Yadin Nicol, 10 point Backdoor rinse-out, Hawaii
With so much vivid action on the final day at the Billabong Pipe Masters, it’s hard to remember every dazzling moment. Each heat that hit the water would somehow play a role in who would be world champ. Josh Kerr bolted to hospital with a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Kelly Slater and Shane Dorian […]
With so much vivid action on the final day at the Billabong Pipe Masters, it’s hard to remember every dazzling moment. Each heat that hit the water would somehow play a role in who would be world champ. Josh Kerr bolted to hospital with a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Kelly Slater and Shane Dorian surfed the day’s best Backdoor heat. Joel Parkinson was unstoppable, won the event and his first world title. And one of the event’s best darkhorses, Yadin Nicol (pictured here), toed the requalification line.
On his way to the quarters, Yadin took down Matt Wilkinson, Taj Burrow and Gabriel Medina. He was stopped by eventual contest runner-up Josh Kerr. But, in that heat, he posted a unanimously-judged 10 point ride (pictured here). Unfortunately he couldn’t find a backup, and that was the end of his 2012 world tour. Unfortunately, Yades needed to progress to requalify, and had no such joy. He’ll now spend next year as WCT replacement in the event of an athlete withdrawal. The quarter against Josh was telling of Yadin’s year. While it wasn’t consistent, there was certainly brilliance there. See you in 2013, Yades.
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!
Joao Chianca Wants A Pipeline Rematch With JJF
And ain't afraid to ride more foam to do it in the Vans Pipe Masters.
An Unorthodox Marriage Of Science And Surf
Cliff Kapono and The Mega Lab are changing stereotypes on all fronts.
Harry Bryant Dumps Crutches, Visualizes Pipeline Pits After Snapping Leg
“For once in my life, I’m taking something a bit more serious."
What If You Bought This Sumatran Surf Camp For $690k?
Making a blue print out of surfing's most recurring day dream.
Sierra Kerr On Greasing Full Rotes, Making Dad Cry & Her Concussion @ VSHPBME
'I haven’t got my license yet, but I'm thinking of buying a little truck.'
“There Definitely Needs To Be More Girls That Try Airs”
Caity Simmers' thoughts on her Vans Pipe Masters debut.
Preview: Who’s John John Florence Flushing Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl?
The final event of the CS schedule is almost upon us. Let's dissect.
Watch Now: 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 A Magic Island Birthed One Of The Most Radical Surf And Skate Scenes In The World
Mateus Herdy, Pedro Barros and friends in Red Bull x Stab's No Contest, Brazil.
The Uber Driver Turned Crypto Millionaire Who Denounced His US Citizenship And Whips Into XXL Nazare
"I do what I want, I don't have a boss." -Toby Trouble
‘I Thought He Was Gonna Grab A Machete… Then He Picked Up A Rock’
2x SSOTY Jai Glindeman’s drama (& left-tube) filled Sumbawa trip.
“The Inside Of Pipeline Sounds Like The Center Of The Universe”
Tosh Tudor seeks solitude at the Vans Pipe Masters.