Darren Handley breaks down the board Fanning rode at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Headed into Portugal, Mick Fanning's World Title chances were slim, needing two of the world's best to self-combust in order to be able to say there was even a chance. They did, and he rode that momentum, along with the following board, to his third event win of the year.
Alex and Koa Smith pay homage to the Hawaiian winter
Alex and Koa Smith, the brothers behind LastNameFirst.tv, drop a highlight reel from last winter that leaves us weak in the knees and chomping at the bit for high season in Hawaii.
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CLIP OF THE WEEK: Ryan Burch In Indo Asymmetrical tails, odd fin-placements, heaving left-hand barrels, and Ryan Burch collide in our Clip of the Week. Portugal in Black and White Although the surf at Supertubes was a few shades below mediocre for the Rip Curl Pro, the World Tour managed to tap into a a handful of […]
Following his loss in Portugal, Slater vents on his foam
When Kelly Slater was knocked out of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Round 3 by Aritz Aranburu, seemingly letting his golden opportunity to tighten the title race with Medina slip through his fingers, the champ was, understandably, a little frustrated. After walking into the competitor’s area and away from the camera crew, Slater, believing […]
Breaking down John John's Florence's European sled
Between his win in France and his quarterfinal finish in Portugal, it’s safe to say that the Old Country was definitely kind to John John. Below, Jon Pyzel of Pyzel Surfboards breaks down the golden board* that John John rode throughout the European leg of the Tour. JOHN JOHN FLORENCE HEIGHT: 6’1″ WEIGHT: 167 SHAPER: Jon […]
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CLIP OF THE WEEK: World Tour Scores Portugal…Just Not At The Contest While the opening round of the Portugal comp was held in acrid conditions, on an off day, most of the WT ventured away from the contest venue where they found an idyllic beachbreak setup with perfect head-high tubes and an array of ramps. It’s […]
Slater and Medina advance to tighten the title race
The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal kicked off with less-than-stellar conditions today. Heading into a tightening world title race, the pressure was on Gabriel Medina to hold his lead over Kelly Slater, who realistically needs to win this event to push the title race to Pipeline. Today, in their round 1 heats, both surfers posted wins and will move onto Round 3.
Ramming Rocks With CJ Hobgood
CJ Hobgood narrowly escapes having his face torn from his skull. If that sounds morbid, just watch how close we came to losing his pretty mug in this clip.
Typhoon Vongfong intensifies, heads toward Japan
Some forecasters are predicting that Typhoon Vongfong could rival Typhoon Haiyan in strength, which destroyed much of the Phillipines last year and claimed more than 6,000 lives. However, if current predictions and reading hold true, the storm is expected to weaken as it moves north toward Japan and make landfall as a category 2 storm.
Doc Lausch and Signal Surfboards cut a cardboard surfboard
If you thought the “Ride Anything” movement that defined the last decade had run its course, think again. Recently, Southern California-based shaper Doc Lausch and a team from Signal Snowboards created a functional shortboard composed almost entirely of cardboard. While the idea of riding a paper board may sound absurd, through a mountain of trail […]