John John Florence claimed his first victory on the Australian leg of World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour. The reigning world surfing champion defeated Kolohe Andino in the final of the 2017 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, held in six-to-eight foot surf at Main Break, in Western Australia. Florence displayed his powerful laybacks and rail carves to earn two excellent wave scores from the judges. The Hawaiian ended up with a total heat score of 19.03 points, and a new award for his trophy room.
It’s a cult movie, and one of the first Hollywood productions to feature big wave surfing. The original “Point Break” was released in 1991, but it stood the test of time. For many movie fans, “Point Break” is one of the best surf-inspired flicks of all time. The film had it all; an irresistible blend of FBI agents and a surf gang hidden behind masks of former US Presidents; Film director Kathryn Bigelow helped create a classic action-packed thriller movie in which the law enforcer and the criminal slowly develop a close relationship throughout the film.
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Things you didn’t know about the original "Point Break"
“On any day of the year, it’s summer somewhere in the world.” Everything about “The Endless Summer” is perfect. The motto, the movie title, the promotional posters, the soundtrack, the narration, and the waves. Here’s everything you need to know about Bruce Brown’s ultimate surfing movie. Can you imagine the world without DVDs, smartphones, internet and websites? How would you plan you surf sessions without surf reports, forecasts and telecommunications? In the 1960s, the decade of “The Endless Summer,” surfing was harder, but it was simpler, too. Bruce Brown was born on December 1, 1937, in San Francisco, California. He surfed his first waves when he was 11, at Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay.
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Things you didn’t know about "The Endless Summer"
Welcome to the grainy world of sandboarding. If you visit or live near large dunes, you may experience one of the most heart-pumping outdoor activities you will find on the planet. The sport that was never quite considered an “official sport” is usually practiced in large, steep coastal dunes, and even in hot deserts where oceans and water are only a mirage. Sandboarding is a blend between surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. Instead of descending water, asphalt, or snow, a sandboard rides down or across the dune’s face.
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What is sandboarding?
Ten international shapers will replicate one of legendary Santa Barbara shaper Al Merrick’s classic surfboard designs during the Icons of Foam: Tribute to the Masters Shape-off. One shaper will be judged the winner and will receive $1,000, and their name etched into the Mike Marshall Perpetual Trophy. Each craftsman has 90 minutes in the shaping bay and should bring his/her own tools. A US Blank and template are provided. Shapers can step out and touch, fondle and look at the board at any time, but they may not re-measure it.
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Icons of Foam honors surfboard shaper Al Merrick