DOWN THE LINE DECEMBER 3, 2013 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS: TRIPLE CROWN – HIDEOUS SHIRTS – DUMBING DOWN WEBCAST – CULLING SHARKS – JJ CALE – NAT YOUNG – CHAS SMITH – WAITRESSES AT CHRISTMAS – MATT WARSHAW – EOS – ZEKE LAU – KELLY SLATER – DANE GUDAUSKAS – GEIKO INSURANCE CAVEMAN – ASP TOUR 2014 – US OPEN – JAWS – PIPELINE – RED BULL – MATT BIOLOS – SPELLING – & MUCH MORE
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TURKEY DAY SWELL IN SO CAL
Opening day –
• solid on Thursday afternoon with long lines
• really good at the local beachbreaks on Friday afternoon with the low tide and the offshore wind all day – super mental seshion
• lots of west and some southwest mixed in it made for unusually peaky conditions for that large of a swell
• looks like we are in for another period of very small waves
BEN AIPA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF SHAPING
Aipa has inspired, shaped for or coached the likes of Larry Bertlemann, Michael Ho, Mark Richards, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Dane Kealoha, Tony Moniz, Sunny Garcia, Brad Gerlach, Andy and Bruce Irons, John Shimooka , Taylor Knox, Bethany Hamilton, and most recently, Alex and Koa Smith.
GREAT WHITE SHARKS
Two deaths within a few days in Australia and the calls for Cullng the GWS are echoing…
It means to reduce the population of something via selective slaughter.
Currently under consideration is a change to laws in West Australia that will allow sharks to be killed near popular beaches.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt told media outlets: “I am keen and we are keen to work with any state governments in whatever way will help explain why there’s been an increase in the number of attacks and secondly to understand what if anything can be done to reduce the risks to humans.,” Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
“It’s a fairly safe assumption that sharks could be attacking humans due to dwindling fish stocks; a result of overfishing.
Culling wildlife for that reason alone (inadequate food supply) is common enough, even without the attendant risk to humans; it’s called animal population control.
In that light, we are simply “restoring balance” to an ecosystem we have altered.”
1)humans are an animal
2) humans can kill any other animal.
3)humans can access any part of the planet.
4)if there is an animal in a part of the planet that humans are choosing to access, and it will eat humans, there is a conflict.
ways to handle the conflict: leave the area, kill the animal, accept being a food source.
will humans leave the ocean? no.
will humans kill sharks? yes.
will humans accept being a food source? open question.
where does a “natural” course of action separate itself from an “unnatural” one?
From the surfermag.com forum:
“If your personal dogma won’t allow you to see yourself as an animal and your actions as those of nature, that is the fault of your own incomplete reasoning. it says nothing to those of us who recognize that humans will continue to frequent the ocean in greater numbers with every passing day, and that humans will not accept being eaten as “just the risk you take”. you don’t have to like it, but you will have to watch it happen. if the deaths continue, a solution will be found. if the only solution that can be found is to kill the sharks or get out of the water, the sharks will be killed.”
2014 ASP Men’s World Championship Tour (WCT) Schedule:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast – March 1 – 12, 2014
Margaret River Pro – April 2 – 13, 2014
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – April 16 – 27, 2014
Billabong Rio Pro – May 7 – 18, 2014
Fiji Pro – June 1 – 13, 2014
Bali Pro – June 17 – 28, 2014
Billabong Pro Teahupoo – August 15 – 26, 2014
Hurley Pro at Trestles – September 9 – 20, 2014
Quiksilver Pro France – September 25 – October 6, 2014
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal – October 8 – 19, 2014
Billabong Pipe Masters – December 8 – 20, 2014
The ASP WCT needs an event in July at Puerto Escondido or in Canada. Somewhere in North America or hell, in Central America – the US Open is not a surfing event, it is a youth lifestyle ‘happening.’ Which is really what the surf garment industry is: ia youth lifestyle industry. It is not about surfing, at least not solely about surfing. Pro surfers deserve their own July event that isn’t watered down by some publicly traded, data driven, youth demographic anxious corporation. Surfing has grown up and the US Open needs to grow up. They will cater to whatever the 15- 25 year old demo tells them to cater too. The youth lifestyle industry is reactionary. They are not leaders. They follow the data, they don’t set trends. Those days are long gone. TOO MANY MBA’S IN THE ROOM.
The ASP Women’s WCT will see the addition of Fiji, Trestles, and Hossegor to their schedule – stoked, I think. Errr, don’t really care one way or the other, but if it makes them happy, so be it.
The Auburn vs Alabama game… c’mon
Please, Baby Allah.. allow for him to re-qualify for the ‘CT.
VANS WORLD CUP OF SURFING
How about those shirts in the VANS triple crown of surfing booth :
Dane Gaudaskaus looked like Jeff Spicoloi’s twin brother.
Or the love child of Jeff spicoli and the Geiko insurance cavemen twins.
The problem with the VANS webcast is that the production is playing to the lowest common denominator, the 15 year-old. Guess what, we the surf fans, we are intelligent, we are 25, 35, 45, 55 years old. Please treat us that way.
KOOK OF THE WEEK: Kolohe Andino Sunset Beach meltdown –
He smashes is hand into his surfboard over and over and over and over and…very hard, almost scripted, as if to say, “see, I do care that I lost.” Manny Paquiao on meth.
Look, it’s okay to be pissed. I like it that he cares. But … he sorta looks like spoiled OC surf prodigy… oh wait, he is…
childish. I hope he matures a bit, this is his second public meltdown. I’m a fan. Cool down a bit, Kolohe.
Mick Fanning and Chas Smith celebrating Hanukkah.
Welcome to Paradise Now Go to Hell – Chas Smith’s new book – must read, very well written, honest, sincere, look at the surfing’s Mecca, the North Shore, in all its… its…. its…. the drama, the politics, the waves, the personalities, the history… and all of it comes to you from Chas Smith without any surf industry bro-brah filter or goggles. Honest, funny, clever, (dressed impeccable) edgy — but without malice.
MUST SEE MOMENT
Nat Young turns 66 years old today – here’s a clip from Encyclopedia of Surfing
Nat Young 1970 from ENCYCLOPEDIA of SURFING videos on Vimeo.