On Saturday, September 6, 2014 the Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery in Laguna Beach, California will kick off the Expression Session 2 show.
Selected by guest curator Will Pennartz, founder and owner of The Surf Gallery (2001-2010), the exhibition consists of paintings, photographs, prints and posters by John Severson, Mike Salisbury, Rick Griffin, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Andy Davis and Tyler Warren. The show will be on view September 4-28, 2014 with an opening reception on September 6. Among the works available will be never-before-exhibited prints of 1960s-era Surfer Magazine drawings by Salisbury, as well as a new limited edition print from Thomas Campbell.
The opening (which features Pizza Port Brewing beverages) beings a 6 PM. AR4T is located at 1175 S. Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach, California. For the official word from AR4T please follow the jump [click to continue…]
The final day of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti will likely go down in history as the most perfect day of contest barrel surfing ever. Gabriel Medina surfed like a giant killer all the way through the contest, but it was a tiny mistake on two of Kelly Slater’s potentially 10 point waves that delivered the final to Medina by .03 of a point. Slater needed a 9.33 and a solid wave in the final seconds of the heat was scored as a 9.30. Medina was ecstatic saying that before the final he went in and talked to his mom. “My mom told me, “Nothing is ‘bigger than God,’” Medina said, tears coming to his eyes.”
“I don’t really know what to say,” said Gabriel Medina. “I’m so blessed to have these conditions at ‘Chopes and surf against all these guys. This is such a special event and I’m just so happy right now. Kelly (Slater) is a legend of surfing and it’s the best feeling ever to win. The waves were big and perfect and this feeling is amazing. I love surfing and to get these waves is incredible. I want to thank ASP for the event and I’m so happy to be part of this.”
Watching this contest made us wonder why the ASP doesn’t hold half of the season’s events at Teahupo’o. For the official word from the ASP including the final results, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The wait has paid off for the ASP and the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. On the final day of the competition we’ll see 12 to 15 foot waves rolling through for the Round 4 survivors. Here’s who is up:
Heat 1: Tiago Pires (PRT), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA), John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA), Owen Wright (AUS), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
For the official word from the ASP, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Today, the Surfrider Foundation turns 30 years old and to celebrate they have launched a website that chronicles the last three decades of the organization’s history. Here’s a little piece of it
Thirty years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot. . . .Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations with a volunteer-activist network dedicated to its mission to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. . . . Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. It has 84 chapters, including 30 high school and college clubs, 50,000-plus members and more than 250,000 supporters and volunteers, fighting 90 active campaigns around the country. Armed with a model to defend the coast the organization has a record of 271 victories (and counting) since 2006.
Happy Birthday, Surfrider. You are living proof that good people can do great things when they work together. For the rest of the timeline, click the link.
[Link: 30 Surfrider]
This post sponsored by Driftingthru.com
Innovations in surfing equipment are coming thick and fast, but not all of them catch on. The industry is buzzing with new sustainable ways for manufacturing surf products, asymmetrical surfboards seem to be making a comeback, and the foam Beater boards from Californian company Catch Surf are attracting a lot of interest. They have been around for a few years now and are becoming a staple board in many-a-surfer’s quiver, but what makes them so good?
Let’s start from the beginning. The name “Beater” is a pun really, because one of the original ideas behind the board was creating it so that it could be surfed during busy summer periods when lifeguards raise the dreaded black ball flag. While conventional hard surfboards are deemed unsafe to be in the water when the yellow and black flags appear, a soft foam board could be acceptable. And so the blackball ‘Beater’ was born, a fun surfboard perfect for small summer surf days. Plenty of buoyancy for a board with such a short length, and soft enough not to cause any significant damage to swimmers in the water if a collision occurs. The first ones did not even have fins, and no doubt were disregarded by many in the surf industry as just another surf toy that wouldn’t take off. A few years on and the Beater has progressed somewhat.
Follow the jump for the rest of the story. . .
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Legendary shaper, surfer, and all-around waterman Rusty Preisendorfer is being named to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame on Friday, August 1, 2014 and it’s about time.
Nicknamed the “Stradivarious” of shapers due to his reputation for quality and innovation, Rusty was born in Los Angeles to a research mathematician (his father worked at Scripps) and an occupational therapist. He became a Windansea local at a fresh six weeks of age and eventually entered shaping during a groundbreaking era with influences that included Dick Brewer, Mike Hynson and Skip Frye. While attending the University of California at San Diego, he spent his initial stint shaping for Gordon and Smith. Exploring Australia in 1974, he garnered his first serious exposure when Rabbit Bartholomew purchased one of his 8-foot guns.
For more about Rusty, and the 2014 Surfers’ Hall of Fame event, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson celebrate after the Final of the J-Bay Open.
Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz
It was an Australian showdown in South Africa as Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson faced off in the finals of the J-Bay Open, stop six of eleven of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championships Tour.
Fanning’s first wave of the heat earned him an excellent 9.00 for a double-barrel and powerful carves. He went on to use his polished skills to bank a second solid score and a two-wave heat total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20). Parkinson, the 2012 ASP World Champion, fought his way back into contention with rides of 7.43 and 6.17 but was still looking for 9.57 points when time ran out. Fanning previously dispatched Owen Wright (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA) and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) on route to the Final.
For the official word from the ASP including final results, follow he jump.
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Just when we were about to throw in the towel on the ASP World Championship Tour’s J-Bay Pro, we get word that the ASP’s disciplinary panel has returned their verdict on Jeremy Flores‘ apparent violation of ASP rules conduct following his Round 2 heat loss to Sebastian Zietz. Flores has been suspended from the tour until August 27, 2014.
The incident involved the athlete confronting ASP officials and event staff in an unsportsmanlike manner and resulted in the Rules and Disciplinary Committee, after completing its investigation, fining the surfer US$6,000 and suspending him from ASP competitions until August 27, 2014. As a result, Flores is ineligible to compete in both the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (an ASP Prime QS event) and the Billabong Pro Tahiti (an ASP WCT event).
Stab Magazine (which apparently still pays people to travel to surf events, watch them all day, and then write about it) described Flores’ altercation with the judges as follows:
Craig Jarvis wrote for Stab, “He came out the water bristling, and continued to bristle all the way up to the tower, where his board being thrown onto the deck made such a loud noise that it sounded like some sort of structural damage had happened. . . “Then there was a torrent of angry, abusive words aimed at the judges. Grannies tut-tutted down below, parents put their hands over their kids’ ears, and security went scrambling, eventually placating the situation. . . “As everyone watched closely the ASP closed ranks and went into a huddle. Jeremy returned. The huddle broke. It was announced that Jeremy had apologized to the ASP and that a disciplinary committee would deal with the matter. Thus ended Jeremy’s African adventure.”
Apparently passionate surfing is still alive and well on the ASP Tour. Hopefully, we’ll get to see this contest all wrapped up in solid surf over the coming days. For the official word from the ASP, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The end of July means one thing in Southern California–the US Open of Surfing. And one of our favorite events at the US Open is the Globe movie premiere. Globe always puts on the best premiere parties.This year their premiere of Strange Rumblings In Shargri La is going down in Long Beach, California on July 31, 2014 and if you can get there, we highly suggest being there. For more details on Strange Rumblings, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Yeah, Taj Burrow and us have something in common–we both like getting our tail pads right. And now, Taj is handing over his tail pad (leash and board bag) needs to the crew at Modom.
“I’m so stoked to be riding for MODOM,” says Taj Burrow. “They’re even bigger hardware geeks than I am! I fit right in. I like my leggies to be perfect and I’m really fussy with board bags as well, which you have to be when you lug them around the world as much as I do. But it’s my tail pads I really get excited about. I love getting my tail pads right and I love the feel of them under your feet when you do.”
For the official word from Modom, follow the jump. [click to continue…]