Shea Lopez The author of SURFER’s Top 32 Review, Shea Lopez spent 11 years competing on the World Tour and now reigns as our resident expert on the pro surfosphere. Dane Reynolds and Kelly Slater were instrumental in filling 2010 with some of the greatest highlights of all time in ASP competition, and in doing
*Ed’s Note: Check out the May Issue of SURFER for the John Florence Profile Shea Lopez The author of SURFER’s Top 32 Review, Shea Lopez spent 11 years competing on the World Tour and now reigns as our resident expert on the pro surfosphere. In the past, surfing (competitive and free) was divided. There were
Pipeline Turns on for the Dramatic Second Day of Competition
Shea Lopez reports from the beach on the dramatic second day of competition at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
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