The Moment When Kelly Slater Smashing His Board

When Kelly Slater was knocked out of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Round 3 by Aritz Aranburu, seemingly letting his golden opportunity to tighten the title race with Medina slip through his fingers, the champ was, understandably, a little frustrated. After walking into the competitor’s area and away from the camera crew, Slater, believing he was out of the hunt for the title, destroyed his board, fracturing it into three pieces. He gave the hunks of twisted foam to the local groms, garnered his composure, and conducted his post-heat interview without breaking a sweat.

In a new amateur video that’s making the Internet rounds, Slater, who’s normally as laid back as you’d except a highly paid pro surfer to be, breaks his board angrily and thinking he was out of the world title race

Turns out, he wasn’t, and to be fair, the board was already creased. Says Slater: “I thought I was out, so I broke my board into three pieces and gave it away.” He compares his behavior to being a rock star who smashes their guitar.
If you’re interested in his explanation of the incident, watch the video below.

According to the ASP, the world title race scenarios are as follows:
If Gabriel Medina finishes second or better at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP world title.
If Medina finishes third at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Mick Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes fifth at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes ninth at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish second or better and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish third to win or fifth to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.
If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

"A Wedge To Remember" relives the Hurricane Marie swell

In late August 2014, Hurricane Marie blessed Southern California with a swell that will forever remain in the hearts of local surfers. Joshua Pomer transformed those memories into a film.

It was "A Wedge To Remember", and a surf movie had to be shot. From Newport Point to the Wedge, Malibu to Sandspit, the Hurricane Marie swells impressed wave riders, spectators and media.
Large perfect waves hit the Californian shores, bringing the sport's prominent VIPs. Now, you can relive that day from the point of view of the photographers who covered the magic surfing days.
"A Wedge To Remember" features Laird Hamilton, Jaime O'Brien, Keith Malloy, Oliver Kurtz, Rob Machado, Joel Tudor, Laird Hamilton, Allen Sarlo, Kolohe Andino, Danny Kwok, Gabe Venturelli, and many more.
You'll have it all. Surfboard transfers in a giant Wedge, surf legends shooting the Malibu Pier, and heavenly made barrels at Sandspit.
"A Wedge To Remember - The Swell of the Century," a documentary film by Joshua Pomer, will have its world premiere at the Lido Theater, in Newport Beach, on November 1st, 2014.

The 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will deliver $1.4 million

The 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing season will deliver $1.4 million dollars in prize money.

Welcome to Hawaii. The world's best male and female surfers will compete in three events during the six-week competition period: Reef Hawaiian Pro, Vans World Cup of Surfing, Billabong Pipe Masters.
But the Hawaiian leg will also include two ASP Women's events: the Target Maui Pro, which will crown a world champion for 2014, and the Women's Pipe Invitational, an ASP Specialty event that will feature eight girls in the caverns of Pipeline.
The 32nd year of the Triple Crown of Surfing runs between November 12nd through December 20th. The classic event will crown a world champion (Medina, Fanning or Slater), and it will also decide who will be joining the upcoming World Surf League.
Twenty-eight of ASP's Top 34 have entered all three events, including Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Jordy Smith, and Michel Bourez. Florence will be defending his 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing title.
The HIC Pro is the official qualifier for the 2014 Triple Crown of Surfing. It is the ultimate opportunity for Hawaii's pro surfers to secure a slot in the main event, and prove themselves on the world stage.
Winners of the Triple Crown of Surfing:
Sunny Garcia (1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2004)
Andy Irons (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)
Derek Ho (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990)
Joel Parkinson (2008, 2009, 2010)
Gary Elkerton (1987, 1989)
John Florence (2011, 2013)
Kelly Slater (1995, 1998)
Michael Ho (1983, 1985)
Bede Durbidge (2007)
Kaipo Jaquias (1996)
Mike Rommelse (1997)
Myles Padaca (2001)
Sebastian Zietz (2012)
Tom Carroll (1991)

Hendo is the world's first real hoverboard


The world's first real hoverboard has been successfully tested. Discover how Hendo will revolutionize the way you train rotations, spins and reverses in surfing.

When Tony Hawk introduced us HUVr, the ultimate "fake" hoverboard, we dared to dream. Now, the dream has become a reality. Yes, there's an high-tech skateboard without wheels ready to hit the skateboard parks of the world.
The Hendo hoverboard rides about one inch off the ground. The prototype is real and it works. It is not a matter of defying gravity; it's pure science instead. As your weight transfers to the board, you feel a light springy bounce, and you're immediately bouncing on air.
The secret behind Hendo hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift that levitates our board off the ground.
The board resembles a snowboard, and the team behind Hendo says you'll experience an effortless ride. Apparently, it is smoother than any ride on wheels. The current models can lift large sized adults, with about a half an inch of hover height, at a loading of 250 pounds.
The next step is the construction of a hoverpark, with surfaces optimized for the enhanced capability of the hoverboards. Greg Henderson, the founder of Hendo and developer of the Magnetic Field Architecture, promises to change the course of board sports.

The wipeouts of the year 2014

Welcome to the most spectacular unsuccessful rides of the year 2014, also known as wipeouts. Whether at El Buey or Puerto Escondido, many surfers suffered the wrath of Neptune and Poseidon.

The judging panel of the 2015 Billabong XXL Awards will have plenty of work to do. At least, when it comes to analyzing hideous wipeouts. And Latin America has been particularly spicy in this field.
El Buey is one of the heaviest waves in Chile. The spot located near Arica has claimed a large collection of surfboards over the past few months. Ask Gabriel Villaran and Marcos Monteiro.

Puerto Escondido is breaking bones and boards forever, but the Mexican Pipeline has been particularly dangerous this year. Hold your breath, and imagine yourself riding and falling off these monsters. The victims were Anastasia Ashley, Gabriel Villaran, Billy Kemper, Andres Flores, Ricardo dos Santos, and Gary Hughes.

What are hurricane-generated waves?

Big wave surfers are storm chasers. They travel the world in search of the largest swells. But what exactly are hurricane-generated waves?

Science tells us that the barometric pressure in the eye of the hurricane is lower than the pressure some distance from the eye. Hurricanes are also known as tropical cyclones because they form primarily in the tropics. Asians call them typhoons.
High wind speeds associated with hurricanes are able to produce extreme waves. When water rises from the eye of the hurricane and gets influenced by winds, currents and tides, a storm surge is in the making.
In other words, there's a dramatic increase in the water surface elevation at the coast by tens of feet, causing destruction in the coastal region.
"The waves generated by a hurricane differ from those generated by normal wind conditions in several ways. The speeds of the wind in the hurricane aren't constant, so the wave characteristics vary," explains Frederic Raichlen, author of the must-have book "Waves".
"The winds in a hurricane have a circular path. The hurricane moves over waves generated at various angles of direction to the storm path. To the right of the eye (in the northern hemisphere), the winds are enhanced by the forward speed of the hurricane increasing wind speed from simply that of the rotating wind system."
"Because the storm surge increases the water's depth near the shore, the waves generated by the wind can now propagate on deeper water, and larger waves and wave breaking can occur nearer to the shore than would occur without the hurricane."
Weather forecasters have scientific methods for predicting hurricane-induced waves in deep water. The following guide is based on observations, and it should not be considered absolutely exact.
(Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale)
Wind Speed
(Kilometers per Hour)
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(Miles per Hour)
Wave Height Range
Wave Period

Mick Fanning Wins Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in clean 3-to-5-foot barrels at the iconic Supertubos in Peniche. Fanning’s third event victory this season, after wins at Bells Beach and Jeffreys Bay, moves him up to World No. 2 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.
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Following the event in Portugal, only reigning three-time ASP World Champion Fanning, 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and current World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) remain in contention for the World Title heading into the final event of the season in Hawaii.
Fanning looked in form throughout the contest, winning all but his Round 1 heat. The Australian surfed five separate heats on the final day, dispatching Alejo Muniz (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Kai Otton (AUS), en route to the Final, where he faced Jordy Smith (ZAF). Fanning overtakes Kelly Slater (USA) on the WCT Rankings, claiming the second spot going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
Fanning built his scoreboard early in this afternoon’s Final before locking into a deep backhand barrel for a nine-point ride and the heat lead. The reigning champ backed it up with another barrel to net a 6.50 and seal the deal, winning a second event in Peniche, after his 2009 victory at the Rip Curl Search event.
“I am just so stoked,” said Fanning. “I didn’t really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy (Smith) surfed amazing, John John (Florence) surfed amazing, Kai (Otton) too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it. It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here.”
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A runner-up finish in Portugal is Jordy Smith’s (ZAF) second best result of the year, after a win in Lower Trestles, and sees the South African move up to seventh place on the WCT Rankings. Smith’s runner-up finish in Peniche and a previous quarterfinal berth in the ASP Prime Cascais Billabong Pro solidified his position at the top of the Portuguese Waves Series and earned him the Cascais Trophy and the coveted bonus of $50,000 in prize money.
In the Final today Smith answered Fanning’s 9 with a good wave of his own, punctuating a smaller barrel with a powerful gauge for a 7.67. Unfortunately for Smith, a slow lineup didn’t deliver many other opportunities, and the talented regular-footer was left chasing a second-score for the remainder of the final.
“That’s incredible taking out the Cascais Trophy and the $50,000,” said Smith. “I’m definitely coming back next year. I am so excited and stoked. I didn’t realize it until I came in after my Semifinal and a friend of mine said to me that I’d just won the Cascais Trophy. I was like, “are you kidding me”, I was pretty pumped. I like this place, I really like the waves around here and I love Portugal and the people here. It’s a really great place and I always love surfing here.”
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Smith previously defeated one standouts of the event, John John Florence (HAW), in the Semifinal today. Despite posting the only two perfect 10-point rides of the event Florence lost his momentum and was eliminated after Smith posted two excellent scores, which were too much for the young surfer from Hawaii to overcome. Florence leaves Portugal in equal third place and the loss is the end of his 2014 World Title hopes.
“I’m super bummed, but at the same time I’m stoked to have made the Semifinals,” Florence said. “I’ve been on a fun, good run for these last few events. Jordy (Smith) got the good ones, so congratulations to him. I’m definitely excited to go into Hawaii as a possible spoiler to the World Title, I want to win Pipeline no matter what. The World Title is now out of my hands, so there’s no pressure on. I just can’t wait to go home and surf Pipe.”
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Defending event champion Kai Otton (AUS) was on the verge of a second consecutive Final in Peniche, but with only minutes remaining in his Semifinal heat Fanning the came back with two consecutive fast barrels to turn the heat and steal the win. Otton’s excellent campaign in Portugal marks a season’s best and will take the Australian up six places to 18th on the rankings.
“I just got bumped off on a lot of my waves,” Otton explained. “I think that one wave I had would have been a really high score, then I might have been in control of the heat. Mick (Fanning) fought his way back like a champion with that 7.17 score. It’s beautiful having the family here, and it’s great coming in from each heat, win or lose, and they’re there to cheer me up.”
Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):
If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

Highlights: Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Final Day

The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 – 20, 2014.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Final Results:
Winner: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.50
Runner-Up: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 7.67
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Semifinal Results
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.64 def. John John Florence (HAW) 7.27
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.40
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.83 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.83
QF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.27 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.23
QF 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.80 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.17
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.07 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.10
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 5 Results
Heat 1: Adam Melling (AUS) 7.50 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 5.90
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.63
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.83 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 8.33
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.23 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.30
Current ASP WCT Top 10 (following the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 53,100 pts
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
4. John John Florence (HAW) 47,950 pts
5. Michel Bourez (PYF) 43,750 pts
6. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 42,900 pts
8. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,250 pts
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) 41,700 pts
10. Kolohe Andino (USA) 35,900 pts

How Ian Walsh Training for Winter Swells

Big wave surfing, like most things in life, is all about preparation. For Ian Walsh this means starting the morning off with a surf, going straight into multiple grueling training sessions with Deep Relief Athletic Training Center on Maui, and then ending the day with yet another surf and a large plate of food.
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Check out Ian’s workout below. It’ll have you well prepared for whatever waves you’re chasing, even if you’re not charging the same massive swells he is.
Wake up and work for what you want. In the mix of a six week training camp to geared up for winter. This is what my yesterday looked like.
Surfed for two hours in the morning. Then head to gym.
Mobility Warm Up:
1. Foam roller work for 10 minutes.
2. Walking dynamic stretches.
3. Reverse back extensions with hip abduction, three sets of 10 reps.
4. Back extension progression, three sets with 20, 15, then 10 reps.
5. Foot and ankle progression, four sets of 30 reps.
6. Dragon warm-up, two sets of 10 reps.
7. Walking lunges with DB diagonal push press, three 15-yard sets.
8. Wall starfish, two sets of eight reps.
9. Dynamic flexibility work, five minutes.
Session One:
1. Standing tuck position SL lateral push outs using light band, three sets at 15, 30, and 30 seconds.
2. Standing starfish SL with lateral shoulder raise in weight column, three sets at 30 seconds.
3. Core progression sit-ups, three sets of 10 reps.
4. Hanging leg extensions (in and outs) with MB squeeze, three sets of 12 reps.
5. Walking lunges with heavy DBs, four sets at 15 yards.
6. Straight arm ab crunches into extension SSL, three sets at 30 seconds.
7. Eccentric hanging leg tucks, three sets at 20 seconds.
8. Reverse back extensions, three sets at 20 seconds.
9. Body blade on the bosu ball, three sets at 30 seconds.
10. Light aerobic work on bike to enhance recovery between sessions.

Surfing Etiquette For A Perfect Experience

Just like anything else, surfing has its own rules of behavior that we recommend knowing before you venture out in the water. These rules are well-known all over the world and help to keep in order this amazing sport. If you do not follow these rules, you will be exposing yourself and the others around you to having a chaotic surf experience.
Rule 1: Always keep a cool attitude
Be nice, this is a cool sport where mistakes and accidents happen all the time. If you make a mistake, the best thing to do is to apologize. Always try to avoid accidents that may result in injuries, make sure that you and everyone near you are okay.
Rule 2: Never drop in on another surfer
If you are paddling for a left but another surfer already has the wave on his right, you must definitely yield to the other surfer. If it is not you who is the closest one to the peak, you should stop paddling and move out of the way of the other surfer. In the event that you decide to keep paddling until you catch it and start surfing, you will be dropping in and that is not something cool to do.
Rule 3: Respect the right of way
There are cases in which two or more surfers are paddling for the same wave; the surfer that is closer to the peak has the right of way. It is not acceptable to cause someone not to catch a wave. This rule used to be different, in the past the first person paddling for the wave had the right of way. There might be some conflict of opinion about this rule, but in the most of the cases you should stick to the idea of respecting the one closest to the peak.
Rule 4: Move behind the surfer that is riding a wave
When you are paddling back and notice that another surfer is riding a wave, allow him or her to continue riding the wave by moving behind them. You will be smashed by the whitewater but at the same time you will be avoiding and accident and if the next time it is you the one who is riding, you will certainly appreciate someone else doing the same thing for you.
In the end, remember to share the ocean, the sea is there for all of us to use it and enjoy it. Have fun and respect the others and the marine life in the ocean.

Surfboard Styles To Consider When Shopping

Surf season may not be at its peak but that's no reason not to shop for boards. In fact, buying a couple now could make you eligible for a discount being off-season and all (in some places, at least).
If this is your first time shopping for surfboards, a little advice is invaluable. There are several styles designed for specific surf conditions. Boards favored by professionals may also not be to your liking (just yet) as they require well-practiced skill. Check out these board styles to find out which is up your alley.
Longboard: Also called 'logs', longboards measure around 9 feet in length. They have a rounded nose which, combined with the size, makes them very stable and, therefore, perfect learning boards. However, the large size also means you may struggle to get through the surf. Practice will make it much easier and since the board is ideal for amateurs, you should be able to learn to handle the size very soon.
Stunts such as the hang five and hang ten are possible on a longboard.
Shortboard: Where a longboard is long with a rounded nose, a shortboard generally measures not more than 6'4" and has a slightly pointed nose. It's easy to assume that a shorter board would be simpler to ride but the lack of length means maintaining balance is tough. Disregard this board if you're a beginner but begin practicing once you've mastered all of the basics. Be prepared for bursts of speed and being able to quickly cut corners.
Funboard: A funboard's length is between a longboard and a shortboard, up to 8 feet max. It has a lot of volume in the middle so balancing is easy. It's great for amateurs looking to move to a shortboard but who are still apprehensive of the lack of length it has. A funboard gives them this confidence till they're ready to move onto the tricky shortboard.
Fish: The fish style is as short as a shortboard but that's where the resemblance ends. It has a rounder nose, wider middle and a swallow tail which gives it an actual fish-like appearance. Fish styles are perfect for small to medium waves where speed and maneuvering can be maintained. They paddle extremely well, even more so than a shortboard but as mentioned, confine them to small to medium waves as you'll have trouble keeping hold.
Gun: Designed for large waves, gun surfboards have a very pointy nose and are thinner than shortboards. They're very long, however, reaching lengths of over 10 feet. This lets surfers gain speed while paddling so you can catch that huge wave. The added length lends more control especially when surfing at high speeds.
Bodyboard: This is for the true beginner, child and for someone who's not really eager to try out surfing. Bodyboards are very short and rectangular in shape, not meant to be stood on but rather to be laid on. They can be picked up at any surf accessories store for a cheap price.
This quick list of board styles should help you find one that matches what you want to learn on the surf. The more you progress, the more you'll be able to master more board styles which will increase your versatility on the vast expanse of surf.