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Rincon Drones: Dane Reynolds, Conner Coffin & Crew

 

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A seagull’s perspective of the Queen

 
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“Down Days” Trailer: Featuring The Gudauskas Brothers

 

“Your guide and journey to some of the best places on the planet.” –Tanner Gudauskas

 
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Dinner For Deux

Dane Reynolds and Ando explore Hossegor in Quiksilver’s latest short film
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SURFERMag.com: Talking Single Fins with Rob Machado

SURFER: What got you into riding single-fins?
Rob: The first time I went to Al Merrick’s house when I was 16 or 17. He had this photo on his wall from the ‘70s of a bunch of dudes with the coolest looking boards I had ever seen. From that day on, every time I went to Al’s house I would beg him to make me just one of those boards. At the time Al was so focused on progressing the sport, he would just laugh at me and say, “Oh Robert…we’ve already done that.” But I never gave up and I kept asking and asking until one day his glasser called me and said, “We have this single-fin here that Al shaped for you.” I was so excited. I felt like I was 12 again, and I was picking up my first custom board. I rode that board for months and months. That was the beginning for me.
What’s the best part of surfing on single-fins?
The best part about riding a board like that is the paddle-ibility (making up words here). You can get into waves so early and draw such a different line than a standard thruster. Just watch old footage of guys like Gerry back in the day at Pipe. Their boards were so thick, they got into waves super early and drew such a different line. Especially compared to how Pipeline is surfed today. Take a guy like John John. It would be really interesting to measure the volume of a board that John John rides at 10-foot Pipe compared to a board Gerry rode at 10-foot Pipe. I bet the difference would be mind blowing. But it’s all relevant when you see how differently their approach to the wave is. To me they are both equally impressive. Both take an exceptional amount of skill.
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Ramon Navarro Surfs New Big Wave Spot in Chile

Ramon’s had his eye on this Central Chilean beast for several years now. Finally, the weather and swell came together and the crew got to see the full potential of this left hand gem. Rest assured–they’re glued to their swell models and will be returning with the next sizable storm on the map.

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Jordy Smith in Portugal Free

Free surfs, post Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

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Conner Coffin Board Blog: Fred Rubble Step Up

Conner:
The other day I picked up my Hawaii quiver and came over to ride a few of them to warm up for Haleiwa. This one is a 6’2″ 18 1/2 2 1/4 Fred rubble step up. It has a five fin future set up. I’ve ridden this board the last few days in some smaller Haleiwa conditions and it works insane. Super fast and super maneuverable even in shoulder to head high waves. Can’t wait to ride it in some 4 foot Haleiwa!
More blogs and photos and videos and other neat things on Young Wise Tails
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Pat Curren Wins 2013 Gromsearch Nationals

The much-anticipated Rip Curl GromSearch National Final presented by mophie capped off an amazing season with pumping surf at the famed cobble stone point break. A clean 2- to 4-foot combo swell poured into the Upper Trestles line up providing highly rippable conditions for the nations best 16 and under talent. Sixty-four regional qualifying competitors from across the East Coast, Barbados, California, and the Hawaiian Islands comprised the draw and at the end of the day four young surfers reigned victorious! Not only was $500 up for grabs for each division winner, but also an all expense paid trip to Bells Beach, AUS to compete in the International GromSearch Final held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro 2014.
In the dying moments of the premiere Boys 16 & under division, the biggest set of the heat approached. Griffin Colapinto and Pat Curren needed solid scores for the win and both found themselves in position. Colapinto was awarded 8.5 points for an impeccably ridden wave to jump to the lead. Curren answered back by hammering three solid back hand snaps and rode the wave to shore. With father Tom on the beach arms raised he knew the victory was going to his son, Patrick. The score was just enough and Pat Curren was crowned the 2013 RCGS National Champ! This was Curren’s first major win and he is headed to Australia to compete against the best groms in the world for an International GromSearch title.
“I think what helped me to do well in this event was trying to have fun & perform, while also trying to stay focused and keeping a positive mind set,” Curren remarked on what lead him to victory. “My goal is to keep progressing in what I love doing.”
Kei Kobayashi came up short to Curren and Colapinto, taking 3rd in the Boys 16/under final, but he did not walk away empty handed, nailing the ‘mophie Manuever of the Event,’ for an inverted air reverse he stuck smoothly in an earlier round heat. mophie hooked up Kobayashi with $100 in one dollar bills stuffed into a custom Rip Curl backpack as well as an assortment of mophie goods. Rounding out the final in 4th was the always-stylish San Clemente local, Colin Deveze.
On the girl’s side, it was another nail-biting finish. In both the Boys and Girls 16/under finals, the winning score was announced while the competitors stood on the sand in anticipation. Coming from behind to take the Girls 16/under National Title was Oahu’s, Brisa Hennessy. The young 13-year-old, while small in stature, surfed smart, smooth, and powerful while connecting multiple maneuvers, which lead her to the last minute victory over fellow Oahu surfer and runner-up Bailey Nagy. Hennessy will be joining Curren as the North America representatives at this year’s RCGS International Championship.
“I can’t describe how much this means to me to compete in an International event for the first time,” an exuberant Hennessy proclaimed, “Especially going to Bells, such an iconic venue, which is a great opportunity for me to meet my heroes and walk down the stairs through surf history.”
Rounding out the final was Malia Osterkamp who ripped her way to a 3rd place finish, and the young Floridian star, Caroline Marks, in 4th.
In the Boys 14/under division, Ewa Beach, Oahu local Kaulana Apo continued the Hawaiians’ strong presence in the GromSearch scene. Apo absolutely dismantled his competition in every heat, his smooth backhand hook tearing apart numerous Uppers walls. Apo was the clear standout and will be a top contender for next year’s 16/under division. The electric performance by South Carolina’s Luke Gordon ushered him into the runner-up spot, the fine surfing of Nolan Rapoza garnered him 3rd place, and finishing 4th was John Mel.
In the youngest but brightest division, the Boys 12/under, the super groms showed up and blew up! Lead by the committed and radical surfing of champion Eithan Obourne, the youngsters surfed well beyond their years. Runner up went to North Shore, Oahu local and the grom with the biggest smile, Wyatt McHale, 3rd to East Coast’s Stevie Pittman, and finishing 4th was the young powerhouse, Bo Raynor.
Rip Curl would like to thank all of our amazing co-sponsors that make the GromSearch series possible. A special shout out to the presenting sponsor, mophie, as well as Smith Optics, Kicker Audio, Futures Fins, Waterman’s Applied Science, Banzai Bowls, Hubert’s Lemonade, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, and our media partners Surfline.com and Surfing Magazine. Thanks to all the parents for supporting our series and showing up to all our qualifying events. We will see you again next year when we kick off the series in early summer in Huntington Beach!
Check out all GromSearch updates and information as well as post-event results, photos, and videos at ripcurl.com/gromsearch.
OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM NATIONAL FINALS OF THE RIP CURL GROMSEARCH PRESENTED BY MOPHIE
Boys 16/Under
1st – Pat Curren 12.00 ($500)
2nd – Griffin Colapinto 11.17
3rd – Kei Kobayashi 10.00
4th – Colin Deveze 7.23
Girls 16/Under
1st – Brisa Hennessy 10.37 ($500)
2nd – Bailey Nagy 9.74
3rd – Malia Osterkamp 8.83
4th – Caroline Marks 7.97
Boys 14/Under
1st – Kaulana Apo 13.70 ($500)
2nd – Luke Gordon 11.84
3rd – Nolan Rapoza 10.83
4th – John Mel 9.53
Boys 12/Under
1st – Eithan Osbourne 12.63 ($500)
2nd – Wyatt McHale 11.94
3rd – Stevie Pittman 10.73
4th – Bo Raynor 6.74

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Kalani Robb | For What It’s Worth

Video: Kalani and Teddy Navarro
Edit: Aaron Lieber
Kalani Robb, along with friend and GoPro advocate, Mr. Teddy Navaro, capture clips on their new Hero 3+ close to home. Robo grabs a few spray cans and adds his flair to Kalani’s three-piece quiver. In the end, filmmaker Aaron Lieber stacks the clips in a palatable order. Now, we watch.

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Demofest at Seaside Reef: November 2

Join Surfride.com this weekend and demo the latest CI Surfboard models. Peaky 2-4ft waves are on the forecast!
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