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“I’m just trying to live in the moment but staying in the Title Race is the goal. I want to go all the way for sure, that’s so exciting. I’m not going to change anything, I’m just going to surf all day and have fun.” – Caroline Marks
“I really want to thank all the fans here on the beach. You have always been there supporting me, all those years, through the highs and lows, and I honestly could never have done this without you. I’m dedicating this win to Pierre Agnes, without whom I would never be who I am today.” - Jeremy Flores
Being in the Final with another goofy-foot was amazing. All the Brazilians are doing so well and to share a Final with Italo means so much. It means a lot and this contest was really special because it’s hard to win out here. I’m back and I feel amazing. I just want to surf and do my best. The year is still long, so I’m happy with a win here.” - Gabriel Medina
“The light materials feel sparky and responsive and I got plenty of pop out of the lip” — Sheldon Simkus.
Tracks Ride Guide: Slater Designs Cymatic.
Following the Stab Wax Test, Michael Ciaramella was curious to learn more about the infamous Fu Wax from Brazil. This is their story as told by its founder, Fuad Mansur, with help from his son Guilherme.
In this new edit by Peter King, Kelly talks about his meeting with Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson and his passion in designing (and testing) surfboards & fins etc. Features previously unseen footage of the Cymatic in action.
“When it is Finals Day, it is just something that clicks. It is now or never, and I put it all on the line. That is always my strategy, ‘Go big or go home.’ It is easy like that and I went big. Finals is one of those heats where it is first or second, there are no losers, so I just go really big and put all my work on the wave. That is why I train. That is why I’ve been really focused.” – Filipe Toledo
“When we set out to design my pad I had a pretty high benchmark. Of course, the surface of the pad needed to have a super grippy feel, but I also wanted to make the kick functional because I use that feature on the pad when I’m doing a turn”. - Kolohe Andino.
“It is emotional to win here in Brazil in front of this crowd. Coming back home and having this amazing support from the crowd, especially for my baby Koa, it is unbelievable. My son and my family are motivation for me. I am one of those athletes who performs well under pressure. Koa means warrior and I definitely was a warrior to go out there and get that trophy.” – Filipe Toledo
What a weekend, what an event. Congratulations! To Team World, Bianca Buitentag, Paige Hareb, Michel Bourez and Kanoa Igarashi, led by Jordy Smith as team captain.
In the latest Design Forum video by Surfer Magazine, Tomo walks us through his Evo model built in Firewire's new Helium Technology.
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The Slater Designs Gamma is the mind of an 11x World Champion distilled into one shape, built in two different Firewire proprietary techs.
Discover Kelly Slater's thoughts on both the Helium and LFT Gamma in this video shot at the Surf Ranch.
Photo: Todd Glaser
Rob Machado takes the Firewire Moonbeam for a spin and breaks down the design in this video by SURFER magazine.
By combining the two most popular templates and using a new ultra-light 3D foam core, FCS has created the lightest fin in the range. Filipe's signature fin delivers exceptional drive and control off the bottom without hampering speed off the top as well as release through the lip that's so synonymous with his fast, aerial style of surfing.
Presenting the next evolution of Tomo's highly engineered Modern Planing Hulls for Slater Designs.
May the Year of the Earth Dog bring you good health, epic surf & memorable moments with your loved ones!
Photo: Sarah Pflug
3x World Longboard Champion, Taylor Jensen makes history at the inaugural James Bros Longboard Classic.
Photo © WSL / Paul Donovaro
"It’s nice and light and has a little bit of nose rocker. But those channels definitely have something interesting going on there. This could be a really good air board." - Chippa Wilson.
"I was super excited when I picked up the Gamma... it had a whole lot of spark and I was hyped. It had all the right ingredients and was a great all-rounder that was super fun to ride." - Chippa Wilson
“This doesn’t feel real at the moment I’m totally tripping out on this. It has been an absolute rollercoaster of a week with losing in the quarterfinals then watching everyone fall out, then realizing I still have a chance was mind-blowing." - Taylor Jensen
Photo © WSL / Tim Hain
“We’re excited about the release of the 2018 calendar, which includes some important changes designed to ensure we continue to champion the best surfing across the world and with a view to delivering long-term investment for the sport, Indonesia is universally-regarded as home to world-class waves and is a location where the League is exploring long-term opportunities for the sport. Keramas is a fantastic venue and we are stoked to go there in 2018.” – Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO.
Photo © WSL / Kirstin
"It feels amazing, it feels really amazing. I got runner up in 2015 and I felt that little taste of the victory." – Filipe Toledo
Photo © WSL / Keoki Saguibo
"It feels like I've been in a car accident... I was just glad I didn't get knocked that first day because everyone knew the second day was just going to be flawless" – Ryan 'Hippo' Hipwood
Photo © WSL / Aaron Lynton
“Before I wasn’t but now I’m definitely thinking about the title. He (John John Florence) has an advantage with more points but you know anything can happen. I want to surf Pipe so bad, I love that wave and I got some good results there in the past, and nothing’s impossible!” – Gabriel Medina
Photo © WSL / Damine Poullenot