Torquay, Victoria, Australia (Thursday, May 10, 2018): When Mick Fanning walked up the beach after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells, the world didn't know what to expect - it was the end of one of the greatest professional careers in surfing history, and everyone with their eyes on Bells Beach knew that.
But what they might not have known was that moment he took off that rash vest, Mick Fanning was embarking on an entirely new adventure. It was the end of an era and the start of The Search.
Within days of ringing the runner-up Bell, MF was on a plane to a foreign land without a plan, an itinerary or any expectations - simply a whisper of a wave, and the hope of finding it.
Like most journeys this particular trip left him wanting more - a bigger swell, a better weather pattern, more time, less rain, tthe list goes on. But that's not a bad thing - because wheen you leave a place with unfinished business, you know you'll return. And that's the beauty of The Search. It never ends.
In fact, Mick Fanning's is just beginning.
Stephanie Gilmore and Italo Ferreira Win The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS - Stephanie Gilmore and Italo Ferreira won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Stop No. 2 of the World Tour. After an exciting week of competitive drama, upsets and emotion, the final day of competition ran in 4-to-6ft conditions at the world renowned Bells Beach. 2018 marks the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beacch's 57th year around the sun.
And as Gilmore and Ferreira celebrated their wins, a whole other story was unfolding - three-time World Champion Mick Fanning celebrating the last Championship Tour event of his competitive career. The four-time Bells winner now says goodbye to elite competition after 17 years on Tour and 22 CT victories. The Australian hero's story comes full circle, as he ends his career in the Finals at the same event where he first won as a wildcard.
"Today was really special," Mick said. "I always said I wanted to finish the year up here at Bells. Thanks so much to everyone. It has been incredible to see all the support in Torquay and the support of the fans. This is my 20th year of coming down to Bells Beach. I've been coming down to Bells since I was a little kid. I just want to thank my family for all the support you've shown over these years. Thank you to my friends that have flown down and making this so memorable. It's been an amazing career, and I want to thank everyone.
"It's been amazing," continued Mick. "It was a very special moment with the crowd, best friends here, and then to just be in the Final with Italo (Ferreira) and to see how much it meant for him actually made me feel a lot better. To all the people surfing in this event, it was so much fun. Seabass (Sebastian Zietz), Paddy Gudang (Patrick Gudauskas), Wilko (Matt Wilkinson), Owen (Wright) -- every time I paddled out, I felt like I was going surfing with a mate, and that was really special. To see in that Final just how much it meant to Italo, that was one of greatest things I've seen at Bells, so well done Italo. I am really stoked for you."
Ferreira played spoiler today for Fanning's fairytale finish with the first CT event of his career. The 23-year-old was unstoppable throughout the entire event, taking down 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina in the Semifinals, Ezekiel Lau in the Quarterfinals, and Filipe Toledo (BRA) in Round 3. Ferreira's breakthrough result now vaults him to World No. 1, where he will tie with Julian Wilson (AUS) and share the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey heading into the Margaret River Pro.
"I can't believe it," said Italo. "That was such a sick heat. I started slow, but after that it was amazing. Mick (Fanning) is one of my favorite surfers in the world. But wow, I can't believe it. That was unbelievable. I just want to say thank you God and my family and my girlfriend and every guy that has supported me. I'm just so happy that this is my job, that's what. I just wanted to make some sick heats, and Mick Fanning, he one of my favourites. He is the best competitor, and I just want to say thank you. It's my first win and I am so, so happy. I'm ready to keep working hard."
With today's win, Gilmore joins the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and Fanning as a four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event winner, a testament to her strength and style in the water. But her 27th CT win did not come easy, as Tatiana Weston-Webb battled until the last buzzer just coming short of the needed score. Gilmore, who in her 12 years of competing at Bells has never finished outside of the Quarterfinals, has now put herself in a great position as she hunts for her seventh World Title in the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.
"It was such an emotional build-up to this moment and it is incredible," said Stephanie. "I feel like all the focus is on Mick (Fanning), and it didn't really matter what happened with the rest of the event - it was like I could sneak in and get a litttle ding ding and no one would even care! It took the pressure off.
"The most stressful moments of my heats were right when Mick was paddling out for his heat, and it eased the pressure seeing how calm and relaxed he was despite all the pressure on him."
And with that, the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was rung and done. the world's best surfers will now prepare for the Stop No. 3 the 2018 WSL CT and the final event of the Australian leg, the Margaret River Pro, which holds a competitive window from April 11 - 22, 2018.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results: 1 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.66
2 - Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.83
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results: SF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.50 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.67
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.00 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.10
The Typhoon, Episode 24 of #TheSearch Featuring Tom Curren and Mason Ho
The sixth typhoon of the year looked promising. Like its geographical brethren, the southern cyclones and northern hurricanes, typhoons may deliver the yin or yang of nature: joy to some and devastation to others, depending on your location and desires.
Never was this more evident than now, for while I was en route to a hopefully wave-rich rendezvous in the North Pacific, a triple-pronged horror show led by Hurricane Irma was destroying the Caribbean, also staring with its three malignant eyes at Florida. Meanwhile, as if nature's wrath wasn't enough, the demented despot Kim Jong-un was firing missiles around the place like a naughty kid with a slingshot. Why is it that dictators so often seem to be comical, even ridiculous figures, yet are simultaneously murderous psychopaths. Something about their childish natures make them even more threatening, in a sense less likely to be tempered by reason. We cross our fingers and hope that the leaders of the world don't cross an indelible line. Surfers chase bombs, but not the metallic kind.
Join Mason Ho and Tom Curren, as they spend one week scouring the coastline of this wave-drenched, storm-ridden island in the North Pacific. This is #TheSearch.
Made For Wake - Daniel Grant, Jadon Scures and Busty Dunn at Thai Wake Park - Summer 2017/18
Whether it's riding a wakeboard or a wakeskate, Daniel Grant is regarded as the best. He's innovative, he's stylish and you never know what he'll do next. Wearing Rip Curl's latest Flashbomb Wake Vest, Daniel returns home to his local Cable at Thai Wake Park for the global event series Plastic Playgrounds, but before he jumps in to compete, he and his teammates Busty Dunn and Jadon Scures hit the park for a warm-up session. With hits like these even BEFORE the event kicked off, it was no surprise that Daniel took first place in Bangkok and the lead in Plastic Playground World Series, one of the most progressive events in the competitive wake calendar.
Tyler Wright Wins The 2017 WSL World Title, Becomes 2x World Champion
HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii (Thursday, November 30, 2017) Australia's Tyler Wright has just won her second and cconsecutive World Title during the Maui Women's Pro, clinching the massive win in pumping 6-8 foot surf at Honolua Bay.
"Wow, I honestly at am a loss for words. It has been such an insane ride, and I'm not looking at this win as the end it's just the beginning and it feels so, so good. Thank yyou so much to my crew for helping me get to where I am today. I couldn't have done it without them."
The win comes after the 23-year-old surfed a near perfect event at the Maui Women's Pro, taking the lead in each and every heat she surfed, and stomping the highest scores of the day in the process.
Coming into the event the only sure-fire way for Tyler to win her second World Title was to win the entire event, but when her main competitors in the Title race went down in round two (Sally Fitzgibbons lost to Hawaiian wildcard Brisa Hennessy) and round four (Courtney Conlogue lost to Rip Curl's Nikki van Dijk), it came down to Tyler winning her quarterfinal heat.
At around 3pm HST today, she did that and officially became thhe 2017 WSL Women's World Surfing Champion, successfully defending her 2016 World Title.
"We are so proud of Tyler," says Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl's Group Advertising and Marketing Chairman. "She has been with us since she was eight years old, and it has been so incredible to watch her grow and develop as a person, and of course, as an outstanding surfer and athlete."
Congratulations Tyler Wright, 2017 and now 2 x WSL Women's World Surfing Champion!
Gabriel Medina Wins the Quiksilver Pro France
Gabriel Medina Wins the Quiksilver Pro France, Jumps To Thirds On The Rankings
Gabriel Medina (BRA) has claimed victory today at the Quiksilver Pro France, in excellent three-to-five foot (1 - 1.5 metre) rippable peaks at Stop No. 9 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).
2014 WSL Champion Medina built momentum all week to peak at the perfect time in the final heat, and put together two massive heats in the Semifinals and Final to win the Quiksilver Pro France. His final bout against Sebastian Zietz (HAW), held in picture-perfect conditions at La Graviere, was the third French win of his young yet illustrious career.
The 2014 WSL Champion showcased his dominance today after defeating Zietz in the Final, reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) in the Semifinals, and 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) in the Quarterfinals.
"I am so stoked," said Medina. "It feels so good to win again. I have been working so hard before this event. This is a really special place for me. I am just stoked. I had a great event here with the good waves we got. I am really happy right now. I am not thinking about a World Title or ranking -- I just want to do good at every event. I promised myself that I had to win one event this year and I finally got it!"
The Brazilian's triumph today not only marks his eighth Championship Tour win, but it also vaults him from 8th to 3rd place on the Jeep Leaderboard, placing him well within striking distance of the World Title. Medina will now look to continue his success on the European leg at the next stop on the Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, which opens on October 20, 2017.
"It feels amazing to be back here in France," continued Medina. "I love this kind of beach break. I have waves like this at home, so I feel really comfortable here. France has always been nice to me. This is my third win here and it's amazing. I feel good about the World Title race. Now it is Portugal. Everyone starts from zero, so we will do this all over again, and hopefully, I can do good there."'
In the Final Medina was first to gain momentum as he attacked the long rights with his signature vertical hacks to put a 14.84 (out of a possible 20) heat total quickly on the board. Medina continued to build and pushed his total up to 16 points to claim a third win in France and his first victory this season.
Congratulations on your win Gabriel, and welcome to the World Title race!
2017 Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang, Indonesia
Waiting Period July 10th - Aug 10th
Padang Padang, Bali - MMonday, 7th Aug 2017: After several close calls at Padang Padang in recent weeks, the waiting period for the 2017 Rip Curl Cup Invitational has drawn to a close without the magic swell required to run the hallowed event. Despite a month-long waiting period during prime swell season (July 10 - August 10), the waves at Padang Padang never reached the world-class caliber required to hold the Ultimate Tuberiding Contest.
For now, The Cup will remain in Bali with reigning Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi (IND). The local Balinese surfer who grew up just down the road from Padang Padang will have to wait until next year to defend his title. Meanwhile, the international invitees, which included such heavy hitters as Mason Ho (HAW), Bruno Santos (BRA), Bruce Irons (HAW), Clay Marzo (HAW) and Damien Hobgood (USA) in 2017, will be eager to steal away The Cup in 2018.
With just five days remaining in the waiting period, invited surfers and fans were hoping that the impressive westerly swell that hit Bali over the weekend of August 5 might provide the classic daredevil waves the Rip Curl Cup demands in order to hold competition. While there was the occasional spitting bomb on Saturday evening at Padang Padang, the conditions were never spectacular or consistent enough to greenlight what has become the most anticipated barrel shootout of the year.
Aug/03/2017 Rip Curl Cup Eyes Potential Saturday, Aug 5th Start
For the second time in the event waiting period, contest directors have switched the official event status from red to yellow, or 'High Alert.' After a close call on Thursday, the event has targeted a potential Saturday, Aug. 5th start to competition at 10 AM.
Jul/27/2017 Rip Curl Cup Back In Holding Pattern; Next Potential Contest Swell On Aug. 3rd
Due to a lack of epic surf conditions at Padang Padang on Friday morning, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang will not hold competition this week and will instead wait for a larger swell on the charts for next week.
Jul/24/2017 Rip Curl Cup on 'High Alert' for possible Thursday start at Padang Padang
The 2017 Rip Curl Cup is officially on 'High Alert' to be held on Thursday, July 27th at Padang Padang. With an impressive SW swell currently tracking towards Bali, event directors have changed the official event status to 'Amber' and surfers are now on high alert for a Thursday, 7 AM local start time to run the one-day WSL specialty event.
Padang Padang, Bali - Monday, 10 July 2017: Invited athhletes and surf fans from around the globe gathered at Padang Padang beach on Sunday for the opening ceremony of the Rip Curl Cup 2017. They came from far and wide to bless the event with good waves, a safe competition, and officially christen the start of the holding period to the one of a kind tube riding invitational.
It was a standing room only crowd gathered at Padang Padang to watch the presentation and meet and greet with several of the 16 invited surfers, including defending champion Mega Semadhi (IND). The opening ceremony marks the first day of the one-month event waiting period, and means that all 16 invited surfers - eight Indonesians and eight internationaal surfers - are now on-call to be at Padang Padang witthin 24 hours notice if and when event directors decide to give the green light to run.
The opening ceremony was capped off with the traditional Balinese Kecak Dance performance, to ask the Balinese Gods for permission to hold the contest at this sacred spot and for a massive Padang Padang swell to arrive during the waiting period.
A series of Indian Ocean swells are forecast to reach Bali in the coming weeks and contest directors are monitoring them closely. According to Surfline, the official surf forecast partner of the Rip Curl Cup, the first significant swell will reach Bali on July 15-16, and a possible better swell is currently on the charts for July 20-22. Contest directors are monitoring these swells closely should they develop into potential contest swells to run the Rip Curl Cup. Stay tuned to ripcurl.asia for the latest event status.
Rip Curl Hosts Padang Padang Beach Cleanup
Padang Padang received a welcome facelift just in time for the Rip Curl Cup 2017. The hallowed beach was the site of a massive cleanup effort organized by Rip Curl on Friday, July 7th. Rip Curl Asia staff and volunteers were joined by local environmental community Malu Dong. Together the coalition collected over 50 extra large bags worth of trash - enough to fill a 2-ton dump truck - from the beach, the car park, thee cliffs and the valley behind the beach. Thanks to all the volunteers who pitched in and got their hands dirty on Friday to help clean up one of Bali's most beautiful beaches and the home of the Rip Curl Cup.
Event Waiting Period
July 10th - Aug 10th
Official Rip Curl Cup Party
Friday, Aug 4th at 8 PM
Evening extravaganza, secret location TBA, somewhere in Bali.
The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2017 is sponsored by: BINTANG, CAPTAIN MORGAN, SMIRNOFF, ALBENS CIDER and HIDDEN VALLEY RESORT.
Media partners: Surfline, SurfTime, BaliBelly.com and Indosurflife.com.
Episode 19 of The Search, Iron Horse Featuring Bruno Santos and Guillermo Satt On the Search with South American slab hunters Bruno Santos and Guillermo Satt.
"We are in the middle of the Pacific, on a volcanic rock, getting bludgeoned by massive swells. We are, as remote, as you can get."
That's Australian photographer Ted Grambeau talking. If you know Ted Grambeau, then you'll be able to hear the sound of his deep, rough, vaguely erratic voice; the volume rising with each syllable, the delivery slowing with each word, dragging out each sentence until you can almost feel their isolation.
Filmed and Edited by Jon Frank
Artist: The Sufferjets. Track: Boys In Beetle Boots https://thesufferjets.bandcamp.com/
Artist: Thrupence Track: White Kite http://thrupence.com/
Australian Story: "All For The Family" With Tyler Wright interview with Owen and Tyler Wright, as all of you know they have had a pretty insane year and ABC in Aus did a pretty awesome interview with them! Check it out
Reigning surfing world champion Tyler Wright has revealed she nearly quit the championship tour after her brother Owen Wright was seriously injured during a warm-up surf at Pipeline in Hawaii. At 21, Tyler became her brother's primary carer. She felt at a crossroads: should she quit the tour to be by her brother's side, or leave him to chase her dream of the world title?
Really Good Surfers Episode 1: Matt Wilkinson
the new series called "Really Really Really Good Surfers", is athlete specific and concentrates on one athlete per episode. There have been two so far and we will continue to launch more as the WSL tour continues.
Hashtag is #ReallyReallyReallyGoodSurfers
Really Good Surfers Episode 2: Gabriel Medina Hashtag is #ReallyReallyReallyGoodSurfers
Ain't No Wave Pool - Mick Fanning on #TheSearch by Rip Curl What if I told you there was an unknown sand-bottom right that is five kilometres long, breaks 20 metres off the beach, holds six foot of swell and has only been surfed by four people on the entire planet?
Would you believe me?
What if good-ol'-having-a-year-off-Mick Fanning was one of those surfers, and he told you that this wave had him haulin? arse like an F1 driver down a strip of sand that never seemed to end.
Would you believe him?
This ain't no fucking wave pool! This is the real world. This is The Snake.
Artist: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Track: Rattle Snake
Tyler Wright, Alana Blanchard and Nikki Van Dijk - Stuck In Reception by Rip Curl Unexpected. Distant. Isolated. Unknown. There are a million different ways to describe this trip, but perhaps the most fitting is to say that it was unlike anything else. 2016 WSL Women's World Champion Tyler Wright, Alana Blanchard and Nikki Van Dijk discover the nature of a journey like this you never know what you're going to get.
for more visit http://thesearch.ripcurl.com
Tyler Wright 2016 WSL Women's World Champion Growing up on the South Coast of NSW, Australia, with a family of passionate surfers, Tyler Wright was always destined for surfing greatness. Through the guidance of her older brothers she was hooked on the sport early, and due to her clear passion and insane talent, secured a sponsorship with Rip Curl in 2002 - a partnership that continues to this very day. At the age of 14 she found herself on the world's stage - the highest level of surfing competition, the World Tour. Since then she has not only remained consistent but has excelled, finding herself on or near the top of the ladder almost every year. When it came to winning a World Title, it was never a question of 'can', but rather 'when'. From everyone here at Rip Curl - CONGRATULATIONS TYLER! This win couldn't be sweeter, or more deserved.