Grind for Life Series at Zephyrhills 2018
27/01/2018 - 27/01/2018
El Gato Classic 2018
26/01/2018 - 28/01/2018
Old Man Bowl Jam - Tampa 2018
02/02/2018 - 02/02/2018
Sport Chek Air Nation - Sun Peaks 2018
22/01/2018 - 24/01/2018
FIS Europa Cup - Vars 2018
23/01/2018 - 24/01/2018
Freeride World Qualifier - RED Mountain Canada 2018
Women's Ron Jon Florida Pro 2018 pres by Florida State Sunshine Lager
18/01/2018 - 24/01/2018
Men's Florida Pro 2018 pres by Florida State Sunshine Lager
ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship 2018
19/01/2018 - 25/01/2018
Industry and event happenings
Eight Special Olympics Athletes Paired with X Games Teammates for Live Streamed Unified Snowboard Race at X Games Aspen 2018
Every surfer experiences a powerful connection to the ocean, but...
Opening Ceremony to inaugurate first edition of the event in China on Friday
The 2013 ISA Longboard Junior Champion and 2017 WSL Champion, Honolua Blomfield (HAW), will go for her first Gold in the open women's division when competition commences on Saturday.
Last weekend a whole bunch of riders from a whole bunch of different countries competed with each other at the Blue Tomato Plan P. With bluebird, a sweet contest line, fine sounds, BBQ and a cake, the Planai hosted one big freestyle party last Saturday.
We had a blast!
Taking part in the World Rookie Tour not only means to compete against the best riders coming from different nations, but it also means to have the chance to win prestigious awards! Therefore the Black Yeti is happy to announce that this year the winner of the World Rookie Finals that will be held in Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria from the 10th to the 15th April 2018, will be rewarded with an invitation to participate to one of the best event ever: the X Games Norway 2018!
The first stop of the QParks Tour at the Snowpark Schöneben was planned to be one big freestyle party, as there was enough to celebrate: 15 years QParks, the beginning of the tour and last, but not least the brilliant work of the shapecrew, that managed to build a sweet contest line even though it dropped masses of fresh pow the days before. Only the weather seemed to be in a bad mood, but that didn´t stop anyone from partying.
Battle Rojal switches to jibbing in foggy conditions at Snowpark Schoeneben.
Here we go! On to the next Billabong presents: Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards event at Zillertal Arena! On January 20th and 21st, the Actionpark Kreuzwiese in Zell am Ziller will stage the second tourstop of Austria´s most popular Snowboard Amateur Series. The registration for freebie freestyle coachings and open slopestyle contest is open.
One of the competitors during 2015/2016 Zillertal Välley Rälley tour at Zillertal Arena, Zell am Ziller, Austria, January 2016.
Finn McGill (HAW) and Vahine Fierro (PYF) have taken out the 2017 WSL Men’s and Women’s Jeep World Junior Championship in Kiama NSW. The final day saw 28 heats run and history made with bumpy 3-to-4 foot waves on offer at Bombo Beach.
The 2017 WSL Jeep World Junior Championship finalists from left to right: Joh Azuchi (JPN), men's champion Finn McGill (HAW), women's champion Vahine Fierro (PYF) & Summer Macedo (HAW), at Bombo Beach, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, January 2018.
On January 13 you won’t have a plan a. There’s only a Plan P, because the QParks Tour is in town and the Superpark Planai will once again host the Blue Tomato Plan P! Show your style and win worthy points for the Tour, tons of sweet goodies and massive prize cash. Get ready for the finest contest action in the Schladming-Dachstein Region!
Superpark Planai, Schladming/Austria, February 2017.
ISA and WSL agree on proposed process to ensure participation of top WSL professional surfers. ISA underlines commitment to global representation for surfers around the world. Final qualification process subject to approval of the International Olympic Committee.
WSL CT surfers Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay rejoice upon respectively earning the Women's Gold and Silver Medals for Team France at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games held in Biarritz.
Where new stars shine and snowboard families meet! The Deejay XMasters World Rookie Fest 13th edition will take place at the Mottolino Snowpark in Livigno, Italy, one of the most famous snowparks in the European Alps, from the 20th to the 25th January 2018. To everyone looking for some freestyle action, World Rookie Fest returned with Deejay XMasters, the most famous Italian freestyle event!
The Girls Shred Sessions are back again! Also in the winter 2018, female riders will have a shredalicious time – QParks takes care of that with a number of events. Together with experienced coaches they’ve set themselves the goal to gather as many girls as possible in the snowpark, where they can work on their shred skills. During 7 sessions in 7 snowparks the girls will receive tips and tricks about shredding by professional snowboard and freeski coaches.
2017's QParks Girls Shred Session #1, at Snow Park Obergurgl, Austria, January 2017.
Congratulations to Jeremy Flores (29), who won the 2017 (and 2010) Pipeline Masters last night in Hawaii. The French surfer from Reunion Island took out friend and teammate Kanoa Igarashi as well as world title hopeful Gabriel Medina en route to the Final against the new WSL Champion, John John Florence. ''Jez" rounds out the year at 15th place on the Jeep Leaderboard to solidify his place on the 2018 CT. The victory at Pipe also marks his best result of the season and his first CT win since Tahiti in 2015.
2017 Pipe Master Jeremy Flores
John John Florence (HAW) clinched the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Title today at the Billabong Pipe Masters, making him the first male surfer since the late Andy Irons (HAW) to successfully defend a maiden world title (Irons was ’02, ’03). Mark Richards (AUS), Tom Carroll (AUS) and Tom Curren (USA) are the only other male surfers to have achieved this feat.
John John Florence (HAW) makes history by claiming back-to-back WSL Titles at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii.
The Black Yeti is proud of all rookies, even this year the Corvatsch Rookie Fest was a blast. The beautiful mountain landscape and the amazing set up of Corvatsch Snowpark made the event memorable.
Grom girls podium with Lena Müller (SUI) in 1st place, Bianca Gisler (SUI) in 2nd spot & Mia Brookes (GBR) with a bronze medal, at Corvatsch Rookie Fest, Corvatsch 3303 Ski Resort, Switzerland, December 2017.
October saw this awesome creation win at the Vissla Surfrider Creators Contest, where upcycled surf equipment was celebrated and honoured.
The final day of the Vans World Cup, event No. 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and concluding World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event of the year, saw multiple victories spread success across several surfers, including Conner Coffin (USA) who became the first Californian to take the event win, and Benji Brand (HAW) who earned the WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional Champion title.
The first California surfer to ever win the Vans World Cup and only second USA athlete behind CJ Hobgood in 2008, Conner Coffin, at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, December 2017.
Finally the official calendar of the 13th edition of the World Rookie Tour has been announced! The first two stops, the NZ Rookie Fest and the World Rookie Rail Jam by Skipass, were a blast. Now the tour goes on with spectacular events in North America, Asia and in Europe, where will take place for the first time the Valle d'Aosta Rookie Fest from the 21st to the 25th February 2018 at the amazing snowpark in Pila, Northern Italy, surrounded by the highest and the most beautiful mountains of the Alps.
Tyler Wright (AUS), 23, earned her second World Title after a big day of competition at the final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Maui Women's Pro. Honolua Bay delivered beautiful, five-to-seven foot (1.5 - 2.1 metre) waves as the swell filled in throughout the morning, which offered pristine conditions for the competitors. Massive upsets followed in Round 4 and the Quarterfinals, where Wright garnered the World Title by day’s end.
Tyler Wright (AUS) earned back-to-back World Titles at the final stop on the 2017 WSL Championship Tour, the Maui Women's Pro, at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii/USA, 30th November 2017.
On December 16th and 17th 2017, the Billabong presents: Zillertal Välley Rälley hosted by Ride Snowboards will be kicking off into the fifth round at Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach! The online registration starts on December, 1st on www.valleyralley.at. Andreas monEpic Monsberger has put a nice preview together to shorten your waiting time for a great season in the Zillertal - it's the video a bit further down so check it out!
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) has won the final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Maui Women's Pro, today in four foot (1.2 metre) conditions at Honolua Bay after the competition saw the exciting conclusion of the Women’s World Title race yesterday.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) wins the final event of the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour, the Maui Women's Pro, at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii/USA, December 2017.
In a historical day of surfing at the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship, 18-year-old Hawaiian sensation Honolua Blomfield (HAW) has won the Women’s division and with it become the 2017 World Longboard Champion.
Honolua Blomfield (HAW) has won the inaugural Taiwan Open and become the 2017 Women's World Longboard Champion, at Jinzun Harbour, Taitung, Taiwan, November 2017.
The long-awaited Corvatsch Rookie Fest is getting very close to time! So get ready because from the 13th to the 17th of December you will have chance to win the ticket and the qualification spot for the 2018 World Rookie Finals in Kitzsteinhorn, Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.
When the four buddies and founding fathers of QParks started to build kickers 15 years ago, no one could imagine where the journey would lead to. Jan, Jürgen, Paul and Andi least of all. At some point, their raw passion evolved into QParks and thanks to your incredible support over all those years and our awesome community we can now look back on 15 crazy years.
Scenic view of Soelden Park, April 2016
Runner up Griffin Colapinto qualifies for 2018 Championship Tour. Vans World Cup begins Saturday at Sunset Beach.
2017 Hawaiian Pro finalists: Filipe Toledo (1st), Griffin Colapinto (2nd), Wiggolly Dantas (3rd) and Michel Bourez (4th).
...using the deadly force of OCEAN POWERS - artificial wave! Surfing the various clips making their way onto the web this week, a hidden gem came shining through from Alma Surf Culture and The Ministry of Flow. And more of you have to see this.
The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce that the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, Central California will host the world’s best surfers as part of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) calendar.
John John Florence at the Surf Ranch Test event September 2017.
Turbo Dojo is the 20th juicy snow-filled offering from the Absinthe crew and looks to be another truly epic journey. These lads know how to entertain. They also clearly love and live for the ride.
As the biggest rookie contest series in the Alps, the QParks Snowboard Tour will once again live up to its name: At nine stops in four countries, the aspiring rookies gather not only important points for their moves but also first experience in the professional contest business. Under the eyes of internationally experienced judges, they will perform their best tricks – after all it’s also about cash and goodies worth a total of about 15.000€. Also the riders may qualify for the crowning finale – the “Game of Diamonds” – which will go down at Snowpark Obergurgl for the first time.
A special finals day crowned Cole Houshmand (USA) and Kirra Pinkerton (USA) the World Surf League (WSL) Live Like Zander Junior Pro In Memory of Zander Venezia its winners at Soup Bowl. The San Clemente, California, sweep earned both Houshmand and Pinkerton their first-ever Pro Junior wins in amazing fashion. Also, Pinkerton’s win moved her up the rankings to No. 2 and clinched a spot into the World Junior Championships over Samantha Sibley (USA). Conditions proved tricky for competitors as Soup Bowl’s shifting peaks continued to surprise, but the best was saved for last.
Cole Houshmand (USA) (L) and Kirra Pinkerton (USA) (R) earned the honorary first-ever Live Like Zander Junior Pro awards along with their maiden Pro Junior wins at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados, November 2017.