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.
Hard to believe it, but Jordy Smith just won his first Hawaiian surfing event ever as he edged Frederico Morais, Torrey Meister, and Tanner Gudauskas in the final of the 2016 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Smith was understandably hyped.
“Unbelievable, can’t believe it,” said Smith. “I feel like this event has eluded me in the past. I didn’t have any expectations, I think that was the difference for this event. I just kind of went out there with an open mind. Thanks to everyone who supported me. . . “Early in my career I made a couple finals out here, I really had something going with the place,” continued Smith. “I don’t know, it’s been like six or seven years where I just couldn’t do a thing right. And then, everything just came together this year so I’m just really happy.”
Jordy’s win puts Frederico Morais in the 2016 Vans Triple Crown drivers seat for the time being. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
On the North Shore with time to kill? (We wish!) Join Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas as they screen their film Positive Vibrations at the North Shore Marketplace Lawn in Haleiwa on Monday evening at 6 PM on December 5, 2016.
The event will also feature Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas talking story about their work in the film, moderated by Kaipo Guerrero. After taking a surf trip to Jamaica, the brothers were inspired to give back and support the up-and-coming Jamaican surf culture. With over 200 surfboards donated, Positive Vibration is the story of the Gudauskas’ brothers efforts and ultimate success in sharing the stoke.
Vans will be giving away T-shirts to everyones who attends (while supplies last) so come early for shirts and grinds from Cholo’s, Banzai Sushi, and Il Gelato. And don’t worry if it rains, they’ve got a wet weather tent all covered just bring some chairs or beach blankets and it will be all good.
The Eddie has always been about the Aikau family. It begins and ends with them. Their blessing of the event each year is the single most spiritual happening in the world of surf.
In October 2016, the Aikau family said they were not interested in continuing their relationship with Quiksilver. According to a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser it had nothing to do with money. While we would have been sad to see the event end, we would line up behind the Aikau family every time when it comes to decisions about The Eddie.
Luckily, for fans of big wave contest surfing, the Aikau family, Quiksilver, and a certain live surfing event production and content generation company came to what is being reported as an “11th hour” agreement to open the waiting period for the 32nd annual event. The opening ceremonies are tomorrow, December 1, 2016 at Waimea Bay Beach Park. If you’re on the North Shore we know you’ll be there. We’re just bummed we’re going to miss it.
Merge4 brings together four boardsports heavies in the pursuit of quality socks. Founded by former Sessions co-owner Cindi Ferreira Busenhart, skater/artist Keith Meek, Las Vegas restauranteur Gigli Locatelli, and legendary skater and Santa Cruz Bicycles founder Rob Roskopp, Merge4 is delivering a slew of art socks featuring the works of artists and athletes including: Mofo, Ed Colver, Dave “Nelly” Nelson, Bad Otis Link, Dirk Vermin, Scott Greathouse, Timmy Reyes, Koa Rothman, Matt Rockhold, Steve Caballero, Wee Man, and Mike Basich.
How’s that for a deep crew? For all the details (and to order some sock for your drawer) click the link.
The Palos Verdes Estates, California surf gang known as the Bay Boys will be short one club house this week after AMPCO Contracting Inc. was paid $61,511 to tear it down, according to a story in the LA Times. Workers reportedly used a helicopter to airlift jackhammers and other equipment used to remove the structure. It should be a thing of the past by Friday December 2, 2016.
The Bay Boys began building the so-called “fort” 30 years ago, on the rugged shoreline of Rocky Point, at one of Southern California’s best and most notorious surf spots. They cemented in stone retaining walls and a patio with a stone table, fire pit, rock bench and wood canopy. An adjacent seating area contains a wooden bench covered by a wood frame with palm fronds.
Even without the fort, it seems doubtful that the Boys will be any more welcoming to visiting surfers, but it’s a symbolic step in the right direction.