Garrett McNamara and friends: enjoying the first swell of the 2014/2015 big wave surfing season

Garrett McNamara and friends have opened the 2014/2015 big wave surfing season at Nazaré, Portugal.

The Hawaiian charger is ready for new challenges in the westernmost country of mainland Europe. The fishing town of Nazaré, with its singular underwater canyon, has welcomed Mcnamara, as the first serious post-summer swell hits Praia do Norte.

GMAC is not alone. The first tow-in warmup brought Andrew Cotton, Cliff Skudin, Kealii Mamala, and Sebastian Steudtner to Portuguese waters, too. When the early morning fog went away, the boys hit the shifty line-up.

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Zoltan Torkos: an LSD-inspired off-the-lip kickflip

The wizard of surfing is back with a cool new trick. After several failed attempts, Mr. Zoltan Torkos lands the first ever off-the-lip kickflip.

You've got to love it. Zoltan Torkos is so passionate about surfing that his own laboratory of wave spells is in constant activity. There's no time to lose.

A few months ago, the Santa Cruz magician pulled the first kickflip ever in wakesurfing. Now things get really odd. The off-the-lip kickflip in a small wave is not for sober humans.

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O'Neill Coldwater Classic: Steamer Lane is always one | Photo: O'Neill

Jeison Torres Abarca has earned an exclusive wildcard into the 2014 O'Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

The surf contest will be run between October 28th and November 1st, at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. The winner of the event will be awarded a life-changing yearlong O'Neill Wetsuits contract worth $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees.

Jeison Abarca comes from Costa Rica. He won the online video voting contest against three other surfers. The 26-year-old talent collected 44% of the votes, ahead of Leif Engstrom (31%), Kadin Panesi (15%) and Austin Smith-Ford (10%).

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