What an amazing watch the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach contest was!
Mick Fanning made his run all the way to the final where he was just pipped at the post by Italo Ferreira who was on devastating form all the way through the competition!
It will be interesting to see the future unfold for both surfers, Mick surfing in exotic locations around the world, he already has the Rip Curl Search stickers on his board making it very clear what his intensions are!
And Italo who can surf better switch stance than many millions of surfers on the planet! If he can get some consistency and stay on form he has a real world title shot! and will be very hard to beat!
Good on ya Mick what an inspiration to so many! enjoy your retirement!
Video of the final at Bells Beach!
Video of Kelly testing new Firewire/Slater designs equipment the North Shore of Hawaii this week!What are some things Firewire are doing that is different?
Mark Price Firewire CEO says that they would like the other big players in the surfing industry to follow suit and manufacture sustainable eco surfboards. But understands that the smaller manufacturers are not in a position at this time Firewire has had to move its operation to Thailand just so they can be competitive .
Also that the WSL are totally behind their ethos but it will probably be a gradual process until one day the WSL Professional surfers will be riding more planet friendly equipment.
Mark Price admits that Firewire are not perfect yet but are constantly striving towards a totally sustainable product.
Mike Raven surfing his new Firewire Tomo Evo at Praia do Zavial in the Algarve, Portugal
I personally have bought a Frewire Tomo EVO recently and love the way it surfs and it has given me a new lease of life!
I also own a old Spitfire that is 6 years old, I surfed it hard for several years and then my son surfed it for a while and just recently I surfed it again! I could still sell it and someone else would be able to get more use out of it.
We are lucky to own a surf school in Lagos Portugal and I am able to test ride the board on the Algarve beaches
The price tag is high but the longevity in performance and condition more than justifies the price, not to mention all of the above reasons!
Hats off to fire wire!
All the above were taken from the presentation in the video below given by Mark Price CEO of Firewire Surfboards and is well worth a watch!:)
Video of Kelly Slaters wave first look!
A surfer will only have their allotted waves so they will be under new pressures to stay on and perform as the chance of another wave will no longer be available which should make things very exciting!
Video of the Future classic at Kelly Slaters Wav
Video of Bobby Martinez venting about pro surfing (Includes very bad language)
Martinez was band form competing on the world tour for life!
There are many confusing words in surfing! Words that mean something very different in the real world!:)
So when a surfer says that it is Corduroy! they mean that the swell lines are really good and stretching out to the horizon this would usually mean the wind is offshore or very light also which is good!
As you can see the corduroy lines in the image above on the west coast of the Algarve are very defined!
Corduroy jeans have very even lines in them and surfers in the 60's and 70's wore corduroy jeans a lot.
"Corduroy to the horizon dude"
This is a good statement (apart from dude!) and means the surf is PUMPING!:)
Above a video of Michael Peterson Surfing
When asked how he kept winning surfing competitions
“I Could Say, But I Won’t Say.”
Watch this video one of the most stylish surfers ever to live! carving beautiful lines on Californian walls!
Taylor is in his late 40's, pretty amazing stuff!!:)
"If you're having a bad day, catch a wave."
Why do we find surfing so therapeutic?
Surfing is such a great escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life! We all have some kind of stress in our every day life that we would like to just leave behind even if for just a few hours.
Surfing has a great way of keeping us in the moment! Our fight or flight mechanism is held at bay and we can really experience a flow state which is a very nice feeling.
The exercise in its self releases good chemicals into our body which also gives us a natural high, surfing is fun and very rewarding and motivation is easy to find! Unlike going to the gym
"The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun."
Video of Taylor and Mike having fun surfing at Meia Praia beach in Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
It doesn't really matter how big the surf is! If you go in the sea with the right attitude and the right equipment you can almost always have fun!:)
Surfing is a way of life not a sport! If you really want to know what it's like to live in the moment! Learn to surf!: