When La Jolla, California-based pro surfer and aspiring filmmaker Derek Dunfee boarded a plane to South Africa in the summer, he though he had it all figured out. However, upon landing he found that his place to stay had fallen through and he was on his own. Dunfee rang up his pal and South African big-wave rider Grant “Twiggy” Baker and the wheels were set in motion for an epic surf trip that would span the country. The trip ended up filling the pages of Surfing magazine’s recent Big Wave Issue with an article called “African Fortnight” and a short film that went along with it. We caught up with the budding filmmaker to get some insight into the project…
Environmentalists are pushing to have barriers removed from Oahu's North Shore.
The Save Laniakea Coalition and several Laniakea Beach users filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state Department of Transportation to have them taken away.
John’s brother Ivan also stars, with some additional footage by Erik Knutson and jams by Josephine Baker, Martin Hall and Pond. There’s nothing else to say except: Press play.
Alana Blanchard © ASP.
New Athlete Index Rankings go live on Hookit. There's still far more skaters on planet earth and thats fine with most surfers.
1 January, 2014 - Hookit released athletes rankings ending for the month of December 2013. The top three surfers were, in order, Alana Blanchard, Bethany Hamilton and Kelly Slater.
While the top five rankings were held by Skate, Rally and MMA (skater Rob Dyrdek had 4,987,156 social media interactions), Alana Blanchard landed in sixth place with 2,367,906 social media interactions followed closely by Rip Curl team mate Bethany Hamilton.
The Hookit Index crunches numbers from social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.
The North Shore's Makua Rothman, 29, is known for his surfing exploits, but recent musical accomplishments are adding to his reputation. "As long as I can remember I've always played music and sang," he said. "I make music for me, and the fact that people are supporting that is amazing."
Due to surf career obligations, Makua was not able to record seriously until 2012 when he released the EP Makanale Road. His album Sound Wave has been out since early December, and its lead single, Lovely, peaked at number four on Billboard's Digital Reggae Singles chart.
Meet the surfers who stole the year of the snake.
1. Kelly Slater
The nearly 42-year-old American has won two world titles and finished runner-up twice in the last four years. For any other surfer, and yeah, that includes Joel and Mick, it'd be a career-best quatrain. But Kelly has been winning world titles since 1992 when he became the youngest-ever champ at 20. When the mood strikes, Kelly is still capable of surfing above every single other surfer on tour....
Banzai Pipeline has delivered two consecutive days of classic big wave surfing, on the 21st and 22nd December, 2013. Add the words "epic" and "memorable" to the adjectives list.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Shane Dorian should be your role model. The 41-year-old from Kona, Hawaii has worn more hats — and worn them well — than perhaps any other surfer in history. WCT Top-5 finisher. World record holder. Big-wave barrel connoisseur. XXL Award staple. Webcast commentator. Inventor. Actor. OK, maybe that last hat didn’t fit perfectly, but still, the guy does life about as well as life can be done. And although he is the undisputed big-wave champion of the world, he knows surfing isn’t the end-all and be-all. Shane’s priorities are as straight as the arrow of his bow, or the stringer of his 10’6”. —Taylor Paul
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