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Surfing legend Slater won’t compete at Tokyo Summer Olympics

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Surfing legend Slater won’t compete at Tokyo Summer Olympics

American surfing legend Kelly Slater, seen by many as the greatest of all time, missed out on qualifying for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, where the sport will make its Olympic Games debut.

The 47-year-old American surfer was edged for a spot on the US squad for surfing‘s Olympic debut in July of next year, after John John Florence returned from knee surgery to edge Slater for the last spot at an event in Hawaii earlier this month.

The 11-time world champion who became the youngest and also the oldest to win the crown, inspired a generation of surfing stars with a range of videos of his amazing efforts becoming must-see viewing for both fans and competitors.

Competing as an Olympian would be an epic farewell for a 40-year career than started at age eight in a youth event; however, instead he will be watching the event.

Slater told the New York Times, “I’m going to enjoy it as a spectator,” dismissing any notion that he would end his career soon after missing out on the Summer Games. He added that next year, everyone will continue to see him at the top of a wave.

Although Slater needed a victory at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore in order to secure the title, he lost in the semi-finals, leaving him ranked the world’s eighth but one spot behind 2016 and 2017 world champion Florence, who took the second US men’s team spot behind Kolohe Andino.

Florence, an Oahu North Shore 20 years younger than Slater, was a former protege of the surfing icon.

Florence said that Slater has been his idol since he was a child and the surfing is like a member of his family.

After having missed five of 11 tour events with a knee injury, this year, Florence returned for the season finale. However, he was eliminated in the Pipeline quarter-finals. He sealed his Olympic spot as Slater lost to Italo Ferreira from Brazil in the semis.

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2024 Paris Olympics: organizers to hold surfing 10,000 miles away in Tahiti

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2024 Paris Olympics: organizers to hold surfing 10,000 miles away in Tahiti

Several years ago, Olympic leaders began pushing the idea that host cities could spread events over a wide region even share with a neighboring country to make the Games more manageable and defray costs.

They probably didn’t have something like this in mind.

On Thursday, the organizing committee for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris announced its desire to hold the surfing competition nearly 10,000 miles away in Tahiti.

French coastal spots such as Biarritz and the Basque Country and Pointe de la Torche bid for the event, but organizers opted for the Teahupo’o break in a part of the world they rightly characterized as “one of the cradles” of the sport.

Conditions there should allow them to successfully hold an event that, well, requires waves.

The Paris 2024 organizers said, “The consistency and the quality of the Teahupo’o wave, at this time of the year, in the middle of Tahiti’s high surf season, should ensure that the Olympic competition will take place more than one week.”

The decision isn’t entirely unprecedented. The 1956 Melbourne Olympics faced strict regulations that required all horses entering Australia to be quarantined for six months, so equestrian events were shifted to Stockholm.

Tahiti makes sense for Paris 2024 since it is part of the overseas territories of the host country. The 48 qualifying surfers will compete during the early days of the Games, then have the opportunity to fly to Paris, where they can live in the Olympic village and take part in the closing ceremony.

The venue must be approved by the International Olympic Committee, which will discuss the proposal at a January meeting.

Organizers used words such as “spectacular” and “extraordinary” in describing Teahupo’o, adding that it would “allow Paris 2024 to resonate all the way to the heart of the Pacific Ocean.”

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How to take care of surfers’ skin (part 3)

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How to take care of surfers’ skin (part 3)

5. Hydrate Your Skin

When you spend hours in the ocean, your need for water goes up, and your skin can reflect that.

There is no use in lathering it with lush oils and creams if you don’t hydrate it from inside out.

Water is vital for skin health, and as a surfer, you should drink plenty of it. Keep a glass bottle of water always at hand, and drink it before and after surfing.

If you don’t particularly appreciate pure water, you can always make a delicious handmade fruit juice or fragrant flavored water.

There are plenty zero-effort recipes out there, so no excuses to opt for unhealthy and sugared drinks, that will do the opposite of what is intended.

6. Eat Right

Water isn’t the only source of hydration.

A healthy diet keeps your skin balanced and more resistant, while also boosting the action of the products that you put on its surface.

Rich fruits and healthy vegetables are also packed with H2O, with the added benefit of minerals, vitamins, and many other fantastic components.

Some foods are particularly beneficial, such as avocados, fatty fish, olive oil, almonds, carrots, green tea, citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, greek yogurt, and eggs.

7. Act When Something Is Wrong

Every time you notice something wrong with your skin, look for medical advice. The skin is the biggest organ on our body, and it often reveals underlying issues.

We are not only talking about skin cancer symptoms, but also little ailments that can become big problems if unattended.

Alterations in moles, spots, persistent rashes, broken skin, or nail fungus, they all should be checked by a specialist.

Now that you know how to care for your skin, it’s time to have fun in the waves. It’s incredible out there.