Sasha Donnanno: vertical align | Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Team France is leading the charge at the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship (WJSC), in five-to-eight foot waves Ecuador.

With repechage heats, it's a "do-or-die" moment for many surfers in the world's largest junior surfing competition.

Josh Moniz, defending Boys Under 18 gold medalist, was eliminated from the contest. Another casualty was one of the event favorites, Noe Mar McGonagle from Costa Rica, who came close to a gold medal in 2012.


Pipeline: meet the underwater reef caves

Pipeline is a fast barreling wave, but what does exactly lie below? How shallow are the Banzai Pipeline waters? Let's dive and discover the most famous Hawaiian reef.

Swell refraction is greatly responsible for the miracle of Pipeline. Oahu's most perfect surf spot is a complex oceanic system with three main reefs.

These underwater reefs have been baptized First Reef, Second Reef and Third Reef. The most popular take-off peak is the First Reef, the closest to the shore.


Andy Irons: a master of surfing quotes

Andy Irons was one of the most talented surfers in the history of the sport. The waves he rode are also a parallel of the words he spoke.

The surfer from Oahu will always be remembered for his commitment, creativity, and wave knowledge. He inspired young and old generations, and he rarely left words unsaid.

Andy Irons left us with good memories, pictures, video clips and movies. But Andy's quotes speak for themselves. The wild Hawaiian could be corrosive, tender, surprising and controversial.