Mick Fanning: a perfect final at J-Bay | Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Mick Fanning defeated Joel Parkinson to conquer the 2014 J-Bay Open in pristine eight-to-ten foot waves, at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

The road to the final was a tough one for the Australian friends. With strong winds blowing, low temperatures and long paddle outs, Fanning and Parkinson had a few strong names to dethrone before the final clash.

Mick opened the day with victories over Freddy Patacchia, Alejo Muniz and Owen Wright. Joel defeated an in-form Adriano de Souza, and the surprise of the season, Matt Wilkinson, with a Perfect 10 in his bag.


Jeremy Flores: unhappy

Jeremy Flores has been suspended from competition until August 27, 2014.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has decided to keep the French surfer out of competition until the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Jeremy Flores will miss the 2014 Billabong Pro Teahupoo and the US Open of Surfing for storming the judging tower during the J-Bay Open 2014, at Jeffreys Bay.


Laird Hamilton: inspiring the world with quotes and sayings

Laird Hamilton is one of the most famous watermen in the world. He challenged unridden waves; he defied death and opened the way to modern tow-in big wave surfing.

Hamilton was born on the 2nd March, 1964, in San Francisco, California, but he moved to Hawaii when he was still a young boy. At 17, Laird was already a superb wave rider.

As years passed by, the blonde surfer tried new things and risked his life several times. Hamilton left a mark in the history of Teahupoo, and introduced foil boarding in the giant waves.