Domestic surf series gaining steam
The American Pro Surfing Series harkens back to the surf days of lore, when there was a strong domestic tour on American soil. On Friday the series will kick off its second event in Huntington Beach, California. “I’ve been judging and working events for more than 25 years,” said Scott Waring, the series’ frontman, in a release, “and I’m thrilled to be putting this event together. The APSS is a great opportunity for young pros and amateurs to compete in their own country, have some fun, and display some progressive surfing.” Check out the event by clicking here.
Photo courtesy APSS, Joe Foster
Surfer documents the Momentum reunion
In July, surfing’s “Momentum” generation had a 20-year reunion on Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands, and Surfer magazine was there to document it, leading to this short film and their October issue. For those of you unfamiliar with the Momentum generation, it refers to the surfers who rode the wave of filmmaker Taylor Steele’s breakthrough movie “Momentum,” which he released in 1992. That and his other films helped shape the careers of Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Taylor Knox, Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb, Benji Weatherly, Ross Williams, Chris Malloy, and Rizal Tanjung. “We didn’t think that people would want to see these movies. It was like literally you and your friends making these home ‘Wayne’s World’ videos, and it ended up having a cult following,” Weatherly said in Surfer’s short documentary of the reunion. To watch Surfer’s film, click here. To download a digital version of their special October issue, click here. Or pick it up on newsstands now.
Click play to watch Surfer’s short documentary
Trans-Provence Day Four
The Trans-Provence is a seven-day mountain biking race in the south of France that runs from Rochebrune to Monte Carlo. Judging by Bike magazine correspondent Seb Kemp’s ongoing dispatches of the event, which he’s racing, it includes some rather harrowing singletrack. In Kemp’s latest dispatch he asks a fellow racer, who is a computer scientist, to describe the Trans-Provence experience in a mathematical equation: “So, if your pain threshold goes to positive infinity and your risk threshold goes to negative infinity, then there must be a point at which the two lines intersect and that would be your average velocity over the week.” To find out how Kemp fared on the race’s fourth day, click here.
Photo courtesy Sven Martin, Bike