Here, Britt Merrick invites us into his Santa Barbara shaping room and breaks down the board that Zeke Lau rode to a third-place finish at Bells: The Rook 15.
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Alana Blanchard and Jack Freestone have long been one of surfing’s most famous power couples. And on Sunday, the duo announced that they are expecting their first child. We are so excited to meet our little boy at the end of the year💙 still can't believe we are on this amazing journey together @jackfreestone 👪
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Marco Mignot and Teresa Bonvalot claimed the 2017 Junior Pro Espinho, in the north of Portugal.
The finals' day got underway in outstanding two-to-three-foot surf at Praia da Baia.
On the women's side, Bonvalot played the patient's game and decided to be selective. In front of her home crowd, the Portuguese surfer rode two waves and got the two-wave total she needed to win the event.
This article was originally published by SUP Magazine. Words by Mike Misselwitz Your paddle is your third leg, your throttle and your E-break. Whether standup paddle surfing, running whitewater, gliding downwind or just knocking around off the end of your dock on a sunny Saturday, your paddle is your best friend and your lifeline. Rule
This June, Southern California teenager and surfer Meg Roh surpassed the mark of surfing everyday for the past 6 years. It’s quite the impressive feat for anyone, let alone a straight-A student. She has become a bit of an icon because of it, and there really wasn’t any intention of doing so when she set
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Night surfing is nothing new. But 2017 appears to be the year that national and international news outlets are picking up on the longstanding act and calling it a “trend”. Back in April, night surfing in San Diego was featured on the homepage of The New York Times. And on Thursday morning, CBS This Morning
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- The Corona Open JBay is the 6th stop on the World Surfing Leagues’ Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, and marks half way of the professional tour surfers’ yearlong campaign.
- The Championship Tour consists of 34 surfers, who will be joined by two event wildcards at each event. In JBay one of these wild cards is Dale Staples, the winner of the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy. The JBU Supertrial was run off in excellent conditions in June, and Staples hails from St Francis Bay.
- The surfing event takes place when the waves at Supers are of ‘contestable’ conditions, and there is a contest director and surf technology to help forecast what the waves will be like throughout the event’s waiting period.
- Historically the waiting period for the contest is a great time for swell and favourable winds at Supertubes, and more often than not the contest is held in some of the best conditions of the year. When Supertubes is in her best form, rides of 300 meters, and ten point rides are fairly common, but more on points scoring coming up.
- There are five rounds in Championship Tour surfing contest, with the first round and the fourth round being non-elimination. After this round it is sudden death elimination, all the way to final.
- The top two waves of each surfer is scored, and the criteria is thus:
– Commitment and degree of difficulty
– Innovative and progressive maneuvers
– Combination of major maneuvers
– Variety of maneuvers
– Speed, power and flow
- Judging scale:
[0.0 — 1.9: Poor] [2.0 — 3.9: Fair] [4.0 — 5.9: Average] [6.0 — 7.9: Good] [8.0 — 10.0: Excellent]
- A panel of five judges scores each wave on a scale of one to ten. For every scoring ride, the highest and lowest scores (of the five judges) are discounted and the surfer receives the average of the remaining three scores. There is no limit on the number of waves that will be scored, but the two best scoring waves (each out of a possible 10) are added together to become a surfer’s heat total (out of a possible 20).
- First prize for a championship tour event like the JBay Open is $100,000 and 10,000 valuable points counting towards a surfer’s world tour ranking. A win in JBay bodes well for a surfer’s back end of the tour, and promises a good finish.
Lower Point, JBay – The inaugural JBay Loggers Classic is fast gaining momentum, and looks to be a popular addition to the JBay Winterfest 2017. There has been international interest in the contest, with a couple of high profile surfers entered into the tournament.
A logging competition has a few set-in-stone commandments, which make it differ from normal longboarding contests. They are thus:
- The board needs to be a minimum length of 9’2, with most surfers actually riding boards between 9’4 and 9’6.
- The boards need to be a minimum of 6kg in weight. They also need to be purpose-built single fins, with the one fin either glassed or in a box, but there is no allowance for side boxes.
- Generally there is a rule that no leashes are allowed either, but for this event at Lower Point, and with some veteran surfers in the event, there will be a call made on the day to see if leashes are needed from a safety aspect. If so, then they will be allowed.
- There is no interference rule, and there is a gentleman’s (or gentlelady’s) rule of no hassling or dropping in. The logging ideology is more about sharing and having fun than being overly competitive.
Event director Ryan Anderson from Logger’s Union is happy with the reaction to this first-time event thus far.
“We are very encouraged by the growing international interest in our event,” said Ryan. “We look forward to welcoming a number of international surfers who will be joining the local logging community in sharing the beautiful waves of Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay. Amongst our international entrants is Rachel Tilley, the 2015 WSL Ladies World Longboard champion from California, USA. Two other entries are from Alexandra Florence and Ivan Florence from Oahu, Hawaii, who are mom and brother of the current WSL Men’s World Surfing Champion John John Florence. With such a high caliber of local and international competitors, we are confident that the JBay Loggers Classic is set to become a fixture on the international longboarding calendar.”
The JBay Loggers Classic presented by Vodacom4U also has a solid line-up of live music for the two days, Friday the 21st of July and Saturday the 22nd of July. Friday’s music kicks off at 12:30pm and includes Tall Thief, Too Many Chiefs and The Cottonfields, while Saturday’s line-up consists of The Rob Thompson Band and Charlie Finch.
The JBay Loggers Classic is part of the JBay Winterfest that takes place 12 – 23 July. The JBay Winterfest includes the Corona Open JBay, the Cold Water Swim Classic, the Oakley X Over, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Kite Festival, the Skins Fishing Comp and the Funduro.
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