James, Author at Carvemag.com


Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Carissa Moore (HAW) claimed victory today at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France, respectively, in excellent three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) rippable peaks at Stop No. 9 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). 

2014 WSL Champion Medina built momentum all week to peak at the perfect time in the final series and put together two massive heats in the Semifinals and Final to win the Quiksilver Pro France. His final bout against Sebastian Zietz (HAW), held in picture-perfect conditions at La Graviere, was the third French win of his young career.

Three-time WSL Champion Moore claimed back-to-back wins at the Roxy Pro France today, elevating her game to a whole new level and putting herself back in the World Title conversation by dispatching Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Final.

The incredible surf conditions at the Quiksilver Pro France, Stop No. 9 of 11 on the 2017 Men’s Championship Tour, elevated the level of performance to new heights and witnessed Medina earn his third Quiksilver Pro France win. The 2014 WSL Champion showcased his dominance today after defeating Zietz in the Final, reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) in the Semifinals, and 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) in the Quarterfinals.

“I am so stoked,” said Medina. “It feels so good to win again. I have been working so hard before this event. This is a really special place for me. I am just stoked. I had a great event here with the good waves we got. I am really happy right now. I am not thinking about a World Title or ranking — I just want to do good at every event. I promised myself that I had to win one event this year and I finally got it!”

The Brazilian’s triumph today not only marks his eighth Championship Tour win, but it also vaults him from 8th to 3rd place on the Jeep Leaderboard, placing him well within striking distance of the World Title behind Florence and Jordy Smith (ZAF). Medina will now look to continue his success on the European leg at the next stop on the Championship Tour, the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, which opens on October 20, 2017. 

“It feels amazing to be back here in France,” continued Medina. “I love this kind of beach break. I have waves like this at home, so I feel really comfortable here. France has always been nice to me. This is my third win here and it’s amazing. I feel good about the World Title race. Now it is Portugal. Everyone starts from zero, so we will do this all over again, and hopefully, I can do good there.”
In the Final Medina was first to gain momentum as he attacked the long rights with his signature vertical hacks to put a 14.84 (out of a possible 20) heat total quickly on the board. Medina continued to build and pushed his total up to 16 points to claim a third win in France and his first victory this season.

The runner-up finish for Zietz is his best result in 2017 and the second Finals berth of his career. The 29-year-old surfer will now move up four places to 11th on the rankings. En route to his matchup with Medina, Zietz dispatched World No. 4 Owen Wright (AUS) in Round 5, Miguel Pupo (BRA) in the Quarterfinals and Kolohe Andino (USA) in the Semifinals. 
“The conditions were just amazing at this event,” Zietz said. “It was a great time. I am super happy with this result. I had to come up against Gabriel (Medina). That side of the draw was super gnarly — Gabriel and John (Florence) are probably the heaviest guys on Tour right now — so to come up against Gabriel, I knew it was going to be tough. Kind of bummed that I did not put up more of a fight, didn’t get over a 5, but it’s alright because it was fun and I got a trophy.”

Kolohe Andino’s (USA) French run ended when the Californian faced Zietz in the Semis. The Hawaii surfer found one of the last few remaining tubes of La Graviere and made the situation difficult for Andino. With his second Semifinal finish this season, Andino will jump two spots into the 10th position on the Jeep Leaderboard. 
Florence went head-to-head with Medina in an epic Semifinal clash where both surfers took the debate to the air. A very slow start of the match-up almost ended in a heat re-start but the two aerialists found plenty of opportunities in the second half of the semi to put on an amazing show for the crowds.

The reigning WSL Champion had a blasting path to the Semis with no less than seven 9-point rides in the previous three heats and all of the event’s highest heat totals. With an equal third today in France, the Hawaiian will head to Peniche wearing the Jeep Leader Jersey, moving past Smith who was eliminated in Round 3.

“It was a really fun heat, they’re always interesting against Gabe (Medina),” Florence said. “I made a few mistakes in the beginning of the heat and it kind of cost me then. But I was stoked I ended up getting a couple of good waves. I have so much confidence going into Portugal for sure, the waves and the people here have been so awesome it’s been such a good tripall together.”
Marc Lacomare’s (FRA) incredible run as a wildcard ended in the Quarterfinals where the Frenchman couldn’t complete a decent ride and fell to Andino. The result marks the first time a French surfer has reached the quarters in a very long time and gave a great glance at Lacomare’s potential as a future Championship Tour surfer.
Stop No. 9 of 10 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Roxy Pro France, was equally graced with incredible conditions for the world’s best female surfers, culminating with Moore’s victory.

“It has been a crazy year and just to come out with a win is amazing,” said Moore. “This one means so much because it has been a tricky year. I’ve been going through some growth personally and it was just nice to see it all fall into place. I was just really happy this event. I had such a great support crew here and at home. The vibes were really good this week.”
The three-time WSL Champion claimed her first event win of 2017, putting an end to an unusually victory-poor season. The Hawaiian started building momentum in Portugal last week where she placed runner-up and took one step further today to claim back-to-back titles at the Roxy Pro France. Today also marks the Hawaiian’s nineteenth Championship Tour win.

“I’m so stoked, we couldn’t ask for better conditions here and it’s been a long time since I won an event,” Moore said. “Coming up against Lakey (Peterson), I was a little nervous but I knew I just had to let everything go and just have fun. All the girls have really raised the level each event. I am grateful to be here and I am really inspired by my peers. Life can’t get much better.”
Moore’s path to her back-to-back win at the Roxy Pro France was the longest it could have been as she surfed in all seven possible heats of the event. Despite being relegated to the difficult elimination rounds early on, Moore’s determination paid off with wins over current World No. 1 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Pauline Ado (FRA), and eventually Peterson in the Final.

In a slow start of the Final, only Moore was able to build a little momentum with a couple of small scores while Peterson struggled to find a good wave. Moore stepped up ten minutes in with an incredible ride to post a 9.20 (out of a possible 10) on a combination of carves for a strong lead over the Californian. Peterson fought back with an excellent ride of her own, an 8.27 to get back in the heat. A final opportunity came for both surfers in the dying moments of the final, but Peterson failed to capitalize and Moore walked away for the win.

Peterson’s second place result in France equals her best finish in 2017 as she also earned the runner-up spot at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast earlier this year. The Californian shined through a difficult draw to earn 8,000 points, which advance her up to 6th place on the Jeep Leaderboard. The 23-year old has posted impressive results this year, but will look to Honolua Bay for a strong finish to the season.
“It is great to be back up here on the podium,” said Peterson. “Gold Coast seems like ages ago, so it is nice to know I’ve still got it. It has been a really fun year for me. It has been a lot of ups-and-downs. The highs have been really high and the lows have been pretty low. I am glad to be up here once again and hopefully next time I’ll be taking home the bigger trophy. I was super stoked to finish in such beautiful conditions. Thank you everyone and all the locals in Hossegor for giving us waves for this event. I really felt blessed to be out there.”
World No. 1 coming into Hossegor, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), could not match Moore’s flair in their Semifinal clash and claimed an equal third place for the fifth time this season. This excellent result further solidifies the Australian’s position on top of the Women’s Jeep Leaderboard heading into the final event of the season in Maui, Hawaii.

“It’s been great to use the week we had to kind of better myself away from competition and keep surfing,” Fitzgibbons said. “Carissa (Moore) got the jump with that first 8.67 and it was tough to find one, in theend I needed that 9 point wave. I feel like my surfing was there, I really just didn’t bump into the opportunity. It’s good to be consistent throughout the year, but you know I have the desire, I want to win events and be on that podium.”
The reigning World Champion and finalist last year in France, Tyler Wright (AUS) brought her A-game to the Semifinals but found a massive hurdle on her road to the final as Peterson posted a near-perfect 9.43 opener. With a third Semifinal finish in 2017, Wright will move up to second on the Jeep Leaderboard with a shot at defending her maiden World Title in Hawaii.
Coming off a difficult week in Portugal where Wright sustained a knee injury prior to the event start, a hard working road to recovery with her entourage saw the powerful regular-foot come back to form just in time to compete in France.

“I’ve actually enjoyed the journey of this injury,” Wright said. “It’s actually pushed me forward at an accelerated rate. I have such a deep appreciation for all the time and efforts that everyone around me have put in, especially this week. It makes competing incredibly enjoyable and I’m so lucky to have them on my side.”

Highlights from the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France are available at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on the WSL’s Facebook page. 

The next stop on the 2017 WSL Men’s Championship Tour is the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, which gets underway on October20 2017 and runs through October 31, 2017.

For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to worldsurfleague.com or the WSL mobile app.

Quiksilver Pro France Final Results:
1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.00
2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.30

Quiksilver Pro France Semifinal Results:
1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.26 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.00
2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.40 def. John John Florence (HAW) 16.00

Quiksilver Pro France Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.10
2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.60 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 6.10
3: John John Florence (HAW) 19.67 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 10.67
4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.20 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 1.20

Quiksilver Pro France Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.40 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 11.73
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.94 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.96
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.70 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 13.37
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.03 def. Nat Young (USA) 10.24

Roxy Pro France Final Results:
1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.70
2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.50

Roxy Pro France Semifinal Results:
1:Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.60 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.07
2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 17.20 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.56


WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Quiksilver Pro France):

1 – John John Florence (HAW) 49,900 pts
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 47,600 pts
3 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 40,750 pts
4 – Owen Wright (AUS) 39,850 pts
5 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 38,200 pts

2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Roxy Pro France):
1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 52,900 pts
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 51,200 pts
3 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 50,000 pts
4 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 47,300 pts
5 – Stephanie Gilmore (HAW) 45,150 pts

London Surf / Film Festival 2017 Line Up Announced!

London Surf / Film Festival 2017 Line Up Announced!

The 7th annual London Surf / Film Festival x Reef hits the capital 19 – 26th October 2017.

This year’s epic programme of premieres award winning features and underground projects from the world’s best showcases the multi-layered world of waveriding, exploring our salt water realm and the diverse characters that inhabit it with documentaries to inspire, travelogues to stir up the wanderlust and surfing to blow minds.

Accompanied by Q+A’s with some of the world’s most exciting surfers: Albee Layer, Kepa Acero, Mike Lay, LeeAnn Curren, Andrew Cotton and award winning filmmakers including Dan Norkunas, Peter Hamblin, Takuji Masuda, Chris McClean, Matt Crocker, James Dean plus live music, art, pop up events and more the London Surf / Film Festival is a must attend for dreamers, doers, adventurers, hard chargers and anyone of a salty disposition.

“I’m really stoked on this year’s line of stunning cinematography, stories, and surfing,” says LS/FF Director Demi Taylor of the independent film festival she founded in 2011 with fellow surf writer Chris Nelson. “For many of the movies we’re screening, the festival will be the only chance you’ll get to watch them in the UK as they were intended to be enjoyed – on the big screen, accompanied by a packed crowd of likeminded folk – the original “social media” experience!”

19 – 21 October 2017, Regent Street Cinema plays host to the London Surf / Film Festival. Tickets are on sale now >> HERE.
22 – 26 October 2017, a series of events are popping up across the capital – sign up to the LS/FF newsletter for details >> HERE

For full details head to: londonsurffilmfestival.com


Bunker77 by Takuji Masuda // 19th October
UK PREMIERE: Hotly anticipated documentary charting the wild and true story of the controversial 1970’s surf star, libertine and self styled international playboy Bunker Spreckles. Heir to a fortune and step-son to Hollywood royalty, Bunker threw it away for a surf life on the edge. With CR Stecyk, Art Brewer et al.
PLUS Director Q+A

Church of the Open Sky by Nathan Oldfield // 19th October
UK PREMIERE: The imagery is dreamy, the surfing from Dave Rastovich, Lauren Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, Alex Knost et al is loose, the locations from Australia and New Zealand to Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka are lush and the sentiments true. A cinematic masterpiece.

Endless Winter 2: Surfing Europe by Matt Crocker, James Dean // 20th October
UK PREMIERE: Mark Harris traces the classic European surf trail from Cornwall to Morocco. Combining pioneering stories from the likes of Kevin Naughton to Kepa Acero, archive footage and perfect surf from Europe’s most iconic surf spots this beautiful doco is must see for surfers and explorers alike. PLUS Director Q+A

The Sea Wolf by Ben Gulliver // 20th October
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: A two-year journey exploring the furthest corners of the globe in search of untapped cold-water waves. The surfing is cutting edge, the back-drops are jaw dropping and the cinematography is crisp. Featuring Chippa Wilson, Noah Cohen, Pete Devries et al. One of the year’s most anticipated films.

Nervous Laughter by Dan Norkunas // 21st October
UK PREMIERE: Lifting the curtain on Albee Layer and his tight-knit crew of friends redefining big wave surfing during a season rife with nerves, injury, triumph and losses. Combining breathtaking cinematography & fearless surfing this truly inspiring documentary explores the heart and soul of big wave riding.
PLUS Q+A with Albee Layer and Director Dan Norkunas

Perilous Sea by Ryan Meichtry / Mike Bromley // 21st October
UK PREMIERE: A trans continental cold water surfing odyssey capturing the raw spirit, glorious landscapes & pure perfection of the North Atlantic fringes –Canada, Iceland, Ireland and beyond with Noah Cohen, Noah Lane, Sam Hammer, Heidar Eliasson & friends. Guaranteed to stir the wanderlust in the explorers.

Island Earth by Cyrus Sutton // 24th October
UK PREMIERE: To feed all the humans on the planet, we’re going to have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we’ve grown since the beginning of time. From the Emmy award winner, a rich and complex exploration of the effect of GMO crops on the island of Hawaii, featuring surfer Dustin Barca & Cliff Kapono.

Scramble Gamble by Nathan Myers // 26th October
UK PREMIERE: Four friends set off on an Indonesian road trip without checking the swell, booking reservations or any of that organisational crap. On their bikes, they have everything from a 5’2″ fish to a 9’6″ longboard. The best gamble is the one you take… surfing, scrambling, exploring, whatever.

Point of Change Rebecca Coley
Bezerke Andrew Kaineder
Cold Lines Claudia Lederer
The Brotherhood Chris Case
The Man & The Sea Andrew Kaineder
Awen Anders Melchior
Maurice Cole: The First Wave Peter Baker
I Knew Jack O’Neill Peter Hamblin
Dispatch From Mexico Eugenio Barcelloni
Headwind Haters Chris McClean
The Ocean Doesn’t Care Mikey DeTemple

Jordy Smith takes on Surf Snowdonia

Jordy Smith takes on Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia, Wales (Tuesday 3rd October 2017) – Current world number one Jordy Smith hits Snowdonia for a taste of landlocked surfing at the UK’s Wavegarden. With the back half of the World Championship Tour (WCT) about to kick off, Jordy makes a quick stop in north Wales before heading to France to resume his world title race.

In a bid to tackle the man-made waves of Surf Snowdonia, Jordy Smith finds a gap in his busy competition schedule and heads to the green hills of the Conwy Valley. With left-handers and right-handers peeling for up to 150 metres, the 29-year-old South African puts the inland wave lagoon through its paces.

Bringing his power game to Wales, Jordy’s style on the artificial head-high waves is fluid. It’s clear to see why this Durban raised surfer is currently one of the world’s finest.

Commenting on his experience at Surf Snowdonia Jordy states: “It was actually a good training session. The surf has been quite small in California so it was good to ride several waves in a short period of time. The wave is very different to waves in the ocean but it does offer a few fun sections to do some turns. It’s a pretty crazy place to be honest. I look around and it’s just surrounded by mountains and lots of greenery which is beautiful. I’m excited to be part of a time when artificial wave lagoons are launching across the world. The technology is continually improving and this is just the beginning.”

Winning Bells Beach in Australia earlier this year and storming through the semi-finals at Trestles, South Africa’s Jordy Smith has held his position at the top of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour rankings. With just three events ahead of him, Jordy will join the rest of the global surfing elite in France next week for the ninth round of the WCT.

Click here for more information on O’Neill team rider Jordy Smith.



The Halloween Masked Ball returns to its nefarious nocturnal haunt at Los Flambardos, Helston, Cornwall, on Saturday October 28, for another chapter of devilish hedonism, this time taking its cue from the seven deadly sins.

Seven deadly sins is an apt theme for the annual trip into the marvelous and macabre as it’s been seven times around the chopping block for the Halloween Masked Ball. You can be assured that the interpretation of the seven deadly sins – Masked Ball-style – will descend into a freefall of wanton debauchery

What are considered the most vile of all human behaviours – pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth – will take on a much more indulgent meaning courtesy of the creative team behind the Masked Ball.

Each of the deadly sins will be represented at the Halloween Masked Ball across a myriad of themed venues.

Based at Los Flambardos – a sprawling theme park, just outside of Helston – the Halloween Masked Ball has grown to become one of the largest Halloween parties in Europe with the dedication to costume and outlandish dress equalling only the tenacity to party.

One of the much-lauded charms of the Masked Ball is the production and detail to the maze of venues augmented by a sterling line-up of DJs, acts and performers.

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This year drum and bass heavyweights Hospitality return to the big top to shake the gates of hell with some of the UK’s best breakbeat talent including Fred V vs Graphix, Hugh Hardie, Nu:Logic, Keeno, Makoto, S.P.Y presents In The Dark, Etherwood and Randall B2B S.P.Y.

Also on the rosta are Masked Ball favourite sinners and spinners Austin Ato, Future Garden, Bell Towers, Boca 45, DJ Format and MC Abdominal, DJ Suspect, Dafu and Cursa, Justin Robertson, Makoto, Paramida, Pete Issac, Too Many T’s plus seasoned international hellraisers Brandon Block and Bez.

Kelvin said: ““Seven deadly sins is a great theme and something that the ballers themselves came up with so we are dying to get it in place at Flambards. We’ve also got two new stages to be showing everyone as well as a brand new white knuckle ride – Sky-Force. The team can’t wait.”

The devil is in the detail, as they say, so worshipped venues such as The Technodrome, The Underworld, Durty Disco, 45 Live, Oh My God, It’s The Church and Loose People are back in full swing – alongside some new additions.

All the hellraising, spine-chilling rides will be open at Los Flambardos – including the brand new the Sky-Force. Rising 25 metres above the ground exerting a force of up to 3G while spinning 360 degrees and carrying up to 40 people, the Sky-Force is the biggest ride in the south west and sure to extract some ear-shattering screams.

Since its inaugural event in 2006, hosted in the depths of darkest Cornwall, The Halloween Masked Ball is one of two of the bi-annual jamborees of hi-jinx, frivolity and hedonism that have earned the events a loyal following.

The Masked Ball is a walk on the wild side and boasts a strong and varied musical line-up, set among a myriad of curated, stunning venues. The party is a strange and surreal sideshow of fairground follies, rock ‘n’ roll posturing and freak show craziness, all waiting to be discovered in a nocturnal theme park where strange things happen. A myriad of rooms, dancefloors, dens, hidden bars and unpredictable nano-venues, eccentric humour and epic raves, set to a soundtrack of New York disco, primal chants, cosmic guitar licks and terrifying techno.

For tickets and details go to www.halloweenmaskedball.net and follow The Masked Ball on Facebook for updates.

Date: October 28, 6pm-6am
Location: Flambards Theme Park, Helston, Cornwall
Ticketing info: http://halloweenmaskedball.net/tickets

Early Bird Tickets SOLD OUT in record time.
Masked Ball operates a tiered ticketing system with price bands for tickets changing over time – the sooner you buy, the cheaper it is.
Entry is strictly 18+ only.