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
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.
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
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.
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).