It was Gabriel Medina’s year. He lead the World Title rankings throughout 2014. Three ASP World Tour wins at Snapper Rocks, Fiji and Tahiti, two runner-up finishes, and a World Title (Brazil’s first) in just his third full year on the ASP World Championship Tour.
The most incredible moments from the final day of action at Pipe, where a World Champion was crowned, a new Pipe Master stepped up, and a Vans Triple Crown of Surfing winner emerged.
Foremost, it means that it’s the season to spend time with your most beloved friends and family (and in-laws, I guess). Secondly, it’s time to shower the aforementioned loved ones (and in-laws, I guess) with lavish gifts because customs and tradition make strange acts of kindness wildly acceptable. You probably don’t need much help in figuring out the logistics of how to spend time. So let’s help you spend money.
Welcome to Konichiwaves. Join the gang as they journey South, down the eastern beaches of Shikoku, Japan, via smoky Karaoke bars and small fishing villages. Plus a hop, skip, jump and five flights further South.
Never underestimate the importance of a good relationship with your shaper. Here we take a look at John John Florence and his long time friend and shaper Jon Pyzel.
Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France) tows into one of the biggest waves ever challenged at Nazaré, Portugal, gets air, recovers, then goes down hard on December 11, 2014.
Seven-time Billabong Pipe Master Kelly Slater (USA) breaks down the ins and outs of Pipe, outlining his approach at each turn. It’s particulaly interesting that just like every other crowded wave in the world, Pipe also has a crowd of people just floating around following eachother, according to Kelly.
Some footage from Chopes during the filming of Point Break 2. The double barrel shotguns are wild and Bruce Irons’ wave at 1:47 is on that whole other level. Here’s a three day vacation to the South Pacific, specifically Teahupo’o.
Dean “Dingo” Morrison (Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia) finds the pure line through the heart of a thickly sea monster at The Right in Australia on April 18, 2014. Video by Tim Bonython from the Australian Surf Movie Festival. An entry in the Billabong Ride of the Year category of the 2015 XXL Big Wave Awards.
Everything you need to know heading into the ASP world title showdown between Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii December 8 – from the history of the event to current form of the contenders. All in Episode 3 of THE PIPELINE with Jed Smith