Stephanie Gilmore Hospitalized- Survives Brutal Assault with a Deadly Weapon

December 28th, 2010 | By | 2,212 Comments

12.27.2010-Tweed Heads, NSW-4X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore was beaten over the head with an iron bar by a local Tweed Heads man. The intruder forced entry to her apartment building on Monday evening and Gilmore began fending off unprovoked blows that resulted in a fractured wrist, and head wounds including a concussion.

Steph Gilmore’s neighbors responded to a disturbance and helped her to saftey. Dane Napoli and other neighbors chased down and detained the perpetrator. Napoli described as, “Obviously mentally ill, but didn’t appear to be on drugs”.

Police are holding the 26 yr old homeless man without bail, and will stand trial January 10.

The four time ASP world champ is recovering well according to the Australian Herald Sun, and she’s still determined to capture a fifth straight world title.

Steph aims to get back in the water in six weeks, just days before the Roxy Pro- Snapper Rocks on Feb 26, 2011. She won the event in 2010 and 2009.

2010 was a tough year for surfers in Australia after experiencing: a fatal shark attack at Margret River, an unprovoked assault on Dean Morrison, Parko’s injury, and the loss of Andy Irons who was loved all over Australia.

We hope 2011 brings good waves and fortune to our Aussie friends.

Get well Steph.

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SCHS Surf Team: Dominates in Undefeated Season, Sweeps Individual League Competition

December 21st, 2010 | By | 4,066 Comments

12.21.2010-Upper Trestles, Ca-San Clemente High School Surf Team wins their 27th South Coast League title with a perfect 6-0 record.
Team Rider
The defending NSSA Champion Tritons had big booties to fill. Losing most of last year’s starters made many think this would be a rebuilding year. But the team shwacked their way to a perfect league record, and an equally impressive showing at last week’s league individuals competition.

The glassy, chest-high conditions at Upper Trestles set the stage for a route by the Tritons in their own backyard. 14 total San Clemente surfers landed in the finals of five divisions.

Coach John Dowell was fired up on the performance his team displayed, and recognized the significance of this victory in his victory speech, “ League individuals is a special event in the history of High School surfing and to have the opportunity for the kids to have there names carved on that trophy with guys like the Beschen Brothers, Gudauskas Brothers, Chris Ward, the Long Brothers, Nate Yeomans, Mike Losness, and Kolohe Andino. This is something special that they will never forget”.

During an era that many call, “the beginning of the end of American dominance in competitive surfing”, SCHS surfers remain exempt from that claim. Don’t believe us? Cruise down to T-street, and watch these gravity defying grommets blur the lines between progression and traditional competitive surfing. You may leave needing a neck brace.

The 2011 national title bout for all high schoolers will be held March 11-13 at the Huntington Beach Peir, Ca.

Swell proudly sponsors another year of Triton ripping.
Keep it up grommets!

Triton Finalists in the South Coast Individual League Championships
Boys Shortboard:
#1 Jonah Carter
#2 Jeremy Carter
#3 Braden Taylor
#4Sam Branker

Girls Shortboard:
#4 Emmy Merril
#6 Emmy Lombard

Body Board:
#2 Hunter Fredden
#5 Tommy Dolkas
#6 Chase Stratton

Boys Longboard:
#1 Eli Gillis
#3 Andy Nieblas
#5 Matt Elias-Calles

Girls Longboard:
#2 Hallie Rohr
#5 Lelani Harrision

Joel Parkinson Secures 3-peat of Vans Triple Crown Title. Jeremy Flores Wins Pipe Masters

December 16th, 2010 | By | 5,674 Comments

Triple Triple Crown Winner: Joel Parkinson
12.15.2010-Ehukai (The Banzai Pipeline) Beach Park-Joel Parkinson solidifies his post injury comeback by winning his third straight Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. He tied ASP rookie of the year Owen Wright in a round 3 heat, at glassy head-high backdoor, but was eliminated on a count back. Joel needed Mick Fanning and Ace Buchan to lose the comp. He succeeded when Hawaiian Dusty Payne knocked off Mick, and Ace fell to Slater.

Parko ranked eighth in the world before his heel injury that took him out of world title contention. His drop in rank meant he had to battle though extra heats against hungry Hawaiians to defend his crown. His victory at the Reef Hawaiian Pro propelled his run at the $25,000 prize money, and secured his status as a future world title contender.

We hope Parko’s comeback victory drives Slater to pursue his eleventh title, since rivalries like “Slater vs. A.I.” keeps the 10x champ competing. Slater semi-retired the tour in 1999 after winning five titles in six years, then lost interest due to lack of progression and formidable competition in the title race. Slater still sounded unsure about his future during post-contest interview.


Jeremy Flores won the 2010 Billabong Pipe Masters over Kieren Perrow in a buzzer beater final, and the road to his first WCT victory was an equally radical Backdoor shootout. J-Flo snuck into the final by beating Slater under his priority in another nail biting semi-final. Maybe his hand-drawn A.I. tributes on his board propelled him over the champ, as only A.I. could.

Jeremy Flores' Winning Barrel

J-Flo earns $75,000 for his victory and the Gerry Lopez pipe gun trophy, and KP “The Backdoor Bandit” banked $30,000 as the runner-up. During Flores’ emotional victory speech he stated, “I dedicate this to Andy. He’s my idol. A.I. forever”.

Other news from the competition:

  • Dusty Payne re-qualifies in buzzer beater over Fanning
  • ASP announces east coast US tour stop next season
  • Brett Simpson qualifies for tour in place of Andy Irons
  • Kelly and Dane remain uncertain of future competitive plans

An other side story in the Triple Crown race unfolded when second ranked Julian Wilson was denied his chance to challenge in the Pipe Masters. He made a legit run at the prize money after placing in back to back finals at Sunset and Haleiwa. Wilson lost his chances for the crown when the ASP and HPSU (Hawaii Pro Surfers Union), prematurely selected pipe wildcards weeks before the comp. Wilson’s initial humble reactions yielded to annoyance with the ASP when he tweeted: “Trying really hard to contain my frustration towards the asp. Triple crown is what dreams are made of. Give me a crack at it!!!!!”. Well, he’ll get a shot next season with his WCT qualification. Congrats Julian!

Many thought Jamie O’Brien’s broken arm opened a slot for Wilson, but Hawaiian nepotism favored legendary lifeguard, Dave Wassel, who nearly knocked off world no.2, Jody Smith in rd.3.

However, Julian Wilson’s free-surf pipe wave still stands to win Surfline’s $25,000 prize for “The Wave of the Winter”, and earned the title of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing “Rookie of the Year”.

Check out the wave of the winter entries at Surfline, and get all the gear from the contest at SWELL. We carry everything you saw like Kelly Slater’s KS10 gear, official contest gear, pro-model surfboards, and everything you need for Pipeline.

“I Surf Because” – Taj Burrow

December 15th, 2010 | By | 2,447 Comments

Watch what drives Taj to keep boosting the standards of progressive and professional surfing. Taj is the defending champ at pipe, and Billabong’s last remaining team-rider in the event they sponsor.

Watch Burrow battle rookie of the year, Owen Wright now!

Good luck Taj!