Issue 194 of Riptide Mag is out and it’s got the Experiment 7 in it. Don’t miss this issue!
Check the teaser if you havent watched it in our video selection of the week 10 minutes ago!
“It’s back.” With those words on page 13 of Riptide #194 a concept synonymous with world-class bodyboarding begins in earnest. It’s been a long time between drinks for the Experiment issue (six years) – the word alone conjures visions of perfect waves and the open road – and we’re ecstatic to be bringing it back for those who grew up with the iconic issues, and to expose the younger generations to the Experiment.
Not only is it an opportunity to reward the highest-voted riders in the world for their efforts during the past year (2012 Bodyboarder of the Year rankings), it’s a chance to throw them in a situation completely foreign to anything else that exists in the world bodyboarding media. Who are these riders you ask? The Experiment Seven team consists of:
- 2012 Riptide Bodyboarder of the Year Dave Winchester
- 2011 World Champion Pierre Louis Costes
- 2 x World Champion Ben Player
- 2 x Women’s World Champion Isabela Sousa
- 2012 Dropknee World Champion Sacha Specker
- South African superstar Jared Houston
- Freesurfing extraordinaire Jase Finlay
- 2012 Riptide Grom of the Year Lewy Finnegan
Producing a whole mag and DVD in two weeks (which in this case turned out to be around five days) with an eclectic team of riders from around the world seems is a near-impossible task. The results are accordingly unlike anything else on the market, but damn if it doesn’t make for some compelling viewing. With Nick Bannehr and Michael Jennings behind the lenses, not one snippet of action went uncaptured. Sit back with a cuppa and take a journey with us. Ride the highs and lows of a trip that went anything but according to plan. As if the mag wasn’t already choc full enough, we’re also stoked to be bringing you a huge double sided poster to spruce up your bedroom walls. It wasn’t always pretty, but like Sacha Specker says inside, “That’s what travel is”, and we couldn’t be more stoked we took a gamble in bringing the Experiment back. Bodyboarding needs big ideas and a sense of occasion. Resting on our laurels is something we refuse to do.
Welcome to Experiment Seven – mutiny, comradeship and redemption in the Mentawai Islands.
Yeah Ben! Congrats! It’s Ben Player’s second win this year on the tour (having won Pipe and now Arica). Benny is #1 on the tour ratings and almost 1000 pts ahead of Jeff Hubbard who’s #2 in the ratings.
Congrats to Winny for his second place! And Dallas Singer (such a sick contest for Dallas!) as well as Tamega, always a standout at Arica!
Next event will be in Brazil – Itacoatiara Challenge (6-16th of June)
Flickr has updated their interface and it’s way more eye-pleasing than before, to celebrate this we’ve uploaded a new gallery with 16 sick shots we took last week during that massive swell in Tahiti! There’s no bodyboarders on those pics we shot (although some spongers did charge chopes in the morning, and we’re sure some photographers have shots) but it’s still cool to check them out. Being there in the channel was an insane experience!
Ex-Dunes wetsuits riders Benny Player and Dallas Singer have been recruited by AGENT18 wetsuits which now have a nice team under its belt! Wowww Ben Player & Dallas Singer, plus Nick Gornall, Glen Thurston, Jake Stone, Amaury Lavernhe and more… impressive team.