Ain't No Wave Pool, Mick Fanning and Tyler Wright return to The Snake | #TheSearch by Rip Curl
Earlier in the 2018 season, as reigning 2x WSL Champion Tyler Wright campaigned for her third consecutive World Title, Mick Fanning hatched a plan.
To help her train for the Surf Ranch Pro, the first-ever World Tour event in a wave pool, he was going to take Tyler to his secret wave? The Snake.
Long, flawless barrels breaking right on the sand, eerily similar to the artificial perfection of the wave pool. It was the perfect training ground.
Unfortunately, Tyler has withdrawn from the Surf Ranch Pro due to an ongoing illness... she still scored with Mick though...
Band: Mesa Cosa
Song: Church Of The Snake
Rip Curl's The Search featuring Mick Fanning & Mason Ho | Outer Inner Space
Mick Fanning is jumping out of his skin. It's taken four days to get here and waking to the sight of six-to-eight foot A-frames unloading right in front of the camp has got the three-time World Champ's blood at maximum fizz.
Looking around, though, we could be in any of a million places. Giant scrubby plateaus stretch for miles softened only by the familiar pink hue of the soon-to-be-rising sun. It could be West Oz. It could be Chile. It could be the moon? (if the moon had blue sky, pumping waves and a little lizard doing push ups on a nearby rock). This is the desert and, like any desert, it doesn't take long venturing into one to quickly discover an overwhelming sense of complete isolation ' a feeling that's becoming more and more absent as modern life invades ever deeper into our personal space' but sheez, let's not go there just yet.
Welcome to The Search for Outer Inner Space. Watch now.
TheSearch with Mick Fanning "Unfinished Business"
Torquay, Victoria, Australia (Thursday, May 10, 2018): When Mick Fanning walked up the beach after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells, the world didn't know what to expect - it was the end of one of the greatest professional careers in surfing history, and everyone with their eyes on Bells Beach knew that.
But what they might not have known was that moment he took off that rash vest, Mick Fanning was embarking on an entirely new adventure. It was the end of an era and the start of The Search.
Within days of ringing the runner-up Bell, MF was on a plane to a foreign land without a plan, an itinerary or any expectations - simply a whisper of a wave, and the hope of finding it.
Like most journeys this particular trip left him wanting more - a bigger swell, a better weather pattern, more time, less rain, tthe list goes on. But that's not a bad thing - because wheen you leave a place with unfinished business, you know you'll return. And that's the beauty of The Search. It never ends.
In fact, Mick Fanning's is just beginning.
Stephanie Gilmore and Italo Ferreira Win The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS - Stephanie Gilmore and Italo Ferreira won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Stop No. 2 of the World Tour. After an exciting week of competitive drama, upsets and emotion, the final day of competition ran in 4-to-6ft conditions at the world renowned Bells Beach. 2018 marks the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beacch's 57th year around the sun.
And as Gilmore and Ferreira celebrated their wins, a whole other story was unfolding - three-time World Champion Mick Fanning celebrating the last Championship Tour event of his competitive career. The four-time Bells winner now says goodbye to elite competition after 17 years on Tour and 22 CT victories. The Australian hero's story comes full circle, as he ends his career in the Finals at the same event where he first won as a wildcard.
"Today was really special," Mick said. "I always said I wanted to finish the year up here at Bells. Thanks so much to everyone. It has been incredible to see all the support in Torquay and the support of the fans. This is my 20th year of coming down to Bells Beach. I've been coming down to Bells since I was a little kid. I just want to thank my family for all the support you've shown over these years. Thank you to my friends that have flown down and making this so memorable. It's been an amazing career, and I want to thank everyone.
"It's been amazing," continued Mick. "It was a very special moment with the crowd, best friends here, and then to just be in the Final with Italo (Ferreira) and to see how much it meant for him actually made me feel a lot better. To all the people surfing in this event, it was so much fun. Seabass (Sebastian Zietz), Paddy Gudang (Patrick Gudauskas), Wilko (Matt Wilkinson), Owen (Wright) -- every time I paddled out, I felt like I was going surfing with a mate, and that was really special. To see in that Final just how much it meant to Italo, that was one of greatest things I've seen at Bells, so well done Italo. I am really stoked for you."
Ferreira played spoiler today for Fanning's fairytale finish with the first CT event of his career. The 23-year-old was unstoppable throughout the entire event, taking down 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina in the Semifinals, Ezekiel Lau in the Quarterfinals, and Filipe Toledo (BRA) in Round 3. Ferreira's breakthrough result now vaults him to World No. 1, where he will tie with Julian Wilson (AUS) and share the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey heading into the Margaret River Pro.
"I can't believe it," said Italo. "That was such a sick heat. I started slow, but after that it was amazing. Mick (Fanning) is one of my favorite surfers in the world. But wow, I can't believe it. That was unbelievable. I just want to say thank you God and my family and my girlfriend and every guy that has supported me. I'm just so happy that this is my job, that's what. I just wanted to make some sick heats, and Mick Fanning, he one of my favourites. He is the best competitor, and I just want to say thank you. It's my first win and I am so, so happy. I'm ready to keep working hard."
With today's win, Gilmore joins the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and Fanning as a four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event winner, a testament to her strength and style in the water. But her 27th CT win did not come easy, as Tatiana Weston-Webb battled until the last buzzer just coming short of the needed score. Gilmore, who in her 12 years of competing at Bells has never finished outside of the Quarterfinals, has now put herself in a great position as she hunts for her seventh World Title in the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.
"It was such an emotional build-up to this moment and it is incredible," said Stephanie. "I feel like all the focus is on Mick (Fanning), and it didn't really matter what happened with the rest of the event - it was like I could sneak in and get a litttle ding ding and no one would even care! It took the pressure off.
"The most stressful moments of my heats were right when Mick was paddling out for his heat, and it eased the pressure seeing how calm and relaxed he was despite all the pressure on him."
And with that, the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was rung and done. the world's best surfers will now prepare for the Stop No. 3 the 2018 WSL CT and the final event of the Australian leg, the Margaret River Pro, which holds a competitive window from April 11 - 22, 2018.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results: 1 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.66
2 - Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.83
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results: SF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.50 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.67
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.00 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.10
The Typhoon, Episode 24 of #TheSearch Featuring Tom Curren and Mason Ho
The sixth typhoon of the year looked promising. Like its geographical brethren, the southern cyclones and northern hurricanes, typhoons may deliver the yin or yang of nature: joy to some and devastation to others, depending on your location and desires.
Never was this more evident than now, for while I was en route to a hopefully wave-rich rendezvous in the North Pacific, a triple-pronged horror show led by Hurricane Irma was destroying the Caribbean, also staring with its three malignant eyes at Florida. Meanwhile, as if nature's wrath wasn't enough, the demented despot Kim Jong-un was firing missiles around the place like a naughty kid with a slingshot. Why is it that dictators so often seem to be comical, even ridiculous figures, yet are simultaneously murderous psychopaths. Something about their childish natures make them even more threatening, in a sense less likely to be tempered by reason. We cross our fingers and hope that the leaders of the world don't cross an indelible line. Surfers chase bombs, but not the metallic kind.
Join Mason Ho and Tom Curren, as they spend one week scouring the coastline of this wave-drenched, storm-ridden island in the North Pacific. This is #TheSearch.
Made For Wake - Daniel Grant, Jadon Scures and Busty Dunn at Thai Wake Park - Summer 2017/18
Whether it's riding a wakeboard or a wakeskate, Daniel Grant is regarded as the best. He's innovative, he's stylish and you never know what he'll do next. Wearing Rip Curl's latest Flashbomb Wake Vest, Daniel returns home to his local Cable at Thai Wake Park for the global event series Plastic Playgrounds, but before he jumps in to compete, he and his teammates Busty Dunn and Jadon Scures hit the park for a warm-up session. With hits like these even BEFORE the event kicked off, it was no surprise that Daniel took first place in Bangkok and the lead in Plastic Playground World Series, one of the most progressive events in the competitive wake calendar.