The O’Neill Wetsuit Range is Unbeatable… Here’s Why

Salty seadog Jack O’Neill opened his first surf shop in a San Francisco garage back in 1952, and his trademark O’Neill wetsuits followed not long after. The cold water waves of NorCal were the perfect place to develop and improve performance surfing wetsuits, and the company is still doing just that to this day. Truth is, O’Neill have damn near perfected the surfing wetsuit, mind you they’ve had 65 years to do it.

Whether you’re just starting out in the waves or you’ve been shredding your local break since you were a nipper, there’s an O’Neill wetsuit for everyone. Different levels of performance, different price points, designs for men, women and children, O’Neill has it all, and that’s why the O’Neill wetsuit range is unbeatable. Here are just a few of the different wetsuits currently available from one of the oldest surf companies in the world.


Let’s kick things off with the Epic, O’Neil’s entry-level performance surfing wetsuit that offers the best value with the best tech. Borrowing features from top-of-the-range O’Neill wetsuits, the Epic is a fine choice for surfers who need a great value wettie but don’t want to compromise on warmth or performance. It features the FluidFlex Firewall to lock your body heat inside the suit, and the engineered fit of the Lumbar Seamless Design provides awesome flexibility, particularly around the paddle zones of the arms and shoulders.




Next up we have the SuperFreak, a true original and still one of the best-selling wetsuits from the O’Neill range. The perfect everyday surfing wetsuit that balances performance and affordability just right, the SuperFreak is a super durable, high-quality wetsuit that just keeps on giving. Blind stitched seams are triple glued and critical seam junctions are taped for extra strength. The Ultraflex DS neoprene is super comfy and stretchy, plus the Krypto Knee Padz are tough while giving plenty of flexibility. All in all, the SuperFreak is built to last and does everything it can to help you get the most out of your surfing.


Psycho One F.U.Z.E. ZIP

Now to round things up it’s time to look at the Psycho One F.U.Z.E., for the surfer who simply won’t accept any substitutes! All the latest O’Neill innovations and advanced wetsuit tech are crammed into this wetsuit, including their trademark Front Upper Zipper Entry (that’s what F.U.Z.E. stands for). This includes a 360º inner barrier to eliminate flushing, a cinch cord to tighten the seal, and even drain holes to guide out any water that does manage to get in. That’s just the start, because the biggest deal about the Psycho One F.U.Z.E. has to be the TechnoButter 2 neoprene it uses, O’Neill’s most advanced and stretchy to date, both lightweight and quick drying. Then again, the minimal seam design for the best in flexibility is pretty cool too!

Now go check out our range of O’Neill wetsuits at Jack’s Surfboards and pick the one that’s right for you!

Check Out: Jeremy Cater

The San Clemente kid, Jeremy Carter, has been stepping up his game lately. Homeboy has been doing his best to get some damn good surfing on film. Lucky for us, we got some out of the water time with him, just to see what’s up, and check him out.

So, tell me a little about yourself, Jeremy.
I am 20 years old and from San Clemente, California. I ride …Lost Surfboards. The place that I surf everyday is T-street.

San Clemente is a pretty relaxed. How do you like it there?
There are many great things about San Clemente. One of the better qualities is that everyone in this town is very friendly. No matter where you go you always see someone you know. Also, there is a Lowers here.

There should be a song for how nice the Lowers can be. What have you been listening to lately?
Lately I have been listening to The Game, Rihanna, ASAP, and Wiz Khalifa. Not much else.

What do ya eat before you hit up T-street?
Before I surf I always have a bar or banana. Something not too filling along with coffee.

How was your summer man, and what have you been up to?
I have been home for a couple weeks since going to Virginia. the waves were pretty small but that is kind of expected. me  and my friend Ian crane stayed together and unfortunately ended up in the same heat. I was stoked to make that heat but wanted both of us to make it. now i am hanging at home and getting ready to go to brazil for a 4 star in October then to Hawaii for another 4 star at sunset. this year has been fun being able to travel and do school at the same time.

Any videos we can check you out on? I gotta see.
My friend Jacob Vanderwork films me and my friends and is super good at editing.

What have you been into lately, out of the water?
Other than surfing I really enjoy watching HBO series and stuff like that. I just finished Game Of Thrones in less than a week. I also am trying to finish my last year of Saddleback next month.

That’s a lot of television man. I’ll let you get back to it. Thanks, man.

Thank you.

Be sure to check out Jeremy on Vimeo and Instagram @jeremycarter12.

By Jeramy Waterman

Get GoPro Ready

Get the most out of your GoPro with these accessory items
Some of us think GoPro is the best thing since sliced bread. When you use it properly and capture the moment, it just might be. GoPro has designed a wide range of mounts, camera chargers and accessories to improve video quality while capturing the action. Find the GoPro accessories that support your favorite way to film to get video from the best POV every time. Read on about the GoPro goodies to help you get the most out of your GoPro.

Play your GoPro videos on the big screen with GoPro cables. Available for HDTV and standard definition, these cables connect to your big screen for quality, smooth viewing. Connect your GoPro to the TV and share your videos with an audience without having to circle around a laptop screen.

GoPro Cabels

GoPro Cabels

Hero3 HDMI Cable

Hero3 Composite Cable

Helmet Mount:
Share your perspective with the GoPro helmet mount. This helmet mount offers the ultimate POV, whether you’re capturing skateboarding, mountain biking or snowboarding. Position it on your helmet like a headlamp. It also extends out to capture those action selfies.



Anti-Fog Inserts:
There’s nothing worse than thinking that you got the shot, only to look back on foggy footage. GoPro Hero3 Anti-Fog Inserts are designed for preventing fogging in cold and humid environments so you know you’ll have a clear shot. Anti-Fog Inserts come in 12-packs, each lasting about 4-5 uses. You can even throw them in the oven to dry for reuse. If you learned anything in scouts, you know you should always be prepared. Don’t risk foggy footage, keep it clear with Anti-Fog Inserts.



GoPro Anti Fog inserts

Car Charger:
Keep your GoPro juiced with this auto charger. This GoPro accessory is almost a no-brainer; charge up your GoPro on the way to the mountain or tailgating between sessions at lunch. Don’t miss filming a session because you forgot to charge the camera the night before- now you can do it on the road.




Get ideas for filming watching GoPro’s surf videos on their website, and see all these GoPro Accessories and more at Jack’s Surfboards.

Backpacks for Surf, Skate and School

Carrying your stuff around can be a pain in the back: lighten your load with these backpacks options for surf, skate and school. Brands like Dakine and Quiksilver design backpacks that make it easier to stash your stuff safely at the beach, skate park and around campus with high quality materials and customized compartments. If all roads lead to the beach, keep your wet stuff compartmentalized with a wet/dry backpack.  Protect your gear at the skate park with material so durable it’s backed by a lifetime guarantee. If you need adjustable ergonomic straps to help balance your books for school, see the 1969 Special backpack mentioned below. Whether your day revolves around surf, skate or school, find top of the line backpack options to stash all your stuff.

Surf packs:

dakine-interval-33L-backpackDakine Interval 33L Wet/Dry Backpack
Keep your valuables safe and dry at the beach with the Dakine Interval 33L Wet/Dry Backpack. This pack separates your gear with a waterproof wetsuit pocket and insulated cooler pocket. Keep your dry stuff dry with a tarp wax pocket, organizer pocket, and fleece lined sunglasses pocket. Invest in a high-quality pack that is built to last with this wet/dry backpack.




rvca-ravage-waistpackRVCA Ravage Waistpack
“Fanny pack,” “bum bag,” call it what you will but this waist pack is as convenient as it comes for running down to the beach. The RVCA Ravage Waistpack holds your wax, wallet, keys, phone and other essentials without extra bulk. Made of canvas, this pack features two zipper compartments and a cotton canvas belt with metal buckle. Dane Reynolds wears waistpacks and you can too. Bring only what you need and leave your hands free wearing the Ravage Waistpack.
Skate pack:

dakine-atlas-backpackDakine Atlas Backpack
This backpack is designed with durable materials and quality construction Dakine is known for, backed by a lifetime warranty. Dual carry straps hold your skateboard while a fleece lined pocket safely stashes your shades. Zippered pockets on the sides and front hold your smaller gear and items with easy access. The Dakine Atlas Backpack is made to survive your skate sessions for the long haul.




School pack:
quiksilver-1969-special-backpackKeep your school supplies organized and comfortably on your back as you walk (or run if you over-slept) across campus. The Quiksilver 1969 Special Backpack is designed with padded ergonomic shoulder straps to comfortable rest on your shoulders and prevent poor posture and back pain. Multiple compartments help sort your stuff and with durable Q-Tex material, this pack is designed to survive the semesters ahead.


See more backpack options at Jack’s Surfboards:

Vans US Open of Surfing Hits HB July 20th 2013

huntington-beach-pier   Get ready for the circus! The Vans US Open of Surfing 2013 kicks off July 20th in Huntington Beach, a short walk across the street from Jack’s Surfboards on Main St. The Vans US Open of Surfing is the world’s largest surfing competition and grows bigger every year. The week-long festival combines surfing, skateboarding, BMX, and free concerts, featuring Modest Mouse, The Faint and Matt Costa.

The first US Open of Surfing competition was held in Surf City back in 1959, today The Open is an ASP World Tour prime event, celebrated alongside an epic festival on the beach. For surfers, competing in the The Open is a career milestone and taking the title is a huge win for both the men’s and women’s professional tours. Past Open champions include Tom Curren, Occy, Kelly Slater, Andy Irons, Rob Machado, CJ Hobgood, Linda Benson, Joyce Hoffman and Carissa Moore.

The top surfers in the world will compete south of Huntington Beach Pier, running the men’s and women’s ASP Prime main events, junior competitions and Joel Tudor’s Duct Tape Tour longboarding competition. Contestants of the men’s main event include Kelly Slater, Adriano De Souza, Josh Kerr and Yadin Nicol.

Defending US Open title holder Julian Wilson currently sits ninth on the world tour. Wilson finished fifth at the Oakley Pro Bali, falling to Nat Young in the quarterfinals. Another surfer to watch is Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson, who has two Open titles but claims the pressure isn’t on to win a third.

“I really don’t see it as pressure, but more as excitement,” Simpson said. “I always have nerves going into every event and every heat but that’s what keeps me coming back every time! The cool part is knowing that I have done it before, so that gives me some nice confidence. I will try to look back and remember those feelings and bring them along for the ride into this US Open!”
The Open is the only ASP Prime rated event in Mainland America for 2013, and every California surfer competing in the event is hungry for a win at home

“For us competing in the US Open has been an honor,” Tanner Gudauskas of San Clemente said. “It was something that we [brothers Pat and Dane] would always ask our parents to take us to when we were kids just so we could get autographs and see our favorite surfers in real life. So to me it would be a huge deal to do well. The circus that surrounds the event just seems to heighten the surfing and pushes the level. I’ve always had a blast when competing in the event and had a couple really special moments competitively here!”

Both Tanner Gudauskas and Conner Coffin are US Open Pro Junior champions. This will be Coffin’s first year competing in the men’s main event as a wildcard.

Another Santa Barbara surfer hunting for The Open title is Lakey Peterson in the women’s event. Peterson won the women’s US Open title in 2012 and finished runner-up at the Open in 2011. She currently sits 6th on the Women’s World Championship Tour.
The last women’s world tour event was back in May, after the Roxy Pro Biarritz was canceled then rescheduled due to lack of swell. Tyler Wright won the last event in Brazil and is currently leading the women’s world tour in front of Carissa Moore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

Nike US Open of Surfing
The women’s surfing final is set for Sunday July 28th at 12:10 pm with the men’s surfing final directly after at 12:45 pm. The surfing awards ceremony follows the finals at 1:20 pm.

Watch hot young talent surf the pier in the juniors competition; the Junior Women’s final will be held Saturday July 27th at 2:45 pm with the Junior Men’s final directly after at 3:15 pm.

The top longboarders in the world will compete in Joel Tudor’s Duct Tape Invitational presented by Pacifico, which runs at high noon on Saturday July27th. Contestants include Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch and Harrison Roach- no leashes, just logs.
Catch some surf culture at The Strand Shorebreak hotel located on 5th Street where Joel Tudor’s documentary premiere will be held Saturday July 27th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Other happenings include the induction ceremony for the Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame on located on Main St.

Overwhelmed by all of the activities to come? We’ll help you get ready with US Open of Surfing official shirts, tanks and hats. Get ‘em before you go on the Jack’s Surfboard website.

If you can’t make the event you can watch the action live at

Get the Gist on Rips

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So summer is here, and a lot of us are going to be hitting the beach a lot more, which is a good thing. Yet, even though there isn’t much danger on the beach, there are some things we need to worry. Not just sharks, sunburn, and people who park poorly, but something a little more dangerous, and a little less recognized; a silent striker that could send you out to sea with no warning. Yes, I am talking about Rip Currents.
A rip current, sometimes called a rip tide, is a strong channel of water that flows out to sea, usually within the surf line. Rips are caused by a simple fact of nature; if the water comes in, it must go out, and sometimes, it can take you out with it. This happens when the wind and waves push the water in towards the beach, the water would usually flow out from underneath. Yet, sometimes the waves are pushed in on an angle, or along a break wall, cove, or cliff or some sort. If two inward wave angles collide on the beach, the water is forced into a direct channel outward, and into the ocean.  You can notice these currents by looking for an inconsistency within the waves and water.
Plain and simple, stay away from Rips! They can easily pull the best swimmers out to sea, or even into some rocks or cliffs. Look out when swimming or surfing in areas that aren’t as flat or straight on the coastline, like they are at most beaches. Cliffs, caves, and coves have the most rips, and are the most dangerous.
So when getting in the water this summer, just be on your toes a little. Don’t let a rip take a buddy down, and bum out your good times. Be safe, and have fun!

Surf The Winter Wonderland

np-winter-surfThe time is finally here for big north swells, offshore winds and awkwardly tan faces…it’s winter! Well, to be completely factual winter does not officially begin until December 22nd, just in time for Santa Claus to bring us new wetsuits, we wish we had two months earlier, new booties that we always try to get out of wearing and cold water wax with its perfect holiday fragrance. But for surfers, winter starts much sooner than the winter solstice.

The holiday season for surfers starts as soon as the kids go back to the classroom, as soon as the summer time shredders retreat inland and those who “don’t do cold water” hibernate until the summer months. “Winter” is the best time to be a surfer in Southern California.

It’s that magical time of year when spots in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Orange County finally start to work, and the number of electric blue soft-top surfboards littering the lineups starts to diminish.

Winter is the time of year when the beach breaks that have been walled up all summer long finally start to take shape as peaky barreling right handers. And the rain brings forth bittersweet feelings of polluted water with the hopes of great sandbars.

But winter is not so sweet for everyone. For those trapped inside of a classroom (or office) who can only watch a flag blow straight offshore, who know the tide is low and there’s swell in the water…winter sucks.


CANGGU, Bali/Indonesia (October 8, 2012) —Team Jack’s Surfboards, from Huntington Beach, Calif., claimed the 2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championship in Bali, revoking Sunrise Surf Shop’s domination of the one-hour Final in a nail biting come-from-behind victory.

2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Champs: Jack's Surfboards Photo: Lowe-White

2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Champs: Jack's Surfboards Photo: Lowe-White

Now in its eigth year, the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge has seen its most competitive series yet with nearly 300 surfers from 70 shops around the U.S. competing in seven regional stops for a chance to ink their names in Surf Shop Challenge history.

For the first time in the events tenure, the National Championship battle took place on the wave-rich coastline of Bali Canggu in conjunction with the Oakley Pro Junior World Championship. 28 competitors from seven shops earned the coveted Oakley sponsored trip to Southeast Asia including Surf Ride (Southwest), Wave Riding Vehicles (Mid-Atlantic), Heritage Ocean City (Northeast), Jack’s Surfboards (West), Town & Country Surf (Hawaii), Sunrise Surf Shop (Southeast) and Pacific Wave Surf Shop (Northwest).

Four teams earned a Finals berth: Jack’s Surfboards (Huntington Beach, Calif.), former National Champions Sunrise Surf Shop (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.), Surf Ride (Solano Beach, Calif.) and T&C Surf (Aiea, Haw.).

Sunrise Surf Shop whammy rider Asher Nolan, whammied a powerful 9.4 in the Final, which put Sunrise in temporary contention for the title. However, with a team stacked full of former Regional Champs, the Jack’s crew implemented the perfect combination of skill and strategy to succeed in the unique Surf Shop Challenge format – a four-man rotation (two pros, two shop employees) with one team member designated a wildcard “whammy” rider. (Each surfer got a four-wave maximum to contribute their best possible score to the team’s heat total.)

Chris Waring, Jack’s designated “whammy” rider, played a pivotal role as always, staking claim to his best score, a 8.67 (out of possible 10), for double the points and to take a commanding lead. When asked about his clutch performance, Waring said, “I was stressing. I was just waiting for that certain wave and it didn’t come for the longest time. I can’t believe I got that one, I’m so stoked. I’m stoked for all my boys; Vance, Bobby, Pagan. This is epic. We just won 10 g’s boys!”

Chris Waring, slicing into a meaty Canggu left-hander. Photo: Lowe-White

Chris Waring, slicing into a meaty Canggu left-hander. Photo: Lowe-White

In addition to the trip of a lifetime, the Jack’s team won a $10,000 cash prize, a full-page shop profile in SURFER Magazine, online ads on, a custom Muscle Milk Beach Cruiser with surf racks and the priceless title of the “Best Surf Shop” in the U.S.A.

For all of the latest information including photos, video highlights, results and more, check out

Congratulations to Jack’s and special thanks to Oakley and other event partners, Muscle Milk, Rusty, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, New Era, Futures Fins, Waterman’s Applied Science and Mizu for their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.

With the help of turns like this from Vance Smith, Team Jack’s was able to take the 2012 National title. Photo: Lowe-White

With the help of turns like this from Vance Smith, Team Jack’s was able to take the 2012 National title. Photo: Lowe-White

Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Championship Final Results

1. Jack’s Surfboards (33.35 pts)
Chris Waring, Matt Pagan, Vance Smith, Bobby Okvist
2. Sunrise Surf Shop (32.40 pts)
Asher Nolan, Ryan Briggs, Dane Jefferys, Garrett Carmichael
3. Town & Country Surf Shop (25.70 pts
Dustin Cuizon, Kekoa Balcaso, Geoff Wong, Travis Hashimoto
4. Surf Ride Surf Shop (21.54 pts)
Darrel Goodrum, Dayton Silva, Brent Reilly, Gabe Garcia
5. Wave Riding Vehicles (23.37 pts)
Blake Jones, Mark Yonkers, Brendan Petticrew, Kevin Hodges
6. Heritage Surf Shop (14.36 pts; including 5 point late deduction)
Zack Humphrey, Ian Bloch, Andrew Gesler, Jamie Moran
7. Pacific Wave (8.33 pts; including 5 point late deduction)
Randy Bonds, Kyle Buthman, Miles Clanton, Willie Eagleton

About Surf Shop Challenge
Originally conceived to provide a fun and competitive format for the hardcore surf shop riders, the SURFER Shop Team Challenge was one of the most popular and exciting Southern California contests of the early 1980s. Through the years the contest has evolved, with seven qualifying regional events around the country, culminating in a national championship in Bali, Indonesia for the first time in 2012. The underlying principles, however, have remained the same. The Oakley Surf Shop Challenge is still about giving back to the shops, the true backbone of the industry and the heart of the sport of surfing. Each year the competition level rises, the stakes become greater and the prizes become bigger.

About Oakley, Inc.
The global leader in performance sunglasses, goggles and prescription eyewear, Oakley also offers technical and lifestyle apparel, footwear, watches and accessories. The company was created for athletes who see impossibility as just another challenge, and their dedication inspires Oakley to seek out problems, solve with innovation and wrap invention in art. Exceeding the limits of possibility for more than thirty years, Oakley serves the demands of world-class athletes with unbeatable technologies including High Definition Optics® (HDO®). Additional information is available at

In 1960, SURFER Magazine began as the original. After a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award winning state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” The SURFER brand has also grown to include, Fantasy Surfer, and the SURFER message boards. All of these assets combine to make the SURFER network the most current and reliable channel of information to the surf community. The magazine is published by Source Interlink’s GrindMedia, which reaches more than 22-million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming. To learn more, visit

About GrindMedia
Source Interlink Media’s GrindMedia is home to renowned action and adventure sports magazine brands Surfer, Surfing, Snowboarder, Skateboarder, Powder, Bike, Canoe & Kayak, SUP-Standup Paddler, Dirt Rider, ATV Rider, and Paved. Along with our standalone websites, including, Newschoolers and, GrindMedia is the leading provider of print and online action sports and entertainment content in the United States. Delivering significant reach across both action sports enthusiast and various in-market consumer audiences, GrindMedia produces more than 20 leading events and webcasts such as Surfer Poll Awards, Powder Video Awards, Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro, EnduroCross and International Surfing Day. GrindMedia is also the exclusive action and adventure sports content provider for Yahoo! Sports. To learn more, visit

Arnette Newport Beach Surf Championships presented by Jack’s Surfboards

NB Surf Championships Arnette is the proud sponsor of the 24th Annual Newport Beach Surf Surfing Championships presented by Jack’s Surfboards. This is one of the most prestigious surf event in Newport Beach, which lets the locals shine in front of their family and friends.
Our Cash Pot events have been super successful this year. For this time around, we decided to let retailers battle it and do the first ever Arnette Cash Pot Shop Invitational. This event is ONLY open to teams of surf shop employees and it’s one way we’re stoking out influential retailers on a local level. If you’ve got friends at one of the shops invited to participate, drop’em a line and wish them good luck.

Shops that will be competing include:

Jack’s Surfboards • ET Surf • Frog House Surf Shop • Huntington Surf & Sport • Katin Surf Shop • Spyder Surf Shop • Surfside Sports

2012 Newport Beach Surf Championship Entry Form

U.S. Open Recap: The Rise of the Air Reverse

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The best—or craziest, or most crowded, or whatever adjective you choose—week of the year at Huntington has ended, and Julian Wilson walks away with the most prestigious contest win of his young career. There were lots of memorable moments from this year’s comp—anyone see Dane Reynolds’s backside tail-waft snap-things?—but what I might remember most was that this contest was defined by a single move: the air reverse.

I briefly started watching the heats on demand to count how many air reverses were attempted in the pro men’s division throughout the contest, but it just seemed too daunting. So I’m going to make the claim that this year’s U.S. open featured more air-reverse attempts than any previous pro men’s contest. If you want to try to prove me wrong by watching a few hours of heats on demand, go for it. But either way, anyone watching this year’s U.S. Open saw an enormous number of air reverses. As Kelly Slater said from the guest commentator’s tower, “Everyone’s sticking air reverses. It’s literally the new drop in. It’s almost like nothing.”

Let’s back up for a second. Even pro surfers and pro-surfing commentators can get a little loose on their terminology sometimes, but for our purposes here an air reverse is that it’s when a surfer and his board leave the water completely and rotates his tail in the direction they’re moving down the wave and land with their fins forward. If that’s confusing, check out the first four tricks on the U.S. Open highlights video. Those are frontside air reverses, and good ones too. Backside air reverses are the same thing but—you guessed it—when a surfer’s going backside. A lot of times you’ll see surfers continue to spin after they land so that they’re again facing forward, but don’t be fooled—it’s still an air reverse. If the full spin is done in the air, it’s a full-rotation, like this, and it’s generally awesome.

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Okay. So now that we’re all brushed up on our terminology: why were there so many air reverses at this year’s U.S. Open? Well, the air-reverse is a cool, crowd-pleasing move and—unlike big barrels or gouging turns—air reverses are one of the few cool, crowd-pleasing moves that can be done on two-to-three-foot onshore semi-closeout beachbreak, a la the Huntington Pier.

And, more importantly, this was a contest, and air reverses are one of the higher scoring moves a surfer can do on a closeout. Some of the heats didn’t offer too many open-faced waves, which means that the surfers either had to settle for low scores or make something happen on a bad wave—and usually that something was an air-reverse. All of the quarterfinal heats were won with the help of an air reverse. Without a reliable air game, you can’t get far in a tournament of less-than-perfect waves.

But an air-game alone didn’t win the contest. Julian Wilson—one of the best air-reversers out there—won his finals heat with traditional turns, four meaty backside snaps on two different waves. He won his quarterfinal against John John with one air reverse and one wave that was just smart competitive surfing—all he needed was a mid-range three, and instead of doing an air reverse he did a small no-rotation air. It was an air Julian would probably be embarrassed of in a free surf, but it got him the score he needed to edge out John John. Julian showed that he had the whole package: smart surfing, top-notch turns, and, yes, a solid air reverse.