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June 29, 2009

HANDFUL OF PICS …

Filed under: Josh Kerr — wpssuperblog @ 1:28 pm

… Mix from Indo and Tahiti.

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The Wave All Pics: kerr-azy.blogspot.com

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The Kayak

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The Dump

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The Lagoon

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The Van

– Josh

June 28, 2009

SOUTH AMERICA

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — Tags: , , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 12:04 pm

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Hey everybody, dialling in from South America. I’ve been here in Brazil for a few days now. It’s a real mission for we Australians to get here flight-wise and I wanted to be as adjusted as possible ahead of defending my title here.

To a large degree, this year’s Hang Loose Pro is almost a completely different event to the one I won here last season. This year’s event is much earlier in the season, and it’s the middle of winter here now so the water is colder than when we’ve been here in the past.

The upside is the locals say this time of the year is a much better swell window, so that’s got me excited. So has the chance to get back into the water with a competition vest on. It’s been a decent break since the last Dream Tour event in Tahiti and a few of us have been eager to get going again.

The view is that the world title race is still wide open. Parko got the jump on us early with the two wins on the Gold Coast and at Bells but now there’s a few back-to-back comps and everybody senses the chance to get on a roll and make up some ground. Me included.

Tahiti was a frustrating event for me this year. The swell was small and there were long waiting periods as well. It seemed like the event never really got going. I also copped Andy Irons in my opening heat. Billabong had given him a wildcard and as weird as this sounds, I was actually pleased to see Andy back in the water in competitive mode. He’s such a great surfer. I love watching him and the circuit won’t be the same until we see him back next year in full mode chasing the title.

The only trouble was his cameo appearance in Tahiti came at my expense! It was a bit strange striking him in my first heat but that’s life. My mood was eased a little by stepping off the plane back into Australia into one of the biggest swells to hit the East Coast in years.

It was a bit messy at times but on one memorable day I got towed into some beauties off Currumbin Alley. It was a good 10′ — and that’s pretty rare for the Goldy. We paid a bit of a price for it, though. The beaches on the Gold Coast now are wrecked. It’s the worst erosion I’ve seen since moving to the Coast. There are still no decent banks, Snapper is a huge hole, D’bah has no banks either and pretty much the whole east coast is wiped out in terms of good banks to surf.

So, getting on a plane with the Mt Woodgee boys for our long-planned boat trip to the Mentawais was nice and timely! We had a super fun trip, although we were kind of in between swells. The biggest surf we got was only about 4-6′. The guys who rolled in before us apparently scored perfect waves.  That included Mick, Jordy and the Red Bull crew. Then about five days after we got home, we heard the biggest swell of the year had come through up there.
I hate hearing that!

We still made the most of our trip though. We surfed pretty much every break up there and got some good photos and footage. We also dropped my shaper Wayne McKewen off on this ramshackle floating pontoon where he was paying $20 a night and planning to stay there for the next month. He’s a hard man.  It wasn’t for me but “Wickers” just smiled and pointed to the flawless left 200m away and the perfect right on the other side. We’re now worried he won’t be coming back! Check out his floating house right here

– Bede

June 24, 2009

HOME IN JUNE

Filed under: Ben Dunn — Tags: , — wpssuperblog @ 4:01 pm

Just a clip from home in June, prepping for Brazil.

– Ben

HERE WE GO AGAIN

Filed under: Mick Fanning — Tags: , — wpssuperblog @ 2:34 pm

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Well, my time at home has come to an end and I’ve gotta get back to work. I have been fairly busy though during the break between Tahiti and Brazil. Most of you would have seen the footage and photos of our super trip to the Mentawais. It was so insane and we had an epic crew which made it that much better.

Jordy’s flip was crazy, Julian made a sushi roll, the grommets were pushing each other to new heights and being cheeky as shit along the way. The girls charged but my all time highlight was Tiago Pires on the dance floor. I’m pretty sure he’s taken over as the funniest man on tour. Epic!

During my time at home I also worked on Red Bull Junior Surf Masters which kicked off last weekend with some strong performances. Congrats to David Vlugg of Narrabeen for taking out the first qualifying event. Check redbulljuniorsurfmasters.com.au for more details.

As well as all that stuff I did plenty of work in the gym training and also did some work on boards. So I feel fit and strong and my surfing is getting to a level I am happy with. I am super pumped for this leg because they’re two events I enjoy and seem to go well at. My boards are great so I have got nothing to worrry about. Anyway, I’m going to finish packing but stay tuned for more updates on my personal site mickfanning.com

– MF

June 8, 2009

ILLUSTRATED MAN

Filed under: Davey Weare — Tags: , , , , , , — wpssuperblog @ 5:52 pm

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Well, my addiction got the better of me yesterday and I added to my last tattoo: to finish off my half sleeve. It’s now down to just above my elbow. There were definitely times of excruciating pain going down, especially by my armpit, but the end result was worth it.

Got tattooed at Electric Eye Tattoo in Umhlanga Rocks, only about a 5 min drive from my house, and I’ve probably had about 85% of my tatts done there. Most of them by Mully (Malcom Hilton), the owner and world-renowned artist, but this latest one was done by Gavin Rowe.

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Mully recently just brought him back from Ireland, where he spent 8 years tattooing around the UK, but now he’s back in SA for good. Both these artists are amazing, I’m still blown away at how well these guys tattoo, the detail and images they come up with is crazy! Just want to send a big shout out to them, thanks for the good (and painful) times and the ink!

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Added some pics from yesterday’s latest addition, Mully is the one in the green shirt and Gavin is the one tattooing. Anyone in Durban who wants to get tatted up should head down to their shop .

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Until the next one, you can check my personal site at www.davey-weare.blogspot.com

– Davey

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