Monthly Archives: November 2011

This past Saturday, November 12, began the final stop of the 2011 Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All). Now in its fifth consecutive year, The Nixon WTA awards custom, limited edition Nixon timepieces at four stops along the ASP World Tour. The four WTA challenges include: biggest air in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in May, the highest heat score in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, in July; heaviest wave at Teahupoo, Tahiti, in August; and the overall Triple Crown winner on the North Shore of Oahu in December. The WTA celebrates an achievement in the contest that may have otherwise gone forgotten.

The first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is the Reef Hawaiian Pro, which began this past Saturday, November 12. The Vans World Cup of Surfing (November 25 – December 6) and Billabong Pipe Masters (December 8 – 20) will round out the Triple Crown events. The overall winner, based on accumulation of most points during those contests, will walk away with a Nixon WTA victory.

Earlier in the year, Nixon WTA titles and watches were awarded to Josh Kerr for “Biggest Air” in Rio de Janeiro, Jordy Smith for “Highest Heat Score” in Jefferys Bay, and Jeremy Flores for “Heaviest Wave” in Teahupoo.

The Nixon WTA and overall Triple Crown of Surfing winner will take home bragging rights and a custom one-of-a-kind black ceramic automatic Nixon 51-30 watch. This Swiss made mechanical timepiece is adorned with 50 black diamonds on the bezel, six black sapphires, 95 black diamond accents, as well as a Hawaiian flag on the dial. The one-of-a-kind watch is customized with an engraved caseback of the Nixon WTA logo, an etched Hawaiian flag complimenting the sidewall of the case, and is valued at over $10,000 USD.

Defending his claim to the Nixon WTA and overall Triple Crown title this year is three-time event winner (2008, 2009, 2010), Joel Parkinson.

We’ll keep you posted leading up to the final crowning on December 20th, but in the meantime, you can watch video of each of the Nixon WTA Triple Crown contenders at: triplecrownofsurfing.com. Continue reading

Whoa! Surfer Garrett McNamara may have caught the biggest wave ever surfed – a 90-footer off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.

Hawaiian big-wave rider McNamara caught the monster wave in Praia do Norte off the coast of Nazaré this last week. The Nazaré Canyon, a deepwater canyon that measures 170 kilometers long and 5 kilometers deep, is home to one of the only deepwater canyons that run all the way to shore. McNamara performed this feat during the ZON North Canyon Show 201.

According to Surfing Today, McNamara was tow-in surfing with Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie, both from the U.K., when he suddenly caught this giant wave.

“I feel so blessed and honored to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery”, McNamara said in a release.

Prior to this wave, the biggest wave every caught on film was San Clemente surfer Mike Parsons 70-foot plus wave at Cortez Bank in 2008.

The wave and the surfer will no doubt be featured at the Billabong XXL awards in April, where the year’s biggest and baddest rides are highlighted and recognized by the surf industry.

Congrats on an awesome feat! Continue reading

The Four Seasons Maui is breathtaking in and of itself. Surrounded by white beaches, perfect azure and crystalline waters with aquatic wildlife, and volcanic terrain, it’s pretty much a paradise on earth… just perfect for lazy vacations. But, if you’re not one of those that can sit still and are an adventure seeker at heart, activity planning is on a new level with their Unforgettable Events Calendar. The calendar offers an array of activities for the adventure traveler looking for a more rugged and organic exploration of the island, but still retaining the Four Seasons’ signature services (ooh la la).

In the past, they’ve had an ashtanga yoga retreat, a wine dinner hosted by Napa Valley vineyard Opus One, and a Stars Under the Stars event at the Maui Film Festival, but we think the best is this cool surf adventure!

Led by big wave surfer and Hawaiian native Dave Kalama, his December Surf Camp, which runs from December 4-9, takes guests through for days of surfing and varieties including wave paddle surfing, canoe surfing, long boarding and windsurfing. In case you don’t know who he is, Kalama co-developed tow-in surfing with Laird Hamilton, Darrick Doerner and Buzzy Kerbox, giving them—and sport enthusiasts–the ability to catch the largest and fastest ocean waves.

Intermediate and advanced surfers will benefit from learning in one of the best pacific surf spots and from Kalama’s lifetime of experience in surfing and water sports. Participants in the December program not only benefit from escaping the cold weather, but may also have the opportunity to witness whale migration, which begins in December and runs through April.

This pre-holiday package includes:

  • 5 nights in luxury resort accommodations at Four Seasons Resort Maui
  • 4 days of surfing sessions
  • Full breakfast daily in DUO Restaurant
  • Daily use of the Surf Camp Hospitality Suite
  • Opening night and Closing Night dinners
  • $500 credit at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui

Pricing begins at $5,000. Fancy and fun! For more information, contact surf.maui@fourseasons.com. To reserve this package, please call 1 (808) 874 – 2204. Continue reading

The Global Wave Conference, an international symposium on the protection of waves, took place last week in two of the most beautiful destinations on the planet: Biarritz, France and San Sebastian-Donostia, Spain, on October 24th and 25th respectively. This was the first major international conference on the recognition of the value of the waves.

Surfers Against Sewage from the United Kingdom, Save the Waves Coalition based in Northern California, WiLDCOAST from Mexico, Surfbreak Protection Society from New Zealand, National Surfing Reserves from Australia, Portugal’s Salvem O Surf, and branches of the international Surfrider network (Australia, Argentina, Europe, Japan, Morocco, United States), along with scientific support of Dr. Tony Butt, who has a PhD in Physical Oceanography and has published 16 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over 200 other articles on waves and the coastal environment, were there on behalf to discuss the situation and next steps.

The conference highlighted that while the coasts are attracting more and more people and territories are seeking to protect against the effects of climatic disorder, conservation of surfing waves is becoming a major issue on many coastlines.

Waves come from the alignment of multiple environmental factors, themselves relatively uncertain. Since waves are vulnerable to any change in the environment that characterizes them, unfortunately, this is why many surf spots have now been altered…and some have even disappeared!

There are several types of threats that can cause the disappearance of a wave. The objective of the conference was to characterize what are the economic, social and environmental values of a surf zone to a coastal area, and focus on these three questions:

1. How Do You Define The Value of a Wave, and by Extension, of Nature?

2. What Are the Threats Facing the Waves?

3. Which Strategies Can Be Put into Place to Protect them?

Representatives of the political and scientific worlds, joined by engineers specializing in coastal development, discussed the issues surrounding waves within their respective areas of expertise.

For more details on the conference, check out: http://www.globalwaveconference.com/en/ Continue reading

We want to take this moment to remember surfing great Andy Irons, who passed away one year ago today. During the course of his professional career, Irons won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004) and is the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar.

To quote the words of fellow surfer Kelly Slater, “ An anniversary is best used for remembering the good things and letting it all sink in more so that the sadness fades away and the good memories remain. And if we learn anything from that, let it be that the positive impact of Andy and all our other friends who are gone bring us closer to the ones and the things that we love right here, right now.”

Andy Irons from Billabong on Vimeo.

RIP Andy Irons. Continue reading