Pipe Masters Preview

Pipe Masters Preview

Last year, Adriano De Souza capped off his World Title with a victory at Pipeline as he, Mick Fanning, and Gabriel Medina fought to the bitter end for the lead in the rankings. This year, the drama of the World Title race has died down[...]

John John Wins World Title

John John Wins World Title

Peneiche, Portugal; John John Florence has officially clinched his first career world title with a semifinal victory at the Meo Rip Curl Pro combined with a Jordy Smith loss in the following semifinal. This is Florence’s first ca[...]

Portugal Insider: Tiago Pires Edition

Portugal Insider: Tiago Pires Edition

The European leg of the Tour wraps up in Peniche, the epicenter of Portugal’s surf scene, before the final event takes competitors back to Pipeline. As far as Fantasy Surfer predictions went, the results of the Quik Pro France de[...]

Hurley Pro Trestles Preview

Hurley Pro Trestles Preview

The end of the Billabong Pro Tahiti led to two of the Tour’s biggest disruptions of the year: John John overtaking Wilko as points leader, that glowing yellow halo suiting JJF quite nicely; and Kelly Slater’s return to form[...]

Shea’s Picks for Fiji

Shea’s Picks for Fiji

There are very few locations on this bright, blue planet that are as appealing to a surfer as Fiji. Plain and simple, Tavarua is a paradise. But one quick glance toward the reef on your first boat ride out to Cloudbreak and you’[...]

Shea’s Picks for Rio

Shea’s Picks for Rio

Coming from Florida, I’ve always thought that Brazil got a bad rap when it came to their waves. With a spectacular coastline offering up all types of surf, Rio is Brazil’s Huntington Beach — except that Rio is a dumping and w[...]