Josh Constable: the nose rider

Josh Constable has taken the Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour title at Sandy Bay, Whangarei, New Zealand. The Australian longboarder won the first event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS).

The final day of the Sandy Bay event took place in clean 0.5m - 1.0m waves with light winds and crisp conditions. After the previous two days of competition, day three delivered the best waves of the event and the large crowd witnessed a true spectacle of quality surfing.

The Open Men's Final was run in the best waves of the entire event. Clean 1.0m waves broke on two clearly defined Sandy Bay peaks and the world class surfers thrived in the fun conditions. Josh Constable scored a perfect 10.0 point ride with seven minutes to go and followed it up with an 8.6 point ride to take the lead with two minutes to go, a lead he never let go.

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Olukai: nice brand

Up to 700 surf industry professionals have gathered for the 8th Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Image Awards. The best surf brands and the outstanding surf products were awarded many trophies.

OluKai was considered "Breakthrough Brand of the Year", while Hobie won "Breakthrough Retailer of the Year". The SIMA Image Awards got underway at at the House of Blues Anaheim.

"It was amazing. Not only is it clear that the SIMA Image Awards themselves have become truly meaningful to those brands and products getting the deserved recognition, but we also succeeded in adding hundreds of more surf industry members to the mix by moving the event to Orange County," says Doug Palladini, SIMA President and Vans' VP of Marketing.

As the only awards program of its kind, the goal of the SIMA Image Awards is to identify the surf industry’s most influential companies and recognize them for their efforts to advance and grow the industry over the past year. This year, companies were recognized in the following 15 categories.


Breakthrough Brand of the Year: OluKai
Breakthrough Retailer of the Year: *winner - Hobie

Men’s Marketing Campaign of the Year: Nixon’s “Impressions” Campaign
Men’s Apparel Brand of the Year: RVCA
Men’s Boardshort of the Year: Phantom by Hurley
Men’s Retailer of the Year: Jack’s Surfboards, Huntington Beach

Women’s Marketing Campaign of the Year: Insight’s “Repeat After Me: I am Free”
Women’s Apparel Brand of the Year: Billabong
Women’s Swim Brand of the Year: L*Space
Women’s Retailer of the Year: Hansens Surfboards, Encinitas

Accessory Product of the Year: Roc Nation Aviator by Skullcandy
Environmental Product of the Year: Green Foam Blanks by Green Foam
Footwear Product of the Year: Yoga Mat Sandal by Sanuk
Surfboard of the Year: The Dumpster Diver by Channel Islands Surfboards
Wetsuit of the Year: Infiniti Drylock by Xcel

Leroy Grannis: surfing and photography as a unique passion

The world of surfing has lost one of the most memorable icons. The photographer LeRoy Grannis has passed away at the age of 93. Grannis captured the best surf pictures of the Golden Age of the 1960s and '70s. He got in touch with surfing when he was 14, but he only picked a camera when he reached 42.

LeRoy built a darkroom in his garage and began his remarkable work with the Hermosa Beach surfers. Californian surfers owe him incredible images of the Beach Boys era and that is why he is considered one of the most important surfing documentarians ever.

LeRoy and his inseparable wife Katie were always a friendly couple. The New York Times called him the "the godfather of surf photography", as his art spread through the world in exhibitions, surf magazines and documentaries.

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