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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1 dead and 1 injured in separate North Shore surfing incidents

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Breaking News, Dusty Payne, Hawaii, News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

        One man died and another was injured today in separate surfing incidents on the North Shore. At about 9:50 a.m., lifeguards, surfers, and photographers rescued a 26-year-old man who was injured while surfing at the surf spot Backdoor and brought him to shore, said Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright. Multiple surf publications identified the man as professional surfer Dusty Payne of Maui. Payne was initially unconscious but regained consciousness under the care of lifeguards. He sustained multiple injuries. Emergency Medical Services personnel took over care and transported him to a hospital in serious condition. At about 11:45 a.m., surfers brought an unresponsive surfer to shore from the surf spot Rocky Point. Lifeguards performed CPR on the surfer until EMS personnel took over. EMS pronounced the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, dead at the scene.   News Story  via     Share this: Like...

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