Gotta Watch: Hang ten!
Surfers gather at the Snake River to ride the waves.
November 10th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Hang ten!

Surfing is already considered an extreme sport, but these riders are taking it to a whole new level. Check out one surfer breaking the world record for riding the largest wave, and others who sought out some unusual surfing spots.

Surf’s way, way up – Surfer Garrett McNamara rode a behemoth wave that is believed to be 90 feet tall. He broke the world record for the largest wave ever ridden. He didn’t realize how big it was at the time, but he says, “by the grace of God I made it through." Watch this unbelievable swell.

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On the Radar: NBA labor talks, California weather, Hawaii surfing
Derek Fisher, president of the National Basketball Players Association, speaks at a press conference last week in New York.
October 4th, 2011
05:58 AM ET

On the Radar: NBA labor talks, California weather, Hawaii surfing

Three things you need to know today.

NBA lockout: The start of the NBA season could depend on what happens at a pivotal meeting Tuesday between the owners and the players in New York.

National Basketball Players Association President Derek Fisher put it like this Monday: "We are aware of the calendar. We know our backs are against the wall in terms of regular season games and what those consequences will be."

Added NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver: "We can only say we are running out of time so many times. We are getting close to the point where we are going to lose the rest of the preseason and have to start canceling regular season games."

The sometimes bitter NBA labor struggle and lockout has now stretched to three months.

Meanwhile, some of the league's top agents are urging players not to back down in the negotiations, SI.com's Sam Amick reports.

Tuesday's meeting starts at noon ET.

California weather: Temperatures in inland areas of California could be 15 to 30 degrees lower than normal over the next few days as two weather systems moving down the West Coast from the Gulf of Alaska hit the state.

The first on Tuesday will bring light rains and snow above 8,000 feet in the mountains, the National Weather Service says.

The second storm moving into the state Wednesday and Thursday will bring the big temperature drop as well as light to moderate rain west of the mountains, gusty winds and snow at elevations above 6,500 feet, forecasters said.

School surfing: Surfing, which is synonymous with the culture of Hawaii, is expected to get formal approval Tuesday as a sanctioned sport when the state board of education meets.

The proposal, if approved, would sanction surfing as a sport available in all 46 high schools in the island state.

"High schools have had surf clubs for years with informal competitions," explained Alex de Silva, a spokesman for the State Board and Department of Education.

The idea was originally proposed in 2004 but didn't go far "because we are in a tight budget situation like nearly every other school system," said de Silva. But now the plan is to seek outside corporate support for the program.

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New York teacher, surf coach, missing after surfing off Sumatra
Even experienced surfers can run into trouble in unfamiliar waters.
July 26th, 2011
07:27 AM ET

New York teacher, surf coach, missing after surfing off Sumatra

Several blogs are buzzing Tuesday after a Long Island math teacher and well known local surfer went missing Sunday off the coast of West Lampung, Sumatra. Waves are notoriously treacherous off that  area of the Indonesian island. They are typically 12 feet or higher. CNN's iReport received a video of friends of the surfer holding candlelit vigil.

Daniel Bobis, who taught at Long Beach High School, founded the school's winning surf team and the first competitive group in the state. A colleague at the school told the Long Beach Patch, a local news website, that the "rescue efforts are horrible there" because the area where he was surfing is so remote.

"It was just a day like any other here," Brian Lonergan, another surfer who was with Bobis, told the New York Post. "Danny had just taken a wave before me. I couldn't see him, and a few minutes later, his board washed up on the shore."

Lonergan, Bobis' wife, Rachel, and the owner of a surf camp where the three were staying scoured the beach for the next 11 hours, the Post reports. A rescue team began searching after that.

Lonergan told the newspaper that the water wasn't particularly rough. "And there was nothing really abnormal about the size of the waves either. Danny is a really capable surfer and a really capable swimmer."

He and the missing surfer's family are trying to work with local officials in Sumatra and get the United States Consulate to help by sending a rescue helicopter, according to the Post.

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