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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bell's Beach 2011 Round's 1 and 2

With good waves for the first two rounds and only better waves on the way, it’s look like this years Bell’s event will hopefully come down to a classic battle. The first two round’s saw all the major player’s getting through with a few standout’s in there also. Every surfer seems to be really wanting to shake the infamous Bell, and more so this year considering it’s the 50th anniversary of the event. One person in particular is none other than Kelly Slater, who seemed to be in form for the first rounds, and as we all know he only gets better in the later heats. With everyone claiming classic Bells, I’m sure no one will let Mr. Slater slip out of their sights. So, here are the Round 1 and 2 highlights and Round 2 standings. Check out the event live at

Round Two Mens Results

Heat #1
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.43 def. Adam Robertson (AUS) 16.26

Heat #2
Owen Wright (AUS) 16.70 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.90

Heat #3
Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.16 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.93

Heat #4
Josh Kerr (AUS) 17.24 def. Ace Buchan (AUS) 16.04

Heat #5
Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.17 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.44

Heat #6
Bede Durbridge (AUS) 12.10 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 11.84

Heat #7
Gabe Kling (USA) 11.67 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 5.00

Heat #8
Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.84 def. Dan Ross (AUS) 12.84 (Countback)

Heat #9
Chris Davidson (AUS) 16.10 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.83

Heat #10
CJ Hobgood (USA) 8.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.10

Heat #11
Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.10 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.97

Heat #12
Tiago Pires (PRT) def. Taylor Knox (USA) 8.06

Bells Blog #2 from Surfing Life on Vimeo.

Bells Blog #3 from Surfing Life on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Get Barreled this Summer!

I love getting barreled, and I’m sure you don’t mind it either. There are so many place’s that you can go and get barreled all day long. How much do you want to get barreled may be the question, and possibly how big does it have to be to barrel where you want to go. What would be your ideal trip and where? Would you want other options than just getting barreled, say a beach break or point break, something that would allow a little of both? Or, would you try to change it up and take a trip that you know you’ll just get shacked the entire time and love every minute of it. I wouldn’t mind either or. Just surfing satisfies me, and getting barreled would probably be my ideal trip. Somewhere with a perfect point break or reef that allowed you to just get barreled all day. It’s that feeling of being inside the wave and knowing that no one can replicate that feeling. It’s better than riding a roller coaster. So, where would be your dream wave to get barreled out of your mind for a few days?

Tales from the Tube from Jarred Hancox on Vimeo.

Probably my most 'intimate' video ever made, some really high quality amazing barrel footage captured on my GoPro Surf Hero HD. Featuring multiple angles including some of the same waves being captured from land on my Panasonic HD camcorder. These clips were taken in different sessions over the 2010 Indo season, the bulk of it while surf guiding at G-Land Bobby's Surf Camp and a few at Padang Padang, Bali. I know it sounds long at just over 5mins but don't be put off, it certainly doesn't seem very long at all when you watch it. I put countless hours into editing and getting this clip rendered so I hope you enjoy :)

Soundtrack is Live - Lightning Strikes, and I've also added in the sound of the tube in some clips just for something different.

What's it like to be a pro?

What would it be like if you were one of the top pro surfers on tour? How would you spend your days and night’s? Surfing all day, fantasy surf trips, getting paid to surf, free clothes, boards, maybe a travel budget. Oh, how about staying in Hawaii during the best time of the year. If there were any professional athlete I could be it would hands down be a professional surfer. You get to live the dream life of traveling and seeing places that many people in today’s world never get to see. Not only that but you get to surf wave’s that are world class and often times perfect in the average surfers mind. What else can you think of that would cause you to be a professional surfer?

Joel Parkinsons Hawaii Vacation from Joel Parkinson on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

What's it take?

What’s it take to surf big waves, or just heavy scary waves? It definitely takes guts and some talent. I guess the more you surf waves of consequence then the less scared or fearful you are of pulling into a wave that can slam you like you’ve never been slammed. It just takes a different kind of mind set and belief that you can do something that is out of the ordinary or even above your own capabilities. Just wonder, what if you didn’t drop in on that wave you got a barrel? Well, you wouldn’t have gotten barreled. That leaves us wanting more of that adrenaline running through our blood, and believe me I know I’m just another adrenaline junky. I love finding those waves on big days that everyone looks at and doesn’t want any part of. Yes, we all like those days that are perfect and every wave seems like it’s so easy to surf, but some times it’s good to get a scare. With so many more waves found around the world that consist of an air drop, to dredging barrel, over sallow sharp reef, where will your next trip be to? How far do you want to push your surfing? Where are your limits in your mind that keep you from catching the wave of the day? Go find out and comment here or upload a picture on All About Surfing’s Facebook page. We want to see how far you push yourself when you surf.


Here's a quick clip to get you motivated to charge harder.

Girls Rip

I don’t know of a better time to be an up coming girl surfer. Girls have often been overshadowed in the surfing world, and more of someone who sits in the water or on the beach to get a tan. I know a few girls that surf well, but these girls in Nike 6.0’s new video ‘Leave A Message’ are going to put all of us to shame. It’s a new all-women’s surf movie with some of the most talented female surfers in the world. The cast in this film will be Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Laura Enever, Coco Ho, Monyca Byrne-Wickey, and Malia Manuel. This video is going to up the bar of women’s surfing and set a new standard for every girl in the world. It’s also going to push us men to make sure we can at least hang with the girls, good luck! The film gets released on May 24, 2011 at, and the best part is that it’s FREE!

Leave A Message Trailer from Nike 6.0 on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2011 is here!

The second ASP World Tour contest is here! This is one of the most prestigious events in professional surfing, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the event running, which should have everyone on tour pushing their limits to win this thing. This event should be the clash of titans with the likes of Kelly Slater coming back to defend and possibly try to break another record by winning a fifth Bell’s Beach trophy. Others in this years mix include Mick Fanning, who is ready to take down anyone who gets in the way. Two other Australians to watch are Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow, both with great finishes at Snapper. Some young guns in the mix are Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson, Tiago Pires, Alejo Muniz and Brett Simpson with great performances at Snapper. There will also be two wildcards in the event, which are unknown as of now. So, who do you think will ring the Bell? Will it be the old and wise or the young and fearless? I know I will be watching everyday to see what goes down at Bells Beach. The contest will run from April 19 through April 30. Fun Fact: this is the only sporting event in Australia that is allowed to run on Easter Friday. How would you like it if the national sport in the USA were surfing? Check out the contest here live!

-surferabell, bringing you the updates you want to hear.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Different Personal Water Propulsions to keep you thinking and creating

First off, this may be the future of our sport, as we know it. Have you ever thought while you were out surfing and missed a wave because you couldn’t paddle fast enough to catch it? I know I have missed a few good one for this reason. Well, there may be a solution to our problems. There is a company out of San Diego California that has made a product or as they call it an ‘Aquamotive Technology’. This little jet is built in to the belly of your board and provides you with that extra push you want sometimes, or it will just help you paddling and can even give you a break from it. Yes, your thinking this is crazy and wouldn’t be good for surfing at all. There are a few moments that I see this technology coming in handy: Big wave surfing, strong offshore winds, heavy currents or winds. This board could get you back or keep you in that section of the sand bar when the rip current is killing your arms. It could get you into that huge wave you’ve been looking for with out getting crushed under the lip. I am sure this won’t take over every board in our quiver, but it would definitely be fun to try out and have for those days where your board or arms have just had enough. Check out this video and you’ll see how fun this could be for beginners all the way up to pros.

Body Surfing
Have you ever broke a board and still stayed out in the water to have fun in the waves? Have you ever broken a leash and had to swim you way in or body surf? What about body surfing the shore break because you know you’ll break your board if you try to surf it? Well, why not get a set of body surfing fins and go have some fun in the surf. I have done this a few times and it’s always a blast. You find your self in spot’s you usually don’t get in on a surfboard, like riding the foam ball in the barrel or maybe just getting barreled. One of the major reasons for doing this is for a great work out and staying in shape. You may just take your fins to the beach and have a swim. Fins are also much cheaper than a surfboard! They will run you anywhere from 40-70 bucks and will last you a long time. This type of surfing helps you read the wave differently and also push you to look at a wave differently. It will help your paddling, swimming, cardio, and overall fitness along with helping your wave knowledge if you’re just starting out surfing. Heck this stuff looks fun, and even pro surfers do it from time to time.