Remember last year when 10 lucky groms got to travel to an exotic island off the coast of Brazil, cruise around in custom dune-buggies and surf perfect, uncrowded, warm water wedges? Well, dust off the FOMO and prepare your quiver, because Young Guns Surf is back!
As days turn to darkness and the cold of winter sets in... A collision of art and science meets the philosophies behind making state of the art wetsuits.
If you were to stand on the shoreline of Reunion Island’s 'Bocan Canot' beach today, it would be hard to imagine the crowded beach completely empty, however this was a reality only a few short months ago. 18 shark attacks over a five year period dramatically affected the Indian Ocean paradise both emotionally and economically.
“Reunion Island was an amazing place to grow up. It is where i caught my first waves and learnt to surf.” Remembers Top 10 World Tour Surfer Jeremy Flores. “It’s paradise. But it’s also where I have lost some of my closest friends. When you look at the stats for shark attacks worldwide, what has happened in Reunion Island in the last 5 year is really heavy.”
These tragedies motivated Jeremy's family to return to their homeland and embark on a campaign to protect the beaches that have given them so much. By winning a chair in the local council, Jeremy's father Patrick Flores has been able to initiate a program of shark netting and surveillance that has helped Reunion's beach lovers get back into the water. The campaign's success has been noticed by shark affected communities worldwide including the recently tragedy that struck Ballina on Australia's east coast.
“We just wanted to help the island, we did it for the community. If you look now the beaches are packed, the restaurants are packed and the surf schools are about to reopen...It has affected so much more than the surfers.”
On a recent trip home, Jeremy hosted the first surf competition in 5 years at the newly protected 'Roche Noire' beach. The day finished a huge success seeing generations of Reunion Island locals come together to celebrate change, progress, and most importantly the lives of those that will forever be missed.
“This event was a big success. The ambiance and vibe was better than I expected. Everyone came together, from the youngest surfers to the oldest generation, all sharing waves...Surfing is so much more than a sport. It’s a way of living. A way of being close to nature and living with a passion. The adrenaline that surfing gives us, there is nothing like it. I don’t know what i would do without surfing. It’s the highest high.”
The innovators behind the “The Art of FLIGHT,” Red Bull Media House in association with Brain Farm, are in the field wrapping up the final season of filming for professional snowboarder Travis Rice’s upcoming film: “The Fourth Phase.” This video marks Day 723 of production, a follow-up to Day 1, where Rice and Bryan Iguchi look back on the landmark features from past films, while scouting for a brand new zone to, once again, progress snowboarding and big mountain riding to a whole new level.
His first clip to be released since his 2015 Tour ending injury last year, Matt Banting is very much back in the water. Filmed over 2 months in the lead up and during the Quiksilver Pro, Matt hit a series of spots up the east coast of Australia with filmer Jimmy Graham and photographer Peter Boskovic on a mission to redefine and finetune his surfing.
The result: 2 minutes 30 seconds of fast paced, flawless, precision surfing. A style of surfing that Matt has becoming synonymous with. Be sure to grab your notebook and a pen fo this one, because Matt’s giving out a free lessons.
Three aspiring World Tour pro surfers Zeke Lau, Leo Fioravanti and Ramzi Boukhiam, spend a week with their coach Jake Paterson in his home town in the south west of Western Australia preparing for the 2016 qualifying tour.