Step off into some heaving Mexico beachbreak with Alex Gray and J.O.B.
Nothing says summer like monster south-swell tubes in Mainland Mexico (with Alex Gray inside them). Jamie O’Brien joins in on the fun, they bring some props along for the ride, and as usual, both parties get really, really, ridiculously barreled.
Favorites fall as two full rounds of competition run at Jeffreys
Rounds 3 and 4 of the J-Bay Open were not kind to top seeds. With Joel Parkinson being the only current Top 10 surfer to already have secured a Quarterfinal berth, upsets ruled the day. Perennial J-Bay favorites Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith fell in Round 3 to Matt Wilkinson and C.J. Hobgood, respectively. Riding
The 11x world champ speaks his mind on where the ratings stand halfway through the year
If ever there were someone to break down the World Tour ratings, it’s the surprisingly unbiased 11x world champ Kelly Slater. Heading into Jeffreys Bay, Slater is ranked third overall behind Gabriel Medina and Michel Bourez, both of whom have event wins under their belt, while The Champ is winless. However, both already have throwaway
Highlights from the opening day at Jeffreys Bay
In pumping 5-to-7 foot Supertubes, the world’s best welcomed the J-Bay Open back to the World Tour. And what a welcome it was. Despite devil winds during the early heats, top seeds Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow dominated before goofyfooter Kai Otton served former event winner Joel Parkinson an upset with his 17.24 heat total.
1976 World Champ Peter Townend recreates his classic 1980s "Bi-Fin"
Check all the stats before the first heat hits the water in South Africa
The World Tour has returned to Jeffreys Bay. It’s been two years since the Top 34 have battled at the world’s best pointbreak, so the stats above reflect only the last three Tour events there, in ’09, ’10, and ’11. See who has done well before and who’s never seen J-Bay at its finest before
Sit shotgun with the South African as he takes you through 30-second barrels
Every time a surfer uses perfect to describe a wave it must be taken with a grain of salt. That said, Dale Staples has the video proof of what he calls “the perfect wave.” And we can’t disagree. Recently, Skeleton Bay returned to the forefront of the surf world with a run of swell that