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Happy Mom’s Day, mom. Love you.

Big week ahead. #SurfRanch finally comes to life for all to see live. The first day i saw a wave on this property I was taken aback. ‘What have we done here and what does it mean for surfing? Is this the best thing ever or is it opening some weird door we can’t shut? Will people love it or hate us for it?’ They all ran through my head in that first minute, slow motion and fast forward working in unison. The debate shall continue on but there is no denying the stoke it gives those who ride it. When I envisioned this idea, I felt it was bigger than one person or company and it should be something everyone has a hand in on some level. Certain individuals stepped up to the plate back in 2006 and others were scared away. To my partners and our team...I thank you for having the original belief to make this a reality in our lifetimes when a lot of people wouldn’t take the risk. Most will never comprehend what it took to put this puzzle together. This was the scariest project I’ve ever been a part of but the rewards are far greater than I had realized they would be. I’m honored that many of the biggest legends of our sport will join the best surfers in the world in venturing to the middle of nowhere to celebrate it all this coming weekend. Thanks to everyone for their ideas, support, and opinions good and bad. I truly hope everyone gets to ride this thing or one of its future versions one day (unless you’re one of those guys who came here to moan about it!😀). ✌🏽 from L-R...Wild Rivers wave pool 1988, Allentown, PA 1985, @fredhemmings Tempe, AZ 1969, and a bunch of Surf Ranch the past few weeks. Check @gerglong getting spat out of his barrel! @bonfirebeachkids @noahgrimmett @shoulderhigh @wsl

Couple of lefts last week. Who’s coming to #FoundersCup next week?! ✋🏽 @kswaveco @wsl #SurfRanch @raimanaworld @slaterdesigns @outerknown

Has anyone ever spent the day with #BillMurray and not smiled all day? A memorable day in my life.

Dead tired from a full day at #SurfRanch. Looking forward to more closeouts tomorrow.

Had a blast surfing with @drewbrees at #SurfRanch the other day. We even ran a #FleaFlicker on a wave. Besides being a legend in his sport, this guy is an all-around good dude and positive influence on everyone around him. We got him in the tube and shredding by the afternoon. One of my favorite days ever at the property.

Meanwhile at #SurfRanch, last wave of the day. Slightly onshore half of the time today. Water low 70’s. #LegBurners galore while counting how many off the tops we could amass. Thanks @toddglaser and @hargrave for the audible awareness. 14 off-the-tops and I pulled the #ElRollo (channeling @johnny_boy__gomes and @shauntomson from back in the day). This place is too much fun. @wsl

@wmorris4...I’m gonna miss you, buddy. I just received the sad news that #WillyMorris passed away today from undetermined causes. I really loved this guy and looked up to him from a young age. He was @curfuffle’s biggest rival as a teenager. Tom’s dad even named his dog after Willy. He worked at @quiksilver forever and was an incredible fisherman and friend. Sorry not to take another island run with you, my friend. ✌🏽🙏🏽🏄🏽‍♂️🐟

Stop what you’re doin’ and go #CheersMick by watching his last ever heat at the #RipCurlProBellsBeach as a full time touring pro on the @wsl app or worldsurfleague.com right now. He’s paddling out! I’m selfishly 50/50 on this one... @italoferreira is in crazy form and has never won a tour event and if Mick wins this he overtakes myself and @markrichardssurfboards for the most wins at Bells ever. 😀🏄🏽‍♂️ In all seriousness, I do hope Mick wins it, retires with the #YellowJersey and then takes me to his secret Rattlesnake Wave. @stephaniegilmore and @tatiwest are in the women’s final now. The waves are pumping!

#TheOnlyGunYouNeed shirt by @outerknown. A lighthearted take on a heavy subject. Before you jump to conclusions or make assumptions, I grew up shooting guns with my family. By the time I was 10 I could take guns apart and make my own bullets. Our dad had a shotgun rack full of guns in our bedroom from the time we were born. I don’t particularly have an issue with guns, I just like my surfboards better. The debate will probably never end but at least we can have it while we search out better options for responsible firearm access and do our best as a society to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people while protecting our kids and communities at large. All proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to @everytown who is looking for those answers. ✌🏽🏄🏽‍♂️

#Cymatic(s) is the study of wave phenomena, esp sound, and their visual representations. YouTube it to see the shapes that sounds of differing frequencies will create in sand on a metal plate (if you find the @slaterdesigns logo let me know the Hz frequency). @tomo_surfboards and I had this idea to make a board that fits the ‘vibration’ of a wave in our minds. The minimal amount of board to do the maximum amount of surfing. We chopped the nose off ahead of the rail line you need and went with a pretty wide battail (like the SciFi model). With the added bite of the channels the tail still holds while giving plenty of lift. This edit is from one session at Haleiwa in January. I actually took the board there as a joke that day cause it was too big for what I thought it could handle. I got my best rides earlier that session but this @peterkingphoto clip gives you an idea. This is a four fin 5’3” X 18-5/8 X 2-5/16” X 25.5L. I don’t want to ride anything else right now and everyone who rides it wants to take it off my hands. #SoFunYeah? @firewiresurfboards @travlee

#EddieAikau passed away 40 years ago today. The #hokulea was at Waimea today to mark the occasion. I think the proudest moment of my life was winning the event which carries Eddie’s namesake in 2002. He saved countless lives and inspired infinitely more. Few people have made such profound effects on others in their lifetimes and #EddieWouldGo will always be the big wave surfers’ mantra. If you haven’t seen Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, go watch it. Thank you for your contributions to all of us who came after you, Eddie. #GoneTooSoon

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