‘Ultimate Surfer’ Announced

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Breaking News, Surfing, Surfing News, WSL | 0 comments

WSL NEWS Wednesday, November 13, 2019 ABC today announced the network pickup of new competition series “Ultimate Surfer.” The eight-episode series will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater’s man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world’s fastest-growing sport. Production will begin in 2020 and an airdate will be announced later this season. Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the show. Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in “Ultimate Surfer” as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater’s remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series. “In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and ‘Ultimate Surfer’ will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion. We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly’s world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for two surfers (one man, one woman) to win an opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the world on the WSL Tour,”said Slater, who will be the lead consultant for the series. “This will put some of the best up-and-comers against each other in a more direct way to see who stands above the rest, and Surf Ranch is obviously a great venue to use for ‘Ultimate Surfer.’ I’m excited to watch how they step up to the challenge.” The series comes out of the multiplatform co-development partnership between Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, announced earlier this year. “Ultimate Surfer” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios. Pilgrim CEO and President Craig Piligian, WSL Studios President of Content and Media Erik Logan, and UFC President Dana White serve as executive producers. Surfers interested in being a contestant on the show must be 21 or older and can apply at www.UltimateSurferCasting.com, where more details are available. About Pilgrim Media GroupPilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company headed by Emmy®-winning producer Craig Piligian, produces a diverse slate of unscripted and scripted programming across all platforms. The company is behind hit series like “Ghost Hunters,” “American Chopper,” “Fast N’ Loud,” the “Street Outlaws” and “Wicked Tuna” franchises, “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” “Misfit Garage,” “Garage Rehab,” “Aaron Needs a Job,”...

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Slater’s Wave Pool headed for the Sunny Coast.

Posted by on Sep 27, 2019 in Surf Ranch, Surfing News, The Week In Waves | 0 comments

There’s been a lot of  hype over the past few years since Kelly Slater opened the gates to his secret laboratory wave pool, ‘Surf Ranch’, situated in Lenmoore California.  Since that first wave was showcased to the world, there have been two World Surf League events for both the women  and men ‘The Freshwater Pro”, and plenty of surfers hitting the pool for training purposes.  Like myself, plenty of surfers have dreamed of such a perfect wave to surf in their own backyard, when nature decides to to turn the swell off, and other who just don’t get the quality of surf at their own beach locations.  Rumours have been circulating for just over a year that Kelly’s wave pool could be headed to our own Sunshine Coast. and today those rumours have been confirmed that the Sunshine Coast will get Australia’s first Kelly Slater Wave Pool. Quoted from the local newspaper a year ago  ‘The Sunshine Coast Daily’  Andrew Stark head of operations in Australia and Oceania for KSWC ,told  the Sunshine Coast Daily that the location was a natural fit for a wavepool, “due to Australia’s culture, history and roots within surfing as well as its pristine beaches and commitment to environmental sustainability”. “We are committed to working with those in the local area, and over coming weeks we will be talking to the community to explain the concept as well as listening to local perspectives.” Though the exact location has not been confirmed, it is possible that the pool maybe attached to the proposed Coolum Sport facilities. I say ‘BRING IT ON ! ‘ For more video footage visit KSWC.COM   Share this: Like...

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Damo Hobgood, Mick Corbett and More In Heavy Tube Action..

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018 in Spinksy's Blog, Surfing, Surfing News, Videos | 0 comments

This Volte Wetsuits outfit have really forged a clear taste when it comes to picking team riders – no nonsense fellas that can pack a tube. Damien Hobgood’s here, starring, to remind us how good he is in case we’d forgotten (how freaking nice is that righthand point he threads?), while Mick Corbett sticks one of the biggest acid drops you’ll see in 2018. Underrated West Aussie Jerome Forrest and Duran is-that-his-real-name Barr rounding out the rest of the clip that introduces the VW team (Duran Barr?! That’s the best name ever). Enjoy the lads testing the durability of their rubber in some serious but fun… but serious Mexico, San Diego, West Aus, Fiji and Tassie. Video by Volte Wetsuits Share this: Like...

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Kimchi And Barrels……Surfing Nth Korea

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Spinksy's Blog, Surf Travel, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com It wasn’t all about bombs and sanctions. As President Trump wrapped up his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week, he noted that Kim’s country sports a coastline dotted with “great beaches” — and no shortage of real estate opportunities. “You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean, right?” Trump asked. “I said, ‘Boy, look at the view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo behind?’” Few Westerners have experienced North Korean sun, sea and sand, but that’s not to say it’s entirely off-limits. “He’s right, there’s a lot of potential”, says Nik Zanella, an Italian surfer who’s led three surfing tours to North Korea. “I was surprised to see California-like bays with golden sands, red granite cliffs, clear water and no one on the beach,” he told Fox News in a Skype interview from China, where he coaches that country’s national surfing team. “I was pretty blown away.” Zanella says he used Google Earth to scour satellite images before his first visit, zeroing in on Majon beach on North Korea’s east coast. Unlike California, the surf wasn’t huge. “I knew from the beginning that I wasn’t looking for the next Malibu,” he says. “If you take professional athletes to North Korea and if you build their expectations that they’re going to get sick barrels, then they will be disappointed. “But the people on our trips didn’t really have that expectation,” he added.” “We had intermediate surfers who were fine with surfing clean, shoulder-high waves, and they were really happy.” Zanella also offered free lessons to locals. “We taught maybe 100 people on the first trip, and they were stoked,” he says. “Every time we went back, the people we had coached were still doing it and they had taught some other people to do it, so there’s a little surf scene that was growing.” But this isn’t your average beach vacation. The State Department advises against all travel to North Korea, even warning Americans who do go that they should draft a will before setting off. There’s also the ethical question of handing over money to a famously brutal and repressive regime. “I never felt guilty,” Zanella says. “I’m convinced that surfing is something that makes people feel free, and no one needs that more than people in that country.”         By Simon Owen | Fox News Share this: Like...

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Sunshine Coast Duo Julian Wilson and Keely Andrew shine at the Quiky/Roxy Pro

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Spinksy's Blog, Surfing News, WSL | 0 comments

  Finals day down at the Quiky/Roxy Pro and the call was made to surf the famous barrelling point break Kirra. The massive crowd lined  every vantage point and witnessed pumping waves in the 6-8ft size courtesy of Ex-Tropical Cyclone, light up the event with the worlds best men and women taking professional surfing to the next level. Again the big seeds fell to the rookies on tour with  last years winner Owen Wright eliminated in the quarter finals by a refreshed Ace Buchan and the bookies favourite Filipe Toledo taken down by fellow countryman Tomas Hermes. Californian rookie Griffin Colapinto scored the only perfect 10 point ride taking down ‘The Spartan’ Michel Bourez with eventual winner, Sunshine Coast’s Julian Wilson moving into the semi finals over Brazil’s Michael Rodrigues. Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Perfect 10! ?? Griffin Colapinto #QuikPro Posted by World Surf League on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 The Semi finals saw the end of the rookies dominating performance with tour veterans Julian Wilson up against Ace Buchan. Julian’s first wave, a meaty looking barrel scored a 9.93 with Ace’s backhand tube riding on form, clocking up an 6.50, with Julian answering back with a 7.50 and putting Ace in combo land. Super cool Ace, tube pigged and amazing ride at 8.60 but wasn’t enough to get the winners cheque. Julian Wilson 9.93 That’s one way to start a Final ? Quiksilver Posted by World Surf League on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 The Women’s semi finals was highly anticipated with the call to surf the famous Kirra point.  Another Sunshine Coaster was still in the draw up against Sally Fitzgibbons which finished in a small scoring heat win for Keely. An inform Malia Manuel coming back from injury  couldn’t find her rhythm that led her to the semi’s losing to Californian Lakey Peterson. With the Women’s final set, Lakey Peterson jumped out of the blocks and took the lead from the start and with two high scoring waves, left Keely in combination needing 15.67 to take over the lead.  Lakey having taken out the final , leads the rankings heading into Bells.  Lakey Peterson | Roxy Pro Gold Coast Winner Congratulations Lakey Peterson, winner of the 2018 Roxy Pro Gold Coast! ? ?”I want” by RUBY FIELDS Posted by World Surf League on Wednesday, 14 March 2018   Julian for the first time will wear the yellow jersey  and Keely at No. 2 on the women’s tour ,putting the world on notice that the Sunshine Coast surfer’s are one to be reckoned with.       By Anthony ‘Spinksy’s Spinks. Share this: Like...

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Mick Fanning hands over his surfboard to a stoked grommet.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Surfing News, WSL | 0 comments

  Three-time world champion Mick Fanning has given a young fan more than he bargained for, gifting him the surfboard he had just used in his second-last event before retiring. Footage of the exchange tweeted by World Surf League shows the stunned youngster standing in the shallows to greet the surfer as he wades out of the water at Snapper Rocks on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Hurriedly recapping a pen he likely intended for an autograph, the boy quickly changes tack. “Really?” the surprised fan said when Fanning handed him the board. Mick Fanning? Mick Fanning giving back after his last heat ever at Snapper Rocks #CheersMick Posted by World Surf League on Tuesday, 13 March 2018     Fanning announced he would be retiring from professional surfing in February via social media. The 36-year-old made it through to the fourth round at the Gold Coast Pro, defeating American Conner Coffin in the third round, but was later eliminated from the competition. He finished third behind defending champion Owen Wright and Brazilian Tomas Hermes.   Fanning has just one more event left in his competitive career at Bells Beach — the same beach where he won his first tour in 2001. Share this: Like...

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Size Does Matter – 60 Minutes interview with Ross Clarke-Jones and Mick Corbett

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in News, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

  It may seem obvious, but when it comes to big wave surfing, size definitely matters. And at up to one hundred feet, or more than thirty metres, the largest and meanest waves in the world slam into a headland in Portugal called Nazaré. Such is this monster break it often breaks those brave – or crazy – boardriders who attempt to take it on. Just this week, Australian surfer Ross Clarke Jones almost died after being wiped off a Nazaré wave. But the precarious divide between disaster and glory is precisely the reason he and other Aussie big wave legends like Mick Corbett can’t stay away from the place. ? Share this: Like...

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Aussie big-wave surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones nearly drowns at Nazare, Portugal

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in News, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

      Australian Big Wave Surfer and former World Tour Competitor Ross Clarke-Jones almost drowned  this morning at Portugal’s famous big wave spot, Nazare . Ross, known for his big wave surfing in huge waves across the globe, by his standards the 25ft waves out at Nazare were small in comparison to other bigger swells surfed. But after admitting he got a little complacent in the conditions, the 51-year-old very nearly paid with his life. Ross has been admitted to  hospital, rather bruised and concussed with a suspected broken leg.        Name Email*     Share this: Like...

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