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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.

   

The O'neill OHANA tears up the North Shore - check it out

O'Neill X Ohana is a piece created to really highlight our athletes. The word Ohana means family in Hawaiian and everyone in this short film has spent countless years riding for the same brand we call O'Neill. Jordy Smith, Ian Crane, Timmy Reyes, Cory Lopez, and John John Florence (as seen in order) all feature their best waves from the time they spent on this rock called Hawaii.

   

Who made it & who dropped off the tour?

Sebastien Ziets, Glenn Hall & Nat Young join the elite tour

The 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season has come to a close following yesterday’s culmination of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons and the clinching of the 2012 ASP World Title by Joel Parkinson. While the world’s best surfers prepare for a well-deserved break before the start of the next season, the ASP has determined which surfers will contest for the 2013 ASP World Title:

   

"Beyond Sight" - The Derek Rabelo story

Amidst the small beautiful city of Guarapari, Brazil, Derek Rabelo's father prayed that his son would become a famous professional surfer.  His father named his son after the legendary Pipeline surfer Derek Ho, the embodiment of his dream.  Unfortunately on May 25th 1992, his prayer seemed unanswered when Derek was born blind.  Seventeen years later Derek decided that despite his blindness he still wanted to surf and that he wanted to surf Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu.  Through the encouragement of his parents, best friend, and surf coach, Derek embarked on a three-year journey of grueling mental, physical and spiritual training.  Join Derek as he perseveres towards his goal of surfing Pipeline and along the way inspires the best surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, Tom Curren, Damien Hobgood, Derek Ho, Laird Hamilton, Lakey Peterson, Coco Ho, and the entire surfing world.  You will learn from Derek's story that the best journeys in life are walked by faith, and not by sight.  
   

The year of Parko. Our new ASP World Champ and Pipe Master.

14 December, 2012  "It's all over. it's done. it's surreal". Parko...the new World Champ and Pipe Master. The surf was less than perfect but still world class on most scales. The best surfed the heavy barrells with bravery.

Coming out on top after 4 runner ups over the last decade, Joel is wins most deserved.  Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, claimed his maiden ASP World Title today at the final stop of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season, by winning the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. The Billabong Pipe Masters was also the third and final leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series....

   

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