There are a million different ways to describe this trip, but perhaps the most fitting is to say that it was unlike anything else. 2016 WSL Women’s World Champion Tyler Wright, Alana Blanchard and Nikki Van Dijk discover the nature of a journey like this – you never know what you’re going to get.
The sandstone cliffs of Pico do Fabril, sculpted by the relentless action of the North Atlantic, are recognizable for layers of striking red pigment in the sand. Anyone freesurfing, competing or spectating at the swell-pulling back-up venue inevitably goes home with a conspicuous coating of red sediment on footwear, wetsuits and vehicles.
The Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal, the final European stop of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, got underway today and ran through Round 1 in clean three-to-four foot (1 – 1.2 metre) surf at Supertubos. The world’s best surfers fought to avoid elimination Round 2 and advance directly to Round 3.
Growing up on the South Coast of NSW, Australia, with a family of passionate surfers, Tyler Wright was always destined for surfing greatness. Through the guidance of her older brothers she was hooked on the sport early, and due to her clear passion and insane talent, secured a sponsorship with Rip Curl in 2002 – a partnership that continues to this very day. At the age of 14 she found herself on the world’s stage – the highest level of surfing competition, the World Tour. Since then she has not only remained consistent but has excelled, finding herself on or near the top of the ladder almost every year. When it came to winning a World Title, it was never a question of “can”, but rather “when”. From everyone here at Rip Curl – CONGRATULATIONS TYLER! This win couldn’t be sweeter, or more deserved.
In a hard-fought Semifinal duel with three-time World Champion Carissa Moore, Courtney Conlogue’s valiant campaign to send the title race to Maui came to its conclusion, when she was unable to match the powerful Hawaiian’s backhand attack in wally lefts
In the last six months, Fanning has fought off a great white shark, donated $75,000 to a shark-attack victim, here, he deals easily with a bodyboarder who unwisely dropped in on him at his home break of Snapper Rocks in Australia.
After four thrilling Gromsearch series competitions in Lombok, Java, Bali, and Sumatra, the prestigious Gromsearch Series Juggernaut continues on to the perfect surf of Lakey Peak, Sumbawa for the conclusion of the series, the National finals and the crowning of the 2016 Gromsearch National Champion. In what is sure to be the most high voltage […]
Courtney Conlogue (USA) has won the Cascais Women’s Pro, Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after defeating Tyler Wright (AUS) in the Final in clean 5 foot (1.5 metre) surf at the back-up site of Guincho.
While ostensibly empty, the desert here is never devoid of life. Tough, spiky, drought resistant life. Cacti run the show, cacti of every possible shape and size. And within this parched region, there are a great variety of landscapes.
Jordy Smith’s world title hopes got a boost Wednesday with a huge win at the Hurley Pro. The big South African showcased his wide-ranging repertoire of power, flow and flair to get past Filipe Toledo and Joel Parkinson on the final day of competition.