It's been an eventful tournament so far at the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia - everything from Shark dodging to postponement. And so far we have seen some pretty spectacular wipeouts.. Here's a short clip to whet the appetite. Long may it continue!!
Manmade waves are going to be a big part of surfing’s future. And ever since Wavegarden turned their technology into something tangible, the surf theme park has become its own valuable commodity.
“Build one in ____ (insert city name here)!!!” is the comments section popular reply of choice for people eager to get their own artificial fix. And so far we’ve seen Wales (Surf Snowdonia) and the soon to be opened park in Austin (NLAND) win the location lotteries for these new parks. Today it was announced that Melbourne, Australia will be the next location for a Wavegarden surf park. It’s called URBNSURF and aside from a few generic details shared in the first promotional video, and artist renderings, not much is known about the park. So with the opening of the first U.S. park right around the corner, a countdown for the company’s third park is underway.
As for the person behind bringing URBNSURF to life, this isn’t the only surf park in the works. Andrew Ross is the chairman of Wave Park Group, an Australian group with exclusive rights to developing all of the country’s surf parks that use Wavegarden technology. In 2015 it was rumored that Ross and the Wave Park Group would be converting Subiaco Oval, a multipurpose stadium in Perth, into a surf park. Whether or not that particular park is any closer to development isn’t clear, but now we do know Melbourne’s site is coming by late 2017.
After two outstanding victories for Matt Wilkinson on the first two stops of the WSL tour, he is sitting comfortably in the drivers seat with his yellow jersey on.
Since claiming an impressive maiden victory on the East Coast at the WSL stop Snapper Rocks, Wilko has pushed on to gain his second consecutive win of the year.
High winds and huge swell provided a tricky platform for the Australian 27 year old, yet he managed to keep his head and showcase his sublime talent through his massive top turns.
Global goofy footers will be pleased with Wilkinson's success, as it’s been 17 years since the goofy talent of Mark Occhilupo rang the bell.
Check out some of our shots of the competition from our Surfiety photographer Tom Terlaak along with WSL highlights of the entire event.
Do you think he has what it takes to claim the title? Let us know what you think below!
Sit back and relax in the beautifully created 'Pieces Astray' short film from award winning director and producer Matt Kleiner.
For more sensational edits and short films, visit www.mattkleiner.com
It is fair to say Koa Rothman isn't just pushing the boundaries, he's smashing them, building new ones, and then crushing the new ones too. After an impressive show at The Eddie, Rothman has caught the attention of the surfing world.
His aggressive surfing from Pipeline to Waimea to Peahi is some of the best we've seen this winter, and this self-edited clip is just a taster of his talent in the water.Read More
The video that needs no explaining.
Midway through the Eddie, Twiggy Baker, world renowned big wave surfer, pulled into one of the biggest waves of the day. What followed can be described as unlucky and terrifying at the same time... As the lip jacks up on the huge monster, Twiggy decides to pull the plug and take the plunge into the abyss below, and then finds himself going over the falls.
A miracles he is alright, and definitely a contender for wipeout of the year!!
We all know Shane Dorian loves Jaws... It's a special place for him. Now, there is a difference between enjoying the fruits of the wave, and going head long into grabbing the beast by the horns. Well, that is exactly what went down in Shane's last session. Taking the highest of lines into the pitch black barrel, the man needs a headlamp before appearing out the other side.
You really have to see it to believe that he made it... KUDOS!!
Need I say more.. Big waves = big wipeouts. Take a couple minutes to sit and watch what these big wave legends put their bodies through. Safe to say a couple may be suffering the effects of 'Waimea Whiplash' this morning (ahem... Mason Ho)
You have to marvel at the sheer bravery of the chargers, and a special mention must go to 66 year old Clive Aikau for his cartwheel down the face of a 40ft bomb!! Enjoy...
Click the image below for the official video
After a stellar performance, it came down to the last 10 minutes for John John Florence to win his first In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave invitational event. His last wave score (see below) took him ahead of big wave legends Shane Dorian and previous winner Ross Clarke-Jones.
John John described his win as "one of the most special moments of my life, for sure", then adding "This event's only run a couple of times in my whole life, and for me to be a part of it is amazing. I'm just overwhelmed with adrenaline. Just from the whole day, looking at the big ones like 'ahh, am I gonna go or not?"
Today's conditions down at the contest site were simply massive, with waves up to 60 feet pounded into the North Shore's famous Waimea Bay. Clyde Aikau, brother of Eddie Aikau and a competitor in the line up (at 66 years old!), said that it's the best Waimea Bay he's seen in over 40 years.
See John John's best waves below;
Well, what can we say that already hasn't been said.. The Eddie gave us some of the biggest waves we have seen in competition for many a year. But, with big waves come HUGE wipeouts, and there were a fair share on display during the heats o the 25th February. Arguably the biggest of the day came when Kala Alexander and Kai Rothman set off side by side on a bomb, only to collide on the lip leaving Rothman to cartwheel 40 feet down this monster.
You'll be glad to know Kai, a true waterman, brushed himself down and spent a good bit of time in the channel recovering before he got straight back in the line up! What a guy!!
As we saw two weeks ago, the swell in the Pacific is really firing at the moment. What can be described as possibly one of the largest winters on record, it looks like we are in for another treat as another massive swell looks to hit Hawaii as soon as tomorrow.
Without getting hopes up, this means another green alert for the Eddie. And there's a little difference this time round - this time round THINGS ARE MUCH BIGGER!
Check out the below videos to compare the Feb 10th chart to the incoming swell. And keep those fingers crossed for the Eddie...
Feb 10th Swell
Feb 25th Swell
Expect organisers to make a decision on Thursday!!
After Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the Southern Hemisphere, surfers have been flocking to the main surfing beaches in Oz. None more so than Mick Fanning on his own turf spending a healthy amount of time out of the sun in that barrel...
With the quicksilver pro 2016 coming up shortly, we are hoping Snapper provides us with the same quality of waves!