Hawaii hype, Yago Dora mania, Leonardo Fioravanti and more
Deep barrels, tweaked airs, and razor-sharp rail work from the Hurley groms (some of whom are barely in their teens) is laid out in a buffet style in our clip of the week. If you've been surfing for say, 15 years, and you've yet to stomp an air, this clip could either motivate you or make you want to quit surfing all together.
After a rough 2014, Zeke Lau prepares for the steep road ahead
Last year was tough, I’m not gonna lie. But I’m trying to pull some positivity out of it and make it a learning experience. I had a rough year competing, but I was also able to take away a lot from my losses. I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about my boards and dialing in what exactly works for me. But overall, the ’QS isn’t easy. They call it a grind for a reason.
Six dozen surfers on a tidal bore in France
In the realm of all things sweeping the Internet, here we have a video of what we’ll assume is one of the most crowded tidal bores ever ridden. Although the video—which features an estimated 77 SUPs, kayaks, shortboards, and longboards—was posted by the Federation of Costa Rican surfers, it was actually shot at the Gironde River
World Tour rookie Keanu Asing on what it takes to make it in competitive surfing today
You have to take it seriously to succeed at that level. Some people have amazing genetics and are just naturals at what they do, but a lot of us have to work harder for that. I wouldn’t consider myself a natural talent. I’m blessed to do what I do, but so much of where I’m at is from working really hard.
A look under the hood of John John's Volcom Pipe Pro sled
The Bastard has a full concave on the bottom. Single throughout it, but with a very slight double towards the fins. Quite a bit of curve to this board and it has an even rocker, which makes it really responsive and peppy. It’s intended to be ridden in hollow, juicy waves, but he’s also ridden this model out at Trestles as well. It has some concave in the center of the board as well, which helps carry you through the fatter sections of the wave.
The week's best, all under one URL
It's been a while since Maui's Kai Barger made waves in the media. But this latest edit is one of the most impressive clips we've seen in some time. In the video above, Kai mixes massive full rotations and packs rather large Outer Island tubes with a whole lot of style.
An interview with Chris Connolly, the 2014 Fantasy Surfer champ
For Fantasy Surfer, a few buddies and I have a club and each contest the losers buy the winner beer. My buddies got tired of buying me beer this year.
An interview with John John, your 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro Champ
"It really felt like redemption for me to win over Kelly. It was redemption for my performance out here at this event last year. It was redemption for Kelly winning Pipe then that semi in Tahiti. I still really want to get him back in good surf in a CT final. I really want to get him back now in some good waves."
Slater and Florence make their debut and set the pace
The third day of competition for the Volcom Pipe Pro gave way to clean-but-fading 4- to 5-foot tubes at Pipe and Backdoor. While the swell lacked the meat of previous days, the immaculate conditions on offer made up for the decrease in swell. Setting the pace for the day was three-time event champion John Florence,