The Oakley Wave of the Winter is an award given to the surfer who catches the gnarliest wave of the contest period (November – February) at Pipeline on the North Shore of Hawaii. The judging panel selects each month’s top rides who collectively make up the finalists for the grand prize which stands at $25,000. Along with The Oakley Wave of the Winter award, secondary prizes are awarded to the person who successfully films the premier GoPro video clip of the contest period (The GoPro of the Winter) and the surfer who is deemed to be the season’s consistent standout performer (Clif Bar Overall Performance). For the first time in its brief history, the Oakley Wave of the Winter and Clif Bar Overall Performance awards were won by one surfer. None other than the great Kelly Slater.
By all accounts, this year’s Billabong Pro in Tahiti was off the hook! Dudes were getting worked left right and centre as the waves were as heavy as has been seen at Teahupo’o in some time. The Teahupo’o wave has a legendary reputation, due to its unique form. The coral reef is extremely shallow and at times sits 50 cm below the surface, whilst the lip of the wave is often as thick as it is tall which means that when someone wipes out on the wave, it’s usually pretty gnarly. That being said the wave consistently offers barrels and is considered a ‘must surf’ spot on any surfing enthusiast’s list. Gabriel Medina from Brazil ended up taking the title, beating off the likes of Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning in the process. Here are a couple must watch highlights from the comp.
Legendary skateboarder Jay Adams, who was one of the original Z-Boys, passed away a week ago whilst on an extended surfing trip in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. In his youth, Jay won several championships in skateboarding and surfing and was renowned for his style, which was so fluid that he was nicknamed “Pure Seed” and even “The Chosen One.” Jay was something of a purist and chose to stick close to the renegade side of skateboarding and shied away from the big-money contests which eventually arose in the skateboarding world. Despite a turbulent life – which included some jail time – Jay was dedicated to the pursuit of stoke and died at the age of 53, on a surf trip. Does it get much better?
Dungeons is an extremely difficult and challenging big wave surf spot just east of Sentinel peak in Hout Bay, Cape Town which recently got added to the Big Wave World Tour. The watch period – which runs between April 15th and August 31st – for the three Southern Hemisphere spots (Pico Alte in Peru, Punta de Lobos in Chile and Dungeons in South Africa) is quickly coming to an end and everyone involved in big wave surfing – or surfing in general – is holding thumbs that a storm will hit the southern tip of Africa in the next two weeks and bring with it swell and waves of epic proportion. If this happens, big wave riders across the globe including legends such as Marcus Monteiro, Makua Rothman, Mark Healey and local dude Twiggy Baker, will descend upon The Mother City for a stoke-fuelled event.
Whether it’s a bodyboard, surfboard or the good ol’ palm – aka a body surf – there’s nothing quite like catching a wave, regardless of what you’re riding. The only thing which might top that experience is sharing it with mates. Or a pig. Like a real pig. Who happens to be your pet. At this juncture, I feel it necessary to alleviate you of your confusion and clarify my statement by introducing Kama The Surfing Pig. I am not even shitting you here. This farmyard-animal-turned-pet goes surfing with his Hawaiian owner at every opportunity he gets. Check him out.
I bought a surfboard over a year ago and told myself that I would get back into the water. I consider myself a water-baby and have loved everything to do with the ocean and beach since I can remember. Summer for me is the beach. Yet for some reason I have only made use of that surfboard two times since purchasing it. I can’t seem to find the motivation to get into the water. What’s funny is that I want to surf. I want to develop another sporting pastime. It’s almost like I want to surf but haven’t committed to learning to surf yet. But we all need to start somewhere. We all need to take our baby steps. Perhaps I should make a commitment to you that I will be surfing by summer? Let me dwell on that commitment before I confirm it. This Samsung advert sums up where I am and where I’d like to be.