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11.5.10

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Smith and Davis Win Rip Curl National GromSearch Finals

With an all-expenses-paid trip to Bells Beach on the line, 32 of the nation’s best young surfers battled for top-honors at the 2010 Rip Curl GromSearch National Finals at the Rip Curl Search event in Puerto Rico. In the end, it was Kauai’s Koa Smith and New York’s Quincy Davis who claimed victory in the […]

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10.28.10

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Town Scalps Country in the Red Bull Rivals at Sandy Beach

Like almost all of history’s great rivalries, the battle began with an intense game of rock-paper-scissors. On the surface, the relationship between the North Shore and Town may seem cordial, but with the opposing team’s quiver and a whole mess of bragging rights on the line, the atmosphere at this year’s Red Bull Rivals at […]

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10.25.10

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Billabong ISA World Surfing Games Day Five

After five days of competition at this year’s Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, the USA surf team remains among the top contenders vying for gold at Punta Hermosa in Peru. Here, USA Surf Team Coach Ian Cairns recaps the team’s performance so far and their continued quest to earn back-to-back championships. PacSun USA Surf Team […]

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10.22.10

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Day Five of O’Neill Cold Water Classic California

Rounds 3 & 4 belonged to the youth, as surfing’s next generation of talent rose above tour veterans to claim victory. Demonstrating flawless fronthand surfing, 16 year-old Kolohe Andino beat former World Tour surfers Cory Lopez and Nate Yeomans in rainy Steamers Lane. Current No. 2 Jordy Smith bowed out of competition, after suffering an […]

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10.18.10

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O’Neill Cold Water Classic California Day One

The 6-Star Prime O’Neill Cold Water Classic California got underway today at Santa Cruz’s Steamers Lane in 2- to 3-foot surf to complete the Local Trials and 12 heats of Round of 128. Day One standout, Evan Geiselman beat older brother Eric in their Round of 128 heat, with Eric finishing in a close second […]

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10.18.10

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Montauk’s Duct Tape Invitational

“Surfers, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll sometimes went together,” writes Nat Young in his book The Complete History of Surfing. Last week, Joel Tudor teamed up with Vans to deliver the Duct Tape Invitational, an event where 16 handpicked longboarders were unleashed upon the town of Montauk, New York, to prove that Nat’s comment still […]

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10.15.10

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Josh Kerr Wins O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada

Josh Kerr took home the trophy at the fourth stop on the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series in Tofino, Canada, on Thursday. The final day was almost perfect: blue skies, head-high surf, and just a breath of wind promised a good show. In heat No. 2 of the Round of 16, Josh Kerr knocked out […]

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10.12.10

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Highlights From Round 3 of the Rip Curl Pro

On Day 3 of the Rip Curl Pro, Portugal, Travis Logie was again the bearer of bad news, when he delivered a crushing Round 3 defeat to Mick Fanning. With Fanning’s loss, the 2010 World Title race is coming down to Jordy Smith and Current World No. 1 Kelly Slater—both whom advanced to Round 4.

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10.10.10

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Highlights From Day One of the Rip Curl Pro

The first nine heats of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal saw the underdogs prevail in shifty, inconsistent conditions at Supertubos. Among them, Tom Whitaker, Dusty Payne, Matt Wilkinson, Gabe Kling and Jeremy Flores surfed smart heats to secure first round victories while event favorites like Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Jordy Smith, Tiago Pieres, and CJ […]

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9.28.10

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Photos From Quiksilver's Newport Beach Surf Championships

This past weekend, the 22nd Annual Quiksilver Newport Beach Surf Championships, presented by Jack’s Surfboards, took a trip down memory lane to one of surfing’s most iconic era’s, Echo Beach. The high temperatures, two-to-three foot waves, florescent colors, thigh-high polka dot boardshorts, neon Zinka, and retro twin fins made it feel like the Echo Beach […]

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