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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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6.10.13

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Order Restored

Cloudbreak specialists shine as Fiji returns to form at the Volcom Pro

It’s just after 9 a.m. and Kelly is on the contest mother ship—the Bel’Mare—having just dispatched wildcard Mitch Coleborn. It took all of seven seconds for him to show what 20-odd years of surfing a place can do for you, sitting way up the point on The Ledge and taking one the length of the reef. It was the first wave ridden from up there all morning. From there it was the predictable python squeeze, just showing Mitch Coleborn enough daylight to keep him interested while always having the thing under control. It was textbook Round 3 Kelly. The fireworks would follow (again predictably) later in the day as the waves improved and the field narrowed and the finals approached.

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6.10.13

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The DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua: Day 1

The World’s Best Under-18 Surfers from 30 countries Put on Amazing Display in the Solid Waves of Playa Jiquiliste.

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6.6.13

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Volcom Fiji Pro: Day 2

World’s Best Surfers Do Battle in Firing Restaurants at Volcom Fiji Pro

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6.6.13

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The Horror

Round 2 moves to Restaurants, where Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater make up for lost time

Parko made it back from fishing at 11p.m. the night before last. He trudged up the beach on Namotu, glad to be on terra firma, but knowing the repercussions were waiting with the dawn. They’d been out at sea for 22 hours. They’d caught one fish. He crawled straight into bed, and lying there next to him was his surfboard, an unridden 6’3” that had been pulled from his boardbag by Mick Fanning earlier in the night and covered in all sorts of unprintable graffiti and unflattering caricatures—Joel with a fishing rod, Joel in a boat, a disembodied nose just floating there. His stickers had been covered over with the logos of companies that sell fishing reels, fishing rods, fishing line. He should have slept like a baby that night, but he didn’t. Missing a heat for a spot of recreational fishing had the potential to make him a cult hero in bass and barramundi circles…but he was gonna look real silly amongst his surfing constituency if he lost his next heat and kissed his world title goodbye only halfway through the season.

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6.5.13

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All Teams Announced For 2013 DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

30 Countries and 300 of the World's Best Junior Surfers are Confirmed to Compete for Gold

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