With the Hurley Pro at Trestles in San Onofre, California, just 10 days away from its Sept. 16 kickoff date, the world's elite have begun to camp out at the Lowers cobbles to warm up for the event. Here is the first of what is likely to be many Lowers highlight reels we'll be seeing in the days leading up to the event. This edit features a couple of team Nike stars: Julian Wilson, Alejo Muniz, and some impressive turns courtesy of Carissa Moore.
A small swell is forecast to overlap with the start date, possibly providing contestable conditions right off the bat.
Here is chapter two of Red Bull's Title Break series, following Carissa Moore's dominant 2011 championship performance.
The second episode follows the young Hawaiian through hobbit territory in New Zealand for the TSB Bank Pro. The event is stop number three on the women's World Tour, and is held in Taranaki, on the West Coast of New Zealand's North Island.
In case you missed episode 1, watch it here.
Red Bull has put together a little look-back at Carissa Moore's 2011 title campaign, and here's episode 1.
As supplemental viewing material I have also included cool clip of Carissa doing some step offs somewhere south of the boarder with Red Bull coach Shane Beschen.
SESSION / Carissa Moore / Jan. 14, 2012 from Nike Surfing on Vimeo.
For the second year running, Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu played host to the biggest night in surfing, the 41st annual SURFER Poll Awards. The Top 10 men and Top 5 women--as voted by fans-- were honored.
Kelly Slater took home his 17th SURFER Poll No. 1 in a year he won an unprecedented 11th world title. "The first one I won was in 1992," says Kelly Slater. "I remember the cover shot was me, and it said Curren, Carroll, Potts' names too. That was pretty mind-blowing at the time to win against those guys. Now I'm still inspired by the crew of guys coming up right now--Dane, Julian, Medina, John John."
Dane Reynolds, the man in which Slater urged fans to vote as No.1 came a close second, followed by current world number two Owen Wright. The fans let the surfing world know they have not forgotten fallen surfer Andy Irons, as they voted him the No. 9 surfer along with his brother Bruce 10. Watch the emotional acceptance speach by the Irons family.
Recently crowned ASP World Champ Carissa Moore ousted two-time SURFER Poll No. 1 Stephanie Gilmore to take the top slot continuing her magical year.
"I'm still grasping the situation," said a visibly shocked Carissa Moore, "but it's amazing to win this award. It's a great night in surfing and I'm so thankful for all my fans for voting for me."
After an amazing year that included two Pipeline event wins, World Tour qualification, and most recently, a win at the Vans World Cup at Sunset, Oahu's John John Florence was granted the prestigious Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer Award.
In the highly contested Movie of the Year category is was Globe's film Year Zero directed by Joe Guglielmino taking home the award. The Best Documentary award was won by Splinters directed by Adam Pesce and the Best Cinematography award went to Keith Malloy's Come Hell or High Water.
Everyone's favorite category Worst Wipeout was awarded to Rodrigo Koxa for his gnarly wipeout during Teahupoo's massive swell.
Here's the complete 2011 SURFER Poll Results
Top 10 Men
1. Kelly Slater
2. Dane Reynolds
3. Owen Wright
4. Julian Wilson
5. Taj Burrow
6. Mick Fanning
7. Joel Parkinson
8. Jordy Smith
9. Andy Irons
10. Bruce Irons
Top 5 Women
1. Carissa Moore
2. Coco Ho
3. Stephanie Gilmore
4. Alana Blanchard
5. Sally Fitzgibbons
Andy Irons Breakthrough Performer
John John Florence
Movie of the Year
Come Hell or High Water
Josh Kerr, for Kerrazy Kronicles
Nathan Fletcher, for Teahupoo Uncut, Get-N-Classic, Rumors
Alex Gray, for Teahupoo Uncut
Rodrigo Koxa, for Teahupoo Uncut
Best Digital Short
Another full day of competitive surfboarding is in the books today at Sunset Beach. The big wild surf of yesterday gave way to cleaned up yet still large peaks limping from the point through the bowl. With N and NW swells overlapping on the North Shore right now, Sunset was just as confusing as yesterday, albeit a bit less dangerous.
Scores were hard to come by today, as most surfers struggled to amass a double digit heat total in the crossed up conditions. Adrian Troyen won heat 12 with a 9.57 two wave total.
With that in mind, it was hard to say much about standout performances, as the waves didn't allow much more than big-wave groveling.
Carissa Moore lost again. In another wave starved heat. But this time she got a couple impressive turns in and was actually pretty close to making the heat. She still beat poor Alain Riou, who probably had dreadful nightmares last night of this exact moment.
The heat's winner was Triple Crown Baron Sunny Garcia. Uncle Sunny threw a couple patented hammer hacks and that was pretty much that. Mitch Coleborn came within a hair of feeling Uncle Sunny's wrath in a paddle battle to take what would end up being Sunny's winning wave, but luckily for Mitch he let the Hawaiian have it and no voices were raised.
While Ms. Moore didn't advance, she did what she hadn't in Haleiwa last week. She kept busy, she got scores, she surfed a decent heat. And she beat Alain Riou.
Round of 96 - Day 2 Vans World Cup of Surfing Heat 1: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 12.53pts ; Junior Faria (BRA) 10.33pts ; Romain Cloitre (AUS) 5.27pts ; Perth Standlick (FRA) 3.70pts
Heat 2 : Evan Valiere (HAW) 13.34pts ; Heath Joske (AUS) 13.13pts ; Marcus Hickman (HAW) 11.34 ; Cory Lopez (USA) 8.77pts
Heat 3 : Brent Dorrington (AUS) 13.17pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 9.60pts ; Billy Kemper (HAW) 7.37pts ; Nathan Florence (HAW) 5.67pts
Heat 4 : Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.84pts ; Jamie O'Brien (HAW) 9.73pts ; Leonardo Neves (BRA) 9.00pts ; Chris Foster (HAW) 6.90pts
Heat 5 : Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 14.67pts ; Evan Gelselman (USA) 11.66pts ; Brian Toth (PRI) 8.43pts ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 7.06pts
Heat 6 : Daniel Ross (AUS) 14.16pts ; Torrey Meister (HAW) 12.27pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 11.54pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 10.10pts
Heat 7 : Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 12.90pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 12.37pts ; Nic Muscroft (AUS) 11.93pts ; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 9.47pts
Heat 8 : Davey Cathels (AUS) 12.93pts ; Nat Young (USA) 9.67pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 8.86pts ; Tim Reyes (USA) 5.93pts
Heat 9 : Dale Staples (ZAF) 12.27pts ; Joel Centelo (HAW) 8.24pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 7.66pts ; Dylan Graves (PRI) 7.46pts ;
Heat 10 : Ian Walsh (HAW) 13.50pts ; Tonino Benson (HAW) 8.83pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 7.76pts ; Adam Robertson (AUS) 7.00pts
Heat 11 : Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 11.87pts ; Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.10pts ; Sean Moody (HAW) 6.03pts ; Richard Christie (NZL) 3.73pts
Heat 12 : Adrien Toyon (REU) 9.57pts ; Gabe King (USA) 9.03pts ; Austin Ware (USA) 8.47pts ; Royden Bryson (ZAF) 7.90pts
Heat 13 : Glenn Hall (IRL) 13.83pts ; Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 10.47pts ; Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 8.43pts ; Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 3.64pts
Heat 14 : Sunny Garcia (HAW) 13.93pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 10.00pts ; Carissa Moore (HAW) 7.83pts ; Alain Riou (PYF) 5.60pts
Heat 15 : Ian Gentil (HAW) 10.47pts ; Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.06pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 8.14pts ; Myles Padaca (HAW) 7.83pts
Heat 16 : Tomas Hermes (BRA) 10.14pts; Mason Ho (HAW) 10.07pts; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 8.37pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 6.43pts