As millions flock to beaches to frolic in the midsummer heat, boarddom's faithful seek primo spots for surfing across sand and through surf. Skim these sites to follow your favorite summer board sport.
This site for boat-towed sports provides competition results and news from the waterskiing, wakeboarding and knee-boarding tours. Browse for tips and tricks—including video clips and step-by-step instructional photos—before you try to execute a heelside 180 or a frontside backroll. There are boating basics, as well, including how to align an inboard motor to minimize vibration or install a four-blade propeller for a shallower, wider wake.
If you can't cruise the Coast yourself, catch the Gotcha Pro California surfing championship live on Gotcha's official site from July 28 through Aug. 1. Read about the world's top male and female surfers, including six-time world champion Kelly Slater, and watch them go tubular through the Huntington Beach surf via live video streaming. Watch interviews with the leading competitors between heats and keep track of the scoring with updates every 30 seconds.
This surfer site is packed with terrific photographs and video clips, including a daunting reel of big-wave wipeouts, and provides links to various surfing magazines.
Sandboard magazine's site features video clips and action photos of spins and flips, as well as an extensive directory of the world's hottest sand rides, from Pismo Beach in California to the Makran Coast, Pakistan, to Pasamayo, Peru.
sites we'd like to see
Light-saber duels between the men in blue and the men in black in Major League Baseball's front office.
Chat room where male soccer players can commiserate about the media attention paid to their female counterparts.