Surf Ranch set to make CT debut this week

For the first time, a Championship Tour event will be held at the controlled confines of the Surf Ranch this week as the festivities begin Thursday in Lemoore, Calif.

Mack trade mars Gruden’s return to Raiders

They say you can never go home again, which is kind of depressing, but also true in many ways. You can always return to a place, but it’s hard to recreate the “home” feeling that place may have once embodied. In his second stint with the Oakland Raiders, Jon Gruden returns to where it began for him as a head coach. The former Super Bowl champion is expected to take a promising young team to the next level with his knowledge and leadership. But the start to his second tenure in black and silver has not gone smoothly to this point and the regular season isn’t even underway.

Galicia Pro offering a big opportunity for wahine hopefuls

Before the Surf Ranch becomes the epicenter of surfing on Sept. 6, there’s still some Qualifying Series work to be done. The women’s tour is in Europe at the moment with the QS 6,000 Galicia Pro underway in Spain. It’s the sixth of seven maximum-point contests on the schedule, so it’s time to make a move for any Championship Tour hopefuls.

As hurricane rolls in, ‘Bows head out for season opener

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are the first ones diving into the water as they kick off the 2018 college football season this weekend. The ‘Bows head to the Mainland — which is probably ideal for them with Hurricane Lane headed our way — to take on the Rams of Colorado State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. HT.

Forecast shows today as best chance for Teahupoo finish

Today appears to be finals day and despite the forecast showing fairly minimal surf, the alternatives look less promising. So the eight remaining competitors will be battling it out for the Tahiti Pro Teahupoo title. While all the participants have quite a bit to gain from the outcome, a few certainly have more than others.

Upsets roll through at unpredictable Teahupoo

Two days and two rounds are complete with some major upsets having already occurred at the Tahiti Pro Teahupoo. The ocean went flat Tuesday and a second straight lay day is likely today, but a new swell could pick up Thursday, according to Surfline projections.

Slater pulls out of Teahupoo, potential start today

The best Teahupoo sessions may already be behind us because the forecast isn’t looking as promising as many of us would hope. Lay days were called during the first two days of the Tahiti Pro Teahupoo, but the first round could get underway today as a new swell moves in this afternoon, according to the latest Surfline projections.

Not the first time and (unfortunately) probably not the last

Ugh. He’s doing it again. I have no real desire to write about political figures or issues. I have my own thoughts and opinions, but one of the reasons I’ve loved sports so much for so long is that they allow for vibrant, passionate and thoughtful discussions, while also simply entertaining us. The current political climate couldn’t be described by any of those adjectives and certainly isn’t entertaining, unless maybe you’re a Muscovite.