Every year the surfing world migrates to the North Shore of Oahu to crown a champion. Dakine – Backstage PIPE is a series of imagery, conversations, and perspectives you probably won’t see on a webcast. Mahalo to all the locals and North Shore communities for opening your home to the rest of the world every year. If you are visiting, please do your part to help the locals conserve and protect the amazing beauty and natural resources of Hawaii.
Early starts, airport layovers and long drives are all a part of the journey for a pumping swell. Follow Mick Fanning, Garut Widiarta and Luke Hynd on The Search for deep grinding barrels and epic waves in Sumatra.
Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the 2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, defeating Jordy Smith (ZAF) in clean 3-to-5-foot barrels at the iconic Supertubos in Peniche. Fanning’s third event victory this season, after wins at Bells Beach and Jeffreys Bay, moves him up to World No. 2 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.
Kellly, Taj, Fanning, Kerr, Kolohe, Jordy, and CIA in a insane Free Surf Session, somewhere in Peniche before the WCT Moche Rip Curl Pro 2014 Start.
A company named Kind Surf put on a day in Capbreton where some of the pros (Quiksilver team + Mick Fanning) got to help kids go surfing – kids who normally wouldn’t find it easy to grab a board a paddle out. Kind Surf is a Spanish NGO that works with kids at risk of social exclusion, and they figured that around the Quiksilver Pro would be a great day to put something on for their crew.
Hookit tracked 54 WCT Surfers during the month of August who generated 981.3k new fans and 12.3 million fan interactions. Kelly Slater lands on top beating Gabriel Medina and Alana Blanchard with the most fans in social media hitting 2,479,462 total fans and generated 103,468 new fans (a 4.4% growth).
Opening day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti greeted the ASP Men’s top competitors with 10-15 ft surf at Teahupo’o. It was a full day of both triumph and tragedy as amazing rides went down, and cringing wipeouts were had. Matt Wilkinson, Adam Melling, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, Alejo Muniz, CJ Hobgood, Jordy Smith, Kai Otton and Taumata Puhetini took the worst beatings of the day. Watch the worst wipeouts from the opening rounds of competition during the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti got underway in biggest surf of the season as the world’s best battled 10-to-15 foot (3 – 5 metre) surf at Teahupo’o for Round 1 and the opening two heats of Round 2.
Reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) took a giant step towards a fourth title when he defeated compatriot Joel Parkinson in the Final of the J-Bay Open in simply sensational waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.
Reef’s full feature about life on the road shot in Tahiti, Bali, Australia and South Africa. “De Passage” is a film inspired by Reef’s philosophy of “Just Passing Through,” a 20-minute short about traveling surfers’ surreal life on the road starring Reef ambassadors Alana Blanchard, Mick Fanning, Luke Davis, Tia Blanco, Rob Machado, Kai Otton, Shane Dorian, Mikala Jones, Taylor Knox, Paige Maddison, and Nick Rozsa.