There were massive upsets yesterday with both Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson out of the running. Now it is down to 8: 4 Aussies, 3 Brazilians, and 1 South African.

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Stop No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach recommences the hunt for this year’s world surfing crown. Clearly, the game is on as evidenced by the high-performance surfing, which yielded some incredible upsets and astonishing surfing action.

Sadly, Parko was ripping and surfed a flawless heat against Brazilian Raoni Monteiro, 30, but lost with scores of a 10 and a 9.10 to Monteiro’s 10 and 9.16. When was the last time that has happened? And, Kelly Slater was knocked in the previous heat by injury replacement Willian Cordoso (BRA), 27. But, this definitely opens up the World Title race and everyone left in the field will be thinking about it heading into the next few days.

According to Parko, “No one ever wants to lose. No one wants to lose with a 10 and a 9 either, but Raoni is surfing really well and if he beats me with those kind of scores then he definitely deserves credit. Losing out at Bells early is a lost opportunity, but it’s a long season ahead. I’m going to regroup and focus on Brazil.”

Jordy Smith, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, and Adriano de Souza are the top seed still in contention, at the Quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2013.

Here’s the match-up:
Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Nat Young (AUS)
Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)
Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)

After this, the next stop on the tour is Billabong Rio Pro, which runs from May 8 – 19, 2013.
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Billabong Team Rider, surfer & activist Lauren Hill heads to Southern India tomorrow to document how surfing, yoga, and ecological creativity are bringing hope and fueling change for the local Indian people and the Planet in a film called “Beyond the Surface.”

This documentary that will touch upon eco-tourism, youth and women’s empowerment, biocentrism, and personal growth… all set against the background pursuit of India’s perfect waves, highlighting the undeniable power of surfing to bring joy amongst suffering. Moreover, the women discover more about themselves, exchange life experiences and – through the medium of film – inspire others to seek a deeper connection to their fellow humans and to the wonder of nature.

It is filmed by award winning cinematographer, Dave Homcy, who aims to capture documentary-style interviews with the local Indian community, and share these stories with the global surf community and beyond. Homcy is best know for critically acclaimed work in Sliding Liberia, Surfwise, A Broke Down Melody, El Mar Mi Alma, Come Hell or High Water, One Track Mind, Shelter, and Dear and Yonder.

The group is teaming up with Beyond The Surface International, a Non-Profit organization whose mission is to use surfing as a highly effective tool to assimilate underprivileged, homeless and orphaned children into society. They have been able to strengthen and create communities to promote social justice and peace.

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The Billabong XXL Awards, surfing’s annual big-wave awards show, recently announced their list of nominees in four of their six categories. Nominees announced are for the Ride of the Year, the Pacifico Paddle Award, the XXL Big Wave Award, and the Pacifico Tube Award. Finalists for the worst wipeout and an overall female performance award will not be released until April.

Photo credit: Noyle.

All points of the compass are represented in this year’s Billabong XXL Awards, as nominees submitted big-wave surfing videos from around the globe: north, south, east and west.

At the top of the list, Hawaii’s Shane Dorian was nominated in four of the possible categories and California’s Shawn Dollar was nominated in three.

Videos will be judged and voted upon with the winners to be announced on May 3 at the annual awards show in California. It will also be streamed live at

Here is the list of nominees:

(Surfer prize $50,000 — Video prize $5,000)
SHAWN DOLLAR (Santa Cruz, California) at Cortes Bank. (Video by Steve Kennedy.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Video by Elliot Leboe.)
GREG LONG (San Clemente, California) at Jaws. (Video by Bruno Lemos.)
REEF MCINTOSH (Kauai, Hawaii) at Cloudbreak. (Video by Talon Clemos.)
DAVE WASSEL (Kaneohe, Hawaii) at Cloudbreak. (Video by Nick Pollet.)

(Surfer prize $20,000 — Photo/video prize $4,000)
GRANT BAKER (Durban, South Africa) at Cortes Bank. (Photos by Pat Stacy. Video by Neil Goss.)
SHAWN DOLLAR (Santa Cruz, California) at Cortes Bank. (Photos by Robert Brown, Rob Gilley, Greg Huglin, Frank Quirarte and Pat Stacy. Video by Jason Murray.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Jace Panebianco.)
MATT MEOLA (Haiku, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Bruno Lemos and PhotoBrent. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
MAKUA ROTHMAN (Sunset Beach, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Eric Aeder, Sean Hower, Bruno Lemos, and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Elliot Leboe.)

(Surfer prize $10,000 — Photo/video prize $4,000)
DANILO COUTO (Bahia, Brazil) at Mullaghmore Head. (Photo by Laurent Pujol,. Video by Sebastian Muller.)
SHAWN DOLLAR (Santa Cruz, California) at Cortes Bank. (Photos by Robert Brown, Rob Gilley, Greg Huglin, Frank Quirarte and Pat Stacy. Video by Neil Gross.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
KEALII MAMALA (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Nazaré. (Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Luis Bento, Greg Huglin, To Mane, Wilson Ribeiro and Ricardo Bravo Santos. Video by Greg Huglin.)
ANTONIO SILVA (Cascais, Portugal) at Nazaré. (Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Diogo D’Orey and Ricardo Bravo Santos. Video by Greg Huglin.)

(Surfer prize $5,000 — Still photography prize $2,000)
PETER CONROY (Miltown, Malbray, Ireland) at Mullaghmore Head. (Photos by Roo McCrudden.)
SHANE DORIAN (Kona, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer.)
REEF MCINTOSH (Kauai, Hawaii) at Cloudbreak. (Photos by Fred Pompermayer, Rusty Russel and Tom Servais.)
RAMON NAVARRO (Pichilemu, Chile) at Cloudbreak. (Photos by PhotoBrent and Rusty Russell.)
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The Big Wave World Tour has successfully completed its fourth season and Greg Long is crowned Big Wave World Champion for 2012/2013 The crowning happened last night at the Surfing Heritage Foundation Museum in San Clemente, CA. Long’s competitors (and … Continue reading

The first book to ever exclusively focus on surfing, The Surf Riders of Hawaii, will be auctioned off on May 11 through the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction at the OC Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa. It is expected to raise upwards of $30,000. That’s a whole lotta dough!

The Surf Riders of Hawaii was first printed in 1914 by surfer/photographer A.R. Gurrey and highlights surfers in Waikiki between the years 1910 and 1914.

It’s been estimated that only between six and eight copies of The Surf Riders of Hawaii were printed, making this one of the rarest pieces of surf memorabilia in existence. Each version of the book was assembled and bound by hand and the images were printed on silver-processed paper. A separate copy of the book recently sold for $37,000 in a Sotheby’s auction.

The man responsible for creating the book, A.R. Gurrey, is regarded as the father of surf photography. Gurrey was also a surfer, close friend of Duke Kahanamoku, and member of the Hui Nalu surf club. Duke Kahanamoku, appears extensively throughout all of the books.

“The Surf Riders of Hawaii is the first book ever done exclusively about surfing,” said Joel Smith, an expert on the book. “This is a pretty remarkable piece…it’s a landmark in surf literature because it’s the first book dedicated to the sport.”

Who’s diving in for the bidding? Going once, twice… sold to someone who wants to have a fantastic piece of surfing history!
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