Let's do some math. After surfing six heats at the Pipeline Pro held last weekend, John John's total point score was 95.30 — and fifth grade math tells us that if you divide that by six you have a Pipeline Pro champ on your hands...and an impressive 15.60 heat score average. Long division aside, huge congrats to John John Florence who won the Volcom Pipeline Pro for the third year in a row amid epic-looking Pipeline and Backdoor. Memorable moments include the Round of 64 when John John scored four 9s, giving him the highest heat score of the event (a 19.70), Nat Young's perfect 10, Conner's impressive road to the semis and when John John got chaired up the beach in what is essentially his backyard. All in all, it was a great warm up for the rest of what is sure to be a great year for John John and the boys. For the full write up, head to Surfline.com. Photo: Ryan Foley/Surfline.
The Hurley Surfboard Demo kept things rolling this past week in Del Mar, San Diego with Cathedral Catholic High School. After the team chose their favorite Bob Hurley/Lee Stacey/Doc Lausch/T. Patterson surfboard, they took to the tricky 2-3ft surf with the goal of running over our water photographer. Check the photos from the afternoon of fun and stay tuned for more upcoming demos in the Southern California area.
"Screw Hawaii, let's go to Ireland," said mostly no one ever. Unless your name is Nic von Rupp, who bailed last minute on sun and sand and decided to chase a hefty swell to Ireland instead. And while it isn't a decision we would make, it looks like it paid off — watch it now.
Windy and rainy more often than not, Bali in the wet season isn't everyone's ideal locale. But if you know where to go and when, and Marlon Gerber does, you could enjoy a perfectly fine surf sesh. Check out the latest from rainy season Bali courtesy of Marlon here.
Another successful Hurley Surfboard Demo just went down in Newport with Corona del Mar High School. Once the CDM Surf Team made the hard pick between the 25 freshly-shaped surfboards from Bob Hurley, Lee Stacey, Doc Lausch and Timmy Patterson (and the girls got over the initial shock of having Beau Foster there), they took to the water in some playful surf. Check the photos for highlights from the chilly winter morning.
The Phantom Van met up with another batch of Newport Elementary's P.E. students at Blackies for some more Surfboard Demo fun. As you can see from the photos, the cold water and small waves did nothing to stop the kids from having a blast on the Hurley/Stacey/Doc/Patterson-shaped boards. Click 'Full Story' to see the goods.
West Oz and Kolohe are good friends. Blame it on the curious wind directions, slabs, reefs, ramps, barrels to be had and local cuisine which Kolohe loves so much. To take a look inside this fortuitous relationship, click on over to What Youth and watch one session with Kolohe Andino.