21-year old Billabong Team Rider and resident Aussie Laura Enever has got lots going on, and it’s anything but dull. She’s free and lively, and this latest digital short from GoodCheer shows that she’s ready to take whatever life hands her way.
Im Laura is the first episode of a quarterly series that follows what Laura calls the most amazing year of her life. Episode one, A New Beginning, kicks off on the Gold Coast at the Roxy Pro, where Laura shows why she’s in her 3rd year competing on the ASP World Tour with slick moves and natural surfing skills. And then there’s her other side, where we see Laura kickin’ back and having fun out at the birthday party of a young pal named Pacha.
Having racked up several major accolades such as 2008 Triple Crown Rookie of the Year, and 2008 ISA and 2009 ASP World Jr Champion, coupled with her bold, edgy and fun style, Laura is on the brink of huge things both in and out of the water.
Smart surfers know that it’s not just about shaping and surfing skills, but their equipment that can be key to a good ride. I mean, did you know that having two sets of fins can make it seem like you have more surfboards? Fins play a decisive role in surfing and surfboard performance. So, how to choose a set of new fins? Although surf fins have lots of different characteristics that will affect a surfer’s ride (including material, flexibility, and size), below is the quick rule of thumb.
Larger Fins: Get larger fins if you are a larger, heavier surfer. You’ll want a fin set with more surface area to provide more hold. Strong, powerful surfers should also consider a fin with more area. If your board has a wide tail, you’ll also require more fin area.
Smaller Fins: Get smaller fins if you want to make your board more forgiving. Smaller fins generally have more flexibility and it will help loosen a stiff board. Boards with narrower tails and thicker rails will also require less fin area.
With that in mind, here are a few of our top selling fins:
Future Fins FAM2 Techflex Fins The Future Fins AM2 Techflex fins are a popular template for the light footed large surfer. The large base with medium tip helps with powerful bottom turns and releasing the fins off the top. Try this laid back template in wrapping point breaks. $84.00.
FCS PG-5 Fins
The PG-5’s are very popular among the pros and are perfect for a variety of conditions and wave heights. This medium sized fin template will offer greater performance and liven up most any board. This is a perfect setup if you’re looking for a renowned, high performance design with excellent drive, pivot, and hold all across the board. $85.00.
Surfco Hawaii 4.5 Thruster Set
Super Flex Fins are Pro Teck Fins with a soft flexible core and soft edges, making it the ultimate safety fin for beginners, surf schools, and board rentals. Super Flex Fins are also for the surfer who wants a fun, very easy to turn and forgiving ride. $38.00.
Future Fins Jordy Fin This fin is the first of a series of Futures fins to be designed by Jordy Smith, geared towards high performance surfing in all conditions. Representing Jordy’s in-depth knowledge of his equipment, the fin features a large area that suits his big frame perfectly. It also has a wider base and thinner tip, and a template with laid back lines, accentuating Jordy’s effortless approach to a tee. $90.00. Continue reading →
Now, one of our favorite One & Only episode shows Santa Barbara’s Conner Coffin take his signature power and style to Hawaii and Lowers before putting on a backhand tube clinic at Teahupoo. Showing that power surfing is still alive and kicking, Conner’s One & Only edit is one enjoyable little ditty to showcase that sentiment.
According to Conner, “Perry and I have worked on mine over the last few weeks and I’m pretty pumped on how it turned out. It’s mostly just some random bits and pieces of footage that we accumulated over the little while. Some Hawaii leftovers, a lowers session and then a quick Tahiti trip. The song is by a local Carpinteria band called Pleasure. They shred.”
Enjoy this edit and get lost in for a few: http://stabmag.com/one-and-only-conner-coffin/
If you haven’t been keeping up with THE ISLE, the web series by Matt Meola and Albee Layer that premiered last February, you won’t want to miss this latest episode that kicks off Season Two.
In the first episode of Season Two, we watch as Matt Meola, Albee Layer, John John Florence and the rest of their crew prepare for the end of the year swell at Jaws. When the swell finally arrives, things get serious and Matt Meola drops in on a wave that nearly takes his life leaving him completely rattled.
“I was just under forever, and that’s when I thought I was gonna black out,” says Matt Meola of what his best pal, Albee Layer, describes as one of the biggest waves he’s ever seen at Jaws.
This series is good stuff, and as noted by StabMag, “their show… is one of surfing’s best.”
Surfing is back at the X Games, and Jordy Smith can now boast the first X Games gold medal, which he scooped up in the Real Surf competition last month. The South African surfer captured the best footage and beat 7 other pro surfers for the $50,000 prize: Matt Meola, Josh Kerr, Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, Chippa Wilson, Dion Agius, and Albee Layer.
To mark the global expansion of the 2013 X Games, surfing was added to the X Games, along with two other disciplines. Real Surf made its first splash last month, April 2nd, as part of X Games Foz do Iguaçu. Employing the all-video Real Series format, featured in tandem with each on-site action sports competition, the X Games will stage three new international events — Foz do Iguaçu, Munich and Barcelona.
The winner was decided by a panel of surf industry experts who evaluated the best 60-second video edits. “Real Surf is a great opportunity to take the concept of ‘best surfers in the best waves’ to the logical extreme,” says surf journalist and XGames.com Surf Editor Jake Howard. “Allowing the surfers to go out, surf their favorite waves and put together a video edit they’re proud of showcases their talents to the fullest. Rather than leaving a winner up to chance, or the whims of the ocean by being limited to whatever waves show up in a 30-minute heat.”
Jordy beat Chippa Wilson in round one, then Josh Kerr in round two, and finally, Gabriel Medina in the last round. “Most of my video was filmed in Africa, in Mozambique. My girlfriend Lyndall told me about this spot and I never believed her at first. I was like, ‘Yeah yeah, babe, just another little wave…,’” explains Jordy. “She ended up taking me there and I scored some of the best waves I’ve had in the last ten years, so I dedicate this one to her. All my family, friends and sponsors have been a massive help, as well. I’m over the moon.”
Judges Taylor Steele, Kai Neville, Brad Gerlach and Chris Cote delivered the silver and bronze medals to Chippa Wilson and Dion Agius, respectively. Gabriel Medina was voted the best Real Surf video by the surfing fans.
Congrats to Jordy on his win! Check out some of the awesome footage above.