In theory, this T.G.I.F piece should be posted and ready to read on Friday morning to help you ease into the weekend. This week things haven’t exactly gone to plan, but in a worst case scenario it’ll be your guide to a bit of web surfing over the weekend if you can’t get out in the ocean to do the real thing!
Matt Pruett has penned a lovely little piece on some of the heaviest waves in the sport. Slabs. Most of these waves are so heavy they were originally considered unsurfable, and only ridden by bodyboarders. This is the story of how people now stand-up on these things and take their beatings like a man… and in a few cases, like a woman too! Want a taste of the action without getting slammed on dry reef? Click here: http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/slabs-part-one_69916/
Having spent his fair share of time in the wilderness fighting off bears, felling trees, and threading secret Canadian tubes, Tofino’s Peter Devries is an expert when it comes to leaving the beaten path, scoring empty waves, and getting home alive. Want to look for waves outside of your pedestrian surf zone? Take a few lessons from Pete first, thanks to Surfer magazine… Discovery awaits you here: http://www.surfermag.com/blogs/how-to/
Trestles has always been considered one of the most high performance waves on the planet and plays host to numerous amateur and pro contests every year. Last year, the Nike Lowers Pro was arguably the most progressive contest on tour with surfers pushing the new school performance barriers in every heat. This year it’s apparently a contrast in styles between airs and carves. They’re down to the round of 24, and with current and former WCT surfers like Cory Lopez, Taylor Knox, Jeremy Flores, and the man himself, Dane Reynolds, still in the draw watching the live webcast would be a great way to relax, or to amp up for a surf of your own this weekend. Watch all the action live at: http://www.nikelowerspro.com/
Not many Indonesian surfers have made their claim to fame internationally, but the Indonesian waves are world renowned for being world class. With the exception of the Search event in Bali a few years back, there hasn’t been a major stop on the ASP tour in Indonesia in more than a decade. And there still isn’t. However, the fledgling Indonesian Surfing Circuit (ISC) and the Asian Surfing Circuit (ASC) are trying to pick up the slack with a little help from their friends at Rip Curl who have announced a new competition sanctioned by both tours: The Rip Curl Pro Mentawai to be held at Macaronis from the 23rd – 30th May. Read all about it here: http://www.swellnet.com.au/news/2905-i-dream-of-macaroni
Benji Weatherly, Ben Bourgeois and Dylan Graves love getting lost in the Caribbean. When they do, they usually score big time. Check out all of their latest adventures in the land of pirates and rum thanks to Transworld Surf and their latest video installment: Searching The Caribbean: Part 3. Watch the boys go back to the roots in style: http://surf.transworld.net/1000146176/videos/searching-the-caribbean-part-3/