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DECEMBER 17, 2014 — THIS WEEK WE TALK: #ITSOFF, ASP DECISION NOT TO RUN ROUND 3, KIEREN PERROW, STABMAG, PANCHO SULLIVAN, LAWSUITS, NORTH SHORE, 4 MAN HEATS, DUSTY PAYNE, SURFING PERMITS, PIPELINE, ANDY IRONS, BRUCE IRONS, BILLABONG, SECURITY, NOA DEANE, SURFER POLL, DION AGIUS, GABBY, MICK FANNING, JAKE PATERSON, BIG WAVE WORLD TOUR, XL, NAZERE, GARRETT MCNAMARA, JAWS, MIAMI BEACH, MASON HO, MARTY THOMAS, AND OH SO MUCH MORE… GIVE A LISTEN!
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#itsoff Ghost of Huge Cloudbreak Past visits ASP @Pipeline
Officials call off the Pipe Masters on a day the locals are calling the best day of the winter in a horrible decision
Here’s the thing: If one guy goes out there and scores one of those bombs receives a 9.8 or whatever and the others do NOT, then they failed and the hero deserves his glory. I’m willing to sit through slow heats with low heat scores for the potential of a ten at massive Pipeline (ala Slater earlier in the day).
Literally, when the beach PA announcer called the event off for the day (after two standbys) a surfer was getting spit out of the tube and the crowd was screaming, drowning out the PA announcement.
Would there have been slow heats? YES. Would there have been incredible rides? YES (world’s best-right?). And oh, we’d still have three days of competition for more tame, benign, and ahem… ‘presentable’ Pipeline.
How you can you have the world’s best surfers NOT surf huge Pipeline while free surfers are getting bombs and the wind mellows? The worst winds had come and gone.
It is a tough call, and it is easy sitting here and opining.
Now the Forecast is setting up for; Friday 8-12’ with prime condtions winds & Saturday finish 5-8’ with prime conditions winds.
CONSPIRACY THEORY with on the Internet:
SURFERMAG FORUMS: “Asp called it for Medina’s sake; no Chance the ASP let’s Gabby lose this world title: the perfect scenario for the ASP going into 2014 Steph and Gabby win titles; No chance the ASP lets Dusty win his heat against gabby.
The ASP handed Gabby the title at the Quiksilver Pro final, the first contest of the year. Have we all forgot about Mick Fanning vs Yadin Nicol at last year’s Pipe event already?
The Gabby push will make that heat look like Yadin never paddled out!
What I hate is this feeling that ASP’s fixing comps to suit whatever script they think is “better for the sport” as they like to put it.”
NORTH SHORE RESIDENTS SUE THE ASP
Beach Grit.com: The former tour surfer Pancho Sullivan is part of a coalition of residents who’ve taken it upon ‘emselves to get ASP Hawaii to conform to the letter of their permits WHICH REQUIRES FOUR MAN HEATS FOR ALL HAWAII EVENTS: And six weeks ago, they took ‘em to court.
HERE IS THE regulation the community says the Asp violated:
(d) Except with special permission from the Director and as noted on the permit, surf meets may not be held for more than four days. No heats shall be structured with less than four surfers, and man-on-man or one-on-one heats shall not be allowed (includes trials).
…the first round was run with only three guys in the water at a time. Now, government wording is always confusing so I’ll distill the essence. Four guys in the water, no exceptions. You might be able to hold a contest for more than four days, with special permission. But in no case can you run heats with less than four people. That period is important. Shit, even the overlapping heat format violates the letter of the law (though it, admittedly, conforms to the spirit.)
Yeah, but it’s no big deal, right? Except it is, read a little further and there’s this brilliant little sentence:
(17) Any permittee who knowingly and wilfully violates these rules and regulations shall not be allowed to apply for another permit for a one-year period.
“The court case was to ensure that the rules are upheld, to get a temporary restraining order or injunction against the Pipeline Masters,” says Pancho. “That wasn’t the desired outcome but we were hoping that the ASP would adjust the format to make it work with a four-man priority system. They came in with economic statements they had some kid at NYU come up with waving around all the money they generate instead of, I guess, finding a way to adhere to the rules.”
Pancho emphasises that they weren’t trying to shut down the event but they did want an unambiguous ruling that states that you cannot knowingly break rules designed to protect local residents.
“We wanted the Triple Crown and the ASP to recognise that this is a community and it’s questionable how much money stays on the North Shore. Most of the team houses are owned by people who don’t live on the North Shore and most of the winnings go back to other parts of the world.”
Something strange is going on this year.
FLORIDA WAS ON FIRE last week
Pumping swell and perfect conditions up and down the coast; same swell rocked Puerto Rico with big perfect waves too.
The Interview Hackers got into the SONY Productions website and are creating a PR nightmare
Is it okay to make a fictional movie about a real life world leader?
What if it was a North Korean who made a movie about assassinating President Obama?
Remember that North Korean released a few American detainnes a bout a month ago. I think they did may have done this act of Good faith 0 if you will – with the understanding that this movie was about to be released.
Will you go see this movie, understanding that Hackers are now threatening movie theaters?
Will Dennis Rodman be going to The Interview movie?
“In the wake of the threat, Sony yesterday gave theater owners the option to back away from the film, which is set to open Christmas Day. And this afternoon, it pulled all TV advertising for The Interview. Earlier today the studios’ trade group, the National Association of Theatre Owners, said that “individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer.” NATO also said several theaters around the country have scrapped press screenings for thje film. Worth noting: Regal and NATO both used the word “delay” rather than “cancel” in their statements today. It’s unclear whether that’s mere semantics or a hint about a wait-and-see attitude.”- http://deadline.com/2014/12/sony-theater-owners-pull-the-interview-terror-threats-1201327612/
CALIFORNIA –SAN DIEGO HAS BEEN PRETTY GOOD LAST FEW DAYS.
Nazare N zar EH – was huge again how big? 100 feet? Heavy, mean, menacing, it’s a freak of a wave. It’s not really a surf spot as much as it is an event. Benjamin Sanchis, Garrett McNamara, Andrew Cotton others, From what I could see, biggest nazarEH yet.
Big Wave World Tour Event won by Nic Lamb congrats Nic; Pretty much unwatchable. Big boring slopy drops; they need to do something to the production to make this a better watch. Perhaps 75% of the shots need to be from the water; more intriguing from the water;
The Inertia ; posts a story that David Lee Scales shed light on last year; “Kellys is JJF’s father.” WTF??
The article refers to the video DLS brought to our attention a long time ago where JJF call Kelly “Dad.”
And specifically the look on Kelly’s face afterwards.