Back to The Butte; Drew Peterson in Crested Butte

In this latest clip to come out of Colorado, Drew Peterson gives us the best tour of Crested Butte ("Colorado's last great ski town") you could imagine.

He explains; On the day we arrived in Crested Butte, 8 inches had fallen overnight. Conditions were great, so we went soul shredding. I grew up in Silverthorne and skied CB a fair amount when I was younger. The steep slopes of the North Face are where I learned to hit cliffs and first competed in big mountain skiing. It was good to be back. Special thanks to DPS Skis, Outdoor Research, Smith Optics, Discrete Clothing, Surefoot, and Truck Gloves Music: 99 Problems  by Hugo @drewpeterski drewpeterski.com

Koa Rothman ladies and gentlemen.

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.

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That time Twiggy Baker jumped off a 4 story wave at Waimea. [Video]

 Credit; WSL/Heff

Credit; WSL/Heff

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!! 

Featured Contributor; Rob. J. Perkins - The Endless Bummer

THE ENDLESS BUMMER

 

 Gidget Movie 1959 - Columbia Pictures

Gidget Movie 1959 - Columbia Pictures

The picture above is from a movie “none of us” have seen; called “Gidget.” If you did see it, “Old Guys Rule!” Everyone else go ask your pop pop about it. It’s from like WW2.

They watched it on these things called VHS’s on these wide T.V’s called “Cathode Ray Tubes” the T.V is like that seen in “The Giver” before he started seeing colors. “Black and White” television; in case you missed that one Spicoli. To the surfer still hangin’ … it’s about some blonde chick from the “sunscreen ad with the dog pulling her bikini off.”  Remember they redid it in Playboy a long time ago.  Gidget starts to like a surfer named “Moon Doggie.” “Moon Dog” negs her so well, it makes that famous book about pick up artists (PUA’s) you all own…look so sad. That’s why there’s so many baby boomers by the way, they could play the game. In the movie then some John Travolta and Sandy thing happens. Probably a sing-a-long … I haven’t seen it either, so who knows, I’m sure Disney will pull it out of the vault soon.

So here’s my point. The compounding effect created by Hollywood, this is the bummer! “I’m getting bugged driving up and down the same old strip. I got to find a new place where the kids are hip. My buddies and me are getting real well known, yeah the bad guys know us but they leave us alone.-The Beach Boys” . . . Hollywood created this image to the outside paper pusher perimeter of the world of what and who a “surfer” is. By the way we all have an I.Q below 85, in case you didn’t know that either. You probably didn’t since you’re a… (Shaking my head) “Surfer!”

Outside of our subculture-we are “Aloha Bra’s!”…we are a sequential Hollywood compounding gimmick that is getting increasingly worse. Heavens for bid- if you put “Surfing” as a hobby on a job application! We are Moon Doggie, Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell. To another unit we are some life guard with a whistle and a rescue patrol can taking orders from Hobie’s dad, as we watch Pam Anderson trot by. They call him Bodhi…short for “Bodhizafa (from the Real Point Break with Patrick Swayze.) Not the one you watched last week with your girlfriend “Utah!” Netflix and Chill this “real” one brosafeen. Damn Millennials. (I happen to like CD-ROM’s you Grommet!) Or my favorite surf costume…a 14 year olds clothing company called HCO…pop your colla! Its hella cool dude to wear a polo with a seagull on it! Betty’s make sure you got a Roxy Decal on your back windshield, or no one will believe you’re a surfer gal!

“This is how shoe bees look at us”- exclaims Otto Rocket. Then mums changes the channel to the penguin surfing movie…and oh yeah, it’s a “Rock Hopper” Penguin -Got Blonde Highlights. Are we a gimmick? I believe the master craftsmans like Rusty Priesendorfer, Al Merrick, The Young Pipe Masters like John Jon Florence, the Sunny Garcia’s and the Santa Cruz’s own Jay Moriarity deserve a lil more respect. “Chasing Mavericks was a Joke!”  “No Worries right?” Page 1348 of the Surfers Bible says you MUST have long blonde hair to reply…past shoulder length, don’t play with us Peralta. Pirates don’t wear watches! . . .  Are you cool with this shallow smoke and mirror Hollywood conditioned image that we a Malibu Ken doll without cognitive capability, or are we deeper water looking to submerge? Next year I’m thinking about the “Pumping iron test look”, or maybe “the Biebs tattooed sleeve with a Flavor Flav gold chain…Polls are up on bad boys right now guys, time to ditch the surfer! (Rob pauses typing, turns down Sublime’s greatest hits…looks for the keys to his Jeep Wrangler, realizing his Zig Zag’s are in stash box…) ‘If a light bulb went off in your head reading this…hit your head against the wall, everything will go dark again. But don’t worry…its part of the gimmick.

BACKGROUND MUSIC: Pounding drums… “Some people stand in the darkness Afraid to step into the light some people need to help somebody When the edge of surrenders in site Don't you worry, It's gonna be alright 'Cause I'm always ready I won't let you outta my sight…” Yellow Scarab sweeps the water and sprays the T.V Screen’

Shane Dorian went mad at Jaws!

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!! 


The Eddie Wipeout reel is the best thing you will watch all day!! [VIDEO]

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

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John John Florence crowned winner of the Eddie! [Highlights Reel]

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 Florence celebrating his huge win at the 2016 Eddie

John John Florence celebrating his huge win at the 2016 Eddie

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;

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Kai Rothman takes award for the worst wipeout of the day at the Eddie!! BRUTAL!

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!! 

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Five MUST VISIT surfing destinations in Latin America with Rooms2Night

To celebrate our partnership with Rooms2Night, we are bringing you five little known beauties in the heart of Latin America to discover on your next surf trip!

We believe Rooms2Night offers the perfect hotel and accommodation booking service for fellow surfers around the world whilst visiting the untouched haven of Latin America.

Be sure to download the fantastic new booking app Rooms2Night from the app store and use your unique Surfiety code SURF10 in order to receive discount on your booking!

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Central America has become a tourist hotspot for those looking to surf epic waves a short plane ride away. Some surfers fell in love with the beautiful landscape, the warm people, and the excellent surf and decided to create a home for themselves.

There is plenty of undiscovered stunning coastline and great surfing all over Central America. But for those looking to live or invest, what are the surf towns that you could actually live in?

We’ve compiled a list of the towns that have strong communities and basic amenities for those who enjoy a side of comfort with their morning surf.

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo is Costa Rica’s top destination for surf tourism. Surf schools are aplenty and surfing has become integral to the local culture. All skill levels can surf here as there are beach, rivermouth, and reef breaks. It is also located near many other beaches for surfing day trips. Just north of Playa Tamarindo are Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point, which became world famous from the film Endless Summer II.

Located a short one hour drive on a paved road from the Liberia International airport, Tamarindo is highly accessible from North America. As a result it is one of the most tourist frequented towns in Costa Rica and the tourist businesses thrive. There are also many more amenities here than in other parts of Costa Rica, including plenty of restaurants, shopping, and bars. This gives the area a fairly North American feel, which some people may enjoy while others may not. However outside of town it is still possible to find peace, tranquility, and even waves all for yourself.

Santa Catalina, Panama

Until recently Santa Catalina was a secret kept by the locals who enjoyed its excellent surf. While still a small, quiet town, Santa Catalina is the top surf destination in all of Panama. It is now bringing surfers from all over the world and actually hosted the 2010 ISA World Master’s Surfing Championship.

The influx of health conscious surfing expats in recent years has developed an overall health conscious attitude in the area. It is one of the few towns in all of Panama that has health food and yoga.

The town is still difficult to access which has kept it quiet and relatively undeveloped. Consequently land prices, even beachfront, are quite low. However Santa Catalina is rapidly paving its way as the next big surf destination in Central America which makes investing now an excellent opportunity.

 Image; Bobby Rica

Image; Bobby Rica

Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

Playa Guiones (sometimes called Nosara after the region it’s in) is one of the most beloved towns in all of Central America by expats, and in large part due to the surf. It has some of the most versatile surf in the country with waves surfable at any tide level.

At the shore are clean rows of white water for beginners, further out is an intermediate break, and on the outside are expert level waves. There is also a volcanic reef break at Playa Pelada as well as rivermouth break near the Nosara River for experts. Plenty of other nearby beaches have great surfing as well.

The town itself boasts two exceptional private schools, several world class yoga retreat centers, delicious international cuisine, raw health food cafes, kickboxing, pilates, and tons of other activities. There is an organic grocery store in town as well as a farmers’ market and local organic produce delivery service. The town is known for its strong expat community and dedication towards health and sustainability.

 

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

This crescent-shaped bay surf town is the gateway to many of Nicaragua’s best beaches. Just across the border from Costa Rica’s famed Nicoya Peninsula, San Juan del Sur enjoys similar weather, landscape, and surf. Playa Maderas is a twenty minute drive from the center of San Juan del Sur and picks up most of the swells that hit Nicaragua. It is a fun spot for surfers of all levels.

San Juan del Sur is the most popular tourist destination in Nicaragua because of the incredible surfing opportunities. As a result there are many hotels, restaurants, bars, yoga studios, and plenty of other North American luxuries. It can become touristy and crowded at times, but the nearby beaches are often completely deserted.


Central America is a great place for surf lovers with the desire to live among world class waves. These are just a few of the best spots for those looking to visit. What are some of your favorites?

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The Eddie on Green Alert!!! Swell incoming for tomorrow..

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!! 

Mick Fanning lights it up at Snapper!

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!


Soul Surfer; Renato Loschiavo Miranda "Zizo"

 It isn't about being the best surfer, because once you tap into creative flow, the best doesn't exist. Its about experiencing the magic. Its about being in that place where your heart is free. Its about grabbing hold of the intangible, and making something beautiful. 

 

Innovation comes about through combining disparate ideas and disciplines that seems weird at first. Get comfortable with weird if you want real innovation to emerge.

 

 

Gratitude opens the door to the creativity of the universe. And soul is about authenticity. Soul is about finding things in your life that are real and pure. Only great minds can afford a simple style.
Binho Nunes @fa_binhonunes the coolest soul surfer on earth has the door open anytime. Great soul, great mind. 

Watch this Grom surf whilst she does the 'Dab'

Dancing and surfing... I guess they have their similarities. Style is sought after, fluidity of movements is key, and having a good time is essential. Now imagine that all rolled into one - dancing, surfing and having a good time, all with a few backside turns thrown in there for good measure. 

Well that is exactly what Leila Riccobuano decided to do in the latest edit coming out of the Hawaiian surfing family's household. 

Following in the footsteps of celebrities and sports stars around the globe, Leila kills the 'Dab' with a little extra pizzaz thrown in after ripping a Hawaiian right.