Random Happenings

7.28.14

Random Happenings

Kelly Slater’s U.S. Open Warm Up

A small forecast calls for a creative means of preparation

When the U.S. Open of Surfing forecast calls for no larger than 3-foot faces, warming up for the event can be difficult, especially when following up an all-time swell at Jeffreys Bay. Unless, of course, you’re Kelly Slater. In which case, you jump on an old board (notice the sticker?), head to a lake in […]

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7.26.14

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Teen Arrested for Threatening US Open

HBPD made the arrest following comments the 16-year-old made on social media

Police seized a handgun, a shotgun and electronic devices from the boy’s home.

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7.24.14

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Skeet Derham, Bullseye Nias Drop

Terrifying airdrop to barrel to claim

  This Nias video is a little bit dark, so what you can’t see is the panicked moment mid-drop when Derham’s heart literally beats out of his chest, then he grabs it out of midair, then stuffs it back into his body. After that, Derham’s rail bites, he locks into a screamer, and comes flying […]

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7.24.14

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Flood Surfing in Switzerland

Fast-moving water creates a powerful standing river-wave

When you live in a landlocked country, surfing becomes much more complicated than driving to the nearest beach and paddling out. For these surfers in Switzerland, flood surfing presents the perfect opportunity to get in the water without venturing beyond their borders. Earlier this week, fast-moving water in the Thur river granted such a situation […]

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7.16.14

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Wedge Madness

Solid south swell brings massive barrels and closeouts to Newport Beach's most infamous wave

Never before has breaking your back, neck, legs, surfboard, bodyboard, SUP, and/or handplane, while trying to surf an unrideable closeout looked so appealing. It could be the water color, maybe the slow-mo, or the mellow jam soothing out all the chaos; but somehow, this clip makes gnarly Wedge look doable to a sane person. In […]

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7.14.14

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Biggest Skimboard Wave Ever

Brad Domke goes XXL in the most finless way possible

Too big for a finless board. Too big to be able to maintain any kind of control with that sort of speed. Too easy. I mean, Lord knows how many times Domke was massively ruined during this session, but that ride looked like cake. For him. But then, there are his hands.

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7.8.14

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Coco Ho Goes Nude For ESPN

Footage of the World Tour star baring all for the Body Issue

As part of their annual Body Issue, ESPN The Magazine featured photos of one very nude Coco Ho surfing in Hawaii. Since 2009, the magazine has been running tastefully shot nudes of some of the world’s most esteemed athletes, including Olympians, football players, and soccer stars. Surfers have been a part of the mix for […]

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6.18.14

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Hoverboard A Reality

No, you're not dreaming

This is it everyone, the pinnacle of human technological achievement. All these hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have brought us to this moment. Man can finally strap in to a wakeboard, which is hooked up to an enormous firehose, which in turn is connected to a nearby Jet Ski, all of which blast […]

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6.16.14

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Great White Clears J-Bay Lineup

Pumping waves left unridden as a great white sends surfers rushing for shore

With a building swell at J-Bay on Sunday, a great white shark cruised through the lineup and sent every single surfer rushing to shore. “The 6-foot surf was just beginning to fire,” said photographer Ted Grambeau. “About 50 surfers vacated the lineup for at least a half hour.” Dan Ross, a former World Tour surfer […]

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6.12.14

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Wipeout Recovery

Big-wave charger Ramon Navarro falls then somehow bodysurfs back onto his board

What starts as a playful barrel somewhere off the Chilean coast quickly turns into one of the most amazing wipeout recoveries we’ve ever seen. Big-wave charger Ramon Navarro’s wave seemingly comes to an end as the second barrel pinches, forcing him into an impromptu body surf. Somehow, someway the wave pushes his board back into […]

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