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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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:
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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