get a grip or risk second wave of coronavirus

Labour leader accuses Boris Johnson of ‘winging it’ in stinging attack

Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of causing a collapse in public confidence over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying No 10 will be directly responsible if the infection rate starts to rise again.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the Labour leader launched a stinging attack on the the prime minister, accusing him of “winging it” over the easing of the lockdown and making an already “difficult situation 10 times worse”.

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U.K. government’s impatience with lockdown risks a second wave of the coronavirus, scientist warns

The U.K. is still at coronavirus alert level 4, meaning transmission is high or rising exponentially, but the country — which has been in lockdown since late March — eased some of its lockdown restrictions on Monday.
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Mental health apps draw wave of new users as experts call for more oversight

This quarter, as coronavirus decimated the global economy, mental health firms raised a record $ 576 million — 60 percent more than any previous quarter. Services like Talkspace and BetterHelp have reported a rush of new users over the last few months, but teletherapy apps have also been dogged by concerns around privacy and efficacy. Six mental health experts emphasized the digital therapy space needs more transparency and oversight, but there isn’t consensus on what the path forward should be.
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Trump: ‘We’re not closing our country’ if hit by second coronavirus wave

President Trump said the US will not shut down again if a second wave of coronavirus infections emerges. “We’re not going close the country,” Trump told reporters Thursday while touring a Ford plant in Michigan. “We’re going to put out the fires. Whether it’s an ember or a flame, we’re going put it out, but…
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Second wave of coronavirus infections could cause a worse economic disaster, experts warn

States across the country began reopening parts of their economies as early as April 24. Guidelines for reopening differ widely but a key difference lies in which sector can open first and the speed of the process. However, experts warn that a preemptive reopening can do more harm than good by potentially creating a second wave of infections, which would lead to more closures and increased economic hardship.
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Europe Braces For Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections

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Canada’s care homes not ready to face second wave:, says expert

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Stock futures little changed as Wall Street tries to curb the latest wave of selling

U.S. stock futures were largely flat on Wednesday night after concerns over the U.S. economy and the market’s overall valuation sparked another sell-off in equities earlier in the day.
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Stock futures little changed as Wall Street tries to curb the latest wave of selling

U.S. stock futures were largely flat on Wednesday night after concerns over the U.S. economy and the market’s overall valuation sparked another sell-off in equities earlier in the day.
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Coronavirus live updates: Global death toll tops 285,000, South Korea cases rise amid concerns about second wave

Authorities around the world are on the alert for a second wave of the outbreak as various economies restart.
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Leaders balance optimism with threat of second virus wave

Trump administration officials spoke optimistically about a relatively quick rebound from the coronavirus Sunday as life within the White House reflected the stark challenges still posed by the pandemic, with Vice President Mike Pence “self-isolating” after one of his aides tested positive.

A balancing act was playing out the world over, with leaders starting to loosen lockdowns that have left millions unemployed while also warning of the threat of a second wave of infections.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin predicted the American economy would rebound in the second half of this year from unemployment rates that rival the Great Depression. Another 3.2 million U.S. workers applied for jobless benefits last week, bringing the total over the last seven weeks to 33.5 million.

“I think you’re going to see a bounce-back from a low standpoint,” said Mnuchin, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.”

But the director of the University of Washington institute that created a White House-endorsed coronavirus model said the moves by states to re-open businesses “will translate into more cases and deaths in 10 days from now.” Dr. Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said states where cases and deaths are going up more than expected include Illinois, Arizona, Florida and California.

A reminder of the continued threat, Pence’s move came after three members of the White House’s coronavirus task force placed themselves in quarantine after coming into contact with the aide. An administration official said Pence was voluntarily keeping his distance from other people and has repeatedly tested negative for COVID-19 since his exposure. He plans to be at the White House Monday.

Families, meanwhile, marked Mother’s Day in a time of social distancing. For many, it was their first without loved ones lost in the pandemic. Others sent good wishes from a safe distance or through phone and video calls.

The virus has caused particular suffering for the elderly, with more than 26,000 deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the United States, according to an Associated Press tally.

At a senior center in Smyrna, Georgia, 73-year-old Mary Washington spoke to her daughter Courtney Crosby and grandchild Sydney Crosby through a window.

In Germany, children who live outside the country were allowed to enter for a Mother’s Day visit. Germany’s restrictions currently forbid entry except for “compelling reasons,” such as work.

In Grafton, West Virginia, where the tradition of Mother’s Day began 112 years ago, the brick building now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine held its first online-only audience. Anna Jarvis first held a memorial service for her mother and all mothers on the second Sunday of May in 1908.

“Sheltered safely at home with the family together would be viewed by Anna Jarvis as exactly the way she wanted Mother’s Day to be observed,” said Marvin Gelhausen, chairman of the shrine’s board of trustees, in an address on YouTube.

Matilda Cuomo, the mother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, called into her son’s daily briefing so he and his three daughters could wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

“I am so blessed as many mothers today are,” she said.

The governor announced two policy reversals a day after an Associated Press report in which residents’ relatives, watchdog groups and politicians alleged he was not doing enough to counter the surge of deaths in nursing homes, where about 5,300 residents have died. Nursing home staff in New York will now have to undergo COVID-19 tests twice a week, and facilities will no longer be required to take in hospital patients who were infected.

The U.S. has seen 1.3 million infections and nearly 80,000 deaths, the most in the world by far, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, 4 million people have been reported infected and more than 280,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins.

In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a modest easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown but urged citizens not to surrender the progress already made.

Those in jobs that can’t be done at home “should be actively encouraged to go to work” this week, he said. Johnson, who has taken a tougher line after falling ill himself with what he called “this devilish illness,” set a goal of June 1 to begin reopening schools and shops if the U.K. can control new infections and the transmission rate of each infected person.

“We will be driven not by mere hope or economic necessity,” he said. “We’re going to be driven by the science, the data, and public health.”

Germany, which managed to push new infections below 1,000 daily before deciding to loosen restrictions, has seen regional spikes in cases linked to slaughterhouses and nursing homes.

France is letting some younger students go back to school Monday after almost two months out. Attendance won’t be compulsory right away. Residents of some Spanish regions will be able to enjoy limited seating at bars, restaurants and other public places Monday, but Madrid and Barcelona will remain shut down.

China reported 17 new cases on Monday, the second day of double-digit increases. Five were in the city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic where a strict lockdown was lifted last month. Another five were in northeastern provinces, including Jilin, which borders North Korea.

Despite the new cases raising concerns about a reignited outbreak, 82,000 third-year middle school students in Beijing returned to classes Monday to prepare for their high school entrance exams. And Shanghai Disneyland, closed since late January, reopened, with reservations required and social distancing measures in place. Visitors wearing masks and often Mickey Mouse ears or character costumes were checked for fevers at the gate.

South Korea reported 35 new cases Monday, the second day in a row that its daily jump was above 30 for the first time in a month. Many of its recently confirmed cases were tied to nightclubs that welcomed hundreds of people after reopening. Authorities in the Seoul metropolitan area subsequently ordered the temporary closing of its nightlife establishments to guard against a possible resurgence.

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Coronavirus live updates: South Korea warns of second wave of infections as cases tick up

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Singapore’s health minister says the city-state will relax some anti-coronavirus measures after a fall in the number of cases in the broader community.

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The postponed Tokyo Olympics are unlikely to go ahead in 2021, infectious disease experts have warned, in a Bloomberg article.

“Japan may be able to contain the virus by next year’s games” but other regions like the U.S., Africa or Brazil may not, creating an uneven playing field for athletes, said Norio Sugaya, a visiting professor at Keio University’s School of Medicine in Tokyo and a member of a World Health Organization panel advising on pandemic influenza. “It’s going to be tough to hold the Olympics.”

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Australia’s New Wave of Winemakers Won’t Make Shiraz

Australian wine made a name for itself years ago with Shiraz, and the country soon became synonymous with the big, bold red. Oftentimes, this Southern Hemisphere grape bears little resemblance to its French-rooted counterpart, Syrah.

However, a new wave of winemakers are leaning in to the lighter, spicier style found in northern Rhone and eschewing the “Shiraz” label for “Syrah.” While some of these young guns say using “Syrah” is a better way to describe their wine—and to educate drinkers about the diversity of Australia’s winemaking regions—others contend that they should continue to use “Shiraz” as a way to show the evolution of the variety in the country.

Giant Steps vineyards in Yarra Valley.
Giant Steps

The grape, French in origin, made its way to Australia in 1832 when viticulturist James Busby brought vines back after a tour of French and Spanish vineyards. Shiraz’s popularity became widespread and the variety was planted across the country, but it was often used as a blending grape. However, intrepid winemakers in the Barossa Valley—such as Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold, founder of Penfold’s Grange—had a different experience with the grape in the region’s hot climate, and deemed Shiraz worthy of its own label. In the 1950s and 1960s, inspired by the winemaking in Bordeaux, new techniques were introduced at Penfold’s, which set the benchmark for decades to come.

Fast forward to the 1980’s and 1990’s, and Robert Parker, the arbiter of wine styles for several decades, gave perfect scores to the lush and ripe versions of Shiraz from estates like Penfold’s and Torbreck, setting off a barrage of copycats. “Australia had a reputation both internationally and domestically, of producing big, sweet, jammy styles of Shiraz with the Barossa leading the charge,” says Caroline Mooney, owner and winemaker of Bird on a Wire in the Yarra Valley. While some were very good, bottles of mediocre-quality wine with higher-than-average alcohol content were also being churned out; the flood of one-note wines meant Shiraz soon fell out of favor with the drinking public.

Defining Terroir

For many winemakers, Shiraz’s downfall became a moment of reckoning; they saw it as an opportunity to talk about terroir and educate drinkers on the climactic diversity of the country. “When Bird on a Wire started [in 2008], there was a need to differentiate cool climate Shiraz, chasing a more elegant, savory, and fine tannin profile,” Mooney says, “And to offer an explanation as to why not all Australian Shiraz needed to be 16% alcohol and jammy.”

Sunrise on the Sexton Vineyard at Giant Steps Winery in the Yarra Valley.
Giant Steps

Producers in places like the Yarra Valley and Adelaide Hills, with their cool-climate profiles, adapted the French name, Syrah, to signify the soul of the style they sought. “We wanted to differentiate cool climate Syrah—a highly perfumed, spicy, savory red wine—from the warmer climate, larger wines that people have historically associated with the varietal name Shiraz,” explains Steve Flamsteed, winemaker at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley. To illustrate his point, in the warmer region of McLaren Vale, Giant Steps produces a Shiraz, creating a clear definition of how terroir plays a major part in defining the grape.

Brendon Keys, co-owner and winemaker at BK Wines in the Adelaide Hills, notes that it’s a misnomer to call Australia the New World because it’s a country of old soils—approximately 500 to 870 million years old—with newer vines. This Old World mentality is reflected on his labels, where he uses the more historical term “Syrah.”

Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps
Giant Steps

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Flamsteed thinks by adopting the term Syrah, they’ve gained an unexpected marketing advantage. “There is a sea of Australian Shiraz available—most of which is very good value at individual price points—but it seems that in Oz, the Syrah moniker tends to be associated with a more handmade wines, and people seem to be more comfortable paying a little more.”

Ronnie Sanders, president of Vine Street Imports, a U.S.-based importer specializing in Australian wine, sees a lot of similarities between Australian and American winemaking. “Australia’s a wine producing country no different than the U.S.,” Sanders says. “It’s like saying all American wines are Napa Cabernet, which we know from living here is complete nonsense. But from the outside, it could look like that, right? If you lived in Shanghai, what’s American wine? Big Napa Cab. It’s really the same stereotype in a lot of ways.” This duality of names drives home the diversity of Australia’s climates and puts the country into a relatable context for U.S. drinkers.

Peter Fraser, winemaker at Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard and Yangarra Estate Vineyard in McLaren Vale, Australia.
Yangarra Estate

New Momentum

Ironically, the pendulum has started to swing for Shiraz as well. While plush, juicy styles still abound, it’s more often the entry-level wines that continue along this path; for high-end wineries, it’s about restraint. “I have considered [using the term Syrah], but for a few reasons decided against it,” said Peter Fraser, winemaker at Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard and Yangarra Estate Vineyard in McLaren Vale. Although he says he makes his Shiraz “in somewhat of a Syrah style, I think [Syrah] is more a cold climate nomenclature. [Also], when two of the most famous Australian wines—Penfold’s Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace—run with Shiraz, I lean towards the conservative thinking of, why go against what people understand?”

This renewed focus on premium Shiraz is not lost on Australia’s Syrah-focused winemakers. “I think if I was starting Bird on a Wire today, I would possibly call it Shiraz as the market and understanding of this variety has evolved substantially,” Mooney says. “There is a much greater understanding of how varieties in general change from region to region and from one winemaker to another and how all of these influences combined go to make individual wines.” However, Mooney wouldn’t change a thing if given the opportunity to do it all over again.

“If I took myself back in time 12 years, I would still call it Syrah,” Mooney says. “I think many of us who chose to have helped with that greater understanding of this variety and its nuances.”

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A Series of Surreal Wave Prints Inspired By Jonathan Wilson’s Dreams

It might seem odd, growing up in Wisconsin and having rarely lived less than a few hours from the ocean that I should dream of waves, but there they are: a regular companion to my sleep.  I often think of them as my “frustrated surfing dreams” as usually, I find myself in front of some waves, but almost always something gets in the way of actually going out to surf: usually the lack of a board or the waves disappear, or I get distracted as the dream takes me off in another direction. A psychologist would probably have a field day with the meaning of these dreams, but for me, the more significant aspect is the waves and ocean themselves. Often the sense of place is so vivid and charged that these places and waves exist as a feeling in my body that I can recall days, weeks, even years later. And often the situations are surreal in unlikely ways: waves breaking in a narrow canal in a suburban neighborhood, on top of and down the side of a cliff of a large caldera, on top of a small set of bleachers in a field. A few weeks ago I found myself trying to surf inside a small living room filled with water. Usually, I never make it into the water, and if I do I rarely have a board, and if I do end up with a board it might end up being a floppy mess, or a rug, or piece of cardboard. I can count on one hand (missing a few fingers) the number of times I have actually found myself properly surfing in a dream and those dreams lived up to the lightness and grace one would expect from surfing without a physical body.

 

Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa"
Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”

 

Despite its overuse, I feel that Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa remains as one of the truly incredible images to grace humanity, and is a continuing inspiration to me as an artist, surfer, and lover of the ocean. Part of my motivation to create these images is to attempt to convey the power and grace of waves as Hokusai did. Considering the number of surfers and lovers of the ocean, I am sometimes surprised at the lack of good wave art. Also, surf art tends toward turquoise tubes and pink sunsets, which is one beautiful face of the ocean…

…but there is also the dark, moody side which deserves to be seen and learned from:  the mysterious energy of the ocean that comes to us at night like a living being, the element of water, the astral plane, la luna and the stirrings of our emotional being, the unstoppable tide of the feminine way.

 

Wave Dream #1
Wave Dream #1

 

With these dreams as my inspiration, I am undertaking a series of images to capture (if not the specifics of my dreams) the impact of the energy of the ocean in the astral plane: rolling, flowing, and surging in surreal and magnificent waves.

About the Prints

I am planning on creating a series of 10 images, two of which I have already completed.  I have chosen the medium of linoleum block printing with its bold, graphic darks and lights and elegant lines to conveys the power, grace, and mystery of the ocean.

These prints are all completely original and unique images inspired by my dreams.  I hand-carve the linoleum blocks and then hand-print them on Japanese mulberry washi paper.  Each image will be printed in a limited edition series of 200 prints, so that is all that will ever be printed.  They will be hand signed, editioned and stamped by me.  The image size is 8” x 10”, mat size: 13” x 15”, and outer frame dimensions about 14” x 16”.

 

Wave Dream #2
Wave Dream #2

 

Why Kickstarter?

At the basic level, my project will not be very difficult to accomplish—just some paper, ink, time, and elbow grease. What I really need is a little indication that the world might wants these images to come into being: to feel out if the surfing and larger wave-loving communities find enough pleasure in my surreal imaginings to support my efforts. I have set a modest goal of $ 700 which will 1) convince me that there is enough interest in my images to go through with the project and 2) provide me the startup cash needed to make the prints and either make or order custom-made frames.

And, as it turns out I will be moving back to Korea very soon, so it will be more difficult and expensive to make, sell, and ship these prints in the U.S., which makes this KickStarter test all the more important to convince me to go through with the full print series.

Thank you for visiting and considering my Kickstarter campaign.  I hope you enjoy my images.  I look forward to meeting you and trying to delight you with future images in this series.  Please share my campaign with anyone you know who loves the ocean and its waves.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Wilson

Risks and challenges

The only real challenge to completing this project is the fact that I will be moving to Korea mid-December. Getting them all printed before then will not be a problem, but framing and sending them out will be a bit more challenging. However, I have a few willing family members who can help me take care of that, so I don’t anticipate any real issue.

The other issue is that I was really hoping to get this campaign going in time for the holiday season for people that might want to give the gift of wave art to their favorite surfing loved-ones. I’m getting started quite late, but I still want to try to get them shipped out to supporters before Christmas. This is why I am running the campaign for a slightly short 21 days. However, it still might be difficult to get them to you by Christmas. Then the main issue will be that I plan to order custom-made frames and mats which may not arrive in time. But worst case scenario, you won’t have them by Christmas. Note: for orders outside the United States, I definitely won’t be able to get them to you before Christmas.

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Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker Wins Big Wave Tour Nazaré Challenge

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NAZARÉ, Portugal (Friday, November 16, 2018) – Two-time Big Wave Tour Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker (ZAF) won the World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) Nazaré Challenge today in the incredible 25-to-40-foot surf at the infamous Portuguese big-wave venue of Praia do Norte, Nazaré.

The event launched early this morning in glassy conditions with 25-foot-plus wave-faces around the high tide mark and as the tide dropped conditions got heavier and heavier to culminate with large surf in the 35-to-40-foot range, with occasional larger sets. Mike Parsons, Big Wave Tour commissioner has granted this event a Silver coefficient, meaning results in Nazaré will carry a 10% increase in points (e.g. 11,000 points for the winner).

A relatively discrete surfer in the opening round and the Semifinal, advancing in third place in both heats, the South African from Durban peaked at the exact right time to pull off some of the most incredible drops and rides seen all day in Nazaré during the Final. The tall and powerful regular foot went both to his forehand and backhand in the Final to score an incredible 8.67 and 7.70 on his way to a first victory in Portugal.

Nazaré Challenge 2018
Grant Baker (ZAF) Winner of the Nazaré Challenge 2018

“I don’t believe it, this is insane,” Baker stated. “These kids were going so hard today and I can’t believe I’ve still got that in me. That 8.67 was the wave I’d been waiting for, it came right to me and I ended up being super late, it was a crazy big section. What a day, just perfect, perfect Nazaré, it’s a dream. Lucas (Chianca) was the man to beat and Natxo (Gonzalez) got that crazy barrel in the semis, somehow I got lucky and I got out on top!”

The 2013 and 2016 Big Wave Tour Champion, Baker has time and time again proven to be a threat in all conditions when the waves hit maximum heights. Today he came out on top of one of the best days of big wave professional surfing ever seen.

The Final got underway quickly with good rides from most surfers, but undoubtedly Lucas Chianca (BRA), the defending event champion in Nazaré, got the better of the early exchanges. The young Brasilian posted a 7.17 and 6.23 to take a strong lead early on and continued to play with the massive lefts he’d been dominating since early this morning. His ability to drop late into the steep walls impressed as he navigated some of the best waves of the day.

Baker answered with good lefts at first, going back up into the wall to score turns on the shoulders for his first two scores. He then switched to the rights, to pull two huge drops into shorter rides to continue to build momentum.

Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) waited 30 minutes to start on his first wave, but his patience paid off as he launched into one of the most critical rides of the Final to post an 8.17 and position himself in second position. João De Macedo (PRT), Russell Bierke (AUS) and Alex Botelho (PRT) had a slower start to their heat and kept chasing waves.

Gonzalez moved into the lead with a second left quickly after, but Baker replied with a huge wave on his backhand, threading the face in a perfect line to post an excellent 8.67 and move ahead of the Basque surfer, relegating Chianca to third. The Brasilian found an excellent wave of his own to move into second with an 8.07.

The last three surfers started getting better waves in the 6s and 7s to stay in fighting distance of the lead while Baker, Chianca and Gonzalez continued to surf their own heat. But as time ran out, the situation remained unchanged and Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker walked away with the win, closely followed by Chianca and Gonzalez. Botelho claimed fourth place, De Macedo fourth and Bierke fifth in his first-ever Big Wave Tour event.

In his second year on the Big Wave Tour, Lucas ‘Chumbo’ Chianca (BRA) dominated his first two heats to qualify for the Final, and score the second-best single score of the day, a near-perfect 9.60 for a backhand barrel in Semifinal 1. Unfortunately the Brasilian couldn’t quite find the same opportunities for massive scores in the Final heat and placed runner-up behind Baker.

“I’m super stoked but I didn’t fully accomplished what I came here to do,” Chianca said. “It was a perfect day and everyone was stoked to see these waves break. It’s a great way to start the season and I’m incredibly excited about the rest of the season. Twiggy is such a legend and a real idol I’ve looked up to when I was younger so to compete with these guys now I’m stoked.”

Third place finisher Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) had previously ridden the wave of his life in Semifinal 2, locking in a deep barrel with a high line on an impressive lefthander that came up abruptly next to the cliffs. The Basque surfer is building himself a solid profile on the big wave scene and will be one to watch as he takes on his first full season on the tour.

“After getting that 10 my day was pretty much over, I didn’t really care about anything else to be honest,” Gonzalez said. “I got one of the best waves of my life, in front of thousands of people including my friends and family so things don’t get much better than that.”

Competition reached a climactic high in the Semifinals as waves started opening up, giving surfers a rare opportunity to get barreled at Nazaré when the waves are that big. Portuguese surfer João De Macedo was the first to capitalize with an impressive 9.20, Chianca followed with a 9.60 and Gonzalez pulled off the impossible with his perfect 10 point ride in the following heat.

Last year’s Big Wave Tour Champion Billy Kemper (HAW) bowed out in Semifinal 1 alongside compatriots Nathan Florence (HAW) and Ian Walsh (HAW).

2018/2019 Nazaré Challenge Final Results:
1 – Grant Baker (ZAF) 25.04
2 – Lucas Chianca (BRA) 23.31
3 – Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 22.71
4 – Alex Botelho (PRT) 22.06
5 – Joao De Macedo (PRT) 20.87
6 – Russell Bierke (AUS) 18.89

2018/2019 Nazaré Challenge Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Lucas Chianca (BRA) 25.63, João De Macedo (PRT) 25.40, Russell Bierke (AUS) 21.47, Nathan Florence (HAW) 20.76, Billy Kemper (HAW) 18.23, Ian Walsh (HAW) 18.00
SF 2: Alex Botelho (PRT) 26.33, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 26.03, Grant Baker (ZAF) 21.60, Kai Lenny (HAW) 20.33, Nick Lamb (USA) 14.00, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 2.50

2018/2019 Nazaré Challenge Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Lucas Chianca (BRA) 22.31, Billy Kemper (HAW) 17.23, Nathan Florence (HAW) 16.91, Francisco Porcella (ITA) 14.63, Greg Long (USA) 13.77, Antonia Silva (PRT) 8.36
Heat 2: Ian Walsh (HAW) 24.34, Russell Bierke (AUS) 14.86, João De Macedo (PRT) 13.84, Tom Lowe (GBR) 12.16, Rodrigo Koxa (BRA) 9.36, Will Skudin (USA) 3.80
Heat 3: Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 19.57, Kai Lenny (HAW) 16.83, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 16.26, Jojo Roper (USA) 14.71, Pedro Calado (BRA) 14.20, Andrew Cotton (GBR) 13.73
Heat 4: Alex Botelho (PRT) 20.37, Nic Lamb (USA) 19.43, Grant Baker (ZAF) 18.13, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 15.33, João Guedes (PRT) 10.16, Nic von Rupp (PRT) 9.70

The 2018/2019 Big Wave Tour hosts three events: the Nazaré Challenge, the Jaws Challenge, and the Mavericks Challenge. All holding periods for this season are now open and will await the biggest waves until the season’s close on March 31, 2019. For the Jaws Challenge and Mavericks Challenge, the world’s best male and female big wave surfers will await conditions that will produce waves in the 30-to-60-foot range. Once the decision is made to run the event, a “Green Alert” is issued and competitors will have 48 hours’ notice to be ready to compete.

The WSL Big Wave Tour is proudly supported by Surfline, and Corona, with a special thanks to Nazaré Challenge partners Jogos Santa Casa, Visit Portugal, Portuguese Waves, The City of Nazaré, MEO, Hertz, and Praia do Norte.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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Save The Waves Announces Global Contest, The “Dirty Wave Challenge”

SAVE THE WAVES TO HOST THE DIRTY WAVE CHALLENGE THROUGH ENDANGERED WAVES APP

Global contest to identify and clean the dirtiest surf location.

Davenport, Calif., (October 20th, 2018) – Save the Waves Coalition is proud to announce the launch of the Dirty Wave Challenge, a cash prize and a five thousand dollar stewardship fund that will be awarded to the dirtiest and trashiest surf ecosystem identified on the organization’s Endangered Waves App. The challenge opens October 20th, 2018 and closes on November 20th, 2018.

Launched in early 2018, the new smartphone App empowers surfers and beachgoers to monitor the world’s coastlines and surf ecosystems. Winner of best conservation mobile app in the HeroX competition by XPRIZE, the Endangered Waves App is available for iOS and Android devices.

The Dirty Wave Challenge is simple: capture a photo of the dirtiest and trashiest surf ecosystem, upload it to the app, and the winning photo will receive a cash prize and a day of stewardship with Save The Waves and partners to clean it up.

“There are approximately 31 million surfers worldwide, and they are the front line for our coastlines for climate change, trash, sewage, and other issues. Imagine if this entire community was mobilized to track and report coastal threats,” said Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich.

The goal is to collect data and mobilize beachgoers and the surfing community around the key issues facing our coastlines, with this first challenge focusing on marine debris. Save The Waves Coalition plans to use the photos and data collected to better track and prioritize coastal threats, educate users, and share with coastal agencies and partners to take action worldwide.

“The Dirty Wave Challenge will help us fill the gaps in much needed coastal data and broaden our stewardship reach,” said Strong-Cvetich.

To Enter the Dirty Wave Challenge:

  1. Download the Endangered Waves Mobile App: www.savethewaves.org/mobileapp

  2. Using the App, take a picture of a surf ecosystem trashed with garbage, plastic or marine debris and use a common item for scale such as a person, a surfboard, your hand, etc.

  3. Select the Dirty Wave Challenge entry button, write a brief description, select your location, enter an email address, and submit.

  4. Share your submission on social media with the #dirtywavechallenge

  5. Each participant is only allowed 1 entry per challenge, but please have multiple photos of the issues available to validate entry.

 

The Dirty Wave Challenge is proudly supported by MJD Interactive, WSL Pure, and XPRIZE.

 

About Save The Waves Coalition

Save The Waves Coalition protects and preserves the coastal environment with a focus on the surf zone, through a unique combination of protected areas, economics, and direct action. See more at www.savethewaves.org

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Maya Gabeira Breaks GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ For The Largest Wave Surfed Unlimited (Female)

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Nazaré, Portugal (Monday, October 1, 2018) – Today, the World Surf League (WSL) proudly announced that Maya Gabeira (BRA) has claimed the inaugural Women’s XXL Biggest Wave Award and set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest wave surfed unlimited (female).

The 31-year old from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil successfully surfed a wave measuring 68 feet / 20.72 metres from trough to crest at the infamous big-wave break known as Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.

“To set the world record has been a dream of mine for many years,” said Gabeira. “But of course, after the accident in Nazaré 2013, it felt like a very distant dream. It took a lot of work to have a season like last year, to be 100% again, and to complete it with a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title is quite special.”

Gabeira’s incredible feat did not come without its challenges. In 2013, Gabeira suffered a serious injury at Nazaré, but her unwavering determination brought her back to the monstrous and dangerous wave to not only surf again, but set the women’s world record.

“It’s been quite a journey, but I can honestly say that in 2013 when I first came to Nazaré my life changed like never before,” continued Gabeira. “Of course, there was an accident, injuries and so on, but also I moved to Nazaré to be closer to the wave. I dedicated most of my time to the spot and I had years to focus on improving, on safety and on being around the best people to get where I wanted to be. That time was priceless, it taught me a lot and slowly I got back to my feet. Back to surfing at 100% and in a spot that I honestly consider the biggest and most challenging wave I ever surfed.”

“Congratulations to Maya Gabeira for her outstanding achievement,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. “Maya exemplifies the courage, commitment, and progression of female athletes around the world and we are so proud to celebrate her today as the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title holder for the Largest wave surfed unlimited (female).”

The achievement was announced at a special ceremony upon the grounds of the famous lighthouse that stands watch over the waves of Praia do Norte. An official Adjudicator of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS presented Gabeira with a certificate declaring her as the current record holder for the Largest wave surfed unlimited (female).

Contenders for the women’s world record dated back through surfing history, but the frontrunners featured two-time Big Wave Tour Champion Paige Alms, big wave standouts Justine Dupont, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, and surfing icon Bethany Hamilton.

Normally, the WSL’s Big Wave Awards declare the biggest and best waves of the year during the annual Big Wave Awards show in April.  As this was a special determination of the largest wave ridden to date – spanning the history of the sport – it was awarded in a unique setting at the start of the winter big wave season, and will now set the bar in the category going forward. The 2019 Big Wave Awards in April will now award two new categories: Women’s XXL Biggest Wave Award (where jet skis maybe be used) and the Women’s Biggest Paddle Award (wave caught with only arm power).

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Big Wave Season Opens October 1st | Get Ready, It’s Going to Get Wild

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The WSL Big Wave Tour will witness the world’s best big wave surfers charging massive waves at three of the world’s premiere breaks: Mavericks, Jaws, and Nazaré. This is over the edge.

We’re on the lookout for storms that generate HUGE waves – and when they do – the surfers, fans, and a whole lot of cameras fly in from all corners of the world to put on a spectacle unlike any other. Check out the three places we’ll be competing this winter:

  • Mavericks is a heavy wave that breaks so powerfully that it shakes the ground. It’s three, four, sometimes FIVE stories of terrifying ocean.
  • Jaws, originally known as Pe’ahi, is Hawaiian perfection at 10x the size, which means peril for anyone who makes a mistake.
  • Nazaré is a liquid mountain. That’s not a metaphor — it’s consistently where the biggest waves in the world have been ridden.

Get ready to witness something truly incredible. The holding period is now open and runs through March 31, 2019.

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