October 28th, 2013

Escape From Tomorrow

In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father’s sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.

Escape From Tomorrow was hot in Disneyland (without permission) using a Canon 5d Mark II



Bad things happen everywhere

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October 26th, 2013

Garcia, Gerlach, Jaquias and Ho – Clash Of The Legends

Out of the gate we don’t believe the voting was accurate as a few of the other surfers in this had way more votes then the ones that got in. Second, Reef next time you run something online don’t make your viewers have to “receive emails from Reef” to play the game – that’s a bad way to market.

Who’s going to win? It’s a tough one between Sunny and Brad, but we’re going to take the Cali surfer on this one.

1st Brad Gerlach
2nd Sunny Garchia
3rd Kaipo Jaquias
4th Michael Ho


October 26th, 2013

Surf Photos

Surfers we have uploaded today

Eli Mirandon – Hossegor, France


Elijah Young – North Shore, Oahu


Eric Geiselman – Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

Eric Mchenry – Zippers, Cabo San Lucas


Flynn Novak – Rocky Point

Fred Patacchia – Fernando De Noronha, Brazil


Hagan Kelley – Oceanside Pier


Hank Gaskell – NSSA Championships, Lower Trestles


Hans Hagen – Barra De La Cruz, Mexico


Heath Walker – Gold Coast


Heather Clark – Hawaii

Henry Mills – Santa Cruz


Herbie Fletcher – North Shore

Holly Beck – Oahu


Homer Henard – Puerto Escondido

Hopper – San Clemente

Ian Rotgans – Gas Bay, Margaret River

Ian Walsh – The Mexican Pipeline


Izzy Paskowitz and Stephen Slater (Kelly’s brothers) – US Open, Huntington Beach

Kaden Alasantro – Encinitas

Kahea Hart – Pupakea

Kai Otton – West Oz


Kaipo Jaquias – Sunset Beach

Kala Alexander – Queensland


Kalani Chapman – Rocky Lefts


Kalani Robb – Pipe


Kalle Carranza – Mex


Karina Petroni – Snapper Rocks


Kasey Curtis – Salt Creek


Keil Miller – El Salvador


Keith Malloy – Shipwrecks


Kekoa Bacalso – Steamer Lane


Ken Bradshaw – The Eddie Aikau Contest, Waimea Bay


Ken Collins – Santa Cruz


Kenny Caldwell – Lower Trestles


Keoni Cuccia – Ventura


Keoni Watson – Pipeline


Kieren Horn – Redgate, Western Australia


Kieren Perrow – Gas Chambers

Koby Abberton – The Box


Kye Fitzgerald – Newcastle

Layne Harrison – JBay


Luke Hitchings – South Africa


Luke Stedman – J Bay


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October 25th, 2013

Rip Curl and Channel Islands Demo Tour


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October 24th, 2013

Shooting Speed Blur Shots With Rob Gilley

Today at Surfer Magazine there is a posting titled It’s All A Blur by Rob Gilley

“it didn’t take long to remember how boring super-telephoto land shots are” – Rob Gilley (we couldn’t agree with you more)


From our own experience speed blurs our more times then not hard to nail. We have had success doing this at Jeffrey’s Bay and any place with aqua color water (Hawaii, Tahiti, Reunion Island, etc). Notice all of Rob’s photos, they look more out of focus then a speed blur – meaning not worth keeping. The perfect speed blur shot would be where the surfer’s face is sharp and the rest of the shot is the blur.

Our speed blur of of Mark Occhilupo at Jbay


October 22nd, 2013

Surfline’s World Champ Roundtable

Surfline feature by Marcus Sanders titled:

“CJ?? really?? did he crash this thing?” – kgbay 10/21/201 11:23 AM

No disrespect to CJ, but we think the ASP should had pulled the plug on crowning anyone the 2001 ASP championship, but on the flip side the show must go on. In case you don’t remember America was attacked on September 11 day’s before the European leg and many American surfers decided not to go forth with the tour. In 2001 CJ did not win any event and where it came down to Hawaii where Ben Bourgious had to beat a certain surfer at Sunset and in doing so CJ was crowned the 2001 ASP champ.

Why did Surfline not include Sunny Garcia and on Andy’s behalf as well as Occy and Curren?


ASP World Champions

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October 17th, 2013

Kai Otton Wins Rip Curl Portugal

“It’s the weirdest feeling ever, I just can’t comprehend it. I really want to dedicate it to my Granddad, he passed away the year I qualified and never saw me on tour so this is for him. It seems like this event was a little bit of a grind, every heat the tide changed so dramatically you never really knew what was going to happen! One of the things that has changed for me this year is my girlfriend being pregnant, I’m pretty excited about that. It’s unbelievable, it’s the next chapter I’m really looking forward to. It’s amazing to have all of the support, all my home town of Tathra, my Mom and Dad who supported me all of my career. To get here is kind of a pinnacle for me.” – Kai Otton


“The whole final was really frustrating, I couldn’t really get one good wave. I’ve been searching up-and-down the beach for waves and I was exhausted in the end. It’s been a good day for sure, after getting that close a second place is heart-breaking for sure but it’s still a great result, and Rookie of the Year is amazing too.” – Nat Young

Following Fanning’s fifth place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Slater must win the Pipe Masters to surpass Fanning for the ASP World Title. If Slater is to win the event, Fanning must place 3rd or better to claim the title for himself.


1 – Kai Otton (AUS) 12.23
2 – Nat Young (USA) 11.03


SF 1: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.83 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.23
SF 2: Nat Young (USA) 14.07 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.66


QF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.07 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.90
QF 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 10.00 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.43
QF 3: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.54
QF 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.67 def. C.J Hobgood (USA) 8.56
Kai Otton Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal pres. by Moche, ASP World Title Race Heads to Hawaii

October 17th, 2013

ASP Rookie Of The Year Going To Nat Young

Congratulations to Nat Young who has just be awarded Rookie of the Year from the ASP. It’s nice to see a surfer win this who is not overhyped by the media.

“It feels awesome. It was a goal of mine since the start of the year. It’s what I worked all year for and it feels amazing when you achieve a goal you’ve been focused on. All my career so far has been small stepping stones so hopefully I can continue building and next year or the year after put myself up there in the Top 5.”

Nat Young Claims 2013 ASP WCT Rookie of the Year Title

October 15th, 2013

Whatever Happened To VSTR (Owned by Quiksilver)

A California jury awarded a $3.6 million to World Marketing Inc. a New York based company that has produced products with the Visitor brand name for over 20 years. Full story can be read at Quiksilver loses VSTR Lawsuit


October 15th, 2013

ESPN, YouTube and Facebook Join Forces With The ASP 2014

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Tuesday, October 15, 2013) – Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International is pleased to announce media/distribution agreements with ESPN, YouTube and Facebook across the linear broadcast, digital and social media spectrums. Each agreement will commence in 2014 to help celebrate and grow the sport of surfing worldwide. Today’s announcements mark the first national and global media deals in the history of professional surfing.

ASP events enhanced by the media deals include the 26 elite tour events across men’s, women’s and big wave arenas in Australia, Brazil, Fiji, Indonesia, Tahiti, USA, France, Portugal, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Spain and Mexico. Since 1976, ASP has annually crowned the undisputed world surfing champions in a sport that hosts more than 120 million fans worldwide as well as the recently-identified number one sport fan for sponsor consideration and loyalty in the U.S., according to findings by global research firm Repucom.

“Professional surfing is a truly global sport which demands media distribution partners with significant reach. Our newly announced partners have tremendous presence in the innovative media arena and, together, they build the foundation for the ASP media platform,” Paul Speaker, ASP CEO, said. “I personally believe surfing is one of the most dramatic and dynamic sports on the planet and it’s an honor to work with tremendously inspirational athletes in bringing their feats and stories to the public.”

“I find it very fitting that the rebirth of professional surfing in 2014 will be broadcast within the ESPN family of networks and back on ABC as they were the first to support surfing on television back in 1962,” Speaker continued.
ESPN teams up with ASP as the exclusive U.S. domestic broadcaster for professional surfing in 2014 as part of a three-year agreement to showcase the sport’s elite events. The rights deal will allow surfing fans to see highlight shows immediately following the events.

“ESPN is thrilled to be working with the ASP as the U.S. domestic broadcast partner for professional surfing,” Tim Reed, ESPN Global X senior director, Content Strategy and Sports & Competition, said. “We look forward to showcasing the excitement, energy and incredible skills of professional surfers touring the world under the ASP banner. The talent and experience that is being aggregated at the ASP make this a very exciting time for professional surfing as well as a great opportunity for ESPN to extend its X Games brand into professional surfing.”

Respective international linear broadcast deals will be finalized and announced in the coming weeks.

The ASP YouTube channel, along with the rebuilt ASP website which will embed this content via the YouTube player, will exclusively provide fans with more than 3,000 hours of programming, including 26 live streamed events annually across the men’s ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the women’s ASP WCT and the ASP Big Wave World Tour (BWWT). For the first time in the sport’s history, the ASP YouTube channel will enable fans around the world to go to one global destination to view surfing digitally.

“ASP is committed to putting the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves,” said Claude Ruibal, Global Head of Sports Content, YouTube. “We’re committed to delivering the world’s best viewing and interactive experience to amplify these incredible performances, turning the ASP YouTube channel to a daily destination for a world of surfing fans.”

Facebook will serve as the primary social platform partner for ASP with the relationship focusing on fan engagement. Repucom research findings showed the number one sport fan using social media throughout the world are surfing fans, including a characteristic of being six times more likely to engage in social media than the general public. The ASP will use Facebook to engage its rapidly-growing global fan base around surfing, both via broadcasts and connecting fans to the athletes themselves.

“We will be working closely with Facebook and Instagram as the primary social platforms to enhance our broadcast programming – bringing the tribe of surfing fans from around the world closer to the action they love, the athletes they follow and the sponsor brands they support,” Speaker said.

With the start of the 2014 season, fans will experience the future of professional surfing with the convergence of the production, marketing, media, social and sponsorship initiatives under the ASP banner for the first time in the sport’s history. The 2013 season is serving as a transitional year, with new management building programs and partnerships for the rebirth of professional surfing in 2014 when a new look, tone and feel as well as consistent and top-of-class programming will showcase the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves. To see a preview of the new ASP, go to www.aspworldtour.com/2014



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