While there hasn’t been a ton of information, we do know that our “Ace” surfer Adrian Buchan made the superfinal at the WSL Test event in Lenmoore, held at Kelly Slater’s new and improved wave pool. The event was held just after the Hurley Pro at Lowers, and a handful of the world’s best men and women headed to the desert to see Kelly’s latest waves.
After a slow and langorous start to the to Hurley Pro at Trestles, the 8th stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour, the end of the week heated up quickly, with Dragon’s Adrian “Ace” Buchan putting down a 3rd place performance.
The Australian goofy footer stumbled out of the gate in round 1, ending up 3rd in his heat, luckily he would rebound in round 2 to take the win over Stu Kennedy. In the make-or-break round 3, Ace torched Wiggolly Dantas en route to a Round 4 berth. Failing to win his heat, Ace again rebounded quickly with a Round 5 win over Jadson Andre to set up a quarterfinal berth with former world champion Adriano De Souza. After narrowly edging De Souza out, Ace ran into Jeep Tour Leader and eventual runner up, Jordy Smith.
The 3rd place—Ace’s best since a 2nd place finish at the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil—sees Buchan vault up the rankings into a respectable 12th place, distancing himself from relegation.
The rest of Dragon’s surfers—Mick Fanning, Evan Geiselman, & Owen Wright—finished 13th, 13th and 25th, respectively. The World Tour heads to France next for the Quiksilver Pro. For more on the WSL Championship Tour, visit worldsurfleague.com.
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With an innate and undeniable natural ability in the water and on the surfboard, Luke Hynd spends his days playing in some of the most exotic and wonderful aquatic playgrounds. But his never-ending quest for waves comes at a price: Travel woes, reaching new levels of exhaustion, and the minutiae that comes with traveling with a stack of surfboards. Luke’s life on the road is an enigmatic and envious one. Take a ride through Luke’s headspace; take a peek at his Frame of Mind.
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Hailing from Virginia Beach, Michael Dunphy recently spent his summer in Orange County, getting his fill of Lowers. We asked the young shred a few questions, but make sure you watch his latest effort, all filmed at the famed San Clemente surf zone.
Dragon Alliance: You grew up out East, how does a place like Lowers compare to some of your local haunts?
Michael Dunphy: To be honest, Virginia Beach is pretty much never comparable to Lowers. Maybe one or two days a year we will get waves somewhat comparable to a Lowers wave. That’s why you’ll always find me down there if I’m in CA. [laughs]
DA: How did you find the crowds in SoCal? Does it compare to VB? A lot of the shots don’t look too too crowded?
MD: Yeah, the crowds in SoCal, in general, in and out of the water can be pretty hectic. You really have to time your sessions at Lowers or the crowd can just drive you crazy.
DA: 12 rights and 1 left in the video. You have something against surfing left?
MD: Ask any regular footer and it’s hard to turn away from those rights when they are doing their thing!
DA: I know the video focuses on San Clemente, but were there other spots in Cali you liked?
MD: I was always enjoy surfing Newport and [Huntington Beach] as well, but for video, lowers is really the best spot to get stuff done.
DA: You just got to Europe, what’s the overall plan for the trip?
MD: Yeah! doing two 6-Star events and one 10-Star event… Two in Portugal and one in Spain.
DA: You’re from the East, lived west this summer, and are in Europe currently. Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever surfed other than at home?
MD: I love surfing in the Caribbean. It’s close to home, the water is nuclear blue and there are places you can go with no surfers around.
DA: Based on your experience here this past summer, would you move back?
MD: Definitely! I always spend my summers in Orange County. Fun waves, lots of friends and plenty of pretty girls… 🙂
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In the latest from The Search I.P. from Rip Curl, Dragon’s Luke Hynd and fellow surfer Kipp Caddy took themselves out of their comfort zone. We’ll let the video speak for itself.
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Growing up in San Clemente, CA, Griffin and Crosby Colapinto are the epitome of California’s surf culture. Humble and soft spoken, the duo let their surfing do the talking. Both have found success at a young age, with Griffin in the midst of a World Tour qualifying bid, and Crosby is the reigning two-time U16 National Champ. Watch as the Brothers Colapinto slay the waves that have shaped them to become the next generation of surf talent.
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The bulk of his competition days may be behind him, but Dragon surfer Rob Machado can still flash his competitive side. He recently competed at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy, where he won the single-fin division, took 2nd place in the twin-fin category, but lost to Australian Taj Burrows in the Grand Final.
“I have no complaints about finishing second,” Machado told WSL. “Today was actually super tight with who would make it into the Grand Final so it was cool to watch it all play out. It was just great to come back here and have the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa experience again. The waves were so sick for the event as well but it was always going to be hard to beat Taj, the guy is just so good.”
The Vans US Open of Surfing has recently completed and it was a great week for Dragon’s junior surfers Che Allan and Crosby Colapinto.
Che Allan who hails from Barbados, sat in 2nd place before the US Open, a position he’ll keep after his 4th place finish in Huntington Beach. And San Clemente talent Crosby Colapinto has been on fire lately. With an introductory video from Rip Curl dropping and finishing in 7th place here, he’s on to bigger things.
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Dragon surfer Mick Fanning has been inducted into the prestigious Surfers’ Hall of Fame today in Huntington Beach, California. The ceremony was held outside of Huntington Surf and Sport, where Fanning was cemented, literally, into the Hall of Fame. He had his hand and foot impressions cast into the cement that will lay in Surf City forever.
“It’s a huge honor,” Fanning says of the HOF nod. “You sort of go through your surfing career, and a lot of the time, you’re focused on creating results for yourself and you don’t really look at the outside awards. But it’s a huge honor to be recognized.”
The Australian is no stranger to awards throughout his storied career. He’s been named Australia’s Male Surfer of the Year six times and was recently appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia. Additionally, Mick has captured three World Championship Tour titles—in 2007, 2009, and 2013.
“Mick has always shown the heart of a champion and [represented] surfing in the most positive way,” Aaron Pai, founder of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame said earlier. “We are honored to be able to thank Mick for his achievements and contributions to our sport.”
The Hall of Fame ceremony took place during the US Open of Surfing, one of the largest surf gatherings in the US. “I usually try and avoid Huntington because it’s so hectic [laughs],” joked Fanning. “But [this is] a very huge honor.” Mick joins Bethany Hamilton to make up the illustrious HOF class of 2017.
Fanning is in the midst of his 16th World Championship Tour season, having just finished with a 5th place at Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa. Next he’ll be headed to Teahupo’o, Tahiti for CT #7.
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This weekend the surf world will be descending on Huntington Beach, CA, for the Vans US Open of Surfing and the Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Since you’ll already be up there, we wanted to hold a swag bag giveaway to sleuthing fans.
Friday through Sunday this weekend (8/4 – 8/6), go find our giant window display around Huntington Beach Main Street, take a creative photo with it, and post it on Instagram and tag #DragonHB! That’s all you need to do! We’ll be selecting the 10 best photos a day for a total of 30 winners. Good luck!
Also don’t forget to check out our two poster signings with Dragon surfers Evan Geiselman, Alejo Muniz, Griffin Colapinto and Michael Dunphy. Friday at 1 PM at Jack’s Surfboards and 5 PM at Huntington Surf and Sport. Both locations are at the intersection of Main Street and PCH.
Swag bag includes: Mizu water bottle, windshield sun shade, premium cinch bag, hat, stickers, and lanyard.