Surfing

Matt Warshaw Hits Reddit For An AMA

by The Editors on April 16, 2014

MattwarshawEver wanted to ask former Surfer Magazine editor and Encyclopedia of Surfing author and “biggest surf nerd on the planet” Matt Warshaw a question?

Now’s your chance. He’s on Reddit/r/Surfing and he’s said, “As Me Anything. . .” So far people wanted to know about Andy Irons, gender balance in the ASP, filmmaker John Milius and the “gnarliest situation” he’s ever been in. Warshaw’s answer?

I surfed Mavs three times, and was so fear-sick that I almost cried with relief once I got back to the beach. But I also remember a couple of gnarly moments as a kid, just getting in way over my head on days that I shouldn’t have been in the water. I got rescued a bunch of times, by lifeguards and other surfers, and each time I thought I was going to drown. I’d go home and cower for a day or two, then come back and try again.

For the rest of the AMA, click the link.

[Link: Reddit Surfing]

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Bourez Slips In Drug Aware Pro Win

by The Editors on April 13, 2014

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Some would say it was closer than the 15.90 to 12.44 score would suggest, however, the ASP judges saw Michel Bourez win the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Sunday, April 13, 2014. And for the second year in a row, Josh Kerr ended up in the runner up position. As can be imagined, he was not happy about it.

I just tried to relax going into the Final,” said Josh Kerr. “It was a rough Heat but I wanted to put a show on for everyone. It hurt last year getting runner up and it hurts even more this year. I made a few errors at the start of the Heat by falling on the inside and I definitely didn’t chose the right waves. The Heat came down to strategy and things didn’t got my way. It’s pretty annoying to make the Final and surf really badly. I’m stoked with the result though, the West has been good to me and I enjoy being here. I’m happy we have a WCT event here and it was great to surf at The Box. I’m going to take the year event by event and I’m excited to move on to the next one.”

Congrats for Bourez for sticking out what seemed like a really, really long contest. He is The Spartan, after all. For the official word from the ASP including full results, follow the jump.

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Carissa Moore Wins Drug Aware Pro

by The Editors on April 7, 2014

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Carissa Moore marched right on through to the finals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Womens’ Pro, but don’t think for a minute that Australian Tyler Wright just handed over the title. Nope she hit it hard early. And from then on it was back and forth until currently ASP world champion Moore finally finished Wright off with an 8.23 to.

“Tyler Wright looked awesome today and she’s a tough competitor,” said Carissa Moore. “I think any time any of us are in a Final we really want to win it and take it home. I was really excited and told myself ‘come on, it’s time’. It’s a very challenging wave here at Margaret River and I’m constantly learning so I’m thankful to be able to win here again. I love this place and I love Western Australia. It feels good to be up there at the top of the rankings with Stephanie (Gilmore) and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the events unfold.”

For the official word from the ASP, follow the jump.

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Drug Aware Margaret River Round 1

by The Editors on April 2, 2014

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The ASP fired up their jets again in Australia for the first day of the Drug Aware Pro Margaret River. Wildcard Yadin Nicol, knocked Kelly Slater into Round 2 in their Round 1 match-up, but the question on everyone’s lips was: what was Mr. Slater wearing? The answer: a contest jersey, a wetsuit with no logos, and a Jake Burton Channel Islands sticker on his surfboard. Yadin, was happy with his performance against the Quik-free Slater.

“It felt great to beat Kelly Slater,” said Yadin Nicol. “I wish I could have done that last year or the year before. I felt comfortable out there. I usually don’t start out that well so I’m happy to have one under my belt. There wasn’t much going on in that Heat so Slater and Durbidge didn’t have much of a chance to fight back, so I was lucky in that sense.”

Hometown hero Taj Burrow (above) blasted through his Round 1 heat ahead of Brett Simpson and Quiksilver’s new number 1 Fred Patacchia. For the official word from the ASP and complete heat results, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Kelly Slater Changes His Shorts

by The Editors on April 1, 2014

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Kelly Slater has left Quiksilver and few are surprised. The most surprising thing to us (aside from the April 1, 2014 roll out) is that news went out in a press release from the ASP. Why is Kelly Slater leaving Quiksilver an ASP news item? Oh yeah, that’s because Kelly owns has extremely close ties to the owners of the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Mr. Slater, however, was a true professional with his exit letter:

There is little I can say that would give the credit due or cover the debt of gratitude I feel on a personal and professional level to Quiksilver. As a brand and on a human level, they have been a part of my life, career, and personal relationships for more than 23 years now, well over half my life. They’ve supported me through good times and bad, personal hardships and competitive triumphs, and never wavered in backing my choices and desires in all that time.

Quiksilver founder Bob McKnight was equally professional and warm.

“Kelly has been a part of the Quiksilver family for over 20 years. It’s been an incredible journey watching him grow from a young surfer with great potential, to the 11-time World Champion he is today. We wish Kelly all the best as he enters this next phase of his career.”

Yes, it went on for a long time (23 years) and they created some iconic images together, but it was just a clothing sponsorship, and Kelly was just a model, and Quiksilver is just a giant clothing company dead set on selling swimsuits to the mall moving masses so we’re sure they’ll find cheaper, younger, more handsome men to model their products in the future. And Kelly, well, he’s moving on up to model for a huge French Fashion conglomerate (that owns Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Puma, and Volcom/electric]. Because if you’re going to model, it might as well be for the French. They invented it.

[Side note: we searched Kering's site for "Kelly Slater" and the site replied: "Did you mean 'helly later'?" Yes, that's exactly what we meant.]

[Link: ASP]

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Roark Revival’s Nate Zoller Surfing

by The Editors on April 1, 2014

What makes this video special? It’s got Nate Zoller in it. That’s what. Oh, and a girl shaking her pineapples.

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RIP: Surf & Sailing Innovator Hobie Alter

by The Editors on March 30, 2014

Hobie-SEverson-5Hobie Alter, the man most responsible for the modern age of both surfing and sailing, died yesterday (Saturday, March 29, 2014). He was 80 years old. According to a story on SurferMagazine.com:

A true waterman, Alter competed successfully in the Makaha International Surf Contest in 1958 and ’59, won a trio of tandem surfing championships from 1961-’63, and was elected to both the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame (1997) and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011). But Alter’s legacy will always be that of a pioneer of surfboard and sailboat production, called “the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry” by Steve Pezman, for his contribution to the large-scale manufacture of surfboards.

We had the honor of interviewing Alter for a surf magazine nearly a decade ago. It was a phone interview and he was sitting on the front porch of his home in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. We hit him with questions he’d been asked thousands of time before. But he didn’t seem to mind. At one point, we heard him say,” Whoa.” And we asked, “What just happened? You okay?” He laughed, “A Bald Eagle just got a big one.” We knew then, that Alter was living right. Our thoughts are with Alter’s family and friends.

[Link: Surfer Magazine]

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Surfing Magazine 2014 Swimsuit Issue

by The Editors on March 28, 2014

Whenever we see the words “swimsuit issue” we always think of that old issue of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine that was teased as a “Special Swimsuit Issue.” Remember? This issue of Surfing Magazine is not that. This is a bunch of bikinis on skinny girls. Hot girls are so hot right now. Especially when they’re lounging around in the sun, glistening with sweat, and nearly naked. Because, you know, they’re just waiting to make all your dreams come true. They’re open, willing, and available right there in the pages. Creep out, kids. . .

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UNIV + Juxtapoz = Surfcraft Art Auction

by The Editors on March 21, 2014

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Sometimes there’s no way to get people to contribute funds to a project without giving them something in return. That’s just what UNIV and Juxtapoz are doing with this special art board action. Buy a board and the money will go to Waves For Water in the Philippines and you’ll get a surfboard with art from some of the most famous artists in action sports including Geoff McFetridge, C.R. Stecyk III, Travis Millard, and many more. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Juxtapoz]

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Cushe x Hoffman California Fabrics

by The Editors on March 19, 2014

UK based footwear brand Cushe has teamed up with the originators of surf style Hoffman California Fabrics for The Hoffman Collection. The collation features slippers with classic Hawaiian print flavor. And there’s nothing deeper than Hoffman fabrics.

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