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Surf Skooter is the bodyboard with handle bars
11 July 2014 | Bodyboarding The idea may not be radically new, but the Surf Skooter will hit the market. Can you imagine a bodyboard with handle bars? Well, you've probably seen a couple of ones a few years ago in the
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The slow death of professional bodyboarding 15 July 2014, 20.32 Sports
The slow death of professional bodyboarding
11 July 2014 | Bodyboarding Bodyboarding fans are confused. The IBA World Tour 2014 has been cancelled, but its Facebook page keeps posting insipid messages. The website is a disgrace: two blocks of ads, and a short
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Ben Veitch conquers the 2014 Western Australia bodyboarding title
07 July 2014 | Bodyboarding The third and final event of the 2014 SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles wrapped up in unforgettable fashion over the weekend with sensational winter conditions blessing competitors at Scarborough
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Andre Botha confirmed in the Cave Rock Invitational 2014
15 July 2014 | Bodyboarding It is probably the only bodyboarding in the world where sponsors are not invited to participate. The Cave Rock Invitational will gather 16 riders to showcase their talent in the KwaZulu-Natal
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Joe Bourke is the 2014 NSW bodyboarding champion
14 July 2014 | Bodyboarding The best bodyboarders in New South Wales were forced to move from Crowdy Head to Crowdy Gap Beach because of the wild five-to-six foot waves. After the first round of competition at Jones
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Stephen Du Preez prevails in the West Beach Warfare 2014
14 July 2014 | Bodyboarding The Pro division got underway in consistent three-to-four foot waves. The final saw Iain Campbell and Stephen Du Preez competing for the highest place in the podium. The decisive final began
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Josh Moniz and Caroline Marks win the 2014 NSSA National Championships
The 18-year old surfer from Honolulu will never forget the day he joined Kolohe Andino, Greg Long, Kelly Slater and Andy Irons in the winner's list of the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA). The hard-fought
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Outer Known is Kelly Slater's new surf brand
Outer Known. The surf insignia created by Kelly Slater has been baptized, according to our friends at Stab Magazine. After leaving Quiksilver - the partnership lasted 23 years - Slater started a new sponsorship deal with
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Toledo's Perfect 10 ignites Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014
Despite breaking his magic board, Toledo put on yet another show-stopping aerial performance, earning his second Perfect 10 point ride of the event. "I don't have words to describe what I am feeling. I broke that board but
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How smoking seriously affects surfing 06 July 2014, 22.32 Sports
How smoking seriously affects surfing
Smoking and surfing. Two words with the same number of characters, two words with opposite meanings. The good news is that a surfer can quit on any day of the year. What for? To live more, to surf better, to catch more
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Swell on the horizon for the J-Bay Open 2014
The best right-hand point break of the African continent will see the Top 34 surfers plus two wildcards battling for points, prize money and honor. Jeffreys Bay is back for good. After a two-year hiatus from elite
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Timmy Reyes wins Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014 06 July 2014, 22.32 Sports
Timmy Reyes wins Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014
The Californian surfer, 32, proved it is never too late to make a glorious comeback, after several injuries almost put an end to his surfing career. Tim Reyes defeated Matt Wilkinson in the final heat held at Willard
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Young kite freestylers crowned in Sant Pere Pescador
05 July 2014 | Kiteboarding In the last day of competition, the Boys 12-14 saw Maxime Chabloz making his way up the ladder and advancing two spots. Christian Tio managed to move up a spot from his finish in the single
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Vasco Ribeiro wins the Espinho Surf Destination
The first stop on the European Pro Junior Series saw Vasco Ribeiro being carried up the beach and acclaimed by the crowds, after a tricky final against Natxo Gonzalez, Ethan Egiguren, and Gaspard Larsonneur. In a wave
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Riccardo Leccese conquers the African Kite Race Championships 2014
30 June 2014 | Kiteboarding Thre last day of competition saw a significant drop in wind, with kiteboarders fighting for medals and better places in the overall rankings. German world champion Florian Gruber and longtime
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Perfect winds and tight races at Soma Bay 29 June 2014, 15.19 Sports
Perfect winds and tight races at Soma Bay
28 June 2014 | Kiteboarding The morning rounds ended with a dramatic scene, when several riders crashed, including Leccese, who made a miraculous recovery and raced to finish second, just behind Florian Gruber taking
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Mystics Pro will crown the 2014 Australian bodyboarding champion
26 June 2014 | Bodyboarding With the best three results in four events counting for the overall rankings, frontrunners Lachlan Cramsie and Joe Clarke are ready for the clash of the titans. "I've followed the Aussie tour
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Manny Vargas boosts the Cabo Freak Fest 2014
25 June 2014 | Bodyboarding Have you ever dreamed of exchanging waves with world bodyboarding champions in a surf paradise? Manny V will make that dream come true, in Cabo San Lucas. Jeff and David Hubbard will be riding
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The most incredible slip-and-slide bodyboarding videos
24 June 2014 | Bodyboarding Bodyboard bottoms are the perfect gliding surface for these alternative prone riding stunts. The smooth and slick skins will add speed to the experience. But watch out, don't go too fast down
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Nomad introduces new stringer and cell technology in bodyboards
24 June 2014 | Bodyboarding The Australian brand will add a precision recoil stringer (PRS) to the new line of Supreme bodyboards, to be launched on July 1st. The PRS is a tapered carbon fibre stringer, with a thicker,
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Kiri Thode reigns supreme in Bonairean waters
25 June 2014 | Windsurfing The final day of competition saw light winds hitting the acrobatics arena. In the Men's division, and after having defeated Steven Van Broeckhoven and Amado Vrieswijk, Jose "Gollito" Estredo was
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The 2014 APB World Tour suffers another setback
27 June 2014 | Bodyboarding Natasha Sagardia, the director of the Puerto Rico bodyboarding contest, has announced that the seventh stop on the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) World Tour will not be
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Maxime Castillo builds riding skills in Pipeline
27 June 2014 | Bodyboarding Perfect classic Pipe barrels. What else could a French wave rider ask for? While the weather and wave conditions were ugly back in the land of croissants, the Hawaiian jewel was pumping glassy
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The most important dates in the history of surfing
The popularity of surfing is the result of a sum of events, innovations, influential people, and technological developments. The early surfers had to challenge the power of the oceans with heavy, finless surfboards. Today,
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Surf Rodeo invites all wave riders to Ventura
In the land of Dane Reynolds, the surf freestyler runs the show. He will be shaping two replica surfboards that will be used in the Surf Rodeo, and then auctioned off. The event created by JD Drury aims to bring the highly
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Soma Bay will crown the 2014 African Continental Course Racing champions
24 June 2014 | Kiteboarding The world's best fastest kiteboarders will participate in epic races for five days. An additional competition for the TwinTip Racing Class will be held between 27th-28th June. Florian Gruber
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Construction of Surf Snowdonia begins in Wales
Surf Snowdonia will produce two-meter (six feet) high, 180-meter (590 feet) long surfing waves every day of the year, in the village of Dolgarrog, in the Conwy Valley of North Wales. The International Surfing Association
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Bruno Sroka crosses the Bay of Saint-Brieuc without a compass
23 June 2014 | Kiteboarding The French kiteboarder sailed for 21.7 miles (35 kilometers) in 52 minutes and 27 seconds. Sroka started his adventure in Pléneuf-Val-André and concluded the challenge at Paimpol. "There was
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Another surf movie with a peculiar title 27 June 2014, 16.43 Sports
Another surf movie with a peculiar title
These days, all surf movies tend to have peculiar titles. "Strange Rumblings In Shangri La" is one of them, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a watch. Joe G gathered the most interesting group of surfers in some of the
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Champions crowned at the 2014 US Deaf Open of Surfing
The event held by the International Deaf Surfriders Association attracted competitors from all over the world, including Brazil, Israel, England, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Basque Country, Uruguay and the USA. The US Deaf
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Big wave surfers ready for large South American swell
The newly-created ASP Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) has announced that the Chilean contest, as well as the Billabong Pico Alto, in Peru, are on yellow alert, with a large swell moving northeast from Antarctica. Chack the wave
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Terry McKenna gives new boost to the 2014 APB World Tour
11 June 2014 | Bodyboarding The former IBA World Tour manager is back in the game. McKenna will join the APB World Tour, adding experience and his infectious enthusiasm to the competition. He's the new director of
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Bronze whaler shark attacks bodyboarder in South Australia
10 June 2014 | Bodyboarding Scott Berry was riding waves with a friend, at 9:45am, when the shark started circling and bit him on his torso. It all happened very fast. "I was probably most afraid after it had actually got
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Excitment grows for the Tand Invitational 2014
16 June 2014 | Bodyboarding The fourth edition of the Tand Invitational will attract incredibly talented riders to one of the heaviest reef breaks in African waters. The David Lilienfeld Trials, in memory of a late
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A paipo board in the Mundaka left-handers 21 June 2014, 18.59 Sports
A paipo board in the Mundaka left-handers
16 June 2014 | Bodyboarding The world is going retro, and paipo enthusiasts are out in the line-up. Paipo boards mark the beginning of modern surfing and bodyboarding. But in the 21st century, we call them "experiences."
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Bjorn Dunkerbeck is the 2014 European Speed Windsurfing champion
14 June 2014 | Windsurfing The inaugural Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge was a total success. With six days of races held in strong winds, windsurfers were able to reach the 40 knots. Bjorn Dunkerbeck dominated the event
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Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw win the Sail for Gold Regatta 2014
09 June 2014 | Windsurfing Windsurfers enjoyed multiple wind conditions across the five days of racing, but the final races were blessed with an easterly 20-25 knots with gusts reaching 30 knots. Nick Dempsey, Olympic
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Xavier Ferlet takes it all at the 2014 US Windsurfing National Championships
20 June 2014 | Windsurfing The competition was run in five days. The last races saw the sun and 17-20 knots of wind invading the regatta field. Christophe Waerzeggers was the only windsurfer that could really beat
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Jason Polakow and Robby Swift fly over Lanes
17 June 2014 | Windsurfing Surfers may be proud of their aerial skills, but Jason Polakow is not impressed. The Australian daredevil continues proving that windsurfing is a spectacular water sport. Just add wind and big
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Janis Preiss imposes superiority in the 2014 NeilPryde Baltic Cup Estonia
17 June 2014 | Windsurfing A total of 86 riders from five countries competed in almost autumnal weather, with winds ranging between 15-20 knots, air temperature of 15 degrees, and cloudy skies with intermittent rain
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Levi Siver jumps to victory in the 2014 AWT Pistol River Wave Bash
16 June 2014 | Windsurfing It has been hailed as one of the most impressive contest days of all time in the West Coast of USA. With the wind gusting over 30 knots and sets rolling in constantly in the head-to-logo-high
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Luderitz Speed Challenge 2014 aims to recapture world record
18 June 2014 | Kiteboarding The preparation for the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2014 is on. This year, a maximum of 20 riders per week will be allowed to fight for personal, national and world records. Kiteboarders and
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Hydrofoil kites break records at the 2014 Ronstan Bay Challenge
16 June 2014 | Kiteboarding The long distance race attracted kiteboarders and windsurfers, but those riding hydrofoil kite systems managed to finish first. Incredibly, the fastest eight sailors were on hydrofoil
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Aaron Hadlow joins North Kiteboarding 21 June 2014, 18.59 Sports
Aaron Hadlow joins North Kiteboarding
15 June 2014 | Kiteboarding The five-time world kiteboarding champion will not only be a North Kiteboarding rider and team member, but he will also be heavily involved in the brand's research and development. "I'm excited
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Bahia de Todos Santos is the sixth World Surfing Reserve
The World Surfing Reserve in Bahia de Todos Santos will help create the first state park in northern Baja, led by partner organization Pronatura. The proposed state park will protect six hectares of critical watershed at
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Snow kiteboarders circumnavigate Greenland 21 June 2014, 18.59 Sports
Snow kiteboarders circumnavigate Greenland
19 June 2014 | Kiteboarding The veteran polar explorers are the first ever to kite around the world's largest island. Michael Charavin and Cornelius Strohm sailed 5067 kilometers (3148 miles), in 58 days. The whole
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Richard Branson wants 500 GPS-tracked kitesurfers riding together
18 June 2014 | Kiteboarding Sir Richard Branson is putting out a kitesurfing festival using a wind window format that will get green light on either 13th-14th September, 27th-28th September or 11th-12th October,
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The Wave: Bristol has been approved 21 June 2014, 18.59 Sports
The Wave: Bristol has been approved
The South Gloucestershire Council has officially approved the construction of "The Wave: Bristol," a surf park surrounded by gardens, barefoot trails, lakes, foraging areas, and swimming pool. "It's been a long three
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10 things to do in the International Surfing Day
The International Surfing Day was established in 2005. Every year, surfers and surfing fans run contests, eco-friendly events, barbecues, film screenings, beach cleanups and multiple ocean-based activities. These
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Perfect day of waves at Los Cabos Open of Surf
The largest surf contest in Mexico's history plays a crucial role in determining qualifiers for the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour. While Italo Ferreira secured the highest heat total (16.80 points) of Round 3, Wiggolly
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Surf management plan hits Gold Coast in 2015
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The oldest British female surfer is still catching waves
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Liam Whaley and Gisela Pulido win the Tarifa Masters of Kiteboard 2014
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Kuwaiti riders dominate the Red Bull Kite The Waj
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Sam Light wins the 2014 Triple-S Invitational
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Junior kite freestylers battle for world titles
09 June 2014 | Kiteboarding Sant Pere Pescador is ready to host a unique and much-anticipated event. The special format for this Championship is both competitive and nurturing, with competitors ranging from age eight
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Laurence Carey sails to victory in Manly 08 June 2014, 22.38 Sports
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Hawaii Surfing Championship 2014 kicks off in Honolulu
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Ritalin use for ADHD soars fourfold as child psychologists warn of untested drug cocktails PDF Print E-mail
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More youngsters are being given Ritalin despite clinical guidelines to the contrary, say experts
More youngsters are being prescribed Ritalin for ADHD despite clinical guidelines to the contrary, say child psychologists Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Observer

Prescriptions of Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have quadrupled in a decade, prompting fears it is being pushed on children at the expense of alternative treatments and without appreciation of long-term effects.

Figures released by the NHS business services authority to the Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt reveal the number of prescriptions of methylphenidate hydrochloride, the generic name for Ritalin, rose in England from 158,000 in 1999 to 661,463 in 2010.

Ritalin is a psychostimulant drug most commonly approved for treatment of ADHD in children. It is also used to treat conditions such as narcolepsy and in certain cases may also be prescribed for lethargy, depression and obesity.

The Association of Educational Psychologists said its members were reporting an increase in children with behavioural difficulties being prescribed the drug in conjunction with antidepressants, despite the fact there was "little to no evidence about the effect which these cocktails of drugs are having on the development of children's brains".

The association claims clinical studies show the "beneficial effects of psychostimulant medication are not sustained over the long term, necessitating stronger and stronger dosages to be prescribed over time" and that it is "becoming a common practice for children to be prescribed stronger dosages than recommended in the morning as a 'top-up' or 'kickstart' dose so that medication lasts the full school day".

Munt, who until recently sat on the education select committee, said there were natural alternatives that could help combat ADHD. She highlighted a report commissioned by the RSPB that suggested activities in a natural environment appear to improve children's symptoms by 30% compared with urban outdoor activities, and threefold compared to playing indoors. But Munt said many young people were prevented from enjoying the outdoors because of reasons such as lack of school playing fields and the distractions posed by video games, smartphones and social networking.

"It is extremely alarming that in the decade up to 2010, prescriptions for Ritalin quadrupled," she said. "Statistics show that 90% of prescriptions for this powerful drug in 2004 were used to combat behavioural problems in school-age children. I am shocked that there has been such a huge explosion in use."

ADHD is believed to affect between 5% and 10% of schoolchildren in the UK. Symptoms include overactive and impulsive behaviour and difficulty paying attention. The increase in Ritalin prescriptions appears to mirror the US where there was an 83% increase in sales of the drug between 2006 and 2010.

How many children are being prescribed the drug is difficult to quantify from official data. Munt said: "Unless the Department of Health collects vital statistical data about prescribing habits, no one will know what is happening.

"We hear teachers tell of their students' lack of ability to concentrate, from police about increasingly disruptive and antisocial behaviour, and from parents unable to control the actions of young family members. We need to show young people how to deal with the normal stresses and strains of growing up. Resorting to powerful drugs only stores up trouble for the future."

The Association of Educational Psychologists said it believed guidelines were not being followed. The guidelines recommend that ADHD medication should not be prescribed to pre-school children for the long term.nor in isolation from other therapeutic interventions, without consultation But the association said it was aware of a substantial increase in the number of children aged under six, and in some cases as young as three, being prescribed ADHD drugs. It said an informal survey of educational psychology practitioners across the West Midlands had revealed there were more than 100 children under six on the medication in the area. "This is reaffirmed across the country by our members," the association said.

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