Archive for March, 2016

Ala Moana – Biggest Bowls in 10 Yrs HD

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Aug.30,2011.Biggest swell to hit Oahu’s south shore in 10 yrs.
Here’s some of the action that afternoon at Ala Moana Bowls.
Music from “Taimane Live”.
Photography ©Kevin W. Smith. Galleries at Fine Art America.

Connor Baxter SUP Stroke Technique

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Interview with Connor Baxter on SUP paddle length and stroke technique at the 2017 Starboard distributor meeting on Maui. I asked Connor about his new 2017 paddle design that I can’t show yet. I can show the parts where he talked about paddle length:
His paddles are much shorter than when he first started competing
And stroke technique, he breaks down his unique stroke technique which focuses on using the bigger muscles in the core and legs and less upper body strength for endurance racing. He also talks about loading up and releasing the paddleboard by “porpoising” while sprinting. He also talks about choking down on the paddle and leverage.
Clearly he is doing something right since he is winning a lot of SUP races using this technique.
Sorry about the background noise from the breaking waves!

Board Meeting Episode 16: SUP Stand Up Paddle Surfing Basics Part 1 – Etiquette

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Welcome to another episode of Board Meeting. In this and the next two episodes, Robert and I will talk about the basics of SUP surfing or stand up paddle surfing.

For this part, we will discuss Surfing Etiquette. From Surfing Etiquette is the most important thing to learn before you set foot in the surf. These rules are not so much “rules” as they are a proper code of conduct designed to keep everyone in the water safe and happy.

“Surf with Aloha.”

This show is presented by Evan from and Robert from Blue Planet Surf Hawaii.

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GoPro: Brett Barley – North Carolina 09.25.14 – Surf

Monday, March 28th, 2016

GoPro of the World Powered by Surfline entry on 09.25.14 in North Carolina. Filmed by Brett Barley. Entry #169

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A Mexico Surf Film: ‘Take Me Back’

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Perry Gershkow presents, ‘Llévame de Vuelta’, an original Surf Channel film about three best friends: Austin Smith-Ford, Kyle Buthman and Kyle Thiermann, on a trip to Mainland Mexico in search of waves and adventure. The film follows the ups and downs that come with seeking pristine, uncrowded surf, as well as the benefits of shredding one of the best waves in the world.

In the end, they challenge one another, and end up getting the waves of their lives.

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Tracks Bells Big Hits 1986 – Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo And That Semi

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Helping to ‘Celebrate 50 years of the Rip Curl Pro and Bells Beach Easter Rally’, Tracks magazine has brought to life some classic archived pages from past issues. Going all the way back to 1974 and back up to 2006 Tracks delivers moments of surfing excellence and much more… Each video presentation is accompanied by audio commentary from a Bells legend.

In this the fifth episode 3 x world champion American Tom Curren talks us through the now legendary semi final he endured against Australian Mark Occhilupo at Bells Beach in 1986. The heat is often referred to as one of the greatest ever and he enlightens us on some interesting details of that day like what happened to his mythical ‘Black Beauty’ 6’3 Channel Island surfboard.

Music: Royal Chant
Song: Others

Drive Thru Australia

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

DVD Available at
This is the third and unquestionably the best of the Drive Thru Series, thanks to Oz serving up solid surf, an excellent soundtrack and all of the misadventures with the Aussies in the land down under. Rob, Benji, Donovan and Kalani (sort of) meet up with locals such as Dean Morrisson, Dylan Longbottom, Margo and Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter as they make their way down the East Coast from Brisbane to Sydney.
You’ll see hollow waves, airs, big moves and according to Dean Morrison, his best barrel ever at Superbank!

Featured Surfers:
Donovan Frankenreiter
Benji Weatherly
Rob Machado
& Blow up Kalani!

Featuring music by:
The Postal Service
Kut U Up
The Shins
Hoodoo Gurus
Radio 4
& more

DVD Bonus Footage:
best waves bonus
director commentary
scenic reel
a super 8 reel
an underwater reel
& more

Drive Thru South Africa

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

In late summer 2005 the motorhome was fired back up and the cameras started filming the latest installment of the Drive Thru Series in South Africa! Donavon, Benji and Pat O were joined this time by rookies Noodles, Lossness and the legendary Pottz for an epic two weeks traveling beautiful South Africa. Not only did they score the best J Bay in five years with their Drive Thru buddy Slater, they also discovered a super sharky secret spot that produced a perfect left point break. Mix this in with some Durban beach break, ostritch racing, the worlds highest bungy jump and you get the DRIVE THRU SOUTH AFRICA!
Starring: Donavon Frankenreiter, Benji Weatherly, Kelly Slater, Pat O’Connell, Nathan Webster, Mike Lossness and Martin Potter.

Bells Beach – 1965 Big Easter Sunday

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

The Bells Beach Easter Contest was only four years old when massive waves confronted the competitors at Bells Beach on Easter Sunday 1965. In this video surfer and noted surf photographer Barrie Sutherland recalls the huge waves that rolled into Bells Beach on that day. Spectacular photos from this day can be seen at the Surf World Museum Torquay as part of the Bells Gold exhibition.

Bells Big Hits – Simon Anderson, 1981

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Tracks Magazine presents vid 4 of their Bells Big Hits collection with Simon Anderson recalling 1981’s “Big Bells”.

Not only is it remembered for having the biggest swell in the last 40 years
Simon Anderson also introduced a new design to the surfing world — the “Thruster”, now used on most surfboards.

If that weren’t enough he then went on to win the Final up against Cheyne Horan, making it his second Rip Curl Pro crown (1977 & 1981)

Easter 2011 is the 50 year anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro and the Bells Beach Easter Rally.

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Occy – Bells Beach

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo has been described as one of the best surfers to ride the waves at Bells Beach. In 1998, after coming out of retirement from professional surfing, Occy was a popular winner of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells. In this clip Occy talks about his love for Bells and the challenge of riding one of the most iconic waves in the world.

Bells contest footage courtesy Angel Point Media.

Produced by the Surfworld Museum Torquay, Oral History Program.

Kelly Slater @ Huge Bells Beach Australia!

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Huge waves at Bells Beach Australia! and King Kelly Slater Surfing it! and doing massive turns!

Michael Peterson in 2009 Bells Beach – speaking about Kirra

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Conversation with Michael Peterson when in Australia filming The Still Point.
He was very nice, and seemed cool. RIP MP
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Bells Big Hits – The Michael Peterson Hat-Trick

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Tracks Magazine presents vid 2 of their Bells Big Hits collection, which outlines the legend that is Michael Peterson and his amazing hat-trick in the first three events of the Rip Curl Pro. MP will be one of the champions who will be celebrated over Easter 2011 during the 50 year anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro and the Bells Beach Easter Rally.

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Tracks Presents Bells Big Hits – 1974

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Helping to ‘Celebrate 50 years of the Rip Curl Pro and Bells Beach Easter Rally’, Tracks magazine has brought to life some classic archived pages from past issues. Going all the way back to 1974 and back up to 2006, Tracks delivers moments of surfing excellence and much more… Each video presentation is accompanied by audio commentary from a Bells legend.

In this first episode legendary Aussie surfer Mark Warren talks us through the 1974 event, his fourth place result and Michael Peterson’s remarkable win.


Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Martin “Pottz” Potter – 1989 World Champion !

Big Surf Bells Beach, Victoria. Winter 2015

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Big Surf at Bells Beach. 2.8.15

Song: Cynics Cough Blue Sky Black Death

2016 Black Project Fins

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

What on earth is Matt holding? It’s worth a listen. See more of Black Project’s innovative fins here:

Miller’s Run

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Surfski – Miller’s Run, Cape Town South Africa

Waimea Bay Biggest Day Winter 2015/16

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Part 1. Biggest surf day so far this El Nino winter 2015/16 and the waves just kept on increasing in size throughout this Big Wednesday 1/27/16. An incredible day for surfers and spectators alike with spectacular wipeouts and crazy elevator drops all applauded by an appreciative local and international audience.

SUPGrip Stand Up Paddle handle installation

Friday, March 25th, 2016

How to retrofit a Stand Up Paddleboard with a patented SUP Grip handle to make it easy to carry and secure the board. These are the installation steps:
1) Find balance point of board, make sure to account for the weight of the fin and leash
2) Mark the bottom of the box and set the plunge router to the depth of the box with flange.
3) Use a ½” diameter bit with a minimum of 2″ depth to router the box opening (the box is 1 ¾” deep)
4) Mark the flange outline
5) Router the flange depth around the box
6) sand around opening
7) Install box with thickened slow curing resin
8) glass over box
9) after curing cut excess glass with a razor blade and sand smooth, add finish coat
10) apply deck pad over handle and cut out openings with razor blade

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Noosa Festival of Surfing | Day Seven

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Watch all the action on First Point LIVE!