12pm at the one and only BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, December 14, 2013) - Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, has claimed his third ASP World Title today in epic conditions at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons.The final event of the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season, the Billabong Pipe Masters is culminating today in solid 10 to 15 foot (three-to-five metre) waves at the infamous Banzai Pipeline and Fanning’s last-minute heroics in both Round 5 against C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34, and the Quarterfinals against Yadin Nicol (AUS), 28, has sealed his campaign for this year’s world surfing crown over an rampaging Kelly Slater (USA), 41.
What can you say about Brian Bielmann that hasn’t already been said about Fonzie? Bielmann is the man, straight up. The always smiling crew at Sanuk just released a 16-minute long documentary exposing just how great Bielmann is, and it’s as sweet as tupelo honey. Bielmann: Straight Up The Man is a must-watch for any fan of surf photography — orders from the Fonz himself.
A special exhibition in conjunction with...
Clark Little Gallery Haleiwa will be celebrating its 3 Year Anniversary this Saturday, December 14, 5:30-8:30pm. Live music, food, drinks, signing and giveaways!
The event will also celebrate the BOOK RELEASE of Clark's new coffee table book "Shorebreak". The 10"x10" book includes over 100 photographs with 65 two-page spreads. Shot on the North Shore and in California, Japan, Tahiti, Maui, Kauai and Big Island. Clark will be on hand to sign his new books, art prints and 2014 calendars.
Kieren Perrow (AUS), 36, had planned on retiring following the completion of the 2013 ASP Season, shifting in to a full-time role as the new ASP Commissioner. Unfortunately for the Australian charger, his career would not end as he’d envisioned. Perrow would dislocate his shoulder in Round 1 of the Billabong Pipe Masters while driving through a Backdoor barrel, exiting the last heat of his career in agonizing pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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