More joy from the brilliant Basque adventurer, Kepa Acero, still teasing us about his upcoming film release covering his solo surf missions around the globe:
In Northern California’s most daunting lineup, Greg Long often turns to his 9’6″ x 20 ¼” x 3″ ¼”. According to Christenson, you might find similar dimensions on a board built for Todos Santos, but adjustments are made in the nose and tail rocker to compensate for the notoriously hollow bowl. Quads are often preferred here, unless the face becomes very textured by wind, in which case thrusters offer more stability.
The final day of the Billabong Rio Pro was a dramatic cap to an otherwise uneventful contest plagued by lay days and overshadowed by a massive Teahupoo swell. Passions were running high on the final day with three of the eight quarterfinalists claiming home-field advantage (Adriano de Souza, Gabriel Medina, and Filipe Toledo). That passion came to a boiling point in the semi-finals when de Souza squared off against Medina in a heat that quickly became a microcosm of youth versus experience, flair versus strategy. A last second backside air reverse by Medina had everyone wondering who won well after the buzzer sounded. Ultimately, Medina’s wave came up just .14 points shy of the 7.94 that he needed to win.
Jordy Smith has conquered the Billabong Pro Rio 2013, in clean two-to-four foot (1 meter) waves, at the primary site of Barra da Tijuca, in front of thousands of surf fans.
The best ocean conditions of the entire Billabong Pro Rio 2013 came in the finals’ day, with Jordy Smith beating Adriano de Souza in the last heat of the last day of the event waiting period.
Win it or break it. Adriano de Souza and Jordy Smith were up and riding with different trumps under their belts. The Brazilian wanted another home win and Jordy was surfing for the first victory of his ASP World Tour career, in foreign waters.
The Guinness World Records have officially certified Shawn Dollar’s 61-foot wave, at the Cortes Bank, off the coast of California, as a new paddle-in world record.
The 30-year-old resident of Santa Cruz, California, caught the superlative wave on December 21, 2012 during a terrifying session at the Cortes Bank, a notorious offshore hazard to shipping located over 100 miles west of San Diego in international waters.
A panel of experts measured the wave at 61 feet on the face. Dollar caught the wave using only human paddle power, yet it turned out to be bigger than any waves caught by any means in the last year – including those caught with the use of jet ski assists.
Filipe Toledo and Jordy Smith scored Perfect 10 waves in Billabong Rio Pro 2013, at Barra da Tijuca, Brazil, as the event enters Quarterfinals.
Despite the improved three-to-five foot (1.5 metre) barrels, the best surfers in the world had to battle bumpy wave faces.
Toledo, the 2013 ASP Dream Tour rookie, put together an immaculate alley-oop to air-reverse combination, securing a perfect 10-point ride for the effort.
I met Aaron when we were filming Leave A Message a few years ago. I’d just signed with Nike, and I had thought the film came out amazing. He was one of the big guys on the edit team. I always travel with my family, and he came with us the first year. He was there the whole time, which was cool and fun. We work well together. I know when to give him his space, and he can read me as well.”
After a week of lay days, the world’s best surfers got back to action at the punchy Brazilian beachbreak Barra Da Tijuca