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The 2014 American Windsurfing Tour schedule 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
The 2014 American Windsurfing Tour schedule
09 April 2014 | Windsurfing The best wave windsurfers in the world are looking forward to kick off yet another American Windsurfing Tour. The new season gets underway on the 5th June in Santa Cruz, California. Camille
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Sean McElroy claims the 2014 Manhattan Beach Pro/Am
10 April 2014 | Bodyboarding The first stop on the 2014 Bodyboarder International Association was held in sunny two-to-three foot surf. California's ultimate bodyboarding circuit attracted over 75 riders. Local knowledge
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Tow-in windsurfing ignites Las Palmas 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
Tow-in windsurfing ignites Las Palmas
11 April 2014 | Windsurfing The tow-in ramp contest attracted riders and many spectators. With the helping hand of Thomas Traversa, the local crew installed a ramp in the in the middle of the harbor. Although didn't not
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Lachlan Cramsie takes the 2014 NMD Dbah Pro 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
Lachlan Cramsie takes the 2014 NMD Dbah Pro
13 April 2014 | Bodyboarding The first event of the newly formed Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) 2014 Pro Tour was greeted at first light with clean 1-2ft waves. Throughout the day, the swell would increase to a
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How to get barreled with a broken arm 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
How to get barreled with a broken arm
12 April 2014 | Bodyboarding Marli Dunn is a young bodyboarding talent from South Durras, Australia. He loves bodyboarding, but how can you possibly do that with a broken arm. Are you waiting for it to improve? Of course
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Pierre-Louis Costes wins the La Salie Pro 2014
14 April 2014 | Bodyboarding The first stage of the European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) 2014 was held in small wave conditions. Nevertheless, it was pretty contestable, with sunny skies and favorable winds. Despite living in
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France leads the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
With repechage heats, it's a "do-or-die" moment for many surfers in the world's largest junior surfing competition. Josh Moniz, defending Boys Under 18 gold medalist, was eliminated from the contest. Another casualty was
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Bethany Hamilton in "Body & Soul" 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
Bethany Hamilton in "Body & Soul"
Bethany Hamilton is a role model for multiple generations of surfers and citizens. She has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. In "Body & Soul", the young
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Hawaii wins the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
After a week of tight competition, the Hawaiian surfing team stole two gold medals in the finals to clinch the Team Champion Trophy. The ocean came alive on the final day of competition, as the swell arrived with powerful
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Michel Bourez wins the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
Bourez and Kerr were searching for their first career win in the Dream Tour. The bout got off to a slow start, but Bourez eventually lit up two consecutive waves scoring 6.33 and 7.57 with his patented forehand power. Kerr
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The best surf sandals in the world 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
The best surf sandals in the world
Surf sandals connect us to the place we call home. When we're at the beach, we're in tune with the elements. Modern sandals go beyond the summer season. They're comfortable, durable, soft and anatomically designed to adapt
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Jacob Willcox gets wildcard for Bells Beach 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
Jacob Willcox gets wildcard for Bells Beach
The Margaret River local will face Kelly Slater and Kolohe Andino in Heat 6 of Round 1. "I love coming over to Victoria and am thrilled for the opportunity to surf at the highest level. "I really want to put in a good
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KiteTender is the new kite sailing sensation 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
KiteTender is the new kite sailing sensation
31 March 2014 | Kiteboarding The idea comes from Almere, in the Netherlands. Peter Renssen and Peter Schermer have decided to create a specially-designed monohull for kite sailing. After four years of research and
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Kiteboarder dies in Port Alfred 14 April 2014, 20.38 Sports
Kiteboarder dies in Port Alfred
09 April 2014 | Kiteboarding The 66-year-old rider collapsed while kitesurfing at Eastern Beach. "The man had reportedly collapsed unconscious, suspected to be from unknown medical causes, while kitesurfing with his son
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Dominik Zimmermann melts the 2014 Red Bull Ragnarok
07 April 2014 | Kiteboarding Ravines, drifts, rocks and hills were blessed by excellent snow conditions and sunny weather. Occasionally light wind made the competitors struggle to keep their kites in the air. Only 40
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Arnaud Levillain triumphs at the Ploof Windpark Challenge 2014
15 April 2014 | Windsurfing Twelve local windsurfers gathered for a unique competition. In the Ploof Windpark Challenge, riders must execute extraordinary maneuvers in less than three minutes. Despite the light wind
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Brandon Bowe and Damien Leroy share victories in Florida
15 April 2014 | Kiteboarding Riders were greeted with 15-20 knots of wind, beautiful blue skies, and the pristine flat waters. The 10th annual Miami Kiteboarding Masters is now the oldest kitesurfing competition in
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The staircase bodyboarding mania 08 April 2014, 02.16 Sports
The staircase bodyboarding mania
07 April 2014 | Bodyboarding Bodyboarding is a water sport in which riders get the most out of ocean waves. But the sport invented by Tom Morey is in constant evolution and enthusiasts are taking it down the stairs. In
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Nine bodyboarders are "Passing Through" 08 April 2014, 02.16 Sports
Nine bodyboarders are "Passing Through"
05 April 2014 | Bodyboarding The bodyboard movie includes a collection of footage captured in 2013. Nick Gornall, Tom Rigby, Pierre Louis Costes, Jared Houston, Jase Finlay, Dallas Singer, Jake Stone, Michael Novy, and
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Glory day for Eddie Read at Tuncurry Beach 08 April 2014, 02.16 Sports
Glory day for Eddie Read at Tuncurry Beach
04 April 2014 | Bodyboarding A beautiful Autumn day, sunshine, warm water, and clean offshore waves for most of the day greeted riders. It was time to decide in which division each competitor would spend the rest of the
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Pierre le Coq sails to victory in Mallorca 08 April 2014, 02.14 Sports
Pierre le Coq sails to victory in Mallorca
05 April 2014 | Windsurfing Le Coq fended off a final assault from race winner Byron Kokkalanis. The Greek was devastatingly quick on the final downwind as he used every last ounce of strength he had left. But the French
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Birkner and Berardo steal the 2014 South American Windsurfing Championship
07 April 2014 | Windsurfing The Argentinian windsurfer qualified his country for the Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, with the perfect score of 10 before the 12th and final race. Silver and Bronze positions on the podium
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Andrew Raath steals the Zion Summer Shred Sesh
01 April 2014 | Bodyboarding The Zion Summer Shred Sesh bodyboarding competition saw two divisions - Under 18 and Open - fiercely competed by all 40 riders. The bodyboarders demonstrated a high level of power,
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Science releases a GoPro mount for bodyboards 03 April 2014, 21.21 Sports
Science releases a GoPro mount for bodyboards
31 March 2014 | Bodyboarding It has never been easy to apply a GoPro bodyboard mount. You can easily damage a brand new bodyboard, and you can position the mounting pad in the wrong spot. Science Bodyboards has released
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How to fine-tune a windsurfer for a long distance race
03 April 2014 | Windsurfing When you're trying to win a long distance windsurfing race, you must be comfortable upwind, in order to sail for one hour. In these challenges, you cannot prepare yourself and gear for reaching
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Rip Curl Windsurfing Pro Tour 2014 kicks off in France
02 April 2014 | Windsurfing The Rip Curl Windsurfing Pro Tour will get the best French sailors competing in the premium French surf spots. The circuit will travel through Carro, Ghjunkidu, L'Ile aux Vaches, Hossegor,
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The 2014 European Freestyle Pro Tour schedule 03 April 2014, 21.21 Sports
The 2014 European Freestyle Pro Tour schedule
01 April 2014 | Windsurfing After hosting the Chiemsee European Tow-In Championship for two years in a row, the organiser of the Surf Worldcup in Podersdorf, Austria decided to bring back the EFPT freestyle discipline to
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http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/events_and_activities/calendar/633321409
The slopes may be closing soon, but they’re all going out with a bang. Many close Easter Weekend which is April 19-20. Copper Mountain has Sunsation Weekend with a 5K Color Fun, shred circuit, live music and Easter Egg
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Friendship inspires touching bodyboard documentary
27 March 2014 | Bodyboarding The award winning movie follows two lifelong friends, on a surfing pilgrimage to remote parts of the Australian coastline. Their quest is to film epic waves in memory of their other friend who
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march 29-April 8, 2014 – Copper mountain , colorado
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COMMUNITY CUP 2014 PRESENTED BY VOLVO KICKS OFF AT KEYSTONE RESORT APRIL 5, 2014
Fifteen Snowboard Olympians to Compete At 5-Star World Snowboard Tour Women’s Slopestyle and Big Air Event for $25,000 Prize Purse- Largest Women’s Event in The World And Zero Waste Event March 27, 2014- Keystone, CO-Taking
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TORGEIR BERGREM FINISHES 1st IN QUALIFYING SESSION
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Easter Sunday at Squaw Valley 2014: Services, Egg Hunt & Pool Party
Squaw Valley will host a series of great events for all ages this coming Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. The resort is offering complimentary nondenominational, mountaintop services starting at 8 a.m. Aerial Tram rides to the
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$129 Lodging/Lift Ticket Deal at Mammoth Mountain
Enjoy great spring conditions at Mammoth Mountain with their special Slopeside Lift + Lodging Packages starting at $129 per person per night. With a two or more night stay, receive one lift ticket per day for each guest in
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2014 Women's Ski Glove Editors' Choice: Helly Hansen Women’s Carving Gloves
A classic women’s protective high-speed ski glove, the HH women’s carving gloves are super soft against your hand, with a nice branded strap to keep gloves on when they’re off and soft goat leather palm for
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2014 Women's Ski Glove Editors' Choice: Marmot Women’s Bretton Mitt
The Bretton Mitt features that same supreme insulation as the glove. Cozy soft next to your hand with a sturdy construction outside, these gloves will keep you warm and help you flag down your helicopter with a fun reflective
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2014 Women's Ski Glove Editors' Choice: KJUS Ladies K Leather Mitten
Made with premium down and luxurious leather, no cold is getting through these bad boys. Super soft and comfy inside with built-in glove fingers, this high quality handmade women's mitten features stitched down chambers to
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2014 Women's Ski Glove Editors' Choice: Seirus Heatwave Zenith Mitt
Designed to increase your heat, this wind/watherproof, breathable and wicking mitt features a one-handed wrist and cuff cinch, with a Heatwave lining that reflects 20 percent of the body heat generated.  READ THE FULL REVIEW
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Aaron Hadlow leaves Flexifoil after 13 years 28 March 2014, 23.48 Sports
Aaron Hadlow leaves Flexifoil after 13 years
28 March 2014 | Kiteboarding The British kiteboarding star teamed up with Flexifoil, in 2001, to develop the brand's first water kite that would power Hadlow on to winning five consecutive world titles. In 2009, Flexifoil
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Michael Heath is the new CEO of Surf Hardware International
Heath has previously worked for some of the major global brands in the action sports industry such as O'Neill, Hurley, Nike and Rip Curl. With over 18 years of experience, Michael Heath will be leading Surf Hardware
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Taj Burrow and crew ready for the Margaret River Pro 2014
Margaret River is a special place. A long-time staple on the ASP Qualification Series, this year is the first time in over 20 years that Margaret River has been an elite stop for both the men and women. The women's event
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Developing a "Real Obsession" for windsurfing 28 March 2014, 23.48 Sports
Developing a "Real Obsession" for windsurfing
27 March 2014 | Windsurfing Hardcore windsurfers are obsessed by... wind. When it blows, they're in the water no matter what their commitments are. Work and family can wait. "Real Obsession" is a grandiose collage of
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1 Opel Superpipe Nightsession – KPark, Kühtai, Austria
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The 2014 APB World Tour schedule 26 March 2014, 20.13 Sports
The 2014 APB World Tour schedule
26 March 2014 | Bodyboarding While the IBA World Tour is on hold, the bodyboarding fans and athletes gather around the newly launched APB World Tour. The first event of the season was the Pipe Challenge. The contest was
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Lilly Pollard breaks neck and back at Mystics Beach
26 March 2014 | Bodyboarding The pro bodyboarder who claimed the APB Pipe Challenge 2014 was taken to the Wollongong Hospital "with pain to her neck, head and lower extremities", according to newspaper the Illawarra
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Ben Veitch rides to victory in Western Australia
24 March 2014 | Bodyboarding Waves were scarce, and the event was forced to go mobile in a true "wild west" search for the best waves on offer. Two spots were surfed - a reef and a beach break. Veitch, from Margaret
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Richard Branson goes kiteboarding with girls on his back
26 March 2014 | Kiteboarding The Virgin mogul likes a good controversy. In 2009, Sir Richard Branson went kiteboarding with naked model Denni Parkinson on his back, in the British Virgin Islands. The images spread around
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Kitesurfer survives shark attack in Florida 26 March 2014, 20.13 Sports
Kitesurfer survives shark attack in Florida
25 March 2014 | Kiteboarding Kurt Hoffman was bitten in his left arm, but he didn't see the shark. The moment he felt something, he warned his friends. "At first I'm thinking I hit something. What the heck was that? Did I
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Maxime Nocher dominates the La Ventana Kite Foil Gold Cup 2014
25 March 2014 | Kiteboarding The new kiteboarding circuit attracted a fleet of 30 kite foil riders, divided into two divisions - Gold and Silver. The main category had 11 races. The French bullet Maxime Nocher won them
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Next PWA adventure: the winds of Turkmenistan 26 March 2014, 20.13 Sports
Next PWA adventure: the winds of Turkmenistan
25 March 2014 | Windsurfing The Karakum Desert, which covers much of Turkmenistan, is one of the driest deserts in the world. You won't find many people living there. Fortunately, there's more than the arid sands of
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The weight of a wave 26 March 2014, 20.13 Sports
The weight of a wave
Getting pounded. We know how it hurts. Whether we get caught on the inside or we miss an unexpected wave set, it's always tough to feel the weight of the salted water on our head and back. When a wave breaks, it loses part
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Five very good reasons why surf leashes are mandatory
Longboarders tend to embed the spirit of "ropeless riding" in their DNA. It's cool, it's traditional, it's pure and it's trendy. Let's take a look at what they usually say about surf leashes: "Longboarders should never use
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Sofia Mulanovich steals the 2014 Rip Curl Girls Pro
Mulanovich defeated Anali Gomez, the 2013 event winner, in an all Peruvian final. The former world surfing champion collects 1000 points and 7000 dollars for the victory. "I'm so happy to have won this contest, but I knew
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Landlocked Afghanistan joins the surfing world
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a landlocked country located in South Central Asia and part of the greater Middle East, is officially part of the surfing world. Although Afghanistan has no ocean waves, the country has
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Marc Jacobs takes the freestyle laurels in Morocco
23 March 2014 | Kiteboarding In strong winds reaching more than 30 knots, the double elimination kicked off with riders using six and seven-meter kites. Holding off Alex Neto in his first heat of the day, Jacobs moved on
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Keahi de Aboitiz rides to victory at the PKRA Dakhla 2014
21 March 2014 | Kiteboarding The mixed swell and large tidal range played a big factor in the finals. With a shifty peak and slightly offshore winds, it was difficult for riders to know where to line-up. Despite some long
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Red Bull Unfastened tests strapless kitesurfers
20 March 2014 | Kiteboarding Airton Cozzolino and seven more kiteboarding stars will be competing in the "first pure" strapless contest. Kites and classic surfboards, only. The freestyle event will have a judging criteria
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Mike Stewart wins the 2014 Pipeline Bodysurfing Experience
23 March 2014 | Bodyboarding The former world bodyboarding champion, 49, has stolen the 14th Pipeline Bodysurfing title of his career. Mark Cunningham finished runner-up, while BK Holt secured third. The Pipeline
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Attitude Sails is the new windsurfing brand 23 March 2014, 00.12 Sports
Attitude Sails is the new windsurfing brand
21 March 2014 | Windsurfing Attitude Sails has hit the market. It is designed under the roof of Equipe Trading, known for the development of Unifiber. The new insignia will offer a compact range of five different sail
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Celebrate Spring at the Beach & with Super Deals on Season Passes
The days are getting warmer and the season is heating up with spring breakers. The locals at your favorite Colorado resort are thinking ahead to warmer days, and season pass deals for next year. The fun in Summit County is at
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Bethany Hamilton wins the Pipeline Women's Pro 2014
Bethany Hamilton was on fire and fully deserved victory, in three-to-five foot wave faces on offer at the Hawaiian surfing capital. The 24-year-old surfer claimed the first event title in 10 years. The final heat saw four
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The most outrageous year for extreme big waves
The 2013/2014 winter season showed why big wave surfing has a bright future ahead. In Ireland, Mexico, Tasmania, Tahiti, Portugal, California, Western Australia, Hawaii and France, the number of quality waves ridden meant
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Surf doctors will debate medicine in extreme wave conditions
The European Association of Surfing Doctors (EASD) will be taking surfing medicine to extremes. The unprecedented North Atlantic swells of our recent winter boosted big wave surfing in the Old Continent. Waves of immense
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High school surfers clash in California 23 March 2014, 00.11 Sports
High school surfers clash in California
The Surf Team Challenge picks 10 high school teams from each region against each other for the two regional titles, and a bevy of sponsor prizes and accolades. The first stop in San Diego will hit Seaside Reef in Cardiff,
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TOP RANKED ATHLETES FROM THE SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN AT WHISTLER BLACKCOMB INVITED TO THE MONSTER ENERGY SHRED SHOW APRIL 11-15, 2014
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Kiteboarders and windsurfers team up in the UK
17 March 2014 | Kiteboarding The UKWA will run kite racing competitions during three national windsurfing championship events. It's the first time these "rival" wind sports unite efforts at national level. "The time has
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Brien Cummings steals the NSW Wavesailing Titles 2013/2014
17 March 2014 | Windsurfing Despite the good looking forecast, light winds and small waves presented themselves to competitors, in the first day of competition. Eventually, the wind built up to a strength deemed
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Ben Severne is the 2014 Australian Wavesailing champion
19 March 2014 | Windsurfing For the second consecutive year, Ben Severn is the Australian Wavesailing champion. The veteran windsurfer left Stuey Martin and James McCarthy-Price in the remaining podium places. On Sunday
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U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley March 19-23
For the second year in a row, Squaw Valley will play host to the U.S. Alpine Championships for ski racing on Wednesday, March 19 through Sunday, March 23. U.S. Ski Team members, as well as hundreds of other young atheletes
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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 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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