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1.8.15

Random Happenings

Welcome to the WSL Era

The Shoe City Pro QS1000 is first WSL event

Hey, how about that? It’s On! With surprisingly little fanfare, the first ever WSL event is in full swing over at the Shoe City Pro at Huntington Beach. It’s a QS1000, which used to be a 1-Star, so, it’s not exactly the Pipe Masters or anything, but still, it’s the rebranded WSL’s first event, so

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1.5.15

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Party Wave!

Basque Country doubles with Alex Botelho and João De Macedo

There’s nothing like dropping in on your best bud. Nothing at all. Especially when surfing waves of size and consequence. The spit-second of eye contact that says “I love you, bro” and “fuck you” all at the same time, this is what surfing with your friends is all about. The doubles run you’ll see here

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12.20.14

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@KellySlater congratulates @GabrielMedina

Reveals thoughts about the World Title showdown on Instagram

When the final horn sounded yesterday at Pipeline, 20-year-old Gabriel Medina had successfully defended his lead in the ratings over fellow world title contenders Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater and emerged as the first ever Brazilian world champion. Shortly thereafter, 11-time World Champ Kelly Slater took to Instagram to voice his opinion on Medina’s incredible

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12.15.14

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“Gun It!”

Hawaiian Water Patrol's daring Pipeline rescue

In the realm of who’s on top in the world of water patrol, the Hawaiians have earned themselves a reputation for being among the world’s best. Recently, during one of the many massive sets that swept through Round 2 of the Pipe Masters, the water patrol completed a jaw-dropping rescue when they plucked Aritz Aranburu

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12.11.14

Random Happenings

The Pineapple Express Brings Storm Surf to Tahoe

Very underwhelming, but certainly a novelty

The Pineapple Express, Northern California’s storm of the decade that’s flooding coasts and knocking out power with reckless abandon, also delivered waves to a ski town in need. As Lake Tahoe battens down its hatches and braces for plenty of snowfall, winds in the +100 mph range stirred up some swell for anyone with enough

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10.27.14

Random Happenings

Kelly Slater Talks Life, Death, Religion, and Barrels

And CNN dubs him "The King of Surfing"

The mainstream media's coverage of surfers always leaves a weird taste in your mouth, a discomfort akin to wearing shoes on the beach, or seeing a teacher in public. There's not technically anything wrong with it, I guess, but it sure feels like there is.

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10.23.14

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Julia Mancuso, Cloudbreak Slope

Olympic medal-winning skier on a different kind of mountain

A photo posted by Julia Mancuso (@juliamancuso) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:09am PDT Last week, Olympic downhill skiing gold medalist Julia Mancuso posted photos of herself charging some beefy sets at Cloudbreak to her Instagram feed. Mancuso has surfed for years, spends lots of time in the tropics, and lived part of her youth on

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10.22.14

Random Happenings

Kelly Slater Kills His Board

Following his loss in Portugal, Slater vents on his foam

When Kelly Slater was knocked out of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Round 3 by Aritz Aranburu, seemingly letting his golden opportunity to tighten the title race with Medina slip through his fingers, the champ was, understandably, a little frustrated. After walking into the competitor’s area and away from the camera crew, Slater, believing

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10.20.14

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John John’s Ringer

Filmmaker tags in for Florence during Portugal's expression session

In an unexpected turn of events, John John Florence opted to sit out from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal Expression Session, and sent out his videographer Blake Kueny in his place. Completely unprepared for his World Tour debut, Kueny had to borrow a board from Brett Simpson before paddling out in the nearly vacant lineup

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10.15.14

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Gisele’s New Chanel

Supermodels prefer swallowtails

Luxury fashion accessories magnate Chanel has a new ad campaign built around Gisele Bündchen threading a tropical tube and…actually, just forget it. Words fail. Watch the video above. The part you’re interested in starts at the :20 second mark and runs to about 1:15. That barrelface, it rivals John John in terms of pure, blank-expression

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