With the 2012 Rip Curl Pro waiting period is near.... the Southern Ocean appears to be stirring from its summer slumber just in time. An impressive southwest swell – the first big swell of the year for Victoria – is forecast to send solid lines to the Surf Coast this Friday, setting the stage for a serious Bells dress rehearsal just prior to the 51st running of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford.
Michael Peterson has passed on. Another legend lost. Our condolences to Michael's family. Our memory of him lives on.
Michael Peterson, who died today of a heart attack, was a unique figure in the sport and culture of surfing. While many tried to define him in various ways – as the second coming of Nat, or in latter years, as Australia’s Mickey Dora – MP resisted all comparison. His passing will send a jolt through the memories of surfers in Australia and worldwide who grew up with him, heard about him, or just saw him rip. To many of these surfers. it will feel like the end of an era.
Lance SmithSean Mattison with Kelly Slater, doing research on the Nub.
Martin Potter and Peter Mel called it the guitar pick. Some folks called it the fifth fin. But Sean Mattison, creator of the cute, little, red skeg that Kelly Slater used in his quad at the Quiksilver Pro New York, calls it the "Nubster."
So Slater went to the finals in New York and Mattison, a surfer/designer/coach from Oceanside, sold hundreds of "Nubsters" on his Von Sol Surfboards website overnight.
Pic Zeke Lau © Volcom
In full Hawaiian style the day rolled on smooth with no worries
Local SNN News, 27 March, 2012 : Volcom held its Pufferfish VQS Surf Series event at Makaha last weekend. It was perfect Makaha for everyone. Fun rippable waves, sunny and as always, beautiful. Volcom guys were giving away goodies all day for the kids too. Kids were surfing amazing out there negotiating Makaha's famous backwash.
Last years extreme final day conditions set the stage for another amazing contest at one of Australia wildest slabs. The trials will once again be staged at Gas Bay and the main event will feature the new “Show-down” format that will be used in 2012. Margret River will light up with the worlds best riders from March 26.
I'm 37, a retired Marine Officer, originally from California and have lived in Hawaii for 13 years. I swam for the University of Hawaii from 1992-1997. I am currently working on my thesis in an M.F.A. in Digital Cinema (3 year program from National University). My thesis film is a surf ecology documentary about preserving and conserving the North Shore of Oahu and a history of the IPS and the Hui O He'e Nalu. I became interested in making films in 2008. I'll have a film trailer out in May when I start editing.
KINGSCLIFF/NSW/AUS – Current World Champion Taylor Jensen (California, USA) has held off a late charge by former World Champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Waters, NSW) to win the Australian Longboard Surfing Open presented by Surftech.
The prestigious event at Kingscliff in northern NSW featured both men’s and women’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) divisions with $20,000 total prize money.
Contestants on The Biggest Loser were in for a treat this season when they were not only whisked away to Hawaii but also surprised with surf lessons from Bethany Hamilton, the pro athlete who inspired the film Soul Surfer.I surprised them on the beach," Hamilton, 22, tells PEOPLE of the episode that will air March 20 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. "They were super excited and maybe a little nervous, but I think they were just so stoked to be there."
KINGSCLIFF/NSW (Saturday 24th March, 2012)- 2011 ASP World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (California, USA) is facing an Australian assault in tomorrow’s final of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open presented by Surftech at Kingscliff, in northern New South Wales.
The prestigious event features both men’s and women’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) divisions with $20,000 total prize money.
John John Florence beats Ola Eleogram in the all Hawaiian final to WIN the Telsa Drug Aware Pro at "Margs" River in WestOz
I watched it like 1000's on Oceanic 24/7 Surf Channel 250 and hooted and hollered at JJ Florence's performance throughout the entire event.
A perfect 10 with tons of 9's. He's not only a Pipe Specialist...at all. This young man could win a title for Hawaii, the Good ole USA. And do it in his 'hang loose' shaka style.
Ola Eleogram kicked butt too and should be on the tour with a major sponsor! Sponsors? This guys a gold mine! Gq
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