Quiksilver’s Tribute Video to The King

Quiksilver’s Tribute Video to The King

When Kelly Slater first signed with Quiksilver, Gloria Estefan had the number one single and the teenage world was about to shift from Poison to Pearl Jam. Dances with Wolves had just won best picture. There was no internet*. Gabriel Medina hadn’t been born. Here’s a farewell tribute by Quiksilver to The King.

* OK, there was an internet, but nobody really knew about it.

Red Bull 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr (Part 3)

Red Bull 21 Days Burrow Kerr Part 3

Red Bull has released Part 3 of the 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr series unveiling another chapter in the lives of Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr leading up to the 2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Slater Splits from Quiksilver

Slater Splits from Quiksilver

Slater Splits from Quiksilver

There aren’t enough pages or words to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the experiences that have come from this relationship we’ve [Quiksilver] shared together. So it is with a heavy heart and a lifetime of positive memories that I move in a new chapter of my life.

As I contemplate the amazing opportunities I’ve had in life and the amount of good fortune I’ve encountered along the way, I’m excited to announce today that I’m embarking on a new journey. For years I’ve dreamt of developing a brand that combines my love of clean living, responsibility and style. The inspiration for this brand comes from the people and cultures I encounter in my constant global travels and this is my opportunity to build something the way I have always wanted to.
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– Kelly Slater

The New ASP: Surfing’s Golden Dawn

The New ASP: Surfing’s Golden Dawn Stab Jed Smith

the new asp: surfing's golden dawn

The new ASP tour

In this Stab article, Jed Smith discusses the state of the ASP and new ZoSea arrangement.

A “perfect storm” of declining global economies, many of the sports biggest names turning their backs on competitive surfing, and the sport’s greatest of all-time, Kelly Slater, even attempting a breakaway Rebel Tour of his own had led many within the surf industry to believe the ASP’s competitive surfing experiment might be over. -more-
– Jed Smith

Red Bull 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr (Part 2)

Red Bull 21 Days Burrow Kerr Part 2

Red Bull has released Part 2 of the 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr series unveiling another chapter in the lives of Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr leading up to the 2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Jordy Smith: Is it Jordy’s year?

Jordy Smith: Is it Jordy’s year?

Mimi LaMontagne interviews Jordy Smith for Surfing Life

Mimi LaMontagne interviews Jordy Smith

Mimi LaMontagne talks with Jordy Smith about Snapper and the upcoming year in her interview for Surfing Life: Is it Jordy’s year?

I’ve been training pretty hard and surfing a bunch, and everything’s been going really well. It was just one contest, and one bad result, and it’s a long year ahead. I’d say I’m a very confident guy. I’m happy to get the bad one out of the way because the target isn’t on my back anymore. -more-
– Jordy Smith

Surfline Power Rankings: Nick Carroll’s Review of the Surfers

Surfline Power Rankings: Nick Carroll’s Review of the Surfers Fantasy Surfer

Surfline Power Rankings by Nick Carrol

Surfline Power Rankings by Nick Carroll

Check out Nick Carroll’s tongue-in-cheek write-up of each of the surfers. Might give some insight if you’re undecided on the last couple spots on your Fantasy Surfer roster.

Mick is the current master of the one-on-one heat. That’s why he’s world champ, and it’s just as well on his behalf, because it allows him to graft out reasonable results even when his form is all over the shop. -more-
– Nick Carroll

Red Bull 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr (Part 1)

Red Bull 21 Days Burrow Kerr Part 1

Red Bull 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr (Part 1)

Red Bull 21 Days: Burrow/Kerr (Part 1)

Red Bull has released a new episode of their excellent 21 Days series. This one is on Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr as they prep for the 2014 ASP Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro has been upgraded from an ASP Prime event and called up to the big leagues this year. Taj grew up half an hour north of the wave and for the first time in his illustrious career, he’ll be surfing a WCT event by day and sleeping in his own bed by night. Meanwhile, fellow Australian Josh Kerr is looking to shake a big result out of Margaret’s infamous bowl. He’s quite familiar with West Oz and even more familiar with her air wind.
– Brian Roddy

Aerials in Surfing: Hoping the ASP Awards Risk

Kelly Slater, Julian Wilson, Dane Reynolds, Gabriel Medina

Kelly Slater, Julian Wilson, Dane Reynolds, Gabriel Medina

Aerials in Surfing: Hoping the ASP Awards Risk

The old Medina would have gone to the air, but the new and improved Medina finishes off with a couple nice turns.
– Martin Potter (ASP announcer, Snapper 2014)

That quote felt like a punch in the gut. Over past few years, there has been a buzz in many of the heats that someone could try something big at any time. Something seems to be discouraging that risk (and thus aerials) lately. Whether it’s the judges scoring criteria or the results that Mick and Parko are getting with rail to rail surfing, it seems that guys like Medina, Kolohe and some of the others who can throw jaw-dropping aerials are sticking with “safer” surfing to pick their way through the heats (Josh Kerr seems to be an exception).

My take on aerials in surfing:
Aerials should be treated like every other maneuver. How hard are they to pull off? How well are they executed? How does it fit into the overall ride? A huge stalefish is way harder than a “big wrapping turn”. Score it like that. Give the points making the risk worth it. And if it’s sandwiched between some other great sections, score the wave even higher. If Parko gets a slightly better barrel at Pipe than John John, but John John pulls a huge inverted air at the end of his wave, John John should get the score.

To be fair, that may already be the case (although some would argue they are scoring airs less these days), but rather, the risk of falling on an air attempt isn’t worth it when it could ruin a scoreable ride. Hence: “surf to the judges’ criteria and take advantage of the entire wave” (another quote we hear on the broadcast from time to time). Maybe that’s why it was exciting when the judges were throwing huge scores for a single air–it became worth the risk. I dunno. I just hope we see more guys pushing it in the heats down the road.

– pull big gouging turns
– ride deep critical barrels
– huck great spinning airs
– huck even bigger straight airs
– do all the above switch (…I can dream, can’t I?)

…and call out and cut anyone playing it safe by R3.

I agree that only having an air reverse in your quiver should only get you so far, but I’m hoping the ASP brings back that push for pushing it.

Playing Doc’s Games by William Finnegan

Playing Doc’s Games by William Finnegan

Playing Doc's Games by William Finnegan

Playing Doc’s Games by William Finnegan

For those of you looking for something to read, here’s a great one:

Playing Doc’s Games by William Finnegan
written in 1992 and published in New Yorker

And here’s a great interview with the author:
http://www.theinertia.com/surf/william-finnegan-author-of-possibly-the-greatest-surf-story-ever/

I read the whole thing in one sitting. And I read it again the next day. I sent it to all my friends, surfers and non-surfers. I had found the voice I was looking for, a voice that represented surfing in an authentic, compelling, and complicated way.
– Ashton Politanoff

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