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So you think you want to surf big waves?...check out this CODE RED swell

 

After a long wait and various samplers from the footage bounding around the internet it’s finally here; Billabong’s surf movie from the day of days at Teahupoo “Code Red”. It follows the day through the eyes of Laurie Towner and the veteran Dylan Longbottom. Chris Bryan caught the footage on a Phantom Camera and the footage was edited by Jamie Brooks.

   

SURF TIPS - How to boost an air

Nobody knows who did the first air, but sometime, presumably in the late ‘70s, a surfer of immense skill and creative insight decided to launch his board out of the water, over the lip of the wave and back down towards the face before continuing his ride. It was the latest innovation in a sport bursting at the seams with progressive new ideas, along with surfers talented enough to pull them off.

   

A fun day at the Banzai skate park

What happens when the waves go flat during the winter?...everyone head to the Banzai Skate Park to practive their moves.  On the North Shore of Oahu with Gavin Beschen, Balaram Stack, Finn McGill, Joel Tudor, Eric Geiselman, John John Florence, Omar Hassan, Billy Fortier, Noah Doak, and Greyson Fletcher. Filmed and edited by Jon Steele.

   

The best 10-point rides ever

Ten point rides are rare and when they happen the crowd out in the beach goes crazy. A perfect 10 is the ultimate surfing goal in competition.

Surfers know than only a well selected wave and complete maneuvers will get the maximum score. Not all waves can deliver ten points in pro surfing.

   

Greg Long survives Cortes Big-wave surfer escapes serious injury at massive wave session

Pro surfer Greg Long is home recovering after suffering a serious wipeout on Friday at Cortes Bank, an open-ocean break approximately 100 miles west of San Diego, Calif., during one of the heaviest big-wave sessions of the year. Rescued, revived and stabilized by rescuers and medics on location, Long was airlifted out of the area by Coast Guard helicopter and transported to the University of California San Diego Medical Center, from which he was released Sunday.

   

30 Years of Triple Crown of Surfing

Sebastian Ziets won the 2012 Triple Crown of Surfing title.  "Seabass" won the Reef Hawaiian Pro, finished third in the Vans World Cup of Surfing and progressed through to Round 3 at the Billabong Pipe Masters to claim the Triple Crown of Surfing 2012 title.

"Seabass", from Kauai, started surfing at 6 years old. No ID, passport or birth certificate meant he couldn't travel for a long time. Ziets trained with Andy and Bruce Irons, Roy Powers and Dustin Barca to build a solid career. He turned pro at 16 and always saw Pipeline as a scary wave. 2012 confirmed his status of surf star.

   

Albee Layer pulls the double alley oop

About a month back, word came over the coconut wireless from Maui that local Albee Layer had landed surfing's first double rotation aerial. The footage was kept hidden at first, and now we get our first glimpse.

The maneuver is known as the "Alley-oop," where a surfer hits the lip frontside, and rotates inwardly, towards his back foot. This rotation is much more awkward than rotating towards your front foot, but it allows the surfer to wind up and uncork his body during the spin, making multiple rotations possible.

   

Ian Walsh and Redbull advancing safety gear for big wave surfing

Ian Walsh has experienced situations while big wave surfing that most mortals could never dream of. On more occasions than he would care to recall, the zipper on Walsh’s protective life vest failed due to the force of a bad wipeout in big waves. Quite literally busting open from end-to-end, his life vest left him nearly defenseless and scrambling for survival.

As Walsh explains, “I hit the water so hard on one wave that the life jacket I had on broke. It blew the zipper open, so when I hit it was a like a parachute just opened on my back and put me to a dead stop. I was probably going like 40 or 50 miles an hour.”

   

The rise of John John

There are a lot of tattoos out there that speak to Hawaiian pride. A simple map of the islands is tasteful. Of course, there are any number of water and mountain imagery that make up sleeves. There's the more traditional Polynesian artwork originally banned by missionaries that has become a strong cultural tie. And then there's your straight up Hawaiian Pride neck tats.

20-year-old John John Florence doesn't have any ink. But right now, he is as strong a source of Hawaiian pride as you're going to find in the Islands.

   

ASP Weekly Pulse

Welcome to the latest edition of the ASP Weekly Pulse. This week’s update focuses on the culmination of the 2012 ASP WCT Season, which ended in dramatic fashion when Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, won not only his maiden ASP World Title, but also his first Billabong Pipe Masters! Aside from Parkinson’s big showing, the ASP Weekly Pulse breaks down the ASP Rookie of the Year award, which was secured by John John Florence (HAW), 19, who was the highest rated rookie following the final stop on the ASP WCT. In addition to the Pipeline finale, the ASP Weekly Pulse introduces the 2013 ASP rookie class.

   

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