Timmy Reyes started surfing at the age of nine in Huntington Beach, California. After a stint on the ASP World Tour, Timmy chose the road less traveled and now spends his time surfing remote, isolated, cold-water destinations. For Timmy it’s not about crowds or contests, but rather the exploration and travel into the unknown where he truly feels alive.
Cocoa Beach Challenge
The O’Neill Cocoa Beach Challenge happened over the weekend at the Ron Jon’s Beach ‘N Boards Fest. The event kicked off on Saturday morning at 8 with registration for the Elite Race or the 1 & 3 mile race. Over a 100 paddlers showed up for the event, making it the largest yet.
The Elite race was a grueling 8-mile course with 80-degree weather and wind coming from the South at 13 mph, creating challenging conditions for the final stretch of the race. A $3,000 cash purse was up for grabs in the Elite Race. Gabriel Sevigny took tops honors in the Men’s Elite race and Lina Augaitis finished first in the Women’s Elite Division.
After the Elite Race, the 1 & 3 mile race took place and was open to all paddlers. There were paddlers from 10 years old up to 70 all competing in the event. The event ended with Rob Rojas putting on a demo for any of the eager spectators wanting to learn and get introduce to the SUP scene.
Overall the event was a success with families and competitors traveling from all over to participate in this years Cocoa Beach Challenge.
Is Mark Mathews Unreasonable?
Big wave surfing has long been a pursuit for the few. Those with enough skill and nerve to challenge Mother Nature when she is at her most extreme. O’Neill team rider Mark Mathews is one of the sport’s elite and has proven himself in some of the toughest conditions around the world. Watch as Mark discusses the future of big wave surfing and how one day mere mortals like you and I might someday ride these beasts.
Corona Extra Pro Surf Circuit O’Neill Series
Nolan channeled his stand-out performance on day one into a $10,000 champion check on the final day. He stayed consistent and stuck to catching rights off the Domes point and annihilating them with sharp backhand pocket surfing. The final showdown was between Asher Nolan and Francisco Bellorin. Both surfers opened the heat up with good waves but Asher was able to hold the win with the second highest wave of the day an 8.93. Bellorin also posted multiple excellents by putting his power surfing on display. Other top performances of day were semi finalists Michael Dunphy (VA) and Gabriel Escudero (PR). The highest wave total was awarded to Rafael Pereira (VNZ) with a 17.63, he received the O’Neill Performance of the Event award for $1,000. Pereira entertained the crowd with his air reverses and long combinations. He was able to use his speed to make long sections where other surfers were getting caught behind.
Part-time Rincon resident Quincy Davis put her local knowledge on display and came out the victor on the women’s side of competition. Quincy was able to find herself on the better waves and utilize her priority toward a win over reigning champ, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) and take home the $5,000 first prize check. Although she came up short in the final, Tuach was able to win the O’Neill Performance of the Event award for her high heat total a 16.23 and receive a check for $1,000. Other top surfers on the women’s side were semi-finalists Emily Ruppert (FL) and Alexis Engstrom (PR). Ruppert had a notable performance in her semi-final narrowly losing to Davis but posting the highest wave of the heat and second highest wave of in the women’s division of the day, an 7.33.
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The global campaign highlights O’Neill’s long-lasting commitment to delivering above and beyond what would be considered reasonable by anyone’s standards. O’Neill was founded by bringing the very best product into the market. From inventing the first wetsuit to the creation of the of the first surf shop and 4-way stretch boardshort, O’Neill’s storied history of delivering product to consumers and world-class athletes has exceeded all expectations.
The brand campaign not only highlights the UNREASONABLE nature of O’Neill’s athletes and products, but also celebrates the youth of today. Today’s youth aren’t defined as just surfers, snowboarders or skiers. Today’s youth is interested in experiencing all that the world has to offer. They want it all and they want it now, which is completely UNREASONABLE in the very best sense of the word.
The campaign kicks off today with the launch of the brand’s manifesto. To set the musical landscape of the video manifesto for UNREASONABLE, O’Neill partnered with alt-rock phenom AWOLNATION to feature the cinematic, title track “Run” from the upcoming new album due March 17 via Red Bull Records.
“Surfing and music go hand in hand. They are instinctual, rhythmic, happy, sad, heavy, soft, disappointing, rewarding, humbling, devastating, and glorious on any given day,” said Aaron Bruno lead singer of AWOLNATION. “Only a surfer can understand the true spiritual soul cleansing of a barrel. Whenever we are out on the road, playing shows in front of thousands of people, I can’t help but sometimes wonder what tubes I may be missing back home.”
The video manifesto will be followed by videos featuring O’Neill’s top athletes within the worlds of surf and snow. The campaign will culminate with the “UNREASONABLE” film festival, a chance for top filmmakers such as Sundance Film Festival Award Winner, Stefan Nadelman to re-imagine the modern action sports film through the lens of UNREASONABLE.
Timmy Missions | Canada
Timmy Missions: Baja, Mexico
3am was the wake up call for this Timmy Mission. We knew the swell was rising and the wind was going to blow 20 offshore. The morning started as most do, double shot of espresso and pastry from Starbucks (luckily we found one that was open at that time of morning). We made it to our destination by sunrise, high on coffee, and hoping our predictions were right. First glances, Timmy wasn’t too impressed but decided to hop in the water and hope for the best. Hours went by with the wind swirling……onshore, offshore, onshore, offshore. Suddenly, a really hot 20kt offshore wind blew that stuck for the entire day. From that moment on, the few humans lucky enough to be in the water probably had one the best sessions of their lives. For Timmy it was another day in the life of nomad.
The Ke Nui Tour
The Ke Nui Tour is an edit documenting the teams stay on the North Shore of Oahu from the months of November and December. It showcases the highs & lows, the beatings, the bruises, the reef massages, and most of all the triumph.
The video hosts a star-studded crew of Global, US and Australian team riders: Jordy Smith, Cory Lopez, Timmy Reyes, Nate Yeomans, Torrey Meister, Brett Barley, Ian Crane, Soli Bailey, Eli Olson, Nils Schweizer, Jake Kelley, Colt Ward and Robbie McCormick.
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Hawaiian Spam | Week Five
We are sad to announce this is the final video of the Hawaiian Spam Series. This is your Final weekly dose of uncut spam from the O’Neill House. Hawaiian Spam | Week Five. Its been an amazing season on the North Shore with the entire O’Neill team. There has been some battle scars, love hate relationships with waves, team bonding, and of course finding girls & partying. Be sure to check out all the happenings on the trip by using the hashtag #TheKeNuiTour.
- Cory Lopez and the North Shore love the kick outs.
- Jake Kelley rips at skating.
- The entire team enjoyed a going away BBQ.
- Soli Bailey became a man on the trip and charged Jaws for the first time with Mark Mathews.
- Colt Ward fears that Jake Kelley is going to burn down the house while lighting an aerosol can on fire.
- Mark Mathews gets cleaned up at Jaws.
- Brett Barley has the worst slams out of anyone on the team this season.
- Ian Crane is leaving because all the girls want Soli now and Brett has snapped on him a couple of times.
- Who knew Colt Ward had dance moves?