Congrats Simpo on your Round 5 finish at the Hurley Pro 2016 (via Surfline)

A huge congrats to Simpo for his amazing run and round 5 finish at the Hurley Pro 2016!

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VIDEO: Dusty Payne in “The Bigness” via Surfline


Dusty Payne: The Bigness

Between Africa and Oz, Dusty Payne has done some serious damage to power surfing’s image over the first half of 2016. Meaning he’s taking it all for himself. Is there anyone in the world right now surfing faster than this, attacking thick lips with more ferocity, or drawing more functional, original lines in world-class rights? This performance here — it’s bigger than big. It’s Dusty Payne.

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Brett Simpson & Tanner Gudauskas Win the Hurley Pro Trials (via Surfline)

You gotta love a wildcard entry, infiltrating an event and knocking out a fulltime CT’er, dashing the dreams of a World Title hopeful, and throwing a proverbial thorn in the side of the rankings. Nothing screams the WSL’s newest ‘un-scriptable’ slogan more.

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And for the upcoming Hurley Pro Trestles, two formidable wildcards have emerged: Tanner Gudauskas and Brett Simpson. The Orange County natives surfed their way through the trials on Wednesday at San Clemente’s T-Street, with Simpo taking down the general event and Gudauskas snagging the local pro division. The wins will grant them access into the main event in September.

“There was an energy with all the local boys in the water,” Gudauskas told Surfline about the comp. “Full on bragging rights. Everybody is super intense and wants to win, but then in the lulls you’re breaking it down, just talking.”

In the semifinals of the local pro division, Tanner went up against his brother, Pat. In typical Gudang form, the brothers had a friendly faceoff – “it was such a blast,” Tanner beamed – but it was Tanner that took the W. He went on to battle Southern California transplant Evan Geiselman in the final, where he managed to come out on top again.

As for Simpson, his win in the trials will see his resurrection in the CT singlet after falling off Tour last season. And having his triumphant return at this time and at this event resonates with the Huntington Beach local.

“The last two times that I qualified for Trestles through the trials,” Simpo told Surfline, “I also won the U.S. Open. I’m hoping there’s a little bit of that still in the engine. Just trying to channel that feeling from those years.”

From 2009 to 2010, Simpo went back-to-back with wins in his backyard at the U.S. Open of Surfing. And curiously, he had won entry into the Hurley Pro through the trials in the same years. Coincidence? Let’s just say Simpo’s hoping for a three-peat.

But regardless of reclaiming old glory or accruing enough points to qualify (or requalify in Simpo’s case) for the WCT, the opportunity to surf against the world’s best is the main prize. To sneak their way into the Big Castle – odds against them – and attempt to slay dragons. Or at least to be speedbump in the race for the World Title.

“I’m excited to give it a good dig,” Gudauskas said. “Some people get nervous going up against those guys. But for me, it’s like, there’s no pressure. I have nothing to lose. It’s a win-win.”

Congratulations to Jackson Bunch winning the Rip Curl Grom Search Hawaii (via Surfline)





Finally, the youngest but most competitive division, the Boys 12/U saw a seesaw battle which ended up going in the direction of future star Jackson Bunch. Bunch used his sharp forehand to tear apart the bending inside bowl to finish with 15.5 points. 2nd place as mentioned went to RG3, 3rd place Diego Ferri, 4th Kai Martin, 5th Thatcher Johnson, and 6th Raphael Castro.

Boys 12 & Under
1. Jackson Bunch ($250)
2. Robert Grilho III
3. Diego Ferri
4. Kai Martin
5. Thatcher Johnson
6. Raphael Castro

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Congratulations to Brisa on her NSSA National Title WIN! (via Surfline)


Brisa Hennessy and her support crew. Hennessy won the Open Womens division, which means this summer she’s won the NSSA Nationals, the U.S.A. Surfing Championships and the Volcom TCT Championships. Not a bad summer for the Hawaiian, so far.


Hennessy, on rail and atop the podium.


Coming straight out of Paia, Jackson Bunch is a kid to keep an eye on in the coming years. Runner-up in the Open Boys, the technique and style are already there, he just has to grow a few inches and he’ll be right there with Hawaii’s best.

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Day 3 from the Fiji Pro: Cloudbreak Roars; World Champs Return to Form (via Surfline)

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VIDEO: John John and Keanu win their first round heats at the WSL Fiji Pro 2016 (via Surfline)


“I just tried to surf as best as I could and I got the score,” said Asing. “I am pretty stoked. This is the first heat I’ve made all year. I’ve felt like I’ve been right there and I’ve been performing well, but I just haven’t really put together the heat I wanted to. Photo: Cestari/WSL


John John won his heat with the lowest heat score of any winning heat today. But, hey: He won his heat, and that’s what matters. Photo: Cestari/WSL

Another HUGE Congrats to Shane Dorian for winning the 2016 Surfline Performance Winner!

2016 Surfline Performance Winner: Shane Dorian

Shane Dorian at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Febrary 10, 2016. Photo by Danny Ecker. An entry into the 2016 Tube Award category.One of Shane Dorian’s epic rides from the past year. Photo by Danny Ecker. – WSL / Danny Ecker

Surfline Overall Performance Winner: Shane Dorian

It was a year of years in the big wave surfing world. Multiple swells pounded Hawaii, the West Coast of the US and even Europe in the North Atlantic. And among all the days of giant surf, Shane Dorian was on fire in nearly every session he was in the water for earning the Surfline Performance Award for the second consecutive year.

Surfline Overall Performance Nominees

WINNER: Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA)
2. Jamie Mitchell (Currumbin, Queensland, Australia)
3. Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA)
4. Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
5. Kai Lenny (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
6. Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz, California, USA)
7. Mark Healey (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
8. Trevor Carlson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
9. Pedro Calado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
10. Will Skudin (Long Beach, New York, USA)

Shane Dorian - Surfline Overall PerformanceShane Dorian, winner of the Surfline Performance Award for the second consecutive year. – WSL

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