Every since Kelly Slater busted out his frontside 720 in France last month it has become obvious that although skateboarders and snowboarders had figured out air rotation nomenclature years ago, some of the brightest minds in surfing were still having trouble sorting it all out. Now, thanks to Pierre’s little clip, this whole chapter can come to a peaceful conclusion. . . maybe.
Ah, fall. The time of year when we suit up, watch the leaves change color, and dream of Miss Reef 2015. . . Well, okay. Not the last one. But since Stabmag.com pointed it out, we couldn’t help but post it up as well (with as SEO friendly a headline as we could get). This definitely puts the “ass” in Just Passing Through.
Now, we’ll just sit back and see if this knocks Reef’s Over-Touched Assets off the top of our “most visited stories” list.
If you’d thought about traveling to New Zealand and haven’t, this edit of Mateia Hiquily getting all over NZ will make you put NZ on your bucket list immediately. It’s better than all that footage from Lord Of The Rings. For real.
According to a newly launched Facebook page (birthed on October 24, 2014) and flying under the banner Fuel TV it would appear that the ground breaking action sports channel is giving it another go. The page includes the cryptic:
Coming to a device near you…The new and improved FUEL TV. Wherever, whenever you want it. Stay tuned!
Rumors are that Fuel TV’s original visionary CJ Olivares has grabbed the Fuel trademark and intellectual property back from Fox Sports and is currently rolling forward with a little help from some other former Fuel TV supporters. It will be great to see Olivares, who left Fuel in April of 2011, back at the controls of what was a ground-breaking action media effort. We’re hoping the the official word will be out soon. When it arrives we’ll update the post.
With his win over Jordy Smith in the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal on Monday, October 20, 2014, Mick Fanning has moved right into the number two spot behind Gabriel Medina in the ASP World Rankings. As we all know, Mick is not someone to mess with at Pipeline. He is a ruthless and constant competitor. Let’s just say he was very happy with his win.
“I am just so stoked,” said Fanning. “I didn’t really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy (Smith) surfed amazing, John John (Florence) surfed amazing, Kai (Otton) too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it. It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here.”
For the official word from the ASP, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Finally, a surf watch that actually does something. If the Rip Curl Search GPS watch works as well as this edit suggests, this could be the best surf watch ever (even if it is a little bulky). We’re hoping to get a review unit in the near future. We’ll let you know.
[Link: Rip Curl]
No matter how you looked at it, Sunday, October 19, 2014 was a big day for the ASP and competition surf fans around the world. The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal was nearing completion, the waves were good, and current ASP leader Gabriel Medina was posed and ready for a potential ASP World Title win. But things didn’t go as planned, or did they?
In his Round 3 heat against Brett Simpson, Medina kept busy getting more than twice as many waves a Simpo, but none of them were bettering Simpson’s opening barrel. When Simpson bettered his second wave score he moved into the lead and things got strange. With two minutes to go in the heat, Medina took a wave in and walked up the beach, even though his last score had him in second.
“I thought I had the score on my last wave, that’s why I came in, but it wasn’t enough,” said Medina. “I’m pretty sad with this result, but I got happier when Kelly (Slater) lost. I was ready to win the Title here, but now I’m focused on Hawaii. I’m happy that I’m still in the Title Race and I know it doesn’t depend the other title contenders, it depends on me. I don’t know yet what I need to do, but I will prepare and train and be ready.”
That kind of mistake seems a little too reckless for someone so ruthless in the hunt for a first world title. In the following heat, a completely lackluster Kelly Slater sat by while Spain’s Aritz Aranburu blazed him 12 to 6.3. Was the surf that difficult to read for the best two surfer in the world, or were both these warriors putting off the battle so they could go head to head in Hawaii? Everyone wins with a World Title showdown at Pipeline: the surfers, the organization, and the fans. And now, thanks to some strange happenings, that’s exactly what we all get. Follow the jump for the official word from the ASP, or click here for live coverage of the Semi-Finals. [click to continue…]
Ever since Lost Boys we’ve thought action sports needed its own vampire story and now, thanks to Monterey, California writer Tina C. Zmak we may finally have it. Her new (self-published) book is titled Dark Surf, according to a story in the Monterey County Weekly. It’s goes something like this:
Tristan is the leader of a group of night surfers, the Nomads. He is the only one capable of transforming ordinary vampires into shapeshifting vampire sharks. He got the ability after a run-in with a shark and some radioactive waste near the Farallones: “[The shark] released Tristan and swam away, pondering the unfamiliar flavor. Deciding she liked it, she circled back and zoomed in for the kill, excited about the idea of eating something foreign and exotic, even if it was bony… As the shark hit the water, Tristan jumped on top of her. He grabbed the shark by the steel-gray gills lined up behind her head. He tore into her, covering her face with bite marks.”
Sounds pretty terrible, but the book features Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Santa Cruz as locations so if you’re up for it click the link.
[Link: Dark Surf]
For years photographer Jack English has been operating Surfimages.com as the go-to site for surfing stock photography. Now he’s opening it to the general online public and offering premium prints, posters and murals through the online store.
“We’ve received a lot of requests from individuals asking if we offered prints for sale,” said Surf Images CEO and photographer Jack English. “For the longest time, Surf Images only licensed images to the commercial market, so we really weren’t able to handle requests from private individuals. Today, I’m happy to announce that Surf Images is now able to offer our beautiful surfing inspired wall art direct to the consumer through our commerce store at surfimages.com.”
To check out what’s on offer, click here. For the official word from Jack English himself, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]