Laird Hamilton needs no introduction. His reputation as a big-wave surfer of unparalleled accomplishment precedes him. He's one of the most recognizable surfers on the planet, appearing in everything from American Express commercials to Hollywood features to just about every mainstream media outlet in existence. And now you can add "Oprah's Master Class" to his already extensive list of appearances -- the episode premiered recently at 10 p.m. ET on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Sally Fitzgibbons © ASP/Rip Curl
Fitzgibbons Goes Back-to-Back at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach
SNN News, 7 April, 2012. Bells Beach -- Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, has claimed victory at the 2012 Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta over Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, in offshore four-to-five foot (1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach. The second stop on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach enjoyed a week’s worth of excellent waves and the world’s best female surfers rose to the occasion in fine fashion.
Mick Fanning © ASP / Rip Curl
Surf News, 6 April, 2012 : - - Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia – Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, has claimed the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger over reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, in offshore three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach.
Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach culminated in dramatic fashion today with pundits calling it the “best Final in event history.”
Surf News, 5 April, 2012 : The full report coming.
Bells Beach, Victoria/Australia – The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger, the second stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, enjoyed another full day of action with the world’s best surfers lighting up the clean four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) waves on offer at Bells Beach.
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, defending Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, proved the most dominant surfer of the day, posting the day’s high 18.94 out of a possible 20 for an electric performance in the Bells Bowl. Parkinson’s unmatched speed, power and wave affinity proved enough to eliminate an on-fire Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 30.
Jared moved from Maui to San Diego last year in part to start his business, The Canvas Wave, which sells surf and other action sports photography. Here's his story in his own words..."It's great out here but I definitely miss the islands, everything from the warm water and perfect waves to the little bikinis and ahi poke, but especially my friends and family. ..."
Photo:Shane pushes the eject button at Jaws. Photo: RussoGuns Over Skis: Shane Dorian Interview
If you asked the top big wave guys in the world who was at the head of the pack, odds are Shane Dorian would get the nod. There are people who are crazier, and that probably train harder, but when it comes to pushing the limits of what’s possible in big surf, Dorian is setting the bar. He’s gotten barreled at Mavs his first session there (and nearly drowned the next day), and holds the record for biggest wave paddled in to for his 57-foot bomb from his first time paddling Peahi in March of 2011. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation for the “Guns Over Skis” paddle in feature from the May issue of the magazine.—Casey Koteen
Tom Schaar has successfully the first ever 1080 - three complete spins -, the holy grail of all skateboard tricks. The 12-year-old skateboarding prodigy has been riding for eight years and has just accomplished the biggest dream of his life.
Tom had been trying it in the biggest skateboarding in world, the MegaRamp, which is 10-times bigger than normal pipes. "It took me a year to get used to skating and going over the gap and that high over the quarter. I'm used to go six feet, not fifteen", explains Schaar.
SNN News, 4 April, 2012 Extreme waterman Garrett McNamara is the latest athlete to join the Body Glove family. McNamara has signed on for wetsuits, PFD's and accessories.
"Garrett is one of the craziest big wave surfers exemplifying passion, talent and the mentality of risking it all. We are excited to have an all around waterman with such a great personality on our team," said Billy Meistrell, Body Glove International, Vice President.
Emergency crews responded to a possible shark attack on Oahu's North Shore.
It happened around 12:45 p.m. in the channel between Left Overs and Gators.
EMS officials say the victim is a 28-year-old man. His name is Josh.
Lifeguards at the scene say he was bitten on the leg.
Owen Wright (AUS), 22, was dominant in his Round 1 heat today at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger.
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/Australia – The opening rounds of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger and the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Fiesta were run today in clean three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at the primary venue of Bells Beach.
The second stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach culminates the crucial, season-opening Australian leg for the world’s best surfers and today saw the top seeds dominate the opening round affairs in variable conditions.
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