Thursday, July 31, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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60-second lesson on Tom Blake paddleboard

Photo: Tom Blake and Duke Kahanamoku

Tom Blake/Thomas Rogers Co. paddleboard from the late 1930s

Any Tom Blake Model is a must-have, but here without question is one of the finest we've ever seen. Constructed from lovely Philippine mahogany ( deck and bottom) with redwood rails and sealed with covered screws, this beauty is in original condition. The Thomas Rogers Company of Venice had the license to build Blake paddleboards from 1932 to 1939. This model was made during the end of their production as evidenced by use of Blake's "life-ring" brass drain plug. Quite simply the top of it's class. pre-auction estimate $10K- $15K...check out the video

   

Surfing finally arrives at X Games & Jordy Smith is the first to win Gold

 

Jordy Smith has conquered the first X Games gold medal, in the Real Surf competition. The South African surfer beated seven other pro surfers.


Surfing has been added to the X Games, in Foz do Iguaçu, with an innovative format: a panel of surf industry experts decides the best 60-second video edits by eight pro wave riders.

   

Watch "21 Days" as they follow Nat Young & Adriano De Souza get ready for Bells

 

The Rio Pro is on the horizon. Adriano has a home field advantage, and Nat has a score to settle.

In the second chapter of RedBull's 21 Days, we take an exclusive look into the lives of Nat Young and Adriano de Souza. A few weeks back, both of these gentlemen shook the world at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

   

Surfer Profile - Kekoa Bacalsco

Yesterday
I lost my main sponsor not long after getting knocked off the World Tour in 2010. That wasn’t easy, but I’m really proud of how I handled it. For a while there, I literally had almost no money. I was still surfing all the time, but I had to find other ways to pay the bills. I got a job as a valet at a hotel in Waikiki, but I still wasn’t ready to give up on surfing as a career just because I got knocked off the Tour and lost my sponsors.

   

OluKai Launches Hawaiian Lifeguard Association 2013 Product Ceremony

As a long-standing partner and official footwear of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association (HLA), OluKai is pleased to announce the unveiling of its performance footwear collaboration with the humble members of the HLA; an 18-month endeavor now being realized. Next month, OluKai will outfit over 450 lifeguards with shoes and sandals at a special in-store presentation. 

A portion of proceeds of the thoughtfully constructed HLA footwear goes to support the Junior Lifeguards, an ongoing component to OluKai’s prolific Giveback Program.

   

CARL KISH of San Diego's Center for Surf Research. Yes, there's a college degree for Surf Research!

Carl is in town working on a Sustainable Surf Tourism project that is taking place right here at Turtle Bay Resort. Jodi has traveled for the past 20 years with the ASP World Surfing Tour to surf destinations around the planet that range from the jungles of Java to remote waves in Portugal, Brazil, Africa and the South China Sea. Both will provide insight into the fascinating life opportunities that surfing and surf travel present. And much of the surfing world knows Randy is one of the most traveled surfers over the last 4 decades...so this will be good.

   

Team Hawaii crowned ISA World Masters champions + more finals highlights

 

During an epic day of amazing waves and tremendous surfing performances, the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship officially closed.

The waves were incredible throughout the Finals. The morning heats saw glassy surf in the 6-8 feet range at the perfect right hand point-break in Montañita, Ecuador. A gentle onshore breeze picked up mid-morning, but the waves remained consistent and pumping all day
Team Hawaii successfully defended their title of World Team Champions and winners of the Eduardo Arena Perpetual Team Trophy, named after the Peruvian founder and first President of the ISA in 1964.

   

Day 7 set for the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships

The 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship confirmed all finalists on Saturday. Day 7 of the competition featured all the Repechage Finals that determined the last two athletes who would make it into the Grand Final.

Day 7 also featured a Balsa Surfboard Demonstration and the ISA Aloha Cup, a tag-team relay competition featuring the top 8 finishing teams from last year’s ISA World Masters, each with squads made up of 4 men and 1 women.

“Today was an incredible day with amazing surfing action, including the semifinals of the ISA Aloha Cup. I also had the very special experience of the Balsa Surfboard Demonstration,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I feel very inspired and honored to have been able to share some waves with the local surfers, while riding their balsa surfboards, that have a long and deep rooted tradition and history in Ecuador.”

The first competitors confirmed for Sunday’s Finals were the Grand Kahunas.

   

Finalists announced for Billabong XXL Awards

The nominees in three of the most popular categories of the 2013 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards have been revealed. Ballots are about to go out to the surfing world's top athletes, photographers and journalists this week to determine the winners. 

In contention for the famed XXL Wipeout of the Year honors are five surfers at four notorious big wave breaks sprinkled around the world. Heading up the candidates for 2013 are the only two Australians to garner nominations this year: Brett Burcher of Ulladulla, New South Wales and Chris Shanahan of Denmark, Western Australia. Both suffered horrendous missteps at a viciously shallow break in West Oz known simply as "The Right" and both were captured by videographer Darren McCagh.

   

Nat Young Talks First Impressions of the ASP WCT

Santa Cruz standout Nat Young (USA), 22, has clearly been in striking form amidst the Australian leg of the ASP WCT. Following a strong showing at Snapper and a brilliant runner-up performance at Bells, the goofy-footer is currently the leader of his rookie class heading in to the third stop on the ASP WCT. SURFER Magazine recently sat down with Young to get his first impressions of the Dream Tour. This… is their story…

   

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