March 25th, 2013

Greg Long Is Crowned Big Wave Tour Champion

“It is my honor to pass the torch to another great young man, Mr. Greg Long”, Peter Mel.

Final 2012/2013 Big Wave World Tour Standings:

1. Greg Long (USA) – 2155.5
2. Jamie Sterling (HAW) – 1160.7
3. Carlos Burle (BRA) – 1150
4. Peter Mel (USA) – 1148.7
5. Ken Collins (USA) – 826.5
6. Gabriel Villaran (PERU) – 823
7. Zach Wormhoudt (USA) – 688.5
8. Ben Wilkinson (AUS) – 674.25
9. Jose Gomez (PERU) – 621
10. Joao De Macedo (PT) – 555
11. Ramon Navarro (CL) – 517.5
12. Jeff Rowley (AUS) – 494.75


March 25th, 2013

John John Florence Pulls Out Of Rip Curl Bells Event

While John John Florence was surfing in the Quiksilver Pro expression session at the last WCT event held on the Gold Coast he sustained an injury while attempting a full-rotation aerial. In return this opens the door for Jacob Willcox from Margaret River who has been allocated a wildcard to compete against the best surfers in the world, in the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, which starts on Wednesday March 27.


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March 24th, 2013

BJ Penn Vs Sunny Garcia At Lavaman Challenge

UFC superstar BJ Penn has a new opponent lined up. Not in MMA, but in the Lavaman Waikoloa Hawaii Challenge on March 24th. It is a charity triathlon, and his competition; Professional Surfer Sunny Garcia.

2hours 55 minutes 29 seconds was my time today:) thanks @bjpenn for a great time it was truly a honor racing you today – Sunny Garcia


The two challengers are legends in their respected sports, and will not take each other lightly. The proceeds of the event will all given to charity, but make no mistake about it these two are competitive. They both will be gunning for victory, especially since the competition is being held in their home state of Hawaii; Garcia being born in Maili, which is on the Westside of Oahu and Penn who was born in Kailua.

The competition is not all Penn and Garcia will be participating in, as the event has a weekend filled with activities. On Friday March 22nd, there is a 5k Run/Walk event where they will be on hand to give out the awards for the event starting at 5:45pm and finishing around 6:30pm.

On Saturday March 23rd, the men will be on hand to meet fans. They will take an hour out of their busy training schedule to come down to sign autographs and take pictures. It will be a great opportunity for fans to meet two of the biggest legends of MMA and Surfing.

Then on Sunday Penn and Garcia will compete in the triathlon. Penn has a start time of 7:35am, and Garcia a 7:40am start time. They will begin with a 1500 meter swim that starts at Anaeho’omalu Bay at Waikoloa Beach. Once finished with the swim they will move to the Bike portion of the event.

The Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon bike is a 40 kilometer, which will take place on a portion of the Iron-man World Champion Bike Course. The trail runs along the Pacific Ocean, and the men will ride past Keawaiki Bay past Kiholo Bay, all the way to Kukio Bay where they will turn around and return back Anaehoomalu Bay. They then will move to the final stage of the race.

The run is a 10 Kilometer run that will be the most grueling and will test both men’s conditioning. The run is described on the Lavaman Waikoloa website as:

“The run starts with a lava field run, then on fast street sections and then a tour through the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort grounds. The run finishes with epic one mile single track beach trail to the sandy beach finish line.”

Who do you think comes out on top? The 2X UFC Champion, the second UFC fighter in the history of the organization to hold titles at 2 different weight classes(Welterweight & Lightweight), BJ PENN? Or the 2000 ASP WCT World Champion, the WQS record holder for victories, and holder of six Triple Crown of Surfing titles, Sunny Garcia?

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March 24th, 2013

Carissa Moore And Dusty Payne Win Margaret River

WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS: Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.94
“I’m feeling really, really amazing right now!” said Moore. “I’m stoked to walk away with the win and to be up on the podium again. I didn’t win an event last year, and it was hard for me, but it definitely fired me up. It’s only been two events and it’s already looking like it will be a close ASP Women’s World Title race, but there are girls who didn’t make it to the final day who are capable of causing upsets and winning events. It will be really interesting to see how it all pans out.”

MEN’S FINAL: Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.36 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.20
“I’ve never won anything before, this is sick!” Payne said. “This is my first major win and this is an awesome event. I’m so glad to win in Western Australia, I love it over here! I was in good rhythm at the event, which never happens, lucky I guess. I’m just so stoked right now. I was injured for half of last year and had to sit on the sidelines and watch my friends surf and win events, and now here I am. It feels great.”

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March 24th, 2013

Let’s Go In . . . PLEASE

By Jack English

When shooting photos of pro surfers the rule of thumb is you don’t break down (putting your camera away) until the surfer has reached the shoreline. What has happen on a few occasions is you get antsy and you break down thinking the surfer is going in, and the next thing you know he paddles back out and bust some huge move – yes, you missed it!

When meeting a pro surfer at your local spot it’s common courtesy for each other to work as hard as possible until the waves go bad. Here in southern California the wind usually kicks in between 9 and 10am and as soon as that happens you call it quits. So if you begin shooting around 7 your all finished in around 2 hours. If either the surfer or photographer begin winging about whatever it’s always in good faith that the other party encourages them to stay out and make due.

Now if you (photographer) just show up to the beach and didn’t plan or organize a shoot with any surfer that is when you can make your own call when to go in at anytime.

Now what happens when you go on a trip with a crew of surfers? Your stuck until the last guy goes in. This is where it’s not really fair for the photog. If your in the water shooting four surfers and three of the surfers go in, you have to stay out until the fourth guy comes in. Nothing is worse when that last surfer to come in is the worst surfer of the trip. You keep shooting, but are praying to god he breaks his board or bust a fin, anything to get him to go in.

I recall on one occasion I almost came to tears. Trust me, inside I was balling. I was with Peter Mendia, Shea and Cory Lopez and we we’re shooting Lake Worth in Palm Beach Florida. Cory and I flew over to Florida where we met up with Peter and Shea where we first chased hurricane Gustav in the Panhandle and then hurricane Hanna in Palm Beach. So their I was shooting from the water and the waves we’re a solid 6ft plus, raining, and the ocean had this major current sucking us down the beach. If you can imagine I had to swim against this crazy current for over four hours straight kicking the entire time. See, 90% of surfing photographers aren’t in the best shape. It’s not that I am over weight, but you try swimming in a pool for four hours and see how you feel. Pro surfers, this is what they do everyday is surf. As a photographer (water) you may not shoot for months. So on that note it’s very easy to get out of shape quickly.

I was so use to Cali conditions I thought we would be done in about 2 hours. I was so wrong. The session just kept going and going and going. I was loosing it. I knew being with the Lopez brothers who are notorious for surfing long hours but I was just banking on the surf not to stay so good. I couldn’t say anything to the crew knowing this is why we we’re all here. I promise you, it was close to four hours of swimming and by the time I came in I felt so physically sick. I have shot Hawaii from the water, but that is a cake walk to what I had just went through. In Hawaii you don’t have heavy currents pushing you up or down the beach. Don’t take me wrong Hawaii is a heavy place to shoot as you have much different and difficult challenges of it’s own. I just recall getting to the beach, changing out of our gear and I couldn’t even speak. I truly felt I needed to go to the hospital. I just remember looking over at Shea and saying “I need some advil”. I wasn’t even thirsty or hungry as it was so far past that.

So today I sent out an email to Peter Mendia, the Hobgoods, the Lopez brothers and their good friend DJ Struntz to ask them all the same question – Who surfs longer, the Lopez bros or the Hobgoods? Knowing the Hobgoods are also known for surfing long hours.

I seen Shea do 12 hours one time with only minimal Breaks for food and water. We were in a comp that day to see who could surf longer. I broke my board a half hour before dark. So he won. – Cory Lopez

cory surfs the longest, shea fishes the longest and conserves his energy the most, so when you average the two they kind of cancel each other out leaving the hobgoods the winners…hahahahaha happy belated birthday cory! – DJ Struntz

No one surfs longer than Cory, still yet to meet a person that can go all day in the surf like that kid. I think it’s that Cuban gene that allows him to do that. Peace Damo – Damien Hobgood

I’d say Corey takes us all out then damo, me and Shea don’t even surf anymore unless its pumping!!! C – CJ Hobgood

Cj just nailed it. Cory surfs the longest sessions out of almost anybody. Cory takes the cake on the longest sessions when it’s good Shea likes to surf when it’s good and he does conserve energy – Peter Mendia

You guys are awesome. We all need to go get barreled together. – Cory Lopez

If I had my way, I would never come in on those epic days. For me, surfing is about the experience now – not the precision and consistency of my technique. Time on the water teaching my kids to surf and fish so that they can grow up with similar experiences to I, has taken precedent over my own urge to rip and tear when the waves are more properly suited for a toddler or longboard. The last trip we all did together, I believe Cory and I were neck and neck for water time, and that was double anyone else’s. And triple anyone else’s fishing time. DJ has always been powerless to my reply I was conserving energy for when the conditions become optimum so as to not shoot in crap while he over amps. That got his goat then, just as much as it does today. Love you all and definitely up for the challenge of another surf and fish off in Panama. That is if you grommets think you can keep up this time. – Shea Lopez

Peter Mendia sharing his home spot

Shea Lopez


Just another marathon session for Cory Lopez


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March 23rd, 2013

Koby Abberton From Surfboard To Diving Board

Koby Abberton will be the surfing “celebrity” on the Australian show Splash.


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March 23rd, 2013

Steds Opens Store Front

today Insted We Smile opens in bondi beach . DIRTY BURGER pop-up shop . 88 Gould street, come in and say hi – luke stedman (owner and his own male model)


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March 22nd, 2013

Billabong Stock To Record Low

According to Mr. Bloomberg Billabong’s stock has reached an all time low.

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March 22nd, 2013

Custom Handle For A Flash Water Housing

Photographer Jeff Flindt from Mission Viejo now living in Sweden (his wife is from there) came up with the idea of placing a handle not on the bottom of a flash water housing, but to place one directly on the back where it would be centered.

Here is your standard flash housing made by Liquid Eye with the pistol grip placed on the bottom

So Jeff pitched this idea to his housing maker Dale Kobetich and asked that Dale only made these exclusively for Jeff, based on it was Jeff’s idea and he did not want any other photographers using this set up. We are not sure if Dale promised him or not, but Dale took Jeff’s idea and has made these housings for other photographers.

Peter Mendia pulling into a tube with Jeff’s idea, but it’s not Jeff shooting the photo

So why is Jeff’s idea so great? When shooting with a housing that has a camera, lens and a flash it’s so top heavy. Now by having the back handle this way it makes shooting so much easier with the weight much more centered.

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March 21st, 2013

Breath of Life – Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Mauli Ola Foundation Presents The 6th Annual Breath of Life – Golf Tournament Fundraiser

July 21st, 2013 (Sunday 11:30am check in and 1pm tee off),at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, CA Presented by Amby Genetics



Golf – Lunch – Dinner – Pro Athletes – Auction – Raffle Prizes – Prizes – Contests

Sponsors Thus Far: Fluidigm – Ambry Genetics – Flexfit – Trace3

All funds raised go towards the Mauli Ola Foundation Surf Experience Tour that covers locations on the west, gulf and east coast, as well as Hawaii to get kids and young adults who have genetic disorders (like cystic fibrosis) out into the ocean to experience what nature can provide. The MOF also visits children hospitals throughout the US to raise spirits for the kids who can’t attend the surf experience day. Our elite supporters who participate at the surf experience days and hospital visits is comprised of professional world class athletes like Kelly Slater, Jamie O’Brien, Sunny Garcia, Alex Gray, Kalani Robb, Kala Alexander, Makua Rothman, Michael Ho, Teddy Navarro, Torrey Meister, Anthony Walsh, Morgan Faulkner, Hans Hanen, Jason Magallanes, Nathan Fletcher, Nathan Hedge, Josh Baxter, Bobby Friedman, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Gavin Beschen, Shawn “Barney” Barron, CJ Kanuha, Derek Ho, Michael Ho, Coco Ho, NIssen Osterneck (MMA), BJ Penn (MMA), Brian Ortega (MMA)

Anthony Walsh Wins The CLIF Bar Overall Performance Award for Wave of the Winter and Donates $10,000 To The Mauli Ola Foundation

Mauli Ola would like to thank CLIF Bar and Anthony Walsh for this incredible donation. John John Florence won this award last year and also donated his $10,000 to the Mauli Ola Foundation.

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