For the first time in its history, one of the most prestigious surf contests in the country will include a women’s heat in its 2016-17 competition. But the addition to the Titans of Mavericks competition wasn’t done solely because Mavericks organizers felt like it. It was required by the California Coastal Commission…
The International Olympic Committee voted today to add five events (really six because baseball and softball are different sports, just not to the IOC) to the summer Olympic slate, beginning in Tokyo in 2020. Baseball, softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing, and surfing will all take their place at the Olympics.
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will probably not be a comprehensive shitstorm like these 2016 Games are shaping up to be, but there is a decent chance they will be much more rad, thanks to the new sports that could get added to the program. Five sports have made it through to the final round of whatever…
Thirteen years ago, Bethany Hamilton’s left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark while she was surfing on Kauai. Despite losing 60 percent of her blood, she survived, returned to surfing three weeks later, became the subject of a number of movies and books over the years, and appeared on a ton of TV shows like The…
Here’s Kelly Slater surfing an awesome never ending wave made from the Kelly Slater Wave Company. It’s way better than typical wave pools and even though man can’t beat mother nature, it’s probably better than some of the breaks at the local beach. The technology behind this man-made wave must be very, very cool.
I picked up William Finnegan’s surf memoir Barbarian Days on a beach this summer, and felt—I was stoned, the sky was astounding, the waves were delirious—that I’d fallen into an almost violent communion. As with the excerpts previously published in The New Yorker, where Finnegan’s been a staff writer since 1987…
Good morning! Competition in the J-Bay Open has been suspended until....when exactly?
William Finnegan’s new book, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life looks like a choice read. Dig the excerpt in The New Yorker:
This happened last week on a music television show in Australia. That fellow who just got finished being interviewed is American surfer Kolohe Andino, who was in town for the Australian Open of surfing. The guy in the studio is named Danny Clayton, and he's here to prove that Australian TV hosts keep things extremely…
The artistry of photographers Ron Stoner and LeRoy Grannis (among others) contributed mightily to the boom in surfing in the 1960s. Their Technicolor spreads of big-wave riders and sun-drenched beaches inspired a generation of Jeff Spicolis to get stoked, and, in turn, helped make surfing a billion-dollar industry.…
Today in Portugal, Kelly Slater pulled off an aerial maneuver never before completed on a surfboard. The only problem is no one can agree on what to call it.
Kelly Slater surfed the elimination round today in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California. Facing off against Jeremy Flores, who is 26, Slater lofted this monster air into the closeout, magically riding away and advancing into round three.
The latest long form goodness from SB Nation comes from Joe Spring:
"Music by CUT SNAKE."
A Hawaii man has a pig that enjoys surfing, and somehow it isn't a plot for a children's movie (yet).
See, not all drones are terrifying machines that rain death from above. Some of them are just chill little quad copters with camera's attached to them that are perfectly suited to capture surfers doing awesome things. This drone is cool with us, bro.
On his Facebook page, Mark Healey identifies himself as "a professional big wave surfer." He's also a thrill-seeker who dabbles in riding sharks, because avoiding them altogether like the rest of us prefer to do is apparently kind of a bore.
That little speck in the distance is Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle, riding the storm surge off Nazaré, Portugal, a spot already notorious for big waves. Burle's might have been the biggest ever, but it wasn't even his biggest accomplishment of the day; He also saved a life.
Jeff Horton was on the waves off Kauai's north shore Sunday morning, when what he estimated to be a 12-foot tiger shark came up beneath him and chomped onto his board.