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Virgin Kitesurfing Armada improves British record
15 October 2014 | Kiteboarding Despite failing to break the Guinness World Record (352 kiteboarders) set in Tarifa, Spain, the British fleet improved last year's mark (318 participants). "As a keen kitesurfer, I am fully
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The worst kitesurfing accidents caught on tape 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
The worst kitesurfing accidents caught on tape
13 October 2014 | Kiteboarding Would you love to learn how to kiteboard? The most important advice is to pay a qualified kite instructor to teach you the basic lessons: self-rescue, wind window, cloud formation, and wind
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Oliver Bridge and Julien Kerneur storm the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships
11 October 2014 | Kiteboarding European kiteboarders showed their dominance in American waters. Bridge and Kerneur managed to finish both categories in the podium, with a slight overall advantage for the French rider. "It
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The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
The Surfing Christmas Gift Guide for 2014
GoPro Hero4 Black Edition The much-anticipated new version of the best-selling action camera is a must-have since it brings a whole new dimension to any surf session. Capture your best moves with 4K video recording at 30
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Kelly Slater completes a 540 air reverse in Peniche
17 October 2014 | Surfing The 11-time world champion keeps pushing the limits of the wave riding. In a free surfing session at Supertubos, the Floridian completed a 540-degree rotation in the sky before landing in the
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The surfboard brands of the world 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
The surfboard brands of the world
17 October 2014 | Surfing Every year, surfers buy more than 400,000 surfboards worldwide. The largest companies and shapers in the surfboard industry are located in the USA, Australia and Europe. In 2008, 26% of the
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Papoa welcomes big wave surfing enthusiasts 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
Papoa welcomes big wave surfing enthusiasts
17 October 2014 | Surfing The swell forecast said it all, and word spread quickly. Papoa was about to deliver giant waves as the buoys indicated a powerful wave train heading towards Peniche. The show went on for two
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How can surfers rescue struggling swimmers? 19 October 2014, 22.27 Sports
How can surfers rescue struggling swimmers?
16 October 2014 | Surfing Rip currents are responsible for 80% of all rescues in the surf environment, and take away about 150 lives every year in the United States. Strong rip currents can move people at eight feet per
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The 2014 ASP World Tour will be decided in Pipeline
19 October 2014 | Surfing Shifty five-to-eight foot barreling waves sent the world title race to Pipeline. Joel Parkinson, who also lost his Round 3 heat, is mathematically out of the equation. Gabriel Medina was the
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Gallery | Pierre Gasly 08 October 2014, 23.46 Sports
Gallery | Pierre Gasly
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Sven Thorgren wins 20th Freestyle.ch 2014 08 October 2014, 23.45 Sports
Sven Thorgren wins 20th Freestyle.ch 2014
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Ingrijpende aanpassingen TTR @SnowboardTour worden gefaseerd ingevoerd, komend seizoen de wedstrijdstructuur: http://t.co/FVKbDB8Oam
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O’Neill Pleasure Jam Vol. 12 hits the Dachstein November 14-16th, 2014
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Ingrijpende aanpassingen TTR @SnowboardTour worden gefaseerd ingevoerd, komend seizoen de wedstrijdstructuur: http://t.co/FVKbDB8Oam
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Burton Announces Dates for the Burton European Open 2015 presented by MINI
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Ingrijpende aanpassingen TTR @SnowboardTour worden gefaseerd ingevoerd, komend seizoen de wedstrijdstructuur: http://t.co/FVKbDB8Oam
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Maxime Castillo rides to victory at Figueira da Foz
06 October 2014 | Bodyboarding The second and penultimate stop on the European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) 2014 was run in four-to-six foot waves, at Cabedelo Beach. Pierre-Louis Costes, who won the first stage in La Salie,
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Alexandra Rinder: the youngest female bodyboarding champion of all time
02 October 2014 | Bodyboarding The chapter ended in tears. Tears of joy. Despite being eliminated in the fourth round of the Sintra Portugal Pro, Rinder saw Isabela Sousa delivering her a maiden world title, with a
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60/40 versus 50/50: the bodyboard rail equation 08 October 2014, 23.45 Sports
60/40 versus 50/50: the bodyboard rail equation
07 October 2014 | Bodyboarding Bodyboard shapers know how rails can make the difference in a bodyboard. Basically, there are two different types of rails: the 60/40 and the 50/50. The numbers represent a rail/chine ratio.
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Windpush finds wind for you 08 October 2014, 23.44 Sports
Windpush finds wind for you
09 October 2014 | Windsurfing Daniel Hjertholm and Daniel Wold are two passionate windsurfers from Norway. Not knowing when and where the wind was blowing was a problem both shared for a long time. "The idea for WindPush
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National records start to fall at the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge
09 October 2014 | Windsurfing The stakes are high. The harbour town of Luderitz greeted sailors with winds ranging between 20-25 knots and stronger gusts of up to 30-35 knots. After the initial tests and adjustments, the
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How does a windsurfing sail work? 08 October 2014, 23.44 Sports
How does a windsurfing sail work?
08 October 2014 | Windsurfing Wind generates power. We know that. All we need is to observe its behaviour both on land and in the water. And a scientific formula adds up an interesting issue: the wind pressure on the
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"Dreams," a film dedicated to Andre Paskowski 08 October 2014, 23.44 Sports
"Dreams," a film dedicated to Andre Paskowski
07 October 2014 | Windsurfing Marc Morera, a Barcelona-based filmmaker, is the man behind "Dreams". An avid windsurfer and kiteboarder himself, Morera inherited the passion for watersports from his father. "The first idea
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Tony Vandenberg is the first windsurfer to complete the North Carolina Challenge
06 October 2014 | Windsurfing It's one of the toughest sailing experiences in the world. The NCC is a circular race in a counterclockwise direction with start and finish at the same location on Cedar Island. Kayakers and
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World title number six for Jose "Gollito" Estredo
06 October 2014 | Windsurfing With light winds blowing in the final day of competing, Estredo used his victory in the single elimination to claim another world windsurfing title. In the winners' final, dominated with big,
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Antoine Jaubert flies higher at Muriwai Beach 08 October 2014, 23.44 Sports
Antoine Jaubert flies higher at Muriwai Beach
01 October 2014 | Kiteboarding Up to 50 kiteboarders gathered to raise more than $6000 for the Starship Foundation, a social-profit organisation that channels funds for the Children's Hospital. The big air competition was
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Kevin and Jalou Langeree claim the Cape Hatteras Wave Classic 2014
30 September 2014 | Kiteboarding The annual kiteboarding contest is the only wave-based kitesurfing event held in North America. It has its own unique competition format, and has been inspired in the professional surfing
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Lighthouse to Leighton 2014 returns to the Indian Ocean
26 September 2014 | Kiteboarding Australia's longest open-ocean kiteboarding race should attract 110 riders to the Indian Ocean waters for a 19-kilometer challenge. The Lighthouse to Leighton marathon race takes off from
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Invitees announced for the Red Bull King of the Air 2015
25 September 2014 | Kiteboarding Kevin Langeree, Ruben Lenten, Steven Akkersdijk, Andries Fourie, Aaron Hadlow, Jesse Richman, Tom Herbert, Billy Parker, Nick Jacobsen, Reno Romeu, Gianni Aragno, and Jerrie van de Kop
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Rob Douglas claims speed trophy in rival waters 08 October 2014, 23.44 Sports
Rob Douglas claims speed trophy in rival waters
08 October 2014 | Kiteboarding The American kiteboarder won three out of four races and hit the fastest speed mark of the event. The founder of the North American Speed Sailing Project sailed at an average speed of 42.5
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Pete Cabrinha and friends discover "The Value of Nowhere"
02 October 2014 | Kiteboarding Have you ever thought about "The Value of Nowhere?" Three experienced kiteboarders have set on a journey of exploration through the French Polynesia. The 20-minute kiteboarding movie written
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Powerful surf hits the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014
09 October 2014 | Surfing It's been a tough journey, but only the fittest will keep on going in the Portuguese Prime event. Waves got even bigger as competition moves to Round 4 and 5. Jeremy Flores is proving all his
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Garrett McNamara is back to the Nazare wave bombs
09 October 2014 | Surfing The Hawaiian charger is ready for new challenges in the westernmost country of mainland Europe. The fishing town of Nazaré, with its singular underwater canyon, has welcomed Mcnamara, as the
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Zoltan "The Magician" Torkos invents the off-the-lip kickflip
09 October 2014 | Surfing You've got to love it. Zoltan Torkos is so passionate about surfing that his own laboratory of wave spells is in constant activity. There's no time to lose. A few months ago, the Santa Cruz
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Jeison Torres Abarca earns a ticket to Steamer Lane
09 October 2014 | Surfing The surf contest will be run between October 28th and November 1st, at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. The winner of the event will be awarded a life-changing yearlong O'Neill Wetsuits
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Stormy surf picks 24 at the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014
08 October 2014 | Surfing It has been one of the toughest Prime events of the season. The world's best wave riders battled challenging maritime conditions in the Portuguese windsurfing capital. Four Dream Tour surfers
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Top seeds fall in Round 1 of the Cascais Billabong Pro 2014
08 October 2014 | Surfing The Prime surf contest plays a critical role in the hunt for the 2015 World Surf League and will decide the 2014 European surfing champion. Many Dream Tour surfers tasted the power of the
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Amaury Lavernhe is the 2014 APB World Tour champion 29 September 2014, 19.17 Sports
Amaury Lavernhe is the 2014 APB World Tour champion
28 September 2014 | Bodyboarding In the last day of competition, Jared Houston was not able to handle the pressure of the quarterfinals, and left Uri Valadao and Amaury Lavernhe chasing top honours. Four years later, the
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World title contenders enter decisive stages in Sintra
25 September 2014 | Bodyboarding Despite the lack of information and video highlights, Portuguese reports tell us that Uri Valadao and Jared Houston managed to win their heats, keeping the race for the world bodyboarding
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Sintra Portugal Pro decides the 2014 APB World Tour champions
23 September 2014 | Bodyboarding The Portuguese stage, a four-star bodyboarding event, will crown three world champions, at Praia Grande. Now, let's check what may happen, in terms of who's in contention for the APB World
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The best bodyboarding beach breaks in the world 29 September 2014, 19.17 Sports
The best bodyboarding beach breaks in the world
16 September 2014 | Bodyboarding Forget helmets and stress. Just relax and hit the surf, knowing that only grains of sand lie under your vertical aerials. It's true that good waves love reef and coral, but let's be
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The Glossary of Bodyboarding Terms 29 September 2014, 19.17 Sports
The Glossary of Bodyboarding Terms
30 September 2014 | Bodyboarding The bodyboarding glossary of terms used in the waves is useful to all levels of bodyboarders. Discover the vocabulary of bodyboarding and learn new words: Air Forward 360 - a trick in
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How to walk in bodyboarding fins 29 September 2014, 19.17 Sports
How to walk in bodyboarding fins
29 September 2014 | Bodyboarding Fins are one of the most important tools in contemporary bodyboarding. You need them catch the best waves, as fast as you can. First of all, get your leash on. After warming up, and while
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Vasco Ribeiro crowned 2014 ASP European Pro Junior champion
27 September 2014 | Surfing Ribeiro is the second Portuguese to claim the ASP European Pro Junior title, fifteen years after national surfing star Tiago Pires. Despite getting knocked out in Round 4 of the Teguise 2014
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Titans of Mavericks invites 56 surfers to Half Moon Bay
30 September 2014 | Surfing Mavericks may be out of the Big Wave World Tour, but that doesn't mean the peak isn't pumping some of the heaviest and deadliest wave faces on Planet Earth. The brand has been revamped, and
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GoPro Hero4 hits the market with improved photo and video quality
29 September 2014 | Surfing The most advanced GoPro waterproof camera features 4K30 video recording, 12-megapixel photos up to 30 frames per second (fps), built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Protune for photos and
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How to pull a floater 29 September 2014, 19.16 Sports
How to pull a floater
29 September 2014 | Surfing It might sound remarkably simple, but often it's the little things that get overlooked in the surfer's arsenal of tricks, and the floater is a prime example. Up till now, you've most likely
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In-form Tyler Wright blasts the Roxy Pro France 2014
29 September 2014 | Surfing Wright surfer opened the day by eliminating current world number one Sally Fitzgibbons in their quarterfinal clash. In the final, Tyler displayed robust and progressive surfing on the available
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Piso Alcala wins the Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup 2014
28 September 2014 | Surfing Alcala, a local surfer, had already won the event in 2008 and 2012, but he added another trophy to his personal museum, and the first ever Qualifying Series contest for his country. In the
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Jamie Anderson And Emil Ulsletten Win Slopestyle Finals At The 2014 Burton High Fives
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Chloe Kim and Yiwei Zhang win the Halfpipe finals at the #BurtonHighFives 2014 - Congrats! http://t.co/Lqg5WaA3rk #worldsnowboardtour #5star
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TUNE IN: Watch the 3rd Annual Burton High Fives on September 19th and 20th
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Chloe Kim and Yiwei Zhang win the Halfpipe finals at the #BurtonHighFives 2014 - Congrats! http://t.co/Lqg5WaA3rk #worldsnowboardtour #5star
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2014 Burton High Fives Day One and Two Recap – Team Selection and Mini Off Road Driving Challenge
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Chloe Kim and Yiwei Zhang win the Halfpipe finals at the #BurtonHighFives 2014 - Congrats! http://t.co/Lqg5WaA3rk #worldsnowboardtour #5star
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Hotzone.tv Park Opening Hintertux: Fantastic Snow Conditions for Tenth Anniversary
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Chloe Kim and Yiwei Zhang win the Halfpipe finals at the #BurtonHighFives 2014 - Congrats! http://t.co/Lqg5WaA3rk #worldsnowboardtour #5star
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Kyle Mack wins 2014 Stylewars 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
Kyle Mack wins 2014 Stylewars
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Chloe Kim and Yiwei Zhang win the Halfpipe finals at the #BurtonHighFives 2014 - Congrats! http://t.co/Lqg5WaA3rk #worldsnowboardtour #5star
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Chloe Kim And Yiwei Zhang Win The 2014 Burton High Fives Halfpipe Finals
@snowboardtour ttr Tweet Chloe Kim and Yiwei Zhang win the Halfpipe finals at the #BurtonHighFives 2014 - Congrats! http://t.co/Lqg5WaA3rk #worldsnowboardtour #5star
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Silverstone 2014 - Preview 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
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Brno 2014 - Highlights 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
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Gallery | Carlos Sainz Jr. 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
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Christophe Tack lands historic Whirly Bird 5 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
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08 September 2014 | Kiteboarding Winds in the 16-knot range returned to Tarifa for the final day of competition. The world's best freestyle kiteboarders concluded eight days of action, including a Big Air contest. The
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Corniel and Pulido propelled into Big Air victory 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
Corniel and Pulido propelled into Big Air victory
02 September 2014 | Kiteboarding With winds gusting up to 35 knots, the Tarifa Pro Kite Tour 2014 held a Big Air contest. This kiteboarding discipline has its secrets: you've got to time the jumps nicely, as there were
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Dune and water kiteboarding rally ignites Lencois Maranhenses
18 September 2014 | Kiteboarding Lencois Maranhenses is a wet desert. Confused? Forty-five kiteboarders had to face dunes up to 45 meters, and ride them down until they reach the multiple lagoons that invade the
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How to pull big airs in kiteboarding 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
How to pull big airs in kiteboarding
16 September 2014 | Kiteboarding Remember that speed is critical if you're aiming at the biggest kiteboarding air of all time. The faster you ride, the higher you'll fly. So find a nice flat water spot, free of obstacles,
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Cabrinha recalls 2015 kite control systems 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
Cabrinha recalls 2015 kite control systems
10 September 2014 | Kiteboarding All 1X and Overdrive 1X control systems (KS5CSSDOD, KS51XCSFX) manufactured before August 1st should be corrected at Cabrinha's authorized dealers. "We have discovered, in a very small
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Oliver Bridge makes a statement at the 2014 Formula Kite European Championship
09 September 2014 | Kiteboarding With winds ranging between one and five knots, the medal races were not run, and the Championship was officially closed. Oliver Bridge successfully defended his top podium spot secured in
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"The Baan" is the new Indian tidal bore river wave 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
"The Baan" is the new Indian tidal bore river wave
20 September 2014 | Surfing Welcome to the Hooghly River, a 260-kilometer (160 miles) water current flowing through West Bengal. Can you imagine catching waves a mere 20 kilometers away from Bangladesh, in a major
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The ultimate encyclopedia of surfing animals 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
The ultimate encyclopedia of surfing animals
19 September 2014 | Surfing Surfing animals are getting famous. Their names and stunts are spreading all over the internet making their owners proud and happy. Some of these creatures of Nature learn rapidly and prove
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Jordy Smith wins the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
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18 September 2014 | Surfing Kelly Slater watched Gabriel Medina falling at the hands of Adrian Buchan in the quarterfinals, and he couldn't hide a smile. The Brazilian had lost first place in the overall rankings. "I did
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Brad Gerlach vs. Martin Potter: revenge comes 23 years later
18 September 2014 | Surfing Twenty-three years ago, Potter punctured Gerr's favorite surfboard and put an end to the Floridian's world title hopes. Brad finished the 1991 ASP World Tour runner-up, right behind Damian
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"John Severson's Surf" reveals the original surf artist
18 September 2014 | Surfing Waves and stunts are not enough to describe the history of surfing. John Severson was born in Los Angeles, back in 1933. In the first two decades of his life, painting and drawing played a
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Kelly Slater: a pop star in the making? 20 September 2014, 19.54 Sports
Kelly Slater: a pop star in the making?
18 September 2014 | Surfing We knew that Kelly Slater enjoyed playing the guitar. In the last two decades, he made friends in the pop-rock music scene - Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Angus Stone are only
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Santander decides spots for Rio 2016 Olympic Games 06 September 2014, 20.29 Sports
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04 September 2014 | Windsurfing Up to 178 RS:X windsurfers from 49 nations are ready for the most important event of the season. The ISAF Sailing World Championships play a decisive role in the Rio 2016 qualification
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Maiden victory for Julien Quentel in Alacati 06 September 2014, 20.29 Sports
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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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