The surfing world lost a great earlier this week with the passing of Greg Noll, a pioneer of big-wave surfing in Hawaii. Noll was 84. Known as Da Bull, throughout his lifetime, he attained legendary status as a leader of the big-wave scene on the North Shore, being among the first to ride in legendary spots like Waimea and Pipeline and setting early records for largest wave ever surfed. He was a regular in surf flicks like Endless Summer and other documentaries and appeared as a surfing stunt double in Hollywood films. Noll also founded Noll Surfboards, a manufacturer in Hermosa Beach, California now run by his son Jed in San Clemente.
A few days ago, a historic swell battered the reefs of Teahupoo, resulting in some of the biggest waves ever surfed in Tahiti. 19-year-old Kauli Vaast got away with murder and managed to drop in on what he calls the biggest mountain of water he’s ever seen. He says: “I could feel the energy behind me and I knew I had to trust my line and not fall. After that, I thought I could come out over the top of the wave but it wasn’t done yet, the wave was still barreling and I just went over the
Carissa Moore makes history as the first female gold medalist for the shortboard surfing event at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. | YUKI IWAMURA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES. Tokyo was not messing around when they added skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing to the Olympics this year, opening new doors for the action sports community. The surfing competitions wrapped up today with the first ever gold medals given to the winners of the male and female shortboard events. Among the two recipients was
Kelta O'Rourke, Raquel Heckert, and Michaela Fregonese party surf a wave. RedBull Content Pool Photo. If there was any time to say that women in extreme sports are having their moment, it’s now. In the last year, maybe more than ever, women are seeing their own events, their own categories, and more recognition in general. In women’s surfing, we’ve seen films such as Girls Can’t Surf and collectives like Textured Waves elevating and bringing together women in the ocean. But the surf