Big wave surfer Andrew Cotton's day has not been going as planned. As he dropped into a behemoth of a wave, he lost his footing and got catapulted off his board, landing hard on his back a fair distance later. Cotton sustained a broken back, but was rescued and is recovering, thankful to be alive. Could this be one of the worst wipeouts ever captured?
It seems two-time WSL Championship Tour winner John John Florence kills it on any board he stands on. After a trip to Baldface Lodge in British Columbia, John John Florence posted an Instagram of him doing a backflip making it look just as effortless as his performances in the water. This guy is ridiculous; he must be a professional athlete or something…
Surfing saw a whole lot of innovation, creativity and progression in 2017. "The Dock" blew people's minds as a 100-foot, half-tonne plastic raft was anchored in the middle of a surf break in Bali for surfers to jump off, throw their boards under their feet and land right into the wave. We even saw some surf shuvits, with surfers taking a page out of skateboarding's book. Take a look at all the new trends, tricks, and goofiness that went down in 2017.
The DIY aspect of action sports has always showcased athletes as true artists and craftsman. Whether your shoveling snow for a booter, cutting out a grip tape job on your skateboard or hand-shaping a surfboard, the satisfaction of riding something with your own personal imprint is unbeatable. The Vans Duct Tape festival is a celebration of just that; organically creating and then riding something that has someone's own personal craft and flavor on it. Four surfers get to hand shape two