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.
John John, Slater, a west-northwest swell, and an army of Pipe specialists
But before we delve into the depths of the Volcom Pipe Pro webcast, which could start as early as Thursday, we thought it wise to give you a quick swell update and our pics to be standing tall on the podium come event’s end.
More details emerge on the death of Ricardo dos Santos
A recently released medical report confirms that Ricardo was indeed shot in the back and hit by two, not three, bullets as had been previously reported. One bullet pierced multiple vital organs while the other hit his spine.
The case for the unshaped surfboard
Earlier this winter, North Shore shaper Matty Raynor took an unorthodox approach to cutting a blank. Where as he would normally mow through the foam, finely sand the rails, and take the utmost precaution to ensure that he had dialed in the shape perfectly, Matty opted to just glass the damn thing. Yep, he just glassed a
A peak season swell lights up Hawaii outer reefs and Jaws
Jaws and the North Shore's outer reefs come to life for a massive northwest swell.
Jordy Smith, Cory Lopez, Brett Barley, and more live that North Shore life
Big, sketchy barrels, bigger airs, and Jordy Smith cutting through Pupukea to the sounds of a Sade remix (8:00 mark) set the tone. Featuring Brett Barley, Cory Lopez, Torrey Meister, Timmy Reyes and many more.
This is what it looks like when you rupture your spleen
Torrey Meister had a rough weekend at Pipe when he took a beating so hard it tore through his spleen. Good news is that Torrey will be just fine. His spleen? Not so much.
Drones, twins, Brazilians, and Snapper Rocks, all under one URL
CLIP OF THE WEEK: Stu Gibsons Takes Flight The drone is taking over action sports photography. We think that’s a damn good thing. Fresh perspectives of age-old haunts breathe new life into surf cinema. Recently, veteran surf photog Stu Gibson dropped this little gem chronicling his travels in 2014. Scenics and surf action, all tightly packed
Late-season Bali bangers and Kaimana Jaquias on tap
With the island reaching surf saturation, the fall in Bali just may be new peak season.
Dean Parker joins the fight against ISIS in Syria
Not long ago, Dean Parker spent the bulk of his days soaked in the tropical warm-water peaks of Central America. At 49, the Florida native thought he’d carved out a small slice of paradise for himself as a surf instructor in Costa Rica. No wetsuits, no stress, plenty of waves—you know, the dream. One quiet