Five minutes of amazing water cinematography (from Talon Clemow)

Talon Clemow is one of the best when it comes to capturing surfing from the water. This is a craft that’s way, way harder than you’d ever think. Which is why the really good guys, like Talon, are so few. There’s a lot of amazing surfers featured in Mr Clemow’s water cinematography reel, and it’s certainly a hypnotic five minutes of viewing.

Why Kelly Slater Is The Greatest Athlete In The World

I’ll start with the most undeniable pieces of evidence, the numbers behind the talent. Eleven world titles, setting both records for youngest (19) and oldest (39) to win a championship.
Five of these world titles were in consecutive years from 1994-1998. Those numbers alone distinguish him from any other athlete in both individual and team sports.
To be fair, lets see how Kelly’s opponents match up...

  •  Kelly Slater: 11 World Titles – 5 consecutive – 56 career victories (50 WCT) 
  •  Michael Jordan: 6 NBA Championships – 3 consecutive – Arguably the best offensive and defensive (behind Bill Russell) player to play in the NBA 
  •  Muhammed Ali: 3 Time Heavyweight Champion – 56 victories 
  • Michael Phelps: 13 Gold Medals – 26 World Championship Gold Medals Babe Ruth: 7 Time World Series Champion, 2 Time All-Star 
  •  Wayne Gretzky: 4 Stanley Cups, Leading Scorer in NHL History
  •  Jim Thorpe: 2 Olympic Gold Medals Pentathalon/Decathalon, College + NFL Hall of Famer


It’s OK to have an ‘Anything but 3’ policy and ride singles/bonzers/twinzers/Mystic Meg’s broomstick, but it’s not OK to think that anybody else gives a fuck. Photo: Nathan Smith

Some surf spots have those signs up with a funny cartoon about wave etiquette don’t they? But factories/surf shops don’t do the same for boards. Well, muddle on in uncoded, anarchic darkness no longer…

1. Inside the vehicle is always preferable over roof rack. Roof racks are the last resort, even if that means compromising safety/comfort/upholstery.

2. Respect cultural differences: In Europe, it’s never boards on roof rack fins forward, (apart from longboards). In California, it’s quite the opposite, ALWAYS fins up and forward on ALL boards. If you ever happen to attach a board to roof rack fins down in any part of the world, it’s OK for fellow surfers/secret police to flash you, pull you over and punch you in the face.

3. It’s OK to carry two to the beach, one under each arm, with girl/boy friend 3 paces behind like a pro, but bear in mind it’s also OK for anyone witnessing to think ‘What a cunt’.

4. Waxing the tail pad is OK if you’re not on one of the ASP tours, so long as you rip. If you’re not sure if you rip, you don’t. If you are sure that you rip, you don’t.

5. If you swap boards by your own suggestion, you have to let them swap back after one wave if they want. Conversely, if someone asks to swap with you but then immediately wants their own board back, it’s OK to say ‘one more’ but get at least three.

6. It’s preferable to use the Australian term ‘Chinese wax job’ in reference to unwittingly waxing the underside of a surfboard in transit rather than the ‘Irish wax job’, when on a surf trip to Ireland. If on a surf trip to China, use either.

7. You should always take beer upon collection of custom to the factory, to be shared among workers. If the spray isn’t exactly what you were after, it’s OK for that beer to be Grafenwalder from Lidl. Wine or whiskey specifically for the shaper can alienate glasser/sander/etc, which is never a good for future orders.

8. Despite the irrefutable truth of the statement, looking at the signature on the stringer of a friend’s new off-the-rack stock board and then announcing, ‘This isn’t an actual Merrick/JS/DHD/Rusty’ means you will forever be considered bad company.

9. Please don’t post your quiver’s dimensions on Facebook, particularly when it’s the ‘About to leave for Indo’ quiver post. No one cares. There must be someone famous that just died, can’t you RIP post them, instead?

10. It’s OK when someone asks ‘How big is that one?’ to not know, flip it over and read off the stringer, but don’t feel too smug about not knowing, like, ‘Oh I got so many’.
Furthermore, it’s OK to not know between six somethings (or five somethings), but
you should always know that it’s one or the other. Thus ”It’s a six….er… oh no wait, 5’11” is not acceptable.

11. Borrowing a board from someone with the opposite stance and putting a massive front foot heel pressure ding is an offence. A pressure ding is still a ding. However, front foot heel pressure dinging a board ridden by someone with the same stance is fine… like, what were they expecting? You not to rip? Fill yer fucken boots.

12. It’s never OK to borrow one, ding it and then put it back in the rack without coming clean. Never.

13. When borrowing: if you ding it you fix it, if you break it buy it. End of.

14. The person whose car it is should be in charge of putting them in. He or she knows the lines or the angles. Never be afraid to ask for help.

15. Try to go through the rest of 2014 without saying ‘Mini Simmons’ ever, at all, even if you surf one every day. Thanks.

POV Double-barrel on the South Coast

You’ll perhaps recall when Stab took Mark Mathews and Taj Burrow to WA’s The Right, with plans to attempt the best surf photo ever seen? It would be a POV shot, Mark surfing behind Taj through the barrel and capturing his view. Jason Finlay and Scott Denis recently had a swing at the same angle, only a smaller wave on Australia’s South Coast of NSW. The vision is killer, and worth your 26 seconds.

Backstage : The Best Of The North Shore Last Season

‘Tis the season of the North Shore. The season when all eyes are on Hawaii and nothing else matters (f**k Christmas), when the surf industry instinctively flocks like the salmon of Capistrano (that never get’s old) and a year’s worth of pent-up hostility finds its release with every Haole Barry to make a mistake in the lineup at Pipe (Barry is the new Barney). And to the man without a sponsor house, a namesake or a Hawaiian bloodline, it’s a distant reality merely perceived through the shallow lens of a webcast. But here, compliments of Dakine, we have a backstage pass to last year’s winter on the North Shore. If this doesn’t give you enough vicarious psyche to book your ticket to the gun-show, at home with the webcast is right where you belong.

Powerful waves open the 2014 Vans World Cup of Surfing

The 2014 Vans World Cup of Surfing kicked off in giant surf, at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.

Shifty peaks delivered waves in the 10- to 15-foot range. It was heavy out the back, but local knowledge proved to be enough to get through to Round 2.

Kai Barger stole the show, on the first day of competition. The surfer from Maui had the highest wave score and the best heat total of Round 1.

"I was actually panicking before I caught that wave. I never felt comfortable that whole heat and I've been losing a lot, so that all adds to the stress I've had. I just got lucky. I swung, caught a wave, and it turned out to be good," explained Barger.

Ramzi Boukhiam, from Morocco, is having a great season in the Triple Crown of Surfing. After reaching the quarterfinals at Haleiwa, the 21-year-old rider displayed his powerful backhand to win his heat.
"I felt good out there but it was definitely very tricky. It's so difficult to tell which waves are going to be the better scores, but I was feeling comfortable on my backhand," added Boukhiam.

Vans World Cup of Surfing | Round 1
Tom Whitaker (AUS) 8.43; Ian Walsh (HAW) 7.67; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 6.93; Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 6.93
Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.50; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 8.40; Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 6.0; Eli Olsen (HAW) 1.87
Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 11.93; Chris Ward (USA) 10.90; Danny Fuller (HAW) 9.74; Conner Coffin (USA) 7.47
Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.04; Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)10.10; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 8.37; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 7.43
Perth Standlick (AUS) 13.00; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 10.43; Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 7.60; Koa Smith (HAW) 3.17
Wade Carmicheal (AUS) 12.44; Kaito Kino (HAW) 11.16; Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 10.20; Ian Gentil (HAW) 9.90
Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.60; Connor O'Leary (AUS) 10.017; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 8.67; Reef McIntosh (HAW) 7.20
Billy Kemper (HAW) 15.10; Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.50; Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 8.26; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 7.84
Kai Barger (HAW) 15.70; David do Carmo (BRA) 12.50; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 10.56; Marco Fernandez (BRA) 4.94
Thomas Woods (AUS) 10.50; Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 8.83; Frederico Morais (PRT) 7.83; Landon McNamara (HAW) 3.30
Seth Moniz (HAW) 12.27; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 11.47; Joel Centeio (HAW) 10.80; Ian Gouveia (BRA) 9.50
Cooper Chapman (AUS) 12.10; Alex Smith (HAW) 9.76; Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) 9.63; Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 8.57
Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.00; Brent Dorrington (AUS) 7.57; Jamie O'Brien (HAW) 7.33; Hiroto ohhara (JPN) 6.54
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.00; Evan Valiere (HAW) 8.73; Jean Da Silva (BRA) 8.27; Makai McNamara (HAW) 6.60
Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.60; Isaiah Moniz (HAW) 7.54; Jose Ferreira (PRT) 7.36; Cory Arrambide (USA) 3.47
Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 9.34; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 9.30; Dillon Perillo (USA) 8.77; Kalani David (HAW) 7.56

Alex Gray Surfing In The Middle Of Wyoming

This will give you an idea of just how hard river surfing is.

Alex Gray, Scott Daley, and Eli Mack river surf the Lunch Counter Rapids at the Snake River in Wyoming

A Surfboard Made From Broken Skateboards

RETO: The Recycled Skateboard Surfboard - Korduroy Specials

GoPro founder Nick Woodman buys land fronting Hawaii surf spot

A company affiliated with Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of extreme-sports camera maker GoPro Inc., has purchased two properties on Hawaii's famed North Shore of Oahu, including a vacant lot that sold for a record $8.5 million.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser report s that, according to public records and sources familiar with the transaction, Woodman's company bought a 31,000-square-foot oceanfront lot for $8.5 million and an adjacent 66-year-old house in poor condition for $925,000 along Ke Nui Road fronting the Rocky Point surf break. The newspaper reports the buyer's agent, Lora "Bitsy" Healey, whose son is big-wave surfer Mark Healey, declined to reveal her client's identity.

GoPro, which is based in San Mateo, Calif., last week filed plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial pubic offering. Woodman's family is the largest shareholder in the company, with 49 percent, according to the prospectus.

This story is crazy!!! Friend Rescues Woman Dragged Out to Sea in Shark Attack

We have a story this morning about a hero in Hawaii who rescued his friend when she was attacked by a shark and dragged out to sea. That’s her right there. Yeah, he used his fists and feet to free her from the man eater.