Archive for 2013

November 6th, 2013

O’Neill Coldwater Classic Begins Tomorrow

Here are the Wildcard Video Submission Results
Quinn McCrystal* 24% of votes
Billy Hopkins* 19% of votes
Andrew Jacobson* 17% of votes
Noi Kaulukukui* 15% of votes
Kilian Garland 8% of votes
Chris Foster 7% of votes
Kalani Robb 6% of votes
Dylan Goodale 4% of votes
*Denotes Wildcard Video Submission Winner

Contest organizers have made the call to run the 2013 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational on Wednesday (11/6) and Thursday (11/7), the first two days of the four-day contest holding period, to take advantage of the surf size and favorable conditions Official Forecaster Surfline has predicted. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event will see 16 unsponsored surfers battle for a $50,000 grand prize winner-takes-all yearlong sponsorship package. The heat draw will be determined in a random draw during opening festivities at the East Side Eatery in Santa Cruz on Tuesday (11/5) night. According to the Surfline Forecast Team: “Fun size, longer period WNW swell will start the event waiting period on Wednesday the 6th, along with favorable wind and weather conditions under the influence of high pressure. Decreasing surf takes over on Thursday, with a very modest new bump of WNW swell late Thursday and into Friday. At this point the weekend looks fairly slow off a mix small, mid period NW swells and small Southern Hemisphere SSW swell.”


November 4th, 2013

Today’s Surfing Photos

We have just finished uploading more images of the following surfers

Fred Patacchia – France

Kalle Carranza – Cerritos, Baja Mexico
kalle Karanza cabo san lucas  december  2004

Heath Walker – West Oz

Keoni Kuccia – Oceanside, San Diego
keoni kuccia oceanside april  2005

Kalani Robb – Central America

Nathan Fletcher and Kamalei Alexander – LAX, En Route to El Salvador


Ross McBride and Keith Malloy – Durban, South Africa (Ventura pride)

Kekoa Bacalso – Barra

Ken Collins – Santa Cruz


Mike Todd – Florida

Kyle Knox – Mexico

Luke Stedman – Mundaka, Spain

Mark Occhilupo – Barra De La Cruz


Neco Padaratz – Margaret River

November 4th, 2013

A Message From Dave Grohl

For all you aspiring musicians out there some words of wisdom from Dave Grohl

November 4th, 2013

Welcome To Paradise, Now Go To Hell – Chas Smith

Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, is surfer and former war reporter Chas Smith’s wild and unflinching look at the high-stakes world of surfing on Oahu’s North Shore—a riveting, often humorous, account of beauty, greed, danger, and crime.

For two months every winter, when Pacific storms make landfall, swarms of mainlanders, Brazilians, Australians, and Europeans flock to Oahu’s paradisiacal North Shore in pursuit of some of the greatest waves on earth for surfing’s Triple Crown competition. Chas Smith reveals how this influx transforms a sleepy, laid-back strip of coast into a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca.

Smith captures this exciting and dangerous place where locals, outsiders, the surf industry, and criminal elements clash in a fascinating look at class, race, power, money, and crime, set within one of the most beautiful places on earth. The result is a breathtaking blend of crime and adventure that captures the allure and wickedness of this idyllic golden world.

This debut effort from Smith, a war correspondent turned surfing journalist with a cruel, sometimes witty eye, is a mix of reportage and gonzo journalism for the surfing set. Mixing shameless, fey bluster that he dubs Trash Prose and occasionally trenchant observation, Smith delves into the scene surrounding the big-money surfing contests on Oahu, Hawaii’s legendary North Shore. As the pro circuit arrives for the winter wave season, Smith sketches an exposé of the tensions between local Hawaiian surfers and low-level gangsters and the established surfing professionals, surfwear brand representatives, and out-of-towners during this seasonal demographic change. Smith’s favorite subject, however, is himself: he sees himself as an outlaw raconteur whose articles garner so much resentment he gets roughed up at a party. He also provides endless descriptions of his wardrobe—he calls his style his version of Island Dandy, which is purposefully at odds with everything Oahu’s North Shore stands for. If Hunter S. Thompson circa Hell’s Angels merged with a fashion critic to write about surfing for Maxim, the result might be similar. Smith’s approach is myopic, writing for an audience that already knows the sport and the names. There are some astute observations (particularly his analysis of why surfing is essentially a lonely sport), but ultimately the book fails to reveal much beyond the author’s considerable self-regard.

“His book is ostensibly about surfing on the North Shore of Oahu, but he seems to spend most of the book talking about himself.”


November 4th, 2013

Ken Collins Responds To Laird Hamilton

On October 29, 2013, a massive swell hit Nazaré, Portugal. Big wave surfers Maya Gabiera and Carlos Burle decided to test their merit on the wave. Maya, despite intense training and preparation, broke her ankle on the wave and, after a struggle, drowned in the turbulent waters. Her rescue partner Carlos Burle managed to get her out of the water and give her CPR on the beach. She was taken to the hospital and will live to surf another wave. Later, Carlos returned to the ocean, and caught the wave that some are saying is the biggest wave ever surfed. One day later, Laird Hamilton appeared on CNN, saying that Carlos Burle’s wave could only be considered the “wipeout of the year” because at the end of his ride, Carlos fell. Laird also made it clear that, in his opinion, Maya Gabiera lacked the necessary skills to ride big waves.

This is what big wave surfer Ken Collins has to say about it.

November 3rd, 2013

Buttons Kaluhiokalani Dies At 54 Years Old

Rest In Peace Buttons


November 2nd, 2013

Andy Irons – Never Forgotten


October 31st, 2013

Happy Halloween

Going through the drive thru

October 31st, 2013

Photo Quote Of The Day

“They put the cart before the horse. Forget about shows, forget about books, forget about being famous, forget about people knowing who you are. Take the first 10 or 15 years to figure out how to be a fucking photographer.” – Practical Advice for the Emerging Photographer

October 31st, 2013

Laird Hamilton Interviewed By CNN

It has just been confirmed we do know a thing or two about surfing as you can see Laird has the same feelings as us on Maya Gabeira surfing in Portugal.

“She doesn’t have the skill to be in these conditions and she should not be in this kind of surf.” – Laird Hamilton (posted Oct 30)

“In our opinion Maya should had NEVER been out there in the first place. In big wave surfing the sain always goes, paddle before you tow. Anyone can tow especially in large mushy roll in waves such as Nazare. Maya knows first hand any wave over 20ft is way out of her league. We have seen her try to paddle Mavericks with zero success.” – Surf Images (posted Oct 28)