STATE OF SURF Event Rescheduled

Source: Transworld Business

The upcoming TRANSWORLD BUSINESS STATE OF SURF 2016 event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters.

Rob Machado, our keynote interview for the evening, is heading to Mexico this week to catch the incoming swell — we advise you to get out there and do the same.

The STATE OF SURF 2016 event next Wednesday, November 16, will feature a panel discussion with Firewire CEO Mark Price, Hurley VP of Sports Marketing Pat O’Connell, and General Admission Marketing Director Damien ‘Dooma’ Fahrenfort, and a keynote interview with Rob Machado. The evening will kick off with drinks from Duck Foot Brewing Company.

We look forward to everyone joining us for a night of insights and networking.


For more information on the STATE OF SURF 2016 report, click here.

Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Heads to the East Coast

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The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge hits the East Coast next week with the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast stops of the seven-event regional qualifying series.

The Mid-Atlantic qualifier will run on Monday, April 11th at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, North Carolina. The Northeast qualifier is slated to run at Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey on the day with the best conditions as predicted by Contest Forecaster, on either Thursday, April 14th or Friday, April 15th.

According to, Nags Head will see some leftover NNE windswell on Monday in the one-to-three-foot range with a few bigger sets possible early before the surf drops into the afternoon. Conditions look best in the morning too before sideshore winds increase in the afternoon. and contest organizers are still watching the forecast for the Northeast event and will make the call on which day to run early next week.

The unique event series pits four-man surf shop teams (two shop pros and two shop employees) against each other. The winning team from each of the seven regional qualifiers will win an all-expense-paid trip to Southern California to compete in the National Championship for a $5,000 prize purse, grand prize trip to the 2016 SURFER Poll at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Hawaii and title of America’s Most Core Surf Shop.

This year’s invited Mid-Atlantic teams include:
· 17th Street Surf Shop
· Annex Surf Supply
· Coastal Edge (Kill Devil Hills)
· Coastal Edge (Virginia Beach)
· Duck Village Outfitters
· Outer Banks Boarding Company
· Parrot Surf Shop
· Real Water Sports
· Surf and Adventure Co.
· Surf City Surf Shop
· Sweetwater Surf Shop
· Wave Riding Vehicles (Kitty Hawk)
· Wave Riding Vehicles (Virginia Beach)
· Whalebone Surf Shop

This year’s invited Northeast teams include:
· 7th Street Surf Shop
· Air and Speed Surf Shop
· Billabong Shrewsbury
· Boarding House
· Brave New World
· Elemental Surf and Skate
· Farias Surf Sport (1)
· Farias Surf Sport (2)
· Flying Point Surf and Skate
· Heritage Surf & Sport (Margate)
· Heritage Surf & Sport (Ocean City)
· Heritage Surf & Sport (Sea Isle City)
· Inlet Outlet Surf Shop
· Jersey Devil Surf LLC
· Liquid Dreams
· Nor’Easter
· Ocean Hut Surf Shop
· Spellbinders Surf Shop
· Summer Sessions
· Suncatcher Surf Shop
· Surfer’s Supplies
· unsOund
· Warm Winds

The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge schedule:
· March 25 – Southwest – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif.
· April 11/12 – Mid-Atlantic – Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC
· April 14/15 – Northeast – Manasquan Inlet, NJ
· April 18/19 – Southeast – Paradise Beach Park, Melbourne, Fla.
· May 26/27 – Northwest – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, Calif.
· June 3 – West – 54th or 56th Street – Newport Beach, Calif.
· July 7/8 – Hawaii – Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore, Haw.
· Fall 2016 – National Championship – Southern California

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A Union that Highlights the Power of Surfing

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The power of sport is evident in Sierra Leone, as the youth have banned together to use Surfing to unite and overcome civil war and the Ebola epidemic. Photo: Sierra Leone Surfing Association

On Wednesday, April 6, the International Surfing Association (ISA) united its 98 Member Nations to celebrate the United Nation’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. This unique day encourages wider access to sport and underlines the power of sport as a universal tool for social change, development and peace.

ISA Member Nations contributed on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by participating in the White Card Campaign, a symbolic movement where athletes post photos with white cards to represent peace and the positive impacts that sport has had in their lives. Surfers from the ISA Member Nations of Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Haiti, Sierra Leone and India took part in the celebration, underlining how Surfing has uniquely created positive social impact in their countries.

Exemplifying the far-reaching and powerful effects of Surfing, the 98th and newest ISA Member, Sierra Leone, engaged the Surfing youth to take part in the White Card Campaign. The Sierra Leonean surfers displayed their white cards to show how Surfing in Sierra Leone has acted as an outlet for joy and happiness, helping the country and especially the youth overcome the difficult times caused by civil war and the Ebola epidemic.

India, a developing surfing nation like Sierra Leone, also utilized April 6th to highlight the benefits that Surfing has provided their country. With a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups, the White Card Campaign represented how surfers in India have taken the initiative and assumed the responsibility to be the face of social change. Surfing has united these groups and celebrates their multi-cultural heritage by sharing a common passion for the sport.

The ISA has committed to utilizing the sport of Surfing as a tool to create positive social change through the ISA Scholarship and Coaching Programs. Since 2007, the ISA has awarded 267 Scholarships worth a total of USD $228,500 to underprivileged, young surfers from over 40 countries to further their education and progress their surfing ability. Furthermore, the ISA Coaching Program has certified over 5,000 surf and SUP instructors world-wide, providing a standard for safety, quality and efficacy for the development of the sport in these countries.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“Surfing is not just a sport. It is a lifestyle and a tool that has the incredible proven ability to transcend racial and cultural barriers, unite people of different backgrounds and create social change. We are stoked to participate in International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. It’s an amazing day to bring to light the enormous power of sport to bring a better world through peace, love and respect for each other.”

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Smiles, Surf and Sun Prescribed to Kiwi Kids

Zane Schweitzer from Hawaii and the Payne brothers. Image: The Ultimate Waterman

Smiles, surf and sun were prescribed to kiwi kids with Cystic Fibrosis today as The Ultimate Waterman kicked off its official events at Orewa Beach, Auckland.

All eight international watermen who are here to compete in the multi-discipline surf competition took part in the one-on-one sessions with the kids aged between five and sixteen years old. It was the very first Mauli Ola Foundation surf experience in New Zealand and an opportunity for the kids to meet these amazing athletes, have some fun and forget about their illness even for just a few hours.

Mauli Ola, which means “breath of life”, is dedicated to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic diseases. Since 2007 the foundation has run over 150 surf experiences for children with Cystic Fibrosis as a natural therapy.

Mauli Ola Vice President and The Ultimate Waterman competitor Kala Alexander of Hawaii says it is a huge honour and privilege to bring Mauli Ola to Aotearoa.

Mauli Ola Vice President Kala Alexander and Oli Bradley (five years). Image: The Ultimate Waterman
Mauli Ola Vice President Kala Alexander and Oli Bradley (five years). Image: The Ultimate Waterman

“Seeing the smiles and stoke for surfing from these young kids is amazing. To start the event off with a day like this giving back to the youth and sport of surfing is perfect,” says Kala.

Cystic Fibrosis patients have been found to benefit from surfing as the salt water can loosen up the mucus in the lungs.

The Ultimate Waterman competition starts on Saturday at Takapuna Beach, Auckland with the 16km Outrigger Canoe endurance race. Seven other disciplines will unfold throughout the country over the course of the next eight days, with the winner being decided on Sunday 20th March at the Auckland Viaduct.

The athletes who are poised to take part in this multi-discipline surf event for 2016 are: Connor Baxter (HAW), Mark Visser (AUS), Kala Alexander (HAW), Danny Ching (USA), Manoa Drollet (PYF), 2015 winner Daniel Kereopa (NZL), Caio Vaz (BRA) and Zane Schweitzer (HAW).

Daniel Kereopa with sisters Kelea and Abby Wendelborn. Image: The Ultimate Waterman
Daniel Kereopa with sisters Kelea and Abby Wendelborn. Image: The Ultimate Waterman

An official Maori welcome to New Zealand will take place tomorrow at Okahu Bay at Orakei, Auckland where the athletes will paddle out on a traditional Maori war canoe.

Source: The Ultimate Waterman

Mark “Occy” Occhilupo Joins Surfing Chefs for SURFAID

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Former world surfing champion Mark “Occy” Occhilupo is stoked to be joining some of Australia’s top chefs for the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid cocktail party at The Bucket List, Bondi on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

The event, which raises funds for award-winning humanitarian aid organisation, SurfAid, promises to be an amazing evening of gourmet food and fine wine prepared by Tom Walton, THE BUCKET LIST, BONDI, and Russell Blaikie, MUST WINEBAR, PERTH, and their team of award-winning celebrity chefs, who share a common passion for surfing.

The Surfing Chefs, who all donate their time and talent, will serve up an exquisite multi-course degustation menu sourced from the finest produce, all donated by local suppliers. Food will be paired with superb wines from Stella Bella, Vranken Pommery, and Bunkers.

The lineup includes Mark Occhilupo (1999 WORLD SURFING CHAMPION), Rod Kerr (BONDI RESCUE), Tom Walton (THE BUCKET LIST), Russell Blaikie (MUST WINEBAR, PERTH), Ben O’Donoghue (BILLYKART KITCHEN, BRISBANE), Massimo Mele (CATERING BY MASSIMO MELE), Ian Oakes (DRAKE EATERY), Stephen Scott (CHARING CROSS HOTEL), Gianluca Donzelli (PIZZAPERTA, THE STAR), Logan Campbell (JONAH’S), Matthew Butcher (MORRIS JONES, MELBOURNE). The event will be hosted by popular TV personality Mark Beretta.

6:30 pm, Wednesday 9 March 2016
The Bucket List, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi

VIP $250 p/p (full table service)
Cocktail $150 p/p (stand up format)


Best beach cocktail

Occy, a long-time supporter of SurfAid, will join the team in the kitchen for the first time this year. He said, “I’m honoured to be involved in such a fantastic night with such fantastic chefs for such a fantastic cause. I’ve been told I’m following in the footsteps of Tom Carroll and Pottz, and that makes me feel not as nervous cause I know their footsteps are small. I hope you all like vegemite on toast….”

For the second year in a row, former pro surfer and Bondi Rescue legend, Rod Kerr will be swapping his boardies for a chef jacket and joining the team as one of our guest surfing chefs. He had this to say about the event, “I’m proud to be involved with the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid event at The Bucket List again this year. Last year was amazing. I was so nervous, but we pulled it off. SurfAid is such an amazing cause and I’m going to do better this time around. I may even cook, so watch out!”

Thank you to our major sponsors – Wilson Parking, The Bucket List, Adina Apartments Bondi Beach, and BWM Dentsu.


Hansen Surfboards Launches Peak to Peak

Peak to Peak is the story of legendary outdoorsman and Hansen Surfboards founder, Don Hansen. Follow along as this epic story of the original king of cool is told. From his humble beginnings in South Dakota to finding his way on the famed North Shore, Don has done and seen it all. Hansen’s is honored to share the vision, passion, and amazing journey of one of surfing’s most iconic craftsmen.

Don Hansen was born in a small, dusty plain town in rural South Dakota. After spending 18 years in the cold, barren state, Don decided to hitchhike his way to California to surf and embrace the beach lifestyle. Hansen would eventually learn how to craft surfboards and would go on to work with iconic legends, such as Jack O’Neill and Hobie Alter. Don’s passion for surfing would lead him to the famed North Shore of Oahu, where he would make the decision to launch his own label, Hansen Surfboards.

After finding worldwide success as a surfboard manufacturer, Don Hansen opened Hansen Surfboards, North County San Diego’s premier retail surf shop. The family-run surf shop still thrives today. Peak to Peak is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow along as the legendary surfer, outdoor enthusiast and family man shares the story of his journey to icon status.

Peak to Peak Part 1: Humble Beginnings

Source: Hansen Surfboards

Nick Jacobsen joins NeilPryde’s team of ambassadors

Image: Bianca Asher

We all know who he is — the crazy guy who launches off cranes, Richard Branson’s villa roof and who starred in Cabrinha’s FX campaign. But behind all that hype is an extremely down-to-earth guy who loves the sport of kiteboarding and what he does. We are extremely proud to welcome Nick Jacobsen to NP’s team of ambassadors.

“It’s great to be part of the NP team and wearing their waterwear and accessories,” Jacobsen said from his playground in Cape Town. “I have been exposed to the brand through my Cabrinha connection and love the fit, look and function of the products. NP have been making wetsuits for over 20 years so they really know how to keep you comfortably warm and protected.”

Image: Bianca Asher
Image: Bianca Asher

Nick joins Kite World Champions Liam Whaley and Keahi de Aboitiz as well as legends Jason Polakow and Dave Kalama in a fast growing elite team of friends and ambassadors. Nick will help with product development and testing as well providing more exposure for NP’s innovative products such as the S1 Tracker spreader bar and wind-chill-beating Armor-Skin products. Working with a rider that continuously pushes the limits will have the effect of pushing NP product design to new heights.

“Nick is an extraordinary athlete that will bring exposure to the NP brand both in kiteboarding but also in the mainstream through his connection with the Virgin Group,” commented Alex Zenovic, Pryde Group’s Marketing Director. “Nick helped Cabrinha successfully launch the FX kite and we are very excited to be extending this reach to NP. We have big plans for this waterwear and accessory range under the NeilPryde brand and Nick and the rest of the team will play a crucial part.”

NP is a line of aesthetically engineered water-sports equipment that has earned its respect from water. Waterborne, technical, functional. Developed to enhance the performance and appearance of an increasingly thirsty breed of explorers and adventurers who are not just looking to push the boundaries, but to blur them as well.

Source: NP

Suited Savior – Surf Poetry by Scott Cuttre

We previously shared with you a surf poetry series by resident poet Scott Cuttre. We now bring you more of his writing in the form of his latest poem titled ‘Suited Savior’. Enjoy!

Suited Savior

I still remember the morning feeling more like summer than fall
etched in my memory this moment guides me when doubt consumes all

Left alone from all companions there was still one love to explore
questioning a passion that once garnered incomparable allure

Wake, Wind and Surf's Resident Poet, Scott Cuttre
Wake, Wind and Surf’s Resident Poet, Scott Cuttre

While dissolution held steady knowing I must go through my travels
something unconsciously brewing awaiting true feelings to unravel

Uneventful this day’s start, searching for the slightest light, just a ray
filled with anxiety pacing my room, just wanting to stay

Quickly filling my backpack with work destined to be marked wrong
unorganized clutter making preparation prolonged

Dread for where I’d be heading knowing options were sparse
pressures continuously mounting, years later questioning at what cost

Hanging on by a thread, forgetting why I chose this destination to occupy
four years passed by so quickly nearly all goals no longer seemed spry

Unbeknownst, this day’s sight brought along one lost dream to my grasp
how a posh suited man would act as my savior within one glance

Disowning this love for some time, yet never escaping my thoughts
each morning’s relief lie in a glimpse, unwrapping a life tied up in knots

A far cry from calm, clearing my head with harm bleached white
embarking on the same daily path, a waning spirit aching to turn bright

I’d stay curious for a lifestyle one over time I could no longer employ
desperate for this view to silent regrets over missteps to find joy

Just a mile from paradise, in the beginning is how I coped with dismay
contempt began to prevail, dreaming of the left coast’s smog covered haze

With requirements in the next seat, I drove waiting to see what pleasures I might miss
surprised lines of perfection awoke, erasing former flat abyss

I just stood in disbelief, convincing myself this act remained trite
my head tried to ignore, my heart knew my placement was right

Conjuring lost feelings I drove with fading doubt down the coast
with the elements aligned why weren’t other’s present for their dose

Obligations and failures again crept in as I glanced to my right
then in the distance spotting a man, lured by the same plight

Unconventional his apparel, unlike the group for so long I’ve yearned to belong
yet a three piece suit couldn’t mask his transparent obsession, familiar to another’s lifelong

He began to undress in the same fashion I once had before I’d grown so upset
our distance apart began to shorten, memories so simplistic I chose to forget

Although appearing older in years, his excitement seemed almost childlike
reminiscing when my emotions matched his at the possibility for two sparks to ignite

Now feet away from this stranger, slowing practically to a stop
his hidden quiver revealed intentions as once mine, could change at a drop

The final internal debate taking place whether to follow this man’s lead
my day’s education was here, heart and head now agreed

I then sped a quick turn not before sharing a stare reserved for two quite possessed
the fastest this mile ever toured, equipping myself for the real test

My heart racing as the door unlocked, gathering all needed to chase a swell and a suit
that lost love had returned, volume of previous static had now been lowered to mute

Returning for a second time to this spot chosen by the beacon of my rejuvenation
mental illustrations filled my thoughts as once prior to my stagnation

Before entering the water I’d notice a car slowly paused in the same fashion I had minutes prior
the driver appeared cautions when our eyes locked, I’d smile, perhaps saving another’s desire

With all the beauty the ocean provides which I’d chose to forget
I think back at this one minor moment, washing away years of regret

However lonely or lost the hardest sights can bring me so close to the wall
somehow a man loosening his tie rekindled a flame allowing frozen love to unthaw

Poem by Scott Cuttre

2015 SURFER POLL Winners Revealed

John Florence, Carissa Moore and View From a Blue Moon took top honors tonight at the 45th annual SURFER Poll. Turtle Bay Resort, on the North Shore of Oahu, played host to the biggest night in surfing where SURFER magazine honored the fan-favorite men and women as well as top videos and performances of 2015.

In the Men’s Reader Poll, John Florence claimed his second No. 1, and dominated the Video Awards taking home Movie of the Year, Best Performance and Best Maneuver for his multi-faceted role in View From a Blue Moon co-directed by Blake Kueny. Florence’s trajectory at the SURFER Poll began in 2011 when he earned his first award as the Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer. The following year, he debuted on the Reader Poll in the #2 position behind stalwart Kelly Slater. In 2013, he held strong at #2 on the Poll while also nabbing Best Performance and Movie of the Year video honors. And in 2014, he made history by ousting 19-time fan favorite Kelly Slater from the top of the Poll after a decade reign.

“When I first started riding for Hurley, they asked me what I really wanted to do. I said I wanted to do the (World) Tour and I wanted to make a movie,” said Florence. “Those guys kind of gave me the freedom to do this and travel the last couple of years. I couldn’t have done it without all my friends, my family, my mom, my brothers, they supported me through the whole thing.”

Newly crowned three-time World Champion, Carissa Moore, nabbed top honors in the Women’s category. The win marks Moore’s second time topping the Poll, last winning in 2011. The women have played musical chairs for the past several years with all of the Top 5 names carrying over from last year, in a slightly different order.

“There is no way I won the SURFER Poll,” said Moore. “This is so cool. You know I have so many people to thank for this incredible year. I first off want to thank all the girls that are surfing so well this year. I want to thank my dad, my boyfriend and my family of sponsors. I love the surfing community so much.”

After an amazing year that included wins at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Oi Rio Pro, Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal and Oakley Lowers Pro, Brazil’s Filipe Toledo, the youngest surfer on Tour and current World No. 2, was granted the prestigious Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer Award.

Worst Wipeout, decided by public vote, was awarded to Niccolo Porcella for his epic fail at Teahupo’o, Tahiti.

And, The North Shore Community Land Trust received the Agent of Change award and philanthropic donation from VIP table sales for their tireless work to protect and preserve the rural character of the North Shore of Hawaii.

“It’s always an awesome experience bringing the icons of our sport together for a night of celebration on the North Shore,” said SURFER Editor Todd Prodanovich. “We’d like to congratulate all the winners, who pushed the limits of surfing and filmmaking this year and inspired us all in the process.”

2015 SURFER Poll Results

Men’s Poll Winners:
#1 – John Florence
#2 – Kelly Slater
#3 – Mick Fanning
#4 – Julian Wilson
#5 – Gabriel Medina
#6 – Owen Wright
#7 – Dane Reynolds
#8 – Filipe Toledo
#9 – Kolohe Andino
#10 – Joel Parkinson

Women’s Poll Winners:
#1 – Carissa Moore
#2 – Sally Fitzgibbons
#3 – Coco Ho
#4 – Stephanie Gilmore
#5 – Alana Blanchard

Movie of the Year: View From A Blue Moon (Blake Kueny and John Florence)

Best Performance: John Florence, View From A Blue Moon

Best Short: Sampler (Marine Layer)

Best Documentary: The Fisherman’s Son (Chris Malloy)

Best Web Series: #Tournotes (Peter King)

Worst Wipeout: Niccolo Porcella, Teahupo’o

Best Barrel: Nathan Florence, Teahupoo

Best Maneuver: John Florence, View From A Blue Moon

Heavy Water: Jamie Mitchell

Agent of Change: North Shore Land Trust

A.I. Breakthrough Performance: Filipe Toledo