Freddy P Goes Mental on Stab; Mega Indo Swell, El Nino, GWSharks Increase

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Mega Swell delivers the goods throughout the Indian Ocean.

Mega Swell delivers the goods throughout the Indian Ocean.

One Session with Gabriel Medina from Paul Daniel on Vimeo.

SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Great White Sharks Population Increase – holy shiiite; Mega Swell hitting Indonesia ; great Indian Ocean season so far; Fiji, Freddy P Goes Mental on STAB ; Surf Craft at Mingei; 100 Wave Challenge

FREDDY P. TOP 10 REGRETS ON STAB MAG:
3. NOT DATING A STRIPPER: I’ve always regretted not dating a stripper. There’s something about strippers that entices young, single men. I think it’s their confidence – to be able to do what they do. They’re crazy and wacky and I regret never experiencing that. I’d like to actually date one not just hang out. I’ve had friends that have done it and it seemed so fun. They’re an interesting kind of woman. I’d want to get one of the nut-jobs though, coming after you with her fuckin stiletto heels and stuff. Ha, my wife even knows about that one.

8. NOT HOOKING UP WITH KATE BOSWORTH: It was during the filming for Blue Crush. She wasn’t famous just yet. Sanoe Lake (Lena), the Roxy girl that was in the movie with her, fully came to me one day and said, “I’ve got a friend that wants to meet you. We’re doing this movie together and she doesn’t know anybody here.” I’d just come in from surfing and wasn’t really thinking about it. I was hungry and started eating this plate of food with my hands right in front of her. I didn’t put it together; she wasn’t famous, and she wasn’t that hot at the time. But now she’s smokin and I regret it. Maybe I’m being delusional but I think she was into me.

MASON HO THE DREAM WAVE & RIO PRO

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SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Mason Ho’s humorous dream wave explanation, Rio is wrong and should leave the WCT schedule, Rio Pro WCT, Kelly Slater’s 10 explains a lot, Surfboards as art or as a tool of expression, Kook_of_the_Day on Instagram, Chris Ward is mental in Mexico Reckless and much more.

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KOOK OF THE DAY
KOOKOFTHEDAY

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Surfer Penned as Ape-ish Faced Sues Surfing Life Magazine

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Evolutionary Facial Characteristics – Just Sayin’…

SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Otis Carey sues Nathan Meyers and Surfing Life magazine; defamation of character; reaction; Drug Aware at the Margaret River Pro; Josh Kerr, Spartan, the Box, SUPs and why they are or are not despised; do not watch yourself surf on video; style is all you’ll ever have, pick a good one; plus much more.

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DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER AUSTRALIAN LAW (from Wikipedia and elsewhere… so it must be true)
Before January 2006, defamation varied from state to state across Australia, but now there are Uniform Defamation Laws which are similar across all states and territories. The uniform laws adopted and adapted a number of statutory provisions from old laws but still retain the basic principles of common law, which traditionally defines defamation as:

The publication of any false imputation concerning a person, or a member of his family, whether living or dead, by which (a) the reputation of that person is likely to be injured or (b) he is likely to be injured in his profession or trade or (c) other persons are likely to be induced to shun, avoid, ridicule or despise him.

Publication of defamatory matter can be by (a) spoken words or audible sound or (b) words intended to be read by sight or touch or (c) signs, signals, gestures or visible representations, and must be done to a person other than the person defamed.

If a person thinks that you have defamed them and takes you to court, they have to prove that three of these things have happened:

That the words were capable of a defamatory meaning as understood by ordinary members of society. Defamatory meaning could be anything which harms the person, in their reputation, their business or in the way other people treat them. The law does not say that the plaintiff must show actual proof of being harmed; it is enough that the false statement could have led to harm.

That the words identify him as the person defamed. It is not necessary that he should have been specifically named. If he can show the court that a reasonable person would take the words to refer to him, he will probably have a good case. Groups of people (such as small companies or not for profit associations) can sue for defamation if they can demonstrate that the words identified them as a group.

That the words or pictures have been published, that is heard or seen by a third person. The first person is the one talking or writing (you), the second person is the person being talked or written about (the plaintiff), the third person is anyone else who may hear or read the offending matter (such as a reader or listener). There is no civil defamation if the words, however bad or untrue, are spoken or written only to the person about whom they are made.

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The March Issue of Surfing Life published an article titled “Poetry Night with Mermaid Killer,” written by long-time surf writer and SL contributor Nathan Myers. In the piece, Myers characterized the feature’s subject, Otis Carey, in a way many deemed careless and racist. Shortly thereafter, SL published an unreserved apology. Today we learned that Carey has levied with a lawsuit against SL and Myers for defamation of character and $200,000 for emotional damages. Here, Myers shares his perspective after maintaining a silence on the issue.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Inertia or Down The Line Surf Talk Radio.

NATHAN MEYERS:

Dear Otis,

Before I say anything, I will once again say I am sorry. I had no idea what a poorly chosen word that was. I think you’re a fine human. And I also think you’re making a mistake.

Are you really asking $200,000 of myself and Surfing Life Magazine for “defamation of character?” Really? Is this you or the lawyers talking? It seems unreasonable.

Did you read the article? Do you realize that the sentence in which “ape-ish” was intended to convey the folly of my own ill-conceived first impression of you (derived for your dark, gritty Kill the Matador film)? Did you notice how the rest of the paragraph, article and photographs existed entirely to cast you in a flattering light? In our recorded Skype interview I flat out gush about how much I like you as a person. There was never a race-related connotation to the word. Most of us don’t think that way. The very idea makes me feel ill.

When the magazine and myself realized how the word was being misconstrued (ugh!), we all rushed to apologize for the unintended offense. But you wouldn’t talk to us. Instead, you let tabloids do the talking. And now your lawyers.

Really?

You realize the amount associated with this lawsuit will put Surfing Life magazine out of business. A 30-year-old labor of pure surfing stoke, shut down because you refuse to forgive a mistake. The editor is mixed race himself, with black and aboriginal blood. The staff is composed of career world travelers. Open minded people. The word went unnoticed because there was no malice or “ism” associated with it. Most of us don’t think like that. It was an honest and very awkward mistake. These aren’t oil-tycoons or corrupt politicians whose jobs you threaten to erase. These are fellow surfers. We all drop in on each other from time to time…what’s important is how you act afterwards. There’s always another wave. And no, we can’t buy you a new golden-finned surfboard.

And, you do realize of course, that surf magazines are how freesurfers like you make your living, right? If the magazine that publishes your photos and writes stories from your travels is put out of business by your sense of vendetta… well, what then? Talk about biting the hand that feeds. I guess if you win the suit you’ll be dining well upon those bloodied knuckles. If you don’t win your suit, you’ll be gnawing fingernails. Neither result sounds very nourishing.

I’m guessing your lawyers don’t surf. You should teach them. It is fun.

The word was a mistake of zero malicious intent. The magazine and the writer apologized profusely. What more do you want besides our jobs, our lives and our history? Is this how you want to be remembered by surfing? The man who killed the magazine?

Have you never been forgiven?

Wouldn’t you rather just go surfing?

The choice is yours.

Humbly baffled,

The Seppo Surfer Who Wrote The Word (And Apologized)– NATHAN MEYERS

The Otis Carey ‘MERMAID KILLER’ from Misfit Shapes on Vimeo.

Kelly Slater & Quiksilver Part Ways, Red Bull Cape Fear, Dane Reynolds Sells Shoes

DOWN THE LINE APRIL 1, 2014 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
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SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Kelly Slater Quiksilver sayonara no mas; Drug Aware Pro Margaret River, Who should make more money: Kolohe Andino or Nat Young?, Gabriel Medina, Hobie Alter, RED BULL Cape Fear, Ours, Sydney Beaches, Dane Reynolds sells clothes; Sean Mattison in-studio, Von Sol Surfboards, SURFER Magazine, Morgan Maassen plus much more.

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VSTR the once and future brand of Kelly Slater?
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Kelly Slater’s car gets waxed; Apeish Face is the name of a new alt band

DOWN THE LINE MARCH 18, 2014 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
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SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Miguel’s name is pronounced “POO POO”, Asymmetrical surfboards, Carl Ekstrom, Nathan Myers, Apeish Face, Tom Blake, Kelly Slater’s car gets waxed: “fuckwit”, Snapper is stupid, Bangladesh girl surfer, Dolphin mows down surfer, Best Song Ever, Hobie Alter, Surfing Heritage & Culture Center, plus much more.

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BEST SONG EVER

Tom Blake’s ribbed hollow paddleboard concept
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Carl Ekstrom Assymetrical
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Otis Carey – You be the judge : apeish face, yes or no?
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Bangladesh surfer girl – a worthy doco!

Quik Pro Roxy Pro Wrapup, Endless Summer

DOWN THE LINE MARCH 12, 2014 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
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SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Endless Summer 50 Years Celebration with Paul Strauch in-studio, Phil Edwards, Rabbit Kekai, big Makaha, Adriano de Sourgrapes runs over Jeremy Flores; Kelly Slater still heads and shoulders above the rest, Jordy Smith feeling pressure?, Stephanie Gilmore surfs well, ASP needs to acknowledge and nurture rivalries i.e Julian v Mitch Crew, Adrian v Jeremy, these are crucial stories, CJ Hobgood solid but can he give a better interview please, plus much more.

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Do you know on which beach the classic Endless Summer poster image was taken?

One Summer, Forever
By Lili Anolik

The Endless Summer poster is 50 years old, and it hasn’t aged a minute. Kitchen-table project turned pop-culture phenomenon, the Day-Glo movie promo created by John Van Hamersveld for his friend Bruce Brown’s 1964 documentary is still selling the dream—on T-shirts, TV shows, beer bottles, and dorm walls. Lili Anolik looks back at the moment an iconic image was born, the social upheaval it presaged, and the surfer-dude-slash-designer whose life it changed.

Lost at sea; Carissa Moore better than Jordy ? ; The women are hot.

DOWN THE LINE MARCH 4, 2014 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
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“Oh Jordy….”

SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Lost at sea with Johnny Kessel; Big Saturday in California; Carissa Moore could probably beat Jordy Smith, Carissa is the top athletica; Is the ASP already crowning Steph Gilmore?; The women are red hot in oh so many ways; Tiago Peres or Perez or …; ASP an easy target ; Sean Doooooooherty is the best surf journo; Give us your memeory cards; Jaws boat swamp and Dege gets raked; ASP in Tahiti, really?, You might want to tell the Tahitians and not just ONE of them, but the federation, Louis Vuitton surfboards; plus much more.

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JOHNNY KESSEL – EPIC DOWNWIND STORY
JOHNNY KESSEL DOWN THE LINE

A LINK TO JOHNNY’S STORY
http://paddleathlete.com/2014/lost-paddleboard-2-miles-offshore/

STEPHANIE GILMORE IS RED HOT
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WATCH THIS BOAT GET SWAMPED AT JAWS

WATCH DEGE O’CONNELL TAKE A MEAN ONE AT JAWS

WATCH GARRETT MCNAMARA GET A BOARD DESIGNED BY MERCEDES-BENZ

WATCH CARISSA MOORE DOMINATE THE ROXY PRO

JORDY SMITH LOSES TO TIAGO PERES (fast forward to 28:09 for the punch)

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The ASP Comes Out Swinging: Womens Surfing Upgrade, Pulls Power Rankings; Borte Quits Surfing

DOWN THE LINE FEBRUARY 18, 2014 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
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SHOW NOTES: THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS Jason Borte; How Surfing Ruined My Life ; Sochi Surfing and the Olympics; ASP Fantasy Surfer game vs. FantasySurfer.com; Lewis Samuels’ spins more vitriol via ASP Power Rankings – gets yanked; Bethany Hamilton at Prayer Breakfast; Paul Speaker loves Women’s Surfing and its marketing potential; Kelly Slater and the Bat Tail goes batty; Todd Chesser is our DUKE K.; Best Song ever is the Allman Brothers “Where it All Began” ;

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Jason Borte’s Blog – Good stuff – I recommend.

Kelly Slater in Golf Digest

The Bat Tail – it’s back

FYI these come from @draynolds instagram and the graphics are his too. ASP Power Rankings (words) by Lewis Samuels – Recently yanked off of the ASP website – click image for larger version.
ASP Power Rankings by Lewis Samuels
ASP Power Rankings by Lewis Samuels
ASP Power Rankings by Lewis Samuels
ASP Power Rankings by Lewis Samuels
ASP Power Rankings by Lewis Samuels

An interview (post Power Rankings yank) with Lewis Samuels

Surfing IN the Olympics – will it look like this?

This is a great forecast by Mark Sponsler and StormSurf.com – You should subscribe to his channel on YoutTube – I do.

LUNDA BAY LUNACY

DOWN THE LINE FEBRUARY 04, 2014 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
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THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS: Dave and Scott discuss, among other things, Lunada Bay, Chris Taloa, Vladimir Putin, Shark Culling in WA and on the East Coast of Oz, Dog culling at the Olympics, Snowboarding in Utah, getting fat, boards with volume, single fins, Volcom Pipe Pro, JJF, Richard Sherman, Kelly Slater, Hurley wetsuits, O’Neill wetsuits, Neil Young, Pete Seeger, Teddy Roosevelt, Forest Fires, The Boardroom, SHACC, Facebook, and many many other things – listen in!

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LUNADA BAY AKA ALOHA POINT

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Is this man hunting stray dogs?

SHARK CULL in WA
There have been seven fatal attacks in WA since 2010, and a program is underway to selectively eliminate them. While there’s been widespread opposition to the move, surfers on the WA south west coast support the move.

I think both sides are short-sighted: I think that if the economy wasn’t threatened; the politicians wouldn’t give a shit about a few surfers being killed. AND on the other side… the scientists skew the data, they say “oh well the number of sharks has declined in the last 50 years; well that may be, but the number of Great White Sharks, Bronze Whalers, and Tiger Sharks – the species that threatens surfers, swimmers, and beach goers — has not declined.” THE WA government isn’t blindly killing any and all sharks. They are selectively eliminating large Great Whites, and Tigers that are biting on baited hooks a mile or so off-shore.

Now what about this idea: Don’t kill the hooked sharks; move them 100 miles out to sea.

VOLCOM PIPE PRO
JJF out

Kook: Russian authorities and Vladimir Putin for exterminating all the stray dogs in Soochi Olympics

Duke: Richard Sherman whose post super bowl interviews ere classy, sincere, and humble with a touch of humility. I’m a new found fan.

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BEST SONG EVER

BIG WAVE SEASON: XXL-ENT BLUSTER

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THIS WEEK WE DISCUSS: BIG WAVE SEASON HITS FULL FORCE. MAVS EVENT ON FOR FRIDAY JAN24. EDDIE TOO MUCH BLUSTER. NELSCOTT REEF (yes they held this event it still exists and no one knows). BILL SHARP IS VERY BUSY. MUST SEE TV.

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SHOW NOTES UNEDITED:
Big Wave Season
Quiksilver Eddie no go this week
Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikua was given a yellow light early this week and all eyes were on massive swell ; but unfortunately the storm that created those waves was very close to Hawaii and the resulting onshore winds made it difficult to call the Eddie event ON.

Eddie a No Go, but
The Mavs event is on Standby YELLOW alert as large swell to hit Friday 15-18’ + w/ very good conditions;
Surfline calling it 25-30’ on the faces as select deep water spots i.e code for Mavs.
I’ve been out there; on a boat during the event; The year 2002 or 2003;
Slater was in it and Flea won the event. But many thought Slater should’ve won it.
It is something to behold. If you ever get the chance to watch the event from the boat do it. Packs a big lunch and plenty of cold weather garb.
To air the event live on national television for the first time ever. Universal Sports will broadcast the final heats of the contest LIVE to a nationwide audience.
Big swell here this week
lots of great waves in San Diego this week; long westerly swell lines ; most of the points, jettys, reefs pretty good. Deep water spots really good. But, alas, crowded as … too much long period energy gives the newbys plenty of time to paddle out.
Taken out by a SUP; almost broke my leg; I got two or three memorable little shacks; plenty of pulsing surf action;
JAWS: Jaws saw at least two maybe three days of paddle in action this week; You need to watch Billy Kemper’s epic tube ride. Truly incredible. A few years ago Paddle in days didn’t exist; Recently we’ve seen quite a few.
Do you think REDBULL is bummed they cancelled their event at JAWS.

MUST SEE TV:

Jaws paddle in highlight with three tubes from that day.

Jeremy Rasmussen wins Nelscott Reef Uninvitational Open
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 January, 2014 – Surfer Jeremy Rasmussen of Lincoln City, Ore., took first in the Lay Down Division and Ian Wallace won the Stand-up Paddleboard Division at the Nelscott Reef Uninvitational Open on Sunday at the remote Oregon break of Nelscott Reef.
Twelve surfers plus four teams were out on the water for four hours and were treated with 20 to 25-foot waves, according to contest organizer John Forse. “They all worked it out,” Forse said.
Each surfer had a minimum of one and a half hours in the water, Forse said.
Local surfers who competed include Ed Guzman, Colin Brown and Randy Reyes. Each paid a $300 entry fee. Paul Wetterau took second in the Lay Down Division and Mike Kotowski of Humboldt was third.
Santa Cruz’s Guzman took second in the SUP Division and Wade Lawson of Los Angeles placed third. The Uninvitational offered a $5,000 payout. That included a $1,000 prize for the ride of the day, which was shared by Rasmussen and Kotowski, and $500 prizes in a variety of categories.

DAVID’S trip to Panama

SURF Expo / East Coast surfing Hall of Fame inductions
Surf expo sponsored an evening for the ECSHoFame
Every two years they have this event; this year inductees were: Greg Mungall, Shea Lopez, Mike Martin 7 years as the ASP head judge; Mike NEMO Nemnich; Dean Randazzo; Donny Mulhearn; Christel Roever; Les Shaw; David DCB Balserak;
Great evening; I learned a lot ; I’m really naïve to the East coast scene; it’s been great getting to know those surfers; Such nice people; even the grumpy ones are nice.
http://www.surfexpo.com/Events/EastCoastSurfingHallofFame.aspx

Lunada Bay Takeover

WHAT? WHO? HOW? WHY?
I can appreciate a local community of surfers setting up a standard whereby respect is earned after you’ve spent some time in the water and is a two way street. Unfortunately respect is a one-way street at Lunada Bay.
I learned to surf in a region where we had cliffs and you had to go and down and we were protective of our lame little spots in Del Mar, and we were basically immature punks. But we grew out of it.
In my heart of hearts I know that Duke Kahanamoku would be disappointed in the actions of the surfers that live in that neighborhood and partake of childish/ self-centered attitudes. That is my litmus test : what would DUKE say? I don’t think he would condone 90% of the behavior.
Caveat here: I’m a hypocrite. I can be a self-centered jerk too; I’m not proud of it, but sometimes my ego gets in the way of good intentions.

Steamroller adventure:

Bruce Jones Passing
One of Southern California’s most experienced and beloved surfboard shapers, Bruce Jones, passed away on January 14. He was 69 years old.

Kirra Saved from Cruise Ship Development

ASP Changes for 2014

BEST SONG EVER

“Sweet Virginia” is the sixth track on the Rolling Stones’ 1972 double album Exile On Main St.. It was also released as the b-side of the “Rocks Off” single in Japan.
Recorded between 1971 and ’72, “Sweet Virginia” is a slow country inspired song, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The song features a harmonica solo by Jagger, a saxophone solo by Bobby Keys and a female chorus. Charlie Watts plays a country shuffle rhythm.[1]
The song was performed by the Stones during their 1972 American tour, their 1994 Voodoo Lounge Tour tour and their 2005 A Bigger Bang Tour. “Sweet Virginia” has also been covered by the band Phish[2] and Old Crow Medicine Show in concerts.
The song was used in the 1995 film Casino starring Robert De Niro.