If you have an Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast,Nexus Player, Roku Player, Roku TV, or Xbox console you will likely be able to watch the 2017 Volcom Pipeline Pro surf contest live thanks to our friends at the Colored Cow. The contest may start tomorrow (February 1, 2017).
With the best surfer in history, Kelly Slater, looking to defend his title and stars like Jamie O’Brien & John John Florence looking to unseat the champion, the competition promises to be intense. Participants will fight for a prize purse of $75,000 and valuable points in the World Surf League Qualifying Series. Additionally, the Volcom Pipe Pro gives local Hawaiian surfers the opportunity to compete alongside the tour pros and potentially earn their way into the Billabong Pipe Masters.
Patagonia has sponsored a new film The More Things Change by Nathan Myers and Gerry Lopez, featuring Dave Rastovich, Rob Machado and Rizal Tanjung.
When Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu in 1974, the fabled Balinese wave was magical, empty and pristine. Gerry returned to Uluwatu 40 years later to find it bustling, developed and profoundly changed. After a week of surfing and yoga, however, Gerry tapped into a spirit of place that continues to endure. . . In recent years, booming popularity has placed huge environmental pressure on the Uluwatu area. Project Clean Uluwatu is working to ease this pressure and restore the area’s pristine nature.
To watch the entire film, please click play. For more info and/or to make a donation to Project Clean Uluwatu, please click the link below.
Former Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud and forgery on January 27, 2017, according to a story on News.com.au.
In sentencing the 44-year-old to eight years behind bars, District Court Judge Julie Dick said he still had “no self realisation or remorse”. . . “You seem to simply refuse to recognise that it was you who forged documents and you who caused them to be presented to the bank,” Judge Dick said. . . She said he blamed his ex-wife Nicole Bricknell, the Commonwealth Bank and his former business partners.
Doesn’t sound like odd behavior for a corporate CEO. This one just got caught, it seems. But it’s not over for him. He’s 44 year old and will be eligible for parole in 2021, unless his lawyers can overturn his conviction on appeal, which is exactly what they are going claiming “the jury’s verdict ‘was unsafe and unsatisfactory’.”
Unfortunately, in Australia it seems that they don’t have special country club prisons for white-collar criminals and Perrin will be placed in Arthur Gorrie Prison with “rapists and murderers” according to a story in the Gold Coast News.
The CEO of a privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) announced yesterday (Wednesday, January 11, 2017) that he is leaving the company that he helped create.
“It has always been my intention to pass the baton to someone at the right time to lead the next phase of what we have all created,” he said. “I believe that time is now. With the acquisition of the Kelly Slater Wave Company, we are at a remarkable inflection point in the League’s history and we are ready for a new leader who can guide the organization to even greater accomplishments.”
We did not have high hopes for the organization when it began, however, it has done an amazing job of packaging and presenting pro surfing to the global audience. We still believe the global audience which they are selling sponsorship against is much smaller than their business (and their high production values) can viably support, but they have survived for five years and likely will keep going as long as their current interim CEO wants to.
As we have mentioned before, this CEO appears to have a knack for leaving companies just before they implode. This could be because he’s such a great leader that the companies are unable to survive without him, or maybe it’s a sixth sense for getting out just in time. Either way, it will be sad to see him go — especially for those who enjoyed making fun of him.
For the official exit message from the CEO, please follow the jump.
Ho ho ho, and Merry Christmas. The 2016 commercial surfing season is finally over. In a final reminiscent of 2007, the Pipeline Masters was decided at Backdoor on Monday December 19, 2016. Michel Bourez defeated Kanoa Igarashi in a heat where the highest scoring wave was a 5.
“I still don’t believe it,” said Bourez. “I’m just happy to be here. Last year I got injured and it was really tricky and tough for me to come back. I almost dropped off tour. I worked really hard at home and tried to stay positive the whole time.”
With this Pipeline win Bourez has become the third surfer to win all three of the Hawaiian Triple Crown events. The other two are Michael Ho and Andy Irons.
In other news 2 John Florence won the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing for the third time.
The Oxford English Dictionary luminaries were in a surfy mood this year when adding words for their massive collection of proper English words.
Of the 1,500 words they either updated or added, some of the words they chose to highlight come from surfing. We can finally feel okay about using the following words in proper written and spoken English: break, A-frame, bomb, cross-step, barrel, frontside, turtle, and shaka.
Apparently there’s no love for the backside at the OED. For a selection of other non-surfing words that were added this year, follow the jump.
The dream of the perfect artificial wave is turning into a nightmare for Coors brewing heir Doug Coors and his crew at Autin, Texas’ NLand Surfpark.
After clearing numerous legal hurdles regarding dunking people into a pond of standing water, the Wave Garden park opened on October 7, 2016 only to close three weeks later after they were forced to drain the pool to make repairs (flooding local streets in the process), according to a story on KXAN. The park hasn’t been open since.
“While this is disappointing for us all, we turn our focus to 2017 and the exciting plans we have in store. One hint: hops,” founder Doug Coors, whose relatives started Colorado-based Coors Brewing Company, said. In an email to KXAN, a spokesperson confirmed there will be a brewery on site sometime in 2017.
Ah yes, beer — the international problem solver. Sounds like an NLand Brewery might have been a better idea than a surf park. If there’s one thing everyone loves it’s beer. Wave pool surfing in brown water? Not so much.
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.