18 year old Leo Fioravanti bailed on an air Saturday, and his board snapped back at him, slicing his ear open.

“I had a tough day free surfing at Huntington yesterday. I got my own fin to the head and ended up needing 20 stitches internal and external!! Thanks for all the best wishes everyone. Going to do everything in my power to be ready to surf my heat on Tuesday!!”

After about 20 stitches inside and outside his ear, he spent the night at the hospital.

Luckily things seem to be healing quickly for Leo, as he posted the following today on Instagram:

Leo Fioravanti at the US Open
Woke up this morning feeling way better. Can’t wait to put the jersey back on at around 1 pm (local California time) . Gonna give it my best! Thanks to everyone for the support let’s do this!

Watch him surf the US Open today at 1pm West Coast time:

Bethany Hamilton Fiji Pro 2016

I remember seeing Bethany throwing airs at Pine Trees (Kauai) a few years back, and I’ve had mad respect for her ever since.

She surfs better than most women, and she does it with only one arm!

So it was great to find out that she was awarded the wildcard entry to the upcoming Fiji Pro.

The new mom surfed giant Jaws earlier this year, so hopefully she’s prepared for the powerful surf at Cloudbreak. Aaron Gold almost drowned the other day, but the swell will be backing off by the time the contest starts (May 29th – June 3rd).

According to Surfline, “Reports are calling for double overhead surf through the weekend before fading to about head high waves at the start of the competition window.”

Bethany voiced her excitement for for the upcoming contest, while managing to throw in a subtle plug for her new film 😉

“It’s been an amazing year full of beauty and challenge becoming a mom but also continuing my surfing career. I’ve loved working hard and I am feeling strong and sharp. With a lot of cross training and coming off a recent surf trip filming my film Surfs Like a Girl I feel good heading into this contest.”

Bethany Hamilton ripping
Bethany Hamilton working on her new film. You won’t see maneuvers like this at Cloubreak though, watch for barrels instead.

Good luck Bethany!

Fiji Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:

Heat 1
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Malia Manuel (HAW)
Alessa Quizon (HAW)

Heat 2
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Keely Andrew (AUS)

Heat 3
Tyler Wright (AUS)
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Bethany Hamilton (HAW)

Heat 4
Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Coco Ho (HAW)

Heat 5
Carissa Moore (HAW)
Sage Erickson (USA)
Chelsea Tuach (BRB)

Heat 6
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Johanne Defay (FRA)
Laura Enever (AUS)

2016 Eddie Aikau Contest
Today was big, but not big enough.

The legendary Eddie contest was supposed to run today.

All the surfers flew to Oahu, the contest crew set up in Waimea Bay, and even my friend Ian got flown out there to film. It’s been 6 years since the Eddie ran, and everyone was super excited!

And then it was called off.

You see, this prestigious contest has really strict prerequisites. Like 20-25ft waves (Hawaiian scale, so really 40-50ft faces) all day long. The contest runs all day, and contestants in the afternoon are scored on the same scale as in the morning. So if the waves are only 25 foot faces in the morning, and 40 foot faces in the afternoon, it’s not going to be a fair contest.

The swell that was supposed to hit Hawaii this morning has veered a bit north, so unfortunately they had to call off the Eddie. The waiting period continues until February 29th, so there’s still a slim chance it could run this year.

Reef McIntosh said it right though: “Eddie was legit, so don’t run it if it’s not.”

You can watch this morning’s recap/explanation on the WSL’s website.

Crowds packed onto the beach at Waimea
Crowds packed onto the beach at Waimea
Waimea waves were big, but not big enough for the Eddie.
Waimea waves were big, but not big enough for the Eddie.

Windansea Shack Hit by Wave

The iconic shack at Windansea reef in La Jolla has been damaged by a combination of King Tides (really high tides) and big waves.

Here’s a video from Derek Dunfee of a massive wave taking out the shack. It’s still standing at the end of the clip, so hopefully it withstood the rest of the waves that day.

Shark Summit

Australia has the highest rate of shark attacks in the world, so it’s only fitting that the Shark Summit is being held in Sydney today.

Around 70 experts will discuss options to reduce the high number of shark attacks that have been happening.

Here’s a few options they are going to look at:

  • Drones
  • Sonar buoys
  • Nets
  • Electric barriers
  • Dead shark scents
  • Culling (although not too many fans of this option)

A couple of possibilities up for discussion:

Let’s hope they can finally find something that works!

ISA Adaptive Surfing Championship

“A true champion can adapt to anything”

69 physically challenged athletes from 18 different countries came to surf the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships in La Jolla this past weekend.

There were 4 different categories of competition, and the gold medal winners were: Bruno Hansen (DEN) in Prone, Jesse Billauer (USA) in Assist, Mark “Mono” Stewart (AUS) in Stand, and Fellipe Lima (BRA) in Upright.

Watch how good these guys surf, and then be all the more thankful if you are in good health!

You can learn more about this event at the ISA website.

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