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.
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
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.
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