Category Archives: surfing

North Shore Bail Seggy + Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The Cockroach

Look, I know you’re all itching to ski but guys, it’s only mid-November. It’s gonna come and until it does you can at least be thankful you’re not taking a North Shore set wave on the head.

“Full washing machine, like the gnarliest washing machine I’ve ever had in my life.” – Matt Pagan

You can also be glad you're not scratchin' for waves with this crew.

And if you’ve got even more time on your hands, then you should really delve into this little gem by Ozzie Wrong. Things can get a bit slow at times but instead of bailing on it, just fast forward a bit. You’ll be glad you did.

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Teahupoo Tow In Session – 27 August 2011

2011 Billabong Pro TeahuooDuring the 2011 Billabong Pro Teahupoo, conditions were so big on 27 August that organizers were forced to call a lay day. While some of the crew took the opportunity to catch up on emails and iron their socks, others got stuck into some of the heaviest conditions ever filmed at this epic break.

And if you were watching that last clip and wondering what it would feel like to take one of those lips on the head then check out this footage of Kalani Chapman paying the price. Is that Thierry Donard I hear in the background shouting, “Too deep! Don’t go!  Too deep!”

Yoga, Surfing, Climbing, Mtn Biking, Sun, Beach – Yoga Kelly Takes a Holiday and Wants Us All to Join Her

Yoga Kelly using her chi to get shacked.

All this gorgeous weather with only a limited number of hours in the day to climb, bike, fly, run and hike. Man, the stress of having to decide what to do at the beginning of each day can be overwhelming. After a full summer of facing these critical decisions on a daily basis it’s no wonder many of us deserve a nice long holiday. But the problem is this: where do you go to take a break when you already live in paradise?

Lucky for us, Yoga Kelly has a solution, a couple of them actually….

Surf & Yoga Retreat France

Date: 17-24 September

7 Days Private Beach Front Accommodation in Seignosse (sleeps 4/6) or in Capbreton (depending on dates, which sleeps 8)
Two way Private Airport/Train Station Transfers
6 x 1.5hr Morning energizing yoga session
5 x 1.5hr Evening Flow Yoga session
1 x 1hr Thai massage course (give and receive)
7 x Morning meditation session
2 x Evening meditation
5 x 2hrs Private Surf Lessons (4 pers) with Boardingmania surf school
7 Day Surfboard and Wetsuit hire
7 Day Mountain Bike Hire
Linen and towels
Cost: €550 / person / 7 days
One of the best things about the Alpine Yoga retreats are that all activities are optional.

Surf, Climb, & Yoga Portugal

Date: 1-8 October

7 nights’ accommodation
6 x fresh buffet breakfast
6 x delicious and healthy dinners
6 x Morning energizing yoga session
6 x Evening Flow Yoga session
Thai massage courses (give and receive)
6 x Morning meditation session
3 x Evening meditation session
transport to and from chosen activities
cost: €695 / person / 7 nights

To learn more, check out the Adventure Yoga Retreats website.

***UPDATE*** Teaser Tuesday: Chamonix Adventure Film Festival 2011

climbing film

Corey Richards having an adventure in the film 'As It Happens'.

Wednesday, 24 August 9:00 p.m. 

***Free screening – Salle Olca, Les Houches  – 21:00***

Ever Last & The Love Letter – 4 + 14 min. “An insight into the life of Krissy Moehl, 2x UTMB women’s champion.”

http://vimeo.com/10052748

As It Happens – 16 min. “Renan Ozturk & Cory Richards attempt to establish a new technical alpine route on 6,498m Tawoche in Nepal.”

On a Marché Sous le Pôle – “Eight explorers and a husky are dropped 60kms from the geographic North Pole, in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Their aim is to make the first filmed report from below the ice shelf.”

Mo’ beta at www.ChamonixAdventureFilm.net.

Friday, 19 August 7:00 p.m.

Dark Side of the Lens – moody 7-minute surf film.

Life Cycles – 47 min. of amazing cinematography and mountain bikes

Arctic Speed – 10 min. Exploring the Polar Circle on skis and by speed riding.

Dream World – 8 min. Documentary on free-runner Jason Paul

http://vimeo.com/25532494

The Wild Line – 20 min. Four speed riders, a mountain guide and a cameraman travel to China to attempt the first speed ride descent of 7546-metre Mustagh Ata.

Azadi Freedom – 27 min. This film takes a look at Kashmir in the wake of the violent militant insurgence of the 90s, and the current rise in tourism thanks to skiing.

Skateistan – 10 min. “Film telling the story of two young skateboarders and their search for escape from the brutalities of war through skating.”

The Argentine Project – 10 min. “Three friends taking a trip and hoping to create a film with one bike, two cameras, and a few words of Spanish.

Saturday, 20 August 7:00 p.m.

Panik in Baffin – 2 min. ***Chamonix Homegrown!*** “Four girls head to Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle in April 2011 to ski couloirs and explore unknown territory.

Feel the Hill – 17 min. “The multiple disciplines of longboarding and the sense of freedom that comes with the sport.”

WildWater – 31 min. “A visually stunning feast for the senses… a new kind of adventure film – one where image, sound and ideas trump all else.”

Kilian’s Quest – 30 min. “Kilian meets his long-time hero and inspiration, Bruno Brunod, and travels to Greece to attempt a record on Mount Olympus

Climate of Change – 86 min. “In this rich and inspiring documentary, director Brian Hill takes us around the world to find the ordinary people taking action in the fight to save our environment.

Sunday, 21 August 7:00 p.m.

Solitaire– 15 min. Ski vid with Chamonix’s ‘American Dave’ Rosenbarger, JP Auclair, Will Cardamone, Johnny Collinson,  Jacqui Edgerly, Kip Garre, Elyse Saugstad.

Eastern Rises – 39 min. “An epic fly fishing journey to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula. What we found… big, beautiful, mouse-crushing native rainbow trout, super kudzha and bigfoot in Russia’s far, far east.

Second Nature – 14 min. Guys on longboards, blue suits and beards. “Winner: Best Extreme Sports Film at the 2009 Mammoth Film Festival! Winner: Best Short Film at the 2010 X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival. Winner: Best Sports Film at the 2010 Sonoma International Film Festival. Winner: Best Adventure Sport film at the 5 Point Film Festival in Colorado.”

Moonflower – 2 min. ***Chamonix homegrown!*** Teaser for Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker’s film of their ballsy ascent of the Moonflower Buttress on Mt. Hunter in Alaska.

Summit 4 Kids – 15 min. “Laura Bohleber, Marja Persson and Giulia Monego attempt to summit and ski three of the highest mountains in the Peruvian section of the Andes to raise money for disadvantaged children living in the Peruvian city of Cajamarca.

Vertical Sailing – 50 min. “Nico & Olivier Favresse, Sean Villanueva and Ben Ditto take us on their latest climbing and sailing adventure to Greenland in search of virgin big walls. Nine new routes on six big walls earned them a Piolet d’Or award.”

Ode Siivonen’s Big Mountain Shred Clinic: Lesson #1

Sharpen up those pencils, boys. You’re gonna want to take notes here…

And just because Ode makes this all look so easy, here’s that last couloir in Ode’s video as ridden by 2011 Freeride World Tour champion, Mitch Tölderer.

Because Man Cannot Live by Skiing Alone

Although he might conceivably survive, and quite possibly flourish, on a proper balance of skiing, surfing and mountain biking.

Thanks to ever-alert reader Nick Chapple for the heads up on the mountain bike vid.

Barrels-amongus at Quik Pro France 2010

 

Mick Fanning, Quik Pro France 2010

 

Last weekend, while those of us in Chamonix were getting blown off our feet, competitors at the Quiksilver Pro France were getting barrelled off their heads in pumping 6- to 8-foot perfection at Les Culs Nus Beach.

 

Brett Simpson, Quik Pro France 2010. Photo: ASP/Cestari

 

In the finals, Kelly Slater, hoping to solidify his lead in the ASP rankings, was defeated by 2009 Quik Pro France winner Mick Fanning who now moves into third in the overall rankings. So what does all this have to do with Chamonix? Well, I’m not sure but if you watch closely I think that’s Babs Charlet getting shacked on that filthy right there at the end.

Of course, with the pleasure comes the pain…

Three events left. Next stop Portugal.  Slater #1, Jordy Smith #2, Fanning #3. This should be good.