“I hated lots of it. But I’ll savour this.” This was the emotional confession from the G.O.A.T., Kelly Slater, after clinching his eighth Pipeline title at last week’s WSL Billabong Pipe Masters. It was perhaps the most honest public statement ever made by a professional athlete and came off the back of what was arguably the greatest moment in pro surfing history. Just five days shy of his 50th birthday, Slater dominated youthful vertebra and notorious specialists with a masterclass display of brilliance. Read more about how to create your own ultimate tribute…..
How good is John John Florence? After a recent rocky career path thanks to some undesirable knee surgery, Florence cemented his dominant run at the recent Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger with a perfect 10 in the Final. You can watch it here.
For surfers especially, travel is often in the blood. Most of us aren’t blessed with tropical, uncrowded waves on our doorstep and so we dream of a time and a place where this can become the ‘new normal’, if only for a week or so. But for our Tropicsurf guides who call these palm fringed beaches and turquoise line ups home, we can’t help but wonder what their surf travel dreams look like. When the relentless travel between dreamlands becomes too much of a good thing, where do they go to recharge? One of our most frequent island hoppers, Ryley Haskell give us an insight…
Still in his early twenties, Noosa-raised Woody Gooch might be termed an enfant terrible of the photographic world, except that there is nothing childlike about the incredible body of his work, and his persona, far from being frightening, is the dreamy presence of the skatey/surfer/adventurer that he is.
I’m Mike, Tropicsurf’s program manager stationed at our newest property, One&Only Mandarina. Perched amongst an unspoiled pocket of Nayarit’s tropical coastline, Mandarina leaves you feeling as though you’ve entered another world, despite being located just a stones-throw from Punta Mita. I reside at Mandarina with my fiancé Katia who hails from Mexico and together, we’re having the time of our lives as we explore this picturesque pocket of the world and everything it has to offer together.
The Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated landmasses on the planet. You feel the immensity of that isolation most clearly while bobbing in the ocean there. The cobalt Pacific’s deep-sea currents and swells detonate over Hawaii’s shallow reefs, creating explosive displays of barreling raw nature that’s nothing short of breathtaking.
In 2011, the inaugural Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy event was brought to life, and in doing so, the concept of how surfing events could, and should be run was reimagined.
Tropicsurf interviews Kai Lenny, 2019 SIMA Waterman of the Year and one of the most versatile surfers alive to ask him why he surfs and what really drives him.
“Where do you live?” It’s the question I’m so often asked on my frequent globetrotting travels. “I don’t know” is often my reply, because for many years now, it seems I’ve been on the road so long I can hardly even remember where or what home actually is. Is my home really a life on the road?
We all surf for different reasons. Freedom, fitness, adventure, the adrenaline of the drop or the simple pleasure of getting wet. If I were to ask you why you surf, you’d probably initially reply, ‘because it’s fun’.
If surfing one of the world’s most sought-after left-hand point breaks with just a handful of others sounds appealing, then NIHI Sumba needs to sit at the top of your travel list.