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.
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 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 …
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 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
"Jaws" (Pe'ahi) is the name given to a big wave surfing reef break on the island of Maui in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is located on the northern side of the island between mile markers 13 and 14 on the Hana highway and sits at the base of rolling sugar cane field hills.
20-30' PEAHE JUST 2 CHRISTMAS' AGO.
The surf break, a deep water reef break, is called "Jaws" due to the size and ferocity of the waves. The waves at "Jaws" are rumored to reach heights of 120 ft (36.6 m) on the face of the wave, moving as fast as 30 mph
The Tsunami swamps Phuket's Chedi resort (AFP/Joanne Davis)
2004 SE Asia Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster:
Seventh anniversary of the South East Asia Earthquake and resulting Great Tsunami is today !
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 December 2011: - - The combo photo above taken 26 December 2004 shows (top-L) Phuket's Chedi resort staff preparing for the day as the first swell edges toward the lawn, followed by the arrival of the second and third waves (top-R and bottom-L) respectively, which engulfed the hotel restaurant and its surrounding gardens, and the final photo showing the water at its crest, flooding the whole area.
Posted on Dec 20, 2011 08:54:05 AM
i've been getting some pressure from various people and/or websites to write something, sorta like an official statement concerning my exit from the world tour. my dismount. my pirouette. 'an opportunity level with your fans.' that's what they tell me. people wanna know whats goin on. be up to date. i can understand that. i like knowing whats going on. i like being up to date.