A lot of us here were pretty bummed we couldn’t attend the Rip Curl Search San Francisco. With Dusty’s shark sighting, the raw Nor Cal surf, and the embarrassing double crowning of Kelly, this was definitely a memorable event. Fortunately a good friend of ours, Gabriel Valencia, sent us some shots he took while roaming the grounds of OB. His vivid pics seem to capture the vibe that was somehow lost through the live feeds and recaps. Enjoy the shots above compliments of Gabby and let us know what you think in the comments below!Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
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San Francisco - Exactly one year after the passing of A.I. (the driving force behind Slater’s comeback) Kelly clinched an unprecedented 11th world surfing title. With the first world title ever won on American Soil, KS10 just evolved into KE11y.
After cruising through a breezy bumpy first round, the winds switch off-shore for his second round bout against Aussie Dan Ross. The rifling barrels were shutting down on surfers all morning and his heat was no exception. After a few closeouts, he threw down some of his signature snaps for a come-from-behind victory over Rossy by a single point.
As Kelly delivered his victory speech, world #2 Owen Wright posted the highest wave scores of the event. A respectable response for losing the title race by the second year pro.
The second oldest guy on tour was chaired up the beach for something that we’ll never see again. Statistical probabilities like winning his 11th title on 11/11/11, and dangers like Dusty’s shark sighting enhanced the drama. But the only special coincidences came when he clinched on the one year anniversary of AI’s passing.
A moment of silence for Andy Irons
Kelly published a story this morning about the heavy experiences he and Andy went through.
“I’ve been asked for many opinions and interviews about Andy Irons and the situations and decisions that lead to his early departure from our world. It’s not something I take lightly. I have my own opinions about not only Andy’s choices and how he ultimately got to the place he did”
Read the whole passage on The Initertia
The Rip Curl Pro Search cemented its claim to hosting a historical series of events with their “floating license” to hold a world tour event in a different location each season. The critics of this year’s big city venues are eating their words with the epic conditions we’ve seen in during this year’s world title race.
And of course people were already asking about his race for #12 during his acceptance speech.
“It was the biggest fin I’ve ever seen, and it was coming straight towards me” gasped surfer Dusty Payne after retreating from the competition area in San Francisco’s Ocean Beach surf zone. The surfer hailing from Oahu is no stranger to surfing in the water with sharks and other sea creatures, but he claimed he’d never seen anything on this scale.
After spotting the 12ft great white shark, Payne warned his fellow competitor and photographer, then quickly surfed his way to the sand. The threat was serious enough to make him forget about the $425,000 of prize money up for grabs at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco. In order for the competitors to re-enter the line-up, lifeguard boats stood guard just outside of the breakers, but claimed they only spotted some dolphins. But who knows…reporting shark sighting is not good for tourism.
A rule was recently drafted to stop competition when sharks are sighted in the line-up, but the local photographer in the water remained, and remarked “Its San Francisco…what do you expect?” On Saturday a surfer was attacked by 9ft great white shark, and survived thanks to the use of surfboard leashed used as tourniquets.
Watch this video edit of the encounter with reactions to the shark toward the end.
The Rip Curl Pro Search is located in a new location each year to test the limits of the world’s top-rated surfers, and shark threats only add to the already dangerous surf of Ocean Beach. During last years competition in Puerto Rico, 3x world champion competitor Andy Irons passed away. Today marks the first anniversary of his passing, and his memory is present in the minds of the competitors.
As summer winds down, September generally marks the beginning of Snowboard movie premieres. Film crews all over the world spent countless hours shooting, editing, and gettin’ down last season so that those of us who crave the snow can get amped for this one. Last night ThirtyTwo and Etnies hosted their movie screening of AMMO and Shoot The Moon at their headquarters in Forest Ranch, CA. A crowd of about 150 frothing spectators gathered around the makeshift, concrete viewing screen on the side of the HQ building to cheer and laugh at yet another successful snowboarding video.