1.6.14

The Culture

Save Kirra

A proposed cruise ship terminal has the iconic wave in jeopardy

A proposed development plan to build a $2 billion cruise ship terminal/casino near Kirra has many surfers and non-surfers alike outraged. The plan would likely ruin the natural flow of sand to the Northern Gold Coast, an area already suffering from erosion, damaging the life blood of the world-famous wave that generates millions of dollars […]

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12.24.13

Features

5 Most Controversial Heats

The most contentious matchups of the season

No World Tour season would be complete without a little vitriol. Relive the five most contentious heats of the season. Billabong Rio Pro Quarterfinal No. 2: Gabriel Medina (16.43) def. Ace Buchan (14.93) [Quarterfinal starts at 1:02, priority debacle at 1:41] We’ve heard there are plenty of distractions on the beach in Brazil, but this […]

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12.23.13

Features

10 Best Heats of 2013

The season's most entertaining matchups

Oh what a year 2013 was for the ASP World Tour! So much drama! So much action! Now that the season has concluded, lets relive the ten most entertaining heats of the year. Quiksilver Pro Snapper Final: Kelly Slater (18.56) def. Joel Parkinson (17.47) [Final begins at 1:11] The first contest of the year ended […]

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11.6.13

Features

O’Neill Coldwater Classic

Torrey Meister wins the new contest format at pumping Steamer Lane

The 2013 O’Neill Coldwater Classic ran today with a new, unconventional format in pumping conditions at Steamer Lane. After fighting a rising tide at the notoriously fickle wave during Round One, the quarterfinalists were determined, setting the event up for a dramatic finish as the final eight battled it out in prime, dropping tide conditions. […]

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10.24.13

Design Forum

What He Rode

Travis Lee breaks down Kai Otton's winning board from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal

"The added rail rocker and continuous curve of The Proton made it the perfect board for the curvy waves at Supertubos. The deep-single concave also gave him great projection out of his turns. This model was developed with Dane Reynolds at the beachbreak waves south of Ventura, which are similar to Portugal's, so you could really see the board come to life under Kai’s feet." —Travis Lee

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10.8.13

Features

Meet The Wildcards

Online voting determined the final four of sixteen 2013 O'Neill Coldwater Classic competitors

Online voting determined the final four of sixteen 2013 O'Neill Coldwater Classic competitors.

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10.4.13

Features

Quik Pro Wrap-Up

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 […]

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9.23.13

Design Forum

What He Rode: Taj Burrow

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.

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8.29.13

Features

Buttons’ Fight

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 […]

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8.8.13

The Culture

Rest in Peace Allan Byrne

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.

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