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Athlete Profile: Roy Tuscany

Athlete Profile: Roy Tuscany

Adaptive athlete and High Fives founder on freedom and hope By Domenica Berman Photos by Trevor Clark Roy’s infectious energy shows as he gets out of the water at Duke’s Ocean Fest. “Holy crap, first place!” Roy Tuscany exclaimed at the scoreboard minutes after his third heat of the day. He’d won first in his heat and advanced straight to the finals the next day in the Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships this past October. The Paddle Surfing Championships include “open” events for all athletes and also “adaptive” competitions for athletes who are disabled in one way or another. The adaptive athletes use waveskis, which are a mix of a kayak and a surfboard for maximum paddle power and maneuverability. When I asked Roy how it felt to win his heat he said with a laugh, “It’s really fun to win something again! It’s been a long time.” He went...
Documenting the Grit and the Grace: Surf Filmmaker Kyle Buthman

Documenting the Grit and the Grace: Surf Filmmaker Kyle Buthman

By Chris Van Leuven Kyle Buthman pulling into the barrel in Sumbawa, Indonesia (Buthman collection). Sometimes Kyle and his friends surf fast, accelerating through their turns, catching big air off the lip, gunning through barrels, slashing, carving and spinning out 360 aerials like they’re in a skate park. Other times they ride the waves peacefully, skimming along the water with subtle movements to keep their boards steady against the glassy water and straight on the line. To professional filmmaker and sponsored surfer Kyle Buthman, who’s been in the water since his dad got him into it at age five, it’s all about the ocean – if he’s not surfing, then he’s capturing surfing footage for one of his many projects that range from five to 30 minutes to up to an hour. “I’m trying to make people feel as if they’re there, to give someone the feeling of that...
Women of the Wild

Women of the Wild

These California athletes have put adventure at the center of their lives By Aloe Driscoll What is a wild woman? Wild is defined as “living in a state of nature” and “not subject to restraint or regulation.” And a wild woman is what I aspired to be when I set off from Santa Cruz to surf Central America during the summer of 2015, just as eager to break the prescribed boundaries of being a thirty-something woman as I was to immerse myself in the raw and rugged landscape of the Pacific Coast. Though I traveled solo, I wasn’t alone. Increasingly, more and more women are putting adventure at the center of their lives. And who can blame us? Adventure inspires us to forge a deeper connection with the natural world and the beings within it, to surpass the limits that others set for us and reach beyond our own...
Celebration of the Life of Jack O’Neill

Celebration of the Life of Jack O’Neill

Celebration of the Life of Jack O’Neill Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz • Sunday, July 9 at 11am The family of Jack O’Neill, O’Neill Wetsuits and O’Neill Surf Shop would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all who have reached out with thoughts, prayers, sympathy, remembrances, stories and pictures since the passing of legendary waterman Jack O’Neill on Friday June 2, 2017. In response, they would like to invite everyone to join in a paddle out and day long celebration of Jack’s life and adventures at Jack’s favorite beach, Pleasure Point, in Santa Cruz County on Sunday July 9, 2017 starting at 11am. We will see you there! Memorial contributions in support of Jack’s love of the oceans may be sent to oneillseaodyssey.org. For more information, contact Brian Kilpatrick at briank@oneillwetsuits.com....
Paddleboard USA Championships to Held in Partnership with The Jay Race

Paddleboard USA Championships to Held in Partnership with The Jay Race

Paddlers attend race they honor while getting a shot at making national team Press Release – April 18, 2017 – The Paddleboard side of USA Surfing confirmed today the date for its 2017 USA Paddleboard Championship Event and Team Trials – June 17, 2017. For the first time the USA Paddleboard Championship will be held in conjunction with The 16th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race (Jay Race) in Santa Cruz, California. Originally, USA Surfing planned to have the Paddleboard trials for the National Team as a part of the USA Championships in Oceanside in conjunction with the SUP competition and team trials. “The Jay Race is one of the very few marquee events for paddleboarders, the type no one wants to miss. By teaming up with the wonderful group at The Jay Moriarity Foundation, we can let the paddlers attend a race they honor while giving them a shot...
Surf Dog Ricochet Raises Half Million Dollars for Human and Animal Causes

Surf Dog Ricochet Raises Half Million Dollars for Human and Animal Causes

Funds raised to benefit people with disabilities, children with special needs, and animals in need   Surf Dog Ricochet celebrated New Year’s Eve by reaching a new milestone, raising a half million dollars. These funds have helped more than 250 different causes, as well as Ricochet’s programs and initiatives. Reaching this major milestone demonstrates how much Ricochet’s worldwide community supports her efforts.  She sincerely thanks her individual donors, social media followers, corporate sponsors and members of the media for their continued support. Most of Ricochet’s fundraising has been done through social media, such as her popular Facebook Page with more than 259K supportive fans, Instagram with more than 104K followers and her inspirational video “From Service dog to SURFice dog” with more than 6.4 million views. Ricochet has been raising awareness and funds for human/animal causes since 2009 when she made an independent decision to jump on a surfboard with...
Vote for Chad Underhill-Meras in GoPro of the World Contest

Vote for Chad Underhill-Meras in GoPro of the World Contest

Santa Cruz surfer gets chance at winning GoPro and cash prizes in 5th annual contest powered by Surfline California’s very own Chad Underhill-Meras of Santa Cruz has​ made Surfline​’s Go Pro of the World V’s Top Three for November. Vote for Chad’s video in the “Capture Different” category and help him win for November AND propel him toward the grand prize in ’17! Vote for Chad HERE. About GoPro of the World V The 5th annual GoPro of the World contest — powered by Surfline – expanded its range of entries to include three categories: Best Wave, Best Photo and Capture Different, which is your chance to display the most innovative use of a GoPro. With the introduction of the Best Photo category, the winning shot could come on any day, on any wave, from any surfer. Think of it as your chance to finally one-up Slater, JOB...
Big Wave Women

Big Wave Women

Female talent in the spotlight at Pe‘ahi Challenge and Titans of Mavericks Bianca Valenti smiles her way out of a Mavericks bomb (Paige Laverty). by Haven Livingston On a bright day in mid-November, a dozen big wave surfers made history and set a new precedent for all who will come behind them. These 12 intrepid women stood up to dangerously windy conditions at the Pe‘ahi Women’s Challenge in Maui and became the first women to compete in their own big wave event alongside their male counterparts. This was no demonstration event or token add on. This was a fully sanctioned, cash prize world championship event with two semi-final heats and a final produced by the World Surf League. This is what a growing number of women have been fighting for over the past few years. Welcome ladies, the world of big wave competition is officially open to...
Capturing the Perfect Moment

Capturing the Perfect Moment

Award-winning photographer Chris Burkard shares his thoughts on cold-water surfing, his purpose, and his children’s book The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth By Chris Van Leuven Mount Vsevidof in the Aleutian Islands, 2013. This stretch of coast remains one of the most wild and untouched places Burkard has ever been to. He’s always going somewhere. For more than a decade legendary surf photographer Chris Burkard has sought out inspiration while interacting with the natural world. When Adventure Sports Journal caught up with Burkard over the phone he was hurriedly packing for a family climbing trip to Yosemite with his wife Breanne and their two sons. He says that the trip was just a quick getaway – he hoped to climb the smooth, southwest face of Half Dome via the route Snake Dike (which he did) – before departing from his home in Arroyo Grande to New York City....
Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Esteemed waterman Kai Lenny shares his strategy for taking on the treacherous Heavy Water event By Joe Spota Kai Lenny ready for the Red Bull Heavy Water event. Photo: Joe Spota Kai Lenny is an all-around maverick in the ocean. From big-wave surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand up paddle boarding, Kai is the epitome of a waterman. As a native of Maui his love affair for the ocean is deeply engrained within the Hawaiian culture. Kai’s focus and determination to succeed in hardcore events like October 19’s Red Bull Heavy Water race are apparent to anyone who talks to him. Kai was one of fifteen of the most elite watermen in the world invited to take on the treacherous Heavy Water race on the San Francisco coast. The entire race is 7.5 miles from the start in the big surf of Ocean Beach, along the dangerous coast...
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