The buoys were maxing and the winds couldn’t have been better, but the swell direction today was just too north for Pipeline to show it’s true face. All swell woes aside, the first day of the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Memory of Andy Irons was a damn fine showcase of some superb surfing from the
Shea Lopez makes some big calls for Billabong Pipeline Masters
No event in the world is more difficult to win than the Pipeline Masters. No wave in the world is more difficult to ride than the Banzai Pipeline.
I’m at a loss for words trying to express all the events, and resulting emotions that are going through my head right now. After a week of highs and lows like nothing I’ve ever had to process in my life, I find myself alone for the first time after another marathon day, searching for a
Today started slow in Puerto Rico, so the decision was made to put the contest on hold until 10am to see if the dropping tide would help the conditions. After that call was made, most of the competitors chose to drive off in all directions to get surf at the many nearby nooks and crannies.
Today in Puerto Rico, Stephanie Gilmore won her fourth consecutive World Title in only four years on Tour. But that wasn’t all she had her eyes set on today. With Stephanie’s win in the Quarterfinals against Melanie Bartels, she clinched the World Title, and her first celebration and champagne shower of the day commenced. She
Dylan Graves won his heat at the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico today. Talk to anyone on the island tonight and that’s what they’ll tell you. Pick up the morning paper and you’ll be reading that headline. And if you were at the event after Dylan came in from his Round 2 heat you
“Somewhere” in Puerto Rico turned into the center of the surfing world today. Highlighted by several excellent tube rides going down in the early morning offshore conditions, the top 32 put on a display of surfing that has never been seen before in the Caribbean. Then, with the wind going side-shore and picking up around
With today’s victory at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Kelly Slater has all but wrapped up his 10th World Title. Jordy Smith may still have a chance mathematically, but with the performances Kelly has been giving this year, there is no way he isn’t closing out the year by becoming the 2010 World Champion. Now
As a surf fan, I am extremely disappointed with the conditions in Portugal. What was hyped as the swell of the century has only given us two rounds of heats at Supertubos, in conditions that look like an average day on the Outer Banks. Oh well, that’s what happens when you buy into the hype
I’m thousands of miles away from the Quiksilver Pro France right now watching the webcast at 3:30am and I haven’t wanted to be back on tour this bad in a long time. The surf for the final day was anywhere from 6-15 feet (depending where you live) and throwing out as wide as it was