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South Coast Slab Charging with Russell Bierke and Friends - A bird's-eye view of some of Australia's best underground slab surfers

Apr 24, 2019 09:00 AM EDT

Slab hunting on the south coast of Australia is to surfing what fly fishing is to Montana. Plots of shallow reefs, crowded with surfers and their well-established pecking orders are as common here as anywhere. Sydney, and south of it, runs deep with some of the best surf set-ups in all the country. It’s a

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In The Hot Seat: Bill Sharp - The founder of the WSL’s Big Wave Awards talks tow vs. paddle, make or no make and the ambiguity of measuring a giant wave's height

Apr 24, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

Every year come early April, the WSL releases their nominees for Ride of the Year, XXL Biggest Wave, Paddle and Wipeout for their annual Big Wave Awards. And, like clockwork, the selections trigger controversy. This year, it was Albee Layer and Laurie Towner who took to social media first to voice their thoughts, opinions and

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Lawsuit Filed Against BSR Surf Resort - The parents of Fabrizio Stabile

Apr 23, 2019 02:52 PM EDT

In September of last year, a 29-year-old New Jersey surfer named Fabrizio Stabile tragically passed away from infection by Naegleria fowleri–a lethal single-celled organism referred to as the “brain-eating amoeba”–shortly after visiting the BSR wave pool in Waco, Texas. The news prompted the owner of the BSR Surf Resort to voluntarily shut down the artificial

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Albee Layer Speaks His Mind in “Opinionated Passion” - Watch surfing's favorite (and most innovative) hellraiser in this new mini-doc

Apr 23, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

There are many reasons to be a fan of Albee Layer: besides being a boundary-pushing big-wave chargers and one of the best aerial surfers in the game, he also brings a colorful bit of spice to a sometimes vanilla-bland surf industry. “Opinionated Passion”–a new 15-minute doc presented by Juneshine–takes a close look at the opinionated

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Wisdom: Matt Hoy - Life lessons from the 48-year-old former World Tour hellraiser

Apr 23, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

[This piece originally appeared in SURFER magazine Volume 60, Issue 1. Click here to subscribe.] Just get out there and make a go of it. I was doing badly in amateur events as a teenager, but Luke Egan grabbed me and said, "Fuck that amateur stuff. Come have a go at the Tour." I told

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The Doherty Report: The Cowboys From Bells - Seaweed sharks, Tom Curren hijinks and more Winkipop color the Rip Curl Pro

Apr 22, 2019 04:13 PM EDT

The day starts with "Hells Bells", ye olde Bells ritual, etc. What is not part of Bells lore is that it is followed immediately by Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell", played loud enough to start shaking rocks from the Bells cliff. It's a little abrasive for 7 a.m. on an Easter Monday morning, but it's nice

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Quiksilver’s Echo Beach Caption Contest Giveaway - Quiksilver goes back to it's roots and gives away everything Newport Beach from the 1980's.

Apr 22, 2019 07:21 AM EDT

In the early ’80s, American culture as a whole was shifting drastically—guitars were being replaced by synthesizers, hairstyles were becoming more gravity defiant and everything seemed to be bathed in a strange kind of neon glow. The stretch of Newport coastline between 54th and 56th streets, which was dubbed “Echo Beach”, became the epicenter of

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New Legislation Could Prioritize the Removal of San O’s Nuclear Waste - Congressman Mike Levin is making moves to ensure San O's 3.6 million pounds of waste is off the beach as soon as a repository is found

Apr 22, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

Until the federal government opens up a permanent repository for the 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste sitting about 100 feet from the tideline at San Onofre, it’s unlikely that it will go anywhere. But when that day does come, congressman Mike Levin (D) wants the waste off the beach as quickly as possible, and

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“Log Rap: The Movie” is Unlike Any Longboard Film You’ve Seen - "Log Rap is coming for player haters and perpetrators"

Apr 21, 2019 04:39 PM EDT

On a cool San Diego night, deep down "America's Finest City's" notorious El Cajon Boulevard—past the flittering neon signs of dilapidated motels, The Pho King, clinica medicas, taco shops and tattoo parlors, "Log Rap: The Movie" premiered at Happy Battle Surf Co. Gorgeous Easter egg-tinted logs and fishes neatly line Happy Battle's wall, piles of

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Haydenshapes’ New “Misc.” Model Shreds the Soup - Nate Tyler, Jake Kelley and Mickey Clark slice away on Haydenshapes' new two-plus-one scalpel

Apr 21, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

There’s something fishy about Haydenshapes’ new model; the Misc. It’s got a wide nose, winged-swallow tail and seems to drive right through flat spots–all desirable attributes for a good summer groveler. But unlike some straighter fish outlines, the Misc. seems to have no problem going top-to-bottom too, as evidenced by the shredding of Nate Tyler,

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Jack Robinson Signs With Volcom - Another heavy hitter rocks The Stone on the nose

Apr 20, 2019 04:24 PM EDT

Western Australia’s prince of progression has a new sponsor. Jack “Robbo” Robinson just joined Volcom, and with that comes a quick montage of Jack scoring northwest Australia. In the edit above, Jack shows off his comfort and style in the heavy stuff, solidifying his place among Volcom’s roster of hard-charging team riders. Jack currently sits

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“Log Rap” Blends Traditional Longboarding and Rap Music - Filmmaker Ryan Cannon isn't the first to soundtrack surf cinema with hip hop, but he's the most dedicated to it

Apr 20, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

If one were to make a Venn diagram, with "traditional single-fin longboarding" represented by one circle and "hip hop" representing the other, the word "style" would probably be written write smack-dab in the middle first. Yes, the two subcultures have drastic differences, but the fact that both are built on that highly overused word in

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Hawaiian Wunderkind Barron Mamiya Has a New Series - It's coming soon, and it's safe to say the surfing will be messed up

Apr 19, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

For some time now, Barron Mamiya has been claimed by some to be “The Next Big Thing” to come out of Hawaii. And while many surfers slapped with that label often fail to live up to the hype, it’s hard to watch Mamiya surf and not drink that Kool-Aid straight down. The Oahu resident’s casual

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The Surfing Samurai Conquers Surf Ranch - Dylan Hronec, who was born with cerebral palsy, scores a session in the tank

Apr 19, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

It’s understandable if Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch frustrates you—especially when your Instagram feed gets clogged with clips of the world’s rich and famous barrel dodging that dreamy 700-yard long tube. But recently, Surf Ranch gave out some invitations that we can all get behind. New York surfers Dylan Rhonec (who has cerebral palsy and is

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Twelve Months of XXL Surf with Jojo Roper - More evil-looking walls than you can shake 9'6" at

Apr 18, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

San Diego’s Jojo Roper has spent the better part of the past 12 months ping-ponging around the world, putting himself in precarious situations, under or near the hulking lips of 20-foot-plus waves. To get an idea for just how many evil-looking walls he rode, press play on the reel above, and hopefully we’ll be seeing

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The Doherty Report: Bells Is As Bells Was - Alien forecasts, more backup venues and how Kelly Slater is approaching his final full year on Tour

Apr 18, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

So here we are, at Bells, but not. Day One at Bells dawned and the site workers were busy uncoiling hundreds of meters of cabling, the event already on the move from Bells, up the hill to the backup venue of Winkipop. Looking at the forecast, it may not return to the spiritual/commercial home of

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Koa Rothman is Livin’ Enviably - Vlogs, selfies and personalized jackets may not be hallmarks of the traditional pro surfing career, but Koa Rothman couldn't care less

Apr 18, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

[This interview originally appeared in SURFER magazine Volume 60, Issue 1. Click here to subscribe.] "They let their surfing do the talking" has long been considered one of the highest compliments we, as a culture, can bestow upon a surfer. It implies a kind of humble disinterest in the spotlight of surf stardom, as if

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Eli Olson Pulls Into the Vlog-O-Sphere - The hard-charging Hawaiian known for shooting the craziest tubes around turns the camera on himself

Apr 18, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

What do you think is more difficult: knifing a late drop under Pipeline’s guillotine-of-a-lip or talking into a camera without being, in Eli Olson’s words, “super cringy.” Well, for Olson, his Pipe performances speak for themselves and, as he candidly admits in his new vlog, “It’s hard doing the talking to a camera thing.” Yet

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Sebastian Zietz and Griffin Colapinto Withdraw From Rip Curl Pro Bells - With Seabass expecting a baby and Griffin suffering a knee injury, two of the Tour's favorite regular-footers will be absent from Bells

Apr 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

The waiting period for the 2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells event is officially underway. But word has just come in that two in-form regular-footers have just announced their withdrawals from the event. Sebastian Zietz won’t be seen this year, as he’s currently in Kauai, sitting next to his wife as they await the arrival of

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Flyin’ High with Filipe on the Goldy - All of the airs that Filipe Toledo stuck outside a jersey

Apr 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

I used to think that every surfer did their best work outside of a jersey, and for most that’s still surely true. But for Filipe and his fellow Brazilian Stormers? It seems like they’re always saving their wildest hail marys for the judges. Case in point: Filipe’s Gold Coast highlight reel above. You’ll find the

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Is This the Best Parko Interview Ever? - Joel Parkinson lets it fly during a live recording of "Ain't That Swell"

Apr 17, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

If you're even a casual peruser of surf media, you've undoubtedly lent your ear to Vaughan Blakey and Jed Smith's podcast, “Ain't That Swell”, as it's undoubtedly the best—at least the most entertaining—of a handful of surf-centric pods. Smith and Blakey play it fast and loose, often sending up (or taking the piss out of)

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The Hobgoods Documentary is Finally Here - After 6 long years in the making, the story of surfing's twin icons is being told in earnest

Apr 17, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

Even as they came of age alongside some of the most influential, charismatic and culturally important surfers of all time, CJ and Damien Hobgood consistently stood out from the pack. But despite their respective accomplishments and accolades, the identical twins—habitually lumped together by the media, often referred to as simply “The Hobgoods”—struggled, individually, to differentiate

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The Volcom Team Cuts Loose at Pipe and Backdoor in “The Backyard” - There are worse places to have a team house

Apr 16, 2019 04:50 PM EDT

With Volcom’s team houses sitting smack dab in the epicenter of the surfing universe, it makes perfect sense that they’d drop one of the best Hawaii winter reels of the year, featuring the all-star cast including Balaram Stack, Yago Dora, Noa Deane, Gavin Beschen, Kaimana Henry, Kalani Chapman, Mitch Coleborn, Coco Ho and many more

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Clueless to Ruthless - Mapping the seemingly-unlikely-but-perhaps-inevitable journey from lineup newb to enraged local

Apr 16, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

I simply could not believe it. This freaking guy. He'd barely scratch into a wave at the boil-ridden, sand-sucking point we were surfing before hilariously biffing the drop and getting pitched into the flats, board tombstoning. While he flailed around on the inside, I'd edge over to the peak to take his vacated spot. But

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Kolohe Takes a Walk On The Wild Side - Kolohe Andino finds no shortage of roll-in tubes and ramps somewhere in NorCal

Apr 16, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

Kolohe Andino has always been a talented surfer, but he seems to have clicked into another gear entirely recently. The San Clemente prodigy turned World Tour surfer has looked at times lost at sea competing against the best of the jersey-clad class, but this season Kolohe has returned to competition with all the momentum in

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