This weekend officially kicked of the competitive snowboarding “I-want-to-go-to the-Olympics” season with the flame retardant, mouse dissolving, caffeinated, carbonated high fructose corn syrup event at Breckenridge, Colorado December 12-15, 2013.
It was the weekend of Shaun White’s nemeses. Thanks to an ankle injury in the halfpipe final (again) Shaun White finished second behind a hard charging Greg Bretz (pictured above). Then White decided to sit out the slope style event which was taken by Olympic Gold Medal favorite Mark McMorris. It would appear Shaun is already plotting out a dramatic Olympic storyline.
On the women’s side Torah Bright edged Kelly Clark in the pipe (Elena Hight didn’t land a run, sadly and Hannah Teter didn’t make the final finishing 16th in qualifying). Jamie Anderson did her usual by dominating the Slopestyle. For the complete, easy to read results, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Saturday, December 14, 2013 will likely go down in history as one of the best single day of competitive surfing in Pipeline’s history. As the final event of the ASP World Tour and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, a lot was riding on the 2013 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. There was the ASP World Title battle between 11-time winner Kelly Slater and 2-time winner Mick Fanning, and then there was 2 John Florence’s drive to win his second Triple Crown and his first Pipeline Masters title.
In the end, everyone did what they had to do. Fanning won his third ASP World Title, Slater won his seventh Pipe Masters title, and Florence won his second Vans Triple Crown. There’s no doubt that Florence will win a Pipeline masters, just not this year.
Before the event Kelly Slater was asked what was left for him in surfing. He’d already won the world titles, the six Pipe Masters. His answer, “My dream was to surf a final against John John at Pipeline.” Slater didn’t make his title wins a dozen, but he did get his wish in the final.
“It was a strange Final,” Slater said. “John John (Florence) and I both waited for a while and neither of us really got a score until late in the match. I knew it was going to be a sprint and it was probably a little advantageous not to have priority in the Final as I was able to go for a lot of waves instead of wait for those that took a while to eventuate.”
As for the big question of Slater continuing on the tour? He said, referring to coming so close: “I think that pissed me off just enough to keep going!” And Slater staying on the tour that is owned by his manager Terry Hardy is probably good for everybody involved. For the official word from the ASP and final results, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
It took the mind and body of a warrior and several last minute heat-saving waves, but Mick Fanning marched on through to claim his third ASP World Title on Saturday December 14, 2013 by making it to the semi-finals over Yadin Nicol in the quarter finals of the Billabong Pipe Masters In Memory of Andy Irons.
“The world title is something that takes a whole year, but sometimes it can feel like it boils down to the final day and the final heats,” Fanning said. “I’m sure I gave my wife Karissa and my mum enough stress today to last a lifetime. I was never worried myself now that I think of it. I knew what I needed to do and if the opportunity came, I knew I could do it. That opportunity came in both heats today. It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve been having fun all year and to clinch on a day like this at Pipeline makes it that much more special.”
When asked how he felt about winning his third world title and the hunt for Kelly Slater’s 11 title record, Fanning shrugged, laughed and said, “I don’t know. I was happy with one.” For the official word from the ASP follow the jump. [click to continue…]
We’re going to watch Dave Bachinsky then go out at skate. Because we find him that inspiring. Is it the trucks?
How’s this for talking story? It’s the Roark Revival Volume 5: “Camp Toyko.” It’s easy when you’re big in Japan. . .
Both a student and mentor of blades (foam & metal), Roark’s storyline continues with a collection of Tokyo-translated goods revealing the spoils of the urban adventurist and the rebirth of “men” whom are forged by experience and spontaneity.
Maybe you should just stay close to the edit.
[Link: Roark Revival]
A Sierra resort with deep, deep roots in snowboarding gets the chance to grow more today as California’s June Mountain officially reopens for the 2013-14 season after being shuttered since 2012. Today (Friday, December 13, 2013) the resort that hosted the original OP Pro of Snowboarding is back in the game.
“June has a special place in the hearts of so many skiers and snowboarders, and I know they’re just as excited as we are that June Mountain is reopening on Friday,” said general manager, Carl Williams. “We’ve made some improvements that I think visitors are really going to appreciate. June has always been a really comfortable place to learn to ski or snowboard, and with the new programming and ticket prices I think that’s even more true today.”
It’s like Mammoth’s less crowded, cheaper, more fun little sister. . . ah, or something like that. Tickets are $72 a day and the season passes cost only $175 for college students, and $399 for adults. Hello bargains! For the official word from June Mountain, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
This little Eric Leon edit from Arbor Snowboards will get your heart racing for a little heavy metal shred action. If it doesn’t, might as well just give it up.
[Link: Arbor Snowboards]
The Agenda Show is keeping their hat game on the up with a newly signed three-year deal with custom hat manufacturers Flexfit. Through the partnership Agenda and Flexfit will create limited edition hats created with different brands and artists.
“We have built AGENDA from the ground up, making sure that we keep surprising and inspiring our brands and retailers,” says Aaron Levant, founder of AGENDA. “Our relationship with FLEXFIT and being able to tap into each others resources will support our vision and keep the show fresh. This is only the beginning for AGENDA and FLEXFIT, and we’re excited to see the amazing collaborations to come.”
For the official word from Agenda, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Here’s the current 2013 ASP World Title situation: After losing to John John Florence and Nat Young (thanks to a last second interference against Florence) Mick Fanning was bumped into round 5 where he will face barrel riding magician CJ Hobgood. If Mick loses to CJ AND Kelly Slater wins the 2013 Billabong Pipe Masters, then Mr. Slater will win his 12th ASP world title. If Kelly wins and Mick gets third place or second, then Mick wins his third world title. If Kelly doesn’t win the Pipe Masters, Mick wins. See how crazy all this stuff is getting?
While the deck appears to be stacked against Slater he stayed right on message all day, both in his round 3 heat against Mitch Crews and his round 4 heat against 2012 Vans Triple Crown winner Sebastian Zietz and Miguel Pupo.
“I was worried this-morning about the conditions,” Slater said. “John John (Florence) and I were out trying to catch a couple of waves and I kind of thought ‘maybe we shouldn’t run, maybe we should wait and hour or two until it gets better.’ It seemed like it turned on during my heat and some kind of energy came through for me. I knew I had to make that heat, you can’t let those things escape your mind, that was the reality of the situation, but it’s not going to change how you go out there and perform. I had to go out there focused.”
Surfline is calling for a rising swell on Friday, December 13, 2013, and a pretty large swell on Saturday. It would appear that round 5 through the finals will go down on Saturday, December 14, 2013. And you just might want to tune in as it just may be the heaviest day in pro surfing history. Follow the jump for the official word from the ASP. [click to continue…]
Apparently Spy President and CEO Michael Marckx didn’t have enough titles after his name so the Spy board of directed added him to the board. Yep, now he’s President, CEO, and Member of the Board of Directors.
“Michael has been instrumental, and inspirational, in ensuring that SPY’s truly innovative products and its unique message are resonating throughout the marketplace,” said Seth Hamot, Spy Inc. chairman of the board. “We happily welcome him to the Board!”
For the official world from Spy, follow the jump. [click to continue…]