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Reef Doig Was Raised on a Steady Diet of Balinese Barrels

Oct 06, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

Aussie shredder Reef Doig, son of legendary Cronulla charger Geoff Doig, grew up on the idyllic-seeming island of Bali. But according to Doig in the newest episode of “O’riginals” above, his upbringing brought a unique set of challenges. Without much structure Doig found himself, “distracted, partying every night, more than usual than someone at 15…I Read More

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France Gets Wonky, Sketchy and Thoroughly Entertaining

Oct 05, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

And so we land in France. Watching wobbly, concrete shorebreaks at La Grav this morning consigned last week’s futuristic wavepool event in the Californian Onion Belt to ancient history. A week later we’ve well and truly moved on from Lemoore; how it will be chronicled in the great tapestry of pro surf history is yet Read More

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Stylemaster Asher Pacey Goes Fishing for Snapper

Oct 05, 2019 06:09 AM EDT

Over the years, Asher Pacey has probably spent probably more than anyone sliding around perfect points on a twin-finned craft shaped by Gold Coast shaping legend Darren Handley. Together, he and DHD have produced the much-loved Mini Twin and Mini Twin II, both of which you can see him riding in the above edit, filmed Read More

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Watch Lee Wilson Punt (And Paint) The Day Away In Bali

Oct 05, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

It’s hard to call Lee Wilson underrated when he consistently puts out ripping clips like this one. Underappreciated, maybe? Wilson, one of the best surfers to ever come out of Bali, is recognized by his peers as supremely talented. Which is why surfers like Julian Wilson (unrelated) make sure to include Wilson in video projects Read More

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This “21 Days” Surf Doc Parody is Hilarious

Oct 04, 2019 03:15 PM EDT

Over the past few years, Red Bull has produced a series called “21 Days”, wherein the viewer gets a behind-the-scenes look at how the ‘CT’s top competitors prep for an upcoming event–how they train, what they do on a day-to-day basis back home and how they deal with whatever obstacles they’re trying to overcome. For Read More

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This New Doc Tells the Untold Story of South Africa’s Best Big-Wave Chargers

Oct 04, 2019 06:06 AM EDT

On their largest days, the big-wave swell magnets that sit along the coast of Cape Town, South Africa–namely Dungeons in Hout Bay and Sunset Reef off Kommetjie–exist on another level of terrifying. Take Dungeons for example: it’s wildly shifty and unpredictable, it looks mean as hell and massive predators regularly patrol the lineup. Only those Read More

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Griffin Colapinto Craps On Opening Day of Quiksilver Pro France (Literally)

Oct 03, 2019 04:46 PM EDT

Day 1 of the Quik and Roxy Pro France went as most opening days go: top seeds were relegated to the elimination round, wildcards upset top seeds and a yellow-jerseyed Gabby Medina continued on his quest for competitive domination. But quite possibly the most, ummm, entertaining moment of the day happened in the second heat Read More

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Slater Buckles Board, Still Wins Round One Heat of Quik Pro

Oct 03, 2019 03:37 PM EDT

During Day 1 of the Quik and Roxy Pro France (both of which began last night while you were sleeping), 11x World Champ Kelly Slater surfed his way to seeding-round heat victory on a buckled board. During an earlier freesurf that morning, the GOAT explained in his post-heat interview, he had buckled his magic stick Read More

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Beachbreak Surf Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Oct 03, 2019 06:33 AM EDT

The Quiksilver Pro France always serves up some of the Tour’s most memorable performances. From Andy Irons beating Bruce Irons in the final in 8- to- 10 foot surf on the way-outside sandbar in 2004, to Kelly Slater taking down Dane Reynolds in pumping La Graviere shorebreak in 2012, many of the ‘CT’s most exciting Read More

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After 50 Years Of Private Ownership, Rip Curl Sells To Outdoor Retailer Kathmandu

Oct 03, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

During the last two decades, Quiksilver, Billabong, Volcom, Vans and Hurley have all been bought up and/or gone public, each surf-centric brand undergoing its own multi-million dollar transition or acquisition. It’s the way of the business world: Start a brand, build it into a powerhouse and then cash out. So, the news that camp-centric retailer Read More

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Please Stop Throwing Bird Scooters into the Ocean

Oct 02, 2019 06:04 AM EDT

You may be familiar with the now-infamous tech-world motto “move fast and break things.” Coined by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the catchphrase is also the title of a New York Times best-selling


Were People in China Riding Waves Over 1,000 Years Ago?

Oct 02, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

“China and surfing could not seem further apart,” writes Nicolas “Nik” Zanella, who has authored a groundbreaking new book about the history of surfing in China titled “Children of the Tide: An exploration of surfing in Dynastic China” (edited by Sam Bleakley and out now in print and on Kindle). “How,” Zanella posits, “do the Read More

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Is The New York Times Right About “California’s Surf Nazis”?

Oct 02, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

On Sunday, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Daniel Duane, a San Francisco-based surfer and journalist probably best known in surfy circles for his excellent piece on Bianca Valenti and co.’s fight for gender equality in competitive surfing. In Sunday’s piece, Duane sets his sights on another surf-related topic for America’s newspaper of Read More

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Proof that Karma is Real And Can Get You Very Barreled

Oct 01, 2019 01:13 PM EDT

For nearly two decades, Dylan Graves, Brian Toth and Alejandro Moreda made up the Big Three of Puerto Rican surfing. And while all three of them still absolutely shred, Toth and Moreda moved on from full-time professional surfing. These days Toth works for DaKine, and Moreda is building a surf school wherein people can learn Read More

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“Fun Boys 2” Proves that Surfing, Like Love, is a Battlefield

Sep 30, 2019 06:04 PM EDT

The soundtrack chosen to accompany the surfing in any feature-length surf film is crucial to the flick’s success. Hal Jepsen’s “Cosmic Children” wouldn’t have been the same without the (bootlegged) musical stylings of the Stones, Jimi Hendrix and more. Taylor Steele mightn’t have captured the imagination of coastal suburban youth had he not enlisted Pennywise, Read More

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Why Gabby Will Likely Win France (And Then The Title, If We’re Being Honest)

Sep 30, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

The waiting period for the men’s and women’s Quik/Roxy Pro France officially commences this week. Unlike the recent Freshwater Pro, conditions for the European leg of the tour are always a bit unpredictable. The French coastline is known for their world-class beachies, especially in and around Hossegor, but much is dependent on how the banks Read More

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A Trip to the Original Surf Park, aka the Mentawai Islands, with Anthony Fillingim

Sep 29, 2019 06:00 AM EDT

It’s only a matter of time before we see a male surfer from Costa Rica qualify for the Championship Tour. In fact, if the Qualifying Series were to end today, Carlos Munoz, currently ranked 12th, would be the last man in. While Munoz is the most high-profile surfer from CR presently, he’s not the only Read More

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Queensland, Australia To Be the Next Site of Kelly Slater Wave Co.’s Surf Ranch

Sep 28, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

Another day, another wave pool announcement. Just yesterday, we reported that Canada may soon be getting a new world-class wave pool, and then today we learned from ASB Magazine that Coolum, Australia, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, will be the site of the first public pool outside the U.S. equipped with the Kelly Slater Wave Co Read More

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Tube-Hound Jack Robinson Goes on a 12-Hour Barrel Bender

Sep 28, 2019 06:34 AM EDT

There are two things that West Oz-native Jack Robinson makes apparently clear in his newest edit above: 1) this wave, located somewhere along the the West Oz coastline, is about as unrelatably perfect as waves come and 2) Jack Robbo has an indefatigable energy source. According to an interview Jack did with Volcom, all the Read More

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What’s the Likelihood of There Actually Being Decent Waves at the 2020 Olympics?

Sep 27, 2019 06:50 AM EDT

The 2020 Olympic qualification process is well underway, with ‘CT surfers vying for top spots on the Jeep Leaderboard and the rest doing whatever the hell is required of them to secure the remaining spots. But more importantly than who makes the cut and gets to rep their respective countries, the big question remains: will Read More

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Watch the Best Surf Shops in America Battle in Nicaragua

Sep 27, 2019 06:23 AM EDT

Since the 1980s, Oakley has been organizing a nation-wide contest series for America’s most core surf shop employees. It’s quite rad, actually. Within each geographical region of the U.S., four-man surf shop teams (comprised of two shop employees and two sponsored surfers) come together to battle it out for a regional title. Each winning team–from Read More

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Is Canada Getting a New World-Class Wave Pool?

Sep 26, 2019 03:07 PM EDT

As a venue for Championship Tour surfing, wave pools leave plenty to desire. From an event in laughable 2-foot slop in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the ’80s, to groomed 4-foot perfection at The Surf Ranch Experiment of 2018/2019, something feels amiss watching the world’s best compete in a controlled environment. But as a venue for the Read More

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The All-Female Cast of “Inner Wild” Is Style Incarnate

Sep 26, 2019 06:38 AM EDT

“On the first day of our trip [to Mexico] to make ‘Inner Wild’,” stylist and alt-board aficionado Leah Dawson told us recently over email, “I said to Jack [filmmaker Jack Coleman] and the car full of some of my favorite lady sliders, ‘Lets make the women’s surf film we always dreamed of watching when we Read More

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Maryland’s Brad Flora Surfs With Reckless Abandon

Sep 25, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

Another day, another edit from an underexposed Maryland ripper. Yesterday it was Simon Hetrick’s highlight reel, and today it’s Brad Flora’s hype clip from Mexico, Indo and Waco. While Hetrick garnered sponsorship and attention for his ride-everything-well approach, Flora is without major support, and he also surfs more straightforward: fast, loose and with reckless abandon Read More

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Meet the Creators of the Podcast for Shred Heads, Wax Heads, Kooks and Barnies

Sep 25, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

For the past half century, surf entertainment has mostly consisted of magazines, films and, more recently, webcasts. But lately, a handful of surf junkies have ventured into the realm of Joe Rogan and Terry Gross, getting in front of a microphone and some recording equipment to wax on about all things surf. Some have flipped, Read More

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