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The second annual Steep and Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge, which is being held in memory of Sion Milosky, a big-wave surfer who drowned at surf spot Mavericks in 2011, began last week on November 10.

The contest returns after a successful inaugural event, with Billy Kemper and photographer Zak Noyle getting the top prize for their dreamy, backlit Pipe bomb. This year there is even more prize money at stake.

According to Surfing Magazine which is sponsoring the contest, “Sion was an extraordinarily talented and humble family man. His unparalleled bravery in big waves and his first passion, charging Pipeline, made a lasting impact on the greater surf world. Steep and Deep celebrates the commitment that Sion embodied by rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter from Pipeline or Backdoor.”

Photographers and surfers have from Nov. 10 until Feb. 10 to shoot the two Hawaiian waves, rewarding the surfer and photographer who link up for the best water photograph of the winter. All surfers and photographers, regardless of magazine or brand affiliation, are eligible to enter. The winners will receive $2,500 each and Vans will match the winnings by donating $5,000 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund, which was set up to help Milosky’s wife and two young children.

All entries must occur during free surf sessions — no waves ridden during a heat will be considered. Images will be judged by a panel of Sion’s peers, Pipeline specialists and photography experts.

Surfers and photographers can register in person at Sunset Beach Elementary on November 12, 6 to 9pm, or via email at The last day to register is November 30. A donation of $20.00 to the Sion Milosky Memorial Fund is suggested upon registration. All who participate will receive a T-Shirt and Live Like Sion stickers.

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Mavericks Invitational organizers are preparing for the 2012 winter season, which started on November 9, 2012, with the traditional Opening Ceremony and Paddle Out. The season runs through March 31, 2013. The actual contest day happens when wave height and weather conditions are perfect, and organizers make “the call” to hold the contest with 24-hour notice.

Held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located just offshore Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay, and 20 minutes south of San Francisco, The Mavericks Invitational is a one-day, invitation-only surfing competition and the world’s premier, big wave surfing event. It is now part of the Big Wave World Tour.

After a strong winter storm in the northern Pacific Ocean, waves can routinely crest at over 25 feet and there’s even a claim that November 21, 2001 was a “100-foot Wednesday.” The Mavericks big-wave break, called a “voodoo wave” by Surfer magazine in 1992 is caused by an unusually-shaped underwater rock formation. Very few riders become big wave surfers; and of those, only a select few are willing to risk the hazardous conditions at Maverick’s.

This year, GoPro has signed on as the presenting sponsor. GoPro, maker of one of the world’s most versatile cameras which has produced some of today’s most engaging content, has made a two-year commitment to the contest.

The association with BWWT allows those surfers who are part of the tour to use their performance at Mavericks as part of their overall scoring for the season. The 24 most daring big-wave surfers in the world attempt to tame the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the 2012 winter season.

Below is the list of invitees. For additional details and to register for contest alerts, visit


  1. Matt Ambrose (Pacifica, CA)
  2. Ryan Augenstein (Santa Cruz, CA)
  3. Grant “Twiggy” Baker (South Africa)
  4. Chris Bertish (South Africa)
  5. Carlos Burle (Brazil)
  6. Ken “Skindog” Collins (Santa Cruz, CA)
  7. Shane Desmond (Santa Cruz, CA)
  8. Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, CA)
  9. Shane Dorian (Hawaii)
  10. Nathan Fletcher (San Clemente, CA)
  11. Mark Healey (Hawaii)
  12. Rusty Long (San Clemente, CA)
  13. Greg Long (San Clemente, CA)
  14. Alex Martins (Brazil)
  15. Peter Mel (Santa Cruz, CA)
  16. Ryan Seelbach (San Francisco, CA)
  17. Kelly Slater (Florida)
  18. Tyler Smith (Santa Cruz, CA)
  19. Jamie Sterling (Hawaii)
  20. Anthony Tashnick (Santa Cruz, CA)
  21. Grant Washburn (San Francisco, CA)
  22. Dave Wassel (Hawaii)
  23. Ben Wilkinson (Australia)
  24. Zach Wormhoudt (Santa Cruz, CA)


  1. Tyler Fox (Santa Cruz)
  2. Josh Loya (Santa Cruz)
  3. Colin Dwyer (Pacifica)
  4. Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz)
  5. Danilo Couto (Brazil)
  6. Derek Dunfee (San Diego)
  7. Ben Andrews (San Francisco)
  8. Andrew Marr (South Africa)
  9. Travis Payne (Pacifica)
  10. Ion Banner (Half Moon Bay)
  11. Kohl Christensen (Hawaii)
  12. Shawn Rhodes (Pacifica)
  13. Mike Gerhardt (Santa Cruz)
  14. Garret McNamara (Hawaii)
  15. Russel Smith (Santa Cruz)
  16. Jamie Mitchel (Australia)
  17. Frank Solomon (South Africa)

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This Time Tomorrow, the latest film from Taylor Steele which made its world premiere headliner at the New York Surf Film Festival this past September, will premiere at The Malibu Inn tomorrow night, Thursday, November 8, 2012. A live performance by punk surf band Agent Orange will follow.

The film follows Dave Rastovich and Craig Anderson as they chase last year’s infamous “Condition Black” swell from Tahiti to Mexico to California to Alaska, surfing the same waves in each location. It’s a crazy and exciting run, and the film really conveys the “happiness through exhaustion” that Rasta noted about the filming of the movie.

The film documents an epic pacific swell chase over 8 days and 18,000 miles traveled. Rasta and Ando track waves generated from this single storm in an exhausting attempt to surf the same wave twice as they go Eastward through the Pacific. They head through Teahupo’o to endless points breaks of Mexico and onwards toward a frosty Arctic conclusion. They also catch up with friends Kelly Slater, Chris del Moro, Alex Grey and Dan Molloy in their journey.

This Time Tomorrow Film Premier starts at 9:00pm.

Agent Orange, one of the first bands to mix punk rock with surf music, will perform afterwards at 10:30pm.

There will be raffle prizes throughout the night, from Billabong, FreedomArtist, BubuLulu, Go Pro, and yours truly, Becker Surf. We will also have a local night’s sale at our Becker Malibu store from 6-8pm before the film.

Proceeds from the raffle will go towards Jimmy Gamboa’s Therasurf. THERAsurf is committed to the belief that there is healing energy in the power of the ocean. The goal is to provide children with special needs the opportunity to benefit from that positive energy by safely getting them into the water, and up on waves.

Event Details:
Where: The Malibu Inn, 22969 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
Doors at 8:00pm

All Ages from 8pm to after the film. 18 and over after the film.

$10 before 9pm and $15 after 9pm.

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The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which runs from November 12 – December 20 in the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with $1Million in prize money. This year, there will also be a one-time $100,000 winner-takes-all cash bonus for the Triple Crown champion. Other goodies for the winner include a $30,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle from JN Automotive, and a custom $10,000 jewel encrusted Nixon watch.

Obviously, the Triple Crown of Surfing is a 3-event series. The final event of the 3-event series — the Billabong Pipe Masters — is the final event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour and will crown the year’s ASP World Surfing Champion.

The Vans Triple Crown champion title is awarded to the top performing surfer after all three of the events of the series:

    Nov. 12-24, Haleiwa Ali’i Beach
    ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000
    Defending Champion: Taj Burrow (Australia)
    Nov. 25-Dec.6, Sunset Beach
    ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000
    Defending Champion: John John Florence (Hawaii)
    Dec. 8-20, Banzai Pipeline
    ASP World Tour Prize Purse: $425,000
    Defending Champion: Kieren Perrow (Australia)

25 of the top 32 ranked surfers in the world are entered into the series, which pretty much guarantees an exciting surfing battle. We’re looking forward to watching 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and defending champion John John Florence, who last year at aged 19 became the youngest surfer to ever win the Triple Crown title, carve the waves. Slater last won the title in 1998.

This will be the largest global broadcast of professional surfing in history, broadcasting events into more than 200 million homes worldwide. . A list of networks and stations by country will be posted to as soon as it is available.

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Is it Winter already? Yes, according to the Hawaii surf schedule. The first major winter swell is preparing to hit the Hawaiian Islands, just in time for the HIC PRO at Sunset Beach, starting Monday, October 29, and running through November 10. The HIC PRO, a $95,000 4-star rated Association of Surfing Professionals event, launches the 2012/13 North Shore big wave winter competition season.

The HIC PRO, known as a launching pad for local rising surf stars, offers critical points for surfers looking to elevate their international ranking and is a local qualifier for the 30th Anniversary $1 Million Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that will follow from November 12 through December 20.

A total of 144 surfers from 13 nations will compete in the HIC PRO, with half of its representation by local Hawaii surfers. The 4-star rating of the event makes it a critical source of ASP ratings points for all who have entered. Athletes will come from as far away as Argentina, France, and Australia.

The defending champion is 18-year old Ezekiel Lau, who just graduated from Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu and who just last week placed second in the ASP World Junior Championships in Bali. According to Lau, “I’m not approaching [the HIC PRO] as defending champion. It’s a brand new year, so it’s time to start all fresh and do it all over again. But I’m comfortable at home, I’m feeling relaxed, and I’ll just do what I have to do.”

The newly crowned ASP World Junior champion – Australia’s Jack Freestone – is also entered into the event. Other notable HIC PRO contenders include Hawaii’s Sebastian Zietz, 6-time Vans Triple Crown champion Sunny Garcia, former HIC Pro champions Billy Kemper, Pancho Sullivan and Myles Padaca, and Maui’s Ian Walsh and Clay Marzo. International contenders include #1 seed Jean De Silva (Brazil), former world champion Mark Occhilupo (Australia), and Joan Duru (France).

The HIC PRO will be webcast live at, and broadcast on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Hawaii and on the US West Coast on Time Warner Cable SportsNet (check local listings).

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