Despite losing in final, Slater takes overall lead in ASP title chase.
Once Kelly Slater reaches a final, engravers usually start etching his name into the trophy. But Adrian "Ace" Buchan managed to defeat Slater at the Billabong Pro Tahiti with some deep pits that the 11-time ASP WCT champ couldn't match. It wasn't all bad news for Slater. His second place finish at Teahupoo gave him enough points to overtake the lead in the race for the title with four events left to go.
Parko gets his first win of the 2013 ASP season in barreling surf at Keramas.
After his perfect heat in the fifth round of the Oakley Pro Bali, it started to feel that Joel Parkinson might be due. The defending ASP world champion had two 13th place finishes early in the season so if he wanted to regain the title he was going to have to start winning soon. Parkinson did exactly that in Bali, outpointing Michel Bourez in the final for his first ASP tour victory of the year. Parkinson's win propelled him to third place in the world rankings, while Mick Fanning's quarterfinal appearance helped him move into the overall lead ahead of Kelly Slater.
As the Billabong Pro Tahiti approaches, the two surfers focus intensifies.
Surfers Jordy Smith and C.J. Hobgood are at two very different stages in their careers. Smith is still relatively new to the ASP world tour and is squarely in the hunt for a world title. Hobgood is nearing the end of his pro surfing career. But both are still hungry. Hungry for contest success, hungry for video clips, hungry to be the best surfers they can be. The second episode of 21 Days, follows Hobgood and Smith as they wrap up the US Open of Surfing and prepare for the next stop on the ASP world tour in Tahiti.
Burrow defeats Julian Wilson in one of the best finals on the ASP World Tour this year
With the likes of Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Jordy Smith, and more
When the waves are flat surfers sometimes struggle to find activities that don't get themselves in trouble. Thankfully, we've been having a damn good run of surf on the East Coast recently (thanks Joaquin!). But pro surfers Josh Kerr and Noa Deane were left with a flatness conundrum recently, and they made the most of it behind a boat. Check out that alley-oop transfer Kerrzy nails at the end!
El Niño has already been extremely giving (or violent, depending upon how you look at it) to the Pacific coastlines this winter. But over the weekend a massive swell lit up every big wave spot from Hawaii to California to Mexico and everywhere in between.
With that, Jaws lit up, the Todos Santos Big Wave Challenge went down, and Waimea Bay was completely shut down. Get caught up on one of the most adrenaline-packed weekends in big wave surfing to ever go down.