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New buoy off Maui will help predict surf heights

New buoy to keep an eye on the wavesData feed from spot off ‘Jaws’ to be available soon
December 10, 2011
By CHRIS HAMILTON - Staff Writer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) , The Maui News

Soon big-wave surfers and spectators will be able to get more accurate information about incoming swells, with a buoy deployed by the University of Hawaii off the famous Peahi surf spot "Jaws."
In response to public requests, on Dec. 3, the University of Hawaii at Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology deployed a high-tech buoy that will collect data about wave heights, directions, swell depths, durations and ocean temperatures, and post the information online every half-hour, said Chris Ostrander, director of the university's Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System. The Buoy is 51205 and the link is HERE


Perrow Wins Billabong Pipe Masters, Florence Takes Vans Triple Crown

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, December 10, 2011) – Kieren Perrow (AUS), 34, has won his inaugural ASP World Tour event, taking out the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons over fellow countrymen Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, in four-to-six foot waves. John John Florence (HAW), 19, also found his way to the podium as the overall winner of the 2011 Vans Triple Crown.

Perrow, who finished runner-up to Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, in last year’s Billabong Pipe Masters, returned to form again this year and charged the massive Pipeline conditions on the opening two days of competition to solidify his position on the 2012 ASP World Tour. The Australian was equally deadly in the smaller conditions on the final day and commanded the Final against Parkinson in a backdoor shootout to secure his maiden ASP World Tour victory.




The man of the entire World Cup (winner) and Pipemasters(quarter finalist) is now the man of the entire Vans Triple Crown! At 19 he becomes the youngest ever to win it.
He's truly America's great white hope for the future post Slater.
Humble and grateful as he is a huge and graceful talent 'Sir John Florence' is well postioned for 2012's ASP World Tour. Stay tuned. More to come.HERE for heat with Slater.


Surf culture honored at Kona Surf Film Festival

Mike Stewart, Haj, Chad Campbell, Mark Cunningham & Scott Soens © Giselle Images

The 8th annual Kona Surf Film Festival celebrates a huge night

 10 December, 2011 : - - The 8th Annual Kona Surf Film Festival really went off! I'm still a bit frazzled from the weekend, so I'm pretty sure that it was the busiest and best year we've had. By quite a margin. Yeah. We had a bunch of movies on two screens, visits from Shane Dorian, Rob Machado, Mike Stewart Mark Cunningham, and Mayor Billy Kenoi.

We had music from Leche De Tigre, Kimie Miner, and a surprise jam mashup from members of Pepper and Iration. We had art and breakdancers and beer and food and the overall mellow chaos that is the Kona Surf Film Festival.



BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 9, 2011) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons ran for the second consecutive day in firing 10-foot (3-4 metre) Pipeline and today’s action saw local talent John John Florence (HAW), 19, post the event’s highest scores while the contest’s Quarterfinalists were decided.The final stop on the 2011 ASP World Title Series, the Billabong Pipe Masters also marks the final jewel of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown.
John John Florence, current leader on the Vans Triple Crown ratings, further asserted his dominance among the field today, securing both the event’s highest heat-total of a near perfect 19.10, out of 20, in Round 3 and eventually went on to seal his second 10-point ride in Round 4.



Thursday December 8, 2011. Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.Evan Valiere (Kauai, Hawaii) (pictured) advanced into Round 3 of the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Memory of Andy Irons at the Banzai Pipeline today.Valiere posted two of Top 5 single wave scores in the first day of competition. In Round 1 he defeated Fred Patacchia (HAW) with a heat total of 18.16 (out of a possible 20.00) which included a near perfect single wave score of 9.33 (out of a possible 10.00). In Round 2 Valiere defeated Miguel Pupo (BRA) with a heat total of 13.60 (out of a possible 20.00) which included a near perfect 9.43 (out of a possible 10.00).

Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, and Year Zero took home top honors last night at the 41st annual SURFER Poll Awards

Carissa Moore © Surfer / Ellis

Surfer Poll Awards

Top 10 men, top 5 women, best movie and more named at annual event

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 December, 2011 : - - Turtle Bay, Oahu -- Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, and Year Zero took home top honors last night at the 41st annual SURFER Poll Awards presented by Samsung and Verizon Wireless. For the second year running, Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu played host to the biggest night in surfing, where SURFER magazine honored the Top 10 men and Top 5 women—as voted by fans—as well as Movie of the Year, Best Barrel, Heavy Water, and other top videos and performances of 2011.


The best surf comics in the world

Surf comics are a great way of pumping a surfer's heart. Dream barrels are always possible when you see yourself in a surf comic strip. Fun, color, hilarious gags and unique pieces of surf culture history.

Surf comics are not very common in surf magazines. There are a lot of great strips with loads of famous surfing cathphrases, but they seem to be a little bit repetitive. Drawings are copied and pasted and then only the words change in text balloon and captions.Fortunately, there are very good surf comic authors adding creativity, humour, quality stories and perfectly designed panels and strips. Usually, surfing is in the center of the comics, but you can also beer drinking, surf shop buying and girl impressing stunts.



GO LIVE: KIEREN PERROW'S 20 year career and this is his 1st ASP Victory. The one every surfer wants! The peoples Champ! He was runner up last year but not this year! From Byron Bay Australia. 

The Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown and the final event of the ASP Men’s World Tour, is the perfect venue for the culmination of both series. An iconic and historic wave, the Banzai Pipeline is often referred to as the best wave on the planet. Known for its perfect, heaving top-to-bottom barrels and its close proximity to shore, not only is it the perfect wave for those willing to charge, but also for the spectators on the beach.



Today was also a dream come true for the Vans family, who brought John and the Florences into the fold when he was eight years old. At that time they recognized a child with prodigious talent, a gentle nature, and a genuine appreciation for the ocean and the fortunate opportunities it represented.
A Cup Full of Dreams. John John Florence (Hawaii).Credit: ASP/Kirstin
"Vans has a long tradition of family, from the Van Dorens to the Florences, and John has been part of our family since he first learned to surf," said Doug Palladini, Vans' VP of Marketing. "We are so proud of what John accomplished today, what he has done to live up to his potential this year, and we marvel at the possible impact he will ultimately have on surfing beyond his 19th year."

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