With our favourite contest of the year approaching we break down the beaches and forecast for the Quiksilver Pro.
If you search, go rogue, take the ferries and the long roads north, you can surf some of the most amazing cold waves in the world.
NEW series following the strange and sometimes odd world of Alan Stokes, first up dodging out to Costa Rica.
THE ocean delivered for the opening day of competition at the Mr Price Pro Ballito producing flawless barrels, two perfect 10-point rides and 10 broken surfboards at Surfers Beach, Ballito on Monday July 4, 2011. Seventeen-year old Kolohe Andino (USA) proved master of the tube, riding deep inside a spectacular barrel to score the first prefect 10 of the event.
RIP Curl Cup 2011 kicks off at Padang Padang beach on July 10th, where 32 of the world's best tube riders go head to head.
"No Mans" in Sumbawa, named as such for a reason, no-one ever surfs it. Well perhaps that is a slight lie, rumour has it Koby Abberton has taken it on. But in general no one surfs there. "Maybe cause people are addicted to surfing the other waves here, or just cause the end of the wave is very shallow, and some just close-out on the reef." Says photog Diogo d'Orey. He fell in love with it and now claims he always surf there when he's on the spot.
BILLABONG'S gratis outing featuring Laurie Towner, Granger Larsen, Reubyn Ash and friends.
CLAY Marzo - The Barrel Monster In Me - A pretty self-explanatory title from the straight talking Mr Marzo who claims "the Barrel Monster made me do it". Sure Clay, it's the Barrel Monster, that watery lurching lump just waiting to clamp you shut in its jaws and shake you to within an inch of your life... Shot by Adam Klevin Edit by Shaun Swink
NOT so long ago wipeouts like this were considered impossible to survive, James McKean at Shipstern.
African insanity -- Grant "Twiggy" Baker and Sean Payne ripping on of the best lefts in the world, a secret location in Namibia. You may see some of the longest barrels ever in this clip.
CHASING Monsters down in Puerto Escondido -- the second massive south's 30ft barrels didn't pass off without incident.