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Patagonia’s Innovative PSI Vest Is Helping Save An Iconic Big Wave Surf Break

Over the past five years Patagonia has been working with some of the top big wave surfers in the world to develop their PSI (personal surf inflation) vest. The PSI is a purpose-built tool that supports multiple inflations in a single surf session, and Patagonia received a U.S. patent for the innovative technology back in 2014. 

They also made a promise that they would license the intellectual property of the technology to the industry at large and use those funds to support an environmental cause. They kept their word on this promise by donating $150,000 grant to FundaciĆ³n Punta De Lobos, a conservation effort working to protect an iconic Chilean coastline and big wave surf break. 

Here, field testers and experienced big-wave surfers, Aaron Gold, Mark Healey, Kohl Christensen, Ben Wilkinson and Brendan Shea speak about the inherent risks of big-wave surfing and how the vest can help mitigate risk when combined with proper training, experience, and preparation. 

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WATCH: A Couple of Sharks End John John Florence’s Training Sesh
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WATCH: A Couple of Sharks End John John Florence’s Training Sesh

WATCH: A Couple of Sharks End John John Florence’s Training Sesh

It was supposed to be nothing out of the ordinary—just another surf training sesh for John John Florence and his friends. Except when you’re surfing off the coast of Western Australia, sometimes your training session is joined by a some men in grey suits: A couple of splashes in the water caught John John and company's attention, prompting them to fly a drone to get an aerial view of the lineup. The eye in the sky confirmed their suspicions: two sharks coyly swimming beneath the turquoise

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Enjoy Your Sunday With this Hectic Mavs Wipeout Reel
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Enjoy Your Sunday With this Hectic Mavs Wipeout Reel

Enjoy Your Sunday With this Hectic Mavs Wipeout Reel

This isn't your typical @kook_of_the_day wipeout montage; I actually couldn't even bear to laugh at these gnarly wipeouts.   The wipeout reel from Surfer Magazine, "Crashes and Burn"takes place at Mavericks, and showcases the roaring Central California break in all of its fury. It's a painful reminder of just how powerful the ocean can be, but enjoyable nonetheless. 

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Mick Fanning Rides Off into the Sunset
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Mick Fanning Rides Off into the Sunset

Mick Fanning Rides Off into the Sunset

On Wednesday, in front of a home crowd at Bells Beach in Australia, Michael Eugene "Mick" Fanning had a chance to write the storybook ending to his immaculate professional surfing career.  In the finals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach against the plucky and uber-talented Brazilian sophomore Italo Ferreira, the 36-year-old Fanning had the chance to achieve that fabled act that all sporting legends aspire to–"going out on top." With a win at Bells, the man known as White Lightning would