Laguna Beach local Sam Stinnett won the prestigious skimboard competition known as The VIC at Aliso Beach last weekend after a tough final against current World Champion Austin Keen. “It was quite a battle,” said event organizer Tex Haines. “(Sam) had local knowledge and a local crowd, he had a
Big wave surfer and oceanographer Ricky Grigg has died at 77, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grigg was one of the first big wave surfers of all time. To be more precise, he was constantly chasing the waves. Born in 1937 in Los Angeles, Grigg started surfing at just nine years old.
Maya Gabeira almost escaped death by drowning in Nazaré. What are the impacts and risks of big wave surfing on the physical and mental health of extreme surf athletes? The European Association of Surf Doctors (EASD) has analyzed The shocking erasure of Maya Gabeira in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal.
Austin Keen ran to the gnarled shore break, pulled up the wave, then made a move no one has ever done in a skimboard competition. He did a full flip over the wave, and somehow his board landed under him. The crowd watching the Oktoberfest skim championships went mad on
Blair Conklin drew a line in the sand when he won his first VIC skimboard competition on Sunday: a new generation of skimboarders are taking the skimboard world by storm. On his way to victory, the 18-year-old Laguna Beach High School graduate used his hard-to-match fast, powerful and graceful style
The first combination with an integrated instantly inflatable air bladder was invented. This exceptional new survival development was developed by big wave legend Shane Dorian, Billabong Wetsuits and Mustang Survival Corporation. Named “Billabong V1”, the revolutionary suit was designed after Dorian’s near-drowning incident in 2010 at Maverick’s, the famous cold
After more than three months of waiting, competitors and fans alike were rewarded for their patience with a historic day for big wave surfing, as Chris Bertish etched his name into Mavericks lore and was crowned champion of the contest. Surfboard Mavericks 2009/2010 brought to you by Sony Ericsson Networks