Recent Surf News
The show is about to begin. Planeloads of the best surfers from around the world are landing in Honolulu and making a b-line for the North Shore. It’s that time of the year when the Pacific gets lively and the resulting storms send phenomenally sized and shaped waves to the Seven Mile Miracle. Throaty barrels and mega airs and hideous wipeouts result – and Oakley, alongside Surfline, are going to be paying close notice to it all.
Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz is back to his preferred fighting weight. During that European leg of the ASP World Tour – with stops in France and Portugal – the guy did some eating. “I was at like 185 and I’m usually 175,” he says over the phone, while scarfing down a snack at home on Kauai. “I had a full belly going. But two days back home and I was back to normal.” Non-stop surfing and a healthy dose of hanging with the large Zietz clan will do that. In the next couple days he’ll take the short flight to Oahu and post up in the Oakley House on the North Shore, right in front of Off the Wall. The Triple Crown officially kicks off today, with the waiting period beginning for the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the event Seabass won last year and the one that ignited his miraculous run to World Tour qualification and the Triple Crown title. For now, he’s just cruising. He’s seeded into the Round of 64 at Haleiwa, so he has time, s...
The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing takes no prisoners. The folks on the beach are susceptible to overcrowding and energy drink overdose. The judges have to quantify the value of a well-executed “Huntington Hop” between the flurry of carbon-copy air reverses. The surfers cope with so-so wave conditions, the dangers that come with maneuvering around the unforgiving barnacle-covered pilings of the pier, their fellow surfer, star-struck fans and surviving nine days of competition amongst more than 100 of their peers. It’s taxing. Which makes surviving and excelling all that more impressive. Kolohe Andino will be the first person to tell you that his results hasn’t been what he’d hoped they would be this year. But a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in front of 50,000 spectators on the beach, it’s the kind of result that can turn a season around.