Re: Format

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finalists in the approaching lines slyder cup finless surf competition shaking hands

Surf contests; they’re funny things, aren’t they? I mean, the vast majority of surfers don’t ever compete in any sort of formal competition. Surfing is an activity that doesn’t require competition to validate it, and therefore most of us simply go surfing. The closest that we might get is when we surf a crowded peak…. Read more »

WSL Withdrawals: 2016 Starts Several Aussies Short

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surfer bede durbidge walking on the beach at Bells, photograph courtesy fox

Bede Durbidge on the beach at Bells last year.  It is hoped that he can return to competitive form in time for this year’s ‘CT event there.  Photo:  Fox Australians are internationally renowned for being passionate sports fans; sporting prowess is pretty front-and-centre in their national psyche and image, and so is surfing. The Aussie… Read more »

The Bay Calls The Day

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greg long surfing a big wave in the 2009 quiksilver in memory of eddie aikau contest at waimea bay

On Wednesday February 10th 2016 The Eddie will go. The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau has run only eight other times in its 31-year history since the winter season of 1984/85, but swell forecasters are predicting open ocean swells exceeding 20 feet to produce waves with 40 foot faces breaking in Waimea Bay on… Read more »

Risk vs. Reward: The Potential Price of Pipe

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fence covered in memorial images at ehukai beach pipe near pipeline

On the western boundary fence of Ehukai Beach Park, right where you step onto the sand and turn left to walk the short distance down the beach from the parking lot towards Pipeline, there used to be, and probably still are, a bunch of photographs attached to the wire mesh of the fence. Much like… Read more »

Letting Bruce Loose

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bruce irons surfing in pipe masters WSL surf contest

Yesterday, the WSL announced that Bruce Irons has been allocated one of the two replacement spots in the upcoming 2015 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the climactic contest of the Championship Tour dedicated to his late brother. Following the public outcry that followed his omission from the trials event last year, Bruce… Read more »