Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

10.15.15

Features

Four Seasons In One Day

Observations from the final day of the Quik Pro France and the Roxy Pro

It’s strange to think that it was six long years ago that Gabriel Medina first came to France, posted two-10s, won a global grommet contest, and announced his skinny ass to the world. Six years. Today, at only 21, he won in France again. He’s twice the size of that little pretzel who spun and

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10.11.15

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Francophilia

Observations from Day Four of the Quik Pro and Day Three of the Roxy Pro

When the Big Sky Kahuna sat down on the Seventh Day and created pro surfing, he could only have hoped it would come out something like what we saw today in France. The World Sleep League just woke up. That was a fair day’s surfing, to be sure. Some of the best waves seen all

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10.10.15

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The Iceman of Cul Nus

Observations from Day Three of the Quik Pro and Day Two of the Roxy Pro

Stephanie Gilmore fracturing her leg and wrenching her knee back in March – while probably not great for Steph – has brought a silver lining to the women’s tour. Her absence has nudged the tour out of an increasingly predictable orbit. Just as the men’s tour was dominated for a decade by Kelly, Mick and

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10.9.15

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Le Crazy Quik Pro

Day two, and why France is the ancestral home of crazy on the pro tour.

Since time immemorial – or at least since Occy tried to swim from Hossegor to China in the middle of a month-long bender – the French leg of the pro tour has seen surfers melt into the plage, the pressures of a long year on tour and some bad mathematics in the ratings manifesting in

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9.18.15

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The Conceptual Shark

Breaking down the final rounds of the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women's Pro

The star of Steven Hall’s novel The Raw Shark Texts is a “conceptual shark” that lurks in the narrator’s memories, devouring great chunks, cleaning up the weak and old pieces of his past until there is nothing left. At times this week, I longed for a similar conceptual shark that could stalk surf websites devouring

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9.12.15

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The Girl in the Red Convertible

Comments and concerns from Day Four at Lowers

Forty-three years ago, a girl in a red convertible scooped up Michael Peterson and Rabbit Bartholomew from the San Diego Travel Lodge and drove them south through Mexico. Smitten with Peterson, his movie star looks, and his leather jacket, she spirited away the the pair who were in California for the ’72 World Titles. It

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9.11.15

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Die Trying

Kelly, Filipe, and a buttery Rushmore of Parko

Lowers is hands down the most needy contest on tour. Guys have surfed Lowers this week like that ex-girlfriend you had who left 80 messages on your phone that time. I don’t know if it was a combination of a dying, lumpy swell, the contest – and the season – getting pointy, people melting in

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9.9.15

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Right Now, Said Fred

Fred Patacchia takes a bow, but the World Tour stands tall at Lowers

Of all the events on tour, the freesurfs around the Trestles event are hands down the worst. They’re simply awful things. Okay, sure, Snapper might be seven circles of hell on the morning before the contest starts, but at least there’s a large rock sitting there to do some regulating and turn anyone who shouldn’t

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8.25.15

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A Man’s Not An Island

Reflections on Jeremy Flores' Win at Teahupoo

I spoke with Jeremy Flores when he was at his nadir, last Easter. In fact that’s not quite true. He would actually get lower in the months after we spoke. Clearly not enjoying life on tour, apparently not enjoying life much at all, I asked Jeremy what was going to bring back the joy. “I

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8.25.15

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Death by Fluffy Pillows

The Billabong Pro Tahiti grinds on and its as dangerous as it ever was

Imminent danger is a tremendously effective marketing tool. It can really shift units. How many car-mounted flame-throwers do you think got sold when car jacking became the crime du jour in Johannesburg in the ’90s? And after the run of shark attacks in Australia, is it an accident there are suddenly ads everywhere for shark-repellent

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