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Ezekiel Lau

  • Name: Ezekiel Lau
  • Date of Birth: 23/11/93
  • Hometown: Rome, Italy

  • Talent. Motivation. Positivity. And a touch of grit. That's a formula for success in surfing, and that's the formula that has taken Ezekiel Lau to the top. The proud Hawaiian has faced a few major setbacks in his career - including some bouts with back injury - but he always fights hard and comes back. In 2015, he power-surfed his way onto the CT where he’ll be producing big, bold surfing that’ll please judges and spectators alike. His ultimate goal is a World Title. Don’t expect him to sleep until he gets there.



It’s all about bringing the heat — especially in heats.

Want proof? Here’s a little wrap of Zeke Lau’s European leg of the CT. It features his best clips from heats at the Quiksilver Pro France and Rip Curl Pro Portugal. There are some airs. A few barrels. And a whole lot of power surfing — just what you’d expect from a surfer as well-rounded as Zeke.

It’s a good reminder of how much great surfing goes down in a comp jersey.

Our world moves fast. It goes a million miles a minute, spinning at the speed of infinity and never slowing down. You’re here today — fully here, engaged — then you’re gone tomorrow. Onto the next one. A new coast to explore, the next swell to surf, another moment to fall in love with.

Gone Tomorrow celebrates that spirit of now.

The France edition features Mikey February, Connor O’Leary, Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi, Leonardo Fioravanti, Jeremy Flores, Ramzi Boukhiam, Aritz Aranburu, Marc Lacomare, Kael Walsh, Sebastian Williams and Mikey Wright. Filmed over a two week beach break blur, it’s guaranteed to make you want to go surfing.














Paradise Revealed

White sand. Blue water. Hot days and cold drinks. It’s impossible not to love Fiji — and we haven’t even mentioned the waves yet.

Our CT team is currently enjoying the paradisiacal properties of Tavarua. So is photographer Ryan Miller. He took his lens behind the scenes to give you a taste of what life’s like on the island. So, don’t be shy now — dig in.

Paradise Revealed

Ever seen a competitor’s area on a boat before? Neither had Connor O’Leary. Here, the rookie enjoys the perks of life on the CT.

Paradise Revealed

No reason not to smile. Leo Fioravanti.

Paradise Revealed

Life on the island is pretty laid back. Wiggolly Dantas.

Paradise Revealed

Give respect. Get respect (and some kava). Zeke Lau enjoys the opening ceremony.

Paradise Revealed

Bottom’s up — Kanoa Igarashi leans into one.

Paradise Revealed

Just call it fisheye.

Paradise Revealed

That’s one way to hide from the rain. Connor O’Leary, seeking shelter.

Paradise Revealed

Breathe in. Breathe out. Take it all in. Jeremy Flores.

Down time at home! @coleyamane

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The CT has a very intense, very demanding schedule and time between events should should be spent relaxing — rookie Zeke Lau didn’t get that memo.

Goes fishing once** @lauraenever

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There are only two times in Fiji. Contest time, and leisure time. Here’s Steph Gilmore with a quick look at the latter.

Waiting for the swell with @cody_young_ like.... @carlocoral

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Kanoa Igarashi. Cody Young. Firing Keramas. What more do you need?

Fun surf at the @wavegarden_official the other day! @guillaume_arrieta

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Believe the wave pool hype. Believe in Jeremy Flores’ rail game while you’re at it.

Koa Rothman is not in the upcoming WSL event in Fiji…but here’s a reminder that he probably should be.

See that face? That smile? Get used to it. We don’t want to jinx it, but we’d say there’s about a 300% chance Jesse Mendes will be on the CT next year.

A few before the @vans_za surf pro classic , which starts today /// @vanssurf /// @lee_man

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Can’t teach style — you either have it or you don’t. Luckily, Mikey Feb’s got plenty.

The Details

6’0” x 19 x 2 1/2. Thruster. Channel Islands Rook 15

How it feels

This board has a lot of drive and you can really push it through turns. It fits well in steeper waves too. It even feels good for airs — it’s an all around great high performance board.

Why this board

Just started working with Britt Merrick and this is one of the best boards I’ve ever had from Channel Islands. I got a lot of Rook 15s in the batch I got for Snapper. I’ve been riding a few day-to-day free surfing, but this one felt better than the rest so it’s been on ice for heats.

This year, Quiksilver has six surfers on the WSL’s Championship Tour, each representing a different region: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Connor O’Leary (AUS). Ranging in age from 19 to 28, they are the new generation of Quiksilver surfers to make noise on surfing’s biggest stage. Good luck in 2017 boys.


Jeremy Flores - @floresjeremy

Date Of Birth: 4/27/1988

Hometown: Hossegor, France

Passionate. That’s what Jeremy Flores is. In the water, out of the water, all the time. He was born on Reunion Island, raised in Madagascar and currently resides in France. Jeremy’s talent was recognized early on and he quickly found himself traveling the world with big names like Kelly Slater. That diverse, worldly experience translated to his surfing- he’s powerful, he’s progressive and he’s absolutely fearless when the waves get heavy. So far, he’s won two CT events in his career - 2010 Pipeline Masters and the 2015 Billabong Pro Tahiti - and has consistently remained a must-watch every time he surfs a heat.

Wiggolly Dantas - @wiggolly

Date Of Birth: 12/16/1989

Hometown: Ubatuba, Brazil

Wiggolly Dantas’ surfing speaks for itself. After winning the Quiksilver Saquerema Prime event in 2014, he qualified for the CT and began to unleash his surfing alongside the world’s best. He charges as if there is no tomorrow, or even a slight idea of a tomorrow, and his backhand is powerful enough to make almost any wave disintegrate. Plus, he’s got the airs. The Brazilian is one of the most well-rounded surfers of this generation and you’ll surely see him standing on a podium or in the belly of an oversized wave at Pipeline soon enough.

Kanoa Igarashi - @kanoaigarashi

Date Of Birth: 10/1/1997

Hometown: Huntington Beach

USA Kanoa Igarashi is a truly complete surfer. He’s technical. He’s progressive. He’s consistently surprising and surprisingly consistent. The Japanese-American grew up as a surf prodigy in Huntington Beach, CA and has lived up to every bit of hype. It’s damn near impossible to find a flaw in his game. He’s won a few major WQS events so far in his career, like the 2016 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro and the 2015 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival. And on the CT level, he made the finals of the 2016 Billabong Pipeline Masters during his rookie year. The future may have a lot in store for Kanoa, but Kanoa has even more in store for the future.

Connor O’Leary - @connoroleary

Date Of Birth: 12/10/1993

Hometown: Cronulla, Australia

After an impressive junior career in Australia, Connor O’Leary disappeared into the depths of the WQS for a little while. While his surfing was just as fast, powerful and progressive as ever, it wasn’t translating into the results that he deserved. At one point, he even took up teaching surf lessons in order to gain the funds to keep chasing his dream. And then one day it all clicked: he finished two spots away from qualification in 2015, then made it up to himself by winning the whole series in 2016. His miraculous runincluded a win at the 2016 Ballito Pro. Boom. Just like that, Connor is back to where he belongs.

Leonardo Fioravanti - @lfioravanti

Date Of Birth: 12/8/1997

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Leonardo Fioravanti is no stranger to the surf world. And the surf world is certainly no stranger to him. The Italian charmer has had a spotlight shining on him since before he even hit his teens. And why not? He had eerily good form, a myriad of airs, a fearless approach to fearsome waves and a carve as big as his smile. The world was his, and the hype was inevitable. But those days are over. Leo’s an adult now. He’s had a certain fire in him ever since returning to the water after breaking his back at Pipeline. He qualified for the CT in 2016 at only 18-years-old and he has already beaten both Kelly Slater and 2015 World Champ Adriano de Souza as a wildcard on the WSL. From here on out, Leo’s just going to let his surfing do the talking. Rest assured, the whole world will be listening.

Ezekiel Lau - @zekelau

Date Of Birth: 11/23/1993

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Talent. Motivation. Positivity. And a touch of grit. That’s a formula for success in surfing, and that’s the formula that has taken Zeke Lau to the top. The proud Hawaiian has faced a few major setbacks in his career - including some bouts with back injury - but he always fights hard and comes back. In 2015, he power-surfed his way onto the CT where he’ll be producing big, bold surfing that’ll please judges and spectators alike. His ultimate goal is a World Title. Don’t expect him to sleep until he gets there.

That’s right. It’s official. Ezekiel Lau is going to the League in 2017. The League, meaning the World Surf League. Or more specifically, its Championship Tour. For Zeke, this is a dream realized. For other CT competitors, it’s a brand new name to fear. And for everyone else, it’s an opportunity to watch progressive power surfing on a whole new level.

In Going To Da League, Zeke explains exactly what this move means to him. He shares bits of his childhood and invites us into his (shaved) head. He provides us with lessons in both Hawaiian history and auto detailing. And, of course, he flaunts that damn fine surfing that got him here.

Lines of swell explode up and down the coast, far too big for most of the reefs to make sense out of. The sun is baking into the pale skin of confused tourists piling out of those hibiscus-painted busses at Sunset Beach. Luscious smoke escapes from small food truck kitchens and dances off into the breeze. The bike path is bustling with all forms of life. It’s just another day on the North Shore.

But it’s far more than that for Zeke Lau.

For Zeke, it’s the day before the biggest event of his life. The 2016 Triple Crown starts tomorrow, kicking off with the last two events in the QS season. Zeke is sitting just outside the qualification bubble. It’s a place he’d been in before, and lost. This time, though, something feels different.

We threw three questions his way to peer around the mind of someone on the brink of realizing their dream. Have a look.

How do you feel going into the Triple Crown?

It feels really good to be within an arm’s length of qualifying this year. I’ve just been trying to focus on what’s going on around me and be in the moment, but I pretty much can’t go anywhere without everyone talking about it. That’s been cool though. This is home for me, so I can feel all the support from my friends and family. Everything’s positive and I feel like I’m in a good place. I just hope we get waves so I can have some fun.

You’ve been in a similar place in the past. Anything you’ve learned from that?

I’ve had good years and bad years, so I’ve been reelecting a lot and trying to find the difference between the two. I’m trying to do the same things I’ve done in the successful years and re-create that mindset. Everything feels like it’s building up right now — this could be the year.

What exactly have you learned that you’re applying now?

I’ve surfed these breaks my whole life, so I’m not thinking about heat strategy or any of that. It’s more about being in the right mindset to allow myself to perform at my peak. When you try to focus so much on a certain result, you lose appreciation for where you’re at. So I’ve learned that I need to keep an open mind. I need to always be positive. I need to be in every moment and enjoy where I’m at. In my heats. In my career In life in general.

A few weeks, and a rollercoaster of a story later:

It’s amazing when it all comes together. When a storm creates a wave that ripples across an entire ocean, finds its way to a foreign shore and is met by someone who is willing and able to ride it perfectly. The whole process is bizarre. And beautiful. And mostly insane. We couldn’t love it more.

Every wave is unique and, for lack of a better word, they all have personality. In Hawaii, a single one can make or break a career, humble you, hurt you, kill you or create a euphoric experience you’ll never forget. This season, we’re committed to showing you the wildest moments between man and wave meet. Our riders are going to give you raw and honest insight on what made the best (or most brutal) waves they’ve wrangled unique. We’re calling it #ThisWave and we’re inviting you to join us for the ride — follow us on Instagram to do just that.

We will keep this page updated with all the latest #thiswave posts, so keep an eye on it.

This is it. The last stop. After forty-nine events in twenty different countries, the 2017 WQS season is officially behind up. Want to see how it all ended? The latest edition of Snaketales has you covered, friends.

Go behind the scenes (and into the lineup) at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup Of Surfing. With the crew on the brink of qualification, see how they fare at the trickiest chunk of ocean this side of Haleiwa. There are turns, twists, jokes, emotions and, ummm, Zeke Lau gets a pie in his face [4:34]. Dive. Straight. In.

The opening ceremony for the Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is one of surfing’s grandest gatherings. The best big wave riders in the world all converge at Waimea Bay. They come with boards, they come with respect, and they take part in native ceremonies there in the sacred sand. Eventually, they paddle out and form a prayer circle in the lineup — silhouettes of superheroes shadow off into sea as the sun melts into the Pacific. It really is something.