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WSL : Medina makes Statement at Pipe Masters

World No. 1 Gabriel Medina did exactly what he needed to do on the opening day of the Billabong Pipe Masters. He won the heat and put fellow Title contenders Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo on notice that he’s come to Hawaii with one thing on his mind: A second World Title. In blustery conditions, a steep north swell pushed ...

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Nazaré : A November to Remember

Two huge and perfect swells ushered in the beginning of big-wave season at Nazaré and the surfers put on an epic show that we won’t be forgetting in a hurry – check out the video footage right here.   Surfers like Kai Lenny, Lucas ‘Chumbo’ Chianca and Natxo Gonzalez were leaving everyone stunned as they attempted to outrun XXL bombs ...

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WSL : Bring on the Title Race

After a year of traversing the world, chasing waves and battling through heats, the 2018 World Title has come down to a three-man race to be decided at the upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters. What happens next is anything but a foregone conclusion. Fronting the rankings, Gabriel Medina is in control of the narrative, while Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo, who ...

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Kai Lenny : JAWS

When one of the biggest swells hit Peahi on November 26, 2018, Kai Lenny relied on all his prior experience as a waterman to take the challenge head-on. Witness his standout performance at massive Jaws on November 26th, 2018.

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Sessions : The Tubefest of Desert Point

The world’s most perfect reef rolls out the barrels as Leonardo Fioravanti, Lee Wilson, Chris Ward and friends dine out in style. Scoring perfect waves at Desert Point in Indonesia is up there with death and taxes as one of life’s certainties, and infinitely more pleasurable an experience to boot. While the trek from Bali to Lombok can test your ...

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WSL : Gilmore Wins Title Number 7

Stephanie Gilmore just became the greatest surfer of her generation by winning her seventh World Title. That ties Australian legend Layne Beachley for most Women’s Titles in history — and both sit tied for second of all-time behind only Kelly Slater (11) in total Titles.

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Mark Visser : Becoming a Big Wave Warrior

Born in rural Victoria, Australia, Mark Visser didn’t slide gracefully into the surf life. In fact, when he was only three years old the water almost took his life. “I dropped a peach that I was eating into a sheep’s trough and went in after it,” told Visser when he recently spoke to the WSL. “My older brother pulled me ...

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Sessions : Immaculate Teahupo’o

Over the course of several days in October, Tahiti’s Teahupo’o produced big, flawless conditions for a collection of local and visiting pros hungry to put on a tube riding clinic. When it comes to critical waves like Tahiti’s Teahupo’o, it’s the weather conditions that greet a swell that make all the difference. At a small beachbreak, for instance, a steady ...

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WSL Big Wave Tour : Nazaré Essentials

With winter arriving in the Northern Hemisphere, the window for this season’s WSL Big Wave Tour has begun. The first stop will run on November 16 in Praia do Norte, Portugal for the third edition of the Nazaré Challenge. Nazaré is a beachbreak with unique underwater bottom contours that create the ideal conditions for big waves. A 130-mile-long canyon funnels ...

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No Contest : Diving into Europe

The latest instalment of No Contest is a deep dive into Western Europe’s incredible surfing scene, filmed right as the World Surf League rolls in to the continent. After visiting a large portion of the planet, it’s fitting the World Surf League swings through the western shores of Europe right as the world title race ramps up en route to ...

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WSL : Ferreira Wins Portugal

The World Title will be decided at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii after Brazilian Italo Ferreira defeated French surfer Joan Duru to win the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal today. A devastating display of aerial surfing resulted in heat scores of 16.10, 16.47 and 15.93 and Ferriera was easily the day’s standout performer. “It’s the best feeling ever. In ...

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WSL : Toledo exits Portugal

Filipe Toledo’s Round 3 loss yesterday has put the 2018 WSL Title Race in play for the business end in Portugal with frontrunner Gabriel Medina (BRA) able to clinch with a victory and Australian challenger Julian Wilson able to halt with a Semifinals berth. Medina, who had Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. in his corner today at Peniche, was the ...

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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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