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Surfing on Fire

Surfing on Fire

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.

Air New Zealand: Safety Safari

Air New Zealand: Safety Safari

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.

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Epic Natural Waterslide

Epic Natural Waterslide

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 True Wetsuits

Quiksilver True Wetsuits

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.

Foilboarding

Foilboarding

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.

Surf Guitar, Literally.

Surf Guitar, Literally.

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.

The Coast

The Coast

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.

Nazaré Big Wave Surfing

Nazaré Big Wave Surfing

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.

Surfboard Switch

Surfboard Switch

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.

Seal Wants to Surf

Seal Wants to Surf

Matthew Stanley and his friend were joined by a seal pup who seemed eager to ride the waves with them. Or maybe it was just lost and tired. Or maybe it was hiding from a predator. Man, now we’re sad.

Endless Barrels

Endless Barrels

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.

The Right

The Right

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 Time Collapsed

Surfing Time Collapsed

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.

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River Surfing

River Surfing

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.

Pipeline Surfing Drone Footage

Pipeline Surfing Drone Footage

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.

Let Go

Let Go

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: 2013 Red Epic Reel

ACL: 2013 Red Epic Reel

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.

Jetsurf Motorized Surfboard

Jetsurf Motorized Surfboard

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.

Shark Protection Wetsuits

Shark Protection Wetsuits

Shark Attack Mitigation Systems wetsuits allegedly lower the risk of shark attacks. The white and black wetsuit emulates the look of undesirable prey, while the blue one should make the wearer less visible in water.

Gnaraloo Inflatable Paddleboard

Gnaraloo Inflatable Paddleboard

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.

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Humans Are Awesome

Humans Are Awesome

This compilation video (a GoPro camera tribute) is filled with excellent viewpoints from a variety of sports, which always manage to inspire us, as we sit inside, with the A/C on, typing this.

Human Slingshot 2X

Human Slingshot 2X

Devin Graham flings summer at us as we watch these folks head 60 feet into a lake at 40mph on an inner tube. Minimal broken bones and only two people knocked unconscious – our typical Tuesday.

The Blind Surfer

The Blind Surfer

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.

Biggest Teahupo’o

Biggest Teahupo’o

Last August, photographer Chris Bryan captured the sheer beauty and fierce power of these massive Code Red waves in Tahiti’s Teahupo’o with his Phantom high-speed camera. (Thanks, Jack!)

Apocalypse Later, Surf Now

Apocalypse Later, Surf Now

YouTuber keef70 salvaged a surfing video shot on a foggy day and turned it into an even darker scene. The effects aren’t perfect, but the music – The Whales by The Mermen sets the right mood.

Fiji Vignette

Fiji Vignette

Watching Riley Blakeway’s footage of Taj Burrow and Jay Davies surfing off the coast of Fiji is like injecting cold water and sunshine directly into our eyes. The song is Frequency by Unouomedude.

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