Recent Surf News
Redemption. Julian Wilson wanted it and he got it at Peniche, Portugal at the Rip Curl Pro, claiming his maiden ASP World Tour victory. A year prior, Wilson and Gabriel Medina found themselves in the Final of the Quiksilver Pro in France. Wilson was sitting on a lead with minutes to go, only to have Medina pull out a late big score to steal away Wilson’s first ASP World Tour victory.
It didn’t matter what roll anyone else was on or what style of surfing they preferred – no one was beating Jack Freestone. What Jack wanted to accomplish on Day 11 of the Oakley World Pro Junior at Keramas, Jack accomplished. If he wanted to land a stalefish, he’d land one and then another. If he wanted to pull out a double-grab Hippy Twist (combo stalefish and slob with full rotation air-reverse), he’d do that too – for the second perfect 10 of the event (both were his). There was nothing in surfing that seemed to be outside his abilities.
Heat strategies tend to differ from one surfer to the next. Some guys prefer to sit patiently and wait for the best possible waves. Others prefer a quick start to get points on the board. Conner Coffin is typically the former. His powerful approach, which he’s developed over countless hours on the long, fast walls at Rincon in Santa Barbara, Calif., caters best to a clean, open face. His air game isn’t on par with most of the talent of his generation, but he’s easily in the one-percentile when it comes to teenage power surfers.