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"That's nothing. I've seen bigger waves behind my Mastercraft on Lake Piru."
steve grier says:
"Shane Dorian and his homies, they all stand tall. What ever happend to Laird Hamilton? I thought this was his backyard, waves like this were something he trained so hard for. I can remember back in 1969, I was on a plane returning from Japan, stopped over in Honolulu, herd the north shore was breaking with waves over 25ft. I drove out there and was able to see Gregg Noll ride the biggest wave I have ever seen someone ride. These guys and ladies get better and better each year, the waves they ride are to awesome. Good on them."
The last few years of the Monster Energy Supercross Series have been annoyingly predictable. That's the one big downside of having dominant players like Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, and James Stewart hitting their stride.
Trey Canard is lucky to be alive after the his horrific crash in 2012. That he's back and sitting in the top three of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series after two events is staggering, and a very nice surprise. Photo: Shan Moore/Dirt Rider
More: for a full wrap of the week in motocross racing, check Dirt Rider magazine's Weekly Dirt
And Supercross fans had no reason to think anything would change as the 2013 season got under way earlier this month in Anaheim, California. After all, the aforementioned are all former series champions, and they've been keeping pretty tight security podiums in this new decade.
But two events into this young season, through all the dirt flying, it's hard not to notice some pretty significant surprises, because Davi Millsaps, Justin Barcia, and Trey Canard have, to date, flown right past that podium security. All three are off to blazing starts, and seem eager to get a toehold up there in the top slots.
Heading into Round Three, Millsaps, Barcia, and Canard are sitting one-two-three respectively in the overall rankings. Meanwhile, Villopoto, Reed, Dungey, and Stewart have all struggled to find their form.
While 24-year-old Millsaps had been to the top of the podium once before, back in 2010, before getting to the top again at Round One in Anaheim, that's not the case for 20-year-old Barcia, who nabbed his first SX victory at Round Two in Phoenix. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Canard has opened the season with two strong podium finishes after a remarkable recovery from the broken back he suffered last year.
Chris Denison, editor of Dirt Rider magazine, likes all three fresh faces. But I pressed him for an answer on who he thinks has the best shot of sticking around. His response:
"Barcia is fast but might be his own worst enemy if he pushes it too hard. Millsaps is on a roll yet we've never seem him keep a streak going all the way through a season. My pick is Canard, based on how much heart he has and also the speed that he's been bringing to the table. I expect him to do what Dungey has done before: consistently earn points at every round and be the last man standing come Las Vegas."
Of course, it's still early. And there's no question the traditional top dogs will have their day. Yet every indication so far still points to a 2013 season that will be the most competitive series in recent memory. For more on all things moto, including the Dakar race and Enduro news from Europe, go check out the "Weekly Dirt" update from Dirt Rider magazine.
Respect is something that doesn't come easy in the tight-knit world of hardcore watermen. Among that rare set of brave sailors, surfers, divers, and paddlers, one of the most respected is Jamie Mitchell. Mitchell is a 10-time champion of the annual Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race, the crown jewel of the sport.
But while Mitchell has gained fame as a prone paddler, his prowess in the stand-up position is what's garnering a lot of attention now, for he's become one of the most prominent stand-up paddlers in the world. In fact, Mitchell has been joining big-wave surfers in some of the most harrowing sessions of the year.
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Last month he was spotted dropping into massive waves at Jaws, on Maui, riding his SUP board. That came just days after he and others had tackled huge waves at the elusive Cortes Bank, a submerged island that sits 100 miles off the coast of Southern California and produces open-ocean monsters when swells are running high. It was the same day that big-wave surfer Greg Long nearly lost his life.
The crew over at SUP magazine caught up with Mitchell to talk about his big-wave surfing exploits, his race training methods, and his new priority of chasing waves. Read the full interview here.
Paddling champion Jamie Mitchell rides a giant open-ocean wave breaking 100 miles off the coast of California. Cortes Bank is a submerged island that's considered one of the world's most dangerous nautical hazards for good reason. Since 2001, surfers have been making strikes on it in the hopes of riding the world's biggest wave. See more here.
When it comes to picking the best ski town in North America, hardcore skiers have pretty strict rules, and chief among them is bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask the editors at Powder magazine, the skier's bible that celebrated its 40th year of publication last year.
Filmmaker Nick Waggoner has spent the past two years skiing and shooting the backcountry splendor surrounding Nelson, British Columbia. Roughly 40 percent of residents in Nelson and nearby Rossland own annual passes for the skiing. To see more of why they were named the best ski towns in North America, click the image. Photo: Powder magazine/ Ian Fohrman.
This year, the editors got together to select the Top 32 North American ski towns, and left the rest up to their readers. Not surprisingly, given their preference for escape, the readers denied the big glossies like Aspen, Colorado; Mammoth, California; and Park City, Utah, the top spots. In fact, most of North America's most famous resorts didn't even make the Top 5. Instead, the first-ever Powder magazine Ski Town Throwdown title was awarded to both Nelson and Rossland, two tiny neighbors that share the Kootenay region of British Columbia, one of Canada's most majestic winter wonderlands.
Powder magazine editor John Stifter was reminded of how these two towns in the "Koots" topped the likes of other hardcore favorites, like Bozeman, Montana; Sugarloaf, Maine; and Crested Butte, Colorado, during a recent visit over the holiday:
"For anyone who has walked, eaten, drank, and skied in and around Nelson, it's not hard to decipher how this tiny town in the middle of nowhere was voted the best ski town in North America by skiers. Visitors and writers like to describe the scene as progressive and creative. And it is. But more than anything, it's bohemia."Of course, the allure of the Koots can be seen in Powder magazine's latest photo gallery. Click on the shot above for more winter splendor. And if you'd like to see what other towns Rossland/Nelson beat to take top honors in the Ski Town Throwdown, click here.
Words are overrated. Just ask the crew at Snowboarder magazine, who have left their desks to collect dust back at their San Clemente, California, headquarters now that winter is in full effect. With snowstorms pounding a wide swath of the country, these guys go deep into hiding. A few years ago tracking them down during the winter months required the help of serious undercover black-ops agents. Fortunately, a typical teenage girl will do today, mostly because the staff can't resist posting their exploits on Instagram. If you're not already following Snowboarder, a quick look through their latest Instagram gallery should push you over the edge. Mike Yoshida's twilight shot of Louie Vito at Mt. Hood in Oregon (below) is just one example. Click the photo, or right here to see the rest of the collection.
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Cole Seely is one of the hottest up-and-coming talents on the Monster Energy Supercross Series. The 22-year-old motocross star from Newberry Park, California, has impressed his peers with one of the most aesthetically pleasing riding styles out there. His tail-whipping flair and fluid lines can be traced back to his BMX roots, along with his favorite form of working out nowadays.
Cole Seely's mountain bike is one of the most important tools in his Supercross training regimen, and because this is the kind of training he can't get enough of, he's one of the fittest riders on tour.
Racing 20 laps around a Supercross track chasing the likes of 250SX class riders like Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac is far more grueling than it looks. And as Chris Denison of Dirt Rider magazine sees it, "Seely is one of those guys that fights for every lap. That's his BMX background at work. He doesn't give an inch."
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Of course, not giving an inch requires a healthy dose of determination and endurance, which is where Seely's mountain bike comes into play. "I try to do it every day," says Seely in the video below. "That's where I get my endurance. ... and that's where I get most of my physical strength. It's an awesome training tool, and hands down one of the funnest things I can do for anything like that."
Not surprisingly, all that training means Seely is pretty damn good while riding his Specialized mountain bike. See for yourself by pressing play.