Danilo Couto is from Brazil, but he’s been charging Maverick’s up near Half Moon Bay for a long time. This is his Billabong XXL entry for the coveted Ride of the Year award, according to Surfer’s Village.
I just saw this video of some serious ripping by Surfing America groms in Santa Cruz over the weekend. Apparently, while most eyes were glued to the Maverick’s break up near Half Moon Bay, some junior surfers were taking advantage of this local spot.
The sole grom with Santa Cruz ties to win a division in the fourth Surfing America Prime event of the season was John Mel, a Santa Cruz native who now lives in Newport Beach. He took the boys under-14 division ahead of runner-up Noah Hill of Marina Del Ray and third-place finisher Ryland Rubens of Pacific Beach at Steamer Lane, where the contest ran from Jan. 20-21, according to a Surfing America Facebook post. The event was the only Surfing America stop scheduled for the Santa Cruz area.
And in case you missed it, Mel’s father Peter won the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest Sunday.
The last big swell of 2012 hit Santa Cruz over the weekend. This is a little video I put together during my shift yesterday of some Sunday morning action down at the Lane.
Santa Cruz surfer and filmmaker Kyle Buthman’s third installment in the Get Rad series, “Get Rad 3,” is scheduled to premiere at the Rio Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
Buthman’s “Get Rad” films use comedy to break the traditional surf-film mold, while highlighting local talent at area breaks. Nat Young, Austin Smith-Ford, Noi Kaulukukui, Darshan Gooch, Noah Wegrich, Kyle Thierman, Bud Frietas, Adam Replogle, Shaun Burns, Miles Clanton and Nic H’dez all show off their surfing — and also some stellar acting as they perform short skits — in “Get Rad 3.”
“I’m really stoked to make another episode of the ‘Get Rad’ series,” Buthman said in a press release. “I wasn’t sure if we were going to pull it off this year, but it all came together.”
Tickets are $8 at the door, which opens at 6:30 p.m. Children 8 and under are free.
I made it out to the O’Neill Coldwater Classic just in time for the finals yesterday, and was able to throw together this little video of Taj after his win with some footage of the last heat. Enjoy!
Spectators from around the world lined West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz to catch glimpses of World Championship Tour surfers as they competed in the O’Neill Coldwater Classic on Nov. 4, 2012. This is the video I put together with their thoughts on the event, with photos of the surfers by Shmuel Thaler.
Can you spot the dude running in a tutu? It’s a quick cameo, so keep an eye out.
I went out to the Pogonip — a 640-acre park in Santa Cruz for those of you who have never heard of it — for the first time on Sunday to scope out the work being done to construct a new multi-use trail — yep, that means before too long you’ll have another spot to go mountain biking, running, or hiking. The volunteers out there are putting a ton of effort into an approximately 1.5-mile trail with decent line-of-sight and good water flow. Here’s the video I put together…