My obsession with Tahiti started one decade ago, during a week-long visit for a lifestyle shoot at the age of twenty. The mountains, sea, dense jungle and perfect waves made their case in a matter of seconds, and I was hooked, paving the way for me to return at every opportunity possible. Over the years of visiting what I’d reckon to be the most beautiful place in the world, I’ve also met some outstanding characters, forged by the power of their connection with the land and sea. Recently, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of getting to know the Fierro family. Loving parents Andrew and Hina have raised three young women who are pushing women’s surfing while gracefully sharing their Tahitian lifestyle with the world.

Vahine, Heimiti, and Kohai exude the vibrancy of life, and do it together. Their bond is nothing short of magic; these young women are woven into each other’s growth and success. Watching them knock on the door of Teahupo’o one-by-one, Vahine leading the way into some of the heaviest waves I’ve ever seen women surf, is enthralling. And so, to visit them at their home, to spend time with the family, to explore nature and the sea with them, all the while chasing swells and watching these women charge bigger and bigger surf, has been utterly moving. I am such a huge fan of these sisters, and the opportunity to point my lens at them as they live and grow was the thrill of a lifetime.

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Rip Curl Women Take on Hawaii: EP.2.

Rip Curl Women Take on Hawaii: EP.2.

From Off The Wall to the Waimea shore break the Rip Curl Women have been putting on a show this week. The North Shore has offered up the extremes its most known for – beautiful sunny days and powerful building swell – and the women have taken full advantage. With special guest Bethany Hamilton they’ve been put through their paces both on land and in the water.

Throughout this next episode of Rip Curl Women Take on the North Shore, we explore what it really means to be women in the water, taking on some of the world’s heaviest waves as a pack of ladies pushing the boundaries of surfing.

Coming up in the next few days we’ll have 2x World Champion Tyler Wright flying in to surf and explore all that the North Shore has to offer, alongside the rest of the Rip Curl Women.

Azores Airlines World Masters Championship

PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel – Azores Islands (Wednesday, September 19, 2018) -The Azores Airlines World Masters Championship resumed today in clean three-to-four foot surf and strong offshore winds at praia de Santa Barbara in Sao Miguel. The day witnessed historic action with the first-ever women’s Masters heats surfed on Day 2 of the event’s waiting period.
Some of the pioneers of women’s professional surfing put the competition jersey back on for the first time in years and showed how much great athletes they are, putting on big performances in their qualifying round.
The most successful surfer in the 1980s with four World Titles Frieda Zamba (USA, above) dominated the women’s opening round of competition. While most previous heats concentrated on the lefts, Zamba widened the field of possibilities with an incredible right on her backhand. Her three-turn combination was flawless and judges rewarded her with a 9 point ride, the highest score of the women’s event so far.
“It’s super fun out there I can’t complain!” Zamba said. “I found that staying active on the inside and not sitting too far out, gives you more opportunity to get those that come across and I found some really fun ones. It’s awesome to be here, I haven’t seen most of the girls in so long and we’ve had some good laughs and it’s a great reunion. It’s a good feeling to be part of that historical event and all the girls are surfing great!”

Zamba went on to win her second qualifying heat in the early afternoon and effectively eliminated long time rival Pam Burridge (AUS, above) from competition.
Layne Beachley (AUS, below), the seven-time World Champion from Manly had a similar great start in this event, taking out her two Round One matchups against Rochelle Ballard (HAW) and Jodie Cooper (AUS). Beachley took a page out of Zamba’s book and ripped the rights to pieces on her forehand to advance into the Semifinals.
“I’m not particularly happy with how I performed in that second heat but a win’s a win!” Beachley analyzed. “I’m super happy we got better conditions than the guys! We’ve been here for a few days so fortunately got to do some sightseeing and enjoyed the culinary delights of the Azores. It’s been good to catch up with everyone too, I haven’t had a chance to surf with Frieda since she comboed me at the OP Pro in 1990 so to spend some quality time in the water with her is cool.”
Rochelle Ballard (HAW) and Pauline Menczer (AUS) placed second in groups one and two respectively and will join Zamba and Beachley in the Semis.

The men’s Grand Masters took over the lineup after six heats of the women’s event and the show continued with an incredible first clash between the defending champion Iain Buchanan (NZL) and Glen Winton (AUS). ‘Ratso’ Buchanan seemed in total control with two good scores and his opponent in a combination situation. But Winton came back with an incredible left, locked in a quick little tube time before slaying two huge turns on the wave face for a 9.27, the highest single score of the event. He found a couple more waves and managed to overtake Buchanan and take the win. “I was the first surfer here on the island and got some good practice so I could get a 9 and save myself!” Winton joked. “I have obviously been in similar situations in my career but not for a long time! Even with that 9, I needed another decent wave so it wasn’t easy. We are all born competitors, and back in the day we had to make the events we wanted to compete in ourselves, so the Grand Masters really appreciate the opportunity here. What’s wonderful is we all got healthy for this event, I personally had to work really hard for the last four months to get in a good enough shape to compete.”
Legendary Pipe surfer Michael Ho (HAW, below) went out in the following heat and found the barrel right away to post two good 7+ scores and take the win.

“I was just happy to get a good start cause yesterday I did five mistakes and didn’t want to repeat it,” Ho stated. “Watching Glen’s waves in the heat before got me really fired up and I realized there were a few little barrels out there.”
In the Grand Masters, Australians Rob Bain, Simon Anderson and Cheyne Horan (above) qualified for the Semifinals with two heat wins each. Winton, Ho and Hans Hedemann (HAW) will take part in a three-man surf-off to fight for the fourth ticket into the Semis.
The men’s Masters then continued with three more heats but slightly less pressure as surfers in this category have three heats each to make their case and advance into the Quarterfinals.

Dave Macaulay (AUS) and Sunny Garcia (HAW, below) locked in a tight battle for first and exchanged good scores, ultimately going Macaulay’s way. Shane Beschen (HAW) followed with a dominant effort to dispatch Gary Elkerton (AUS) and Fabio Gouveia (BRA) took today’s last heat win over Damien Hardman (AUS).
The Masters will be back at 10:30 a.m Thursday to complete the remaining nine heats of Round One, with the Grand Masters coming in later to potentially run their Round Two, three-man surf off to decide who will take the final ticket for the semis. The women’s Masters event has been called OFF for Thursday. Watch the event LIVE via wsl.tv/azores18.

The Azores Masters & Grand Masters Pro are scheduled from September 18 – 23, 2018 at PRAIA DE SANTA BARBARA, Sao Miguel – Azores Islands. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.

Above Shane Beschen, all photos WSL/Masurel

SF 1: Layne Beachley (AUS vs. Pauline Menczer (AUS)
SF 2: Frieda Zamba (USA) vs. Rochelle Ballard (HAW)

Heat 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) 10.83 def. Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 9.20
Heat 2: Pauline Menczer (AUS) 13.00 def. Pam Burridge (AUS) 9.47
Heat 3: Rochelle Ballard (HAW) 13.10 def. Jodie Cooper (AUS) 12.73
Heat 4: Frieda Zamba (USA) 16.83 def. Pauline Menczer (HAW) 12.00
Heat 5: Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.37 def. Jodie Cooper (AUS) 11.07
Heat 6: Frieda Zamba (USA) 13.50 def. Pam Burridge (AUS) 11.20

Heat 1: Michael Ho (HAW), Hans Hedemann (HAW), Glen Winton (AUS)
Heat 7: Glen Winton (AUS) 15.10 def. Iain Buchanan (NZL) 13.40
Heat 8: Michael Ho (HAW) 15.44 def. Buzzy Kerbox (HAW) 6.10
Heat 9: Cheyne Horan (AUS) 14.77 def. Terry Richardson (AUS) 11.06

Heat 10: Sunny Garcia (HAW) vs. Joao Alexandre (PRT)
Heat 11: Gary Elkerton (AUS) vs. Matt Hoy (AUS)
Heat 12: Damien Hardman (AUS) vs. Jake Paterson (AUS)
Heat 13: Luke Egan (AUS) vs. Dave Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 14: Tom Curren (USA) vs. Shane Beschen (HAW)
Heat 15: Derek Ho (HAW) vs. Fabio Gouveia
Heat 16: Luke Egan (AUS) vs. Joao Alexandre (PRT)
Heat 17: Tom Curren (USA) vs. Matt Hoy (AUS)
Heat 18: Derek Ho (HAW) vs. Jake Paterson (AUS)

Heat 7: Dave Macaulay (AUS) 14.90 def. Sunny Garcia (HAW) 13.94
Heat 8: Shane Besehen (HAW) 14.07 def. Gary Elkerton (AUS) 6.50
Heat 9: Fabio Gouveia (BRA) 14.50 def. Damien Hardman (AUS) 13.34