Earlier this year, Taj Burrow and his girlfriend announced via social media that they would be having a kid and that Rebecca was in fact pregnant. Fast forward 38 weeks and they are getting pretty close. In fact, Taj Burrow has withdrawn from the Quiksilver Pro France, like a good dad would and is staying close to home for these last few weeks. As a longtime WCT competitive surfer and someone who has never won a World Title before, perhaps this new adventure in life with push Burrow to some of his best surfing yet. Or maybe he will call it quits and become a stay at home dad. You never know! One thing is for sure, Taj Burrow & Rebecca Jobson are both excited and anxious for this new chapter in their lives.
The Wedge in Newport Beach is one of the most iconic waves in Southern California and produces a very unique and challenging wave that is semi-rideable on the right conditions. Like most Orange County residents, I generally find myself on the sand during any large south swell where waves consistently reach heights of 15+ feet, and up to 25+ feet on the biggest swells. Waves at the wedge break very close to shore (in really shallow water), which creates a natural amphitheater like setting for spectators.
For those who dare to bodysurf, bodyboard, surf, stand up paddle or skimboard at The Wedge, extreme caution must be taken as things can turn bad in an instant. Just google Newport Beach Wedge Lifeguard Rescue! I've been out in the water once during a moderately sized swell and the power is unlike anything I've experience before despite growing up surfing and participating in San Clemente's Junior Lifeguard Program. The video below was filmed earlier this month and perfectly shows the wedge on one of the better days we've had this year. Enjoy!
Going to Seattle was without a purpose or a plan; rather an idea of escaping the day to day life here in Orange County, California. Oh and an early birthday trip! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love where I live and the life that I am living. But sometimes it's important to change your perspective, take a break and come back with a fresh excitement about life. Why Seattle, Washington? Cause it's less than a 3 hour flight from John Wayne Airport and I've already been to San Francisco recently. Since we've been in a drought for so long, it was so relaxing being in an area with so much water, greenery and an endless amount of tree's. It was amazing! I'll be doing an in-depth post with everywhere that I visited and ate (of course), but for now here are some of my favorite images from the trip! Enjoy!
In years past, many surfers have looked outward when it came to dating whether that involved models, professional athletes from other disciplines or childhood friends from back home. But lately, the list of surfing power couples has been getting longer including Lakey Peterson/Thomas Allan and Jack Freestone/Alana Blanchard.
The latest involves Matt Banting and Ellie Jean Coffey who both reside in Australia and are very talented surfers. Matt Banting is currently on the Championship Tour and is ranked 28th despite being injured, while Ellie is currently ranked #21 on the women's qualifying series. While Matt beat her to the WCT, she holds a astounding lead in terms of Instagram followers with more than 410,000 compared to Matt's modest 32,700 followers. Outside of their competitive careers and social media popularity, these two love to surf and have fun, so it's no surprise to many that they have started dating in recent months.
While promises of perfect barreling waves at Surf Snowdonia have yet to be fulfilled, I must commend them (and WaveGarden) for creating a rideable, consistent and engaging artificial wave that is available to the public.
With the opening of Surf Snowdonia just a few short weeks ago, I knew it would only be a matter of time before surf contests would eventually transition into this artificial playing field. What I didn't anticipate was that Red Bull would be leading the quest with a contest titled Red Bull Unleashed which is scheduled to take place in less than 30 days!
24 surfers will be matched against each other in 30 minute heats where each surfer will have the opportunity to catch 5 waves during each of their heats. The contest will run from September 18th through the 19th and is expected to draw a crowd of more than 2,000. While it's nothing inn comparison to the US Open's massive amount of spectators, it will also be the first time tickets will be sold to attend a surf contest. No word on the possibility of a live webcast, but I think Red Bull would be silly not to do so.
To be honest, I don't think artificial wave surfing contests will replace most of the WCT tour stops. It would make surfing to boring, stable and predictable. But I think it would create a really neat addition to the tour and definetely something that the WSL will be looking at very closely in the coming months.
For those of you looking to get your foot in the door at the World Surf League, this article is for you. Paul Speaker is officially looking for a new executive assistant and you have nothing to lose when applying. Talk about an awesome job if you're looking to transition your career into the surf industry or are just getting started.
The job description emphasizes the ability to travel extensively and at short notice, so you're most liking going to some (or all) of the World Tour spots throughout the year. Not excited yet? Think about all the cool places you could have the opportunity to surf! Sure, you'll be busy while juggingling multiple projects and must "be available at all hours including weekends to assist the CEO", but you're working for the World Surf League!
So stop reading and apply today!
In a culture where smart phones have become a multi functional, gadget replacing everyday tool, it seem's that society is relying less and less on traditional watches and timepieces. While that might work for some, surfing ultimately revolves around time. How much time is left in your heat. What time is low tide. What is the swell's interval. What time does your parking meter expire. Everything about having a great surf session or winning your heat comes down to perfect timing. And let's be honest, paddling out with your smartphone isn't the most convenient or practical thing.
Do you know what is practical? Freestyle USA's newest watch called the Tide Trainer. Designed for the top performing competitive surfers around the world and perfectly suited for you, this watch has some great capabilities. And let me tell you, it's awesome!
Training for a contest? Start the preset heat timers to break down your surf session into multiple 15, 20 or 35 minute heats! On a strict diet or hydration program? Setup custom alarms so you never miss a meal. Most valuable to me is the sunrise/sunset data and tide information for more that 100 beaches worldwide.
There are a couple key things that standout in terms of the design and fit of this watch. First is it's compact size. The screen is large enough to see all of the data the watch displays, without hindering your surfing or workout performance like an oversized watch face might due. Second is the sports ventilation silicon strap, which is soft, flexible and very comfortable. Last is the watch's simple user interface. This watch has a lot of unique capabilities and it's very straightforward in how to navigate between the different modes, which I really like.
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It's really happening. At this very moment construction crews are working to construct a massive surf park in Austin Texas which will be powered by WaveGarden. You could say I'm a little more than excited! But with the California drought and fear of it spreading well beyond our state borders, many question the practicality of filling a surf park with so much water for "entertainment" purposes.
Luckily, Texas recently experienced a huge storm dropping large amounts of water across the state. So much rain, that many areas had extensive flooding. Throughout this storm, the Austin surf park construction site filled with an abundance of water, which has since been moved to a holding reservoir until construction is finished. With careful planning, some innovative thinking and a heavy rainstorm, it seems Surf Austin 2016 won't run into to many issues or environmental complaints when they are ready to fill the lagoon!
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With the growing excitement surrounding the WaveGarden technology and numerous locations being discussed around the world and here in the United States, many surfers are concerned about the price it will cost to enjoy perfection. It's a conversation I've had many times in the lineup with my friends and something which has been my biggest hesitation since first hearing about the WaveGarden. With Surf Snowdonia being opened as the first WaveGarden Surf Lagoon that's open to the public, we finally have some answers! And it's good news!
For a 1 hour surf session on the advanced wave, which is a 6.5 foot barreling wave, it costs £45 (Approx $70.00). Surf Snowdonia limits the session to 3 surfers and you can catch up to 20 waves. And if you want to schedule a surf session at the WaveGarden Surf Lagoon in the UK, you need to act fast as spots are quickly filling up. If Surf Snowdonia is used as a reference point for pricing once the WaveGarden is brought to the USA, then I think surfers and non-surfers alike will be stoked to give it a run. I know I will!
Newport Beach draws a large number of tourists and locals to their beaches everyday for a variety of reasons. You have some great surf spots such as 56th Street and Newport Point, not to mention The Wedge. There's plenty of sand for beach goers to spread out and the waves are generally pretty mellow unless there is a big swell. There's also a nice boardwalk along the ocean front homes which is perfect for taking a beach cruiser for a spin or going for a run.
But after a long day at the beach or a sunset surf session, it's always nice to enjoy a good meal before heading home. But where do you eat? Chipotle on the peninsula? Spaghetti Factory amongst the tourists? I don't think so!
If you want delicious (and healthy) food, then you need to venture to some of Newport Beach's hotspots and my personal favorites which include Mendocino Farms, Madee Thai Kitchen and Bear Flag Fish Co. I'm not even going to suggest what to order, cause everything is delicious. Keep in mind that all 3 of these places get crowded during peak hours, so I would suggest calling your order in ahead of time for take-out and then eating it there! Enjoy!
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