12 year old Tanner McDaniel with the living legend Mike Stewart checking da Pipe Challenge.
While the judges deliberated, competitors on the beach diagramed a 12-year-old trialist’s new move with their flip-flops. Tanner McDaniel, from Hawaii, landed what he called an: ‘angry dragon’. “It’s like a reverse back flip”, said McDaniel. The Hawaiian became the youngest competitor to qualify for the IBA Pipe Challenge, placing second in his fourth round heat to Australia’s Drew Innocend, in testing 2-3ft side-shore conditions, last week at Sandy Beach at the IBA Pipe Challenge Trials. Now its all Pipe.
Great Hawaiian Waterman and Mr Aloha, Mel Kinney. R.I.P.
Word of mouth report: Mel suffered a heart attack while getting ready for another session at Sunset Beach Thursday 2/9. He was taken to Queens in critical condition and was on life support.
This is another huge loss in the surfing community.
We will add more news when it becomes available. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Big Mel's family and friends. God Bless you Mel.
February 14, 2012
To say the SUP Sunset Pro was full of fireworks would be the understatement of the year. After sitting through a series of laydays that saw the North Shore awash in monstrous swell and howling winds, the event culimanated in near-perfect conditions at Sunset Beach yesterday. With well overhead swell filling through the iconic venue, the likes of former 2 time long board World Champion Bonga Perkins and two-time past champion Kai Lenny dueled it out in a climactic final.
Surf hero Bethany Hamilton has re-signed to Rip Curl, the Australian surf brand. The 22-year-old Hawaiian surfer from Kauai is one of the world's most recognized surf stars.
"2011 was an incredible year for my family and I with the opportunity to share our story through Soul Surfer," said Hamilton. "It was exciting, adventurous, challenging and left us with a great feeling of accomplishment. It's been amazing to see how great of an impact the movie and my foundation 'Friends of Bethany Hamilton' has had on so many peoples lives."
Rob Machado and Jamie Mitchell will be sharing waves for Reef, in the next years. The 38-year-old free spirited surfer from California extended his relationship for three more years, as traveling ambassador and market booster.
"Reef has been like family over the years. I'm blessed to have such support and killer product and get to do what I love to do. I'm looking forward to this next chapter", said Machado.
Ross Clarke-Jones, the Australian king of big wave surfing, will be inducted as the 34th member of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, on the 16th February, in Manly.
Clarke-Jones was born in Sydney in 1966 and rode his first waves at Terrigal, when he was 10 years old. He immediately excelled through juniors and into the professional ranks and, at 19, broke into the elite ASP Tour in 1985.
Peyo Lizarazu © Waterman's League
Peyo Lizarazu and crew push performance in epic waves at Sunset Beach
Surf News, 13 February, 2012... 6 - 10ft groomed Sunset was the order of the day as the very best in the world stepped up to do battle on day one of the Sunset Beach Pro presented by Malibu & Starboard and in association with Maui Jim. From Heat one on, spectators were kept on the edge of their seats for a display of incredible riding as Sunset Beach stayed true to form and once again delivered the goods.
Sunshine Coast surfer Julian Wilson has taken the 2012 Breaka Burleigh Pro, in an all Queensland final against Mick Fanning, Josh Kerr and Bede Durbidge, at Burleigh Heads.
"It's been an incredible event and I was so looking forward to surfing against any of these guys and we all met in the final which was perfect", says Wilson.
"We enter the event to get ready for the upcoming Quiksilver Pro which begins the World Title season and through every heat here I've increased my performances, dusted away the cobwebs and feel good right now about winning."
First there was Surfer the magazine. Now there’s Surfer, The Bar. A stage for Hawaiian musicianship. A soapbox for talkstory. A venue for special events. A podium for awards and accolades.
IT’S MORE THAN A BAR. IT’S AN ORIGINAL.
OPEN DAILY AT 6PM
HAPPY HOUR DAILY 6PM-8PM
Saturday, 11 February 2012 05:00
OAHU, Hawaii – After 3 lay days since the Da Hui Trials on Monday, athletes are now getting ready for a possible day of action tomorrow as the Main Event will get underway here at the Sunset Beach Pro, presented by Malibu and Starboard and in association with Maui Jim Eyewear. Conditions cleaned up this evening and bode well for an early start tomorrow, although reports of a new swell for Saturday and Sunday might encourage us to hold off. The next call will be at 7am on Friday morning (tomorrow).
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