Being away from the tour for several years now, Damien Hobgood has stepped into a sort of patriarchal role in surfing, as he just got back from his second trip on the past year taking surfing's top groms out for a rip. In this trip, he took along Kyuss King, Wyatt McHale, Jackson Bunch, and Jett Schilling to surf the iconic swells of Lakey Peak Indonesia. The groms were stoked to be taken under the wing of Damo as he offered insight on everything from how to really surf these bigger waves, board and wave selection, and pushing beyond their limits. Watch as the young rippers catch barrels and take to the air at the iconic Indonesian swell.
Usually, the competitors who try their hand at the J-Bay Open are limited to the world’s best surfers. Today, however, a power boat with a three man crew apparently decided to try their hand at the swells. Although it easily could’ve flipped, the boat coasts through the aggressive ocean unscathed, gliding smoothly away from the panicked competitors left in the water. The commentators are stoked on the boat’s seamless navigation of J-Bay’s notorious waves, and even we have to admit that both
Evan Valiere of Kaui, Hawaii loves riding the waves of his home island more than just about anything. But he knows that once the sun goes down, even pro surfers need another passion to focus on: for him, it’s his wife and daughter, who have given his life on land a true purpose. Valiere wants to give his young daughter the same determination, creativity, and love of adventure that has driven him through his life and career. He runs a surf school as well as a service called Rent a Local, where
When Jon Pyzel moved to Hawaii from California in 1992 I bet he had no idea that he would one day be shaping boards for world champions. The man behind Pyzel Surfboards started shaping out of a desire to just try it. If the board sucked he would stop, but it didn't, and slowly he started to build a reputation, receiving orders from friends until the company grew larger. He has been shaping boards for John John Florence since he was a kid and the two have formed almost an unspoken