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Brad Gerlach is a 40-something former world No. 2 currently living in the city of Angels. He puts honey in his hive with a little modeling, consulting and surf coaching.
Last September, he performed in a heritage heat at the Hurley Pro, Trestles, squashing the 1989 world champ turned commentator Martin Potter a little too easily.
What interests about Gerr is his ability to get inside the technique of the best, and the worst, surfers. As in guys like Jordy Smith and Dane Reynolds and as in guys and girls like you and me. Every time we paddle out, says Gerr, we make five fundamental errors.
Gabriel Medina has just been announced as a member of an even more exclusive club in 2015: TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Medina is in the “Icons” category, along with fellow Influential 100ers Pope Francis, Björk, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Taylor Swift, among others.
Faster, higher, inverted, more tweaked, more grab variations, and more rotation; this is the aerial surfing of today. Whether in a free surf or in competition, professional surfers are pushing the limits of what was thought to be humanly possible. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, airs are here to stay. In no particular order, here are the top 10 aerialists in surfing right now:
A teenage surfing champion has been killed by a shark off the French holiday island of Reunion.
Elio Canestri, 13, was attacked while surfing with seven others reportedly in an area banned to swimmers because of the risk of sharks.
Since the early days of the sport, surfers have had their own language. In many cases, they’ve invented or repurposed existing words to describe waves and surf conditions. To the layman, many of these terms make absolutely no sense when taken out of context, but to any surfer, the words listed below have simple and specific meanings.
Here’s a quick reference guide for any of you who are confused and/or curious as to what the hell the dude is talking about when he says, “I thought it was pumping, but after watching a few sets roll in, I downgraded it to piping and eventually settled for nuggable.”
Wake Phenom Daniel Grant Goes Head to Head With Legendary DJ Goldie at Rip Curl Summer Carnival, Thailand
Continuing to push the boundaries of convention, Rip Curl set the pace yet again last weekend by showcasing World Class Wakeboarding with a Top Music line-up at Vana Nava Water Park in Hua Hin, Thailand for the 5th Anniversary of the Summer Carnival presented by Isuzu X-Series.
Last April Fool’s day, Kelly Slater announced he was leaving 23-year sponsor Quiksilver on Instagram. Which, timing and all, turned out to be true.
Are motorized surfboards set to take over surfing? Recent developments in the technology that drives them have seen the craft ridden in some of the heaviest waves on the planet. Hawaiian waterman Kai Lenny, who also windsurfs as well as rides conventional surfboards and SUPs, recently rode a Jet Surf motorized board at Jaws, the famous Maui big-wave spot. His waves at the break (see above) are considered the largest ever ridden on a motorized board.
Big waves are scary. They are big, for starters. They can hold you underwater for long periods of time and deprive you of valuable oxygen. They can make you panic and fear for your life. For some surfers, that’s a good thing. For most normal surfers, however, big waves provide another outlet for more stress in their lives. Surfing is supposed to provide a means of alleviating stress, not compound it, though. That’s why it’s handy to have a few foolproof excuses in your locker whenever the waves get big.
Depending on the time of year, some airline’s won’t even take your surfboard, for any excess baggage charge. See the list below the table, and ask any airline, especially if you’re booking during peak travel times. Actually, it’s a good idea to call the airline no matter what time of year; this list is a guideline and fees can change, depending on the weather and the ticket agent’s disposition. Oh, yeah: remember to smile and be nice to the ticket agent.