Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

6.15.16

Features

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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3.26.16

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Old Bones Road

Opening round musings from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Doug’s tooth fell out at breakfast yesterday. It was a molar. The whole thing just popped right out on its own. He didn’t even break it on a bread crust or anything – just spat it into his hand, calmly put it in his pocket as there was a gold filling in it, and kept

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3.16.16

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Blades of Glory

Observations from Finals Day at the Quik Pro Gold Coast

I watched on this morning as Christian Fletcher almost got reversed over by a contest jet ski in a crowded scrum at Greenmount. There was only the mildest irony involved – his father, Herbie, being the one who first had the idea of putting the mechanized sea donkeys in the lineup – but Christian laughed

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3.14.16

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Gold, Gold, Gold!

Observations from Day Four of the Quik Pro Gold Coast

There’s been a visiting delegation here at Snapper Rocks over the past few days. They’ve been inconspicuous in and around the contest, a group of Latin American gents in floral T-shirts watching on from the surfer’s VIP area, all very casual. It’s only the fact that the WSL brass seemed to be making a real

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