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Surfer Magazine Names Kelly Slater Surfer of the Year

2017 Surfer of the Year: Kelly Slater Unbelievably, Slater continues to find ways to shock the surf world. Surfer names him 2017 Surfer of the year.   REPOST: Surfer Magazine, December 28, 2017 By Justin Housman   In a culture perpetually focused on what’s new and what’s next, it may seem somewhat strange that we’ve chosen Kelly Slater, a 45 year old man, as our inaugural Surfer of the Year–the surfer who had the biggest impact on surfing in 2017. Columns upon columns have been written about when, why, and how Slater should retire from competition, but here he...

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First Peak Project: Restoring Sebastian Inlet’s First Peak

Florida’s famous wedge disappeared 15 years ago. Now we have the chance to bring it back with the First Peak Project. December 21, 2017 By Zander Morton for In the late 1960s, while extending the north jetty at Sebastian Inlet in hopes of preventing the navigation channel from filling with sand, the State of Florida accidentally created Florida’s best wave: First Peak. For the next 40-plus years, First Peak, the ultra-consistent, challenging, right-hand wedge, was Florida’s gold standard. The best (and arguably the only) wave worth visiting in the Sunshine State, it undoubtedly played a major role in...

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John John Florence WINS His Second WSL Championship

  CONGRATS TO JOHN JOHN ON HIS 2ND WORLD TITLE This week, Hawaiian surfer John John Florence, took home the world championship with WSL at Pipeline. John John was competing head to head with Gabriel Medina during the end of season until lost to Jeremy Flores in the quarterfinals. Although John John went on to win the overall world championship, Flores still took home the last WSL competition win of the year at Pipeline Masters. Regardless, John John was still ecstatic. “To win here at home, this has been my dream and this year it happened,” an elated Florence...

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Artist Profile: Ruben Ubiera

As the South Florida Art Scene continues to grow, we can see the influence skateboarding has on it. For the past several years, Art Basel Miami has embraced this symbiotic relationships with installations that include skateble art, skate inspire art installations, and collaborations with companies like Adidas skateboarding, well-known skate photographers, and artists whose graphics grace some of the top-selling skateboards in history. Companies continue to see the value in marketing to this crowd. This year Adidas Skateboarding and Juxtapose Magazine took over downtown Miami with a mini-ramp and incredible pop-up exhibit. Young Art’s exhibit from famous skate photographer...

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Surfline Interviews WSL’s CEO on Wave Pools, the Olympics and ’18 Schedule

After three months on the job, WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt speaks out. By Marcus Sanders Originally Published November 22, 2017 by Surfline Back in July, the WSL announced its new CEO. Sophie Goldschmidt, who took over from interim CEO Dirk Ziff, comes from the world of mainstream sports marketing — think rugby, basketball and tennis. Bigger audiences, bigger budgets. The WSL issued a happy press release, but we haven’t heard much from Goldschmidt since she moved from London to Santa Monica in August. Yesterday, Goldschmidt hopped on a conference call with some members of the surf media after we’d...

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