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
Koa Rothman has taken out the 2017 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, in Pipeline, Hawaii. It might be one of the most low-key surf contests in the world, but its participants are no strangers to Banzai Pipeline. The rashguard-free, invite-only event once again had a stellar roster of local tube riders. The 2017 edition of the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout had its dose of drama – courtesy of Kalani Chapman, who almost drowned – and outstanding waves for shortboard and stand-up paddleboard surfing. Four days of incredible performances.
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Koa Rothman wins the 2017 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout
The names of the surfers who will compete on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) have been unveiled. The 2017 pro surfing season will have 34 men and 17 women competing in the elite club. As always, there are new faces and the usual veterans. On the men’s side, the 2016 world champion John John Florence will defend his maiden title against a strong field of surfers from nine different nations.
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The top surfers of the 2017 World Surf League
Michel Bourez has taken out the 2016 Billabong Pipe Masters, at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii. The Tahitian surfer defeated Kanoa Igarashi in the final and secured the third Championship Tour (CT) event win of his career. With this result, Bourez finishes sixth in the season’s rankings. “I still don’t believe it. Last year I got injured, and it was really tricky and tough for me to come back. I almost dropped off tour. I worked really hard at home and tried to stay positive the whole time. I had my baby after Portugal, so I had to travel back and forth during Europe, which was tough,” explained Michel Bourez.
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Michel Bourez wins the 2016 Billabong Pipe Masters
UK-based independent studio Climax Studios announced the launch of Surf World Series, a console video game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. In Surf World Series, players will take to the waves to experience the thrill of pure arcade-style surfing. The game will be released in 2017. Ride monster waves from around the world at five legendary surfing destinations, including the Waimea Bay, the sun-drenched beaches of Hawaii, Bells Beach, and the rugged coastlines of Portugal.