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2 Hawaiian's top the 10 Most Influential Surfers of All Time

From surfing’s early beginnings as the “Sport of Kings” in Hawaii, it has held a certain sway over spectators and participants alike. While estimates of the number of surfers world wide vary wildly (from 5 million to 23 million), there are a select few that, for one reason or another, have left an indelible mark on surfing. The interesting thing is that in most cases, it’s not so much for the actual act of surfing, but for what they did to significantly alter the course of things to come. From the Duke to Gidget, this is a list of a ten of surfing’s most influential people.

 

#1. The Duke

   

Title race tension rises Day 2 of Pipe Masters

Kelly Slater © ASP/Cestari

Florence Takes Vans Triple Crown Lead

Surf News, 10 December. The 2013 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons resumed today in six foot (2 metre) barrels and there was no shortage of drama in the ASP World Title race between Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, and Kelly Slater (USA), 41. There was also a shift in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Rankings as well as qualification developments for the 2014 WCT.

The Billabong Pipe Masters represents the pinnacle of the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, deciding the ASP World Title, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, and final slots for 2014 ASP WCT qualification.

   

Slater gives a lesson on going left at Sunset during the World Cup

Kelly goes left during the Vans World Cup, records it

9 December, 2013. No one goes left at Sunset and gets barrelled...and in a contest. Well, except for certain multi-world title surfers and the odd North Shore underground legend. Kelly Slater did it during the Vans World Cup Prime event last week. Lucky for us he had a camera mounted on his board. Check the clip from GoPro.

   

The NEW 2013 World Champ. Here's was he was thinkg prior...revisit Mick Fanning's World Title Chat

Fuel TV sat down with Mick Fanning to talk about his World Surfing Championship title hopes and the man that can take the title off him Kelly. Slater. It's a long shot for Kelly but we do see a big 10' WNW for Saturday. This is to his advantage. But ultimately the ocean will likely claim the title this year.

   

Talk Story with Nainoa Thompson tonight, Wednesday night at Surfer, the Bar

2000 Voyage Home. Photo by Sam Low

Native Hawaiian master navigator who crewed with Eddie Aikau on the ill-fated voyage of Hokule'a in 1978. Nainoa will soon embark upon a multi-year global voyage with the crew of Hokule'a, using traditional non-instrument navigational methods. This will be a rare opportunity to hear him speak about the impending voyage, Aikau, and the true culture of Hawaii and the ocean that permeates every facet of life here in Hawai'i. $10 donation to the Worldwide Voyage requested.

   

Surfer Poll Winners & Wipeouts of 2013

The 44th Annual Surfer Poll Awards at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of O’ahu gathered the best surfers, filmmakers, and surf legends under one roof to honor the best films and performances of the year.Each year the SURFER staff pores through all of the full-length films and web shorts produced that year, narrowing down hundreds of great rides and notable moments to just a handful of nominees. And while it’s always a challenge, this year there was one surfer/co-director who dominated the movie categories: John John Florence. Not only was he voted second in the reader poll, he also took home Best Performance for his surfing in Done, Best Short for his film Begin Again and Movie of the Year for Done, both of which he co-directed with Blake Kueny.

   

Gerry Lopez Joins Forces With Naish

Naish International is extremely excited to announce that surfing and shaping legend Gerry Lopez has joined their design team.  The Hawaiian born shaper, now residing in Bend Oregon, will work alongside Robby Naish, Michi Schweiger, Randy Naish, and the rest of the Maui Hawaii based development team in continuing to advance their board designs into the future.

Already an industry leader, Naish is extremely excited about this new partnership.  “Gerry is a perfect fit with our brand,” says Naish President Robby Naish.  “He has a style both personally and professionally that’s a perfect fit to ours, is very methodical in his approach to board design, and brings with him unquestionable knowledge and know-how.  We are very much on the same page in terms of how a board should look, feel, and perform. ”

   

Towing in is so 2000's, the New Classics are Rhino Chasers

Tow whips and tow tubing is so much fun it hurts. Maybe it's the funnest thing ever. And you wanna know why?

Because when you take out the extreme risk of putting yourself on a ledge and paddling into a 10-foot tube you get to experience all the sights and sounds of what big-wave surfers have been talking about for years. Can you imagine being in something so round 20 years before it would've put you on the cover of every single surf mag in the world? Oh how the times they be changing!

   

ASP Update: Who's on the bubble?

JJF at Pipe © ASP/Kirstin

Battle for the Big Leagues – The Qualification Shuffle for 2014

Surf News, 2 December, 2013. North Shore, Oahu Hawaii - With the culmination of the ASP Prime Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach yesterday, won by Hawaiian power broker Ezekiel Lau, the 2013 ASP Qualification Series has come to a close. However, the battle for the coveted elite ASP Top 34 spots for 2014 rages on with the final event of the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, playing the final role in the decisions.

   

Tonight: Greg Long is the featured Talk Story Guest at Surfer, the Bar

An epic Talk Story session is coming up. Greg Long + his shortform doco Sine Qua Non! For more about Greg head in. And for more on Surfer the Bar FB events GO HERE

   

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