Surfing

Dusty Payne Goes Down At Backdoor

by The Editors on January 9, 2018

The 2017 Pipeline trials winner Dusty Payne took off on a Backdoor monster yesterday morning (Monday, January 8, 2017) and was driven into the reef where he was knocked unconscious, according to a story on Surfline.com.

“I was paddling back out to Pipe and I saw Dusty going for the wave,” said Big Island charger Jimmy “Ulu Boi” Napeahi. “It was a super steep drop, right where you don’t want to fall. So when he fell, I knew it was a nuts wipeout and started paying attention. Pretty soon, Keoki [Saguibo, longtime North Shore photog] yelled — I caught a little wave and beelined to Dusty and tugged on his leash to see if he was there.. . . Ulu Boy continued: “Keoki pulled him up and was holding his neck; I had his legs straddled around my waist and my hands on his back so his neck was straight. Luckily, Keoki is a strong swimmer and a really good communicator. He was facing the waves and would call out when one was coming so we could spin sideways and go under. It was gnarly, ‘cause there was so much blood; it looked like Dusty hit his forehead on the reef and he was foaming at the mouth.. . . “Finally, we got him to the beach and there was a lot of people there so we let the experts take over. And I don’t how bad it is — but Dusty was yelling and swearing right before getting in the ambulance, and that’s the best thing I have in my mind right now.”

Payne was reportedly conscious and at the hospital yesterday afternoon. Our thoughts are with him. We hope he escaped any permanent damage and that he has a speedy recovery.

[Link: Surfline and Hawaii News Now]

 

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ISA and That Surf Tour Unified On Olympics

by The Editors on December 20, 2017

The International Surfing Association (ISA) today announced an agreement with a certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) on the qualification principles for surfing in the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020.

In principle, the agreement will see up to 18 of the 40 places at the Games reserved for WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers (10 men and eight women), with the remaining 22 places determined at the 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, and a single slot (each for men and women) for the host nation (Japan).. . With the support of the WSL, the ISA eligibility rules for Olympic participation will require surfers to make themselves available for their national teams to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2019 and 2020 and, if selected by their National Federation, to participate.

A little less that half the surfers will come from theSounds like a nice compromise. For the official word, from the two organizations, please follow the jump.

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Merry Summer Christmas From Rip Curl

by The Editors on December 19, 2017

Just a little reminder that while we in the Northern Hemisphere may be freezing our wee bits off, in the Southern Hemisphere it’s summer. . . or something like that.

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2 John Florence Is Now A 2X World Champ

by The Editors on December 19, 2017

Yesterday (Monday, December 18, 2017) 2John Florence claimed his second surfing World Championship title by finishing second in the Billabong Pipe Masters behind France’s Jeremy Flores.

“It’s been my dream to win here at home,” Florence said. “There’s been a nervous build up to this event and I just don’t know what to say, I’m shaking. So many people have been here for me this year and it’s been awesome. It’s been an awesome year and I’m just so stoked.”

Yes, it has. And we’re stoked as well. Congrats, John John. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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RIP Bruce Brown, Thanks.

by The Editors on December 11, 2017

Bruce Brown (left with his son Dana), the smooth voiced, kind, funny documentary filmmaker whose classic films The Endless Summer and On Any Sunday introduced the entire world to action sports died Sunday December 10, 2017 at home on his ranch north of Santa Barbara, California, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. He was 80 years old.

The message on the Bruce Brown Films website read:

Today our friend, partner, mentor, filmmaker, and father peacefully passed away in Santa Barbara, California. . . With Bruce Bruce and his inspiring movies an era comes to an end! His legacy lives on with all of us that continue to carry his torch! Thank you Bruce for all you did for this and future generations. Rest In Peace.

His infectious way of communicating cool inspired generations to follow their bliss and live unconventional lives (ours included). He infected the world with a stoke that will never die. For that we thank him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. 

[Link: LA Times]

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The Tribes of Palos Verdes Trailer

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

Yes, we’re going to see The Tribes of Palos Verdes, especially since we loved the book by Joy Nicholson. And we love saying we loved the book in that condescending tone that all readers use when discussing movies based on books. We loved the book. And we suggest you read it before you see the movie. (Click here to buy it).

For a Dashel Pierson overview on the film (including some quotes from Brendan and Emmet Malloy) click the link. 

[Link: Surfline]

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Brazil Wins 2017 Adaptive Surfing World Title

by The Editors on December 5, 2017

After four historic days of Adaptive Surfing that pushed the boundaries of the sport, Team Brazil was crowned World Champion for the second consecutive year at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Vissla and the City of San Diego.

The fourth and final day of competition at La Jolla Shores beach in California was highlighted by multiple historic moments including the crowning of eleven World Champions, Adi Klang earning the first-ever ISA Gold Medal for Israel, the first Women Adaptive Surfing World Champions being crowned, Bruno Hansen from Denmark, continuing his streak of dominance in the AS-4 Division, earning a Gold Medal for the third consecutive year.

For the official word from the International Surfing Association, please follow the jump.

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Quiksilver Makes $1 Offer For Billabong

by The Editors on November 30, 2017

Good lord, it’s finally happening. Today, December 1, 2017 Boardriders Inc. has made an offer to acquire all of the shares in Billabong at a price of $1 cash per share. 

Billabong International Limited (Billabong) (ASX: BBG) confirms that it has received a confidential, indicative and non-binding proposal from Boardriders, Inc. (Boardriders) to acquire all of the shares in Billabong, other than those already owned by Boardriders’ related entities, at a price of $1.00 cash per share, via a scheme of arrangement (the Indicative Proposal). Funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.(Oaktree) have a majority interest in Boardriders. Oaktree, through controlled entities, already holds 19% of the shares in Billabong and is one of Billabong’s two senior lenders.

The idea has been batting around since October 14, 2015 and it looks like the timing is finally right. This still has to pass a unanimous recommendation from the Billabong Board (among other things) but really, what other option do they have? For the official press release from Billabong, please follow the jump.

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Help Save The Encyclopedia Of Surfing Now

by The Editors on November 30, 2017

While reading Matt Warshaw’s plea for the $30,000 he needs to keep the Encyclopedia of Surfing up and running we were reminded of an old National Lampoon magazine cover. You know, the one with the cute dog with a gun to it’s head and the words “If you don’t buy this magazine, we’ll kill this dog.” Because, you know, that’s basically what Mr. Warshaw is saying:

Well, this is a tough one to write, and I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Encyclopedia of Surfing is underwater. We need to raise $30,000 by December 31, or the whole online project—Encyclopedia, History of Surfing, Above the Roar—goes away.

The irony of course is that it isn’t even possible to read his whole plea without first becoming a subscriber. Guess that’s how the closed web works. If you like what Mr. Warshaw is doing and want to help him keep curating the official history of surfing and making it available to the world then please, by all means, contribute to his efforts. You can do that by clicking here and donating whatever you’d like. Again, he only needs $30,000 by December 31, 2017.

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Turns Out The Eddie Won’t Go

by The Editors on November 30, 2017

After failing to come to a deal with Quiksilver on the sponsorship of the 2017-18 big wave event and having a tough time getting permits, but saying that the event would go on “even if we have to have coconuts for trophies” the Aikau family has reportedly decided that The Eddie is a no go for this year, according to a story in the Star Advertiser.

“It really is the most prestigious surf contest in the world. And we did not want to compromise that because it ultimately would be compromising Eddie’s integrity to not do something proper,” said Aikau family spokesperson Cynthia Scrima. “The family hopes to hold “The Eddie” during the 2018-2019 season. Scrima said the Aikaus have already applied for a permit for next season and have been searching for a new lead sponsor.

Hopefully, everyone can get together for next year. Surfing needs The Eddie.

[Link: Star Advertiser]

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