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Nic von Rupp Hits Triple 7s In The Mentawais

Two straight days of draining surf at Kandui.

Words by Jack Mutschler

Is Kandui the heaviest wave in the Ments?

It certainly can be. Nic von Rupp plus a crew featuring Nate Behl, Mason Lesses, Dennis Guttmann, Robot, and Jesse Johnston recently spent two days trading off set waves at the bulky left.

You have two options at this wave: you either punch the gas, or you kiss the reef.

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Nic von Rupp Hits Triple 7s In The Mentawais

Two straight days of draining surf at Kandui.

Jul 29, 2021

Was Gabriel Medina Underscored At The Olympics? The Mayor Of Rio De Janeiro Believes So

Twitter becomes the official platform for Olympic surf debates.

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Ah the Olympic Games, the sporting event where we glorify a third place finish.

Owen Wright and Gabriel Medina went head to head a few days ago, battling it out for surfing’s first-ever Olympic bronze medal. Wright ended up winning the event, which led to numerous claims that Medina was underscored for his airs.

Passionate surf fans including the mayor Of Rio De Janeiro took to twitter to voice their opinions:

The tweet reads:

“If surfing had entered as an Olympic sport at Rio 2016, I would never have allowed what happened with Medina in Tokyo.”

The use of smiling emojis lets us know that this is just a joke, and Paes does not have the intention of time traveling, rallying the votes to get the sport of surfing into the 2016 Olympic Games and then coercing the judge’s panel into adding an extra 0.21 points to Medina’s scorecard.

The video below shows a comparison of Gabe’s back-side air reverse to Kanoa’s frontside rotation, which makes complete sense. Plus, the landings were identical, and neither one was noticeably cleaner, check it out:

In conclusion, we have learned that surf scores are subjective, and we could make arguments out of anything, really. Here’s my take on the significance of surfing’s Olympic debut. Leave a hurtful comment below, and let’s have a full-blown internet fight about it.

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Was Gabriel Medina Underscored At The Olympics? The Mayor Of Rio De Janeiro Believes So

Twitter becomes the official platform for Olympic surf debates.

Jul 29, 2021

Update: Indo Is Still Stocked With Above Average Waves

Pedro Boonman checked, just to be sure.

Words by Jack Mutschler

I’ve been worried about the current wave quality in Indonesia.

I know it’s usually immaculate, but things always change. Who’s to say the string of Islands won’t see a 10 year flat spell staring tomorrow? Besides, you know, mother nature, meteorologists, and the overall geographic landscape of the earth.

Portuguese surfer Pedro Boonman took a trip to the enticing surf destination and pieced together his best clips from sessions at Desert Point, Lakey Peak, and few other spots.

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Update: Indo Is Still Stocked With Above Average Waves

Pedro Boonman checked, just to be sure.

Jul 28, 2021

How Does Owen Wright Feel About Olympic Bronze?

Olympic surfing has a different energy.

Words by Ethan Davis

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How Does Owen Wright Feel About Olympic Bronze?

Olympic surfing has a different energy.

Jul 28, 2021

Can Releasing Free Surf Edits Burden Wave Scores In Competition?

A Ry Cal conspiracy.

Words by Ethan Davis

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Can Releasing Free Surf Edits Burden Wave Scores In Competition?

A Ry Cal conspiracy.

Jul 27, 2021

A Motor, Mullet, And Mikey Wright Takeover In Oceanside

Come get a free trim this Thursday at the JS Garage.

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This Thursday, Mikey Wright will be in Oceanside, CA, giving out pieces from his new clothing capsule with Quiksilver, free hair cuts, and a brand new JS surfboard. 

Hot rods will be on display inside, and free mullets will be available for anyone willing to get the classic cut. There will also be a lounge in which you’ll be able to grab a beer, eat a slice of pizza, and watch Episode 2 of Vans Stab High, Central America, presented by Monster Energy.

See you on Thursday.

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A Motor, Mullet, And Mikey Wright Takeover In Oceanside

Come get a free trim this Thursday at the JS Garage.

Jul 27, 2021

“It Was Like Cutting The Head Off The Snake In The First 10 Seconds”

Highlights from John Florence and Kolohe Andino’s Olympic standoff.

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While the broadcast of surfing’s Olympic debut has been about as entertaining as an extended stay at the DMV, the highlights are just alright.

This recap features the round 3 battle between US surfers John Florence and Kolohe Andino. Kolohe wasted no time throwing down a lofty slob reverse, which he rewarded with a ‘cut throat’ claim.

“It was like cutting the head off the snake in the first 10 seconds,” Kolohe told the Independent, “I was just overwhelmed with emotions, and that’s what I ended up doing.’’

Kolohe will face Kanoa Igarashi in the quarterfinals today, leaving the beheaded (and potentially limping) snake in the rearview.

Watch the heat recap here.

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“It Was Like Cutting The Head Off The Snake In The First 10 Seconds”

Highlights from John Florence and Kolohe Andino’s Olympic standoff.

Jul 26, 2021

Competitive Surf Pioneer Fred Hemmings Voices Concerns For Wave Quality At The Olympics

"I hope they have great surf but strategically they're taking quite a risk."

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Fred Hemmings is a Hawaiian surf pioneer and the winner of the 1968 Surfing World Championships in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

He also led a successful career outside of competitive surfing, including a seat on the Board of Directors for the 1984 Denver Broncos’ N.F.L. team. and a spot in Hawaii’s House of Representatives from 1984 through 1990.

Perhaps Fred’s biggest contribution to surfing was co-founding the IPS in 1976, which was basically an even older version of the ASP, which our close personal friend Big Dick Power Surfer now operates.

Hemmings recently hopped on Hawaii Public Radio, and addressed some concerns for the Olympic Debut of surfing:

“First of all, I want to congratulate all those who finally got it recognized as a sport to be included in the Olympics,” Hemmings said. “But I have a great, great concern. I probably know this better than anyone in the world, having spent a number of years, two decades running professional surfing events. You can’t go down on the beach on any given day and expect there to be good waves.”

“They’re running a high risk. The time period they set aside, the two or three days for the Olympic surfing competition, there won’t be any waves. Chiba, it’s being held on a beach in Japan — I’ve been to that beach. It’s a nice little wave when it’s breaking but there’s oftentimes no break at all and there’s just no waves,” he told Hawaiʻi Public Radio. “I hope I’m wrong. I hope they have great surf but strategically they’re taking quite a risk.

Fred does, make a valid point, what if the waves are completely un-surfable?

Maybe they’ll pick the winner with a hybrid competition format in which surfboards are used as javelins. My money would still be on Italo; that guy has more energy than the all spark.

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Competitive Surf Pioneer Fred Hemmings Voices Concerns For Wave Quality At The Olympics

"I hope they have great surf but strategically they're taking quite a risk."

Jul 25, 2021