Category Archives: Surf

Current World Junior Champion, Jack Freestone, is currently starring in a new episode of Fairly Normal, which debuted last Wednesday.

Fairly Normal is a new series that chronicles the somewhat peculiar domestic situations surfers have come to find normal around the globe, giving you a pretty interesting look at what these traveling athletes consider normal.

This one’s a cool episode featuring Jack. Many of you may have seen his breakthrough performance in Dear Suburbia — which saw him do some amazing moves at Indo’s cutest beachbreak next to Dane, Kolohe and Taj without missing a beat.

Check out the episode to gain an inside look at a perfect day with Jack. This includes “coffee, shit-talking, a fun surf at D-Bah, lunch, shit-talking resumes, another really fun surf at Kirra, a beer on the veranda, barbecue. Fin!”

He also stars in a very candid conversation/interview in What Youth Issue 3, which is available this Thursday, February 14th. Surfer LOVE! Continue reading

The first showdown of the Standup World Tour’s 2013 tour is coming up with the highly-anticipated Sunset Beach Pro on Oahu’s north shore, which began yesterday, February 7, 2013.

Arguably the most iconic event on the Stand Up World Tour Calendar, the Sunset Beach Pro brings together the world’s best against one of the world’s most infamous waves, found at the heart of Oahu’s Fabled North Shore.

2012 World Champ Brazilian Leco Salazar will be defending his title among some formidable competitors to capture the first points of the year toward the World Title.

Also, the Women’s World Championship Tour will be officially launched here. From Feb 6-10, the women will be battling it out at the Waterman League’s Headquarters at Turtle Bay. The Turtle Bay Women’s Pro will mark the launch of a 4 event series in that will start here in Hawaii, then head to Brazil (Ubatuba), California and close in October in France (La Torche).

Here is an overview of the 2013 schedule:

Sunset Beach Pro, Oahu: February 7th – 15th (Na Kama Kai Youth event and preliminary rounds of Women’s event to be held at Turtle Bay on 6th February)
Ubatuba Grand Slam, Brazil: April 16th – 21st
Rottnest Island Pro, W. Australia: May 21st – 29th (TBC)
So. Cal Grand Slam, California: September 17th – 22nd
La Torche Pro, France: October 26th – November 3rd
Finals (Location TBD): December 7th – 15th

The entire event will be live broadcast and daily highlights will also go live at the event microsite that can be accessed thru www.standupworldtour.com, or directly at www.sunsetbeachpro.com.

With live broadcasts from all events, increased global TV airtime, launch of the new Stand Up World Tour rulebook and increase in prestige and impact at all events, 2013 promises to be the best yet. Continue reading

Master surf film maker Jack McCoy’s Red Carpet World Premier Event of “A Deeper Shade of Blue” will be next Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. With “A Deeper Shade of Blue,” McCoy ventures into a new realm: … Continue reading

 

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To celebrate Joel Parkinson’s maiden world title, Billabong has created a tribute book documenting Parko’s journey from an 11 year old rug rat to 2012 ASP World Champion. This book features the high points, and low points of his career, from severing his heal in 2009 to winning the World Title in an epic showdown at Hawaii’s Pipeline.

After 12 years on tour, Parko (AUS) 31, won the Bilabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons last month to clinch the 2012 ASP World Title. Prior to this win, Parkinson was just shy of the world title four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2011).

Only Parko and reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, were in contention for the world title heading into the final day. With Slater’s loss to Josh Kerr (AUS), 28, in the semi-final, Parkinson’s dream became reality. Parkinson went on to beat Kerr in the final.

On the personal front, Joel married his high school sweetheart, Monica, and they have three children: two daughters, Evie and Macy, and a son Mahli. “Family is his first love… you can say surfing is like his mistress,” notes friend and filmmaker Kendall O’Brien in the book.

Here are some photos from the book, but check it out online here: http://www.billabong.com.au/parko Continue reading