A lack of rideable surf didn't stop our 80 competitors from having the most fun they possibly could have during today's RMSS stop in Deerfield Beach, Florida. And although you wouldn't think it, the flat conditions made for some of the most creative surfing the tour has ever seen -- everything from chair rides, to cartwheels, to 15-second-long headstands. The judges had their had their hands full with all the great action in the water, but in the end it was little Jordan Rosenholtz taking home the win and Jack Koras coming in a close second (side note: for both Jordan and Jack, it was their first time on a surfboard -- very impressive). A big thanks goes out to Cheyne Cottrell and the crew from Island Water Sports for helping us dodge the golf-ball-sized hail during the afternoon event and also for their help with the morning's surf contest. We can't wait for next year! Read on for photos from the day and for the video of all the action in the water, click here. Photos and video: PK.
A break in the action from the RMSS tour landed the Hurley crew at private lake in the South Florida area for some wake surfing and other boat related shenanigans. And with the Hurley pros trying to keep up with the local groms' skills beind the boat, it sure made for some embarrassing and funny moments. Check the photos below and for PK's video recap of the session, click here. Thanks to Cheyne Cottrell and especially Keenan and Noah Flegel for their hospitality and for showing us how it's really done on the lake. Stay tuned for the more RMSS action at the Deerfield Pier tomorrow morning.
Perfect waves and amazing weather greeted us yesterday in Pensacola, Florida for stop number four of our Rip My Shred Stick 2012 Summer Tour. On hand to push kids into waves, trade off tubes and make sure everyone was having the most fun they possibly could have were Beau Foster, Brian Toth, Mikey DeTemple and Asher Nolan. The field of 65 competitors was eventually narrowed down to six finalists with Matt Wise taking the crown and officially becoming Pensacola's most fun-having surfer under the age of 16. Congrats to Matt and the rest of the competitors from today's event on a job well done. Also, we'd like to thank everyone at Innerlight for their help in making today's event such a hit. Read on for photos from the day and for the video of all the action in the water, click here. Photo and video: PK.
Galveston and Ohana Surf & Skate hosted us for the second Texas stop of the Rip My Shred Stick 2012 Summer Tour. A small, little windswell at the Galveston Pier provided the perfect opportunity for the 75 stoked kids to practice their longboarding and reach into their creative bag of tricks. With the help of Rob Machado, Pat O'Connell, Noah Snyder and Zach "Hula" Hartley, many kids stood up and surfed the first waves of their lives. And with those first-ever rides it's safe to say a new daily record of smiles and high fives has officially been set. A big thanks goes out to William "Boog" Cram and the crew at Ohana Surf & Skate for all their help in making this such a great event. Read on for photos from the day's action and click here for the highlight video. Photos: G. Scott/ Video: Noah Snyder
One hundred of Corpus Christi's finest young surfers met up with us this morning at the Bob Hall Pier for the second stop of the Rip My Shred Stick 2012 Summer Tour. Everyone from first-time six-year-olds to 16-year-old rippers were taking it to the playful 1-3 foot windswell. The judges had their hands full as the group of youngsters mixed it up with headstands, front-flip dismounts, meditation poses into the shorebreak and some good ol' fashioned Texan cutbacks. In the end it was Devin Delagarza who took home the win with a combination of nose-riding and progressively fun maneuvers. A big thanks goes out to Benjamin's, Julie Doyle, Allen Byas and everyone else from the Corpus Christi community for your help in making this event one to remember. For photos from the day's action, read on, and for a highlight video, click here. Photos: G. Scott/ Video: Noah Snyder
The first of 30 stops for the Rip My Shred Stick 2012 Summer Tour kicked off this past weekend at Jobos, Isabella, Puerto Rico. Playa Jobos delivered with playful waist high sets and a perfect beach for the 70 kids that showed up. It was a full day of fun competition that included 23 heats, a paddle race, product toss, free pizza and so much more. Brian Toth and Michael Dunphy were out in the water giving plenty of help and tips to all the kids. Read on for the full scoop and photo highlights from the day and for the recap video, go here. Photos and Video: Gabriel Martínez/Mundo Rad
Rip My Shred Stick is the most enjoyable contest you'll ever enter. Open to any kid 16 and under, we place a premium on the competitor having the most fun. Enter the event, ride one of our new Hurley/Stacey surfboards, hang out with our team and stick around for the party and slideshow that evening. What better way to spend a summer day? Read on for full details and schedule.
PK, the unofficial official RMSS comissioner, reports from France:
The European three-pack of Shred Stick events just finished today at beautiful Hossegor France. The sandbars as well as the groms were going off...an excellent day overall with Rob Machado and Pat O Connell encouraging the kids and pushing them into waves. The secret Hurley/Stacey designed surfboards were on hand...these are only available to try at a Rip My Shred Stick or Hurley Board demo day, and the kids were eating 'em up. Cant wait for our next stops...
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PK, the unofficial official RMSS comissioner, reports from France: Anglet has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and maybe the most stoked groms in the world! We got to enjoy a perfect day under sunny skies and in blue water...yes, some fun waves too. Merci Beacoup a les groms pour l'incredible fait du surf et le tres bonne 'shredding'! Machado and Pat' O continue to inspire and set the tone for future generations of young rippers! Click through for highlights from Anglet, France. Photos: PK.
Rip My Shred Stick made European landfall yesterday in San Sebastian, Spain. And though it might not have been as heavily anticipated a debut as other American exports, like say, McDonald's and Starbucks, who've found a second home across the Atlantic, we think Rip My Shred made a good first impression. PK, the unofficial official RMSS comissioner, reported that even though it was a different continent, it was the same story in the end: Kids had fun (see the picture to the left for proof). Photos: PK