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Sessions : World Tour Free surfs Uluwatu

When the WSL announced that they would be completing the Margaret River event at Bali’s Uluwatu, immediately after the contest at Keramas, we knew we were in for a show – and this is the proof. You can thank the unruly sharks of Western Australia. At the beginning of 2018, the WSL’s men and women were already beyond excited when ...

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Lee Wilson : King of Bali’s Free Surf Scene

In the high octane waves of Bali, Lee Wilson stands atop the totem when it comes to radical ripping and progressive performance. Not afraid to lay waste to his equipment, and far from scared of hurting himself, time and again the half-Indonesian, half-Australian natural footer throws himself into serious slabs. You might remember Wilson as our Balinese tour guide in ...

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No Contest : Hawaii’s North Shore

Mind your manners, pack your biggest boards and book a ticket to the Pacific, because here comes the Hawaiian instalment of No Contest. Surfing’s spiritual home has a ferocious reputation built as much on mythology as on heavy water, so for our final episode of No Contest in 2018 we enlisted our friends at Stab to take a deeper look ...

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WSL : Medina Claims Title

In dominating fashion Gabriel Medina has won the 2018 World Title and the Billabong Pipe Masters. Clinching the World Title in the Semis, Medina kept the ball rolling beating rival Julian Wilson in a hard-fought Final; a repeat match up from the 2014 Pipe Masters, where Wilson won the event and Medina the Title. “I think winning Pipe is the ...

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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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