"A Wedge To Remember" relives the Hurricane Marie swell

California, August 2014: Hurricane Marie sends a gift to The Wedge | Photo: Red Bull/Corey Wilson

In late August 2014, Hurricane Marie blessed Southern California with a swell that will forever remain in the hearts of local surfers. Joshua Pomer transformed those memories into a film.

It was “A Wedge To Remember”, and a surf movie had to be shot. From Newport Point to the Wedge, Malibu to Sandspit, the Hurricane Marie swells impressed wave riders, spectators and media.

Large perfect waves hit the Californian shores, bringing the sport’s prominent VIPs. Now, you can relive that day from the point of view of the photographers who covered the magic surfing days.

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The 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will deliver $1.4 million

John John Florence: two Triple Crown of Surfing titles in the bag | Photo: ASP/Cestari

The 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing season will deliver $1.4 million dollars in prize money.

Welcome to Hawaii. The world’s best male and female surfers will compete in three events during the six-week competition period: Reef Hawaiian Pro, Vans World Cup of Surfing, Billabong Pipe Masters.

But the Hawaiian leg will also include two ASP Women’s events: the Target Maui Pro, which will crown a world champion for 2014, and the Women’s Pipe Invitational, an ASP Specialty event that will feature eight girls in the caverns of Pipeline.

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What are hurricane-generated waves?

Hurricane waves: high winds, large waves | Photo: Creative Commons/Dennis Bernhard

Big wave surfers are storm chasers. They travel the world in search of the largest swells. But what exactly are hurricane-generated waves?

Science tells us that the barometric pressure in the eye of the hurricane is lower than the pressure some distance from the eye. Hurricanes are also known as tropical cyclones because they form primarily in the tropics. Asians call them typhoons.

High wind speeds associated with hurricanes are able to produce extreme waves. When water rises from the eye of the hurricane and gets influenced by winds, currents and tides, a storm surge is in the making.

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The wipeouts of the year 2014

Ricardo dos Santos, Puerto Rico: don't worry, everything's going to be fine

Welcome to the most spectacular unsuccessful rides of the year 2014, also known as wipeouts. Whether at El Buey or Puerto Escondido, many surfers suffered the wrath of Neptune and Poseidon.

The judging panel of the 2015 Billabong XXL Awards will have plenty of work to do. At least, when it comes to analyzing hideous wipeouts. And Latin America has been particularly spicy in this field.

El Buey is one of the heaviest waves in Chile. The spot located near Arica has claimed a large collection of surfboards over the past few months. Ask Gabriel Villaran and Marcos Monteiro.

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Hendo is the world’s first real hoverboard

Hendo: it's true, it's real, it's an hoverboard

The world’s first real hoverboard has been successfully tested. Discover how Hendo will revolutionize the way you train rotations, spins and reverses in surfing.

When Tony Hawk introduced us HUVr, the ultimate “fake” hoverboard, we dared to dream. Now, the dream has become a reality. Yes, there’s an high-tech skateboard without wheels ready to hit the skateboard parks of the world.

The Hendo hoverboard rides about one inch off the ground. The prototype is real and it works. It is not a matter of defying gravity; it’s pure science instead. As your weight transfers to the board, you feel a light springy bounce, and you’re immediately bouncing on air.

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"Surfs Like a Girl": a Bethany Hamilton biopic

Bethany Hamilton: she surfs like a girl | Photo: ASP

World surfing hero Bethany Hamilton will be featured in “Surfs Like A Girl,” a two-part biopic scheduled for 2015.

Surf filmmaker Aaron Lieber is a busy man. The director from Southern California is preparing to launch the “untold story” of Bethany Hamilton, a pro surfer who has been inspiring millions of youngsters.

Today, Bethany Hamilton is a brand. When she is the water, she rips and wins competitions. When she’s on firm land, the Hawaiian sells books, films and products.

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Ben Skinner is the King of the Longboard 2014

Ben Skinner: style is everything in longboarding | Photo: ASP/Gonzalez

Ben Skinner won the King of the Longboard 2014, at Playa de Somo, Cantabria, Spain.

The ASP Europe sanctioned specialty event combined both performance and classic longboard styles in long peeling two-to-four foot waves, at Ribamontan al Mar.

The innovative format saw Ben Skinner displaying a full array of manoeuvres including hang-tens, drop-knee turns and amazing foot work. The British longboarder finished the event with 32.35 points, ahead of Aurelien Meynieux and Alberto Fernandez.

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The 2014 ASP World Tour title scenarios

Mick Fanning: putting the pressure on Gabriel Medina | Photo: ASP/Cestari

The Portuguese event at Supertubos changed the look of the 2014 ASP World Tour title race. Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning are eyeing glory at Pipeline, but Kelly Slater is still playing the winners’ game.

Once again, it’s all down to Pipe. Fanning and Medina have both won three events during the season, but the Brazilian is traveling to the Oahu’s North Shore in the first place with 56,550 points, against the Australian’s 53,100 points. Kelly has 50,050 points.

The Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 will be surfed between December 8th-20th, in Hawaii, and we all know the math by now. Let’s take a look at the numbers:

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Mick Fanning wins the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014

Mick Fanning: pitted in Supertubos | Photo: ASP/Poullenot

Mick Fanning has conquered the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, at Supertubos, Peniche. The Australian beated Jordy Smith in the final heat.

After a pair of low-scoring semis, it was quickly clear that the Final promised to be a different kind of party. Again, Mick Fanning was out of the gate first, getting a quick tube for a 5.67 to start.

Fanning’s next wave topped that: When Jordy Smith backed off of a left under priority, Fanning pulled in high and tight for a technical ride capped with wrapping turns for a 9.00.

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The 2014 ASP World Tour will be decided in Pipeline

John John Florence: Perfect 10 in Supertubos | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

The 2014 ASP World Tour champion will be decided at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, in Hawaii. Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater are out of the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Shifty five-to-eight foot barreling waves sent the world title race to Pipeline. Joel Parkinson, who also lost his Round 3 heat, is mathematically out of the equation.

Gabriel Medina was the first to fall. With just minutes remaining on the clock, the Brazilian had the opportunity to overtake Simpson, but he left the water after his final wave before the time had run down, thinking he had the score for the win. Critical mistake.

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