These surfboards pack electric engines that push out a jet of water, allowing surfers to negotiate rivers, channels, lakes and other still bodies of water without the need for waves. The Carver is for fast action, while the Manta is for cruising.
Surf gear maker O’Neill challenged filmmakers to create surfing videos with a twist. Here’s Stefan Nadelman’s contribution, an eye-popping visualization of waves in a variety of different contexts. Wave is love. Wave is life.
Jamie O’Brien looks like a badass as he surfs the daunting waves of Tahiti’s Teahupo’o, with his wetsuit lit on fire. We suppose if anything went wrong he could just fall down and dowse himself, but then the massive wave might get him.
Now that it’s done with Hobbits, Air New Zealand has found a new way to get passengers to watch their air safety videos – by filling them with beautiful young women and men frolicking on the beach and showing off their surfing skills.
Devin Supertramp and his crew take advantage of a nearly dried up waterfall in New Zealand by turning it into a waterslide. Judging from the (heavily sponsored) behind-the-scenes video, it’s just as fun and as risky as it looks.
Quiksilver Japan teamed up with ad agency TBWA\HAKUHODO to create the most stylish wetsuit ever – the True Wetsuit perfectly mimics business suits and tuxedos. Sadly, at about $2500, it costs as much as a custom Italian suit.
In this clip, surfer Laird Hamilton demonstrates his foilboard, a hydrofoil-equipped surfboard which allows him to surf above the waves rather than in them. It might be as close as you can get to riding a hoverboard.
The legendary Dick Dale introduced us to surf guitar music, but surfer and musician Chris Hau seems to have misinterpreted the phrase, instead playing his guitar while wakeboarding. And we can barely walk and chew gum at the same time.
Threatened with a fatal genetic disease, Hayden Peters turned to the ocean to be reminded that to be alive is to be vulnerable, and that it’s not about how much time you have left, but how alive you were in the time you’re given.
Yeah, there’s a guy in there somewhere. Surftotal shares this video of boulder-balled pros riding monstrous waves off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. It’s the same area that brought the record-breaking 90ft. wave.
Surfer Jamie O’Brien pulls off a daring and impressive move as he swaps surfboards mid-wave as he rides the foam in at The Wedge in Newport Beach, California. We’re assuming he eventually recovered his first board.
Benji Brand won the GoPro of the World for June with this unreal footage of him riding through long wave after long wave off the coast of Skeleton Bay in Namibia. You can watch the original video here.
In 2012, Ryan “Hippo” Hipwood was nearly killed by this fierce and unpredictable wave off the coast of Australia, but that didn’t stop him from coming back to face it once again. While Ryan persevered, we’re not so sure about the JetSki.
Surfing highlight reels make the sport seem incessantly exciting, but in reality there’s a lot of downtime in between rides. Cy Kuckenbacker came up with a middle ground, presenting an hour of surfing footage all at once.
As intense rains flooded Hawaii’s Waimea Valley, enterprising surfers took advantage, and dug out a channel to let water flow from valley to ocean, creating an makeshift wave pool. Apparently, this isn’t the first time this has happened.
Photographer Eric Sterman shares some of his aerial footage of surfers on the world famous Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. Sterman used a GoPro camera attached to a drone to take the videos. More on his Instagram page.
We love a white Christmas as much as the next guy, but there are moments when the dirty snowmelt outside makes us crave warmer climes. Good thing we can dive into this surf vid featuring western Australia’s pristine waters.
ACL Digital Cinema showcases some of the epic shots they took this year using the amazing Red Epic camera, which has a 14mp sensor and a 5120 x 2700 pixel array. Best watched in full screen HD with the sound cranked.
Like the PowerSki and the WaveJet, you don’t need waves to have fun with the Jetsurf. It uses a 86-100cc 2-stroke engine that lets you zip about up to 35mph. A full tank is good for over 2 hours of jetsurfing.
Similar to the Surf Air, the Gnaraloo is an inflatable paddleboard. It comes with a storage bag that doubles as a backpack, a hand pump and an aluminum paddle. It takes only a few minutes to inflate and supports up to 249lb.
Derek Rabelo has been blind practically all his life. But he has the courage and the imagination to pursue his passion. Earlier this year he surfed on Banzai Pipeline, a dangerous surfing spot in Hawaii.