In a gala evening, attended by a star-studded celebratory audience and the who’s who of the surf industry, four Australian men have been crowned the champions of Big Wave Surfing in Australian waters for 2015.
Big swells were developing through the Northern Hemisphere last week. Nazaré in Portugal saw some huge activity in the water and possibly one of the biggest waves ever ridden. The North Pacific Ocean also saw a lot of action in Hawaii. The Waimea Big Wave Eddie Competition welcomed many surfers for the opening ceremony, which was celebrated on Oahu. This event is still on standby until February 2015 but saw a lot of big wave surfer’s head to Maui to take advantage of the huge paddle-in swell that was seen at Jaws on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December.
Mark Visser flew to Hawaii for a product testing and development exercise with his sponsor Komunity Project. We asked Mark a few questions about this trip.
World’s best watermen to descend on New Zealand for ultimate multi-disciplined surfing event.
The world’s ultimate watermen will be put to the test in the toughest all-round water conditions that can be thrown at them around New Zealand over eight consecutive days. The Ultimate Waterman is a new and unique international surfing event that will be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand but will venture to where the best conditions are on offer – whether that is huge waves for tow-in-surfing at the bottom of the South Island or calmer conditions at Takapuna for stand up paddleboarding (SUP).
The safety of surfing technology has been taken to a new level! Patagonia has modernized an inflatable vest and it's a big step in the right direction especially for paddle surfing. Safety in any sport should be a priority. You don’t see a F1 driver without a fireproof suit, a half pipe skater without a helmet or a rock climber without a harness. When you paddle into big waves you want to have full range movement and that’s hard to achieve if you're wearing a bulky buoyancy vest… and so, a inflatable vest prototype was born.