August 15 - 26, 2014
The History: Surfing has its deepest roots in the Polynesian islands, where the journey from Tahiti to Hawaii could only be survived by the most accomplished watermen. With their superior water skills, they brought their paipo (belly) boards. Bodyboarding still rages on the perfect lefts at Teahupo'o, known for its heavy, glassy waves that can reach double-overhead.
You know what’s great? When amazing surfers get to surf amazing waves. Professional surfing does a pretty decent job of walking that tightrope between shitty waves with lots of viewers and amazing waves with none, but sometimes it falls flat. Mother Nature can be a real bitch sometimes, right? And of course, the women nearly always get the short straw. One day of great waves in the contest window? We’re watching the men’s heats. As soon as the junk rolls in, the women get to surf. There’s the rare occasion when they actually get to showcase what they are capable of during a contest, but it’s not too often.
Photo: Tyler Wright & Filipe Toledo © ASP/Morris
Women's title race gets really, really interesting...
Surf News, 3 August - Tyler Wright and Filipe Toledo reigned supreme on the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing. Wright has been crowned champion of the Women’s event, stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, while Toledo has won the Men’s ASP Qualification Series (QS) Prime event.
Tyler Wright battled back in her Final clash against five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 26, to collect her first victory of the 2014 season. Gilmore got off to a strong start, but Wright connected strong outside turns with critical snaps on the inside reform, earning an excellent 8.67 followed by a crucial 6.10 under Gilmore’s priority for the win. Wright previously dispatched Malia Manuel (HAW), 20, in the Semifinals and her win at Huntington Beach moves her to No. 3 on the rankings....
A year after the Ka’iwi Channel delivered a thrashing to each paddler in the 2013 race, today’s waters surprised an international field of top paddleboarders by delivering fast conditions. The result produced new records and a host of new champions at the 18th annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O).
In the middle of an exciting world title chase, 2014 Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductee Carissa Moore will have a special ceremony held in her honor on Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. The tentative schedule for the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, an ASP Women’s World Tour event, shows Carissa paddling out for a heat at the time she would be inducted, hence the “early” ceremony one week prior to the more traditional event. Bob Hurley, founder of Hurley, will be presenting the Surfers’ Hall of Fame Trophy to Carissa Moore and speaking at the July 25 ceremony.
Love it or loathe it, you can’t argue that there isn’t some incredible high-performance surfing going down at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. Yeah, some may complain about the quality of the surf, but perhaps those Debbie Downers need to think in a more “glass is half full” manner and embrace the aerial antics currently taking place at the venerable Huntington Beach Pier. We caught up with one of those high-flying contestants, Dylan Graves, to get his thoughts on why the pier is such a good wave for airs, and who to look for above the lip line …
The story of how the humble brainchild of an eccentric genius changed the entire surf industry. Check out this featureCould you walk away from 100 million dollars?"
Bob Hurley did, and in doing so made one of the boldest moves in surf industry history. The fourth and final chapter of The Ripple Effect, is the story of the meteoric rise of one of the biggest surf brands in the world and a testament to the reality of the American dream....
It's a one of a kind event at a one of a kind venue: Point Panic off Kewalo basin!
Based on the SNN forecasted conditions for this Saturday and Sunday (4' solid Saturday from the SSW with 14 seconds), the Meet Committee has decided to go to RED ALERT for this weekend. This means that the events are ON STANDY for this week...end. We will make a final call by Wednesday afternoon, but conditions look very promising. If we run, we will begin beach entries around 6:30 and will have the first heat in the water by 8:00 at the very latest. Please help pass the word, and we hope to see you there...Aloha, REDWINGS Memorial Events Committee
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