After cementing himself in the top tier of big wave surfers taking the Cape Fear crown, Russ has continued on his quest of paddling the most terrifying waves on the planet, and to great success. However not as commonly known, but equally as impressive as his surfing performances, is his character. Laid back, approachable and wise beyond his years. If he isn’t driving around in the old faithful land cruiser (that’s clocked an impressive 600,000kms) hunting ocean caverns that would send most of running home, he’s under the surface with his speargun looking for his next meal.
We’re only in the first few chapters of his story, so this film takes us back to the beginning for a brief history of Russell Bierke and how he got to where he is today.
The Warriors of Winter judge for this year is the G.O.A.T. Kelly Slater 🔥🔥
Yes, Kelly, who is currently at his home in Hawaii is looking forward to checking out the finalist’s entries and deciding who will be this year’s winner of the prestigious “Warrior” of the British and Irish Winter.
The top prize for the winner will be a custom board of their choice, but on top of that this year they will also receive a bonus Slater Designs board from the man himself and a full winter setup from @xceleurope
Kelly will be running through all your entries and coming up with shortlist and judging the eventual winner.
Keep your entries coming in just tag @carvemag @downthelinesurf and #WarriorsOfWinter
Full details below…
Out of the depths of the Atlantic winter come rare moments of perfection, classic days where the wind, swell and tide align. As British and Irish surfers these are the days we live for. Flaming beacons among the dark nights and storms.
To celebrate these moments, the British and Irish winter swell chasers and our unique shared surf culture Down the Line and Carve have partnered up to launch the #WarriorsOfWinter.
The photo and video competition aims to celebrate the best waves ridden around the UK and Ireland during the winter months.
The winner and overall ‘Warrior’ of the winter will WIN A CUSTOM BOARD of their choice from any of the world class shapers that *Down the Line stock plus a full winter wetsuit kit.
Rules: Your wave must be in the UK or Ireland and be within the competition period 25th October to 28th March 2021 (when the clocks change).
We’ll be judging each month and will release a monthly highlight reel of our favourites.
The finalists will then be sent to our international judging panel (identities to be announced soon).
Upload your entries to your Instagram, tag @downthelinesurf@carvemag and #WarriorsOfWinter! (Full terms and conditions on our website) 🤙
*Down the line stock the following brands
Good luck chargers!
Terms & Conditions: Down the Line X Carve Warriors of Winter Instagram Competition. To participate in this competition, users must share their image on Instagram using the hashtag #warriorsofwinter and you must tag @downthelinesurf @carvemag The competition will run from 25th October 2020 until 23:59 on 28th March 2021. There will be one winner selected by our panel of judges for the UK, and one winner for the Rest of Europe. NB. Ireland will be classed as “Rest of Europe”. Entries made after the 29th March will not be accepted. No purchase is necessary, however you will need an internet connection and access to Instagram. No refund may be claimed for expenses incurred in participating in the promotion, including in relation to the use of the internet. Employees or affiliates or Down the Line Surf Co. may enter their own waves to the competition for stoke factor, but will not be eligible for judging and will not win any prizes. You may enter as many times as you like, however you must have full ownership rights or permission to enter the video or photo from the rightful owner The wave must have been shot in between the competition opening dates. We reserve the right to exclude any entries which we believe to be inappropriate, fraudulent or based on misconduct. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives in whole or in part. The winner will have 48 hours to acknowledge their prize from the date that they are announced as a winner. After this time we reserve the right to select a new winner. The decisions of Down the Line Surf Co. and the judging panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into. By taking part in this promotion, all participants consent to us collecting, storing and using their personal data submitted with their entry for the purposes of this promotion. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK General Data Protection Regulations and will not be used for marketing purposes without the individual’s prior consent.
Winners may be required to participate in related publicity without further reward. E.g.: be photographed for website/magazine stories, and provide a short statement about their win.
The promoter reserves the right to withdraw or amend without notice this promotion in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside of its reasonable control.
This promotion is subject to Instagram’s terms of services which can be found here.
Promoter: Down the Line Surf Co. Ltd. Market Square Arcade, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4EA Website address: downthelinesurf.co.uk
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