1. Kelly Slater’s Record Breaking Win
At 39 years old, Kelly Slater wins his 11th world title. Not only is he now the youngest and oldest surfer to ever win an ASP world champion victory, his name is also perfect for one of the most marketable slogan surf’s ever seen: Ke11y.
2. Tow Day in Tahiti
When the swell at Teahupoo got too massive for paddling, competition was put on hold and tow-surfers had a field day. Unfortunately, that also meant a horrific wipeout for big wave surfer Maya Gabeira. Who was also featured by Oprah. You win some, you lose some.
3. Soul Surfer
The story of Bethany Hamilton’s comeback from the shark attack that took her arm is told in the feature film Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb.
4. R.I.P. Leroy Grannis
“Godfather of Surf Photography” Leroy Grannis passes away at 93 years old.
5. Quiksilver Pro New York
Long Beach, New York hosts the first Quiksilver Pro to take place on the east coast just days after Hurricane Irene touches down– at least the surf is good!
6. Stand-Up Paddleboarding Takes Over
Love them or hate them, suddenly it seems like “ocean sweepers” are everywhere. That’s all we’ll say about that.
7. Carissa Moore’s Big Win
18-year-old Carissa Moore becomes the youngest ASP World Tour Champion in history (for women and men!).
8. Stephanie Gilmore’s ESPY
Former FOAM cover girl Steph Gilmore wins ESPY’s Best Female Action Sports Athlete of the year award. Go Steph!
9. Surf Wear Gets a Makeover
Gone are the days of bulky (almost) unisex black wetsuits. Cynthia Rowley, Pret-A-Surf and even Billabong give much needed feminine details to surf gear.
10. THIS Happened!
Warning- finish chewing whatever you’re eating before you look at this.