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Competitive Surfing is Back with “Rumble at the Ranch”

Professional sporting leagues haven’t had it easy with COVID-19, but lucky for us, they’re learning to adapt. Thanks to a little bit of ingenuity, we can watch mountain bike racing with Crankworx’s summer series, NHL playoffs, and the NBA playoffs. The WSL has also learned to make lemonade with a global pandemic with what they’re calling Rumble at the Ranch.

Considering that their last event was in March, everyone has been craving for a glimpse of their favorite surfers back in the water. Interestingly enough, the WSL’s solution was to host a one-day speciality event at Kelly Slater’s surf ranch. If hosting the competition on man-made waves wasn’t already different, the format was pretty unique too. Every surfer was part of a two person team, which was randomly created by the WSL. Each pair of surfers surfed four perfect waves and their top scores were added together for their overall heat score, which hopefully progressed them to the next round. The final surfers to survive the knockout rounds would not only be crowned as champions, but would be given the opportunity to donate their prize winnings to a charity of their choice. If you haven't watched it yet, stop reading this and start playing the event above to get caught up. 

After a thrilling match up of surfing’s finest, Coco Ho and Filipe Toledo ultimately edged out Alyssa Spencer and Kolohe Andion in the Quarterfinals, only to continue on and defeat Sage Erickson and Kelly Slater in the semi-finals. Even though Kanoa Igarashi and Tatianna Weston-Webb dominated their first few rounds, they weren’t able to bring the same fire for the final heat against Toledo and Ho. After defeating the Olympic qualifiers, Toledo and Ho celebrated their win by nominating Surfrider LA as the recipient of their $10,000 prize winnings.

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Surfing in Alaska Never Looked Better in ‘Arc of Aleutia’
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Alaska’s Aleutian Islands don’t classify as your typical surf getaway. You can’t just hop on a plane and arrive at the beach. Most trips require a bush plane ride, then a boat ride, which is then followed by a hike. RELATED: All-time Nias Barrel Session with Nick Von Rupp But if you’re willing to put up with the absurd travel logistics, you’ll find a corner of the ocean that’s mostly untouched, uninhabited, and flanked by breathtaking scenery. For surfers Harrison Roach, Parker Coffin, and

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“No Small Feat” Explores the World of Women’s Big Wave Surfing
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“No Small Feat” Explores the World of Women’s Big Wave Surfing

Female surfers have fought for years to be included in big wave competitions, despite overarching patriarchal attitudes that insisted that they weren’t up to the challenge. Pioneer big wave surfer Paige Alms will even tell you about the time when an announcer at the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational said that "girls just aren’t good enough", even though she and her friends were already surfing the same waves as men. RELATED: Op-ed — The Power of Language in the Outdoors Thankfully, women like

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Making The Most of Mexico During A Rare 2020 Surf Trip
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Making The Most of Mexico During A Rare 2020 Surf Trip

Making The Most of Mexico During A Rare 2020 Surf Trip

Well, we’re by no means advocating traveling internationally during a pandemic – but if you do happen to find yourself in a place with an outrageous swell and nobody else around, what would you? Surf it of course. That’s exactly what Ian Crane, Nat Young, Michael Dumphy, Griffin Colapinto, Anthony Ruffo, and Brandon Guilmette did just a short while ago in Mexico, taking advantage of some perfect conditions to remember what it feels like to get stylish on waves. If you could travel anywhere in