Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater (Florida, USA) has won the Volcom Pipe Pro in epic, triple-overhead barrels with a series of stunning performances that made the win seem inevitable from his first ride. This was Slater's 66th Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) tour win, his eighth ASP victory at the Banzai Pipeline, and an inspiring start to his 24th season on the world tour. Slater celebrates his 42nd birthday next Tuesday. The Volcom Pipe Pro is a $130,000 5 star rated ASP event.
Runner-up today, after a late charge in the final, was Brazil's Wiggolly Dantas, 24. Third place was local boy Mason Ho, 25; and fourth was Adriano De Souza (26, Brazil).
Let's take a look at a British surfer may have set a world record for riding a wave that dwarfs those we saw at the Mavericks Invitational suft contest this year.
Andrew Cotton rode a wave off the coast of Portugal that was believed to be 98-feet tall in the face or crest to trough (SNN: but tell me...where IS the trough?).
Residing in Croyde, South West, United Kingdom, big wave surfer Andrew Cotton often ventures across his homeland border to hunt down massive swells. This time, the giant, unruly surf at Nazaré brought ‘Cotty’ to Portugal on February 2, 2014. Media outlets around the world are buzzing with estimates of how large the wave actually was, possibly 78-80 ft, and questioning its possible ‘world record breaking’ status. (SNN: 'who' came up with 78-80?).
Garrett McNamara has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to shape special surfboards for the waves of Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal.
Greg Long came very close to dying at Cortes Bank on December 21, 2012. After arriving at the underwater seamount 100 miles off Souther California’s coast with Shane Dorian, Grant Baker, and Ian Walsh, Greg dropped in too deep on the second wave in a five-wave set. He made it to the bottom, then was buried in the whitewater, being driven deep with three more monsters behind him. His inflatable suit failed and he was held down for three waves before losing consciousness just feet below the surface.
It's easy to overlook the grand daddy of all turns. The 1st one we gotta do to surf at a higher level. Bottom Turn (regular foot). From 110% Surfing Techniques Volume 2 DVD.
Today was a massive day for the sport of surfing as the world’s best Junior men and women attacked 8 – 10 foot Sunset beach and showed why the future of our sport is in good hands. At first light there were 12 foot close out sets rolling through Sunset and there were 30 juniors paddling out to practice for their heats. The courage and determination these young kids have is revolutionary.
Kelly Slater came down to commentate for the Final and was blown away how hard the kids were charging. He even mentioned “I wasn’t surfing out here when I was their age”
US Blanks Partners with Eric Arakawa and Pat Rawson
Surf News, 21 January, 2014 - US Blanks would like to announce the release of the 11’8” BG blank, made possible through a partnership with famed Hawaiian surfboard shapers Eric Arakawa and Pat Rawson.
Eric Arakawa is the renowned head shaper for Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC) where he shaped boards for 3-time World Champion Andy Irons. Rawson helped start Local Motion surfboards in 1978 and has built boards for such notable surfers as Sunny Garcia, Mason Ho, and Jeremy Flores, among many others. Arakawa and Rawson have advised one another throughout their careers and the 11’8” BG marks their second design collaboration on a surfboard blank.
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