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,
Big tubes and beatdowns on tap
The second day of the Volcom Pipe Pro bore witness to a mixed bag of swell that ranged from crumbly 4- to 6-foot tubes in the morning to knee-shaking Second Reef stacks in the afternoon. And while the conditions today weren’t by any means as clean as day one, contestants were able to pack a
No chaser needed
Aussie charger Mark Mathews finds himself in a rather precarious position on the rocks at Ours. While it's not as bad as Tyler Wright's latest encounter, it's still painful to watch.
Perfection on tap for opening day
As a 3,000-rated event, the Volcom Pipe Pro has become one of the most anticipated contests on the North Shore. More than just a way to accrue ratings point, the comp also seeds the top-16 finishers into the Pipe Masters trials next winter.