Phyllis O'Donnell: the female surfing pioneer | Photo: Jack Eden

Phyllis O'Donnell, the first ever ISA women's world surfing champion, has been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame, in Huntington Beach, California.

The surfing pioneer conquered the inaugural World Championship title in 1964, at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia, at the age of 27.

O'Donnell went on to win the Australian national women's titles in 1964 and 1965. Her World Championship victory was a sign of recognition and progress for female surfers, and her win paved the way for countless women and girls to follow in her footsteps.


Mitch Crews: hands in the air if you love Huntington Beach | Photo: Michael Lallande/US Open of Surfing

The US Open of Surfing 2014 has entered Round 5. Despite the small wave conditions, surfers kept pulling airs on the Huntington Beach ramps.

Mitch Crews put together a full repertoire of carves, snaps and airs on the rights off of Huntington Beach Pier, propelling the Australian up-and-comer to the Round of 16 over fellow Dream Tour campaigner Josh Kerr, and past ASP World Junior Champion Maxime Huscenot.

"I've been getting pretty overwhelmed and nervous by the Tour but I'm trying to work it out, relax and surf my best. For me this event is about getting my confidence back, I've been having a great time over here in California and that help me relax and feel happy," says Crews.


Ryan Callinan: goofy speed | Photo: Michael Lallande/US Open of Surfing

Waves keep rolling at the Vans US Open of Surfing 2014, in Huntington Beach, California, as competition hits Round 3.

Matt Banting continued his hot streak, topping Dream Tour sophomore Filipe Toledo, progressive sorcerer Dane Reynolds, and American tactician Cory Arrambide, with a big Round 2 heat victory.

"You only have a couple of opportunities, so you have to make the most of them. I'm stoked to keep the ball rolling and stay in the competition. I'm loving it here at the Vans US Open, there's great people and it can't get any better," says Banting.