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6.19.13

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Echoes of the Über-Oop

Sean Doherty reflects on one of the biggest airs ever done in competition

Yesterday afternoon I was back at the hotel in Sanur, having beat the traffic, having just filed my post for the day, full of self congratulation at my endeavour and initiative and was just contemplating running down for a quick surf when I first heard the commotion. Bemos from the contest were dropping crew back to the hotel from Keramas, and they were all buzzing as they got out, the buzzing paraphrased thusly: “Holy shit!”, “Oh my God!”, “That was the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen!” That kinda stuff, much of it coming from the ASP judging panel who themselves were still in disbelief. Pretty soon the foyer of the hotel was full of people with phones and laptops gorging data, all watching and replaying the same video. They were double checking they hadn’t been seeing things.

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6.19.13

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2013 Oakley Pro Bali: Day 2

Top Seeds Regain Control on Day 2 of the Oakley Pro Bali

Top Seeds Regain Control on Day 2 of the Oakley Pro Bali

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6.18.13

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2013 Oakley Pro Bali: Day 1

Major Upsets and Mammoth Scores on Day 1 of the Oakley Pro Bali at Keramas

Major Upsets and Mammoth Scores on Day 1 of the Oakley Pro Bali at Keramas

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6.14.13

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The DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua: Day 5

The Surf Continues To Pump at the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

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6.13.13

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The DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua: Day 4

Perfect 10's and epic waves for the world's best juniors in Nicaragua

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6.12.13

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The DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua: Day 3

Nicaragua keeps delivering incredible waves on Day 3 of competition.

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6.12.13

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Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before

Kelly Slater puts on a historic performance en route to victory at the Fiji Pro

They say if you walk in like you own the place, then you’re halfway to where you’re going. Well, Kelly announced his arrival at Cloudbreak this morning by burning some hot laps on his jet ski through the lineup, shooting follow-footage of local surfer Aca Lalabalavu who was heavily piped at the time. Kelly dismounts and paddles straight out for his quarter against Seabass, and that’s when things really start to burn. John John, still dripping wet, catches Kelly’s first perfect 10 and comments, “I don’t know, but from here it kinda looked like a 20.” John John didn’t know how prophetic he was being, because it’s only a matter of minutes later that Kelly draws another wall of Pacific toward him. It’s bigger, foamier and throatier than the first, and tail of his 5’10” quad is doing it’s best to skip out from under him. CJ offers, “Man, that thing was a bull ride!”…and it was another 10. That’s your perfect heat, right there folks, the fifth in pro surfing and Kelly’s second. History made before 10am. The signs for the rest of the day are there early. When Kelly comes in and starts talking about the significance of the feat, he adds the caveat that, “Man, the way the waves are out there today, someone could go real close to getting another one.” And when he says someone, well, you probably know who he means.

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6.11.13

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Kelly Slater Wins Volcom Fiji Pro, Takes ASP WCT Rankings Lead

Kelly Slater (USA), 41, has won the Volcom Fiji Pro over Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, in pumping six-to-eight foot (2 metre) barrels at Cloudbreak, simultaneously launching to No. 1 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.

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6.11.13

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Volcom Fiji Pro Quarterfinalists Determined in Cloudbreak Perfection

The world’s best surfers returned to action today at the Volcom Fiji Pro, completing Rounds 3, 4 and 5

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6.11.13

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The DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua: Day 2

Great surf continued in Nicaragua with excellent performances by the world's best juniors

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