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Ground-breaking two-event China festival starts 2012

Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival

ISA China Cup
ASP Hainan Classic
Wanning, Hainan Island, China
7 - 14 January 2012

2012 Surfing Contest Calendar to Begin With 'Ground-Breaking' Two-Event Festival in China

  The sport of surfing will have an exciting beginning to the 2012 contest calendar, with the ISA China Cup and the Hainan Classic taking place at Hainan Island in China as part of the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival Presented by Quiksilver.


Jeff Rowley ‘paddles-in’ to 50-foot waves at Peahi “Jaws” becomeing first Australian.

Big wave surfer Jeff Rowley ‘paddles-in’ to historic 50-foot face waves at Peahi “Jaws” and becomes the first Australian to ride the waves without Jet Ski tow-in.All for the rush of surfing and a good cause.Rowley and his girlfriend/videographer Minnie Vuong, from Torquay Victoria, have based themselves in Hawaii for three months to catch and document the monster North Pacific winter storm surf.Rowley and Vuong flew from the island of Oahu to Maui Tuesday night, and arrived at the infamous Peahi ‘Jaws’ cliff top before sunrise to see the 50-60 foot waves (15-18m) for the first time.


Wide open at Jaws...PEAHI paddle session

Jason Murray photo....
Kohl Christensen doing what he does best: steep and deep.paddling into a wave over 20' at Jaws

The revolution may not be televised, but it will be discussed at length on Facebook, splattered across the pages of surf magazines around the globe and prominently featured on websites like the one you are now reading. Big-wave paddle surfing has progressed more in the last five years than in all of history. The once long list of waves formerly considered off limits to paddle surfing is shrinking faster than you can say, "Throw me the tow rope."



Big Wednesday at the Bay. Some went head over heals over the swell! Thanks to Chris Skapik for the shot...

Swell  peaked in the morning with 12-15' with 18' and occas 20' sets(local scale or 20-35' faces). The lips were thick and back breaking. Crowds were typical: ludicrous.GQ.

Check out the Report by: Manolo Morales

Big waves drew a crowd at Oahu's North Shore Wednesday. The northwest swell provided quite a show for the spectators, but it also kept rescue workers on their toes....



January 4, 2012 01:50AM

North Shore, Oahu, HAWAII (Tues. Jan. 3, 2012): Organizers of the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau say that they are not planning on running the event tomorrow.

"The likelihood is slim to none," said event organizer Glen Moncata. "This is a fast-moving system that will likely peak overnight and drop throughout the day tomorrow. There will be some waves in the 20-foot range overnight, but very little of the 20+ scale that the event mandates tomorrow. It will be a good opportunity for competitors to warm up."


Watch the Throne: Who Are the Contenders for the 2012 ASP World Title?

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Monday, January 2, 2012) – 2011 has come and gone, delivering nothing short of one of the most exciting and talked about seasons the tour has ever witnessed. We saw bombing conditions at Teahupo’o and Pipeline, rippable surf in New York and San Francisco, and landmark swells at Bells and Supertubos. We saw the ascension of Kelly Slater (USA), 39, to the annals of sport history with an unprecedented 11th ASP World Title.


Surfers to be tested for drugs

In the 1960s and 1970s, it was the counter culture's sport of choice. With the long hair and beach bum lifestyle came marijuana and LSD. But surfing is set for a radical image change as its international governing body prepares to introduce comprehensive drug testing for professionals for the first time.

Amid growing evidence that the sport's drug culture has gripped even some of its elite athletes, the Association of Surfing Professionals will in 2012 roll out a policy for screening competitors and officials for performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.


Mason Ho at Pipeline Masters 2011

Mason Ho charging at the historic Billabong Pipe Masters 2011 Bio:

My name is Mason Ho, born 1988. I live on the North Shore of Oahu. I pretty much do the same thing everyday. I wake up, do all the wake up stuff then get out into the water as soon as possible. I don't care if it's dead flat or 40ft. You will for sure see my truck at Sunset Beach, more than likely …


North Shore surf legend dies

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Co-Founder of the Hui O He'e Nalu, Tony "Squiddy" Sanchez, Jr., has died.

"Squiddy" has been a huge force in the North Shore surf scene since the 70's.

Surfers tell Hawaii News Now that Sanchez has been the 'official cook' for the Eddie Aikau Opening Ceremonies for more than 10 years. He also recently took a leading role opposing the development of a hotel in Haleiwa.


ASP deactivates short-lived midyear rotation

ASP Surfers and Board of Directors Vote to Deactivate the Midyear Rotation in 2012

COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Wednesday, December 28, 2011) – The ASP Board of Directors has voted to deactivate the midyear rotation in 2012, citing scheduling uncertainties as the primary reason.

“This has been an extremely challenging decision for us to make,” Dave Prodan, ASP International spokesman, said


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