The Quiksilver Pro is here on the coast again and we couldn’t be more excited – we love having the opportunity to wander down to the beach to catch professional surfing in our own backyard. Get excited and check out the trailer for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro 2014: Make it Golden.
Dan from SurfStitch: Okay you three – you seem to be having more fun than anyone else in the world every time we see you guys in photos or online clips, what’s the secret? How do you balance the commercial pressures of competition results and always staying so pumped?
Dane: Did you write these questions?
Tanner: I didn’t know we were doing a Nat Geo interview! (laughs)
Pat: Is this 60 Minutes right now? Haha. (all laugh)
D: pretty much to stay balanced; you need to have a lot of fun with whatever you’re doing. If your work is fun, then are you ever really working? You know, so that’s what you have to ask yourself.
P: Working hard or hardly working!
D: If you try hard and you enjoy the benefits of what you do then that’s really rewarding and you enjoy what you do then you won’t get run down. And I think that’s how you stay stoked.
P: I think in terms of contests too, it’s kind of like you go and it’s what you do and not who you are and I think when you’re able to separate the two and not feel like when you’re winning, you’re stoked, and when you’re losing your bummed. It’s more like, ‘Hey I love doing it and I put my heart into it and give it 110%!’. But at the end of the day I’m able to walk away and say I’m still incredibly stoked to do what I do, which is compete so it’s not who I am it’s what I do. Thought I’d break it down for the comp guys (laughs).
D: COMP TEAM!! (laughs)
Dan: So episode 1 of Vans Down Days had the three of you checking out some of the finer parts of Victoria’s coastline. We would love to hear about any side splitting adventures that ended up on the editing room floor? There must be some juice you kept up your sleeve…..come on lads.
D: Come on lads! Haha. (laughs)
T: There is actually, so for the last day, everybody was all stoked because the episodes were done and we went out in Melbourne and we raged! And it was like, yes! We had the best time ever. But then the next day we woke up, completely hung-chow, and heard or we got a call and it was like Bells is going off! I’m talking 8ft in the bowl and we were like, oh my goodness! So we were stressing, and we drive down and just barely handled the drive, and we show up and it’s like the best Bells I’ve ever seen in my life , like Ross Clarke-Jones was out there just going HAM.
P: We were so hung-over like probably still so pickled and like seriously so tweaked and we paddled out, I think for like a 5 hour session?
T: Yeah. It was crazy.
P: And we were all on the wrong boards cause we didn’t have big boards.
D: I was on Tanner’s fish.
T: Yeah! Flying!
D: That was my first time ever trying to surf Bells and it’s like pumping in the bowl, and I’m on a fucking fish. I couldn’t hold a rail for the life of me, I’m like this is heavy! This is almost torturous.
T: Yeah, but none of that made it in. So there’s your special! (laughs)
Dan: What does 2014 hold for the trio? Is there any WCT qualification plans on the agenda?
T: Yeah, that’d be rad! I would be stoked on that.
D: I’m not really, I don’t know, my ratings pretty low right now (all laugh) I’m like number 560th so I can’t really get into anything (laughing)
Dan: So what’s the year hold for you?
D: What’s it hold for me? Ah I dunno, sketchy haha nah just joking. I’m just super stoked, I just want to keep travelling and ride really good, big, barrels and keep the stoke alive. That’s it.
P: Yeah, find the groove. Ah yeah, for me I want to compete and do the QS this year and I’d like to win that and just surf big waves with the boys and kind of push to surf new waves and read maps and new moves and yeah, kind of work on that stuff.
Dan: San Clemente is somewhat of a breeding ground for rippers these days, who were the major influences for you three growing up, and who are the up and comers snapping at your heels these days?
D: Well it’s sick, when were growing up we saw Wardo (Chris Ward) a bunch, we’d always see him and Shane Beschen, Nathan and Christian Fletcher and ah, being apart of that has been great we still get a chance to travel a lot with Nate (Nathan Fletcher) and surf with him, you know it’s crazy, cause he’s from San Clemente to, the same zone as where we’re from, so we have this tight connection. And he’s always kind of teaching us new ways and still to him for like bigger waves and barrels and airs, everything you know. But there’s all sorts of young kids coming through, the San Clemente surf team is blowing up and there are a bunch of young groms that are like 12, 14 years old and you see them at T-Street everyday going big and it’s epic they’re there every single day so it’s pretty sick. I mean T-Street is just where it’s all kind of at.
P: Yep, it’s like a big old melting pot of super froth.
D: Yeah, like 6 generations deep of frothing.
P: Yeah, cause you can paddle out there any day if there’s waves and you will still see Nathan Fletcher, Chris Ward or Dino Andino you know or any of the boys out there still shredding and then like Griffin Colapinto… there’s like heaps of young groms and they’re like micro mini groms and they just rip. Which is pretty sick, it keeps you on your game.
Dan: Lets just pretend the three of you have surfed all day at some exotic location, and you’re all killing for a burrito and a beer – if you had to wrestle for it, who would walk away with the lions share?
T: With the one burrito and one beer? (Yeah, who would get it?) Well, isn’t there a knife and a fork? (Laughs) So we can split this out? Come on mate! (In aus accent) (Laughs).
D: if you’re talking about beef and beans burrito, we love that, Love beans.
D: I actually don’t even eat anymore, I just eat air. (All laugh). It’s this new oxygen diet, it’s just so fulfilling.
P: I’m kinda the best at reasoning so I’ll get them to all pass the goods over to me (laughs), nah I don’t know…
D: I drink beer. But I eat oxygen.
T: Haha that’s all time.
Dan: So there are quite a few ladies in the SurfStitch office with Gudauskas Brothers photos on their cork boards, and it got me wondering, which of the three of you was the ladies man growing up?
D: So these chicks single or? (laughs)
T: So does that mean that I am grown up? (laughs) Is that what this is alluding to?
D: Ooh! Are you a ladies man?
T: That’s kind of a hectic one
P: Tanner as soon as he walks in the door!
D: I wasn’t…
P: We were pretty shit groms , I dunno, yeah. We slung peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches against walls in high school and would just froth on it.
D: And as adults TP’d the judge’s house! (all laugh)
P: (laughing) Yeah we’re still living that same dream.
D: We were too much of groms to care and would just psych on everything.
P: Chicks were probably psyched and we’d just be spraying em down (all laugh), like what! Blow turn in your face!
P: T-boy was pretty good.
D: We love girls though, I love women!
T: I’m always down for a good hug! (Laughs)
D: I love women, just to be sure on that!
P: Haha putting it out there!
The idea of a machine created wave that can provide surfers with the same stoke that comes from riding a natural wave has been somewhat of a nirvana for the surfing industry for the last 10 years.
The industry has followed a two horse race for the past few years, a race between none other than 12 time world champ Kelly Slater, and industry leading shaper Greg Webber. Although each teams project has always had their own merits, it has been Greg and his team that has snared the first significant development victory.
Can you imagine Sitting out at snapper waiting an hour for a wave, or standing and waiting thirty seconds for a wave like this.
Over the weekend, and early this week, multiple news outlets have spread the details around this victory, a signed memorandum of understanding with surfing entrepeneur David Baird, outlining the broad details of the company’s first installation. Accompanying this news was the release of a brand spanking new video clip – one showing a perfect peeling right, rising and falling around a running tracked shaped pool. The wave is a result of the Kelvin Wave technology generated by the machine running around the inside of the pool. With the ability to change the height and shape of the wave, it seems clear the Webber Wave Pool proposal is going to trigger interest from every surfer on the planet.
What people do need to realise though is this clip is the result of years of work, and significant investment personally from Greg. Multiple scaled pools have been created in Tasmania for testing to ensure the technology is sound from both a operational and commercial perspective.
Initial testing behind the wake of a fishing trawler.
Once the news dropped we fired some questions at Greg hoping to catch him still in celebration mood, with enough time on his hands to pen some responses. While we had a million questions we wanted to ask – we refined it down to what we think is a nice little summary to support the stories already out there. Have a read and enjoy the clips and start weaxing your boards for September 2015 – the current scheduled open date!!
Animation of the pool design for the Gold Coast – can you just imagine the tube time we could all clock up?
Wave shape has been the key driving factor, with Greg Webber not settling for anything less than hollow and rippable. Find out more in this clip.
One of the clips that first got us frothing – the fishing trawler wake and the implications for a man made wave park……what seemed a lifetime away back 3 years ago is now almost a reality. Sit back and watch some lads enjoy the wake of a fishing trawler in the Clarence river.
The pool is to be operated by Kelvin Wave technology – here Mr Webber himself breaks down exactly what this technology is.
Originally tested behind fishing trawlers, the Kelvin Wave technology now has a patent behind it – and no one is more clued up on this than Greg Webber himself.
Dan from SurfStitch: So Greg – firstly congratulations on the fabulous news that a memorandum of understanding has been executed! No doubt there were some celebrating done when you signed the dotted line?
Greg Webber: I probably poured a slightly bigger drink that night, but It’s been so long that I’ve made sure I just don’t look to the future at all, so when it happened it made me think, “OK, what do we have to do next?”.
D: How long has the possible relationship with David Baird been on the table for? Has he been getting his hands dirty and involved with design concepts or has he simply been standing by your side?
G: About two years. As for the design side he’s obviously involved in how the wave rate influences the numbers, but as a surfer he said he wants to ride proper barrels and that the pool has to be big enough to do exactly that.
D: The idea that surfers of all skills levels could potentially soon be enjoying world class waves during QLD’s notorious flat spells truly is a fabulous achievement. Do you see the Gold Coast as a template for potential Global Expansion? If so, any other locations on the radar?
G: You’re right the Goldy is on our radar, as it has to be, with about 90,000 surfers being under-supplied with waves. Rabbit Bartholemew set up a meeting with Mayor Tate and he is very supportive. The thing with the Goldy is that it won’t be one pool. Even with our looped linear that can make 500 waves an hour, there will be a need for more than one pool, more like 7. What if half the surfers on the Goldy wanted to go to the pool at least once a week?
D: Assuming the wave won’t be breaking in very deep water – is there the potential for a carpet burn style of injury from a run in with the bottom?
G: Not with the surfacing that will be used, and where the waves are hollow it’s still in water depths approximately 1.2 times the height of the wave so it’s not like a 5 foot wave on a ledge that is 3 foot deep.
D: Now we know you are a man for the details – so have you set any indicative range around the commercialism of it for an everyday punter? Will it be a day pass style set up with the potential for annual passes? Can you give any indication around costs?
G: I’m not as keen for the annual pass thing or membership but it’s still being discussed. Even though it’s really David’s call on that, we are discussing the merits of all approaches. I’m far more into just paying for what you use, so that you can’t be hit with the cost of annual pass that for whatever reason you don’t fully get the benefit of. Maybe that’s just because I’ve paid for two gym memberships and never go!!
D: One question everyone has fired around straight away is the potential for competitions at the pool. Some people have reacted saying its unnatural for an event, but do you feel there is really any difference to surfers on the exact same wave as snowboarders or skateboarders in a built half pipe or street course?
G: Yeah that’s one argument, that it hasn’t hurt the half pipe events, where the surface doesn’t move at all. Our best argument though, is that the wave doesn’t have to remain mechanically unchanging throughout the ride, we can vary wave height and wave angle and wave shape by small increments during the ride, so that there will be a random aspect to the wave that is exactly like waves in nature.
D: What role do you feel it will play in the progression of the sport? Do you feel being able to practice at such higher regularity will push the sport to new levels, at least for the junior kids?
G: Sure it will probably change a lot, but I’d rather let the waves we make do the talking.
Dan from SurfStitch: It’s been a few months since we last caught up with you Friendy and you were just preparing for a semester in Stockholm, how has everything panned out?
Chris Friend: Its been the best experience of my life hands down. The first 6 weeks were pretty crazy with all the long Scandinavian days here in stockholm. I’ve met so many lifelong friends and the study abroad experience has been incredible. Turns out Swedish Universities are very, very fun places to be. I’ve had so many amazing weekends away all around Europe too, its been a life-changing couple of months.
D: How have you found juggling surfing and study in Europe, easier or harder than back home?
C: Its definitely been harder to get quality time in the water as a surfer in Stockholm. I’ve had a couple of surfs here, at a wave called Torö in the Baltic Sea, but I’m definitely missing my daily surf at Bondi. When its windy enough in the Baltic, Torö breaks, but its usually only once or twice a fortnight. I’ve squeezed in some trips and scored some really fun waves: a week in the Azores Islands when the QS was in town, a week surfing in Lofoten, Norway and another week in Fuerteventura in the Canaries.
D: Have you fallen in love with a European Beauty or does Bondi still own your heart?
C: I’ve met some absolute sweethearts over here, but I don’t think I’ll be dragging anything home to Australia just yet. Swedish girls are the new favourite though, I dare say I’ll be popping back over here again for next summer for that reason. A night out here blows Bondi out of the water. There’s ten times the beauty, with a tenth of the attitude.
D: We always hear that the Australian beaches are the most beautiful in the world, any little European gems you can share with SurfStitch?
C: Torö in Sweden is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever surfed. Because its on the Baltic sea, it has a complete different feel to the beaches in Australia. The water is dark and mysterious, the scenery is this crazy Swedish forest which comes right down to the waters edge, and it has the feeling of surfing in a big lake, seeing the coast doesn’t get pounded by swell every day. Unstad Beach in Lofoten, Norway has to be my favorite though. Its this beach in the Arctic circle islands off Norway; you drive through this long tunnel into a huge ex-glacial valley, which opens up to this amazing beach. Its bloody cold, but really beautiful.
D: Do you find the fashion/ Styling in Europe easy to fall in line with coming from Australia? Does your Zanerobe Wardrobe fit in nicely? Would love to know about that one piece of clothing you’re never going to throw out!
C: Scandinavia has a really unique style which I really like. The southern parts of the city are super trendy and Stockholm is home to some amazing brands like ACNE. I study at the Stockholm School of Economics, famous for its polo-playing, slick back hair finance-guy types, so having a Zanerobe kit sets me apart in the best way. People here are really intrigued by the Slapshot track-pant. I’ve been running it at Uni with a blazer and they just can’t comprehend the combo, but it definitely works. I’ve been really into wearing the Slapshot or Slingshot pants with something really dressy, its the perfect contradiction.
D: Any chance of you sharing your 3 favourite photos since being in Europe with a little back piece on each?
C: I couldn’t narrow it down to 3, so here’s 5 you can choose from!
1. Morning surf, Munich. We went to Munich for Oktoberfest, and I was super keen to surf the Eisbach River Wave. This is early in the morning before Oktoberfest, we were running around Englischer Park in the middle of Munich trying to find the river wave. It felt weird carrying my board through this landlocked European city with the buzz of Oktoberfest. The wave was the funnest thing in the world.
2. Old city, Stockholm. Stockholm is a city of islands. This is the view of Gamla Stan, the oldest part which sits on a little island right in the middle of the city. The Scandanavian sun is elusive after September, its hard to spot as it never gets very high, but creates the most amazing light all day.
3. The daily grind, Istanbul. This was an afternoon in Istanbul at the famous fish sandwhich stands by the Bosphorous Straight. You have to hustle to get your hands on a fish sandwhich as every arvo the locals head down to get a bite. The food was sensational.
4. Snow Dogs, Lapland We went dog-sledging in Lapland, in the very north of Sweden, well deep into the arctic circle. Half way through the journey we stopped and a friend took this photo of me hanging out with the snow dogs. They’re Scandinavian Huskies, the cutest little legends ever. It was -15 outside.
5. This is a floating bar called Mälarpaviljongem in Stockholm. Late summer afternoon beers at this place have to be up there with the most aesthetically pleasing settings in the world.
At first we were definitely filing it in the novelty section, but it seems technology and the skills of the operators and surfers are fast catching up with the expectations of the modern collective generation.
Let’s be honest, we aren’t exactly seeing new technology here, documentaries have been filled with drone style footage for years, but as camera companies such as GoPro continue to produce products that are lighter and of higher quality, what’s possible is becoming much closer aligned with whatever we can think up!
Whether it is the aerial perspective of the reef shot by drone, or just another angle of the world’s most beautiful waves, the footage is now offering a new perspective on some of our sports most beautiful moments.
We haven’t ranked the below clips in any order, but one this is clear, GoPro footage takes the viewer somewhere we had previously never been with regards to action sports footage.
Enjoy some of our favourites from the past few months – we will say however, the footage of Mikala Jones at Bank Vaults in the Mentawais is some of the sexiest wave images we have seen from a GoPro.
In the 1980s the surfing world turned up the volume. The colours were brighter, the shorts shorter, and the moustaches more thick and lustrous. It was a time when heavy metal flourished and the lineups were less crowded. You didn’t have to paddle over each other to catch a wave… unless you wanted to. Rusty’s new BC Collection pays homage to that era ‘Before Crowds’.
Focussing on the iconic ‘R-Dot’ logo, this re-release of product is a showcase of some original pieces from the Rusty range, which have stood the test of time. Spread across base colours of black, white and grey marle, the BC Collection features three pop prints, all with a standard 80s front and back placement.
Creative Director of Rusty, Simon Lafranchi, said of the BC project: “When trying to decide which prints to use, we actually raided Rusty Preisendorfer’s personal wardrobe. When he started the brand back in 1985 as a surfboard line, he spent three months just creating the R-Dot logo we all know and love. With that kind of dedication, we knew he would have only kept the best pieces of clothing for himself. These are the cream of the crop.”
So 2013 is done and dusted, Mick Fanning has an extra trophy to dust, Kelly Slater has a self-proclaimed renewed competitive flame and another Pipe Trophy and the ASP has a locked down 2014 schedule and full roster of ready and armed athletes.
The final event of the year, The Billabong Pipeline Masters presented by Billabong, plays a vital role in the requalification and qualification dreams of many surfers, and this year was no different. The last two days of the event saw dreams rise and fade for some surfers, who came incredibly close to requalifying, but have sadly been relegated to compete on the 2014 qualification tour. Still, travelling the world surfing has to be better than sitting behind a desk right?
The top 22 from the WCT placing’s have joined the next top 10 (Barring double qualifiers) from the 2013 ASP Qualification Series’ and 2 ASP injury wildcards to make up the 2014 top 34.
2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) Top 22:
1. Mick Fanning (AUS)
2. Kelly Slater (USA)
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
5. Taj Burrow (AUS)
6. Julian Wilson (AUS)
7. Kai Otton (AUS)
8. Nat Young (USA)
9. Josh Kerr (AUS)
10. John John Florence (HAW)
11. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
12. Michel Bourez (PYF)
13. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
14. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
15. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
16. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
17. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
18. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
19. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
20. Fred Patacchia (HAW)
21. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
22. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
2013 ASP Qualification Series (QS) Top 10 (barring double qualifiers):
- Adam Melling (AUS)
- Kolohe Andino (USA)
- Alejo Muniz (BRA)
- Jadson Andre (BRA)
- Mitch Crews (AUS)
- Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
- Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
- Travis Logie (ZAF)
- Dion Atkinson (AUS)
- Brett Simpson (USA)
December was a tough month for some, sitting back and watching the final events unfold, unsure as to whether they would secure an ASP injury wildcard or not. In the end, the ASP allocated these two ASP Wildcards to Owen Wright (AUS) and Tiago Pires (PRT). There was such a high number of surfers requesting consideration for these slots that the ASP has in fact allocated the first ASP replacement slot to a unsuccessful injury wildcard candidate, Glen Hall (IRL). The Irish natural, with an Australian heart the size of a lion injured himself surfing in the Volcom Pro at Fiji this year, and has been out of action since. SurfStitch wishes him all the best in 2014 and looks forward to catching up with him soon for some insight into his rehabilitation and 2014 preparation plans.
This final moves confirmed the ASP replacement surfers to be:
- Glenn Hall (IRL)
- Mitch Coleborn (AUS) – next in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings
- Patrick Gudauskas (USA) – next in line on 2013 ASP WCT rankings
- Willian Cardoso (BRA) – second in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings
This decision by the ASP did however make a birth at 2014 CT events a little harder for Mitch Coleborn, who would have otherwise been the first replacement. Mitch came agonisingly close to qualification, missing the qualification cut-off by a single spot, pipped at the post by Brett Simpson who had to requalify through his QS ranking. Being an enormous fan of Mitch’s surfing personally, it’s a real disappointment he isn’t a confirmed starter for 2014, but with such an arsenal of moves it’s just a matter of time before this Sunshine Coast local is lighting up the tour!
The first ASP event kicks off on the Gold Coast in just under 2 months, with the window running from March 1st through to March 12th.
Still recovering from the week of food, fun, family and friends just passed? So are we here at SurfStitch HQ – so with New Years just around the corner we thought we’d throw some inspirational imagery your way today. Is it New-Year related? Maybe. Will it inspire new resolutions and excitement for what’s ahead? Yes. Enjoy!
Surfing fans were treated to a feast today, with the ASP crowning a new ASP World Champion, a new Vans Triple Crown Champion and a new Pipe Master (for the seventh time).
In the space of 30 minutes, Mick Fanning pulled his second come-from-behind heat win of the morning, giving him enough points to secure his third ASP title. John John Florence sent Mick packing in the semi-finals and in doing so secured his second Triple Crown, and Slater upheld his end of the title race scenario card by winning the competition in what is arguably the most memorable day in modern surfing history.
It was an early rise for the thousands of loyal surf fans in Australia, with the competition kicking off just after 6am AEST, and by 9am, we had an Australian hoisting the ASP Championship Trophy above his head. Facing CJ Hobgood in Round 5 Heat 1 in shifty 12 foot Pipe, Mick was able to find the highest scoring wave of the heat with only seconds on the clock handing him the heat win, a feat he replicated in his next heat, downing fellow Australian Yadin Nicol. With less than a minute on the clock, and while the entire Australian surf community was holding its breath, Mick stroked into another pipe beast. A second reef roll in allowed for the cleanest of set ups before riding the foam ball to a 9.70 and the history books.
Nowhere erupted louder than the Gold Coast of Australia, where Micks home town of Tweed Heads immediately transitioned from sleepy Sunday morning into the headquarters of the international celebrations. However it was the beach of Pipeline, Oahu that was Fanning HQ, with his Mother, wife and close friend Joel Parkinson (2012 ASP World Champion and Reigning Pipe Champion) that were first on hand to share the momentous occasion.
In summarising the day, Fanning noted “The world title is something that takes a whole year, but sometimes it can feel like it boils down to the final day and the final heats, I’m sure I gave my wife Karissa and my mum enough stress today to last a lifetime. I was never worried myself now that I think of it. I knew what I needed to do and if the opportunity came, I knew I could do it. That opportunity came in both heats today. It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve been having fun all year and to clinch on a day like this at Pipeline makes it that much more special.”
Congratulations from the team at SurfStitch, Mick – good things come in three’s.
However, in one respect this was a dream outcome for surf fans, with White Lighting securing the title, Mick has quite literally poured a giant can of petrol on the dwindling competition fire that burns inside Mr Robert Kelly Slater. Speculation was mounting in the days approaching the finals that the Floridian would be unpacking his travel case in 2014 and abandoning the tour he first started competing on over 20 years ago should he clinch the title. As the youngest ever, and oldest ever, his mark on professional surfing is unquestionable, and it seems the idea of not finishing on top, has fired him on to kick on for another year.
“Last year, someone asked me what excited me in the end years of my career and I said I would like to surf a Final at Pipe against John John (Florence) so that’s pretty special today,” Slater said. “To win is even better. I want to surf against the best surfers at the best waves – that’s why I’m on tour. I was obviously emotional today, especially after Mick (Fanning) clinched the title in the Quarters. I don’t know what happens for me in 2014 but I think that has pissed me off just enough to come back.”
“Today was one of the most special days in my life,” Slater continued. “It’s a day I have dreamed about since I was a little kid – big, perfect, West-angled Pipeline and a showdown at the Pipe Masters. If I had stepped away from the sport five years ago, I wouldn’t have had today. I want more days like this so I’m definitely back next year.”
The pipe final was very much a battle of the Master and Apprentice, with Mr Florence long touted as the next man to carry the burden of the sports progression, and he did not disappoint. Although today was not the day he would hoist the Pipe Trophy above his head (which it has seemed inevitable he would one day do since as young as 12) he walked away with one of the most coveted awards in surfing, the Vans Triple Crown. If you can’t with the World Title, and you can’t win Pipe, the next best thing is the Vans Triple Crown.
“This is my second Triple Crown but it feels pretty special,” Florence said. “The first year, I wasn’t really thinking about it. I was young and just having fun. This year, I came into the Triple Crown wanting to win it, but I honestly didn’t think I had a chance until we got to the final day at Pipe. This result has me motivated for next year. It’s eating me inside how close I was, but I’m still stoked.”
In the nicest of post heat compliments, Slater declared ”This guy’s the king out here these days, and I’m the old lion trying to hold on.”
However, a summary piece of the day cannot be written without acknowledging the controversy surrounding the judging and scores awarded to Mick in his final two heats of the day. Social media was in full swing immediately after Mick swooped into his 9.7 and ended Yadin Nicols dream run towards requalification, Slater fans were calling over scoring, and Mick fans were calling legit. Either way, I think surfing won, as the idea of Kelly not being around in 2014 is far too painful of a thought to process this early on a Sunday.
The clock is now ticking for the 2014 season opener, and it is perhaps Mick’s sentiments (Kelly was incredibly blunt in dismissing the legitimacy of the scores that earned Mick his Round 5 and Quarter final heat wins) “Run at Me” that has me most excited for next year – bring on Snapper Rocks.
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Danny from Buying got to spend an afternoon with some of the biggest legends in the surfing industry, at the Surfing Life shaper’s barbecue.
We FINALLY welcomed the long-awaited sports luxe leaders, N.L.P to our site.
We shared some love!
We let everyone know when the collaboration between Huf & Haze hit the site.
Eliza from Buying went to the Roxy Outdoor Fitness day with a bunch of fashionistas from around Australia, and got to meet Sally Fitzgibbons, so we gave you some BTS shots!
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