Posts Tagged ‘wsl’

December 7th, 2015

You Can’t Script This – Chaos Theory

“Competitive surfing is constantly changing and evolving—from upsets to perfection, a thwarted shark attack to the most hotly contested championship race in years. We believe this unpredictability is what makes the sport so compelling and therefore made it the focus of our creative strategy.” – Scott Hargrove / Ad Week

November 24th, 2015

Reporting From Santa Cruz On The WSL

How we get our inside scoop on the surfing world – reporting from Santa Cruz California is Canaan Mills

The text message we received


October 30th, 2015

Filipe Toledo Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Filipe Toledo has just won the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Going into Pipeline this is where things stand today


October 16th, 2015

Last Call For Entries – The WSL Big Wave Awards

Dear WSL Big Wave Awards Surfers and Photographers,

I wanted to check in with everyone about some major developments with the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards. As you may have heard, we have more than doubled the prizes for the event this year as posted on the event website HERE. This is a massive upgrade and one the WSL felt was very important for the big wave community, especially at a time when surf company sponsorships have come under growing pressure. Total prize money for this year will be $250,000 in cash (plus an assortment of magnificent TAG Heuer watches for winners). In addition, the WSL has committed to lifting the prize purse for 2017 to $350,000 and up to $400,000 in 2018. This totals a full One Million Dollars in cash to big wave surfers and photographers over the next three years. Surfer representatives including Greg Long and Grant Baker were instrumental in helping develop this growth plan and have given it their approval.

At the same time we are moving to modernize features of the event such as online registration for both surfers and photographers and an automated uploading system for video and still image content to reduce paperwork and streamline operations. Those features should hopefully be available next month.

With all of these upgrades now in place and a potentially game-changing El Nino winter looming, it’s important we gear up for the peak of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards season by making sure any older photos of video from earlier this year that are worthy of entry are submitted immediately. Effective November 1, 2015 we will only be accepting current (less than ten days old) images as official entries, so if you have any shots of you or by you from earlier in the season from Puerto Escondido or Cow Bombie or Teahupoo or Shipsterns or anywhere else there were exceptional waves since March 21, get them in by that date. Until the online system is in place, just email to me as usual. If you need the Submission Guidelines, you can download via the link at the bottom.

Please limit your submissions to your better selects as we already have a lot of outstanding entries for this time of the year. If you haven’t had a look lately, check out the latest submissions across these three main XXL locations:

World Surf League – Big Wave Awards and Tour
World Surf League XXL – YouTube
World Surf League XXL – Facebook

In addition to all the surfer and photo prize upgrades, we have fine-tuned the rules for the event, including some changes to the Surfline Overall Performance Award. Instead of announcing a single winner as in the past, we will now end the season with a Top Ten ranking, with top finishers earning four of the seeded slots in the following year’s WSL Big Wave Tour. The Performance Award will be judged by reviewing every still photo and video entry a surfer has had submitted to every Big Wave Award category for the full year at every spot. The complete updated ultra-detailed rule book will be available online later this month.

With your support, the Big Wave Awards have come a long way since 2000 and we are all well positioned to take the sport to a new level in the next few years. I wish you the best of luck for the coming season and look forward to working with you to make the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards truly one for the record books.


Bill Sharp
Event Director
WSL Big Wave Awards

PS: The tentative date for the next WSL Big Wave Awards & Tour gala party function is April 22 or 23, 2016. It will be in Southern California but we are looking at some potential new venues to freshen it up.


October 8th, 2015

John John Florence Air Off Jet Ski

John John Florence scores a 9.93 at the Quiksilver Pro in Hossegor France. John and his jet ski driver getting launched into the air (three judges gave this a 10)


Video of John can also be viewed at the WSL

Bad drivers – John John Florence

Joel Parkinson

Kelly Slater

“Oh my god is she ok – Holy sh_t”

Good driver – Travis Logie getting rescued

Videos show pro surfers from the WSL crashing on a jet ski by the rescue team

September 22nd, 2015

#Tournotes – Heritage Heat, Christian Fletcher and The WSL

“I want somebody to impress me something that not every other dude out there is trying or f_cking making. Kelly where he’s at where’s your boy (he lost) the guy’s getting old.” – Christian Fletcher


#TOURNOTES: The Lowers Wrap from STAB on Vimeo.

Hurley Pro WCT Lower Trestles
Miguel Pupo receives a surfboard
CJ Hobgood give a surfboard
Cheyne Horan’s favorite surfer
Jimmy Wilson eating pig and cinnamon rolls
Nat Young grint it buddy grind it
Wayne “Rabbit”Bartholowmew
Michael Ho
Shaun Tomson
Carissa Moore wins with a wedgey pull
Alissa Quizon
Kolohe Andino
Todd Kline
Peter King filmer
Bob Hurley
Julian Wilson
John John Florence
Brett Simpson
Keanu Asing

September 13th, 2015

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

On September 11, 2015 the WSL and Fader joined together for It’s On for free food, drinks and live music at 7 Degrees in Laguna Beach for a private (invite only) party.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats were the headlining band opened by The Drums

September 13th, 2015

Kelly Slater And His 4.17 Ride At The Lowers Pro

Mick Fanning (safety turns) 16.10 vs. Kelly Slater 14.90 – We think this should had been at least a high 8 or a 9!

“Checking out another left hand option off the bottom going for a flyaway backside air reverse he’ll land prone and get back up.” – Joe Turpell

“I don’t even know what you call that first maneuver right there that’s just freakish talent. I’m meant that’s just such an awareness where your board is. Flying through the air rotating kind of lost control of the board and landed on it. Obviously the judges didn’t like that 4.17. Judges didn’t enjoy that.” – Martin Potter

“I can’t believe only a 4.17 though. We saw something at least semi-excellent or excellent or good we’ll give it good.” – Peter Mel


August 21st, 2015

Kelly Slater Looking Back Into This Year

“I started out this year not feeling real good about the year, and sorta having a feeling like it wasn’t my year.” – Kelly Slater


July 10th, 2015

Highlights From Round 1 JBAY Open

“Once a year that is when I like to make my heats – I don’t like to do any more then that.” – CJ Hobgood (currently ranked 37 (last place) on the tour)

You would have to question CJ’s retirement this year – CJ if you were in the top 10 right now we highly doubt you would be retiring, but when you can’t make it past round 2 we understand!

We want to see a Dane Reynolds vs Kolohe Andino final