Tahiti – Photo: Zak Noyle

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Week in Review – Random happenings in surf for the week of September 15

Random happenings in surf for the week of September 15.

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Warmest Oceans Ever – Scientists confirm record high global water temperatures

This entire summer, California surfers have been enjoying the warmest water in most of our memories. Here in San Francisco, we’ve been wearing springsuits since July, an extreme rarity in these parts, and certainly not something you’d expect to be able to get away with for months at a time. Now the bad The […]

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The ultimate encyclopedia of surfing animals

Surfing animals: dogs, alpacas, goats, cats, rabbits, squirrels, seals, mice, sheep, pigs, swans, and even elephants share the stoke

Humans who love surfing tend to think animals like to ride waves. Sometimes that is true and sometimes it is not. The truth is that the number of animals that hit the peak could easily easily justify the opening of a surf zoo.

Surfing animals are getting famous. Their names and stunts are spreading all over the internet making their owners proud and happy. Some of these creatures of Nature learn rapidly and prove they can do better than humans by, for example, hanging 20.

Training dogs, alpacas, goats, cats, rabbits, squirrels, seals, mice, sheep, pigs, swans, and even elephants requires time, dedication and patience.

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Finals Day at the Hurley Pro – Photos from the road to the podium

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Jordy and Steph Take Lowers – Jordy Smith and Stephanie Gilmore, your Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro champions

There was a moment in his post-Semi interview when Jordy Smith’s will almost seemed to buckle. He was clearly relieved to be in the Final—against John John Florence, who’d just smacked Kelly Slater in their Semifinal—and the close observer might have thought: “Ah, Jordy you’re a little too happy to be there.” Probably not the […]

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Jordy Smith wins the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014

Jordy Smith: floating to victory | Photo: Red Bull/Trevor Moran

Jordy Smith has conquered the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014, in San Clemente, California, in windy five-foot wave ramps. The ASP World Tour title race has introduced new variables in the game.

Kelly Slater watched Gabriel Medina falling at the hands of Adrian Buchan in the quarterfinals, and he couldn’t hide a smile. The Brazilian had lost first place in the overall rankings.

“I did mistakes and Adrian was surfing very well. It happens. Fifth place is a keeper. I just want to make heats. I will work more,” expressed Medina.

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Brad Gerlach vs. Martin Potter: revenge comes 23 years later

Brad Gerlach and Martin Potter: fists were purposely hidden | Photo: ASP

In 1991, Brad Gerlach and Martin Potter had a famous altercation during a tense heat in Japan. More than two decades later both surfers competed against each other at Lower Trestles.

Twenty-three years ago, Potter punctured Gerr’s favorite surfboard and put an end to the Floridian’s world title hopes. Brad finished the 1991 ASP World Tour runner-up, right behind Damian Hardman.

“Heat starts, I’m kind of leading, he’s got priority. A wave comes through, and he ends up letting it go. So I turned around and went and ended up blitzing the wave all the way to the beach,” explains Potter.

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"John Severson’s Surf" reveals the original surf artist

John Severson: smile, you're founding surf culture

“John Severson’s Surf” is a must-have surf book. The man who founded Surfer Magazine in 1960 has released an impressive curated collection of photos, cartoon sketches and short articles that reveal the birth of the surfing culture.

Waves and stunts are not enough to describe the history of surfing. John Severson was born in Los Angeles, back in 1933. In the first two decades of his life, painting and drawing played a significant role in his daily routine.

In 1958, while in the Army, he started surfing big waves and entered the surf film business with “Surf,” “Surf Safari,” “Surf Fever,” “Big Wednesday” and “Pacific Vibrations.”

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Kelly Slater: a pop star in the making?

Kelly Slater: from surf leashes to headphones

Is Kelly Slater ready to be the next global pop star? The surfer from Florida has released “Feelin’ The Feelings,” a song that will break the heart of his female fans.

We knew that Kelly Slater enjoyed playing the guitar. In the last two decades, he made friends in the pop-rock music scene – Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Angus Stone are only a few examples. Once in a while, Slater also joins random jam sessions all over the world.

But lately the world surfing champion seems to be taking music seriously. With an open account on Youtube/VEVO and iTunes, Slater is ready for new stages and indoor applause.

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