Hawaiian surfer Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) has walked away with one of the sport's most-prized accolades, the 40 year old winning the Ride of the Year award at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards ceremony, held at The Grove theatre in Anaheim, California last night.
Dorian received USD$50,000 for the monumental wave he successfully paddled into and surfed at Jaws, Maui, last October. Dorian's wave also included a gigantic tube ride, which earned him an additional $5,000 and the award for Pacifico Tube.
It's not a competition of who's on the weirdest mission. It's just a celebration of your mental calibration. Wavelengths flutter like a bird that's stuck in butter. Felling gray matter with a stack of cruddy clutter.
Everything around us blinks, rings, sings, shouts, distracts, vibrates, reminds, likes, comments and downloads. The chaos and beauty of the world is overshadowed by technological distractions and tweets that possess no lasting significance outside the screen they’re displayed.
Hawaii's Shane Dorian leads the list of finalists in the 2013 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards taking place this Friday, May 3rd in Southern California. Thanks to several extraordinary rides on an epic swell at Jaws on Maui, Dorian, 40, accrued an unprecedented five nominations in the event - one in every category except wipeout and female performance.
We wont get to see shots like this of John John Florence © ASP/Dunbar.
Defending Champion John John Florence Withdraws from Billabong Rio Pro
The Billabong Rio Pro, the upcoming third stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, will commence without defending champion John John Florence (HAW), 20, who has officially withdrawn.
The defending event champion was sidelined during the opening stop of the year with an ankle injury sustained on the Gold Coast. Florence was unable to compete at the second stop on tour at Bells Beach and has opted out of the Billabong Rio Pro in hopes of healing 100% before rejoining the elite ranks....
Derek is a talented Videographer and was on hand for one of Aprils Epic Pipe swells. This past April is likely to go down as a one in a decade month for late season swell. Here's a treat to remember by.
4/8/13 Late Season Pipeline Swell.
Film/Edit: Derek Hanson
Song: Friend (Lover) by Evenings
Archival Footage: archive.org
The state of Hawaii has allocated $20 million of their budget to purchase 280 acres of land surrounding Maui’s famed Honolua Bay from the Maui Land and Pineapple Company. Once finalized, the state will designate Honolua as a state park. The decision was met with enthusiastic cries of support by members of the Save Honolua Coalition, a group that has been pressuring the state to protect the land from a series of proposed developments, including a golf course and a series of luxury homes.
Kauai's Stephen Koehne just dropped a video of him hunting huge fish and bigger barrels. The Kauai hunter trips through Tahiti, Pipeline and other environs searching out throaty barrels. Between pits Stephen gaffs huge fish and passes on the surfing tradition to his toddler.
Nathan Florence. Photo: Tony Heff
Professional Surfer Nathan Florence and Water Photographer Tony Heff honored the legacy of Sion Miloksy by winning the 2012-13 Steep and Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge. During its second year, this contest grew immensely. Participants submitted their sickest steep and deep shots from the water, land and aerial angles of Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor from November 2012-March 2013...
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