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New HBO Series on the Group of Teenagers Who Revolutionized Surfing

Sometime during the late 1980’s in a small house behind Pipeline, Hawaii, back when Kelly Slater had a full head of hair and aerials were still a far-off concept, a group of the world’s most influential surfers lived like brothers, partied like animals and ultimately altered the notion of what it means to be a surfer. The motley crew of teenagers, which included Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele and Pat O’Connell, came from all walks of life - some from broken homes, a few with established surfing careers, others who were just looking for a group of kids they could live with and depend on. They charged together, challenged each other, and mourned as a family when some didn't make it back to shore alive. They didn't know it at the time, but they changed the sport of surfing forever.

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Filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist have compiled two and a half years worth of filming, tens of thousands of hours of footage, and never before seen interviews to create Momentum Generation, an HBO Sports production set to air Tuesday, December 11th at 10 P.M. We’re pumped, the surf world is pumped, and you should be too.

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Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré
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Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré

Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré

For centuries the ancient town of Nazaré was thought of only as a small fishing village along the Portuguese coast, if thought of at all. That all changed in 2011 when big wave legend and surf pioneer Garrett McNamara recorded himself with a GoPro riding down the face of a 78-foot behemoth within spitting distance of the town’s historic lighthouse. Since then, the once quiet town has been flooded by surfers and the town’s economy has been revitalized. Related: Rent or Download Andy Irons:

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Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke
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Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke

Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke

The locals consider it a sign of good luck to take a massive wipeout when surfing Nazaré for the first time. If the legend is true, then renowned slab hunter Russell Bierke might be the luckiest guy in Portugal. After letting go of his towline and dropping into an estimated 60-footer, the young Aussie got overtaken by the pursuing wave and disappeared for 14 agonizing seconds. We can only imagine the beating he took, but if anyone has experience in that type of situation, it’s Russell. 

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Video: Watch These Locals Make Teahupo’o Look Easy
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Video: Watch These Locals Make Teahupo’o Look Easy

Video: Watch These Locals Make Teahupo’o Look Easy

One of the coolest parts about surf trips to far-off lands is getting to watch the local kids rip apart their home wave. It’s like watching Alex Honnold scurry up a section of rock he’s mastered by climbing a thousand times, or Candide tear down Val Thorens. There’s just something about seeing a grom at his local wave that really makes you curse your fate that you weren’t born looking out at a world class surf break.  Related: Chippa Wilson Just Dropped an Indo Banger In the case of ,