Gabriel Medina vs. Matt Wilkinson at Cloudbreak.
Medina moved into second place on the world championship rankings behind Australia's Matt Wilkinson, who he beat in the final.
The world's best surfers were again presented with huge barrelling waves at Cloudbreak.Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater had been a standout during the event until he was beaten by Medina in the semi-finals.
Wilkinson managed to overcome Hawaiian tube-riding gun John John Florence in the quarter-finals before defeating his close mate Adrian Buchan in the semi-finals.
The Australian struggled to find the right waves in the final while Medina claimed two high-scoring tube rides to win the final 15.60 to 6.34.
"I'm really tired right now but so happy to beat Wilko as he has been surfing so well," Medina said after his win.
Final Day Highlights
Dion Atkinson and Nikki Van Dijk took the honours in the Surf Stadium while Rune Glifberg and Renton Millar were the champions of the GoPro Beach Bowl
De Souza Clinches the 2015 World Title and Pipe Masters Crown on Finals Day
Finals Day at the Billabong Pipe Masters was filled with brilliant performances but the day ultimately belonged to Brazil, culminating in a Final with two of its biggest stars. After a decade of dedication, Adriano de Souza became the second Brazilian World Champion ever, and the first-ever Brazilian winner of the Pipe Masters. Gabriel Medina, who faced De Souza in the Final and won the first-ever Title for Brazil, didn't go home empty-handed. In another first for Brazil, Medina won the 2015 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which goes to the surfer with the highest points total for its three events.
Teams share a common bond at the annual Pailolo Challenge in Maui
The plane banked right on final approach to the Hawaiian Island of Maui and passengers began exchanging vacation visions of long sandy beaches, endless sunsets and fresh-caught mahi-mahi.
In the rear of the plane, however, a team of San Diego women ignored the verdant volcanic ridges, focusing instead on the whitecaps frosting impossibly deep blue Pacific Ocean swells. They compared predictions about the strength of the tsunami expected to hit Maui 36 hours later; just in time for the ninth annual Pailolo Challenge, a 28-mile outrigger canoe race from Maui to Molokai across the Pailolo channel.
The SoCal Wahines came to race, joining teams from New Zealand, American Samoa, Singapore, several Hawaiian Islands, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.
Traveling to host locations for outrigger races is a ticket to some of the most beautiful water on the planet. Marathons and triathlons have long been popular rationale for travel. Meanwhile, major water sport competitions have seen a rise in popularity. Veteran paddler Wendy DeWitt, a San Diegan with more than 30 years’ experience, has competed in Bora Bora, Tahiti, the Samoan Islands, New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Brazil.
While the magnificence of tropical islands is a rich reward, she said, it’s the camaraderie of the global paddling ohana (family in Hawaiian) and simply being on the ocean that appeals to DeWitt.
“It’s organic,” she said. “You are barefoot in a boat with a paddle and that’s it. When I get out on the water, I go knowing I’m going to learn something from the ocean that day, and that’s what I look forward to.”
Tony Serafin, a second-grade teacher at Torrey Pines Elementary School, began paddling at age 10, growing up on the island of Hawaii. Besides the physical workout, he, too, relishes the teamwork that goes into training.
WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EDITOR JEFF GOODMANWinner: ‘A little jelly’ by Mark Milburn
Three very good entries this month and each of them very different. As usual it was quite hard to pick a winner. Richard’s video on the Thistlegorm certainly captured the mood and dramatic presence of this classic wreck while the Steller Sea Lion video from Kiril took us into a world of underwater vibrancy and energy with lovely camera work, editing and story creation. This was without doubt the best crafted film. But in the end it was Mark’s simple observation of the Barrel Jellyfish that won the day. As well as being well shot, it clearly showed that underwater videos, especially those featuring wildlife, do not have to be complicated – and given a little time and effort, every marine creature can produce a little bit of magic for the camera.
‘Diving the mighty SS Thistlegorm‘ by Richard StevensNice one Richard. Your video certainly gave a good feel of the wreck and made me want to dive it again. Loved the ray in the cargo hold which was well lit and sharp and the colour of the ray certainly stood out from the background. Nice image mix too into the next shot. A few moments later you caught it feeding but for some reason never made more of that. All in all though a great video with good framing and lighting.
‘Diving with Steller Sea Lions‘ by Kiril IvanovGreat intro which builds up to the main story. I have dived with the Stellers quite a few times and know how big and intimitating they can be. Well done for combining very good surface video as well. Excellent steady camera work with good framing, sharp images and nice occasional use of slow motion. Good choice of music too. The lenth of the video for me was perfect. It is always a temptaion when one has such charismatic animals to produce a video that goes on and on. Big mistake. Three and a half minutes is plenty, unless there is a narration and the story becomes more involved. A real joy to watch.
‘A little Jelly‘ by Mark MilburnThis short video was totally enthralling. It simply showed us the grace and beauty of a marine animal that many people may be reluctant to approach. With perfect music choice the video kept my full attention from beginning to end. It does go to show that you do not need to travel to the ends of the earth to see fantastic marine life. Good, sharp, steady images. The shots were not at all complicated, but simply framed allowing the jellyfish to do all the work of capturing the audience.
So congratulations to Mark for being this month’s winner!
Jeremy Flores Wins The Tahiti Pro
Jéremy Flores? They wouldn’t be the same one, perchance? The very same, now I come to think of it. After a hiatus of several years, the real Jéremy Flores appears to have returned. A little older, a little wiser, sporting some unusual headgear, but in all essential aspects unchanged.
One such essential aspect would be his aptitude for barrel-riding; another would be his affinity with the island of Tahiti, and with its premier reef break in particular. Flores beat Gabriel Medina in the final, surfing — as he had been all event — in a helmet so as not to aggravate head-injuries he sustained in Indo two months ago (his decision to partake at all was a last-minute one, contingent upon conditions not being overly large). I think this makes him also the first helmeted surfer to win a world tour event since Tom Carroll won Pipe in ’91. As in his quarter-final against Slater, it was Jéremy who seemed more in tune with the rhythms of the ocean — or who surfed the smarter heat, or enjoyed the better luck, depending on one’s particular philosophical bent. The final hinged on a single wave, a 9.87 in the opening minutes, caught moments after Medina had handed him priority.
Elsewhere, Toledo delivered the day’s most bizarre performance, becoming the first surfer to record a 0.0 heat total since Coco Ho at Margarets earlier this year — and the first male surfer since God-knows-who (anyone?). He failed to catch a single wave in his Round 5 heat with Italo Ferreira, who was meanwhile able to catch seven and post a healthy 15 before the waves switched off with ten minutes to go. Toledo remains well-positioned in the title race, of course, but the manner of his exit will surely strike a severe blow to his confidence. A win at Trestles would now be a remarkable, audacious achievement — and would underline his flaws almost comically.
The KB4C will take place July 10-12 in beautiful Hood River Oregon on the banks of the mighty Columbia River.
North America’s largest amateur kiteboarding event will once again draw kiters from around the world for a cause that touches all of us. Athletes for Cancer is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit designed to put on fundraising events that donate proceeds to partnering cancer charities. In KB4C’s first event on August 25th, 2007, kiteboarders raised pledge money for one of KB4C’s partnering cancer support organizations, then competed in an 8-hour endurance kiteboarding race on the Columbia River.
Funds raised at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer benefit Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru Survivorship Program for Young Adults with Cancer.Sponsorship funds allow us to cover the expenses to put on KB4C, so that 100% of the funds raised through athlete fundraising, donations, silent auction, and Boards of Hope go directly to help young people affected by cancer.