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WSL : Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal Day Two

Only the final six heats of Round 2 were completed yesterday at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal after a dropping swell and variable winds made conditions at Supetubos marginal. It might not have been pretty, but it sure was serious. For many of the surfers who competed this afternoon a heat win could mean the difference between requalification or ...

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WSL : MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Day One

World Title contenders Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo and Julian Wilson all progressed to Round 3 on the opening day the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. While Medina and Wilson progressed with little trouble, Toledo’s first Round 1 loss meant he had to win a sudden death matchup in Round 2 late in the day. “I feel after the results in ...

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WSL : Title Talk in Peniche

The waiting period for the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Stop No. 10 on the Championship Tour) will kick off today at Supertubos and run through October 27. Mid afternoon yesterday Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, Julian Wilson, Frederico Morais, Ryan Callinan, Vasco Ribeiro and Miguel Blanco gathered for the scheduled press conference. The Title race took center stage. Julian Wilson WSL ...

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Freesurfing in France

Direct from France’s beachbreaks, this all-action edit, featuring Jordy Smith, Michel Bourez and a handful more of the world’s best surfers, is as fresh as it gets. It doesn’t take long to amass A-grade clips when you’ve got guys like Jordy Smith, Michel Bourez and Leo Fioravanti stalking the line-up, hungry for a few green walls to themselves. So, here ...

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WSL : Wilson and Conlogue Win in France

In a fog delayed and dramatic Final of the Quik Pro France, Julian Wilson defeated Ryan Callinan to reignite his World Title campaign. Wilson came from behind to stop the injury replacement’s giant-killing spree, using his aerial wizardry throughout a compelling day of professional surfing. Needing a big score late in the Final, the Australian launched a huge backside rotation, ...

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WSL : Medina Pounces in France

After Ryan Callinan had added intrigue to the World Title race with his victory over Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina took no time in making his move. Medina’s victory over Wiggolly Dantas means the 2014 World Champion is now just two heat wins away from claiming the Jeep Leader Jersey for the first time in 2018. “As I entered the water ...

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WSL : Quik Pro France

In the dying light of an epic day of performance surfing, Filipe Toledo came back from an early Round 1 loss to supercharge his World Title tilt. His late clutch display capped 14 heats of radical surfing, held across two banks in magical conditions that only France can offer. It all kicked off rather slowly. After a seven day wait, ...

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Made in Ireland : Part Three

In Chapter Three of Made In Ireland, we meet the expats who left home to live amid the foul weather and epic waves of Ireland, and who’ve helped put Irish big-wave surfing on the map.   “There are very few people who will endure that kind of hardship,” Irish surfer Conor Maguire says of his mates who uprooted from their homelands ...

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Red Bull Airborne Highlights

Josh Kerr ran the inaugural Red Bull Airborne France yesterday from start to finish and within four hours an event champ was crowned. Yago Dora came out on top in a 6-man Final against Griffin Colapinto, Jack Freestone, Kalani David, Matt Meola and Eithan Osborne. After 7 heats, 58 airs were completed. In an effort to encourage the athletes to ...

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The “Falling Rocks” Project

An abandoned quarry provides the perfect wakeboarding playground for Dominik Hernler, Felix Georgii and Parks Bonifay to session in Falling Rocks. Wakeboarder Dominik Hernler spends much of his time out of his Austrian homeland to hone his skills, but he likes nothing better than coming back for all the home comforts he grew up with. His home province of Carinthia ...

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WSL : Gilmore inches closer to title

After a narrow Round 1 victory in the Roxy Pro France, Stephanie Gilmore is now four heat wins away from winning a 7th World Title in Hossegor. While that sounds simple enough, Lakey Peterson’s performance in the heat after Gilmore’s showed she is determined to play her part in this epic race. “It’s all about the rivalry and the drama,” ...

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Wakeboarding through Icebergs

Russian wakeboarder Nikita Martyanov overcomes project hurdles to soar over the moving ice. Martyanov has undertaken his greatest project yet after travelling over to Greenland to wakeboard through the polar icebergs. Here is all you need to know: – Martyanov is known for his daredevil wakeboard stunts in cool projects such as Ice Wake and Way Out in his native ...

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Made in Ireland : Part Two

In chapter two of Made In Ireland, you’ll have a front row seat for one of the biggest days of the year at Mullaghmore, and an inside look at the minds of the surfers who charge it. Last week, we introduced you to the Torchbearers of Irish surfing, some of whom have been obsessed with riding Ireland’s cold yet world-class ...

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WSL : Medina on a Mission

How good is Gabriel Medina in France? Practically unbeatable. With three victories to his credit, he’s made the final of the Quiksilver Pro France five times in the last seven years. He has an astounding 80.5% winning percentage at Hossegor, winning 33 of 41 heats over the course of his career. He’s never finished outside of the quarterfinals. That should ...

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WSL : Can Gilmore be the Greatest?

Stephanie Gilmore can wrap her arms around history at the Roxy Pro France next week. On her campaign for a record-tying seventh title, a win in Hossegor would clinch it. The math is simple. If Gilmore wins the contest, which gets underway next week, she wins the 2018 World Title and there’s nothing World No. 2 Lakey Peterson can do ...

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Matt Bromley : Home Break goes XXL

Matt Bromley is one of the world best big wave surfers. He’s caught monster waves at Jaws in Hawaii, Mavericks in California, Nias in Indonesia and more off Irelands rugged coast alongside the world best, but it will be the session this weekend (Saturday 22 September 2018) at his home break within paddling distance from his bedroom window that will ...

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WSL : Quik / Roxy Pro France Preview

Stephanie Gilmore is chasing history in France. The 2018 Title is within her reach, and winning it means much more than a trophy. Steph will cement her legacy as the best surfer in the modern era if she wins her 7th World Title. The only person who can stop her is American Lakey Peterson, who is as close to her ...

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Made in Ireland : Part One

In Chapter One of the Made In Ireland documentary, you’ll get to meet the people who put board-riding on the Emerald Isle’s map and find out how they’re taking it to the next level. The Made In Ireland documentary (from Irish filmmaker Mikey Corker) brings us the true story of Irish surfing, from its beginnings with Barry Britton to its ...

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Nazaré Sessions : Looking Back

As big wave season looms at Nazaré, filmer Alex Laurel looks back on Andrew Cotton, Lucas ‘Chumbo’ Chianca and Hugo Vau’s massive moments from the 2017–18 season. “I was all or nothing,” British big-wave surfer Andrew Cotton says of his wipeout heard around the world on November 8, 2017. “I just had this weightless feeling for what seemed like way ...

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Jake Paterson : Flipping The Script

Jake Paterson wasn’t the most talented surfer on the Championship Tour during his competitive years. He never won a world title like his greatest rival Andy Irons, but he was consistently beating Andy in big moments. (Though Paterson’s most memorable win was actually at The Pipe Masters in 1998, a last second buzzerbeater victory over Andy’s brother, Bruce Irons). What ...

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