A new guard takes hold at Bells
As I sit here scratching away at the keyboard, John John Florence is surfing and no one seems to care. It sounds as crazy as it is. There is a rabid mob outside–largely Brazilian teenagers but of several stripes and creeds–gathered around Filipe Toledo. The young Brazilian replaces a young Hawaiian who replaced another young
Round 2 runs and Matt Wilkinson rises at Bells
I remember the first morning Wilko rolled into the surfer’s area for his first heat on tour at Snapper Rocks. He literally did roll in, wearing a pair of second-hand rollerblades and a top hat he jived in ready to add some life to what was an increasingly bland pantomime.
The Rip Curl Pro at Bells is a glorious slow burn
As we watch on, Mason takes off on the Rincon boil, races, then launches a huge inverted frontside air. Thing was everything we love about Mason’s surfing. Pops watches on, head already in the heat. “Yeah, but it’s gonna be tough against the champ,” he cools. “Well,” I offer, “he’s gonna have to knock the champ out. You don’t beat the champ on points.”
The five greatest Bells surfers of all time, according to Maurice Cole
Filipe Toledo takes the Quik Pro trophy, and Carissa Moore claims the Roxy Pro crown.
Now with Gabe Medina as Tahiti and Fiji and World Champ and Filipe Toledo the new champ of Snapper Rocks, I for one welcome our new Brazilian surfing overlords.
High drama unfolds at the Quik Pro
You’ve seen Ghostbusters right? The scene where the people of New York becomes so downright eggy with each other that a river of ectoplasmic ooze starts flowing beneath the streets, the bad vibes bubbling away under the city, the whole place just waiting to blow? Well, today the whole show at Snapper blew. A fresh
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast slogs through Round 2
Mick needn’t have worried. If the bantamweight conditions made him vulnerable, it was far worse for Dane Reynolds. Mick zinged down the point, joining the dots and looking great, while Dane went looking for sections that weren’t there. Mick won easy.
Reigning World Champ Stephanie Gilmore narrowly avoids Round 2 loss at the Roxy Pro
Already having suffered one shock loss due to the anaemic conditions in round one, Steph faced another one at Snapper Rocks today that would have knocked her out of her own contest, the first contest of the season, in straight sets. But Snapper Rocks came to her rescue inside the last minute, and gave her the wave she needed to breeze past wildcard Bronte Macaulay.
Insights from the opening salvo at Snapper Rocks
The seething, spitting brown ocean of a week ago was replaced this morning by placid green spinners at Snapper Rocks. The ocean’s tired and it looked like The Pass at Byron Bay out there this morning. Al Knost would have won heats out there today, and while it would have made a great longboarding wave, it was tough to flare. Guys who had spent their entire offseason thinking about coiling up on their first wave at Snapper and just letting the dogs out, unleashing hell, imagined themselves “dropping the hammer” or “stabbing the dagger” or whatever it is this year, suddenly found a wave that wouldn’t push back at all. The tour got lucky with surf last year, but in terms of swell here at Snapper we are a week late and a buck short.
Medina wins the World Title, Julian Wilson claims the Pipe Masters
Phil McNamara has spent the past three afternoons disguised as a Hawaiian hau bush. Down on the beach, tucked under the foliage, he’s been watching on silently as his boy, Mick Fanning, scours the reef between Pipe and Off The Wall looking for a potential world title wave. Phil meanwhile counts waves, counts heads, counts