Category Archives: Surf

Congratulations to surf photographer Peter “Joli” Wilson who has won Nikon‘s 2013 Photo of the Year award!

The Nikon Surf Photo of the Year is a prestigious award recognizing the best single surfing-themed image taken by an Australian photographer. The photo can be taken anywhere around the world and can be drawn from action, water, lifestyle, lineup or portrait photography.

Previous winners have included Jon Frank, Stuart Gibson and Jeremy Wilmotte, whose images are published and recognized around the world.

Below is Joli’s amazing winning photo from Cloudbreak, Tavanua, Fiji.

Here’s last year winning photo by Ray Collins:

And here are 2 of the other finalists’ beautiful photos, this one by Deb Morris:

and this gorgeous photo by Andrew Chisholm

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Check out these pics of bikini-clad Rihanna as she roars around on the back of pro surfer Makua Rothman’s Kawasaki watercraft and continues to celebrate her 25th birthday.

The incredibly talented artist known for hits such as “Umbrella,” “Where Have You Been, and “Diamonds” showed off her bikini body as she indulged in her favorite pastime. Make-up free and her hair drenched with water, the pop star was seen holding onto the back of the jet-ski as Rothman sped around the Hawaiian waters, having a ball with the world champion Hawaiian big wave surfer, musician and actor.

Makua began surfing at the early age of two years old, but began tow-in surfing at the age of 13 when his dad and family friend Darrick Doerner, a pioneer in tow-in surfing, first taught Makua. Makua eventually learned the ropes of tow-in surfing and in 2002 won the Billabong XXL Big Wave Challenge Award in one of the most historic big-wave sessions in history. His fearless surfing of the 66 foot wave earned him $66,000, a thousand dollars for every foot. It was the largest wave in the world to be surfed that winter. Makua is currently sponsored by RVCA.


Happy Birthday Riri!
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If you haven’t already heard, we’ll get to see the “go for broke” surfing style of the enigmatic Dane Reynolds (USA), 27, who is officially a wildcard for the 2013 Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks, which is coming up from March 2nd – 13th. It’s the best kind of news for fans, who love Dane’s experimental and aerial maneuvers.

In round one at Snapper, Dane will either face Kelly once again, or world champ Joel Parkinson.

“As a wildcard you’re automatically the lowest seed in the contest so you get a really tough draw in the first three rounds which makes it really exciting but also really difficult,” Dane said. “Those guys have a crazy heat win record. They’re on top for a reason and you definitely have to surf your best to even have a chance. Joel would definitely be a fun heat but I’d like to surf against Kelly too, that’s always an experience.”

But of course, we all want to know… will he ever plan to return to tour? “Never say never, but it’s unlikely in the near future,” said Dane.

Well, his presence at Snapper is good enough for now.

In the meantime, NY locals can head to Pilgrim Surf + Supply in Brooklyn this Friday and check out Dane’s latest photo installation, as well as his apparel collaboration with Vans.

And of course, you can get your original Vans gear here at Beckersurf.com Continue reading

We may all know Alana Blanchard, 22, as an American professional surfer (and one of the best female surfers at that). I mean, Alana does surf on the ASP World Tour – nothing to sneeze at. But now we can add to her resume: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model. Alana is in the SI Swimsuit 2013 edition that just hit newsstands.

It was pretty much a no-brainer to include Alana in the issue according to MJ Day, senior editor of SI Swimsuit. “She embodies the ideal that we strive to represent at SI Swimsuit. Beautiful, healthy, active and empowered, Alana charges waves and life the way we do here at Swimsuit. She is the ultimate beach girl and she can rock a bikini like nobody’s business!”

Check out the issue where she models some fab Rip Curl bikinis, which she has been involved in designing for the past 3 years.

Plus, check out the video below from Sports Illustrated on Alana. Alana was photographed by James Macari in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Today is AI (Andy Irons) day. The Governor of Hawaii declared February 13, 2013 as Andy Irons Day. Forever. Irons learned to surf on the dangerous and shallow reefs of the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii.

As we know, Andy’s life touched thousands of surfers everywhere with his surfing skills, determination, and personality of smiles and fires. He sadly left us and the surfing world when he was only 32 on November 2, 2010… much too young and too soon. Andy is survived by his wife Lyndie and son Andy Axel Irons, who was born 2 months after his death.

In honor of Andy, the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar, check out his “I Surf Because” video above, his biggest wipeout video below

And here are some of his most famous quotes:

I am the people’s champ.
I can’t get mad at losing if the guy I lost to wins the contest.
I have my friends, and I surf because it’s what I have always loved doing.
To me, failure is not living up to my potential.
You got to go in the mud sometimes to figure who you are.

Make sure to check out the AI collection here. Find out the background story behind all the tees here. Continue reading