Gabriel Medina became the first Brazilian World Champion, but he had a long road to the top. In this exclusive interview he and his stepfather, Charlie Serrano, discuss what their partnership has meant on the way there.
Hobgood wasn't the only CT surfer who was sidelined with a serious injury. Courtney Conlogue (USA) suffered an ankle injury at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach that kept her out of competition for three events. Her return to competition was strenuous but she came back stronger than ever.
Kolohe Andino (USA) has had ups and downs in his young career, but finished the year in a solid position, at No. 11 on the CT rankings. In this glimpse of the San Clemente local just before September's Hurley Pro, he opens up about the highs -- and lows -- of his season so far.
Hawaiian Dusty Payne has been on roller coaster of his own. After falling off Tour for 2014, he became the star of the 2014 Triple Crown of Surfing, winning the first event and accruing enough points to requalify for the 2015 Tour.
At the start of 2014, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) had already won five World Titles. But that didn't make things any easier when it came down to crunch-time: In a video shot before the Target Maui Pro, the Aussie Tour vet admitted that the 2014 Title race was the toughest of her career.
After all the triumphs and defeats, the perfect barrels and huge wipeouts, there's one thing that drives every pro: Love of the sport. The WSL celebrated International Surfing Day with a visual ode to the ocean.