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Posted: December 19, 2014 by Francesca

With less than a week to go to Christmas Day you will be forgiven for asking for some last minute inspiration for gifts for the surfers in your life… Or in fact, asking for any of our gift ideas for yourself.  To help take the stress out of buying gifts we have put together some of our favourite surf themed presents.  So have a peek at our 12 presents for Christmas, get shopping, and relax… Leaving you with more time to enjoy the holidays or even head for a surf session yourself.
  • 1- Surf Wax
Best smelling stocking filler asap…
  • 2- Surfer Mug
For when you need reheating post surf.
  • 3- Wetsuit Gloves, Boots, and Hood
The difference between going for a winter surf or hibernating.
  • 4- Changing Mat/Bag
Saves you and your car from being a damp post surf cold mess.
  • 5- Surf Candles
Makes your home smell like summer surf holidays. Enough said.
  • 6- Changing Towel
Because being warm and being able to get into your clothes in a cold carpark after a great surf is the best.
  • 7- The Key Pod
What you need to keep your keys safe when you’re out in the water.
  • 8- Surf Watch
Keep track of the time, the waves, the tides, and rides.
  • 9- Go Pro
There can never be enough beautiful photos in the world… Especially of you and your mates surfing.
  • 10- Rip Curl Wetsuit
Keeping you toasty for an extra wave or 5. Choose a winter steamer with 5mm body, 4mm legs, and 3mm arms to keep that heat going.
  • 11- Al Merrick Surfboard
We all dream of the Al Merrick boards. Good enough for Kelly Slater, and certainly on our wish list of buttery smooth amazing surfboards to ride.
  • 12- Moroccan Surf Holiday
And just when it’s all to cold and too much winter back home, time for a little surf holiday getaway to the land of amazing surf and sunshine... Morocco.

Posted: December 18, 2014 by Francesca

This article was added by Francesca Bingley 

It’s getting close to the wire for the best surfers in the world at the Billabong Pipeline Masters 2014.  With only 3 days to go in the 13 day window for the end of year event, what happens in the next few days will decide the Pipeline master and the world championship title.  x11 world champion Kelly Slater, x3 world champion Mick Fanning, and potential winner Gabriel Medina are still in the race for the title, so get ready for some incredible surfing in the next day or so…
  • 1-The details

Event: Billabong Pipe Masters
Location: Banzai Pipeline, Northshore of Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2- What’s at stake

It’s all about what happens in round 3.  Medina and Fanning managed to bypass round 2 with their winning performances in round 1, however Slater had to fight his way through rounds 1 and 2 to retain his chance in round 3, and if anyone knows why Slater is a x11 world championship title winner-it’s because he never gives up.  
The scenarios go that if both Medina and Fanning progress to round 4, then Slater will have lost his chance at the world title… However, if Medina loses, then Fanning and Slater will have to battle for the crown.  The quick fire alternative option would be if Medina wins round 3, and Fanning loses, Medina will win the world title instantly.
  • 3- Who’s in contention

Aside from the world championship potentially being decided in the next round, there lies the massive pinnacle of winning the Pipeline Masters.  The last Hawaiian to win the title was the late and legendary Andy Irons in 2006.  Since then the contest has been Australians, Americans (i.e. Kelly Slater) and once Frenchman Jeremy Florence.  All eyes will be watching Pipeline local John John Florence to see if he can bring the title home.  
  • 4- What to look for

The title is going to be decided by who gets the best barrels, and who can add in the an extra trick or two… Florence is an expert at Pipe, however Slater has won the event 7 times in his career.  It’s the new school versus the expert.  Either way, be prepared to stay up late for the next few days for the live broadcast of the event at:

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