Archive for 2013

December 4th, 2013

Donavon Frankenreiter Surf Photos From Jeffrey’s Bay South Africa

We have just finished uploading all of Donavon Frankenreiter’s surfing photos from his most recent trip to Jeffrey’s Bay South Africa – All photos by Jack English

Talking with Andy Irons

It’s not all peace, love and happiness with Dono

His patent bottom turn




In the lights being interviewed

December 3rd, 2013

North Shore Photographer Laserwolf Gets Robbed

“A lot of this stuff was stolen from my truck yesterday at Off The wall. Waterhousing, cameras, lens, ports, cell phone and a few other things full crack head move. Jammed screwdriver into my door, tried snagging radio and even took change and ashtray. Any info and a repost would much appreciated. Reward for any Ieading to the return of my stuff. big thanks to everyone who had reached out as well as everyone who reported this for me last night.” – Laserwolf


December 2nd, 2013

Ezekiel Lau Wins Vans World Cup At Sunset Beach

“I can’t believe it. I was building confidence through each heat. It seemed like things were going in my favor and I was just getting the waves I needed at the right time, so having that confidence going into the final felt good. I needed something to boost my confidence a little, this year has been kind of rough. You know that $40K feels good! Making the final is great. To come out with a win puts me in a better spot. My whole confidence and my whole game plan in my head and everything is going to be that much much better year next year.” – Ezekiel Lau


“Actually I am feeling super tired because it was a long day. I think I surfed like 4 or 5 times and I… I just went heat by heat and wave by wave. I wasn’t thinking about pressure. I needed the result and then I get the result. I won (this event) in 2010, so it is really good to be in the finals again. I almost won for 5 minutes – it was really close! Ezekiel deserved to win because he had the best waves of the heat. I am really happy, that is all I have to say. I want to thank God, I want to thank all my family and all my friends for supporting me and all the cheering for me and sending me good vibes. It is a great feeling.” – Damien Hobgood


1st – Ezekiel Lau (HAW); $40,000 – 15.50pts
2nd – Damien Hobgood (USA); $20,000 – 14.30pts
3rd – Raoni Monteiro (BRA); $12,000 – 12.33pts
4th – Frederico Morais (PRT); $10,000 – 7.16pts
Ezekiel Lau Wins Vans World Cup of Surfing

November 30th, 2013

Mick Fanning Surfing Photos

We have began uploading images of Mick Fanning onto his page – All Photos by Jack English

Quiksilver Pro WCT – Snapper Rocks

With friend/videographer Shaggy – Hossegor, France

Burleigh Heads, Australia

Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz

Off the Wall – North Shore Oahu

Cobblestones, Western Australia

Billabong Pro – Jeffrey’s Bay South Africa

November 28th, 2013

Justin Bieber Learning To Surf

“Justin Bieber sucks on a surfboard – barneys can’t hide, dude!” – TMZ


November 28th, 2013

2014 ASP Men’s and Women’s WCT Schedule

2014 ASP Men’s World Championship Tour (WCT) Schedule:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast – March 1 – 12, 2014
Margaret River Pro – April 2 – 13, 2014
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – April 16 – 27, 2014
Billabong Rio Pro – May 7 – 18, 2014
Fiji Pro – June 1 – 13, 2014
Bali Pro – June 17 – 28, 2014
Billabong Pro Teahupoo – August 15 – 26, 2014
Hurley Pro at Trestles – September 9 – 20, 2014
Quiksilver Pro France – September 25 – October 6, 2014
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal – October 8 – 19, 2014
Billabong Pipe Masters – December 8 – 20, 2014
*No Jeffrey’s Bay

2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) Schedule:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast – March 1 – 12, 2014
Margaret River Pro – April 2 – 13, 2014
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach – April 16 – 27, 2014
Rio Women’s Pro – May 7 – 18, 2014
Fiji Women’s Pro – May 25 – 30, 2014
Vans US Open of Surfing – July 27 – August 3, 2014
Trestles Women’s Pro – September 9 – 20, 2014
Hossegor Women’s Pro – September 23 – 29, 2014
EDP Cascais Women’s Pro – October 1 – 6, 2014


November 27th, 2013

Joel Tudor Being Sued By His Business Partner Andrew Blauschild (a photographer)

“Tudor got a key to a warehouse and vandalized it before making off with surfing gear” – New York Post


November 25th, 2013

Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Website Launches


NEWPORT BEACH, CA – (November 25, 2013) – The new event website for the 2014 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards presented by Pacifico has just launched for the key winter season and features all the epic moments that have combined to already make the current year of surf the most spectacular to date. Located at BillabongXXLcom, the site aggregates the best video and still photos of every outrageous big wave ride this year in one place, allowing viewers to easily compare the top contenders from all around the world. In May, winners will be revealed at a gala awards ceremony where over $120,000 in prize money will be distributed to champions in seven different categories.

“This has been an extraordinary year for big wave surfing and with the Northern Hemisphere winter still to come, there is little doubt this will be the greatest ever in the 14 year history of the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards,” said Bill Sharp, the event’s director and founder. “There have been amazing waves everywhere, from Tahiti to Tasmania to South Africa and Hawaii. But the epic St. Jude’s swell that hit Europe in late October became one of the most famous moments in the entire history of the sport. It’s hard to find anyone on the planet that didn’t hear the news reports of possible world record waves being ridden at Nazaré, Portugal and the incredible surfing feats of Carlos Burle, Maya Gabeira, Andrew Cotton and the rest.

“The eyes of the entire world are truly on big wave surfing and that should add a whole new level of interest about who comes out on top at the XXL Awards show in May,” Sharp added.

The site features all the images of the great waves, including what may be the clearest video yet seen of Carlos Burle’s mammoth storm-borne Portugal peak. Also presented for comparison are awesome tubes from Teahupoo in Tahiti and Shipstern Bluff in Tasmania, mighty paddle-in waves at Jaws in Hawaii, Puerto Escondido in Mexico and Dungeons in South Africa, and crazy tow-in waves from Mullaghmore Head in Ireland and Punta Docas in Chile.

“This is easily the most thoroughly international year we’ve ever seen,” said Sharp. “Between the surf breaks or the surfers, every region of the globe is fully represented.”

Surfers are contending for five nominations to be revealed at the end of the winter in an assortment of divisions, including the tallest waves in the Pacifico Paddle and XXL Biggest Wave categories, the Pacifico Tube for heaviest barrel, the Surfline Mens and Billabong Girls Best Overall Performance Awards and the good-natured Best Wipeout of the Year.

The most important honor at stake each season is the Ride of the Year Award that features a first prize of $50,000 to the winner. Also of keen interest for 2014 is the determination by the XXL judging committee on the heights of the biggest paddle and unlimited waves successfully ridden. The Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards provides the data on Largest Waves Surfed in both disciplines to the Guinness World Records. The current records for PADDLE and UNLIMITED may be viewed on the GWR website.

The Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards annual cycle runs through the vernal equinox on March 20 and nominees will be announced soon thereafter. The invitation-only XXL Awards night ceremony will take place on May 2, 2014 at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California and will be available on a live webcast and as a one-hour TV show on the ESPN Networks in June.

The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards are presented by Pacifico Beer. Pelican Products is the official provider of waterproof cases. is the exclusive surf forecast of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine and Air Tahiti Nui airlines.

Brazilian Carlos Burle at Nazaré, Portugal during a ride that sent shockwaves around the world. Could it be a new record? Everyone will find out at the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards in May

Hawaii’s Koa Rothman rode this monumental tube in Tahiti in May


Mark Healey in action at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii earlier this month


Australia’s Laurie Towner is entered in the Pacifico Tube category of the Billabong XXL Awards with this Tasmanian devil of a wave


November 25th, 2013

Michel Bourez Wins Reef Hawaiian Pro

“It’ still a new feeling. The first time I won it, I was super happy for making the tour and this time, you know, I worked so hard to make the final and especially to lead the Triple Crown and it’s a good feeling. They keep saying the guy who wins the Haleiwa contest has a lot of chance to win a Triple Crown. I feel great, I feel good in my body and my boards are going well and, hopefully the waves will be good at Sunset. I got second two there years ago so I hope I make another final this year. Coming here, I felt great. I’ve been training for the past month, and just to come here solid, I feel like yeah, I deserve it.” – Michel Bourez

“I’m a little frustrated, you know I would have loved to have won but I really put a campaign on in the last six minutes of that heat. I had a rocky start but I feel like I threw the kitchen sink at it. Michel just opened up really well and he surfed really well throughout the whole event. I am disappointed, I would have loved to have won, but at the same time I feel I did my best. It’s a great confidence boost going into Sunset and I take it as a positive. I would love to win on a Triple Crown. I would love it! It would just make my life! But I know it’s a hard thing to do. I have a game plan set for this Triple Crown, I’m trying to execute it and I think if I don’t win it it, I think I’ll get fairly close to it.” – Fred Patacchia

Michel Bourez Wins Reef Hawaiian Pro

November 23rd, 2013

Motorcyle Duckdiving