John John Florence had a great 2016. No other way to say it. All that talk (years ago) about him being a future world champion turned out to be true. He’s still smiling. Winning contests, and he’s still got Pipe this week. Which means, there may be even more to celebrate before this year is over.
Hard to believe it, but Jordy Smith just won his first Hawaiian surfing event ever as he edged Frederico Morais, Torrey Meister, and Tanner Gudauskas in the final of the 2016 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Smith was understandably hyped.
“Unbelievable, can’t believe it,” said Smith. “I feel like this event has eluded me in the past. I didn’t have any expectations, I think that was the difference for this event. I just kind of went out there with an open mind. Thanks to everyone who supported me. . . “Early in my career I made a couple finals out here, I really had something going with the place,” continued Smith. “I don’t know, it’s been like six or seven years where I just couldn’t do a thing right. And then, everything just came together this year so I’m just really happy.”
Jordy’s win puts Frederico Morais in the 2016 Vans Triple Crown drivers seat for the time being. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
On the North Shore with time to kill? (We wish!) Join Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas as they screen their film Positive Vibrations at the North Shore Marketplace Lawn in Haleiwa on Monday evening at 6 PM on December 5, 2016.
The event will also feature Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas talking story about their work in the film, moderated by Kaipo Guerrero. After taking a surf trip to Jamaica, the brothers were inspired to give back and support the up-and-coming Jamaican surf culture. With over 200 surfboards donated, Positive Vibration is the story of the Gudauskas’ brothers efforts and ultimate success in sharing the stoke.
Vans will be giving away T-shirts to everyones who attends (while supplies last) so come early for shirts and grinds from Cholo’s, Banzai Sushi, and Il Gelato. And don’t worry if it rains, they’ve got a wet weather tent all covered just bring some chairs or beach blankets and it will be all good.
The Eddie has always been about the Aikau family. It begins and ends with them. Their blessing of the event each year is the single most spiritual happening in the world of surf.
In October 2016, the Aikau family said they were not interested in continuing their relationship with Quiksilver. According to a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser it had nothing to do with money. While we would have been sad to see the event end, we would line up behind the Aikau family every time when it comes to decisions about The Eddie.
Luckily, for fans of big wave contest surfing, the Aikau family, Quiksilver, and a certain live surfing event production and content generation company came to what is being reported as an “11th hour” agreement to open the waiting period for the 32nd annual event. The opening ceremonies are tomorrow, December 1, 2016 at Waimea Bay Beach Park. If you’re on the North Shore we know you’ll be there. We’re just bummed we’re going to miss it.
Merge4 brings together four boardsports heavies in the pursuit of quality socks. Founded by former Sessions co-owner Cindi Ferreira Busenhart, skater/artist Keith Meek, Las Vegas restauranteur Gigli Locatelli, and legendary skater and Santa Cruz Bicycles founder Rob Roskopp, Merge4 is delivering a slew of art socks featuring the works of artists and athletes including: Mofo, Ed Colver, Dave “Nelly” Nelson, Bad Otis Link, Dirk Vermin, Scott Greathouse, Timmy Reyes, Koa Rothman, Matt Rockhold, Steve Caballero, Wee Man, and Mike Basich.
How’s that for a deep crew? For all the details (and to order some sock for your drawer) click the link.
The Palos Verdes Estates, California surf gang known as the Bay Boys will be short one club house this week after AMPCO Contracting Inc. was paid $61,511 to tear it down, according to a story in the LA Times. Workers reportedly used a helicopter to airlift jackhammers and other equipment used to remove the structure. It should be a thing of the past by Friday December 2, 2016.
The Bay Boys began building the so-called “fort” 30 years ago, on the rugged shoreline of Rocky Point, at one of Southern California’s best and most notorious surf spots. They cemented in stone retaining walls and a patio with a stone table, fire pit, rock bench and wood canopy. An adjacent seating area contains a wooden bench covered by a wood frame with palm fronds.
Even without the fort, it seems doubtful that the Boys will be any more welcoming to visiting surfers, but it’s a symbolic step in the right direction.
2 John Florence returned home to Hawaii as the 2016 world surfing champion and now, after winning the first jewel of the Hawaiian Triple Crown at Haleiwa he’s proven that he’s not about to kick back and relax.
“It’s been the best year of my life for sure,” said Florence atop the podium. “So happy to be back home and with my family and friends. I couldn’t have done it without my mom, my brothers supporting me my whole life. The Johnson family, Pyzel has been a big help with everything. Thanks to everyone down here today, coming down and supporting us and cheering us on. The security team has been a great help, the Hawaiian Water Patrol, you guys are always doing a great job. Thanks to WSL, and I’m stoked.”
For the official word from the company that sanctions the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, please follow the jump.
Takuji Masuda’s Bunker77, a Super X Media produced documentary on the life and times of 70s surf star Bunker Spreckels is premiering in NYC on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the IFC Center.
With a name and biography so outrageous they sound fictional, Bunker Spreckels is the perfect candidate for a documentary portrait. Born the heir to a sugar fortune, Spreckels became Hollywood royalty as a young boy when his mother married Clark Gable. In the 1960s, he defied family expectations by embracing the emerging surf culture, becoming a pioneering, if controversial, star of the sport. But after he came into his inheritance, Spreckels indulged in the excesses of the life of an international playboy.
Seems we never can get enough stories of charismatic, talented, rich kids partying themselves into early death. For all the details, click the link.
It took him six years, but 2 John Florence has finally won his first world surfing title.
His placing into the final at the MEO Rip Curl Pro (and ultimately winning the event) has earned him an excess of points that puts him above the rest of the field of his peers, claiming the world title. This sweet victory sends him into his favorite stop on the World Tour, and into his own backyard, the infamous Pipeline. A win there would surely be the cherry on top of an incredible season.
For the official word from Florence’s wrist-based time keeping device sponsor and more words from the privately owned entertainment company responsible for producing these surfing events, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]