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Jordy Smith Pre-Event Teahupoo

Jordy Smith Pre-Event Teahupoo: Straight off the Air Tahiti Nui flight from L.A in to 6’ – 8” foot Teahupoo, thats one way to wash off the plane grime. Waves were firing today and Jordy has stepped up a notch. After Fiji, Jordy spent 10 days here fine tuning without the circus and it has paid off; he was on the bombs and standing out. The forecast for the event is looking amazing, potentially a huge paddle swell (borderline tow) with epic conditions in between. This is going to be a good week!

Jordy Smith Pre Event Teahupoo

Unpacking the quiver

Jordy Smith Pre Event Teahupoo

The Honda ready to go.

Jordy Smith Pre Event Teahupoo

A Suzuki, a pit and a flying fish.

It all kicks off tomorrow and just so you’re in the loop Tahiti time is 3 hours behind PST.  If it starts at 7 AM local time, that will be 10 AM PST. Jordy will be in Heat 12 of Rd 1.

POSTED BY jazzy ON August 14, 2014   |   Comment

Torrey Meister | Chapter 5 | Las Palmeras

For Torrey Meister, Winning the 2013 O’Neill Coldwater Classic, not only provided him with an O’Neill sponsorship and $50k to travel the world to surf the WQS. He also received an underlying prize provided by Mulcoy Travel and the Las Palmeras Surf Camp. This prize was a free stay and guided tour to Salina Cruz to train in-between contests, test O’Neill product and film Chapter 5 of the 2014 Torrey Meister video series.

With the local knowledge of the Las Palmeras Surf Camp owner David Ramirez and fellow pro surfer/surf guide, Josh Mulcoy, both Torrey Meister and O’Neill teammate Colt Ward, scored amazing surf for 5 days straight. In this time both Torrey and Colt surfed a minimum of 8 hours a day, testing O’Neill sun protective products, boardshorts and dialing in their equipment for upcoming contests. Torrey Meister | Chapter 5 | Las Palmeras will give you a taste of how good a surf trip can be.

The Torrey Meister series has documented the saga of his post O’Neill Coldwater Classic victory in 2013. So far it has shown both the triumph and defeat of chasing the after the dream of qualifying for the World Championship Tour (WCT). It has also shown some of the other great perks of surfing for Team O’Neill. Please take a look at previous chapters at oneill.com/wetsuits/videos.html.

POSTED BY jazzy ON August 11, 2014   |   Comment

Mark Mathews Attempting The Most Dangerous Surf Photo in History

Stab Magazine and Red Bull Surf came up with the concept to capture the most dangerous surf photo in history. O’Neill team rider Mark Mathews attempting a follow cam point of view shot of Taj Burrow at The Right in Western Australia.  Mark was supposed to take off behind Taj and get the best surf photo ever.  They attempted multiple times and got the shot, but they were unlucky on this attempt.  Mark was engulfed by the wave, suffered a gash on his face, and ruptured his eardrum! To get the full story, visit redbull.com/surfing and Stab Magazine.

POSTED BY jazzy ON August 5, 2014   |   Comment

Soli Bailey I/N/D/O/N/E/S/I/A

O’Neill’s Soli Bailey has recently emerged from the Indonesian archipelago armed with a stack of footage that will surely blow minds.

After chasing and then winning the 2014 ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series, Soli did away with the contest singlet and spent most of the Australian winter traveling through Indonesia making sure he was on every swell.

The result, a hypnotising view of Indonesian perfection, torn apart by one of the world’s best junior surfers.

POSTED BY jazzy ON July 25, 2014   |   Comment

Eli Olson | WHY

Those that live on the edge, push the envelope, and redefine the sport. In this film we wanted to visually portray the beauty and intensity of Eli doing what he does best while also answering the question “WHY”.

POSTED BY jazzy ON July 21, 2014   |   Comment

Jam From the Dam Video Recap

The morning of the second stop of the O’Neill SUP and Paddleboard Series was primed with amazing conditions! The sun was out, the temperature was a perfect 80 degrees and the lake was like a sheet of glass.

POSTED BY jazzy ON July 18, 2014   |   Comment

Jam From the Dam 2014

The morning of the second stop of the O’Neill SUP and Paddleboard Series was primed with amazing conditions! The sun was out, the temperature was a perfect 80 degrees and the lake was like a sheet of glass.

Jam From the Dam 2014There were a total of 175 paddlers that showed up for the race, making it the biggest race yet for the Jam From the Dam. The race was filled with people smiling from ear to ear and we experienced friendly competition among the paddlers.

Once the competitors were lined up, the horn sounded and the start of the race was underway. It was congested with determined paddlers at first until O’Neill’s Rob Rojas started to pull away from the pack. With the finish line in sight, Rob was paddling to a packed beach filled with cheers and clapping from the fans and family members. Rob finished 1st in the Unlimited Elite division with a time of 53 minutes and 43 seconds. The next wave of paddlers to come in was Rukin Jelks in the OC1 class, finishing with a total time of 54 minutes and 10 seconds. Following Jelks, Damien Estrada in the Unlimited Open class finished with a time of 54 minutes and 30 seconds. Patrick McNenny took 1st place in the Paddleboard division and Brennan Rose took 1st place in the 14’ class.

Jam From the Dam 2014

The women were just as impressive as the men. Anik Wild took 1st place in the 12.6 class with a time of 1 hour and 5 minutes with Jen Fuller, Nina Oakley and Wendy Ackermann falling just behind. Francine Tone won the Masters Sup class with a time of 1 hour and 13 minutes and Amy McCool took 1st in the Unlimited Class.

With the 2014 O’Neill Jam From the Dam race in the books, everyone is looking to the last stop of the race series, The Tahoe Fall Classic. It’s a 22-mile point-to-point race from El Dorado Beach, South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach State Beach. Rob Rojas is looking like the overall leader to win the Tahoe Cup Race Series with the win at Donner Lake and finishing 1st at this years Jam From the Dam.

POSTED BY jazzy ON July 14, 2014   |   Comment

TIMMYS PRIME TIME

TIMMYS PRIME TIME

Photo: Mr Price/Cestari

TIMMYS PRIME TIME

Photo: Mr Price/Cestari

TIMMYS PRIME TIME

Photo: Mr Price/Cestari

We’re celebrating O’Neill team rider Timmy Reyes big win at the Mr Price Pro! It was a WQS Prime event so the top guys from the WCT were all at the sharp end. Timmy’s smooth, powerful approach proved too good for the new school aerialists that had been dangerous in earlier rounds. In an emotional speech from the podium Timmy said that this was one of his biggest  achievements in his career. Going on to say that he has really enjoyed the past week in Ballito, South Africa, and thanked the local crowd for all their support. When asked about his goal to get back on the ASP World Tour he said that would be amazing but right now he is just taking it one heat at a time…

POSTED BY jazzy ON July 7, 2014   |   Comment