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8.24.16

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Sharks Hate Herbs and Spices

Australian man makes organic shark deterrent surf wax

After moving to South Australia last June, surfer Neil Campbell has had enough with the sharky vibes and bad juju in the water. “If I was to continue surfing, I thought I had to protect myself in some way,” Campbell told ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] Adelaide. But instead of going Crocodile Dundee, lashing a bowie

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8.23.16

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Kelly Slater Takes A.I. Commitment Award

"Andy would be equally mad and stoked that I won this thing"

The Andy Irons Commitment Award is given during each Billabong Pro to the most committed, passionate, and courageous competitor—according to the WSL. Last year, the distinction went to C.J. Hobgood. Jeremy Flores won the first one back in 2011, followed by Ricardo dos Santos in 2012, John Florence in 2013, and Owen Wright in 2014.

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8.18.16

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Occy’s Got a Podcast

Your morning commute, fueled by the Occ-cast

Southern California traffic. Tolerable for the patient driver. For the rest of us, it’s an asphalt straitjacket. Hot. Sitting idle. Sore backs. Direct line of sight to that SUV with obnoxious stickers. Nowhere to turn. What’s an I-5 commuter to do? Listen to the Occ-cast! With the Occ-Cast, Mark Occhilupo has decided to milk that sweet

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8.11.16

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Tiger Shark Attacks Foilboard

Connor Baxter fends off a ten-footer in Maui

I’m not saying the chances of a shark attack are heightened while riding a hydrofoil. But the obvious dangers of riding such surfcraft are hitting the news as their hype continues to build. Remember when Japanese surfer Yu Tonbi Sumitomo almost decapitated himself recently while putting his new foil through the motions? Now, just a

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8.11.16

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Kelly Slater Is Giving Two People The Chance To Surf His Wave Pool

The sweepstakes to rule all sweepstakes

Been trying to find a way to sneak into the #SurfRanch and get a few waves to yourself? Well, instead of getting escorted off the property for trespassing I've got an easier way to get yourself invited! Ha. Continuing with the #WillyWonka theme…we're partnering with @omazeworld and I'm giving away two #GoldenTickets to the lucky

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8.10.16

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Taj Burrow Never Rode A Single-Fin Until Yesterday

Here's what happened in the Maldives specialty event

Chances are good that an online search of the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Championship Trophy mentions its reputation as the world’s most luxurious surf competition. Let’s not mince words: It is. Situated on a private coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Surf glassy right-handers at Sultans by day. Sleep in ritzy thatched

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8.9.16

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Good Guy Kelly Slater Is At It Again

Have you seen these surfboards?

A photo posted by Kelly Slater (@kellyslater) on Aug 6, 2016 at 5:36am PDT He saves kids, he builds dreams, and now he’s looking to return a batch of surfboards to their rightful owners. The ultimate good samaritan, Kelly Slater, can do no wrong. So, if you’ve seen these surfboards or know of anybody who

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7.28.16

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ESPN is doing a Mick Fanning documentary

Narrated by Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth

ESPN announced yesterday that Mick Fanning will be the subject of this Friday’s ESPN E:60, “a prime-time newsmagazine program, [featuring] profiles, investigations and cutting-edge stories focused on sports.” It should be no surprise that Mick’s public profile has risen since his triumphant return to Jeffreys earlier this month, though the doc appears to have been

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7.19.16

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Jamie Mitchell Speaks Up On Hydrofoils

"Foils are dangerous...Very dangerous"

The hydrofoil craze (can you even call it that?) has been causing a buzz after Maui’s master of surfcraft, Kai Lenny, released a video showing off his superhuman ability on the strange contraption. I took jabs at the moped of surfing, and boy, did I cop some heat. Upon seeing an image of an accident

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7.12.16

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Koa Smith Is On A Reality TV Show

And he needs your help

Koa Smith, the Kauian who pulls into some of the biggest and longest pits the world has to offer, is currently running across the grand ol’ U.S. of A. with his fashion-model brother Travis on a reality TV show called The Runner that’s the entertainment lovechild of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The premise is as

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