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  • Slater storms it at the Volcom Fiji Pro!

     

    Nice work Slater! Reigning world champion Kelly Slater got his campaign for a 12th world crown back on track with victory at the Volcom Fiji Pro. The result now places him as no.2 in the World Championship Tour.

    The 40-year-old beat Brazilian teenager Gabriel Medina in pumping four-to-six foot (one-and-a-half-to-two metre) surf at Cloudbreak to jump back up to second in the world rankings.

    “That’s probably the best I could surf out there,” said Slater, who posted single waves scores of 8.33 and 9.83 out of a possible 10 early in the final. “The barrel and the turn sections just lined up for me and I was able to do what I did. That was a perfect canvas for me.

    Kelly Slater

    “The waves just pumped today. It’s about time I got him. He had my number in the back half of last year and he’ll probably go on to beat everyone for the next 20 years. “He can do it all and I think he proved that to a lot of people this week at Restaurants and out here at Cloudbreak.”

    Medina took out Mick Fanning in the semi-finals, the Australian taking over at the top of the world championship standings after finishing tied for third with compatriot Joel Parkinson.

    “I’m pretty happy with my result,” Medina said. “The waves here have been so good all week and it has been a great trip.

    “I haven’t had the best season in terms of results but I’m very happy to make the Final and congrats to Kelly (Slater) – he was surfing amazing all event.”

    The next stop on the world tour is not until August at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti, where Slater is the defending champion.

    VOLCOM FIJI PRO FINAL RESULTS:

    1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 18.16

    2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.87

    VOLCOM FIJI PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

    SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 6.57

    SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.50 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.50

    VOLCOM FIJI PRO REMAINING QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

    QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.57 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 7.76

    QF 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.14 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.76

    CURRENT ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR TOP 5 (After Volcom Fiji Pro):

    1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 24,750 pts

    2. Kelly Slater (USA) 23,700 pts

    3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 23,700 pts

    4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 22,400 pts

    5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 20,950 pts

     

    c/o Eurosport

     

  • Original O'Neill Surf Shop Becomes California Point of Historical Interest

    We’re stoked at the news the site of the original O'Neill Surf Shop has been designated a California Point of Historical Interest. The legendary store established near Cowell Beach more than 50 years ago, was given it’s status by Santa Cruz city officials on Tuesday.

    The 1959 surf shop represents the launch of a California-born industry, and the designation recognizes a time when local surf culture was elevated to well beyond Santa Cruz - the birthplace of modern cold water surfing.

    A plan for historic signage at the site, next to Dream Inn near the entrance to Cowell Beach, will be developed in the coming months, city official said.

    Santa Cruz City Councilmember David Terrazas spearheaded an effort to obtain the designation.

    "The O'Neill story is uniquely Santa Cruz and representative of California's innovative spirit and culture throughout the world," Terrazas said. "Jack and his family are integral to our town and have built something really special here."

    Among other notable accomplishments, Jack O'Neill is credited with creating the first viable wetsuit, opening the world of surfing year round to millions of surfers worldwide. O'Neill Wetsuits is now one of the best-selling wetsuit brands in the world, as well as one of the top sportswear brands, with licensees and distributorships in more than 67 countries.

    O'Neill said he was honoured by the recognition.

    "What started out as a way to catch as many waves as possible has turned into a life I could not have even dreamed up," O'Neill said. "I am grateful to all of you who have supported us along the way from our roots through 60 years.

  • Hawaii surfer reunited with GO PRO camera after a year!

    A Hawaiian surfer is reunited with a lost Go Pro camera after a YEAR! Dennis Curry lost the Go Pro action camera (which he had borrowed from a friend) a year ago while surfing when a strong wave took it out, along with his watch that also broke off. He later found the watch in a reef, but had written off ever finding the camera.

    A year down the line Army Chaplain Don Eubank was returning from a night dive and noticed the case of the Go Pro washed up on South Shore of Oahu. Amazingly, despite being under water for such a length of time, the camera still worked and Eubank discovered 51 video clips of a mystery guy surfing.

    He posted a screenshot of the guy in the clips on Craigslist and was contacted by Robin Bond Jr, wanting to help with the search to find the mystery surfer in the videos. With an extensive friend list of surfers on Facebook, Bond posted a plea out on his profile and within hours the photo had been matched up to Dennis Curry.

    Reunited with the camera he never expected to see again, Curry vows to use a leash and floatation device (Go Pro Floaty Back Door) next time he takes out the camera for a surf!

    Click the link below to see the Hawaii News bulletin for the full story......... awesome

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/category/6743/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7244424

  • Larry Stevenson – skate maker and inventor of the ‘kicktail’ dies

    Larry Stevenson, legendary skateboard maker/innovator passed away on Sunday 25th March at the age of 81. Stevenson, who helped take the sport from an early 1960s playground hobby to the credible sport it is today, had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease since the early 70’s.

    Stevenson died at age 81 on Sunday at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.

    Larry Stevenson was a design innovator who developed features still found on skateboards today. Notably he patented the “double kicktail” back in 1969, had the first skate team in 1963, and held the first skateboard contest in 1963. Stevenson also published Surfguide magazine during the 1960s, and Poweredge skateboarding magazine during the 1980s and 1990s.

    But many credit his greatest achievement as getting the sport of skating to the place it is today! By linking skate to surfing and publishing pictures of skaters carving up sidewalks alongside surfers riding waves (and with surfing becoming a national craze, inspiring popular culture – movies and music) boosting skate as a culture, not just a kids gimmick. "He basically was the godfather of skate culture. Before him, skateboards were toys."

    RIP Larry Stevenson . 1930 - 2012

  • Kelly Slater does it again! 11x ASP champ!

    Congrats to Kelly Slater who made history yesterday (Wednesday 2nd November 2011) winning the ASP World Championship for a record 11th time! Slater surfed to victory at the Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco.

    As offshore winds whipped the tops off of a 4 to 6 foot northwest swell at Ocean Beach, Slater made the most of the cold, demanding conditions. He tallied a heat score of 15.13, eliminating Daniel Ross by .73 to clinch his record title.

    With a convincing win in his first round matchup against Kai Otton and wildcard Dean Brady Tuesday, Slater had to advance out of round three to assure himself at least ninth place, which would numerically eliminate all other would-be contenders.

    "It feels like the circle has been completed," said Slater. "I knew somewhere in the back of my mind eleven was there, but I honestly don't think about twelve. I was born on 2/11 and now to win on 11/2, it's a weird coincidence and it does feel like the completion of something. It was a goal I set at the beginning of the year and luckily I got to it."

    This is Slater's second consecutive ASP world title. It also comes a year to the day that three-time world champion Andy Irons died.

    "I started thinking about Andy a couple days ago," told Slater. "And today, it's like he's watching over us. We had a little memorial for him today, and now the waves, the weather, it just feels like he was watching over use. Emotionally it's still a very hard thing to reconcile with."

    At 39 years old Slater, who is from Cocoa Beach, Fla., has the distinction of being the youngest and oldest world champion in professional surfing. In a career that's spanned 20 years, he's won a record 48 tour events, more than $3 million in prize money and eleven world titles. His first title came in '92, and by '98 he had accrued a total of six. He then stepped away from competition for two years, returning to the tour in 2001 and winning his first "comeback" crown in 2005.

    Slater began his 2011 campaign with a win at the Quiksilver Pro Australia. He would finish fifth and 13th at the next two events, respectively. Then in July, instead of traveling to South Africa for the Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, he opted to chase a massive south swell to Fiji and the island of Tavarua. Figuring his season to be a wash, at that point he did not consider himself a contender for the title.

    Then in early August he won the U.S. Open of Surfing, a victory that because of its ASP rating would not count in his bid for a title, but did kick start a two-month command performance. At month's end, the Billabong Pro Tahiti roared into the frontal lobe of the surfing world's conscious. Thanks to a monumental south swell, Teahupoo provided what is unanimously considered some of the best surfing the world tour has seen, and there to bask in all its glory was none other than the man himself.

    Now back in the title chase -- but still a relatively distant threat -- he would go on to finish second at the Quiksilver Pro New York, and win the Hurley Pro in California (he met Australia' Owen Wright in all three finals, setting yet another ASP benchmark). Then a second place finish at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in early October all but sealed the deal.

    Sailing into San Francisco, Slater just needed "four good waves."

    "Now I can go to Hawaii and really relax and not worry about my result at Pipeline," said Slater. "I'm going to really have to consider if I'm going to do the tour after this."

    The Rip Curl Pro Search broke briefly to award Slater the title before competition resumed.

     

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