Much like Gabby Medina, Carissa Moore saved 2017 from complete disaster with a blinding turn and sprint into the home straight that saw her fall only a few heats short of the World Title. This year she’ll be looking to lead from the start in hopes of shaking up Tyler Wright, a two-time World Champ who has ditched her cheeky, carefree, podium-dancing persona and replaced it with a competitive mindset that is ice cold and confident. And with Courtney, Sally and Steph all still aching from their own capitulations last year, the 2018 Women’s Tour might not be the bubbly best-friends fest we’ve come to know over the past decade. A wild year looms. (Poullenot)
No matter what your vision of the future, what’s important is to acknowledge how good we’ve had it, how good we’ve got it and do everything in our power to protect it so that surfing remains magical for the generations who follow. Campbell McKegg. (Estrada)
Everything about this shot of Ryan Burch attests to the sheer amount of stoke scrawled across the page by his mate, Bryce Young in the story below. This is the shot that nailed the cover of Surfer. Rock solid asym line in the belly, this time at Cloudbreak.
Jackson Dorian, son of Shane, Godson of Kelly, barreled in a man-made wave four hours from the nearest ocean and being filmed by a camera the size of a matchbox perched on a drone. Um… Is anyone else out there feeling reeeeeeeally bloody old right now? (Stacy)