Highlights from Day One of the 2016 World Tour
Underway! The 2016 World Tour is off, in dribbling conditions, but still off! Some have been training, others have just been surfing, and a few have been working on their hairdos and facial hair. Check out the highlights from Round One at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
It's Queen vs. Queen
No title malaise for Carissa Moore this year, at least from the looks of her new Rincon edit. She looks sharper than ever, blasting the point off the break and sending shivers through this year’s ‘CT lineup. Contenders beware. The first heat of 2016 has yet to kick off, and after seeing Carissa’s ever-charming demolition
for going Midas on the Gold Coast
Tropical Cyclone Winston made news as the strongest-ever tropical cyclone to make landfall over Fiji. After watching smooth Superbank tunnels on repeat for the past three weeks, you can see the force that Winston tossed around, and you can understand the jealousy, were you somewhere else, of missing out on consistent, cylindrical Gold Coast perfection.
Albee Layer, Cam Richards, Tyler Larronde, and Kain Daly, where the Firs stand guard
There’s a lot to love about the Pacific Northwest (watercolor backdrops, a spilling level of green, a lack of crowds), but it takes a certain breed to hood up and embrace its gray sky and cold coast, session after session. When Albee Layer, Cam Richards, Tyler Larronde, and Kain Daly trade island palms for Douglas
Evan Geiselman, Mitch Crews, and Adam Bennetts rock out in Indo
Your VHS turns aggro in the newest Just Passing Through edit, featuring Evan Geiselman, Mitch Crews, and Adam Bennetts, blasting Indo lips to the thump of heavy metal. Be advised: The lines are fast, and seizures are probable, which could be because of the flashes or because of the trio’s sharp rail game. Hard to
Laurent Pujol refines the art of the barrel shot
Laurent Pujol needed a career shift after his third shoulder surgery five years ago. A former professional surfer, the 42-year-old Frenchman chose to share the tow rope with the likes of Shane Dorian, Bruce Irons, and the best tube riders in the world, bravely stalling longer than other photographers to snap footage deep enough to
Watch Chris, Keith, and Dan in their natural element
Hang around the contest circuit long enough, the shore awash in bright singlets and waves of uptight heats in full paddle-battle mode, and a possible response would be to scratch your head and wonder out loud: Where are the Malloy brothers when you need them? The new biopic from Farm League gives a cinematic update
Nearly unpaddle-able Pe'ahi
The Brock Swell breathed fresh life into the Bay last week for The Eddie, but that the energy would push the big-wave selection all the way to Pe’ahi would be typical of the hellman’s spirit. Those who didn’t compete at Waimea landed some of the wildest Jaws waves seen this winter, when a northwest swell
Owen Wright will not compete in first half of 2016 World Tour season
This morning, Owen Wright withdrew from the first half of the 2016 World Tour season, according to a WSL press release. One of last year’s standout performers, Wright made history in 2015 by surfing his way to two perfect heats in pumping Fijian tubes. Adam Melling will reportedly take Wright’s place in the Top 34.