Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

7.12.16

Features

Faces of Andy

Five years after the death of Hawaiian world champion Andy Irons, it's never been more difficult to separate the man from his myth

Andy Irons is in the passenger seat as the car barrels across the flat red Never Never of the Australian desert. “Brah, did we just turn back there?” The steering wheel had inched maybe three degrees to the left on the faintest, most imperceptible chicane, the only deviation in hours on this long, lonely, hot

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6.17.16

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Buying The Whole Cow

Sean Doherty, on Gabe's win, Kelly's hypotheticals, and Finals Day of the Fiji Pro

Matt Wilkinson was doing his “morning of the Final” thing, eating cereal at the breakfast table on Namotu Island. “I think I might start my warm-ups,” he said. “Okay, First: Warm-up tube face.” He started goggling his eyes and making a face like a blow-up sex doll. “Second: Warm-up chandelier neck.” He started throwing his

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6.16.16

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Starting Up The Top Shop

Sean Doherty, on Rounds Four and Five of the Fiji Pro

In the middle of a drunken game of island bocce last week, a remarkable sight was seen. Up the beach, on his own, a hairy creature was doing overhead abdominal crunches using a large chunk of coral as a counterweight. Ace Buchan began narrating the sighting like David Attenborough in the midst of a troop

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6.15.16

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The Way To Go Out

Sean Doherty on Taj's final bow and Round Three of the Fiji Pro

In the total absence of surf, competitive vibes have been few and far between in this corner of the South Pacific over the past week. They reared their ugly head for a minute the other day when a rugby ball materialized on the beach. The ball was picked up by one of the Fijian boatman,

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6.6.16

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Cape Fiji

Field notes and snapshots from Day Two of the Fiji Pro

Cut off from the outside world on this island outpost – no fans, no entourages, no girlfriends – this contest quickly becomes a self-contained social experiment. These guys literally are prisoners in paradise, and the behavior gets more jailhouse by the day. If you really want to psychoanalyze this contest, just watch the morning freesurf.

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6.5.16

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Hot, White Sun

Field notes and snapshots from Day One of the Fiji Pro

In my teens, I once went blind while surfing in Fiji. Sun-blind, bad. A day under the Fijian sun, surfing Wilkes, deep-fried my retinas crunchy golden and I literally couldn’t see a finger in front of my face for two days afterward. I’d seen too much Pacific in one day, and my eyeballs had melted

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4.6.16

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The Yoda Interview

How Glenn "Micro" Hall transformed Matt Wilkinson into a back-to-back event winner

Glenn “Micro” Hall is surfing’s Vince Lombardi — just shorter, thirstier, and so far this season, winninger. The 34-year-old Irishman’s only a few months removed from competing professionally, himself, yet he’s already led the World Tour’s improbable favorite, Matt Wilkinson, to wins at both Snapper and Bells Beach, as well as pushing current Women’s World

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4.3.16

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Champagne For Breakfast

Wilko goes two for two and rings the bell on Finals Day

This one dragged out a little. After nearly a fortnight at Bells, your correspondent has begun to take on the appearance of a chicken parmigiana, the official pub meal of Victoria, with a greasy film of cheese and tomato beginning to ooze from the pores. In ye olde days, consecutive lay-days at Bells would have

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4.1.16

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On The Clock

Courtney Conlogue takes Bells, men nearly set for final rounds at the Rip Curl Pro

It comes as a shock to the thousands of gormless tourists who flock to the fabled Bells Beach when they learn that the mobs of cute kangaroos that dutifully pose for photos in the adjacent farmland occasionally find themselves on the wrong end of a bullet. Not only are the roos a pest for the

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3.27.16

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Oceanic Snowboarding

Building swell, Bathymetry, and Mason Ho

Back in 1981, Terry Richardson took a drop at Bells that didn’t end. It was the biggest wave ridden on the biggest day surfed at Bells, and the unique bathymetry of the Bells reef turned it into a giant, moving, stationery wave. By the time he’d taken the drop, he’d traveled the length of the

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