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Winter Solstice in Australia

June 25th, 2010 by John Zanussi

Up here in the Northern Hemisphere we were just given the gift of the official start of summer a few days ago. Down south, way down south, the seasons are opposite and they were just handed the beginning of winter. If you’re in Australia, specifically on the Gold Coast you know that with the cold winter weather there’s also been some excellent waves the past week or so. More »

Events, Features, Photo Bang, Surf Movies

Castles in the Sky World Premiere

May 7th, 2010 by John Zanussi

  Let me start off by saying that Tuesday night’s premiere of Castles in the Sky was amazing. Big ups to everyone at New York Surf Film Festival, Reel Sessions and VAS Entertainment for putting on such a sick event. The first of three sold out screenings of the night was at 8pm, but an hour earlier everyone started piling into Tribeca Cinemas to enjoy complimentary drinks and hang out. The crowd was made up of a pretty random collection of people, including, of course, Taylor Steele and some of his crew, local surfers, press, and a handful of 6 foot plus model chics in heels that were called over from a local modeling agency. The film started out with a 15 minute clip of behind the scene footage showing some of the hectic happenings that went into making Castles in the Sky. One thing that stood out was the part in India where the van they were driving was forced off the road by a large truck and sent into a ditch smashing into a tree. Without giving away too much info, apart from a few stitches and a concussion or two, the guys made it out okay. The whole 15 minute behind the scenes part will be including as an extra feature on the DVD. The actual movie was somewhat different then other surf movies. It was more of a tale of the travels to remote places around the world with surfing parts in between. Taylor and his crew traveled to places like Iceland, Vietnam, Africa, Peru, and India. While watching, I kept feeling the same way I felt the first time I watched the classic Endless Summer. Simply put, both movies are all about exploration.  The combination of amazing surfing from the likes of Rob Machado, Dave Rastovich, Dane Reynolds and Jordy Smith and an amazing look into the local culture and lifestyle of the places they traveled to makes this film one of Steele’s best. After the film, a Q & A was held with Taylor and his crew, of which I had the pleasure to ask him a couple of questions in front of everyone. We will have some of those questions and answers in another feature on SURFBANG in a few days. More »

Contests, Photo Bang, Photography

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 1 Photos

April 6th, 2010 by John Zanussi

  The first two rounds of the 2nd event of the year are completed, so let’s take a look back at some shots of the first round before round three kicks off. The wave conditions haven’t been what we expect from Bells, but I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been interesting so far. Over the past few days, the pros have really showed us why they are the best surfers in the world. Even in 2-3 foot slop, we’ve seen nothing but spectacular surfing from the competitors. They will be making the call for Round 3 to start at 5PM EDT. Head on over to the contest’s website for updates and to watch live. More »

Features, Photo Bang, Photography, Swell Events

March Madness Comes To An End

April 5th, 2010 by John Zanussi

March came in like a lion and certainly went out like one. This past month went down as the wettest month on record on Long Island, dropping almost 10 inches of rain in some areas. A couple of nor’easters and a few other low pressure systems brought not only rain and wind to the area, but also some of the best days of waves we’ve seen in a while. It was truly madness. Earlier in the month we saw a huge storm that took down trees and left people without power for days but, damn, we’re the waves pumping. To continue the madness of March, we got slammed by another storm in the closing days of the month, leaving us with a lot of rain and a lot of waves. More »

Features, Photo Bang, Swell Events

Lions March In: Nor’easter Slams New York

March 16th, 2010 by John Zanussi

This past weekend saw one hell of a storm in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. A severe Nor’easter swept up the coast and slammed Long Island all day Saturday and into Sunday dumping inches of rain and producing winds of up to 75mph. I guess we got a little tast of what it would be like if a weak Category 1 Hurricane rolled through the area. Most of Long Island was without power all day Sunday and will be for a few more days. There were down trees, telephone poles, and wires all over causing some neighborhoods to look like a disaster area. The ocean was mean and angry on Saturday with severe storm conditions and early Sunday was much of the same. As the wind turned and went more offshore, it cleaned up a little bit and if you were ballsy enough to paddle out and battle the insane drift, there were some bombs to be had. More »

Contests, Photo Bang

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Wrap Up & Photos

March 4th, 2010 by John Zanussi

  Well, the first contest of the year is over and done with and we have a new number one surfer in the rankings. His name, Taj Burrow, and with this win, it makes three in a row for the 13 year veteran. Taj took down the last contest of the 2009 season, at the Pipeline Masters and more recently won the 4-Star WQS Breaka Burleigh Pro, just over a week ago. The way he’s been surfing is just insane and it’s going to be interesting to see how long he can hold that number one spot for. The rest of the contest saw some real sick heats and a few unlikely upsets during the middle rounds. Most of last year’s top 10 were out by the time the quarters rolled around. Damien Hobgood, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater all lost their Rond 4 heats. CJ was out in Round 3 with a loss to Daniel Ross, and in the quarters, Adriano went down against Taj, and Parko lost to Dane. Along with the top guys out, all the Snapper Rock local’s were out too, and Parko wasn’t too happy about it. After his loss, Parko said, “It’s a bit of a bummer because the local boys have had kind of a strangle hold on the event at Snapper and to lose that is a little bit depressing I guess but next year for sure we’ll be back,”. One of the most amazing heats I’ve seen in a while was that quarter final heat between Parko and Dane Reynolds. Both guys stepped up their level of surfing and were laying down some serious maneuvers. Parko had two high 8’s but he just couldn’t catch up to Dane who’s top two scoring waves were a 9.27 and 9.93. Dane went on to face Jody in the semis, but couldn’t find his grove throughout the heat and let Jordy take the win. While we’re at it, let’s give it up to Jordy Smith. The guy is really starting to figure out how to compete and it is obviously paying off for him. I love seeing the younger guys fight their way through the contest and get good results. Jordy took down some big names, including the one and only, nine times world champ, Kelly Slater, in Round 4 and then knocked off Bede Durbidge in the quarters. It really looked like he was going to take down Taj in the finals, as he had a couple good scores and Taj had only 1 low scoring wave for a while, but Taj picked off a couple nicer set waves and ran away with the heat. If you missed any of the contest, you can watch all the heats on demand on the contest’s website and we will be posting highlights in the videos section. The next contest of the year is the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia and the waiting period starts on March 30th. For the complete list of this year’s contests click here and make sure to keep up on SURFBANG for more updates. More »

Features, Photo Bang

Photo Bang: Caught-Outside Photography

March 3rd, 2010 by John Zanussi

  New Jersey local and main dude of Caught-Outside Photography, John-Austin Catero really knows where to point a camera lens. In this edition of the “Photo Bang”, we are featuring some of John’s favorite photos of his recent work. This sick set of shots features everything from some of NJ’s local talent tearing shit up to classic empty waves and even a few artsy blur shots. My personal favorite of the bunch is number 8, it’s such a sick maneuver on a beauty of a dirty Jerz right hander. Tell us you favorite shot in the comments. More »

Features, Photo Bang

Photo Bang: Northeast Sessions

February 15th, 2010 by John Zanussi

SURFBANG is super excited to choose Northeast Sessions as our first Photo Bang feature, ever. NY local, Greg Heine is the man behind camera and he’s been pumping out some quality shots these past few years. He sent us his 12 favorite shots from locations including New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Costa Rica. Check out the full gallery. More »

Photo Bang

Photo Bang: Test Post

May 8th, 2009 by John Zanussi

  this is a test post where we will feature a photographer….. More »


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