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Mick Fanning Training for J-Bay

July 9th, 2010 by John Zanussi

With the J-Bay contest less then a week away, a lot of the pros have already arrived in South Africa to settle in and get in some sessions before the actual competition starts. Now with Parko out of the equation, I’m sure the idea of winning this event has opened up to the whole field of competitors. Here is Mick getting some waves in before he leaves for South Africa. More »

Watch and Download Reef’s Cancer to Capricorn Video

June 17th, 2010 by John Zanussi

Reef’s latest surf flick Cancer to Capricorn: The Path of the Modern Gypsy, premiered this past April at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California and now you can watch and download it for free. More »

Barney Miller and Friends

April 29th, 2010 by John Zanussi

At the age of 19, Barney Miller was an upcoming surfer in Australia and making a living owning his own white water rafting business. In 1998, he was in a horrible car accident that almost killed him resulting him being a quadriplegic. Once you make surfing a part of your life, no matter what happens to you, it will always remain a part of your life and you will do everything you can to get in the water and catch a few waves. Luckily for Barney, he’s got a lot of people that care for him, including good friend Mick […] More »

Boards, Contests

Who’s Riding What at Bells

March 30th, 2010 by John Zanussi

  Thanks to the internet we are getting all sorts of looks at what the pros are choosing to ride for each contest. Over the past week or so, we’ve been seeing a few guys or their sponsors post pictures and dimensions of some of the boards they might be ridding in the upcoming contest at Bells Beach. More »

Owen Wright Wins Boost Surf Sho

March 15th, 2010 by John Zanussi

Owen Wright takes down Mick Fanning, Jordy Smith, Josh Kerr, Cooper Chapman, and Chippa Wilson in the final. Winning the Air contest and $25,000, Wright just blew up Bondi Beach and took the contest by his tricky aerial maneuvers. Check out SURFBANG’s post for more info about the Boost Surf Sho. More »

Contests

Boost Mobile Surf Sho

March 11th, 2010 by John Zanussi

  The first international surf competition to take place at Bondi Beach, Australia in 20 years is happening this weekend thanks to Boost Mobile Surf Sho presented by Samsung. This isn’t going to be your regular surf contest, it is an all out aerial show event and there will be some big names blasting airs trying to win the first place $30,000 prize. Among the 32 competitors will be none other then Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith and Mick Fanning so be prepared for a great event. Along with the contest, there will be a live concert and a bunch of huge giveaways. The event takes place March 12th – 14th, so if you’re in Australia and close to Bondi Beach, you should definitely go check it out. If you can’t be there, they will be streaming the contest live on the web on the event’s website. More »

Events

Help Chile with a Donation to Save The Waves Coalition

March 11th, 2010 by John Zanussi

  Save The Waves is a non-profit organization, similar to Surfrider, that sets out to help preserve the surfing coastline and marine environment. With the devastating earthquake in Chile, a few weeks ago, Save The Waves has a team of people at the epicenter helping out with relief efforts. They have also sent doctors and medics along with supplies down to Chile to help out. Save The Waves is taking donations and every little bit helps. If you want to do your part and help out the people in need, you can donate on Save The Waves’ website. More »

Red Bull Project Air: First Skate Session

February 16th, 2010 by John Zanussi

Here’s the first video of the Red Bull surf team experimenting with the new Project Air. Pro surfers tweaking existing tricks and experimenting new ones on special made skate vert ramps and foam pits. More »

Technology

Red Bull Project Air

February 16th, 2010 by John Zanussi

  For the first time ever, the Red Bull surf team has built a skateboard aerial training facility specifically for surfers. They’ve set up shop in Lennox Head,  NSW, Australia for a two week aerial camp for a handful of pros including: Mick Fanning, Jordy Smith, Shane Beschen, Michel Bourez, Sally Fitzgibbons, Julian Wilson, and Sofia Mulanovich. The concept behind the project is to let the surfers expand their tricks by experimenting and trying different techniques in an controlled environment out of the water. The “surf bowl” is built to fit surf style moves with different right and left ramps called “breaking points”, that send the surfers into a foam pit. Along with the ramps and foam pits, there are a number of aerial skateboard coaches there to guide them with their different styles and different tweaks on their approach on tricks. This allows the surfers to perfect old tricks and attempt new ones, that in the water would normally take months or even years to accomplish. “I’m psyched, the future of surfing is definitely going to be more about fully, functional aerials and functional air combinations” said Jordy. Red Bull has really made an impact in all action sports these past few years and it is awesome to see them thinking out of the box for ways to keep progressing surfing as a sport. You can keep up with the project on Red Bull’s blog, where they have been posting daily updates. SURFBANG has video of the first skate session of the project, watch it here. More »

Contests, Features

Vans Triple Crown Announces Record $1,000,000 Prize

November 11th, 2009 by John Zanussi

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is making history this year, by announcing the Triple Crown total prize purse will be  total of $1,000,000. This makes it the largest prize amount ever on the ASP World Tour. This prestigious Hawaiian series of events has more than 150 surfers from 17 different nations battling it out with a chance to win all that cash. The first event kicks off tomorrow, November 12, at Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore. The Vise President of Marketing at Vans, Doug Palladini, said “2009 has been an incredible year for pro surfing and this Hawaii showdown will be a fitting finale. Vans has a 43-year history of giving back to action sports and I can think of no better way to carry on that tradition than with the Triple Threat bonus purse. On behalf of all the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing staff, our event partners Billabong, Reef, O’Neill, Gidget and the ASP, we are proud to share our aloha with the talented surfers who have made the Vans Triple Crown what it is today.” Here are the extra bonus winnings for the contenders: $50,000 for the Men’s Triple Crown series champion. $50,000 for the Billabong Pipeline Masters winner. $50,000 for the ASP World Tour champion. $25,000 for the Women’s Triple Crown champion. The world tour will end this year like it does every year, at Pipeline. The race is tight and it’s going to come down to Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning in a battle for first place. The title race has not ended at Pipeline since 2006, which was between Kelly Slater and Andy Irons, where Kelly went on to win and take down his 8th world title. Slater was last year’s world champ and also last year’s Pipeline champ. The events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing: Reef Hawaiian Pro (Men) – Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, Nov, 12-23 Vans Hawaiian Pro (Women) – Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, Nov, 17-23 Gidget Pro Sunset Beach (Women) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6 ONeill World Cup of Surfing (Men) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6 Billabong Pro Maui (Women) – Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 Billabong Pipeline Masters (Men) – Banzai Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 Catch the series live at triplecrownofsurfing.com Hawaii residents will be able to watch the events right in their own homes on the Oceanic Time Warner Cable airing each day of competition live on channel 250. The Billabong Pipeline Masters also will air live on national television on Fuel TV. More »

Contests

Mick Fanning Wins the Rip Curl Pro Search 2009 in Portugal

October 29th, 2009 by John Zanussi

  Fanning wins his second Rip Curl Search (1st in 2005) against Bede Durbidge. The contest location in Portugal is known for it’s hollow long barrels called Supertubos, similar to Pipeline. Round 3 and the Quarter-finals had the best waves of the event with the large swell. The Semi-finals and Finals had a drop in swell but good enough to see the top three guys battle it out until to the end. In the Semi-finals was Joel vs Bede and Mick vs Owen (wild-card and up and coming star to the ASP Tour next year). Bede won with a 14.60 over Joel’s 13.27 and Mick automatically advanced to the Final by Owen perforating his eardrum in the Quarter-finals against Damien.  Mick won the heat and the contest with a 12.67 over Bede’s 9.87. With this win, Mick is sitting in a pretty good spot for his second world title going into the last event at Pipeline. Joel is still and the only one left in the title race with Mick but needing a 3rd or better at Pipe depending on what Mick does to win. If Mick gets a 2nd or 1st, he clinches the world title. Here are the facts… – Fanning finishes 33rd through a 9th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 3rd or better to overtake. – Fanning finishes 5th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 2nd or better to overtake. – Fanning finishes 3rd at Pipeline, Parkinson needs win the event to overtake. – Fanning finishes 2nd or better at Pipeline, he will clinch the 2009 ASP World Title. Fanning said. “I’m super pumped. I’m going to go home and relax for a couple of weeks and get ready for Pipe. Hopefully we get some big barrels like we did here and we have a real showdown.” “In a few days when all the dust settles I’ll look back and see that I have come off the ankle injury and a few bad results, so just to get a third and back into form is a huge confidence boost,” Parkinson said. “There is not a great deal of points between me and Mick coming into Pipe so it’s still anybody’s to win.” This is going to be an exciting finish to the ASP World Tour 2009 at the Billabong Pipeline Masters Dec. 8th-20th, to see who will be crown Champion. Check out some pictures from the event at Portugal. More »

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