Sierra Leone is a place characterized by limited access to safe drinking water. Through teaming up with Tiffany Persons, founder of the "Shine On Sierra Leone" program – which brings attention to creating sustainable programs in Sierra Leone – Waves For Water has rebuilt three wells, built rain gathering systems on site, and implemented hundreds of filtration systems. Learn more about the ongoing project here.
Yesterday we had the awesome opportunity to share some waves with the Capo Valley High School Surf Team. With rippable 3-4ft waves rolling through Salt Creek, we're claiming some of the best waves we've seen yet on this tour. Local pros Brad Ettinger, Ethan Carlston and South African team rider Paul Daniel paddled out with the kids, and everyone scored a few. A big thanks to the boards provided by Stacey/Hurley, Roberts and Hydroflex, and an even bigger thanks to Coach Brian Shultz for making it all happen. Click 'Full Story' for some photos from the day. Photos: Derek Bahn
Jon Rose started Waves For Water on the premise of doing what he loves and helping along the way. For 2014, the organization has been named the official charity partner for the ASP World Tour, bringing clean water access and surfing closer together than ever before. At each of the 11 stops on tour, Jon and his team will be implementing their clean water programs. Learn more about the project here.
Yesterday we were lucky enough to hang with 20 stoked kids from Newport Elementary at Blackies. Despite small waves, everyone had a great time and local pro Brad Ettinger showed us how to properly rip the tiny surf. Special thanks to sponsors Tim Reda and Amy Lowry for having us for a special afternoon. Click 'Full Story' for photos from the day.
Tuesday afternoon we met up with the Ventura Scholastic Surf Team to share a few waves at C-Street. With chest to head high waves roping down the point, the kids couldn't get the boards out of our truck fast enough and everyone got a few fun ones. Thanks to boards by Hurley/Stacey, Robo and Roberts everybody got to try something new. Coach Adam Knox was especially ripping on the White Diamond 2 by Roberts. Click 'Full Story' for some pics from the day.
Setting the tone for the soon-to-commence world title race, Carissa Moore was crowned Hurley Australian Open of Surfing Presented by Nike SB champion today. Carissa put on a forehand clinic in the final against Alessa Quizon, showcasing just why she's 2x World Champion. An in-form Julian Wilson ended a week of blistering performances with a runner-up finish. Recap all things Australian Open of Surfing here.
Eight years ago, we introduced the first Phantom boardshort. Today, we celebrate Phantom's sixth consecutive SIMA Boardshort of the Year Award thanks in large part to athletes like Rob Machado who never settle for the status quo. Here's to many more. Click 'Full Story' to see how Phantom has evolved over the years.
With a break in the clouds and a jump in swell, the women's 6-star WQS division entered the water at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing yesterday. Carissa Moore was the clear stand out of the day, posting the highest single-wave score of the day with a 9.6. With defending Aus Open champ Sally Fitzgibbons, ASP WCT #2 Tyler Wright and Alana Blanchard bowing out, there are valuable points up for grabs. Keep up with all things Hurley Australian Open here.