Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

10.20.14

Features

Inside the Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Mick Fanning wins at Supertubes as Medina, Slater, and the rest of us watch in shock

Mick Fanning went full-Mick Fanning today, and seemed to sneak into a Final and World Title race by doing the exact thing he’s always done. His consistency in Portugal was unparalleled, but drowned out by the noise from the hype machine of days past. Today, the buzz quieted. Fanning did as Fanning does, and things […]

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10.19.14

Features

The Lords of the Fly

Huge upsets at Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal

And so round three started and all interest was in Kelly and Gabe, who surfed in consecutive heats. World title scenarios were flashed up on the screen. The two guys they respectively surfed against ran down for their heats and no one even noticed. People were already looking at the draw and who Kelly and Gabe would meet in the finals.

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7.14.14

Opinion

What’s Your ASP Look Like?

Sean Doherty makes a case for his version of pro surfing

If you were given a blank piece of paper and told to go off and design pro surfing, what would you do? What type of glorious Mister Squiggle/Jackson Pollock abstract masterpiece would you sketch? It’s a favorite exercise of people who claim to have absolutely no interest in pro surfing whatsoever, people who then sit […]

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6.10.14

Features

Alex Gray Talks Alaska

From Los Angeles, Alex Gray looks back on his cold-water surf expedition through the Aleutian Arc

It started with an Aleutian swell in November—that generally means Hawaii. Instead, you went to the source. Early November for me is always Hawaii, but it sounded too intriguing for me not to go–a surf trip to Alaska. Burkard hit me up, told me Pete and Josh were coming, and gave me the gist of […]

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6.5.14

Features

Gabriel Medina Wins The Fiji Pro

The young Brazilian dominated the competition at Cloudbreak

When he woke this morning – presuming he went to bed…he may not have – I’m certain Stuart Gibson never expected to be naked, in a boat, waving a Brazilian flag in front of an indeterminate but significant global audience, but yet there he was. “Gibbo” is the resident photographer/barman on Namotu Island, a Tasmanian, […]

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6.5.14

Features

Day Three of the Fiji Pro

The young guard takes charge at Cloudbreak

Walking along the beach before the boat arrived this morning, I looked down at my feet and saw it. As the wave retreated, staring up at me from the sand was a domino. The thing had been in the ocean forever; the corners having been worn smooth and the colored dots – red and purple […]

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6.3.14

Features

Day Two of the Fiji Pro

Conditions improve significantly for the elimination rounds at Cloudbreak

The view out the window of the “Snake Room” – named after its Mecca-like pull on the local sea snake population – told me the wind had abated. At certain times during the night, it felt as though the island of Namotu was about to slip anchor and drift away into the Pacific, sailing the […]

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6.2.14

Features

Day One of the Fiji Pro

Behind the scenes of the first day of competition

In the absence of surf this week, fishing has been the fallback du jour and the beasties have been on the bite. Kai Otton skulldragged a 130-pound dogtooth tuna from the channel yesterday and we were out there again this morning trying to replicate the feat. We were downrigging baits along the ledge, our teeth […]

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4.22.14

Features

The Final Day at Bells Beach

Behind the scenes of Carissa Moore and Mick Fanning's paths to victory at the Rip Curl Pro

There was a lone lion on the Bells savannah at dawn this morning. One guy. Jordy Smith. Last year he’d fallen at the last hurdle at this venue, one that should rightly be his. He had the lineup to himself for half an hour, a rare gift, and he had the time to commune with […]

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4.21.14

Features

The Road to Bells Beach

Behind the scenes at the Rip Curl Pro

The last thoughts inside the head of a roadkill kangaroo are all tumbleweeds. For all their cuteness and occasional deliciousness, they can indeed be a very, very gormless animal. This morning on the road to Bells Beach, a kangaroo bounded over the wire fence of Bob Johnson’s farm and straight into the path of the […]

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