Five years after Andy's passing, his absence is still felt on Tour
We’ll never know how long Andy Irons would have remained a competitive force on the World Tour. He’d be 37 years old today, five years younger than Kelly. While Slater’s laser-beam focus on diet and keeping his body in near-perfect shape have temporarily staved off his aging process, it’s difficult to imagine A.I. still dragging
North Shore, Oahu
I always saw my kids as little buddies. I wasn’t really grown up yet when I had them. I was still kind of a kid myself. Being able to go to the beach and be outside all the time when they were little definitely made it easier to raise them. It helps to have a
Week In Review
To Claim or Not to Claim! Terrifying Sea Creatures! Kiteboarding Majesty!
Random happenings in surf for the week of October 30.
New wave pool atop a ten-story building planned for Orlando
If you’ve seen Bladerunner as many times as I have, then you’re likely just as convinced as I am that our future will take place entirely in skyscrapers (and in off-world colonies). There’s only so much available land out there, so, up, up, up we go. But where to put the wavepools that we’ll all
New South Wales government enacts big plans to prevent attacks
Australia’s New South Wales coast has seen 13 shark attacks on surfers and beachgoers so far this year, compared with three in all of 2014. In response, the New South Wales government just announced that they’ll spend $16 million on a comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce the amount of attacks without culling sharks. “We don’t
The Titans of Mavericks event is on the clock
Bang the gong, fire the cannon, wave the green flag, the waiting period for the 2015-16 Titans of Mavericks contest is open. On a perfectly calm early autumn day at Princeton-By-The-Sea, the surfers competing in the Titans of Mavericks, called in from across the globe, Avengers style, assembled at the picturesque little cove that benignly
Week In Review
The best river wave ever? And so much more...
Random happenings in surf for the week of October 23rd
Deconstructing our world through surf videos
Of all the movies in which aliens learn everything they know about life on Earth from watching our TV shows and films, Galaxy Quest is by far the best. Tim Allen acts his ass off as the star of a hokey space-adventure drama modeled on Star Trek. A hapless planet full of literally humorless aliens
Italian wins the ISA World Games U-18 Title eight months after brutal Pipeline wipeout
On Sunday, Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti, 17 years old, captured the ISA World Games U-18 Championship at the Oceanside pier. This was an astonishing feat, and not because Fioravanti is from Italy—he’s been one of the best young surfers on the planet for a few years now. Fioravanti’s win was surprising because he’s only eight months
Fanning's mother and the WSL lash out at KFC's new commercial
Elizabeth Osborne, Mick Fanning’s mother, has seen the KFC South Africa spoof of Fanning’s shark scare at J-Bay earlier this year, and she didn’t find it to be particularly funny. “I think it is very disrespectful,” she recently told Fairfax Media. “It really brings back a lot of trauma for everybody who has been attacked