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SEVEN-time world women’s surfing champion Layne Beachley has confirmed she will come out of retirement for two pro tour events this year _ both in Australia.

Beachley will contest the Rip Curl Women’s Pro at Victoria’s Bells Beach in April, as well as her own Beachley Classic in Sydney mid-year.

The 36-year-old Australian, who retired from full-time…  More info


Surfing Recessed

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In our fair country we like our beer cold, our freedom fries hot and our economy, well, not so goddamn recessed. We are in the midst of an economic meltdown, one whose effects have trickled down every nook of society, leaving no person with bulging pockets and no business with “Now Hiring” signs. It’s about time for our new president to come gallivanting across the country in shining armor, slaying the fire-breathing beast of recession and ushering in a splendid age of economic growth and free love. Even if his attempts fail, shining armor is quite expensive these days, so we can count on the money he spends on that to trickle down. Isn’t that right, Republicans? I love you guys; you always have all the answers.

Surfers tend to be a fairly self-sufficient lot. I haven’t heard of any government bailouts for shapers lately, and I see that Quiksilver can still afford…  More info 

The huge success enjoyed at the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix and first Formula One night race will enjoy a boost with developments taking place to increase overtaking.

After consultation between the FIA and the teams, minor changes will be made at turns one, 13 and 14 to improve overtaking. Road surface improvements will be done at turns five, six and seven, and revisions made to the pit-lane entry and exit, as well as the run off area at turn 22.

“While the circuit and the event exceeded expectations around the world, as with any brand new event, there are always things which we now know we can do better,” said Singapore’s technical and race operations director Michael McDonough on the official Formula One website…  ….More info

…can’t help thinking how revolting this year’s generation of Formula One cars look.

The best looking of the breed is Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren, largely down to a trademark fancy paintjob, but I’ve seen that close up and it is no prettier in person than it is online.  The problem is the vast fairground-go-kart like front wings and silly, skinny stepladder rear wings mandated by the regulations.

There have been plenty of ugly F1 cars in the past, but their aesthetic offence has often been an effort to…  More info