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Pipeline from the Sidelines

  Visiting North Shore winter experience 101: The two-lane scenic highway wraps around Oahu with mountains in one hand and sandy ocean in the other. Leave Honolulu’s skyscrapers behind and head into the greenery’s golden hour as the sun touches the ridge tops. Just beyond, the North Shore break can be seen. The ocean bottom covered in reef structures, holds breaking waves a good paddle out. D...[Read More]

SOUL AND HEART: Andy Irons: Kissed by God.

Andy Irons’ brain: A swirling, cacophonic kaleidoscope of influences – natural and unnatural, good, bad and ugly: Family pride and depression, sibling rivalry and love, adrenaline and endorphins, the physical and mental stresses of competition discipline, opioids. Highs and lows, Pine Trees to giant Hanalei. From the quiet, protected sanctity of Kauai, to the dangerous rattle and hum of the ...[Read More]

NEW WAVE

The Founder’s Cup Exposes a Perfect Wave to the World Paul Simon once sang: “These are the days of miracles and wonders,” and that certainly was true over the weekend of May 5-6, as Kelly Slater pulled a Willie Wonka and let some of the world into his fantasy candy factory, also known as The Surf Ranch. The gates swung open several thousand paying customers who forked over $200 for the weeke...[Read More]

WSL BIG WAVE AWARDS 2018

New Name, New Venue and No Teahupoo for the 2018 WSL Big Wave Awards Ian Walsh flying through the barrel of the day/year/century at Pe’ahi: deserving winner of the Best Tube and Ride of the Year at the WSL Big Wave Awards. Photo courtesy World Surf League. It was a cold and clear, full moon night. One of those brisk spring nights that make you glad to be living in Southern California, glad t...[Read More]

TIME FOR BELLS

FACTS AND FACTOIDS ABOUT THE RIP CURL BELLS BEACH EASTER CLASSIC Mick Fanning will take a final bow at this year’s Bells event – his last before retiring. Easter is coming, the bunnie’s getting fat. Pro surfers are all flocking to Bell’s Beach, what do you think of that? 1. THE CONTEST HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 56 YEARS According to Matt Warshaw in The Encyclopedia of Surfing: Local surfers ...[Read More]

O’NEILL/SURFLINE TOP 10 WAVES OF THE WINTER

Top 10 Nominees from the Winter of 2017/2018 It might be raining in Malibu and dumping at Mammoth, but winter is almost pau on the North Shore, after a long winter of odd weather, destructive swells, hair-tearing flat spells and drama in and out of the water. Every year, Surfline teams up with O’Neill Inc, to nominate and pick the O’Neill Wave Of the Winter. Taking in video clips from ...[Read More]

WHAT’S UP WITH THE FOUNDER’S CUP

Tickets on Sale, Team Picked for WSL Specialty Event at the Surf Ranch in May On March 12, the World Surf League fired the starting gun for pre-sale tickets to the first Founders’ Cup – an inland surf contest to be held at the Kelly Slater WaveCo Surf Ranch in beautiful Lemoore, California. According to the official Founder’s Cup website: Surf Ranch Is Opening Its Doors The WSL Founders̵...[Read More]

CHANGING OF THE GUARD ON THE GOLDIE?

Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Slay Dragons QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Roxy Pro Gold Coast are into the fourth day at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia, but the contest is moving forward without a lot of favorites. Kelly Slater loooooves surfing Snapper down to Kirra and has done well at this contest over the millennia. But the Champ withdrew from the event t...[Read More]

WHEN MARILYN MONROE WAS MALIBU BARBIE

How the World’s Greatest Movie Star Inspired the Short Board Tommy Zahn was the world’s greatest surfer, because he ____ Marilyn Monroe. Gerry Lopez –as quoted in The Surfer’s Journal   A young Norma Jean Mortenson, on the beach in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Cary Weiss. History bounces funny. Opportunities are missed, opportunities are made, people zig when they should zag, sometimes t...[Read More]

THE INNER LAIRD

Graham Bensinger Goes In Depth With Laird Hamilton: Past, Present and Future. Laird shows Graham Bensinger his paces on a Kauai waterway. In Depth With Graham Bensinger is a nationally-syndicated sports interview series. Currently in its eighth season Bensinger has interviewed the likes of Kelly Slater, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Tyson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, W...[Read More]

GEORGE WOULD GO

A Man of Water: Hawaiian Surfing Godfather George Downing Passes at 87 Robert “Kelly” Slater’s Instagram tribute to George Downing. Featuring art by lettynowak.com To us that were close to him, George was the greatest surfer that ever lived. He was really the only one left that spanned pretty much the whole of modern surfing from riding solid wood boards to the foam shortboard. G...[Read More]

NO BRAINER

[nextpage title=”1″ ]   Hawaiian Turmoil Threatens the Triple Crown “First of all, I’d like to say (and the ASP are going to fine me) ‘cuz I don’t want to be a part of this dumb f***ing wannabe tennis tour. All these pro surfers want to be tennis players.” – Bobby Martinez, 2011 The World Surf League wants to change around their schedule, run the Pipe Masters in January inst...[Read More]

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