Random Happenings

9.3.14

Random Happenings

Slow-Motion Carnage at The Wedge

Oh wipeouts, why must you be so enjoyable to watch?

It’s a foolproof formula. Take some super HD footage of The Wedge at its most menacing and slow it down so that every detail of every wave is seen in full. And oh, the glorious wipeouts! They’ll have you simultaneously laughing and crying at their absurdity. Just imagine pulling back on a 20-foot wave that […]

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9.3.14

Random Happenings

Bethany Hamilton’s Amazing Race

The star is set to embark on a different type of world tour

The Amazing Race, the CBS show that pits duos against each other for a chance to win a cool million bucks, has signed up Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks to appear as contestants in the upcoming 25th season. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it’s kind of a big deal and attracts an […]

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8.29.14

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Kicked Out at Teahupoo

Highlights of accidents from the Teahupoo Offramp

Let’s start by saying that we know it’s hard—nay, impossible—to play it cool when you’ve just exited a perfect 10-foot barrel at Teahupoo. We get it. But what we saw in the realm of kickouts at the Billabong Pro Tahiti was nearly as entertaining as the tubes themselves. Whether it was Kelly Slater awkwardly jumping […]

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8.28.14

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Sandspit’s Wave of the Swell

Hurricane Marie even snuck swell into Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara in the summer is normally a desolate wasteland. Well, for surf anyway. Not this week. Not with Hurricane Marie’s sexy SE swell direction wrapping into SoCal, charming her way past the Channel Islands, slipping surf underneath their typical summertime stonewalling. Local Gabe Venturelli (Ed’s Note: the surfer’s name was unknown at first) scored […]

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8.27.14

Random Happenings

Jamie O’Brien Doubles Up at the Wedge

Soft Top to shortboard to closeout on dry sand

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Jamie O’Brien decides to bust out a board transfer on a massive set at The Wedge. Big board, to little board, to big barrel.

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8.27.14

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Drone Footage of Malibu

This is how you shoot the pier

Sorry, Laird Hamilton. But piers are best shot without a paddle in hand, so we must say this one of Allen Sarlo takes the cake. For now. With Hurricane Marie currently blessing the California coastline with solid swell, expect to see more pier shooting and photos of waves that don’t look like they belong in […]

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8.27.14

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Laird Hamilton Shoots Malibu Pier

Yeah, the swell is hitting alright

And all is again right with the world. Used to be, a massive, once-in-a-decade swell would show up to pound a reef or sandbar somewhere, and there, swooping out of the heavens to ride the biggest wave of the day, would be Laird Hamilton, astride a futuristic tow board or some enormous surf ski contraption […]

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8.22.14

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Dolphins vs. Stand-Up Paddler

The jury is still out on the dolphin's motives

If you’re sick of stand-up paddlers crowding lineups, apparently you’re not alone. In this clip, which was shot during a comp in South Africa earlier this week, a pod of dolphins surf down the point when one jumps out of the face of the wave and into a stand-up paddler. Given that dolphins aren’t well-versed […]

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8.20.14

Random Happenings

Teahupoo Through Slater’s Eyes

Ya think he knows a thing or two about this reef pass?

During a lay day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Kelly Slater hopped in a helicopter to give a bird’s-eye breakdown of Teahupoo (see the 12-second mark for the proper pronunciation). As expected, Teahupoo remains one of the most beautiful and downright terrifying waves on the planet, even from above. Between the narrow channels that cut […]

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8.19.14

Random Happenings

NYC Bans the Boogie

No bodyboarding allowed in the Big Apple

And you thought the war against bodyboarding was over in the ’90s. This past week, the New York City parks department banned bodyboards on all New York City beaches. The city declared bodyboards to be, officially in the eyes of the law, “flotation devices,” and for some reason, flotation devices are not welcome at the […]

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