Posts Tagged ‘surfing’

Quicksilver-Pro New York Results

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Surf photo by Morgan Maassen

For most people surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind when you mention New York. In fact many people might be surprised to hear that New York is home to a thriving and dedicated surf culture.  In the past ten years surf media has shed an increasing amount of light on the unique group of surfers who hail from New York. So, when Quicksilver announced that they wanted to hold an ASP pro surfing event on Long Island it wasn’t a complete shocker. Although looking quite different from the tropical waters of Tahiti, these waves still proved to be a great arena for world-class surfing.

The two wild-cards who earned their way into the event were Balaram Stack, a super talented New York surfer who has proved himself many times in competition, and Asher Nolan another well tested East Coast surfer. Jordy Smith was not in this competition due to an injury he suffered while surfing the Teahupo’o competition.

Jumping to the semis, competition was tense Taj Burrow of Australia faced off with Kelly Slater of Florida. Slater and  In his heat Kelly Landed a crazy front-side 360 degree aerial prompting the judges to reward him with a perfect 10. Backed by a 9.07 Slater advanced to the finals to surf against Owen Wright of Australia. Wright advanced from a lower scoring but equally tense heat against Brazilian Alejo Muniz.

In the semi-finals of the last contest Owen Wright received a perfect ten for catching a monster of a barrel. His performance in the Tahiti contest brought him very close to taking out Slater in the final who won by a narrow margin. New York became Wright’s second chance to take down the world champ, and he did just that. Wright said after finals,

“The conditions were perfect for me. I knew I’d do everything I could to get to the final with Kelly and I knew he’d be there anyway. Once I got the final I went, no, this is payback for last week! But I’ve watched Kelly my whole life. He’s been a huge inspiration to me.”

It’s safe to say that Wright is not doing too bad for a 21 year old tour rookie! Furthermore, Wright will walk from the “million dollar contest,” with a check for $300,000 and a no. 2 ranking on the tour.

To read more on the contest check out Quicksilver’s website.

If you’ve ever asked, “how does the new tour work?” Check out this great Nice Rack post from the archives.

What do you think of the event’s location?

Do you know how much NY City paid to bring the contest to their shores?

Was the Slater vs. Wright final a suspiciously story-book ending?

What do you think of Bobby Martinez’s removal from the contest?

Hit us up on the Nice Rack Facebook page and let us know what you think.

Shakas

-Jason

Mick and Chicks

Friday, March 4th, 2011

NORTH SHORE from Mick Fanning on Vimeo.

Mick Fanning shreds the North Shore of Hawaii and some footage of chicks in bikinis. Please enjoy! :)

Eco-Friendly Surf Wax!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

We’re going Green! is Nice Rack’s motto. And it seems were definintely not alone on this path to make surfing related products more environmentally-friendly. Now, you can add eco-friendly surfboard wax to the list of green-friendly surf related products for sale. In a previous post we mentioned the resin from surfboards can release dangerous toxins into the ocean while surfing. Well, did you know that 95 percent of surf wax for sale can have the same effect on the environment? However, check out Matunas Surf Wax, an organic alternative that is biodegradable and non-toxic. Matunas uses left over produce from local farms in Santa Cruz, California. Organic fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and jasmine are used for scent. How cool is that?? Also, unlike traditional surf wax,  Matuna’s does not include any unnatural chemicals, additives, nor paraffin. That’s a good thing.

Don’t surf? There are alternatives for snowboard wax as well. Magic Potion designs and distributes eco-friendly snowboard wax to promote high gliding performance with low environmental impact. So what does that mean to the mountain? It does not gradually disintegrate in contact with abrasive snow and does not leave any harmful residue. Means mountain is happy :)

So next time you buy surfboard or snowboard wax do nature a favor. Go Green! Chances are the earth will thank you for it by stoking you out with great waves or epic snow conditions.

Bali: Surfing Paradise

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

If this video doesn’t make you want to grab your surfboard off its rack and go surfing than I don’t know what will…

I went on a surf trip to this spot about ten years ago when I was a post grommet teenager. Had the time of my life with my best friends, surfing barrels, riding scooters, drinking Bin-tang. If you’ve never been to Bali before it’s a must do surf trip. Bring at least a couple of surfboards because chances are you’ll need a back up board or two.