It was every surfer’s biggest nightmare and over the past 12 hours it has become the leading news of the day. During the final of the J-Bay Open today (July 19, 2015) between Julian Wilson and Mick Fanning a shark swam over and tried to take a nip our of defending champion and three-time world champ Fanning.
“I was just cruising and waiting for my turn, my opportunity and I knew Julian (Wilson) was down the point,” Fanning said. “I was just about to get moving and start paddling again and all of a sudden I had this instinct that something was behind me. I started getting pulled underwater and then the thing came up and I was on my board and it was right there. I saw the whole thing thrashing around but I was getting dragged under by my leg rope. I felt like it kicked me off but it was still there going and I was still attached to my board. I felt like I punched it a couple of times and then it was dragging me and then my leg rope broke.”
Fanning tried to yell to Julian Wilson for him to get out of the water, but Wilson was already on his way to help Fanning.
“Mick (Fanning) was kind of out in no man’s land so I was really watching him and had my eyes on him,” said Wilson. “Mick (Fanning) was looking down the point and I saw the whole thing pop up behind him. It came up and he was wrestling it. I saw him get knocked off his board and then a wave popped up and I thought, ‘he’s gone’. I felt like I couldn’t get there quick enough. The results don’t mean anything to me, I’m just happy he’s alive. I literally thought when I was paddling for him that I wasn’t going to get there in time, especially when I saw him off his board and swimming away. I thought it was going to grab him and take him under. I’m so happy we’re both on the beach right now, I was so worried about Mick’s life.”
Both surfers were immediately removed from the water by contest water patrol and neither had a scratch on them. The contest was halted and Fanning and Wilson were given equal second place finishes and split the prize money.
We are so unbelievably overjoyed that it turned out the way it did and will be forever inspired by Julian Wilson’s heroic act. For the official word (and complete results) please follow the jump.
The Roark Revival is rolling out their spring 2016 collection at the Agenda Show today and tomorrow (July 8-9, 2015). They are calling it: “Volume 10: Strange Daze In A Hanoi Haze.”
Fresh off a stint in Nepal, he seeks R&R in a land filled with evolving promise and the ever-present stains of war. Once again conflict rises within his minds eye as he seeks out freedom and the reconciliation of the pictures created by politicians, war films and the 1960’s anti-war movement. The collection spans four phases of Roark’s voyage: The chaos of Hanoi, the North Vietnamese countryside by motorcycle convoy, Ha Long Bay by Junque Boat, and the long trek to Da Nang. It’s inspired by cash crops, the psychedelics of war and peace, traditional Vietnamese textiles and the beauty of the lands waterways. The garments are sweat-stained, dirty and well worn. Join Roark and crew as they explore new dimensions and find peace amongst chaos and freedom.
Got it? Sort of? For the rest of the story, stop by their booth, or click the link.
Canadian born graphic artist extraordinaire Geoff McFetridge has always been a mystery to us. His work is always clean, clever, cool, and catchy just like a great pop song, but we’ve never heard the man speak through anything other than his art. That’s why it’s great to see him sit down with the legendary Chris Pastras for an episode of Monster Children’s Table Talk. Watch it and learn.
The Lyon introduces a unique form of construction that results in a truly sophisticated men’s design. Featuring 5-barrel hinge hardware and custom hex metal appliqué… optics by Carl Zeiss CR-39 lens offering 100% UVA/UVB protection.
Yes, there are still a lot of great people and brands (750 of them) who attend the Agenda Show. If you are one of them then please be reminded that the show is in T-minus two weeks. The show runs July 8-9, 2015 from 9 AM to 6 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center. For more info (and to pre-register) please click the link.
Dave Bergthold, the creative mind behind Blockhead Skateboards, is sneaking out a small run of reissues of some of Blockheads most iconic designs. Included in this limited edition collection is the Streetstyle, Sam Cunningham’s pro model, the Hard Times, and Omar Hassan’s Pro model. The boards feature artwork by legendary skateboard graphic artist Ron Cameron. The decks are available for pre-order now and will ship in July. Click the link to order.
Jake Burton with Jack Mitrani, John Jackson, and Gabi Viteri at the 2013 SIA Show.
After weeks of rumors and speculation surrounding the health of Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton PR has finally today (June 24, 2015) released an official health update. It’s good news considering what Jake and his family have been through over the past two months.
Right after the 2015 Burton US Open in March, Jake Burton, Founder & Chairman of Burton Snowboards, was diagnosed with a type of Guillan-Barre Syndrome called Miller Fisher Syndrome. Miller Fisher is an extremely rare disorder that results in the body’s own immune system attacking the nerves. Jake had a very severe case that caused temporary paralysis of his entire body, so he was put on full life support in the ICU for nearly two months at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
He is now out of the hospital and making progress toward full and complete recovery. For the official word from Burton, please follow the jump.
Yes, now you too can live in Shaun White’s Encinitas, California beach house for the bargain rate of $12,500 a month, according to story in the LA Times.
The 3,500 square feet of polished interiors features dark wood floors, wrought iron chandeliers and bi-folding doors that give way to unobstructed ocean views. Smart home features, wireless speakers and a modernized kitchen with marble countertops and large center island are among the updates. . . The master suite sports a free-standing soaking tub and a glass-enclosed rain shower for four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Just think, the only thing standing between you and your summer of a rock star is $36,000.