Bethany Hamilton Extends Contract With Long-Time Sponsor Rip Curl
21 January 2016
January 21, 2016 - Hawaiian charger Bethany Hamilton has extended her contract with long-time sponsor Rip Curl, renewing a partnership that started when she was nine years old.
Bethany Hamilton charging 50-foot Jaws, Pe'ahi earlier this month, filming for Surfs Like A Girl. Photo: © Aaron Lieber
Bethany, just shy of her 26th birthday, has already reached unimaginable heights in surfing; winning national competitions, competing on the WSL Championship Tour and inspiring millions with her determination in the face of adversity – returning to the water after the shark attack that left her with one arm as a teenager.
She continues to reach new heights; this month taking on 50 foot ‘Jaws’, the Hawaiian monster wave of Pe'ahi, whilst filming for her soon-to-be-released film Surfs Like a Girl, just months after becoming a new mum to son Tobias.
“2015 was definitely one of the best years of my life, primarily because I became a Mom and I absolutely love being a Mom!!! I still managed to have a fun year of surfing before I had Tobias and after. I grew a lot as a person in my post-partum recovery, and in my determination to get back to the ocean. Now after surfing each day I look forward to coming home to my supportive husband and son, it’s the best!” Bethany said.
“I love family life and look forward to growing together. I can’t wait to teach my son Tobias to surf! I also love motivational speaking and healthy living and inspiring others in their journey. I am grateful to have so much to look forward to!
“I am so pumped for this year! I know I have much more to come and I look forward to it. My passion for surfing and bettering my ability is still lit and I can’t wait to chase more of my goals and dreams! I look forward to surfing some heavy waves this year and pushing my limits. I also love working hard at my progressive surfing and want to keep charging at that.
“It’s rad to have shared my journey of surfing with Rip Curl since I was 9 years old. Now being 25 and surfing better than ever I’m excited to keep surfing as a Rip Curl team rider!”
Rip Curl Global Advertising and Promotions Chairman Neil Ridgway said the signing spoke volumes for both the company and Bethany’s commitment, and was excited about the next chapter.
“ 'What a legend...’ That's the reaction I have every time I see Bethany do big things or small things”, Ridgway said. "I probably analyse her technique on video more than any other surfer on the planet because you can really learn from seeing the way she does things at such a high level of performance given that she only has one arm to paddle in and take-off.
"She inspires me to go surfing with a more positive attitude and I think she influences a lot of surfers that way. She's a very popular person at team signings and events because of her attitude and people - young and old - just want to be around her and the good vibes she pumps out. Like I said 'What a legend!' "
Bethany is currently in full force shooting and travelling with Aaron Lieber for her first surf film Surfs Like a Girl, a sign that 2016 is set to be another big year for the smiley goofy-footer.
“It’s a blast to be travelling for this and doing my thing. I can’t wait to share the film!”
Surfs Like a Girl is due for release in 2017.
Bethany Hamilton on location in Fiji shooting with Rip Curl. Photo: © David Mandelberg
Bethany with Dad Tom Hamilton (left) and husband Adam Dirks in between sets at Jaws earlier this month. Photo: © Aaron Lieber
World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina Extends Rip Curl Relationship
4 December 2015
November 20, 2015. World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina this week signed a new contract with long time sponsor Rip Curl, extending his relationship with the surfing company into the future.
Gabriel Medina locks in for another five years. Photo © Corey Wilson.
The 21-year-old surfer first joined the RC team at 14 years of age.
“Thanks to Rip Curl for the continual belief in me,” said a happy Medina from the Rip Curl Team House at Pipeline. “I have been in the Rip Curl family for a long time. Now I am in even deeper.”
Medina first came to prominence as a junior winning the Rip Curl International Gromsearch Final, the WSL World Junior Title and rapidly qualifying for the Men’s World Tour, bursting onto the scene in 2011 and winning two of the first four WSL World Tour events he contested.
He steadily improved his ranking until winning last year’s 2014 World Surf League season when he became the first-ever Brazilian Men’s World Surfing Champion and the youngest surfer to win the world surfing title since Kelly Slater.
“The most important thing in a relationship like this is that the surfer feels at home. Gabriel is happy here with us. He’s one of our crew. That makes performing at the top level easier for him,” said Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl’s Marketing Chairman. “Rip Curl really strives to support the career pathway from a junior to a World Champion and Gabriel is a great example of that program. We like to support surfers for the whole ride.”
Felipe Silveira Rip Curl Brazil CEO who first spotted Gabriel’s talent at an early age said, “Rip Curl has had a close relationship with Gabriel since we first signed with him in 2009. I’m happy to see our collaboration going stronger and longer. Gabriel is already a spectacular surfer and will get better in years to come and we are stoked to see that."
Gabriel Medina goes into the 2015 WSL World Title race ranked 4th alongside his Rip Curl team mates 3 X World Champion Mick Fanning (currently ranked 1st) and Fiji Pro winner Owen Wright (currently ranked 5th) with a solid chance at retaining his world title back-to-back.
“I’m looking forward to Pipeline. It’s going to be great. Let’s hope we get some real waves,” said Medina on the challenge to come.
The World Surf League Samsung Galaxy Championship World Title showdown will be decided in the heavy surf of the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore and can be watched LIVE at worldsurfleague.com and will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports Asia and on Globo TV in Brazil.
European #GromSearch STOP11 Les Sables d'Olonne, FRANCE
17 September 2015
A fun 3 feet swell arrived just in time for the last European stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch 2015.
130 young surfers participated and the opportunity of the conditions allowed the competition to run for 10 hours non stop. A big congrats to Kyllian Guerin who got the higher score of the event, a 9,4.
All the infos regarding the Big Final « Somewhere in Europe » will be released at the beginning of October…
Many thanks to : Smith, EQ, FCS & Gorilla, Surf Session, Carve, 3Sesenta and Surf Portugal.
And special wink to Kiki from Bahia Surf Shop.
Below you will find all results & pics.
1- LACOME Juliette (ang)
2- LEICEAGA Sarah (hbsc)
3- TONIN Camille (sevis)
4- CHECA Clémence (hoss)
Girls 12-14 :
1- CONRADI Hina (sgixv)
2- CAZENAVE Elisa (hbsc)
3- JOUAULT Maëlys (mali)
4- MAGNIEN Jade (capbr)
Girls 14-16 :
1- GIRARDET Lisa (dodo)
2- JAVEGNY Mahé (st leu)
3- BERTAUX-DUBUT Jade (Hoss)
4- LARTIGUE Neis (bascs)
1- PITER Sam (lsurfou)
2- GUERIN Kyllian (capbr)
3- GUERTENER Clément (hoss)
4- CASADEBAIGT Carlito (hbsc)
Boys 12-14 :
1- BOUCHGUA Téva (lacan)
2- BECRET Justin (lsurfou)
3- CONRADI Youri (sgixv)
4- MCCARTHY Taylor (lacan)
Boys 14-16 :
1- MORAU Félix (bascs)
2- DOUTRES Nalu (Bidar)
3- CAVALLINI Enzo (karuk)
4- BALLERIN Nanoo (lsurfou)
Groms continue tear across Bali
15 September 2015
The second batch of groms from across the globe shipped in to score new swell, caverns and master classes from the pro’s
Aussie rippers Mikey McDonagh and Kobie Enright; Brisa Hennessy and Luke Gordon from the States, European dynamite Kyllian Guerin, as well as local shredders Andre Anwar and Max De Santis showed up to a new swell for the second week of Tube Camp. Once again the Ulu’s breaks delivered fast walls and fun tubes, and sessions at Bingin saw even more tubes thanks to local Andre Anwar.
Mason Ho and Tom Curren took the groms through some ‘Tube Tips’ and everyone was frothing to try out their new knowledge. There were dawn patrol sessions at Bali’s most rippable playground – Canggu, a tour of Head Office, and airs and big turns at Keramas.
With a building swell through the week, the groms tore up Temples, took off to Airport rights for some bombs and managed to squeeze in a fun session at Dreamland.
Max De Santis
Max De Santis
Lifestyle and Line-ups
It doesn't get much better than this, sunset with the groms over Uluwatu.
The groms chilling above Ulu's with Tom Curren and Mason Ho.
Mason Ho takes the groms through some 'Tube Tips'.
The trip out to Airports.
Hands up who wants to surf Airports.
Tom Curren ready to light it up.
Airports was firing
Photo - © Mick Curley
European #GromSearch STOP10 Sopelana, Spain.
2 September 2015
The Arrietara's line-up in Biscaya looked quiet impresive last week-end with 170 groms shredding the spot during 3 days. The waves were pumping from start to end with great 6 feet peaks (rights and lefts).
Surfers under 16 years old came from all over spain and proved that the surf level is getting better and better each season!
This was the last stop in Spain for this season and the finalists are looking forward now the big final "Somewhere" in Europe next november!
Thx to our sponsors
Smith Optics FCS EQ Love Gorilla Grip Panasonic España
Here are all results
SUB 16 KID
1º Asier Iriondo
2º Diego Suarez
3º Yael Peña
4º Ruben Vitoria
1º Iker Amatriain
2º Cristian Portelli
3º Sean gunning
4º Lenni Jensen
1º Adur Amatriain
2º Markel Bizkarguenaga
3º Tim Elter
4º Nestor Garcia
SUB 16 GIRL
1ª Nadia Erostarbe
2ª Iara Dominguez
3ª Isabel Gundin
4ª Maddi Aizpurua
1ª Sara Urresti
2ª Paula Martiño
3ª Melania Suarez
4ª Carmen Ley
1º Janire Gonzalez
2ª Tayry Hernandez
3ª Laura de los Reyes
4ª Ana Sofia betancor
Groms score with Curren on Tube Camp
2 September 2015
Primo waves for our junior surfers as they hit Bali for the 2015 Rip Curl Tube Camp
The first day of the 2015 Tube Camp saw the groms tear apart Uluwatu’s pristine peelers with 3 x World Champion Tom Curren. After checking conditions from the cliff top, they were quick to get amongst it.
From surfing Ulu’s in the morning they paddled around the point for the afternoon session to get uncrowded waves underneath the cliffs of the famous temple.
Checking the lineup outside the Rip Curl team house at Uluwatu with 3 x World Champion Tom Curren and local legend Dedi Gunn. Photo © Mick Curley
Kirra-Belle Olsson (14) finishes off the end section at Ulu's. Photo @Mick Curley
Xavier Huxtable (13) throws some serious spray. Photo @Mick Curley
Samuel Pupo (14, BRA) throws some heat at Secrets. Photo @Mick Curley
Tenshi Ishil (12, Indo) hits the lip at Temple. Photo @Mick Curley
After a full day of lefts, local legend Dedi Gunn piled the groms in the van to show them around Bali and the right-handers of Keramas. They were treated to clean conditions and only a light/cross onshore in the afternoon so it was another full day of waves for the frothers.
Being the 70th anniversary of Indonesian Independence day, and a public holiday in Indonesia, Dedi made it clear how much the day was for locals by wearing the National flag out in the water for the entire surf.
Cole Alves working on hie air reverses. Photo @Mick Curley
The ‘Captain’ Dedi Gunn with the groms on way to surf Keramas. Photo © Mick Curley
Brazilian ripper Samuel Pupo jams the tail at Keramas. Photo @Mick Curley
Arashi Murata (13, Jap) tearing up the right-hander of Keramas. Photo @Mick Curley
Kirra-Belle Olsson gets busy on her backhand. Photo @Mick Curley
Keramas didnt' disappoint, the line-up from the black sand beach. Photo @Mick Curley
Shaka bro - Dedi looking stocked about the public holiday with the indonesian flag to celebrate the anniversary of Independance Day. Photo @ Mick Curley
Textbook cutty with Xavier Huxtable. Photo @ Mick Curley
Although tricky winds had been forecast, the groms ended up scoring again at Keramas as the waves increased in size and quality throughout the day.
At one point the winds dropped right off for the groms who only had to share the lineup with four other crew. Big ramps were on offer as well as perfect sections to hack.
The groms took turns looping between the line-up and Warung all day where the final bill was dominated by 15 jaffles and 17 plates of Mie Goreng. Another sick day searching for waves in Bali.
The only bad thing about barrels all day is having to refuel in between them. Photo © Mick Curley
Local guy Ketut Agus (14, Indo) knows his way around an air reverse like he does the island of Bali. Photo @Mick Curley
Cole Alves continuingto work on his air game. Photo @Mick Curley
A backhand attack like this is what puts Kirra-Belle at the top of junior competition. Photo @ Mick Curley
At only 12 of age, Tenshi Ishil has the style and positionning of a seasoned pro. Photo @ Mick Curley
Samuel Pupo getting his airs dialed on the fun ramps of Keramas. Photo @Mick Curley
Arashi Murata (13, Jap) doing some damage to sweet lip. Photo @ Micke Curley
Days Four to Seven
Day 4 - After a few days at Keramas, Captain Dedi Gunn took the crew over to Canggu. After starting the day off on the beachies, the groms moved over to hit the right-hander. A solid five hour session saw the groms score some sick sections, then return to Uluwatu for the afternoon session.
Day 5 - With the swell staying steady everyone was keen to hit Uluwatu again. The groms were growing in confidence and hunting the barrel with more flare and everyone got into some good ones.
The Groms at Head office. Photo @Mick Curley
Samuel Pupo. @Mick Curley
Kirra-Belle Olsson. Photo @Mick Curley
The Crew checking out Ulu's. Photo @Mick Curley
Tenshi Ishil. Photo @Mick Curley
Cole Alves. Photo @Mick Curley
Arashi Murata. Photo @ Mick Curley
Ketut Agus. Photo @ Mick Curley
Xav Huxtable. @ Mick Curley
Day 6 - With the swell dropping the crew opted for their own adventure, with a bunch of groms surfing Temples with Tom Curren and Mason Ho, whilst the others went to check out Bingin.
Local Rip Curl team rider Agus dag Sumertayasa took the groms out there and showed them the lineup at his local wave, followed by another session out the front of the house at Ulus.
Day 7 - The last full day of the ‘First Section’ of the Rip Curl Tube Camp saw the swell dropping a little and the groms keen to explore the open reefs of the Southern most tip of the Bukit peninsular.
After searching down narrow roads and looking at potential line-ups from the cliff tops they decided to head back to surf Uluwatu, from the top section all the way dawn to Racetrack.
Tim Bisso - Surfing is Everything
4 August 2015
Tim Bisso, 18 years old, just came back from his first trip to the best playground in the world, the Mentawai islands.
12 days on a boat, with perfect waves every morning & every afternoon, is a dream for a surfer, and the best training center for competitors. Now, Tim is ready to rumble.
He is actually in Bali to compet in the Padang-Padang #RipCurlCup, Game ON!
Click play, & enjoy over 2min of pure new school surfing.
Filmer: Alex Laurel
Music: Living Water
Artist: Michale Giovanni
European #GromSearch STOP8 Anglet, FRANCE.
16 July 2015
D O N E !!
Surf conditions were perfect to welcome all the best french groms here in Anglet!
3-4 feet, offshore wind, and 200 groms ready to rumble!
Thx a lot to all person involved, parents, competitors and partners
EQ Love Smith Optics FCS Gorilla Grip Sowest Cola
Here are all results.
Photo - Yves Sobanski
Under 12 years old
1 Kyllian GUERRIN
2 Luan NOGUES
3 Noé LEDEE
4 Thomas LEDEE
Under 14 years old
1 Tiago CARRIQUE
2 Kauli VAAST
3 Justin BECRET
4 Aurélien BUFFET
Under 16 years old
1 Augustin ARRIVE
2 Léo-Paul ETIENNE
3 Felix MORAU
4 Nalu DOUTRES
Under 12 years old
1 Hina CONRADI
2 Emma DUBES
3 Maelys JOUAULT
4 Jade MAGNIEN
Under 14 years old
1 Lisa GIRARDET
2 Juliette BRICE
3 Neis LARTIGUE
4 Jade BERTAUX- DUBUT
Under 16 years old
1 Lilou MAURY
2 Nahia MILHAU
3 Lili TERMEAU
4 Luna DUBES
The Rip Curl Cup Returns
16 July 2015
After 11 years of awesome the Rip Curl Cup is back with a fresh format and new invitees, held at the same incredible wave, Padang Padang.
Indonesia's longest running and most prestigious event, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang draws competitors from all over the world, and this year is no different. In 2015 the waiting period has been cut to four weeks, the quality of conditions required to run has been ramped up from incredible to perfect, and the field has been reduced to 16 surfers, meaning heats will be man-on-man throughout and that competition can easily be run in one day.
The trimming of surfers does not mean a reduction of talent, in fact the opposite rings true as the new format is more appealing than ever. This year it's an honour to welcome three-time world champion and Rip Curl team rider Tom Curren to the field. As well as starring in competition we will be running some great initiatives around Bali with the legendary Californian surfer so keep your eyes glued to the official website –live.ripcurl.com –for the latest updates on events and happenings.
Alongside Curren this year's list of invitees also includes Hawaiian royalty and recent Rip Curl signing Mason Ho, who'll be joined by long serving tour legend Damien Hobgood, Australian freesurfing superstars Jay Davies and Ry Craike, former winning of the Billabong Pro Tahiti Bruno Santos, and two absolute freaks of our sport and past Rip Curl Cup winners, Jamie O'Brien and Chris Ward. Rounding out the list of internationals are young Rip Curl stars Pat Curren (yes, Tom's son!), former-finalist Jacob Willcox, and Caribbean kid on the rise Tim Bisso.
This year the Indonesian surfers selected for the main draw include four previous winners, Garut Widiarta, Mega Semahdi, Lee Wilson and Made "Bol" Adi Putra, legendary Balinese surfer and Taylor Steele movie star Rizal Tandjung, and last year's finalist and former Asian champion Raditya Rondi. Rounding out the eight will be a Rip Curl wildcard who will be announced at the Event opening ceremony on the 1st August.
The reduction in numbers means the fight for a position on the home team is tighter than ever, and the trials for the Rip Curl Cup will be the toughest the local competitors have faced. This year the Rip Curl Cup trials will run on the best day of waves at Padang Padang, Uluwatu or Bingin from July 25th - 31st. Stay tuned to live.ripcurl.com for the latest, and see below for the heat draw for round one of the trials!
The official Rip Curl Cup opening ceremony will be held on August 1st at 4pm at Padang Padang Beach, formalities will include Balinese Offerings and Prayers, Traditional Balinese Kecak Dancing and meet and greets with the surfers.
The 2015 Opening Ceremony will also include a Wayang Puppet Show with revered Balinese Wayang Puppet Master - I Wayan “Cenkblong” Nardayana.
The Wayang Puppet Show will feature the story of the Hanoman “White Monkey” whose image is the main inspiration behind this years event artwork design by Bali based artist Ashley Bickerton.
The legendary Rip Curl Cup rooftop party will again take place at Rip Curl headquarters on Sunset Road, this time at the end of the window on August 28. Again, stay tuned to live.ripcurl.com for updates on the festivities, as more events and special occasions will be added to the lineup closer to the event window.
The Rip Curl Cup's slogan is It's On When It's On, but now you can be the first know by Signing up to Event Alerts on the Website - get all your Rip Curl Cup updates sent straight to your phone.
This year sees the introduction of our new Dawn Patrol show, a twice weekly video catch-up with competitors showcasing the best freesurf action from the archipelago, in and around the waiting period. It's going to be awesome so keep your eye on the website for all the latest.
We're thrilled to see the Rip Curl Cup return, and we know that the world is excited too. The recipe is in place, all we need now is for Huey to send Padang Padang some cooking waves and this year's Rip Curl Cup will be the best one yet!
WATCH IT LIVE - live.ripcurl.com
The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang is sponsored by: Telkomsel 4g, Telkom IndiHome, Hidden Valley, Bintang, Albens Cider, OctaFX, GrabCar, BIMC and Project Clean Uluwatu.
Media support by: Surfing World, Coastal Watch, Bali Belly, JUICE, Bali Alternative Media, Surf Time, and Indosurflife.com
TRIALS EVENT DRAW
Rip Curl Cup Trials Round 1
Agus Dag Sumerteyasa
Made Loco Swastika
Agus Blacky Setiawan
Komang Adi Putra
European #GROMSEARCH 2015 STOP7 Freshwater West, WALES.
15 July 2015
Freshwater West, Wales
Sunshine, waves and friendly locals welcomed Rip Curl and Surfing GB to the beautiful west Wales coast line, as the 2nd stop of the 2015 Rip Curl Grom Search rolled into Freshwater West on Saturday July 11th.
Part of a global search to find the best young surfers, the UK Grom Search started strongly in June with the Croyde stop and the surf pushed in to welcome us with 2-3ft conditions in Wales, perfect for the young gun hoping to book their place in the European finals.
The crowd of eager young surfers arrived to a relaxed contest set up as events got under way and the heats began with the turn of the tide. All surfers checked in sporting free contest t-shirts and smiles, and the happy friendly vibe continued through the day. Strong competitive surfing from all as surfers took full advantage of the abundance of waves available, but it was certainly a day for the importance of wave selection.
Quarter finals of the U16 boys saw a powerful fin waft from Bude’s Kit Innes which the judges awarded the Smith Optics move of the day and a huge goodie bag from the sponsors to.
Under 12’s girls was a simple affair with a limited entry Bonita Whitelock took 1st place. Also from the Global Boarders gang we saw Thomas Reeves take his first competitive win in the U12 boys.
With her powerful turns and smooth carving cutties Ellie Turner took the double, claiming the U14 and U16 titles. Whilst the ever consistent Seth Morris took the U14 boys title on home turf with strong competitive surfing on show once again.
The under 16 Boys final was as fast and furious as you’d expect but Welsh and ever smiling Patrick Langdon-Dark proved his skills and the judges rewarded him with the win.
Ellie Turner has now secured the first ticket to the European Rip Curl Grom Search finals to be held somewhere in Europe later this year. The stage is now set for the Watergate bay showdown in August to see which two boys and one more girl will join her.
The beach presentations saw the respective champions crowned in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and weighed down with prizes including Rip Curl GPS watches, spanking Smith Optics sunnies and a host of other treat.
Thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable and friendly event.
Under 16 boys
1st – Patrick Langdon-Dark
2nd – Leo Reeves
3rd – Kit Innes
4th – Cieran Hughes
Under 16 Girls
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Niamh Mathias
3rd – Bethan lewis
4th – Bonita Whitelock
5th – Ffion Hughes
1st– Seth Morris
2nd – Leo Reeves
3rd – Noah Capps
4th – Jack Mathias
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Bonita Whitelock
3rd – Ffion Hughes
1st – Thomas Reeves
2nd – Bertie Norman
3rd – Ejay Cogger
4th – Eli Perrins
5th – Sol Williams
1st – Bonita Whitelock
European #GromSearch STOP6 Peniche, PORTUGAL
15 July 2015
It was last week on the famous surf spot called Peniche.
Fun waves and great level of surfing during these 2 days!
Thx to all competitors, parents, organizators & partners
Smith Optics FCS Gorilla Grip EQ Love
Here is the full report with all results.
- 16 years old
1 Dylan Groen
2 João Moreira
3 Vasco Mónica
4 Tomás Ribeiro
- 14 years old
1 Guilherme Ribeiro
2 João Vidal
3 Martim Paulino
4 Tomás Lacerda
- 12 years old
1 Martim Paulino
2 Joaquim Chaves
3 Martim Van Zeller
4 José Ribeiro
- 16 years old
1 Teresa Bonvalot
2 Inês Bispo
3 Beatriz Santos
4 Camila Costa
European #GromSearch STOP5 Croyde (Devon), UK
23 June 2015
Ripcurl’s worldwide search for the best junior Surfers commenced for 2015 in the UK over the past weekend, with the Ripcurl Grom Search at Goldcoast Oceanfest. In a weekend of varied conditions and moments of brilliance, the champions were crowned and the first points awarded across a highly competitive field that featured a strong entry in all 6 divisions.
Day 1 was a dance with conditions, as surfers negotiated the small surf, big tides and varied banks, whilst day 2 provided a drop in wave period but an increase in swell, resulting in a fun day with plenty of waves for all. Come the end of the weekend, following lots of impressive surfing from all the happy Groms, it was finals time. The girls under 16 title was awarded to Ellie Turner of Bude, who actually won both the under 14’s and 16’s divisions, with Jersey’s Kitty Brewer taking a close 2nd in both divisions also. The boys under 16’s title was taken by Liam Murray-Strout with confident and powerful surfing in the final, followed by little rippers Kit Innes and Seth Morris and under 14 champion Noah Capps in 4th. Liam’s surfing also earned the Smith Optics move of the day, which is a prize awarded by the judges in recognition of the best surfing on a wave seen throughout the weekend.
The under 14’s boys division was a highly competitive field that ultimately saw a confident Noah Capps take his first Grom Search win. As mentioned, Ellie and Kitty featured in both 14’s and 16’s girl’s finals, as well as Lily Mandeville, showing that this age group has a strong future. The boys under 12’s final was a close one between second place and local Croyde Grom Jake Arrowsmith but Exeter’s Sam Hearn defeated him with a crucial 0.27 heat score difference. The girls under 12’s was great to see with Bonita Whitelock taking the win and posting a combined heat score of 11.00.
The sunshine came out for the presentations which took place on a packed out Croyde Beach, with great prizes including GPS watches and goodie bags from Ripcurl and Smith Optics. The finalists were then surprised and whisked off to the festival where they were again awarded with their 1st place medals in front of festival goers and projected onto the big screens, an experience they won’t forget soon.
The next event is at Freshwater West, Wales on July 11/12th, entry will open in the coming days.
Thx to our partners Smith Optic, FCS Fins, Gorilla Grip, EQ.
1ST – Liam Murray-Strout
2nd – Kit Innes
3rd – Seth Morris
4th – Noah Capps
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Kitty Brewer
3rd – Bethan Lewis
4th – Lily Mandeville
1st – Noah Capps
2nd – Seth Morris
3rd – Barnaby Cox
4th – Sol Hawkins
1ST – Ellie Turner
2nd – Kitty Brewer
3rd - Lily Mandeville
4th – Ffion Hughes
1st – Sam Hearn
2nd – Jake Arrowsmith
3rd – Bertie Norman
4th – Thomas Reeves
1ST – Bonita Whitelock
2nd – Lauren Sandland
3rd – Tula Buck
4th – Tegan Blackford
Wright makes history winning Fiji Pro with perfect score
16 June 2015
TAVARUA, Fiji (Tuesday, June 16, 2015) - Owen Wright (AUS) has won the Fiji Pro in historic fashion today, claiming his second Perfect 20 of the event in the Final bout against compatriot Julian Wilson (AUS) held in pumping eight-to-ten foot (2.5 - 3 metre) barrels.
Stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Fiji Pro, has been treated to an abundance of swell and incredible performances by the world’s best surfers, culminating today with Wright’s unparalleled mastery of Cloudbreak.
“I can’t believe it, to finish with a couple of 10’s is a dream come true,” said Wright. “I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and watching the top guys closely and it’s definitely paid off. Gabriel Medina has been a huge inspiration for me, especially watching him at this event last year and what he’s done.”
Wright was the form surfer of the event after a series of incredible performances and huge scores, including a flawless Round 5 heat where he posted his first perfect heat total (only the then-seventh in sport’s history). The Australian made history today by delivering another Perfect 20 in the Final, the sport’s eighth ever perfect heat total, as the first surfer to achieve this incredible feat twice in one event.
Wright’s win at the Fiji Pro is his second CT victory, after a previous win at the Quiksilver Pro New York in 2011. Wright came into to the event ranked sixth in the world and the result sees him jump up to third on the Jeep Leaderboard. A combination of deep barrel rides and carving rail-work helped the goofyfooter reach the Final after defeating Jeremy Flores (FRA) in the Semifinals and Joel Parkinson (AUS) in the Quarters earlier today.
“Yesterday was a dream come true and today is even better,” Wright said. “To finish with two 10’s is really special. I was watching the ocean before the Final and I knew it would turn on. I knew I just had to be in that rhythm and the waves came and I took them. I’m stoked to be back up on the podium and wouldn’t be here without all the support back home.”
#MyBikini Pauline ADO x Mexican Perfection
27 May 2015
Photo - Trent Mitchell
Pauline spent few days on the Mexican coast with all the team.
Sun, white sand & perfect waves, this is Mexico.
Curves, barrels and smiles, this is Pauline ADO.
Click play. Enjoy.
Music: Ray Montford Group - Celebrata
RIP CURL CONSOLIDATED ITS NETWORK OF STORES IN BIARRITZ
26 May 2015
With the opening of a store Rip Curl Girl and renovation of shop men in Biarritz, Rip Curl strengthens its presence in the heart of the European birthplace of surfing.
It is in the prestigious street Mazagran Rip Curl has chosen to open its second store dedicated to women (the first being in the center of Hossegor).
50 m2 with a mezzanine floor are arranged in the spirit of the brand, that is to say, inspired by the values and the Rip Curl world with a sober decor and warm, very visual. The brand's key stories are available through the ambassadors of the team: Alana Blanchard, Pauline Ado, Tyler Wright, Nikky Van Dijk present the latest Mirage and My Bikini models.
Wood tinted colored resin, brightness, high lightbox representing the Basque Coast, the curtains striped red and white gives this space a spirit both surfing and beach but respecting biarrots codes.
The jerseys supply and neoprene Bombshell is wide and the thrust direction merchandising recalls that the surfwear girl goes far beyond an offer of technical products by offering the final consumer a complete range with many product families (luggage, accessories, shoes, surfboards, surfwear ...).
A few steps from the Grand Plage, the men shop of 100 m2 overlooking the Hotel du Palais. One of the oldest shops Rip Curl has a makeover in this building turn of the century listed building in France. One finds all the technical offer with a wide choice of Mirage boardshorts, boards, watches tides or SearchGPS and combinations.
Regular renovations of its own stores allow the brand to follow its evolution and drive sales.
The network of shops Rip Curl Europe (fifteen to date) represents a real communication relay and highlights the history of the brand, news and all its innovations.
European #GromSearch 2015 STOP 4, Somo (SPAIN)
19 May 2015
RIP CURL GROM SEARCH // STOP4. SOMO ( RIBAMONTAN SEA ) - May 15/16th
After Guadeloupe, Italy & Capbreton, Somo Beach (Spain) hosted the GromSearch STOP4.
Surf conditions were really great with a glassy 3-4 feet.
150 groms (historic record) were ready to rumble!
Surfers come from: Cantabria, Euskalherria, Asturias, Galicia, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, Castellón or Barcelona.
Thx a lot to all groms and a special thx to the staff for this great organization, it was a nice week end for everybody.
Below you can find all results and few pics.
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under 12 years old
1 Adur AMATRIAIN
2 Nestor GARCIA
3 TIM ELTER
4 MARIO RASINES
1 SEAN GUNNING
2 JOAN VILLAR
3 IKER AMATRIAIN
4 AXEL LOPETEGI
1 RUBEN VITORIA
2 ASIER IRIONDO
3 YAEL PENA
4 ENDIKA GARAI
1 JANIRE GONZALEZ
2 JUNE DEL CAMPO
3 JULIA GONZALEZ
4 MARTINA ALVAREZ
1 MELANIA SUAREZ
2 PAULA MARTINO
3 SARA URRESTI
4 INDIRA HERNANDEZ
1 ISABEL GUNDIN
2 MADDI AIZPURUA
3 IARA DOMINGUEZ
4 BELEN BOTIN
Partners: Smith Optic, FCS, Gorilla, EQ, Panasonic.
European #GROMSEARCH 2015 STOP3 Capbreton, FRANCE
19 May 2015
It was a really nice week end here in Capbreton for the third european GromSearch 2015.
Waves, sun, smiles & motivation, perfect combo for a perfect event.
Thx to all riders, level was really great!
You can find below all results, thx to our partners Smith Optics FCS Gorilla Grip EQ Love Sowest Cola .
And a big wink to Capbreton Surf Club for the great organization.
Photos - Alexandre Lesbats
Benjamins (-12 years old)
1 NOGUES Luan (USCBA)
2 PITER Sam (Lou Surfou)
3 LEDEE Noé (A Joe Reefer Surf Club)
4 LEDEE Thomas (A Joe Reefer Surf Club)
Minimes (-14 years old)
1 CARRIQUE Tiago (Biarritz Association Surf Club)
2 BOUCHGUA Téva (Lacanau Surf Club)
3 BUFFET Aurélien (29 HOOD UJAP Surf Club)
4 GOMEZ Dorian (Biarritz Association Surf Club)
Benjamines (-12 years old)
1 LACOME Juliette (Anglet Surf Club)
2 CHECA Clémence (Hossegor Surf Club)
3 TERMEAU Lili (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)4 LEICEAGA Sarah (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)
Minimes (-14 years old)
1 CAZENAVE Elisa (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)
2 LEICEAGA Ainhoa (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)
3 GOASGUEN Illona ( 29 HOOD UJAP Surf Club)
4 DUBES Emma (Biarritz Association Surf Club)
European #GROMSEARCH 2015 STOP 2, Banzai Beach, Italy.
19 May 2015
First italian GromSearch: GREAT SUCCESS!
Santa Marinella beach, Rome, Italy (April 28, 2015)
On Tuesday, 28 April, Rip Curl Grom Search took place for the first time in Italy at Banzai.
The long-awaited contest dedicated to all Italian Groms had a waiting period for the entire month of April and finally the RIP CURL team rider contest director Alessandro Marciano kicked off on Tuesday 28 April. And it was a great success!
Participants from every part of the peninsula arrived early in a slightly rainy morning. Fortunately shortly later the sun came out and waves of Banzai lighted up in front of the audience. The spot offered one meter and half wave, perfect for all categories allowed in the race.
The first Groms who started the competition were Under 12! All the kids were excited about surfing in one of the most famous spots of Italy. At the beginning they were struggling a bit because of the strong current but they tried anyway to take off on the biggest waves. All the boys were supported in the water by the Italian Surf Champ Valentina Vitale, a reassuring figure close to these young and future champions. During the finals Catanzariti, who will win the U12 Contest, Venturini, Santucci and Funari challenged on every wave.
Then it was the Girl’s turn with a “final four” in which Pacitto Onda and Iacopini Emma took respectively the first and the second position on the podium, despite Salvati Ottavia and Sanchietti Matilde were both tied at the third place.
Meanwhile on stage the contest was being followed in with great attention: the jury was made up of some of the best Italian surf personalities, especially Marco Gregori, head-judge of international level with great experience, who perfectly managed the team, called “dream team”, made up of veterans such as: Francesco Mangino, Roberto Bersani, Simone Giorgi and Martina Camerini. Andrea Civelli, Rip Curl Italy Sales and Marketing manager, followed closely this contest in Santa Marinella.
As expected, the contest level started to rise with Under-14 Groms. Sea conditions remained substantially stable even though the important thing is choosing the right wave. The final was played by the four surfers in best shape: Bramucci, Caruso, Spadoni and the winner Calatri. The shouting, the screaming and cheering grew based on the categories and the tricks of the riders in the batteries.
Then it was the time for Under-16 category, the most entertaining and performing.
The constant wind was blowing from the sea but it didn’t ruin the continuous waves sets in front of the Rip Curl village on the beach.
After the first qualification round the race led to 2 semi-finals in which Di Fazio (Rip Curl Italy team rider) and De Maria failed to express their full potential and couldn’t reach the next heat.
The contest ended with a four good surfers: Mallorca, Lucchini, Pacitto, and Migliorini.
This heat was a real fight until the last wave and in extremis Mattia Migliorini won the category U16. Mattia will then take part in the European final to be held in 2016.
Waves, sun, music and lots of fun for the first edition of GROM SEARCH ITALY organized by RIP CURL ITALY, Santa Marinella Surf Club, historical beach club of Banzai.
Before the awards a brief intervention of the Delegate of Tourism of Santa Marinella Municipality, Alessio Marcozzi, who underlined the importance of sport for young people especially of surfing and of these events.
Special thanks to: City of Santa Marinella, the Harbour, Banzai Green, Musical Works and our collaborators such as local photographer Carlo Sarnacchioli and an exceptional video reporter as Nicola Bresciani.
1) Onda Pacitto.
2) Emma Iacopini.
3) Ottavia Salvati / Matilde Sanchietti.
UNDER 12 RESULTS:
1) Ian Catanzariti.
2) Alessandro Venturini.
3) Giorgio Santucci.
4) Valerio Funari.
UNDER 14 RESULTS:
1) Matteo Colatri.
2) Edoardo Spadoni.
3) Giulio Caruso.
4) Daniel Bramucci.
UNDER 16 RESULTS:
1) Mattia Migliorini.
2) Mauro Pacitto.
3) Giacomo Lucchini.
4) Mattia Mallorca.
Pupo and McGonagle crowned International champions
5 May 2015
Local surfer Samuel Pupo (BRA) and Leilani McGonagle (CRI) have been crowned Rip Curl GromSearch International champions over Kei Kobayashi (USA) and Australian Jaleesa Vincent in fantastic conditions at Maresias Beach, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) and Samuel Pupo (BRA) celebrate winning the Rip Curl GromSearch International final with world champ Gabriel Medina. Photo: Likoska Adrenalimitz & Silvia Winik.
Top junior surfers from around the world battled it out over two days of competition at the Rip Curl GromSearch International final hosted by current WSL world champion Gabriel
Medina and presented by GoPro, in front of a crowd of thousands watching from the beach.
Pupo (14), the younger brother of top WSL surfer Miguel Pupo thrilled spectators at Maresias by putting on a dominant performance at his home break.
He built momentum through the final day, securing great scores in every heat including a perfect 10 point ride in his semi final to progress to the last heat of the day full of confidence against second seed Kobayashi (USA).
The early exchanges between the two were close until Pupo scored the highest wave of the final, a 9.75 for a long left hander 10 minutes from the end, leaving Kobayashi requiring a perfect 10 point ride to overturn the deficit, a task he was unable achieve.
"It’s a privilege to win here with Gabriel in attendance and all of the crowd supporting me. We both grew up surfing here and I’m honoured to win such a prestigious event at the beach where it all started," Pupo said.
In the girls division Australian Jaleesa Vincent (16, Coolum) knocked out the event’s number one seed Caroline Marks (USA) in the semis to set up a final showdown with Costa Rican Leilani McGonagle.
McGonagle immediately got to work in the final posting two good scores to put the pressure on Vincent who responded with a score to match, but couldn’t find a second, leaving her as runner-up, and McGonagle the first Central American to win a Rip Curl GromSearch International title.
"I’m really excited to be the first ever Costa Rican champion, it means a lot. It’s so cool to have my name on the winners’ list alongside my Hawaiian friends Tatiana Weston-Webb and Brisa Hennessy and all the other GromSearch winners!" McGonagle said.
The list of former Rip Curl GromSearch International finalists include many stars currently on the elite WSL World Tour, names like Owen and Tyler Wright (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS).
The 2015 Rip Curl GromSearch International final in Maresias is presented by GoPro - Be a Hero, with major partner POSCA and support from Coconut's Maresias Hotel, April 28 – May 3.
São Paulo Surfing Federation and the City Hall of São Sebastião are collaborators. The event is covered by Fluir magazine and Waves website, with daily reports by FMA News.
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) and Samuel Pupo (BRA) celebrate winning the Rip Curl GromSearch International final with world champ Gabriel Medina. Photo: Likoska Adrenalimitz & Silvia Winik.
2015 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final Results
Samuel Pupo (BRA) 17.25 def. Kei Kobayashi (USA) 14.25
SF1: Samuel Pupo (BRA) 19.40 def. Lens Arancibia (FRA) 13.50
SF2: Kei Kobayashi (USA) 16.65 def. Kehu Butler (NZL) 16.35
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 14.40 def. Jaleesa Vicente (AUS) 13.25
SF1: Jaleesa Vincent (AUS) 15.15 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 14.50
SF2: Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 15.50 def. Raiha Ensor (NZL) 12.45
European #GromSearch 2015 STOP 1, Guadeloupe
28 April 2015
Fun waves and great level of surfing for the first stop of the Rip Curl European GromSearch.
2 surf spots welcome the event, Anse Bertrand last saturday, and Le Moule yesterday.
Congratulations to all the groms for all the great show during the series and a big thank to all our sponsors: Smith Optics, FCS, Gorilla Grip, EQ Love.
Special Wink to COMITE GUADELOUPEEN DE SURF, Gwada Surfshop, thx a lot for your help and your warm welcome.
Special congrats to all winners:
Cadette (-16 years old)
1- Nell Auptel
2- Brendy Delannay
Minimes (-12 years old)
1- Hina Conradi
2- Bahia Frediani
3- Julia Dufrechou
4- Cleopatre Thomas
Benjamine (-12 years old)
1- Nahia Milhau
2- Noée Minot
Cadet (-16 years old)
1- Leo-Paul Etienne
2- Thomas Debierre
3- Thomas Doumenjou
4- Victor Fabre
Minime (-14 years old)
1- Norman Peuron
2- Titouan Veschambre
3- Victor Heyberger
4- Lucas Desmoucelle
Benjamin (-12 years old)
1- Noé Ledée
2- Thomas Lédée
3- Mathis Azam
4- Shan Poloni
Gabriel Medina Is One Of TIME’s Magazine “Most Influential 100″
17 April 2015
Photo - @Luciocunha
Current WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina listed in Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential people, joining the likes of Kanye West, Pope Francis and Taylor Swift!
"When Gabriel Medina won Brazil’s first surfing world title last year, he did more than become the second youngest champion ever. He showed that his ascendant nation was now a serious player in a sport that is taking off around the world. From 2001 to 2011, the total number of surfers jumped 35%, to some 35 million, and the sport is projected to become a $13.2 billion global industry by 2017." - Time Magazine
View the full list: www.time.com/3823170/gabriel-medina-2015-time-100/
Photo - @warbs
Photo - @Corey_Wilson
Photo - @Stugibson
Winter season - This is the end (almost)
16 April 2015
Here are some fresh news from the last few weeks:
- Emilien BADOUX has some serious competition in the Freeride World Tour ! Video must see!
- Victor DE LE RUE, Sam FAVRET et Emilien BADOUX are filming in Alaska for Rip Curl.
- Martin MIKYSKA is the new slope style Czech champion 2015 and won the Spring Session !
- Nils ARVIDSSON, Nate JOHNSTONE and Jessy CORNU are back from a Search Trip in Norway.
Kyllian GUERIN - My winter games
10 April 2015
"When you are dreaming about something special, sometimes it happens! In " My winter games", you will travel with me in hot water and in the "pura vida" country. Costa Rica is such a nice place and for sure a small paradise, but You can also find your own paradise everywhere. You just need to dream about it !! "
Costa Rica, France...
This is Kyllian's new edit, and it's a blast!
Yes, he is 12.
Take a seat, grab a coffee, click play, & enjoy!
Fanning wins Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
9 April 2015
Credit - Jo Humphries
April 9, 2015, Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach after battling 2013 Bells Beach winner Adriano de Souza (BRA) for the right to ring the Bell.
Finals day at the 54th running of the event saw conditions clean up for the 35-minute heat while the two Bells champions delivered the closest Final in Championship Tour history.
Victory for Fanning today means that he is tied with Kelly Slater (USA) and Mark Richards (AUS) with four Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach wins each, the most in the event’s history. He first won in 2001 as a wildcard and then again in 2012 and 2014. The three-time World Champion also ties with Andy Irons (HAW), who both have 20 CT event wins.
The first ever tiebreak Final in CT history puts Fanning on a path to his fourth World Title and he will take the gold leader jersey going into the third event on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) in Margaret River. Today’s match-up was the pair’s 10th in CT history, including three at Bells Beach, and Fanning has taken seven wins while De Souza has three.
De Souza was first to take a wave in the Final for a small score and backed it up with 20 minutes remaining, putting the pressure on and leaving Fanning scoreless. The Australian went down on his first wave and De Souza capitalized on the mistake quickly, answering with another ride, unleashing big turns for a 7.50 and a 13.83 heat total.
Fanning came back with an impressive layback hack, clean rail work and a series of critical turns for an excellent 8.17, putting him back in contention. Another wave with 10 minutes remaining saw Fanning claim the lead with 7.10.
De Souza, the only Brazilian male to ring the bell, continued to demonstrate smooth, seamless surfing, searching for a 7.78 to take back the top spot, and was awarded 7.77 leaving the pair tied with 15.27 each. In a tiebreak situation the highest single-wave score wins the heat, which was Fanning’s 8.17.
With less than two minutes remaining De Souza couldn’t find the score and leaves Bells Beach with a second-place finish, 8,000 points and moves up to third place on the WSL rankings.
“It’s insane that it’s the first time ever a finals has been a tie. I can’t believe it, it’s just radical," Fanning said.
“Adriano is a top bloke, he throws throw his heart into everything, and he trains his heart out.”
“Every time I paddle out i just want to do my best. You want to go and just throw yourself into it the best you can and not have any regrets."
Tomorrow should see the Women's finals run, with the action anticipated to start early in the day on the low tide at Bells. (Quarterfinal heat draw below).
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1: Mick Fanning (AUS) - 15.27 (Fanning wins with the heat’s highest single-wave score - 8.17)
2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) - 15.27
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.84 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.87
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.70 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.23
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.60 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.33
QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.00 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 7.93
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.76 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60
QF 4: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.86
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Match-ups:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Credit - Corey Wilson
Credit - Corey Wilson
Kyllian Guerin - My Search #1 Bells Beach
8 April 2015
Bells is firing theses days, you already know that.
The #RipCurlPro is ON, quarter finals are on the way, and between each round, the right welcome a bunch of free surfers coming from all over the world to check the event and surf this mytical wave.
Our young french rider Kyllian (don't need to present him anymore...), is acually there, to surf with the international team, meet all the Rip Curl crew, and mostly to realize his dream of surfing this classic spot.
Here are Kyllian's few words, and pictures done by his father Arnaud Guerin.
"I'm really happy to be in Australia at Bells Beach. This is a legendary wave so powerful. It 's hard to surf and you have always to look at the soulder and try to get enough speed to make the section. But Bells is really cool! Otherwise Winkipop is like a skate park. The first day of competition was perfect and Jeremy (Flores) killed his heat! The atmosphere is really good in the water, and I paddle hard to not let all the waves to Kelly, Mick or Gaby!! This is a great start for my Australian stay .. "
Game ON Kyllian!
Rip Curl Grom Camp - Canary Islands
7 April 2015
The Rip Curl Grom team went to Canary Islands last march searching for uncrowded waves and warm weather to get ready for the up coming contest season.
Don't forget their names as you should hear from them soon.
Film + Edit: Andy Benetrix
Music: "Change" by Ah2 www.gettyimages.com
Riders: Kyllian Guerin, Joao Vidal, Ariane Ochoa, Lander Davila, Maddi Aizpurua, Diego Suarez, Augustin Arrivé & Harry De Roth
Coach: Yann Martin
Mason Ho Secures Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wildcard
26 March 2015
Mason Ho goes to town somewhere on the North Shore, Hawaii. Credit: Warbrick.
Mason Ho Secures Rip Curl Pro Wildcard
Hawaii’s Mason Ho is preparing to take on the world’s best next week at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia, the second stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL)
Championship Tour (CT) as the recipient of the 2015 Rip Curl wildcard.
Currently ranked 16th on the World Qualifying Series (WQS), the regular-foot from Oahu’s famed North Shore will join the WSL’s top 34 in Torquay between April 1 and April 12.
Ho, 26, inked a multi-year deal with Rip Curl earlier this month following his victory at the Backdoor Shootout and runner-up finish at the Volcom Pipeline Pro.
After landing in Victoria last night and hitting the building swell at Bells Beach this morning, he said he was excited to return to Bells Beach, where he won the Rip Curl GromSearch in 2005.
“I can’t stop thinking about how fun it's going to be, almost everything I’ve seen for a couple days has looked like a Bell that had to be rung,” Ho said.
“I absolutely love surfing in Australia. It was the first country I went to outside of the United States. And it's nice having the chance to build on family tradition at such a historical surfing event like Bells.”
Ho is the son of legendary Hawaiian Michael Ho, who placed 6th at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in 1978. His uncle Derek was the 1993 World Champion and his younger sister Coco has enjoyed a strong run at the event since she stepped onto the Championship Tour in 2009.
Ho will meet either current World Champion Gabriel Medina or 3 x World Champion Mick Fanning in Round One.
He said he was anticipating some really high-risk maneuvers at the Rip Curl Pro this year, “I really want huge Bells, the bigger the better; extra drama."
“I just want to pick nice waves, slam the lip and ride all my good waves up the beach. I’ll be going into it super happy just having a chance, and I feel blessed to be a part of such a solid company like Rip Curl.”
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running professional surfing contest in the world and one of the most coveted titles on Tour. This year celebrates the 54th running of the event.
The event window runs from Wednesday April 1 to Sunday April 12, 2015 and if you’re not at Bells Beach you can catch all the action live at WorldSurfLeague.com.
RIP CURL GROMSEARCH 2015 - Back in the game!
26 March 2015
The 2015 Rip Curl GromSearch series will start in Santa Marinella, Italy next April.
Thanks to Rip Curl’s partners, Smith, FCS and Gorilla grip, the European Gromsearch series will be back in 2015 looking for the best European surfers under 16.
The best European groms surfing the best European waves
Since its inception in Australia in 1999 the GromSearch series has continually unearthed the next generation of surfing stars such as 2014 World Surfing Champions Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore.
The GromSearch is seen by most of the groms as the best event in the world. It offers young surfers under 16 (girls and boys) the chance to show off their talents in the environment of a friendly and relaxed competition.
50% of International GromSearch winners are on the World Tour… Who will be next one ?
The European GromSearch series has also revealed some amazing talents, such as Lens Arancibia (2014 European winner), Leonardo Fioravanti (2013 European/World winner).
Rip Curl will travel 12 famous beaches in 6 European countries (France, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Italy & Netherland) searching for the best up and coming surfers.
The next generation of world champion is surfing in the GromSearch and our official sponsor Smith, aware of the progression shown by all the kids, will be rewarding the “best move” of each event.
The winners of the European finals will have the chance to compete for a World GromSearch title against the best surfers from Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, USA & South Africa.
The International GromSearch finals will be held “somewhere” in one of the best spot in the World and Rip Curl will only revealed the location of the final a few week before the event to keep the secret !
Photo - Damien POULLENOT
COME AND ENJOY OUR GROMSEARCH VILLAGE WITH SOME GREAT ACTION IN THE WATER !
Apart from the incredible action in the water, each GromSearch stop will offer an array of fun and interactive experiences on the beach.
On most of the stops Rip Curl riders will come to watch the action and share some secrets with the competitors.
Legendary shapers such as Maurice Cole will also be available to share their wealth of surfing knowledge.
There will also be test centres at each stop so anyone can test drive Rip Curl’s state of the art surf products including new model wetsuits, surfboards, the lastest FCS II fins and the new SearchGPS watch.
On the top of giving away lot of products, our official sponsor Smith will explain the dangers of the sun to all the beach lovers and the necessity to wear good sunglasses.
SoWest Cola will welcome everyone to his beach bar in Anglet and Capbreton to hydrate the surfers and also the public.
Photo - Damien POULLENOT
Photo - Damien POULLENOT
Full 2015 schedule
FRANCE (Online registrations on Ripcurl.com will be available 3 weeks before the event).
Guadeloupe (French carribean) from the 25th & 26th of April
Capbreton (Landes) from the 8th to the 10th of May
Anglet (Bask coast) from the 8th to th 14th of July
Sables d’Olonne (Vendée) the 12th & 13th of September
Croyde (Devon) the 20th & 21st of June
Porthcawl (Wales) the 11th & 12th of July
Watergate bay (Cornwall) the 15th & 16th of August
Somo (Cantabria) from the 15th to the 17th of may
Sopelana (Bask Country) from the 28th to 30th of august
Peniche from the 1st to the 3rd of July
Scheveningen waiting period for all the November’s week ends
Banzai (Santa Marinella) waiting period during all the April’s week ends
Somwhere in Europe from the 8th to the 15th of November
Thanks to our sponsors Smith Optic, Gorilla, FCS & Sowest.
And thanks to our media partner Surf Session, Carve, 3sesenta, Surf Portugal.
Beyond Electric Dreams Francisco ALVES - Watch the video
25 March 2015
Our friend & rider Francisco ALVES spent few days in Ireland with Jayce Robinson.
The goal was, ride monsters! And they met Mullaghmore... Mullaghmore is one of the best big wave surfing locations in the world. All conditions were ON to make this left on fire.
It was Francisco's first trip to Ireland, and for sure not the last one!
Click play, and enjoy.
Director: Martim Condeixa
DOP: João Monge
Editor: Ricardo Damasio
Music: Ben Frost - Killshot
Medina to Host Rip Curl GromSearch International Final
20 March 2015
Photo - Corey WILSON
Current WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina is preparing to welcome Rip Curl GromSearch champions from around the world to his home break of Maresias Beach, Sao Paulo, Brazil for the prestigious Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, April 28 to May 3, 2015.
National GromSearch champions from regions including Australia, USA, Chile, New Zealand, Indonesia and Europe will face off against their Brazilian counterparts at the iconic beach break of Maresias for the chance to follow in Medina’s footsteps and become part of GromSearch history.
Medina joined the elite list of Rip Curl GromSearch International champions when he won the 2010 final at Bells Beach, Australia.
The current WSL World Champion sees the event as an important stepping-stone for an international career and has made time to host the next generation.
“I’m so stoked that Rip Curl has chosen Maresias for the final,” Medina said. “To share my home beach with these guys is going to mean so much to me."
The 2014 International GromSearch final was won by Californian Pat Curren and Hawaiian Brisa Hennessy, contested in flawless conditions at the exotic location of Lakey Peak, Indonesia.
The location for the 2015 International final, Maresias Beach, home of some of the best waves in Brazil, can produce powerful waves and hollow barrels on its day, and with a six-day event window the groms will have time on the side to score Sao Paulo at its best.
“The groms will love the waves, and the locals will welcome the visitors and really appreciate the high standard of surfing," Medina said.
“They are the next crop of champions, and I’m stoked they’re coming to my home beach.”
The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of surfing events for the 16 years and under surfers; the ‘grommets’, and is now established as a key indicator of the future stars of world surfing.
It all started in 1999 as a one-day event at Jan Juc beach, Australia, and has developed into a global series providing surfers with the elite competitive experience needed for further development in their careers.
The Rip Curl GromSearch has grown into the biggest grom event series in the world with the first International final held at Bells Beach in 2005.
2015 marks the 12th year of the Rip Curl GromSearch.
Photo - Warbrick
Hello Mason Ho: Rip Curl Signs Hawaiian Star - Watch The Video
11 March 2015
Costa Mesa, CA (March 10, 2015): Rip Curl is ecstatic to announce the multi-year signing of Hawaiian superstar Mason Ho to our professional surf team. Hailing from Sunset Beach on Oahu’s famed North Shore, Mason brings it all to the Rip Curl program: progression, versatility, personality, legacy, and aloha.
“I'm honored to join a company like Rip Curl with so much surfing history, which I've heard about since the day I was born,” Mason said shortly after inking his new deal. “I’m really excited about this partnership and I'm going to do my best to represent the brand to my fullest.”
Son of legendary Hawaiian surfer, Michael Ho, it was only a matter of time before Mason came into his own. Over the past several years, the 26-year old regularfoot has transcended into one of the most exciting, entertaining, and versatile surfers on the planet.
Hot off a victory at the Backdoor Shoot out and a runner-up finish at the Volcom Pipeline Pro, Mason joins the Rip Curl team sprinting into 2015. He’ll continue to compete on the WSL World Qualifying Series in pursuit of WCT qualification.
However, renowned for his prowess without a comp jersey on, you can expect to see Mason joining teammates Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, and Matt Wilkinson on Search trips around the planet.
“In this next chapter, I want to go on trips with Mick Fanning. He’s an inspiration for me, and I’m ready to go find perfect waves with him,” Mason added.
Style Master and 3x World Champ Tom Curren re-signes with Rip Curl!
25 February 2015
The legendary American actually signed his new deal on the beach at the Pipeline Masters while watching Gabriel Medina take out the 2014 world crown in December. As relaxed as ever after great winter surfing on the North Shore, Curren was happy to sign with his feet planted firmly in the sand as the heats rolled by, excited by pro surfing and his future.
"We have a good thing going together at Rip Curl..." Curren said. "There's a lot of things happening for the brand around the world and I feel like I've been a part of that for a long time. I want to keep surfing as much as I can, but I also want to be involved with the kids and with giving wherever I can on surfing and what it means to the Curl. I'll be out there on The Search this year too."
Rip Curl Head of Marketing Neil Ridgway said announcing the signings put a nice shine on things the week before the 2015 World Surf League tour starts.
Rip Curl ‘stoked’ to sign partnership with Surf Snowdonia
17 February 2015
World-first surf lagoon and surf academy will open in summer 2015
Surf Snowdonia, the world’s first ever publicly accessible Wavegarden®surfing lagoon, has announced a major partnership deal with Rip Curl, one of the world’s leading surf brands.
The partnership agreement will see Rip Curl provide wetsuits for Surf Snowdonia’s Surf Academy as well as wetsuits, clothing and accessories for sale in Surf Snowdonia’s retail space.
Rip Curl is the first major surf brand to partner with Surf Snowdonia, which is just months away from its opening date of July 2015. The one-of-a-kind facility is being constructed in the lee of the Snowdonia mountains in Conwy, North Wales.
With a decade of R&D behind it, Surf Snowdonia will deliver the longest man-made waves in the world at the push of a button. It will generate consistently powerful surfing waves of varying heights up to 2 metres, in a 300m long lagoon. With guaranteed barrelling point-break type rides of up to 20 seconds long, it’s a concept which has fired the imagination of surfers world-wide.
Sean Harris, Rip Curl UK country manager said: “Rip Curl are stoked to be partnering up with Surf Snowdonia. As the Ultimate Surfing Company, Rip Curl are constantly striving for innovation and technical leadership, and there's no doubt that Surf Snowdonia are delivering this with the world's first Wavegarden project open to the public.
“We can't wait to bring the joy of wave riding to the thousands of people who will, without question, be visiting Surf Snowdonia, including members of our Rip Curl pro team –some of the best surfers in the world.”
Andy Ainscough, director of Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd, the company who are building Surf Snowdonia, said: “Our partnership with Rip Curl is great news for the 75,000+ visitors we’re expecting to come to surf in Snowdonia every year.
“Being warm and comfortable in the water can make the difference between a good day and a great day, and having the highest quality wetsuits and clothing for our visitors is an important part of the Surf Snowdonia offer.
“We believe that Rip Curl offers the best quality and most comprehensive range of wetsuits out there, which is why we’re so pleased to announce this partnership. Our range will include some of the more advanced Rip Curl wetsuits which you will be able to try out on the wave before purchasing them in our store.
“Rip Curl is a great global brand whose values sit well with ours: a determination to invest in cutting edge design and technology in order to deliver a world-class but accessible surfing experience.”
Surf Snowdonia will provide a safe surfing environment which is ideal for surfers of all ages and skill levels. Beginners and improvers will be able to take lessons in surfing, bodyboarding, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and surf kayaking from qualified watersports professionals at the Surf Academy. Surf Snowdonia will also play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving the public access to some of the world’s top surfers.
The development of the 㾸million Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden is being keenly watched around the globe. A prototype facility in Spain has received rapturous approval from surf pros, including World Champions and Rip Curl ambassadors Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina.
The progress of the facility is also being closely followed by the International Surf Association, and may see surfing finally recognised as an Olympic sport.
The Search - Stepping Stones Full Movie!
10 February 2015
Join riders Victor De Le Rue, Nils Arvidsson, Wiley Tesseo, Emilien Badoux and skiers Sam Favret, Chris Booth and Mat Bijasson as they RV through the wonders of British Columbia, go one hill further on the steeps of Alaska and seek the secret gems of Chamonix. See these areas unfold as the Stepping Stones of mountain riding. Watch the riders hop from pillow to pillow, connect the dots and create their lines in the true spirit of The Search.
La Nord Rip Curl Challenge
20 January 2015
Rip Curl La Nord is not just a competition.
Big waves, adrenaline, fears and smiles.
It's a rendez vous.
On Wednesday, January 7th, the famous french spot called "La Nord" showed her real face with a solid 11-13 Ft
After a 2 months waiting period, La Nord were ready to welcome 48 of the best big waves french's riders.
Riders like Thomas Portet, Fred Compagnon, Antoine Delpero, Nelson Cloarec, Jean Francois Lartigue, Pilou Ducalm, Stephane Iralour , etc.... were invited to show how riding monsters works.
But, there was only one winner...
Congratulations to Jean François Lartigue, rider from Capbreton (Santocha Surf Club), who rode the biggest wave of the day!
Thanks a lot to Le Comité des Landes for the great organization.
Rip Curl GromSearch European Finals
15 December 2014
Congratulations to Len's Arancibia & Ariane Ochoa for winning the European GromSearch Finals presented by Posca !!
They both won a flight ticket for the World GromSearch finals somewhere in... (it will be pumping anyway)
It was a great event in Mundaka, one of the best wave in the world and all the kids were stocked to surf this famous left with no one out !
Thanks a lot to the local surfers, the Mundaka surf club and all the people involved.
Big thanks to our sponsors: Rip Curl, Posca, Smith Optics, FCS & Gorilla Grip
1. Len’s Arancibia
2. Will Bailey
3. Lander Davila
4. Jacome Correia
1. Ariane Ochoa
2. Teresa Bonvalot
3. Juliette Brice
4. Mariana Garcia
Filmed and edited by Judith Emanuel
Additional footage by Michel Andreou
Photos by Damien Poullenot
Music by www.gettyimages.com/Music
• Bring It - Full by Brian Wayy
• Smash and Grab by Ah2
8 December 2014
A short film about Gabriel Medina, shot during his 2014 ASP World Championship Tour campaign. Featuring interviews with two key people in his life - shaper John Cabianca and best friend Miguel Pupo - Shaping Medina looks at the themes and controversy that surround this young man on the verge of becoming Brazil's first world surfing champion.
Interviews & Edit: Jason Horton/See Food
Tom Lowe pushing the limits of cold surfing
24 November 2014
Arnaud Darrigade clinches the 2014 Royal Barrique
24 November 2014
Arnaud Darrigade wins 7th edition of the Royal Barrique - tube contest held in south west France every Fall season.
Pierre-Louis Costes in Japan
22 November 2014
"Never in my life, I thought I would score this kind of waves in Japan. It has exceeded my expectations, with some of the best waves I had in Asia," Costes revealed.
Citizen of the World
21 November 2014
« Citizen of the World » is the last edit of the young Grom Kyllian Guerin. Kyllian is so happy to be back in the water after his knee injury that took him out of the water for 6 month. At 11 years old, he lives between France and Costa Rica, and travels around the world searching for waves. From indonesia to the last swells at home in France, Kyllian is ripping and enjoying his life.
Fanning wins in Portugal!
28 October 2014
Fanning looked in form throughout the contest, winning all but his Round 1 heat. The Australian surfed five separate heats on the final day, dispatching Alejo Muniz (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Kai Otton (AUS), en route to the Final, where he faced Jordy Smith (ZAF). Fanning overtakes Kelly Slater (USA) on the WCT Rankings, claiming the second spot going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):
- If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
- If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
- If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
- If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
- If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will needto win the event.
The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 - 20, 2014.
Highlights from the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal are available at ASPWorldTour.com
Tyler Wright is your 2014 Roxy Pro Champion
30 September 2014
HOSSEGOR/SEIGNOSSE, Southwest Coast/France (Sunday, September 28, 2014) - Tyler Wright (AUS) has claimed victory at the Roxy Pro France, besting Courtney Conlogue (USA) in a hard-fought Final as a packed crowd looked on at the primary site of Les Gardians.
Today’s win vaults Wright from 4th to 2nd on the ASP Women's World Championship Tour rankings and well within striking distance of a maiden world title heading into the final two events of the year.
“I feel like I’ve been surfing well all year but have had some tough luck in my heats,” Wright said.
“That said, I’ve managed to fly a little bit under the radar and keep myself in the race. It’s so tight up there at the top of the ratings so it should be a great finish to the year.”
Roxy Pro France Final Results:
1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 19.20
2 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.43
Roxy Pro France Semi-finals Results (1st advances to Finals, 2nd finishes Equal 3rd):
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.00 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.50
SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.10
Roxy Pro France Quarterfinals Results (1st advances to Semi-finals, 2nd finishes Equal 5th):
QF 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.53 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.50
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.53 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.24
QF 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.00 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.20
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.60 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5.03
Current ASP Women’s WCT Top 5 (after Roxy Pro France):
1. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 57,900 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 56,200 pts
3. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 55,950 pts
4. Carissa Moore (HAW) 54,700 pts
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 38,850 pts
Surfing Is Everything Taylor Knox
30 September 2014
When the water temps drop in California, Taylor Knox perks up. Dormant breaks come to life, conditions switch offshore, and Taylor thrives off being in the right spot at the right time. Suit up with T Knox, and see why Surfing Is Everything to him.
Starring: Taylor Knox
Track: Tisk Tisk
Film & Edit: Justin Jung
The Search - Stepping Stones Trailer
17 September 2014
With each era our passion has known, people have pushed the limits of exploration and innovation to new boundaries. Like a snowball thrown over the ledge before a cliff drop, they laid the paths to our Search and sent us in new directions.
Watch the riders hop from pillow to pillow, connect the dots and create their lines in the true spirit of The Search.
A 26 minute backcountry film by Olivier Pictet.
Welcome Tim Bisso!
15 September 2014
Rip Curl is Excited to sign new talent from Guadeloupe, 17 years old Tim Bisso!
With a very strong start of the year (Tim ended 3rd at the International Final of the GromSearch in Indonesia) young talent Tim Bisso just signed his entrance to be part of the Rip Curl Team.
Surfing in the European Championship in Açores at the moment, Tim will fly right after to Lanzarote (Canarias) to defend his podium spot in the Pro Junior.
As a shaper’s son and a native of carribean Guadeloupe, it was natural for him to turn to surfing at a young age. Today, He benefits from a special school surf program and Rip Curl’full support to achieve his goal : be part of the WQS Tour in 2015.
His Strong and technical surf has already secured him a victory at the Sopelana’s Pro Junior and a second place at the actual rating.
Gabriel Medina Wins Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014
31 August 2014
With a maxing swell pulsing at the famed Teahupo’o reef pass, Medina methodically and consistently scored in the excellent range to overcome each of his opponents. In the final, Medina and Slater battled to the final seconds; however, it was the young Brazilian who came out victorious.
"Kelly is a legend of surfing," Medina continued. "When I fell off, I thought I had lost that heat. But I thank God. This is the best feeling ever. The waves were perfect and big. This feeling is amazing. I don't know how to describe it. I love surfing; I love what I'm doing right now. I want to thank ASP to put this event on here, I love this wave now more. Thanks to the water patrol to keep us safe. I'm really happy to be part of this."
This makes the 3rd victory of Gabriel Medina’s 2014 ASP World Title campaign, solidifying his current #1 world-ranking heading into the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles.
18 July 2014
Congratulations to Lens Aranciba (under 16 boy) and Juliette Brice (under 16 girl) on winning the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by POSCA in Anglet, France!
The competition turned great, with a very deep motivation. So young… and so professional!
All children were all excited to be there, so were their parents who pushed them to accomplish the best of what they could do.
Thanks to all surfers for their enthusiasm, next stop Vieux Boucau, France on the 28th of July, to the 3rd of August, stay tuned!!
Filming + Editing :
R.I.P. Sonny Miller: 1960-2014
15 July 2014
In the 90s cinematographer Sonny Miller teamed up with Tom Curren and Rip Curl to make a series of surf movies based on The Search...
The partnership between surfer and cinematographer remains one of the great connections in surfing...
Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2014 - TRIALS
2 July 2014
27 June, 2014 - Kuta-Bali: In absolutely pumping 6 foot plus Padang-Padang this afternoon, Rathu Suargita, Mustofa Jeksen, Koki Hendrawan and Koko Mitsua had 40 coveted minutes to battle it out for the two wildcard spots up for grabs in the prestigious Rip Curl Cup Padang-Padang.
Now, we will see 12 of the world's best and 12 of Indonesia's best tuberiders take on Bali's most spectacular wave in a one-day barrel extravaganza sometime during the 6 week waiting period that runs from July 5 to August 17.
Pablo Gutierrez inspiring the Spanish Hell Team
2 July 2014
The Spanish Hell Team searching for some waves in Cantabria during a recent GromSearch event.
Riders: Pablo Gutierrez "El Matador", Lander Davila, Ariane Ochoa, Maddi Aizpurua, Diego Suarez, Fynnlee Miller & Sean Gunning
Music: All Alone by "SWELO"
Filming & Editing : FuelSurf
Brisa Hennessy - Under 18 USA Champion 2014
2 July 2014
14 year old, Kailua, Oahu native, Brisa Hennessy, has just taken down the top girls in the nation and has claimed the Under 18 USA Surfing Championships title at Lower Trestles. Brisa surfed up an age division and took the premier title after a come-from-behind victory in the stacked final. Congratulations on the big victory to Brisa from everyone at Rip Curl.