August 2011

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Kelly Brothers Surf Irene

August 31st, 2011 by John Zanussi

Rob and Chris Kelly stayed behind when ordered to evacuate during Hurricane Irene and scored some fun waves on the backside of the storm down in New Jersey. More »

Billabong Pro Tahiti Event Highlights

August 30th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Yesterday was the final day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. If you didn’t watch any of the competition you certainly missed out because Teahupoo was pumping with some of the best waves it’s seen in a real long time. Here are some highlights from the entire event. More »


City of Long Beach Canceling the Quiksilver Pro New York? (Updated)

August 29th, 2011 by John Zanussi

The internet is currently blowing up with rumblings that the City of Long Beach is trying to pull the plug on the Quiksilver Pro New York. This past weekend most of the East Coast got smacked up by Hurricane Irene and a lot of damage took place where the competition and festival for the Quiksilver Pro New York is supposed to take place. However, early this morning, Quiksilver sent out an email and posted on their site that the event will go on as planned. Then, at 5pm today, Long Beach Patch posted a story that the City of Long Beach has canceled all the festival events (concerts and bmx, skate and motocross demos) but the surf contest would still go on. Now, at 10pm, waves of rumors are making their way across facebook and twitter that the entire event has been canceled. More »

Green Machine

August 25th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Australian filmmaker Simon Treweek got some good footage of Mikey Brennan at Shipsterns Bluff and put together this cool little edit. More »

Billabong Pro Tahiti Freesurf

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

The day before the official waiting period began for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, most all the pros participated in a free surf at Teahupoo. Here are the highlights. More »

Contests, Technology

Billabong’s Heat Analyzer

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

Every year the webcasts of the World Tour contests seem to get a little better. Whether it’s higher quality feeds, quicker replays, heats on demand, or just overall better coverage of the events, it has definitely come a long way from a few years ago. With the companies looking for new ways to get people watching the contests it’s not uncommon for them to try out new technologies. We saw it earlier in the year at the Quiksilver Pro Bells Beach when the pros had the option to wear a small GPS chip in their jerseys that tracked their every movement and speed in real-time. This time around in Tahiti, is introducing the Heat Analyzer. More »

Billabong Pro Round 1 Highlights and Round 2 Heat Matchups

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

Today was the second consecutive lay day called at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. All of round 1 was held Saturday and Teahupoo was pumping. Below are the round one results and the matchups for round two. There is a large swell forecasted for the end of the week so keep an eye on for updates. More »

Features, Projects

Handplane Goodness

August 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

I’ve been bodysurfing since before I could even surf and since then it’s stayed one of my favorite things to do in the ocean. In all my years of bodysurfing I’ve never used any sort of handplane so it’s about time I stepped my game up and tried it out. Instead of going out and buying one, I did some research on the internet, watched a few videos and then spent most of yesterday afternoon crafting two custom handplanes out of an old skateboard deck. Below are some photos from the process. More »


Happy Birthday Surfrider

August 18th, 2011 by John Zanussi

On August 17th, 1984 a non-profit foundation that helps protects the oceans and beaches around the world was created. Glenn Henning and two of his friends set out to save one of their favorite waves in Malibu, California and with their success, the Surfrider Foundation was born. In the 27 years of existence, Surfrider has grown to be a recognized name all of the world with about 80 chapters in over 15 countries. More »

Kai Neville’s Lost Atlas Available for Download in iTunes

August 18th, 2011 by John Zanussi

After the success of Modern Collective, Kai Neville is back at it again with his latest surf flick, Lost Atlas. The movie features a handful of super talented surfers surfing locations all over the globe. More »

Taj Burrow Bali Bagus

August 17th, 2011 by John Zanussi

A little clip of from Taj of Taj surfing in Bali recently. Check out the move he does right around the 2:02 mark…. More »


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