In honor of International Left Handed Day, Quiksilver released a mirrored edit of a Slater highlight reel showing the champ surfing as if he were a goofy- footer. Nobody would dare say he wouldn’t have captured as many victories at natural-footer favoring venues like Snapper and J-Bay, but it would have at least evened the playing field.
Unsurprisingly, Kelly is actually a talented switch-foot surfer. In-fact, he and Shane Dorian used to surf first switch on the first wave of their head to head heats.
Today, Kelly is equip to pull any trick out of the book in order to bag a 10 point ride in a heat. The 40 yr old reigning world champ will tell you that attention to detail has been the difference in his career. His signature Cypher Kelly Nomad boardshorts give him the agility and performance to stay a step ahead of the high flying youngsters gunning for his throne.
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Remember when Paul Fisher was yelling at Slater with a megaphone from the HB pier during the US Open? Well, this would be a solid video to play a joke on that Aussie heckler.
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With seasonally small surf on the East Coast the Beaters help liven up even the most dull of beach days. Surf em, skim em, womp em, whatevers.. these boards are crucial for a solid day at the beach. They’re small enough to fit in your trunk, but it will outperform any other soft top out there…
The water is warm and there is still plenty of swell to be had.. So grab yourself a Beater and get on it! #SMELLSLIKESUMMER
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In celebration of 25 toothy years of Shark Week, Neff is hooking up a Sharky bag of swag for Win It Wednesday. Add some irony to your beach bag with a shark bag, daily shades, and drifter tee.
Here’s how you win
1. Fill out the entry form
2. Leave a comment on Facebook: why do you want to win?
3. Earn extra entries: SHARE this sweeps and earn 5 extra entries for each friend who enters.
Neff’s surf team has just as much flare as their clothes, each of whom are tops in their respective areas of the sport; veteran and rookie competitors, free-surfers, and juniors. See if you know who we’re talking about in the Neff highlight reel.
It may seem weird that most surfers support saving the shark populations, but we deal with plenty of inherent risks in our sport. Shark Week best describes this conundrum of marine ecology, and debunks Spielberg’s Jaws stigma. Read 9 Gnarly Shark tales of the year here.
Here’s our favorite shark stories from the last year on the SWELL Blog. Celebrate 25 toothy years of Shark Week by tuning into the Discovery Channel on Sunday 8/12/2012.
1. France hunts Sharks in Reunion Island Marine Sanctuary After Attacks on Surfers
In a highly controversial decision to protect surfers and tourism in Reunion island, professional poachers were commissioned to kill off the local shark population to deal with the ongoing shark attack problem. Reunion Island is home of Pipemasters Champion Jeremy Flores who joined the controversial culling of sharks in the marine sanctuary, by tweeting “And now that they’ve tasted human blood, they love it,and they will charge any humans crossing their way!” The debate is far from over.
2. Dusty Payne Spots Shark at Rip Curl Pro Search Ocean Beach
After spotting the 12ft great white shark, Payne warned Jordy then quickly surfed his way to the sand during the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco. The threat was serious enough to make him forget about the $425,000 and was visible spooked all day. Read more here.
See Dusty get spooked at 1:48
3. iPhone App Tracks Great White Sharks
If you’re ever wondering if there’s a shark in the line-up, well… there’s and app for that. The Expedition White Shark App tracks tagged Great White Sharks in real time all over the world. It also tell you if there’s been an attack at the beach you surf, and other helpful info about “the man in the grey suit.” Keep you friends close and your enemies closer for only $3.99. Read more here
4. Cardiff Kook Statue Spoof
In the most ornate culture jamming attack on The Kook” to date, an anonymous local built a 25 ft paper-mache Carcharodon carcharias (aka Whitey) around the loathed statue that cost the city of Cardiff over $125,000. The bronzed surfer is officially named “The Magic Carpet Ride” and is frequently yet harmlessly vandalized for its surfing pose that lacks the style and/or accuracy of any surfing era. Read more here.
5. Freedivers Encounter a Grey Reef Shark in Maui
A group of lifeguards from Laguna Beach were free diving about 300 yards off the coast of Ka’anapali, Maui and captured this amazing footage with their GoPro HD If you listen closely you can hear the humpback whales singing in the background and then at 1:20 the boys have a close encounter with a grey reef shark.
6. Viral Shark Memes: True or Farce?
Thanks to Spielberg nothing gets people’s attention like a good shark scare, and clever photoshoppers are cashing in on our eagerness to witness a close encounter with our favorite apex predator. Even Yahoo has falsely posted doctored shark photo.
Can you guess which shark meme is real? 1) Saffa Kite Surfer on the Run. 2) Shark tank bursts into lobby. 3) Shark “tails” Kayaker.
7. Chuck Patteron SUPs with Sharks
SUP champ and international waterman legend, Chuck Patterson sent a shiver down every San Clemente surfer’s spine when he filmed a close encounter with 2 Great White just past the break in San Onfre. Watch Chuck stick his GoPro in the path of the kelp cruising predators, and they give him a warning tail whip.
8. Shark Researcher Falls Overboard onto 14ft Great White
Friend of SWELL Jeremy Fridmond was working as a Shark Week Researcher off the coast of South Africa when he got bucked onto the back of an enraged Great White. See how the ex-Laguna Beach lifeguard escaped certain death in the interview here.
9. Shark themed apparel now available on SWELL here