Quiksilver & Roxy Pro 2017

The 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will forever be remembered for Owen Wright’s incredible comeback story. His surfing on the final day was vintage Owen – deep, fading backside bottom turns followed by over-rotated, fin release wafts. At first glance he lulls you to sleep, next thing you know he’s cracked off three rhythmic turns with absurd fluidity. He’s a surfer’s surfer.

It was an emotional day full of twists and turns, not the least of which was Matt Wilkinson’s return to the Final at Snapper for the second straight year. Florence, Medina, Slater and Parkinson made their intentions clear and all wrapped up solid results. Fanning, Smith and Andino will need to do better at the Margaret River event if they hope to stay in touch with the early leaders. The Title chase is officially on, and there are heaps of great stories and moments to look forward to as the Tour moves to West Oz.

On the women’s side of the draw, the Roxy Pro saw the return of the Queen of Coolangatta, Stephanie Gilmore. It’s an incredible sixth win at Snapper for a surfer with inherent grace, and a style perfectly suited for the legendary Sandbank. Back from an injury-plagued 2016, runner-up Lakey Peterson has re-emerged as a genuine contender. Her surfing has finally caught up to her athleticism. She’ll be an interesting and fresh addition to the upper echelon of the Tour.

Nazaré – Black Carnival

During last carnival a few riders confronted one of the last truths in the world: big ocean exploting.
Starring: Francisco Porcella, Axi Muniain & Pato Texeira.

About Town – Sunshine Coast

Exploring the vibrant pockets of Australian surf culture.

Towing into XXL Nazaré Bombs

You know when it’s time to get nervous? When Ross Clarke-Jones shows up ready to surf, that’s when. And there he was last Friday, roaming around Nazaré, staring out at the mountains rolling in off the Atlantic – with not even a glint of fear in his eyes.

Highlights Volcom Pipe Pro 2017

Finals Day at the Volcom Pipe Pro was unpredictable! Congratulations to Soli Bailey, 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion! Full Report

DAY 3 Highlights

Day 3 at the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro went down in the books! It was a day of heavy upsets and flawless conditions which concluded with Heat 14 of Round 3. Kelly Slater went down to an in-form Bruce Irons and young gun Josh Moniz, while Jack Robinson, who was a standout at last year’s Volcom Pipe Pro, ended up losing priority and searching for a score in the dying minutes of his heat, but luck didn’t deliver. Another story from today was a collision in Heat 6 by Bino Lopes and Joshua Burke who mistakenly tried crossing each other on their ways to Pipe and Backdoor. As the day progressed, the sun came out, things started heating up (no pun intended), and the highlight clips were served. John John exercised his home base knowledge and bagged a couple huge scores in typical JJ fashion, Makuakai Rothman got blown out of a flawless Backdoor barrel, Miguel Tudela snagged a textbook Pipe gem, and of course, there were some classic Pipeline wipeouts. Be sure to catch the recap video above for all today’s highlights and action!

DAY 2 Highlights

Epic surf turned up for Day 2 at the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro where we saw tons of excellent-scoring waves and even a perfect 10-point ride! Once again the waves at Backdoor prevailed with cleaner conditions and higher stoke providing the competitors with an even playing field and . Standouts included Bruce Irons, Makuakai Rothman, and Mason Ho, who pumped his way through a long Backdoor barrel earning himself a well-deserved 9-point ride. The wind switched slightly towards the end of the day, but high scores were still being delivered as we ran through Round 2 and completed the first two heats of Round 3.

DAY 1 Highlights

After many intense lei days on the North Shore of waiting for better weather conditions and optimal swell, the 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro finally kicked off in fun, wedgy conditions with Round 1 surfing. The stormy weather circulating the North Shore the past week moved around the sand at Pipeline which caused the surfers to sit down the beach towards Backdoor and even Off The Wall. There were some insane waves ridden today, heavy wipeouts, and a handful of high scores. Tyler Newton snagged a clean 9-point ride in the Volcom Last Chance Qualifier heat to earn himself a spot into Round 2, and 15-year-old Pipe charger Wyatt McHale secured an equally impressive, and deep, 8.5 earning him a huge applause from the beach.

Grandma’s Garage

Sean Mawson along the South East Coast of Australia and the South Island of New Zealand. A Film by Max Zappas

John Barton The Jungle Myth

This is my entry into the 2017 REELERS short film competition hosted by Surfing World and Coastalwatch. I entered my short film in the Story Category which is judged by Taylor Steele.

Noa Deane Scores Heaving Pointbreak Barrels in Mexico

Noa Deane is surfing’s hottest property. Or at least he was until the first few days of 2017, when his big fluorescent Rusty sticker morphed into a Volcom Stone and surfing’s worst kept secret was let out of the bag as its biggest bidding war was officially closed.

Mitch Parkinson Surfing

Mitchy Parko surfing around West Oz , Indonesia , Hawaii and Home on the Gold Coast.
After recently parting ways with Billabong , Mitch came to me with a hard drive of footage that had never seen the light of the day and was keen to drop and edit. We filmed some sessions around home and came up with this !
Filmed By Lachlan McKinnon, John Wiley and Owen Milne / Edited By Owen Milne

Under An Arctic Sky Teaser

With three hours of light each day, brutal winter storms and freezing temperatures, Iceland is far from the ideal surf trip. However, this didn’t stop photographer Chris Burkard and filmmaker Ben Weiland from rounding up a crew of surfers to seek out unknown waves in the islands remote north… all during the worst storm to hit Iceland’s shores in 25 years.
For more info
A Chris Burkard Studio film presented by Sweatpants Media.

Vans World Cup of Surfing 2016

Mother nature surprised the surfing world today by delivering another pulse of swell for the final day of competition at the Vans World Cup of Surfing. At the end of the day, it was South Africa’s Jordy Smith who took home the top honors and a fat check of $40,000.

This Is Cloud Break

Jarrod White spends most of the year living on Tavarua Island Fiji as a boat boy, pretty much surfs cloud break every single day and lives the dream.
So we have put together a bunch of clips his been collecting over the past year and this is Cloud Break.
Surfers – Jarrod White, Jon Roseman & Tevita Gukilau
Filmers: Eric Derman, Kaius Potter, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Lieber, Jace Panebianco, Eric Sterman
Edit: Jackson O’Brien

Hawaiian Pro 2016

Local boy and 2016 WSL World Champion John John Florence continues his dream run by claiming the first jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Check out the best action of the final day of competition in Haleiwa.

Kai Lenny Tow Surfing after the Peahi Challenge

Is this the biggest air you’ve ever seen?