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.
Need a last minute Christmas gift for the snow dogger in your family? Here it is — a subscription to The Snowboarder’s Journal. Right now when you give a gift subscription you’ll receive a free print of Iuna Tinta’sLuminous Lights.
Featured in The Snowboarder’s Journal Issue 14.1, Iuna Tinta’s ethereal landscape paintings epitomize the alpine dreamscapes that we chase all winter. This 9″ x 8″ print made by Asymbol Gallery is a hand-numbered, limited edition of 125 so act now before they sell out.
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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.
You could just read the headline again if you’re wondering why we’re posting this video, then click the arrow on the Trent McClung: Welcome to the Team and that should pretty much explain everything. If, after viewing the welcome to the Venture Trucks team video, you have more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments where you will undoubtable be “first.”
If you’re looking for something to watch, we’re looking for something really easy to post. The deuce you say? Yes, the ol’ one-two punch comes in with Signal Snowboard’s Every Third Thursday. And this month, they’re making snowboards out of old skateboards. Yes, pop will eat itself.
Just got a press release from BMBC (press releases are what we do now, if you hadn’t noticed) mentioning something about Barrett Christy and how she’s riding some product they make. (Yeah, buy some of whatever that is for Christmas, please.) Anyway, they linked to this video (Our Best Rider Is A Girl: 20 Years Of Barrett Christy) which reminded us how much we love watching Barrett ride and what a seriously cool human she is. Watch the video and you’ll see.
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.
This Thursday, December 15, 2016 legendary skateboarding photographer J. Grant Brittain will be showing many of his iconic skate images in a gallery setting at Univ in Encinitas, California.
The event represents a long-standing friendship between Grant and SLVDR‘s Tim Swart and the opportunity to showcase many from the vault of Grant’s 37 years of iconic skateboard imagery. Grant‘s photos have helped document the progression and creativity of skateboarding for decades. “Archive” will highlight many of the classic photos and some not often seen over the years.
The show opens at 7 PM and will feature music by Chris Cote. Univ is located at 1053 S. Coast Highway, in Encinitas, California. For the official word from SLVDR, please follow the jump.