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.
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!
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.
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RVCA presents a FREE YG show at The Republik Thursday December 5th. Come be a part of the RVCAloha take over tour with YG and the RVCA tribe December 5th.
The Billabong Pipe Masters is the quintessential event in professional surfing and Pipeline is the Holy Grail of waves by which all others are measured. The third and final jewel in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Pipe Masters is one of the longest running events in professional surfing, even pre-dating the Triple Crown by more than a decade.
Hawaii's own Ezekiel Lau, 20, posted the largest victory of his young career today by winning the prestigious 39th annual VANS World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach - the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®. Lau's win earned him $40,000 and sees him close the year at 35th position on the ASP world rankings. While that doesn't qualify him for next year's elite World Championship Tour, it does guarantee him an excellent seed. He also holds a shared lead on the coveted Vans Triple Crown series rankings with Michel Bourez (Tahiti) heading into the third and final event of the series - the Billabong Pipe Masters, where he is a local wildard entry.
South Africa's Beyrick De Vries, 20, will be riding high for days after living a moment of perfection at Sunset Beach during the Vans World Cup of Surfing today. In a late afternoon heat, on a triple overhead wave, De Vries scored the event's only perfect 10 to date for a huge, deep tube ride that has been tagged the best barrel ever surfed on Sunset's west peak during competition. The surf was absolutely perfect for most of the day, peaking with wave face heights of up to 25 feet and light offshore winds.
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