The Rockstar Iron Yadin series comes to a close with episode 4, wrapping up the "weird" past 12 months of Yadin's life. He talks about the learning experience of the year behind him, including how it has helped him learn to be a better contest surfer, free surfer, and the best father he can be to his new son. See for yourself in the series finale "Full Circle," with flashback footage from the US Open and his heat against Kelly Slater, all the way to Trestles and the Hurley Pro. Check it out here.
Qualifying for the WCT and becoming a father all at once — now that's not a typical year for anyone (ain't nobody got time for that). But if there's anyone who can handle it (with a smile, of course), it's Yadin. Rock Star's third episode of Iron Yadin takes you through his "pretty epic" life changes and the balance between his career and his family. Watch it here.
The second installment of Rock Star Energy's series, Iron Yadin, is just as entertaining as the first episode. It's rare to see someone grinning ear-to-ear when talking about their excruciating (and career-threatening) injury, but leave it to Yadin to find the humor in everything (the mention of anally-administered medicine always helps). Watch his journey through the recovery process and return to surfing here.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Yadin Nicol is the best guy we know. Hands down. And all the reasons we think that and more are on display in Rock Star Energy's new video series, Iron Yadin. In episode one, "Silver Lining" we get to hear about his childhood (turns out he's pulling pranks since day one) and see what he has to say about that one US Open Final against Kelly in 2011 — you know the one. But really, the great thing about Yadin is that you can be at your desk watching him in a little box called You Tube and it still feels like you're there talking to him one-on-one. Watch Iron Yadin, Episode 1 here.
1st Street Jetty, Virginia Beach blessed stop number 14 of the Rip My Shred Stick Tour with perfect conditions and one foot waves, which allowed for some seriously creative wave riding. The 85 competitors embraced the not-so-serious judging criteria as they took to the water on the Hurley INT softtops for some board transfers, shakas and silliness. The entertainment out in the water came to peak when the bonus round final featured some of the best rides we've seen this tour. Congrats to Simon Hetrick on the big win! Read on for results, click here for the highlight video and click here for the download link to all of today's photos. Photos and video: PK.
A massive thunderstorm and strong winds the night prior brought choppy seas and a sweeping current to Jennette's Pier in Nags Head, Outer Banks for stop number 13 of our Rip My Shred Stick Summer Tour. All 45 competitors showed no fear as they headed straight into the intimidating shorebreak, surfed some amazing waves and took a ton of heavy wipeouts. We'd like to give a big, virtual high five to everyone who came out and gave the heavy conditions a go, especially Jordan Montgomery (pictured above), who surfed his way to the big win. Read on for results, click here for the highlight video and click here for the download link to all of today's photos. Photos and video: PK.
Our pals over at Stab Mag caught up with our other good pal and out-of-control-but-in-control Australian World Tour rookie, Yadin Nicol. Head over to stabmag.com to see what Yadin has to say about his roots, his go-for-broke style and life as a father. Photo: Jimmicane
From the wordsmiths over at Stab Mag: Yadin Nicol is a heathen in the brave new world of social media. No Insty, no f'book, no filmer, no blog. Just a show up and blow up mentality. We like it. This is in Ventura the past few days. For the full scoop on what Yades has been up to the last few weeks, head over to stabmag.com. Photo: Andrew Schoener.
By now you probably all know Mick beat Kelly in one of the most exciting finals of all time. Mick did some turns, Kelly did a big air, our boy Simpo had a solid showing, so forth and so on. But what you probably don't know about, is all the fun that went down behind the scenes. Lucky for us, we had our friends from Life Without Andy there in and around the competitors area to capture all the moments before, during and after the action at Bells. Check it out below.
Kai Neville, maker of game-changing surf films, is at it once again with Dear Suburbia. Produced by new media venture What Youth and founding member Neville, Dear Suburbia is set to premiere in August during the US Open of Surfing. Until then, enjoy this first in a series of prequels shot in Japan featuring Conner Coffin and Yadin Nicol among others. Says Conner of the trip: "Japan was one of the best trips I've ever been on. It was a really good crew and super cultural experience. The waves we scored were a bonus!" Watch the prequel at whatyouth.com.