Izzi Gomez wins the 2016 Turtle Bay Pro

Izzi Gomez. Image: Waterman League

Izzi Gomez (Starboard) is 2x World Champion and until now, has put an unmistakeable mark on the sport of Stand Up Paddling having at some point won every single event on Tour, that is except for Hawaii…

While the Hawaii leg of the Stand Up World Tour has somehow been a stumbling block for the young Floridian talent, in 2016, Izzi showed no signs of any weaknesses at this year’s Turtle Bay Pro, putting on an impressive display of high performance surfing and demonstrating that time spent in the islands pays off as she takes the well deserved victory of the season at Turtle Bay.

Izzi’s powerful and progressive style once again not only wows the crowds and judges alike, but keeps her on top of the World after Stop 1 of the 2016 Stand Up World Tour.

As one of the USA’s leading Stand Up Paddle athletes, Fiona Wylde (Starboard) continues to go from strength to strength and position herself as one of the sport’s leading Ladies, having finished the season on a high last year on the Stand Up World Series in second place and then putting on a stellar performance again here at the Turtle Bay Pro to finish runner up at Stop 1 of the Stand Up World Surfing Tour.

Like Izzi, Fiona is another one leading the way with her progressive style and critical surfing, demonstrating that there is real talent in the sport and that the performance level amongst the girls continues to sky rocket. Drawing on her multi-sport background, Fiona’s committed, and driving bottom turn in particular draws parallels with the likes of Kai Lenny (Naish), Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) and Bernd Roediger (Naish), who’s windsurfing background has provided phenomenal fundamentals for Stand Up Paddling that were clearly evident here at Turtle Bay.

This year’s Tour is full of impressive talent, and there is no doubt that it is going to be the most competitive yet as we are excited to see it all unfold.

There is no doubt that Shakira Westdorp (Starboard) from Australia made her presence felt here at Stop #1 of the 2016 Stand up World Tour at Turtle Bay, posting the single highest score of the contest and continually posting scores in the excellent range throughout.

While it looked as though she was destined to make it to the Finals once again, as she did in 2015, it was not to be this year, as she came up against Fiona Wylde (Starboard) in the semis who was just able to edge ahead of the talented Australian Surfer.

However, there is no doubt that Shakira Westdorp will be one to look out for in 2016 with her radical and aggressive surfing style. She has started well and demonstrated that she is set to be one of the biggest threats on the Women’s Tour, finishing in 3rd place here at the 2016 Turtle Bay Pro.

2013 World Champion Nicole Pacelli from Brazil feels right at home here at Turtle Bay, having won 2 out of 3 of the events here on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore and spending much of the winter out here training in the powerful Hawaiian surf.

This year was no different, as she has once again upped her game and is looking better than ever coming into the 2016 season, with strong performances throughout the day on her way to the semi finals, just falling short to the current World Champ Izzi Gomez (Starboard), leaving her having to settle for 3rd.

While she will be disappointed not to regain her Turtle Bay title, a 3rd place finish is a good start to the year for this Brazilian talent, as she sets her sights on recapturing the World Title in 2016 and continuing the Brazilian surge on the World Tour.

Source: Waterman League

IFKO Events likely to Spell Trouble for IKA Event Hopefuls

Credit: PKRA/Bromwich

Taking part in IFKO events is likely to prevent the ability of riders to participate in any IKA events, including the IKA World Championships in Freestyle, Big Air, Wave, and Foil Racing.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been informed by the CEO of World Sailing (WS, formerly ISAF), that WS has requested IFKO (“International Federation of Kitesports Organisations”) to immediately remove and furthermore cease to publish or promote any information which makes a claim in terms of its relationship with the IOC and its plans for the sport of Kiteboarding.

World Sailing has ascertained that IFKO is not currently a member of SportAccord and therefore has no formal recognition. A prerequisite of membership of this body is that the applicants sport is different from any sport that is governed by a current SportAccord member. World Sailing is a current SportAccord member, it is therefore unlikely that IFKO will be granted membership and World Sailing is currently waiting for confirmation of this by SportAccord.

World Sailing has also instructed IFKO that World Sailing’s approval is required for any event that is described as a ‘World Championship’ or ‘World Cup’ or indeed uses the word “World” in the title of the event and this approval extends to all Kiteboarding events using World Sailing rules and regulations.

Such events that are run in contravention of World Sailing rules and regulations will be listed as prohibited events that can seriously affect the eligibility of riders to compete in other World Sailing events requiring World Sailing Eligibility, namely World and Continental Championships of all IKA classes (including the IKA Kiteboarding World Championships in Freestyle, Big Air and Wave, the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup and the IKA Racing World Championships), the Sailing World Cup, the Youth Olympic Games, and the Olympic Games.

We regret that IFKO does not comply with world wide recognized principles for the recognition of International Federations. It is IKA’s responsibility to make all riders aware of the risk they will take when participating in IFKO events, namely not being able to compete in IKA sanctioned events of all disciplines, and World Sailings events. The same extends to event officials, be it race directors, jury and judges.

Source: IKA

Major Swell headed for Banzai Pipeline, Volcom Pipe Pro

2015 Volcom Pipe Pro winner John John Florence. (Image Credit: Ben Reed)

A monster swell with wave face heights of up to 50 feet will coincide with the start of this Thursday’s Volcom Pipe Pro – a World Surf League (WSL) QS3,000 rated event – at the Banzai Pipeline.

The Volcom Pipe Pro is a prestigious event that draws an array of talent each year – ranging from top juniors like Griffin Colapinto (USA), 17, and Noa Mizuno (HAW) 17; to Pipeline specialists like Jamie O’Brien (HAW) and Bruce Irons (HAW); and star WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers like Kelly Slater (USA) and John John Florence (HAW).

Known to provide peak winter swells for exceptional barrel riding, all the drama of the Volcom Pipe Pro will be delivered via Live webcast at volcompipepro.com, as well as Live local television on Hawaii’s Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s channel 250 and digital 1250.

In addition to the event’s own awards, top performers here will earn a berth in the Pipe Invitational in December that will determine two wildcard spots into the year-end Pipe Masters. Additionally, the inaugural Todd Chesser Hard Charger Sportsmanship Award will be offered to the standout charger of the event, that commemorates North Shore big wave surfer Todd Chesser.

Beyond the surf, Volcom has teamed up with environmental non-profit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to screen three films during the Volcom Pipe Pro. The movies will be played in Sustainable Coastline’s ‘Education Station’, which is a 20-foot mobile container that opens up into a classroom.

Films will be FREE to the public following each contest day and will be located at Waihuena Farm, across Kamehameha Highway from Pipeline. The movie lineup includes ‘Psychic Migrations’, ‘Magna Plasm’ and ‘True to This’, starting at 6:30pm. These will be picnic style movie screenings, so pack a blanket or a lawn chair.

Source: WSL

Young Surfers Claim Wins on Australia’s Gold Coast

Macy Callaghan surfed consistently all event . CREDIT: Surfing QLD/Roberts

Kael Walsh (Margret River, WA) and Macy Callaghan (Avoca, Central Coast, NSW) have taken out the top spots at the Subway Pro Junior Gold Coast, the first event of the 2016 Subway Surf Series. The final day was held in on-shore, 2 foot waves and at Duranbah Beach.

In a draw stacked full of talent it was Walsh and Lucas Wrice (South Coast, NSW) who found them selves in the Final. It was a busy heat, the two surfers went wave-for-wave, but after Walsh posted an 8.00 point ride (out of a possible 10) early in the heat with a number of smooth hacks, Wrice was unable to overcome his good friend.

“It’s so good to make the final with one of my best mates,” Walsh said. “All the Quiksilver crew came down so it was cool to have some support on the beach. The waves were tough, but I was lucky enough to find a couple I could score on. It’s good to start the year with a win and has me amped for the next event at home in Margret River.”

Wrice was one of the most exciting surfers to watch at the event, landing numerous Aerial manoeuvres in each of his heats. He was unable to repeat this in the final but nonetheless was happy to be there.

“I had a lot of fun at this event,” Wrice said. “I had fun waves the whole time, just not so much in the final which was unfortunate. I aimed to get to the final so I’m glad I achieved that goal.”

Amazing aerial surfing from Kael Walsh in the Finals. CREDIT: Surfing QLD/Roberts
Amazing aerial surfing from Kael Walsh in the Finals. CREDIT: Surfing QLD/Roberts

Callaghan continued her dominating form in the Final where she met Vittoria Farmer (Sunshine Coast, QLD). Callaghan displayed serious commitment and power through her turns, which she was rewarded for with the judges scoring her an 8.00 and a 9.00 ride. Farmer was left needing a 9.50 ride from early on in the heat a score she was unable to post leaving Callaghan out in front when the final siren blew.

“I’m really stoked to start the year off with a win,” Callaghan said. “I was really nervous for the Final because I knew how good Vittoria has been surfing. The waves were getting a bit better before the final so it was getting easier to post a decent score. I’m really happy and hope I can continue this into the next few events.”

Farmer was gracious in defeat and now looks forward to her next Subway Surf Series Pro Junior event.

“I was really happy to make the final,” Farmer said. “This is the biggest final I’ve been in so I’m stoked to have made it this far, especially starting the year off this way. I never expected to make it to the Final, the field is really tough and all the girls rip, but to be out there with Macy was really cool, I had a lot of fun out there.”

The four Finalists and their trophies at Duranbah Beach today. CREDIT: Surfing QLD/Roberts
The four Finalists and their trophies at Duranbah Beach today. CREDIT: Surfing QLD/Roberts

The next Subway Surf Series Pro Junior Event will be held in Margret River on February 6-7. For more event information and images check www.worldsurfleague.com or on the WSL App.

The WSL sanctioned Subway® Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under men’s and women’s divisions, form part of the 2016 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title, at the WSL World Junior Championships in early 2017.

The Subway® Surf Series is proudly supported by WSL, Surfing Australia and Billabong.

Source: WSL

Marios and Winkowska win IKA Freestyle Titles

Karolina Winkowska. Image: Svetlana Romantsova

After a turbulent season the International Kiteboarding Association announces the final rankings for 2015, with the leaders of the world rankings being awarded the status of the official 2015 IKA World Champions.

Although the IKA World Rankings count every riders best 7 results from world, continental and national level events, this year the world championship race has been decided by the four major events of the season, namely Dakhla, Venezuela, Tarifa and Fuerteventura.

After the sanctioning agreement with the PKRA had come to an end, the event in St. Peter Ording did not count to the IKA world rankings anymore. All other events after St. Peter Ording had then be cancelled by the now VKWC/WKT.

In the Freestyle discipline, Karolina Winkowksa (POL, Slingshot – 3055 points) defends her 2014 World Title. Second place is secured by Bruna Kajiya (BRA, Airush – 2900 points) only a mere 17 points ahead of Gisela Pulido (ESP, Best – 2883 points).

The mens freestyle competitions were dominated by Carlos Marios (BRA, Slingshot – 2661 points) ahead of 2014 world champion Christophe Tack (BEL, Liquidforce – 2490 points). Again in third place in 2015 is five time world champion Aaron Hadlow (GBR, North – 2460 points). Liam Whaley, Carlos’ strongest competitor, unfortunately missed the event in Fuerteventura due to injury, which put him outside of any medal contention for the 2015 season.

It is important to note that, as confirmed by ISAF / World Sailing, the former PKRA/VKWC/PKT/WKT is not entitled to award any world titles in the ISAF / World Sailing kiteboarding classes.

The 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championship rules, qualification system and calendar will be published shortly.

Source: IKA

New Format for Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour

The Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour is back in 2016 with more stops and a new format, announced Rick Tinker, president of Skier’s Choice. Developed and conceived in 2015, the 2016 surf series is expanding to four stops, up one from 2015, allowing riders to show off their skills to the wake world at more locales. The Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour will visit cities in the United States including Texas, North Carolina, Washington and Indiana.

Sharing venues and dates with the Pro Wakeboard Tour, the 2016 Supra Boats Pro Wakesurf Tour will take place at the following locations:

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – May 7, 2016
Mooresville, NC – June 18, 2016, at Stumpy Creek, Lake Norman
Monroe, WA – July 9, 2016, at Lake Tye
Indianapolis, IN – August 6, 2016, at Precedent Office Park
The new “pick your best ride” format surf and skim events into one discipline. Riders will have the option to compete using a surf or skim board to throw down their best run.

“The CWSA is pleased to participate with Supra Boats in this new and innovative format for Competitive Wake Surfing,” said Scott Culp, head of the CWSA. “The opportunity to challenge the riders in head-to-head competition of both surf and skim style riders will be exciting to watch. This format could be a “back to the future” glimpse into the evolution of Competitive Wake Surfing.”

The official towboat for the 2016 tour will be the all-new Supra SA550 because of its clean, consistent and massive wakes. The Supra Boats’ wakes push pros to new levels while preserving strict handling and a balanced ride for the driver and judges in the boat. The 2016 Supra Boats are powered with the high-torque ROUSH charged 6.2L Ford Raptor Engine by Indmar.

Source: Supra Boats PWT

Ribeira Pumps for World Junior Surfing Championship

Soli Bailey (AUS) lay back on a solid section at Ribeira d’Ilhas. Image: WSL / Masurel

The Ericeira World Junior Championships resumed in improving conditions at the primary venue of Ribeira d’Ilhas and delivered an action-packed exciting day of competitive surfing. Juniors took on the throaty morning sets and consistently performed excellent surfing on the cleaning conditions throughout the day.

Lucas Silveira (BRA), 19, secured the only perfect 10 point ride of the event so far, for a beautiful set wave surfed to perfection on his forehand. The young Brazilian attacked a clean wall with full power and sharp rail game to advance into the fourth round.

“The waves were really fun today, they finally cleaned up and we came back here to Ribeira, I’m really glad I survived the first few days in difficult conditions at the other beach,” Silveira reflected. “I’ve been to a lot of World Juniors and never went past round 3 and this is my last year so I’m super happy to improve on that.”

In the final heat of the day, Silveira continued to show his dominant self with yet another one-way heat against form surfer Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI). Silveira started extra late on a set wave to defend his priority and managed to work around a long foamy section to reach a clean shoulder and perform for a 9 point ride and his ticket for the quarters.

“Everyone is surfing really well, it’s going to come down to surfing smart and wave selection cause everyone can surf rally good on a perfect wave,” Silver continued. “I love these conditions, there’s a lot of power to this wave and even if it gets smaller tomorrow I’m sure it’ll be fun. I’ll be using the same board and I’m feeling really confident.”

Mihimana Braye (PYF), 20, secured one of the day’s top performances, building momentum from his Round 3 early morning clash to culminate with an incredible 9.67 ride to belt his ticket for the quarterfinals. The Tahitian’s backhand attack was flawless and his commitment on the meaty sections of Ribeira d’Ilhas were rewarded accordingly by the judges panel.

“I’m stoked, for me Deivid Silva was the best surfer in this event and I can’t believe I’ve beat him,” Braye said. “I had a good heat before, my board works well and I’m confident so I just focused on my surfing and did the job. I feel great right now and I hope to go as far as I can tomorrow.”

Perennial threat Soli Bailey (AUS), 20, continued his successful campaign in Ericeira and will now face another strong contender in the name of Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) when competition resumes. Bailey, who placed fifth in this event in 2014 will have the opportunity to improve on finals day Wednesday.

“There’s more than one option out there now and it’s hard to pick, before you could tell what a good wave was just cause it had a bit of green wall,” Bailey explained. “I’ve been riding the same boards all of last year and until now and in all conditions so I’m used to them and they feel great. I’m staying by myself here and it’s great, it’s good to have a bit of time for yourself and stay focused on the job.”

Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), 18, dispatched of Portugal’s last hope of a men’s junior title in Tomas Fernandes (PRT), in an intense heat decided in the very final moments of a 25-minute confrontation.

“The start of my heat was really bad but I didn’t give up and with five minutes remaining I got a great wave and an 8.6 which was what I needed,” Fioravanti said. “At the end of the heat I still had a bit of pressure cause Tomas had an 8 too and I knew he could get another one if he had a wave for it, he’s such a great surfer over here and with all his friends and family over here he definitely has that fire to just go for it. I’m really super happy to win that one.”

Competitors and event officials will reconvene Wednesday at 7:30AM for the final call of this year’s Ericeira World Junior Championships.

MagicSeaWeed, official forecasters for the event, are calling for:

Still strong signs of improving conditions from Monday with Tuesday the first day of lighter winds and although it’s hard to pin final numbers on it at this stage signs that Wednesday *could* offer both lighter or offshore winds and contestable sized swell at the main venue.

QF 1: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)
QF 2: Timothee Bisso (GLP) vs. Mihimana Braye (PYF)
QF 3: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) vs. O’Neill Massin (PYF)
QF 4: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Lucas Silveira (BRA)

SF 1: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) vs. Mahina Maeda (HAW)
SF 2: Holly Wawn (AUS) vs. Isabella Nichols (AUS)

Heat 1: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 14.83 def. Hiroto Arai (JPN) 10.83
Heat 2: Soli Bailey (AUS) 14.70 def. Noah Schweizer (USA) 10.50
Heat 3: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 14.87 def. Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.00
Heat 4: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 18.57 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.34
Heat 5: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 15.10 def. Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 13.43
Heat 6: O’Neill Massin (PYF) 15.17 def. Kai Hing (AUS) 11.00
Heat 7: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) def. Kalani David (HAW)
Heat 8: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 16.83 def. Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.17

Heat 4: Soli Bailey (AUS) .11.50 def Jacob Willcox (AUS) 4.10
Heat 5: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 12.04 def. Daniel Glenn (USA) 9.27
Heat 6: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 12.06 def. Alcides Neto (BRA) 11.87
Heat 7: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 16.23 def. Takumi Yasui (JPN) 10.00
Heat 8: Deivid Silva (BRA) 11.50 def. Shane Sykes (ZAF) 10.67
Heat 9: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 15.50 def. Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 6.93
Heat 10: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.77 def. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 8.40
Heat 11: O’Neill Massin (PYF) 13.50 def. Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 10.84
Heat 12: Kai Hing (AUS) 16.23 def. Joshua Moniz (HAW) 12.13
Heat 13: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.83 def. Harry Bryant (AUS) 10.23
Heat 14: Kalani David (HAW) 14.70 def. Benji Brand (HAW) 13.37
Heat 15: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 14.50 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 9.20
Heat 16: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 18.77 def. Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 9.67

Source: WSL

Video – Snowkiting in the French Alps

Go on-board with lolo BSD airlines, when he had the chance to ride the first snow of 2016 in the French Alps in the beginning of January he did not hesitate one moment… Once again, FLYSURFER rider Laurent “Lolo BSD” Guyot, tries to push the limits of extreme snowkite loops! So sit down and enjoy the show 😉

Shot & Edited by: BSD productions – You can follow lolo on his website: lolobsd.com

Erik Abel launches World Surf Reserve Prints to Benefit Save The Waves

Artist Erik Abel has designed a series of prints featuring famed global surf breaks to benefit coastal conservation nonprofit Save The Waves.

Abel, who is an Artist Ambassador for Save The Waves, designed a series of prints commemorating the four most recent World Surf Reserves that Save The Waves has protected through their programs. Each print features an iconic symbol of the location, honoring both the break and local culture.

Abel inside of an Indonesian Gem. Image: abelarts.com
Abel inside of an Indonesian Gem. Image: abelarts.com

The World Reserves Program (WSR) is designed to identify, designate, and preserve outstanding waves, surf zones, and surrounding environments throughout the world. Save The Waves has partnered with local communities to implement seven WSRs to date. By creating these WSRs, Save The Waves is able to support the protection of key environmental, cultural, economic, and community attributes of surfing areas.

The vibrant 12”x18” prints are printed on premium 80# stock paper that is FSC-Certified and acid-free. They are available for sale at savethewaves.org for $20 each or $70 for the set, with sales benefitting Save The Waves’ ongoing conservation work.

“Save The Waves is one of the most effective organizations out there, “says Abel of his nonprofit partner. “The work they do towards conserving these legendary spots is critical and long lasting. I’m honored my art can raise funds for such a great cause.”

In addition to designing these prints, Abel is the artist behind Save The Waves’ 2015 Life Is A Wave artwork, their Lobos Por Siempre campaign swag, and 2013 Patagonia Cause T-shirt.

Save the Waves - Abel Arts

Source: Abel Arts

About Erik Abel: Erik Abel is a surfer and internationally recognized artist living in the Pacific Northwest. Abel finds inspiration in the ocean and nature and has focused his career on supporting environmental causes through his work. His original artwork is featured in galleries across the country. His licensing and design clients include Billabong, Reef, REI, Sector 9, and Patagonia. Original paintings, illustrations, and commercial design work can be viewed at abelarts.com