Introducing: Teahupo’o’s Next Woman In Line
Vahine Fierro has some competition.
Did you know that Vahine Fierro has a young, tube-adept Tahitian nipping at her heels? And that she happens to be the sister of a GOAT-killing Teahupo’o wildcard?
Introducing 17-year-old Aelan Vaast.
You may remember that Aelan’s older brother, Kauli, scorched the men’s CT field (and Kelly) en route to a second-place finish at Teahupo’o this August. Aelan is also proving to be a savvy competitor beyond just pristine barrels — she and her big bro both won the Azores Pro Junior earlier this month.
Speaking of competition, there’s a big one coming to the end of the road in a couple years. In all likelihood, Johanne Defay (via the CT) and Vahine Fierro (via the ISA World Games) will don the red, white and blue for the 2024 Paris Olympics (Tahiti is a French territory). But it never hurts to have a backup.
Aelan’s Blue Lines edit establishes her as one of the best female tube-riders on the planet, full-stop. Probably why she got invited to the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters.
Watch above, and don’t you dare forget the name.
Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry
A digital collage of Backdoor mutants, Portuguese slabs, and of course, bull-riding.
Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters
3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.
‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’
RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!
What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?
Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.
Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT
After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…
An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties
A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.
Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl
And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.
Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden
Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.
Unlocked: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’
Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…
How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4
The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.
‘Saturn’ Orbits Into Southern California
Quiksilver's newest film made landfall in Encinitas, and we were there to document the occasion.
The Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Returns In 2023
Can anyone beat John Florence and Carissa Moore in a three-week window?
What Will Airs Look Like In 10 Years?
The final installment of our editorial exploration into the nuances of airborne surfing.
Can A South African Cavern Queen With No Pipeline Experience Do Well At The Vans Pipe Masters?
Sophie Bell will have a steep learning curve in Hawaii.
After Years Of Tragic Shark Attacks, Surf Competition Returns To Reunion Island — And A CT Event Could Follow
"We compete at J-Bay and Margarets where there's the same problem." -Johanne Defay
Sharing Tubes And Hummus In The Middle East’s Surfing Jewel: Israel
No Contest does Tel Aviv!