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Gabriel Medina avoids boat

This quick clip features some heavy wipeouts from the Rip Curl team.

Medina dodges a boat in the wave, and keeps on surfing! The guy in the boat got the shot too 🙂

Medina dodges boat

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Bodysurfing frontflip

I knew it was possible to do rolls while bodysurfing, but I’ve never seen a somersault before!

Kaneali’i Wilcox pulled off this front flip in the Point Panic Bodysurfing Championship, and was crowned champion.

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Tia Blanco

August wasn’t as eventful as July, but here are some of the happenings that stood out most to me.

Robbie Madison Dirtbiked Teahupoo

This still blows my mind. Motorcycle + ocean should not work.
But it does:

Tia Blanco does Playboy (kind of)

You might not have heard of Tia Blanco before, but she’s actually a pretty good surfer.

She did a gig with Playboy this month, but didn’t get naked. I thought nudity was required for Playboy, but apparently not.

Anyways, here’s the video:

Jordy Smith – Barrel to Massive Air Combo

This is probably the biggest air I’ve ever seen in surfing. Looks like he’s snowboarding or something.

A video posted by Jordy Smith (@jordysmith88) on

Surf Snowdonia Opens and Closes

The world’s first publicly available artificial wave opened on August 1st, in the United Kingdom.

But then on August 19th it had to shut down for maintenance. The lagoon has to be drained, and it is still closed as of the time of writing.

Surf Snowdonia, in the UK
Surf Snowdonia, in the UK
#BillabongProTahiti

Jeremy Flores took the big win at Teahupoo, despite wearing a helmet from a recent injury in Indo.

A photo posted by Jeremy Flores (@floresjeremy) on

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Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece naked for ESPN

July was a big month for the world of surfing.

In case you were busy, here’s a quick rundown of what happened.

Laird Hamilton Gets Naked for ESPN


ESPN knows that sex sells, and that’s why they started their annual Body Issue.

This year you can find the godfather of SUP himself, Laird Hamilton, along with his volleyball wife Gabby Reece, SUPing without any clothes.

I wonder how many times they SUP’d naked before ESPN ever approached them about it?

Outerknown Officially Launches

Kelly Slater’s new brand Outerknown was finally officially launched, after much anticipation from the surf community.

But I don’t think many surfers will be wearing any Outerknown pieces… a flannel will cost you $165 or more!

Hey, at least it’s eco-friendly!

Kelly Slater Outerknown

Outerknown officially launches

Kelly Slater wearing Outerknown

Mick Fanning’s Shark Attack

Mick Fanning shark attack J-Bay Open

During the final heat of the J-Bay Open, a shark got a little frisky with Mick Fanning.

And Mick got a little frisky with the shark, as you can see from these memes.

Another Shark Attack at Renunion Island

Just days after Mick’s attack, there was yet another shark attack at Reunion Island.

Thankfully it wasn’t fatal this time, but it is the 18th shark attack since 2011 at Reunion.

A man named Rudolph was attacked while paddling through the channel. He suffered deep wounds to his arm, but all body parts are still intact and attached.

Can we please find a shark deterrent that works?

Rips Curl’s Quest 1 Charter Boat Sinks

Rip Curl Quest 1 sinks

The Quest 1 mysteriously sunk in the Mentawais.

Luckily everyone onboard was ok, but some say the boat was valued at over $1 million. Not a good month for Rip Curl!

JOB Set Himself On Fire

JOB on fire at Teahupoo
Redbull and Jamie O Brien keep pushing the limit with their Youtube series Who Is JOB?

Their latest stunt involves JOB, a wetsuit soaked with lighter fluid, and double overhead Teahupoo bommies.

Code Orange Teahupoo

The same XXL swell that JOB surfed on fire at Teahupoo, but here’s the edit with more surfing, less Jackass:

Vans US Open in Huntington Beach

2015 Vans US Open of Surfing

As far as spectators, the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach is the biggest contest every year.

The contest wraps up on Sunday, so you still have time to check it out if you’re in the area!

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Biggest Great White Shark

If you’re visiting Guadalupe Island, you just might want to stay out of the water.

“Deep Blue” is a massive Great White shark cruising the depths, rumored to be over 20 feet long!

Well at least that means he’s probably too fat to visit shallower surf spots, right? He looks lazy in the video, but I’d hate to see what happens when he gets hungry.

Would you surf Guadalupe Island, and risk getting chomped by Deep Blue?
Would you surf Guadalupe Island, and risk getting chomped by Deep Blue?

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Not your typical surf in Texas
Not your typical surf in Texas

You know how they say “everything’s bigger in Texas”?

Well it’s just not true for the surf.

Someone recently asked me about the surf in Texas, so I decided to write this blog post about it.

Although some people optimistically say there is “year round surf” in Texas, most of the quality waves happen around hurricanes.

Texas surf spot
Probably the wave of the year 😉
Big Texas hurricane surf
Big Texas hurricane surf
Surfing in Texas
More typical surf for Texas

The waves in this video below actually don’t look half bad (and the guy is using a mouth mount!)

But you’re more likely to find these kind of waves in Texas:

If you have 17 minutes, this documentary is actually pretty interesting:

Texas Tanker Surfing

When the ocean is lacking swells, big tanker ships are always bringing in steady wakes.

If you are a surfer, this probably looks boring to you. But if you lived in Texas, I’m sure this would be more fun than not surfing at all!

Grab your longboard and your best buds, and catch some party wakes.

Jamie O’Brien is the epitome of a good time. If you haven’t seen his Youtube series “Who Is JOB?” yet, you should def check it out!
He focuses more on the fun than his surfing performance, but it only seems to benefit him.
In this episode, JOB and the crew head to Texas as part of their road trip, and they get into some mandatory shenanigans.

So while Texas might not have high caliber waves like the West or East coast, it’s still not hard to have fun out in the ocean!

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