The five finalists for the Verizon Wipeout of the Year category of the 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards are presented for your examination. No surfers were seriously injured in the making of this clip. For more information see the event website at www.BillabongXXL.com.
My turn: year after year Im continually astounded how these brave (crazy?) surfers survive these horrendous wipeouts. They skate over and emerse under tons of fast moving, heavy water over shallow reefs. These athletes are also moving at speeds most surfers rarely acheive. These are people like you and me, made of flesh and bone who need oxygen to live. But, that's about the only way we are similar. Notice also that they dont wear helmets!
Josh 'The Analyst' Kerr checks out two different approaches to the Bells Bowl
Surf News, 11 April : The world is still recovering after five electric days of surfing at Bells Beach for the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach won by Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21, respectively. The surf pumped, the sun shone, the winds were variable offshore and high-performance surfing in the Bowel was categorically redefined. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the Final between Fanning and reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40.
Take a look into Life on the North Shore thru the eyes of Oakley Team Riders Kai Barger, Danny Fuller, Sebastian Zietz, Dustin Barca, Bruce Irons, Julian Wilson, Makua Rothman and more.Clip Info: Directed by Lachlan McKinnon. Next Episode coming soon, Sebastian C-BASS Zietz - Dispatch Profile
Best-selling author of “Eddie Would Go” – the powerful biography of Hawaiian hero and big wave pioneer Eddie Aikau, and “Fierce Heart – the Story of Makaha & the Soul of Hawaiian Surfing“, Stuart will share his insight into these uniquely Hawaiian books. Stuart is also the Hawaii Coordinator of the Surfrider Foundation, whose mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches around the world. See you there!
This short video is a one of a kind! Each surf reef has its own ecosystem under the waves and these reefs are rarely documented until now. I use a small HD video camera to video the reefs at Pipeline, Wiamea Sunset Beach and other surf spots in Oahu and Kauai. The marine life and corals are different at each spot and due to rising sea levels and pollution many of our reefs are dying.
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. ..."
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