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READER POLL 2017
We promise this won’t (really) hurt.

Wanna win a new surfboard? We have a custom Chilli ‘Black Vulture’ to gift (plus all the trim you’d expect from a premium dealer). To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. It won’t take long.

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We promise this won't (really) hurt.

Wanna win a new surfboard? We have a custom Chilli ‘Black Vulture’ to gift (plus all the trim you’d expect from a premium dealer). To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. It won’t take long.

QS 2017 YoungGuns Bosko 7817
QS 2017 YoungGuns Bosko 8415
QS 2017 YoungGuns Bosko 8925
QS 2017 YoungGuns DwightPastrana Bosko 7628
QS 2017 YoungGuns Heywood 3696
QS 2017 YoungGuns Hoy Heywood 4601
QS 2017 YoungGuns KaelWalsh Bosko 7424
QS 2017 YoungGuns KaelWalsh Heywood 3091
QS 2017 YoungGuns KaelWalsh Heywood 4977
QS 2017 YoungGuns KehuButler Bosko 6980
QS 2017 YoungGuns KehuButler Bosko 8237
QS 2017 YoungGuns KehuButler Heywood 3470
QS 2017 YoungGuns KehuButler Heywood 3804
QS 2017 YoungGuns KehuButler Heywood 4227
QS 2017 YoungGuns KyussKing Heywood 2931
QS 2017 YoungGuns SammyPupo Bosko 8971
QS 2017 YoungGuns SammyPupo Bosko 9056
QS 2017 YoungGuns Sandon+Kehu Heywood 4024
QS 2017 YoungGuns SandonWhittaker Heywood 4266

There’s Something Rumbling In Indonesia

I woke to a rumble last night.

My first thought? A Sumatran tiger prowling around and clawing at one of the many 5’7" bodies scattered around the property. Eh. Too far-fetched. It must be the swell then, validating all those whispers from West Oz, forcing the jagged reef out front into a tremble. Actually…that’s not supposed to be hitting yet. Then I realised it was some dude snoring through the walls of my neighbouring room.

Oh well. It can be hard to distinguish between dream and reality here in this psychedelic jungle.

The 2017 Quiksilver Young Guns Surf Final hasn’t even begun yet, but it has already gotten interesting. Kyuss King, Dwight Pastrana, Sammy Pupo, Kael Walsh, Kehu Butler, Sandy Whitaker and Kade Matson are all here, drinking coconut water straight from the trees and knifing through the area's finest lineups. It’s like Lord Of The Flies meets Morning Of The Earth but with air-revos. Justin Becret was supposed to be here too, but unfortunately got injured in a motorbike accident last week. We’re thinking about you, buddy.

It took the Young Guns a while to get here — both literally and figuratively. Literally, meaning it took most of them a ridiculous amount of hours to arrive at Sumatra Surf Resort. Figuratively, because Young Guns began as an Instagram contest with over 1000 entrants. Thirty of them were handpicked by Mikey Wright, Zeke Lau and Jeremy Flores based on airs, turns and combos. Mikey chose the top 10 freshest breaths of air, Zeke chose the best turns and Jeremy picked the best combos.

Get acquainted with the 8 best under-18 groms in the world right now.

The Top 30 from then made edits and you, the public, voted to send the Top 5 to the final. The judges each picked their personal favourites (one each) to join the final too, because don’t you think Zeke knows power surfing when he sees it? Now, after all that, they’re here. But only one will swipe the $10K purse.

Here’s how it’ll go down.

There will be no jerseys. No priority. Just raw surfing. Each day, each kid will surf four 30-minute heats. They’ll try to fulfill the three categories that got them here — air, combo, turn — and get scored out of ten for each. They can hit the categories in any order, in any heat, and can even check multiple boxes on one wave. So after two hours of surfing, everyone will have a score out of 30 based off of three waves.

The rules are simple: There’ll be three days of two-hour sessions, and then it’s on to the hour-long super final. The top four surfers paddle out. One comes in $10k richer. There's one rule: The best surfing wins.

You’ll find all the updates you need right here, on Stab’s site and Gram.

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