Mick Fanning strengthens his No. 1 spot by taking down Gabriel Medina in France
The storyline of the final day of the Quiksilver Pro France actually began the day before. After losing to John John Florence in Round 4, Mick Fanning was forced to take on fellow world title contender Taj Burrow in the dangerous Round 5. Fresh off his Hurley Pro win, Burrow had the perfect opportunity to […]
Matt Biolos talks about the board Taj rode to the win at the Hurley Pro
His boards generally have more curve and narrower tails and noses than most of the other boards I make. He rides some of the lowest volume, curviest boards on Tour and they lend themselves to quick surfing.
The eccentric Hawaiian legend has been diagnosed with lung cancer
Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani, one of surfing’s strongest personalities and innovators, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. With medical bills stacking up, friends of Buttons have reached out to the surf community to raise money. To make a donation or send a message of support, click here. Revered for his smooth yet eccentric style, Buttons set […]
Remembering the legendary surfer and shaper after he passed away in Bali
Allan Byrne, the legendary Australian surfer/shaper, passed away last night while on life support in a hospital in Bali. He was 62 years old.
The five submissions that inspired us the most
When flipping through The Greatest Rides of All Time list in this year's Big Issue, nostalgic memories of your personal greatest ride quickly come to mind. This strong, unique connection was the inspiration for #MyGreatestRide, where we reached out to our social media followers to share an image relating to their own greatest ride. The submissions ranged from ankle-slapping shorebreak to adventures halfway around the globe, but in one way or another they all represented great rides. Here are the five submissions that we found the most inspiring.
Rare footage of a 13-hour Shipstern's Bluff session with Andy Irons and Co.
In the spring of 2006, Andy Irons made his Shipstern’s Bluff debut alongside Joel Parkinson, Mark Mathews, Dylan Longbottom, and Laurie Towner. The 3X world champ easily adapted to the deformed right-hand slab, but at the end of the day it was the relatively unknown 19-year-old Laurie Towner who stole the show (and the cover of our June 2006 issue).
The only flawless heats in the history of the World Tour
In the entire history of the ASP, only four surfers have been able to put together a perfect heat. Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson, two of those surfers, have done it twice. Here's a look at the six perfect heats in ASP history.
An interview with Ian Walsh about his journey along Cuba’s forbidden coastline
Only 90 miles separate Cuba from American soil, but immeasurable ideological differences have kept Cuba a relatively unattainable surf destination for American surfers. Last December, in the midst of peak Hawaii season, Ian Walsh traveled to a small village on the northeast tip of Cuba. Not knowing what to expect, Walsh discovered an empty cobblestone pointbreak and that the universal nature of surfing can transcend politics.
Jordy Smith takes down Adriano de Souza in Brazil
The final day of the Billabong Rio Pro was a dramatic cap to an otherwise uneventful contest plagued by lay days and overshadowed by a massive Teahupoo swell. Passions were running high on the final day with three of the eight quarterfinalists claiming home-field advantage (Adriano de Souza, Gabriel Medina, and Filipe Toledo). That passion came to a boiling point in the semi-finals when de Souza squared off against Medina in a heat that quickly became a microcosm of youth versus experience, flair versus strategy. A last second backside air reverse by Medina had everyone wondering who won well after the buzzer sounded. Ultimately, Medina’s wave came up just .14 points shy of the 7.94 that he needed to win.