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November 4th, 2011 | By | 2,238 Comments

Kelly Hasn’t Won 11th World Title Just Yet! Quik & ASP Jump the Gun!

Well this is embarassing… Days after littering Ocean Beach with Ke11y Tees, hats and signs, rumors began to circulate about the champ celebrating preemptively. (Updated: 12:00pm PST)

According to Slater’s twitter page and now confirmed by the ASP, Kelly hasn’t yet officially taken the 11th World title. In a miscalculation Slater was mistakenly awarded 2011 World Champ Title prematurely. There are still several possible scenarios where Aussie surfer, Owen Wright could become the 2011 champ.

This morning he jokingly tweeted, “Hang on to that KS10 gear if you have some… just in case. HaHa.” and later twitted, “@aspworldtour isn’t gonna be happy with me or this but realized last night and confirmed just now with them. Only honest thing to do.” Then, “In all seriousness, there may be an honest mistake or computer glitch and we’re getting to the bottom of it now.”

Check out slater’s Twitter Page for yourself:
http://twitter.com/#!/kellyslater

Now all eyes are on Owen to see if we’ll truly have a “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Either way I think it’s safe to say that Slater’s got this in the bag, if not those Ke11y tees will be pretty hilarious collectibles. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the “Surf Off” Scenario below.

Go Ke1?y!

HERE ARE THE REVISED 2011 ASP WORLD TITLE SCENARIOS:
- If Kelly wins either Round 4 or 5 (one more heat win) in San Francisco, he will confirm his 2011 ASP World Title.
- If Kelly fails to win another heat in San Francisco, Owen must win this event to send the 2011 ASP World Title race to Hawaii.
- If the race goes to Hawaii, Kelly must advance out of one heat to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title. If Kelly fails to advance through a heat at Pipeline, Owen must also win this event to stay in the 2011 ASP World Title Race.
- If Kelly fails to advance out of another heat this season, and Owen wins in San Francisco and Pipeline, the two will tie at best of nine, eight, seven, etc. events, and the 2011 ASP World Title will be decided in a “Surf Off”.

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November 4th, 2011 | By | 2,557 Comments

Whale Nearly Hits Kayakers and Woman on Longboard

Check out this close call where humpback whale nearly lands on top of some kayakers and a woman on a longboard. No it’s not Moby Dick lunging up from the watery abyss, it’s just one of many humpback whales that congregated off the Santa Cruz coastline this past Wednesday. The whales gathered just off the pier at Cowell’s to feed on the closer than average bait balls.

Instead of letting these beautiful behemoths feed in peace, hoards of novice sea enthusiast paddled out for a closer look. Whether it was out of ignorance or sheer stupidity these folks didn’t care to think about the consequences of sitting right in the middle of a feeding frenzy. Besides whales, large schools of anchovies often attract other predatory animals and, in the frosty waters of SC county, who knows what else could be lurking beneath. Then again these are probably the same geniuses that’d like to swim with the seals.

Particularly infuriating is when an man says, “never paddled out this far before” at 9 seconds into the clip. It’s obvious these people are not “surfers” (as Yahoo deems them) and furthermore these folks lack an understanding and respect of the ocean. Hopefully everyone can learn something from this incident and avoid another close call with marine wildlife.

The SC harbor patrol and Dept of Fish and Game began issuing warnings to keep people away from the feeding whales.

Read more about it here

October 19th, 2011 | By | 3,142 Comments

Contour Waterproof Camera Now Available at SWELL

It’s small, it’s easy to use, and now it’s waterproof!

Contour‘s latest cam, the ContourROAM, features a tough impact-resistant aluminum body that’s fully submersible up to 1 meter! A first for POV cameras! Now you can safely mount this slender little camera anywhere without having to worry about rain or even water damage from a full submersion. The ROAM records crisp, 1080p HD video and sound with a single, easy to use record button.

Contour Roam is Waterproof and Tough

Similar to the Contour GPS, the ROAM also includes Contour‘s ingenious laser alignment feature. With the push of a button, two red lasers pointers project foward to help correctly align your camera. Then a 170 degree wide angle lens mounted on a rotating bezel captures a clear, upright shot no matter what angle you decide to mount your camera.

Choose between 3 different resolutions (720p, 960p and 1080p) or shoot in continuous 5 megapixel camera mode all recorded on an interchangeable Micro SD card.

Now you can record beautiful HD video wherever you choose to ROAM!

Check out the highlight reel here:

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October 8th, 2011 | By | 4,284 Comments

This Old Man Skates Faster Than You!

Victor is old School, I mean real old school. He’s been skating for nearly 58 years, longer than most of us have even been alive. With a big ol’ grey beard and scraggly hair on his dome piece, he’s a rare type of gent to find in any sport let alone downhill skating. Check out his latest vid from Sector 9 where he’s cruising at dangerously fast speeds in his signature t-shirt over the knee crouched stance. He shows all us whipper snappers a thing or two about bombing hills.

Now that you’ve seen Victor do it, grab yourself a skate from Sector Nine and start drawing your own lines. Just remember to ride within your limits… Victor here’s got more experience than you do days on this earth. Plus if he falls he doesn’t have to worry about knocking out his teeth as I’m assuming he wears dentures. Kidding, but seriously this guy’s a legend and give him a high 5 if you see him around.

Also Check out the New Sector Nine X Sea Shepherd Collaboration skates.

Sea Shepherd Skateboard

Ride in style as if you were on the SS Steve Irwin yourself with these new Limited Edition completes. Portion of the proceeds go on to help the Sea Shepherds and their fight against whaling. So grab grab yourself one, the whales will thank you!