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.

Baby's First Time Surfing

11 month old Kaimana hit the waves for the very first time with his dad on the Big Island of Hawaii. I think we have a future pro surfer on our hands!

Insane Man Jumps Overboard and Lands on Top of a Giant Tiger Shark

Insane Moment Man Jumps On A Tiger Shark After Being Dared

The spirituality of surfing

Who consistently wakes up at 4.30am every morning and does the same thing year after year, decade after decade? The answer: monks and surfers. Surfing isn’t a religion, but for many surfers I know it comes pretty close. I’ve been surfing most of my life, and as a Catholic priest I see major similarities between surfing and Christianity.

In a certain sense, surfing has a spiritual dimension to it. Surfing takes a person into another element (water), and into a realm that requires trust. It actually does feel supernatural to walk on water. For both surfing and Christianity, water is a symbol of re-birth and new life. In their respective holy waters, surfers and Christians experience moments of joy, also called “stoke”, as well as moments of suffering (the Cross and the wipeout). These moments are not defeats, but passages to resurrection. Needless to say, the analogies between surfing and Christianity are almost without limit.

With the recent announcement from the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil that Guido Schäffer, a seminarian who was an avid surfer, is being considered for beatification, it seems a fitting time to reflect upon the similarities between surfing and our faith. After all, no surfer today who surfs in cold water would be able to ride the waves were it not for the fact that synthetic rubber and neoprene, which all modern wetsuits are made of, were invented by a Catholic priest, Fr Julius Nieuwland. In the early 20th century, working in his chemistry laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, I’m sure Fr Julius never once thought about surfing, but almost all surfers today are indebted to him. And, in a certain sense, all surfers, whatever they believe in, are indebted to the Creator of the waves.

Obviously, the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, was not a surfer. But that matters little because, as God, He is the Creator of the oceans and their waves. He is the ultimate surfer because He doesn’t require a board to walk on water. In this sense, every follower of Christ is a potential surfer because it is the Christian’s God who made the ocean to serve as an analogy for the eternal stoke and joy we will experience in paradise where there truly are no bad days. On the other hand, every surfer is a potential Christian because every surfer seeks something more: the next wave, the ultimate ride. Many of the surfers I know are not Christians or, if they are, they are mediocre. Yet, ironically, all surfers, from beginners to pros, refer to the beach and their local break as their “church”. Trust me, some of these individuals are extremely devout in the practice of their daily ritual. They all want the experience of being in the barrel, the “green cathedral,” as it is commonly called.

Surfers live for stoke and can never get enough of it. They would stay at the beach and in the water all day if they could. As one of them, I know firsthand that there is nothing like riding glassy, long waves with barrel sections, feeling the freedom that comes from being away from the responsibilities that are on land. Hardcore surfers structure their whole lives around surfing. They intentionally seek careers that allow them to be offshore every morning until 9 am. They plan their annual holiday around swell charts and storms, saving up for epic surf trips to Indonesia, Hawaii and Costa Rica. Christians could learn a lot from the zeal of surfers. And surfers can learn a lot from Christians, too.
In 2013, the bishop of Honolulu, in Hawaii, wrote a very personal, heartfelt pastoral letter to surfers. He said: “There is a tendency in surf culture to see surfing as a religion, to settle for creation rather than Creator. Yet the ocean is an ‘icon of God’. The beauty, awe, and joy you experience should lead on to the Author of the universe: our loving God (Rom 1:19-20). The search for the ‘sweet spot’ on the perfect wave is really a search for ultimate happiness, which leads us to God, because nothing else totally satisfies that desire. As St Augustine put it: ‘You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’”
The bishop’s words are wise and correct. As a Catholic priest who surfs, it would be my greatest desire to “surf in God” for all eternity. I love waves and could ride them forever, but to be able to experience the ultimate stoke of “surfing in God” for all eternity would be the most epic ride of all!

So, with the potential that the Church might have a future patron saint of surfing in the servant of God Guido Schäffer, don’t be afraid to cast out into the deep with God. The next time you’re at the beach, grab a board and become a little child again. And the next time you pass a Catholic church, stop in and thank the Maker of the waves. The ocean of God’s love and the shores of paradise await us.

Fr Donald Calloway mic lives in Steubenville, Ohio. To read about his surfing adventures around the world, visit his website and pick up his books No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy and Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st-Century Priest (both published by Marian Press)

Boat Wake Makes Perfect, Head High Barrel in Berlin, Germany

A documentary film about one man's quest to catch the only German wave before the ship that produces it is gone forever.

In a time when almost every phenomena in the western world is documented, and every surfable wave surfed; one wave, in a land without an ocean, has been left un-ridden and un-documented.  Although breaking in nature, and appearing real, this strangely perfect German wave is a beautiful mistake of man-meets-nature: its celestial curve is formed by a giant ship passing by a shallow harbor sandbar. However, this unusual wave is almost impossible to catch, breaking big enough to surf about once a week, if that. And like many good things in life, the wave is ill-fated. The 30 year old ship that spawns this beautiful accident, will be replaced soon by a new ship that most likely won't make a wave. Surf Berlin is a documentary film about one man on a winter-long quest to document a ride on this rare German wave before it, and the ship that creates it, are gone forever.

A slow-narrative visual-aural experience, Surf Berlin tells the tale of a lone man set out on what he thought to be "a simple task of surfing a single wave," yet he soon realizes it is anything but that. The surfer's harmless idea turns into a kind of spiritual monster, enslaving him to his own obsession and stubbornness. Months pass tired, distressed, and unsuccessful; he finds himself stuck in a repetitive nightmarish life of failure. Long takes, dreamlike music, and personal narrations document a life spiraling out of control. In a film blurring the line between documentary and feature, the wave is his only escape: escape from a reality that has become deeply confused with his dream world.

Learn How to Hold Your Breath for 3 Minutes With Ian Walsh

Big wave surfing requires more than just physical fitness; it requires mental endurance to prepare for the inevitable hold-downs that happen when pushing limits goes wrong. In this episode of "The Ian Walsh Experience," Ian undergoes training to improve his lung capacity and peace of mind when he wipes out on huge waves. With the help of specialized trainers, he increases his breath holds to over 3 minutes in just one day.

10 Surfers You Want At Your Party

Party planning is a tricky and sometimes maddeningly frustrating ordeal. Who gets the invite? Who gets the shaft? You can’t invite that one dude cause he has beef with that other guy and that group of girls wants to pull the hair from the head of that other group of girls and that girl is f’sure gonna puke on the couch. There are a lot of factors that go into planning the guest list for a party, especially if you’re friends with the worlds best surfers, who have can be either deadpan dull or crazy as fuck. A lot of surfers will fluctuate between these two extremes depending on swell forecast, competition schedule, contest results, as well as where they currently sit on the sponsorship fence. The list compiled this week will outline the 10 or so surfers guaranteed to help your party be memorable for all the right reasons. Let’s keep the positive party train rolling people! Read on and start sending out those invites immediately. — Chris Cote

1. Sebastian 'Seabass' Zietz

As far as positive party people go, you can’t do much better than Seabass. Him and all three of his thumbs can take your party from lame to insane in a matter of minutes. His moves on the dancefloor mirror his style in the water – unconventional, powerful, fast, wild, energetic, and unpredictable. A good party guest is someone who takes the crowd with them on a rocket ship to fun town – Bass does just this. He’ll dance alone, but if you’re within arms reach, you’ll be grabbed and dragged to the dance floor. Male or female, there’s no being a wallflower when Seabass storms the room. A good party guest is also generous with time, and floats about the room bouncing between groups and other guests, making sure everyone gets a “Hey, how are ya?” along with a high five and a shaka. Seabass is an expert at party guest inclusion, making him the number one surfer you want at your next party.

2. The Gudang Bros

One way to inject a high dose of pure 100-pefect raw positive froth power into your next shindig is to invite all three Gudauskas brothers (go ahead and throw Dylan Graves in there as a bonus awesome party person and your party is gonna rule). This threesome of joy could make your grandma’s funeral the rager of the year. It would probably start with Tanner grabbing some weird keyboard thing and starting a little beat. Then Patrick would grab an out-of-tune guitar and start jamming. Next, you’d have big Dane G jump up on the table singing a mariachi song at the top of his lungs. If your party starts slow, invite a Gudang – problem solved, your party is ripping.

3. Alana, Coco, Laura, Nage, Quincy, Bethany, Keila, etc.

This crew runs together with ladies coming in and out of the fold from party to party and place to place. Obviously they’re very good looking, so they bring that to the party, but what they also bring is good attitudes. These girls love to dance and laugh. They’ll dance like freaks on the beach, rip circles around you on the dancefloor of a club, and they’ll be laughing at you and themselves the whole damn time. Chicks this hot usually take themselves way too seriously, but this crew is all about having fun and not giving one shit what people think about them. Follow ‘em on Instagram, watch them do choreographed dance moves in the street in Sydney — they rule parties, they make shit fun, and if they do show up to your party, think of how awesome your Instagram is gonna be the next day when you get a picture of yourself photobombing Alana and Laura having a moonwalking contest! Win win situation!

4. Daren 'The International Tanimal' Crawford

Unleashing the International Tanimal at your party will result in pure joy and entertainment for everyone in attendance. Daren Vinson Crawford is known in film production circles as one of the best water-cinematographers ever to strap on a pair of fins and enter the ocean. He’s known in surfing circles as an awe-inspiring DJ known to set the right mood for any situation. He’s also known for his dynamic flowing dance moves that leave you no choice but to jump on the dancefloor with him and go completely apeshit. Daren, aka Dazza, aka The international Tanimal is great for parties, but even better on surf trips. Not only will he get the most fantastic water shots possible, but he’ll make sure you have the perfect happy hour soundtrack, a movie that you’ve never seen to watch at night, and enough interesting stories to make long boat or car rides go by like you’re in a funny ass time machine. Check out the new print issue of Stab and read the Summer Lovers story, it’s all about Daren.

5. Ozzie Wright And The Goons Of Doom

Always good to have some music at your party, mates! The Goons Of Doom are a helluva good party band. They’ll play anywhere, they play for hours, they’ll have your whole crew sweaty, dancing, and covered in beer in about three seconds flat. Music snobs and dubstep bassheads step aside, this crew plays trash rock at its trashiest and there’s no party they can’t win over. Shit, if you have a tight guest list you can always just invite Ozzie and his ukulele, you’ll have fashonista art critics giddy and entertained for hours watching the one and only Oscar Wrong strum the uke and sing songs about sharks and shit. If you invite Ozzie Wright and the Goons Of Doom to your house, you’re in for a long and wild ride. Last time I had them over they stayed for three days and I think one of them ate my cat.

6. Paul Fisher And Leigh Sedley AKA Cut Snake

Like or hate it, house music makes chicks go berserk, especially when you have a shirtless Paul Fisher sitting on Leigh Sedley’s shoulders hyping up each and every break beat and “drop” (that’s a word people in the techno biz say when the song hits a loud part or some shit). Cutsnake has actually become quite the international sensation, packing bars in Bali, getting signed to record deals, touring, and sweating all over the world. I’m proud of these two, they’re giving it hell in the world of electronic music. I’m pretty sure Sedley is the brains of the operation with Fish being the face and possibly stunt cock – either way, you have these two loose cannons at your party and fun will follow, and probably lots of sex.

7. Betet Merta

You want to have a good party? Invite The Guy! Betet is the best dude ever. Bali, Hawaii, California, wherever – Betet is everybody’s favorite little guy. His big smile and choppy hyper-speak is fun fodder for everyone involved. When you invite Betet to your house, you’re gonna have a whirlwind of positive energy and super fun exploding all over your furniture and friends. For a party to really work, you have to have a mix of cultures and dispositions, you have to have the emo white guys and the happy Balinese brothers co-mingle – the white emo dudes will have no choice but to smile when a Balinese brother like Betet is up in their grill asking them, “I’m the guy or are you the guy? We’re both the guy! Let’s party!” Betet is awesome, I’ll give you his email if you want him at your next birthday bash.

8. Freddy P, Moody, Centeio, Kekoa, JMJ, Roy, Dodd, and friends

Don’t forget to invite this crew to your next party! Trust me. They’ll show up with cases and cases of Bud Light, ready to dance, all dressed up in whatever theme you ask them to do, and they’ll bring positive power and probably hot chicks (wives and friends) with them. Trust me when I say this crew throws the most epic vibe wherever they go. They’ll be giving each other shit the whole time so be sure to stand close to them and listen to the shit they say to each other — take notes cause the shit is classic. If these dudes come, be sure to tell Brian Toth as well ’cause Tothy is like a good rum — add it (him) to anything tropical and you’re in for a good time.

9. Jeremy Flores

J-Flo is all time, always ready for fun, always connected wherever he is in the world, and always in the know of where the party is. You could be in the deepest jungle of Madagascar and ask Jeremy, “Know any good clubs or bars around here?” He’d be on his cell phone in a second finding the spot. Then he’d drop everything, grab you and the crew and take you on a damn party adventure! He’d have you back in time to get tubed the next day. Oh, and as good as he is with finding the party, he’s equally as good at finding sick waves — stick close to Jeremy Flores and don’t leave him off your guestlist, he’s killing it at life.

10. Taj Burrow

From what I’ve heard, when you cruise out with Taj Burrow, you’re taken care of and that’s pretty damn cool. Taj might not be the dude dancing on tables, but he’s definitely keen for a good laugh and a long night on the town. I’ve always said if I was a millionaire, I’d shout the homies any chance I got, and I’m not gonna name names but a lot of the millionaires currently on the World Tour are more likely to give you a wave at Pipeline than buy you a drink at a bar, and that’s just a shame. Look, I know times are tough, but if you got the dough, buy the drinks every once in a while. This is probably not a good argument as I can already hear the crew, “C’mon Taj, Stab says you’re buying’!” Sorry Taj, but yes, you’re invited to our next party.