Toledo captures crown, women now getting first crack at J-Bay

With his second contest win of the season, Filipe Toledo has claimed the No. 1 spot on the men’s Championship Tour rankings, pulling off the victory at Jeffreys Bay. The result moves him ahead of Julian Wilson and he’ll take the yellow jersey into the next stop at Teahupoo.

Moniz eyeing qualification after semifinal showing at Ballito

The top of the Qualifying Series leaderboard looks a lot different after Saturday’s conclusion of the Ballito Pro in South Africa. One of the big movers was Oahu’s Seth Moniz, who got all the way to the semifinals at this first QS 10,000 contest of the year.

WSOP adventures complete with some mixed results

Three full weeks in Vegas can change a person. Just 12 hours in Vegas can change a person, but spending 21 days in this otherworldly environment that may as well be a suburb of the sun certainly leaves a lasting impression.

Marks is money in Cabo; Tati takes second

In a matchup of two future potential world champions, Caroline Marks picked up her second QS 6,000 contest win of the season by defeating Tatiana Weston-Webb in the Los Cabos Open of Surf final.

Blanchard into round of 16 in Cabo return

In her return to competitive surfing, Alana Blanchard is demonstrating some of her best traits that originally got her a spot among the world’s elite wahine on the Championship Tour. As one of the toughest events on the annual Qualifying Series schedule, the Los Cabos Open of Surf has been the stage for Blanchard to again put on the jersey for the first time since delivering her baby, Banks, a little over eight months ago.

Cashing in the Marathon, which was true to form

There’s very little else that can torment your body and mind, but also be as much fun as heading to Vegas for the World Series of Poker. Each summer, I try to make the trip out to the land of bright lights and cold rooms on what typically feels like the center of the sun. This year has been interesting, as usual.

Oh so close again for Tati as Defay wins Uluwatu

Beautiful waves and striking scenery set the stage for the Uluwatu contest, which concluded the event that had been canceled earlier this year at Margaret River. It was a very different environment and it produced two new event winners this year as Johanne Defay won the women’s event and rookie Willian Cardoso captured the men’s title Saturday in Bali, Indonesia.