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Jan 03, 2019

Did You Miss The Top Stories of this year?

A lot has happened over the last 12 months! Here’s a recap of the highlights from the Rip Curl team...

Gabriel Medina Wins 2018 World Title, Becomes Pipe Master

Gabriel Medina became a 2x World Champion this year, taking out the Pipe Masters in Hawaii and the 2018 World Title along with it.
Gabriel claimed his first World Title in 2014, at the young age of 20, and changed the game for Brazilian surfing. He was the first-ever Brazilian to become a World Champion, and he showed the surfers of Brazil that it was possible to achieve greatness in the sport.

3x World Champion Mick Fanning Retires
3x World Champion Mick Fanning finally hung up his competitive jersey… surfing his last heat in the Final at the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

SearchGPS 2 is Released
The next evolution in surf watch technology has arrived. The SearchGPS 2 can track every tide, swell, wind and wave, features a smaller and sleeker design and comes with all-new functions.

Ketut Agus Winning The 2018 Nias Pro QS1,000 In Indonesia
Ketut Agus is the winner of the Nias Pro 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 Men divisions.

Mick Fanning and Tyler Wright Return to The Snake
Before Tyler Wright withdrew from the Surf Ranch event, Mick Fanning decided to take her to his secret wave. The perfect training ground.

The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Runs in All-Time Conditions
The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang is called ON in all-time conditions, and the world’s heaviest tube riders battle it out in the swell of the year.

Mick Fanning and Mason Ho Hit The Search
Recently retired 3x World Champion Mick Fanning, and his pal Mason Ho, hit the road in search of empty lineups and perfect waves. What they found was much more...

Tyler Wright Withdraws From Competition Due To Illness
After pulling out of the Jeffrey’s Bay event back in July, 2x World Champion Tyler Wright has been unable to compete in an event in the back half of 2018. Here, she reveals what actually happened...

My Bikini Takes Over Bali
The entire Rip Curl Women’s Team, including Bethany Hamilton, Alana Blanchard and Nikki van Dijk, descend on Bali and score the waves of their lives. We documented every second, behind the scenes...

Brisa Hennessy Qualifies for the World Tour!
19-year-old Brisa Hennessy has just clinched her spot on the 2019 World Championship Tour, achieving her lifelong dream of becoming an elite professional surfer in just her second full-time year battling it out on the Qualifying Series.

Alana Blanchard Wins #1 At The SURFER Poll Awards
Alana Blanchard scores the #1 spot at the SURFER Poll Awards, followed by Rip Curl teammate Bethany Hamilton at #2. “The Search” also wins Best Series for all of 2018!

Bethany Hamilton Reveals Her Feature Film “Unstoppable”
At 28 years old Bethany Hamilton has done more and seen more in her life than most of us could ever imagine. She’s tackled challenges on every end of the spectrum, from overcoming a shark attack to learning to live her life in the public eye, to tackling one of the heaviest waves in the world, to figuring out how to become a loving wife and mother... of two.

Today she gives us an insight into her incredible story and life like never before, in her new feature film "Unstoppable". The film documents her journey from before the attack at age 13, all the way up to life today. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most of all you’ll be in awe.