FROM THE BLOG
Russ Bierke is a surfer's surfer. Quietly spoken, but someone who let's his actions do the talking. He's also someone that now finds himself as the youngest competitor on the WSL Big Wave World Tour. With an ability to remain calm in serious situations and a surfing maturity that belies his years, Russ is a darkhorse. A strong bond with his surfer/shaper father Kirk, and years raised on reefs of consequence, it is no surprise to those close that Russ has stepped into the world's big wave riding elite.
This past weekend, the 2018 Freak Show Pro got underway with pristine 2-4 ft. conditions at Steamer Lane. With a stacked field of 64 surfers, it came down to the final 4 local Santa Cruz surfers battling it out for the $2,500 first place cash prize. Randy "The Kid" Bonds started things off strong grabbing the first 2 waves of the final. With under 10 minutes left, local boy Nat Young found a quick score and backed it up straight away to take home the title.
The Wave of the Winter is more than a contest. It’s a nod of respect, one of the ultimate honors in the surfing world. To join the list of legends that have graced it’s winning lineage is a true privilege, and not earned without total commitment to the sport. Some of the craziest, most intense rides of the year go down on the North Shore of Oahu. Surfers from across the world push themselves to the limit in an attempt to ride the craziest wave of the season. Only one will succeed and be awarded the Wave of the Winter.
Watch Jordy Smith threading French tubes and rip into some Peniche walls in the latest episode of Beyond The Tour: Europe.
Chris Christenson has blazed his own unique trail in the surf industry since shaping and selling boards out of his college dorm room over twenty years ago. Since then, he’s garnered respect and notoriety as one of the premier shapers in the world, creating a style and aesthetic that blends modern progression with a timeless look and ethos. Chris is somewhat of a renaissance man, pursuing a number of passions both directly and indirectly involved with surfing. We took a trip down to his shop and had a few questions to ask...
O’Neill is proud to present "Idle Hands with Chris Christenson," a new series of short films that dives into Chris Christenson's story as a shaper, business owner and his many other hobbies in life.