Archive for March, 2012
March 25, 2012, San Diego, Ca. — – Down the Line – Surf Talk Radio with Bassy n Baldy.
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Pro surfer Page Hareb in boxing match shows tons of MOXY! She will fight again. (see Top 5 Stories)
Segment 1 sponsor brought to you by Quiksilver Waterman Collection and their brand ambassadors on twitter Mark Healey @healeysurf , Shayne McIntyre @ShayneMcIntyre , Jamie Mitchell, Peter Mel @peter_mel, Mel Pu’u: Robby Naish; Quiksilver Waterman Collection is presenting next years’ Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection which takes place June 1, 2013 in the brand new state-of-the-art building at the OC Fairgrounds called The HANGAR.
Surf Report with Adam Wright from SolSpot.com – all eyes on Southern Hemi swell developing now — the HYPE officially begins now – that should produce some very solid Central American surf sizes. So NicaraguaSurfReports.com or Costa Rica or wherever your heart desires to take you, warm water, head high ++ swell on the way for the end of the month. Should produce some shoulder to head high waves in San Diego and a little bigger in the Trestles area.
When is our water going to warm up?
Email #1: Hey Guys, I’m Sizzlesmo. (our Fantasy Surfer clubhouse -Down The Line Surf Talk Radio – winner from the Quiksilver Snapper event #1) Thanks for the shout out on March 11th Podcast, too funny. I played it for all my friends, they pissed themselves. A signed bar of wax, epic. My mailing address is below.
Gloucester, MA 01930 Love the show guys, thanks for doing what you do
-Chad PS attaching a pic of my home break during a Nor Easter this past winter (felt it was necessary since you now know I’m from the Northeast J)
Sizzlesmo: Chad’s home-break in Massachusetts
Email 2: You guys were kind of on a professional surfer / contest binge so it was great to hear about other aspects of our culture. Doug Walker’s “Lost and Found” story has so many fascinating dimensions to it. You guys did an amazing job guiding us through.
This year is the second that the WSA is including a Challenged Athlete division in every one of their contests, including the West Coast Championships at Lower Trestles.
Email #3: Hey, you guys covered the year anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown but didn’t segway into the San O closure.
Trestles glows in the dark! Regards, Francisco Cuerva
NEED YOUR HELP: Wounded Warrior West Swim and Surf Donation Drive — Please if you can donate $10 $20 $30 or $3000 ! I’m trying to get them 10 new softboards up at the Hope and Care Center on Camp Pendleton. These warriors come home – still active duty with prosthetics and the hard surfboards get dinged up; plus the wax get stuck in the prosthetic. So softboards are the answer. Help out if you can please!!!!
I no like. Not so nice. Kazakhstan is furious over the playing of the spoof national anthem from the comedy Borat during a real-life international sporting event, calling it “a scandal” and demanded an investigation. Maria Dmitrienko of Kazakhstan won a gold medal at the Arab Shooting Championships in Kuwait on Thursday, but during the award ceremony the spoof anthem from the 2006 movie starring Sacha Baron Cohen was played instead of the real anthem. Tournament organizers are believed to have downloaded the wrong version from the Internet.
Watch this cool clip from Doug Walker’s LOST AND FOUND Collection.
Nicaragua Trip – My boards didn’t make it until the final day I was there. I rented boards the whole time.
Accommodations: Super nice accommodations from Nicaragua Surf Report .com. I stayed in a 1 bedroom deluxe condo with all the amenities for $115/night. Included bikes with surf racks, pool, internet ($5/day). Cook my own food. I spent $70 on food for the week. I watched movies, and I did some work too.
Waves: The swell never really materialized. I got there and it was 2-3′; then it dropped, then the swell did arrive for one day but it wasn’t big enough to dampen the crowd. A little wally, there were corners, and the wind was quartering from the southeast too much. And the wind was STRONG, MUY FUERTE… Which caused upwelling so the water dipped to 65 degrees. Swell died in one day. Surf wise… I didn’t time it right.
Punta Colorados – Steep hollow fast beach break with corners. Better when it’s big cause it thins out the crowd. Kooky crowd.
Panga Drops – Tricky reef spot that has rippable cutback sections. Rights and lefts.
Other – This local guy took me to a spot with a rivermouth and a left point. That was fun. My best session, no crowds, way more adventureous.
Golf course is great. Super nice 18 holes.
Top 5 stories
#1 Mike Prickett – friend of everybody and award winning water cinematographer – suffers paralysis after saving the life of another diver.
FROM ESPN: Cinematographer Mike Prickett still sits in a hyperbaric chamber, suffering from a paralyzing case of decompression sickness. But after spending more than six hours a day in “the pot,” as Indies Trader captain Martin Daly refers to it on Prickett’s Facebook wall, things seem to be improving.
“He has regained some sensation and minor movement in his legs. Definitely not in his feet yet, but he’s got the spirit of a giant, so if anyone’s going to recover from this, you can bet Mike will,” reports Jodi Wilmott, who released the first official statement about Prickett on Mar. 20 and has been in contact with him since.
Coming to the aid of a diver in distress while on a commercial shoot in Tahiti, in an act that can only be described as utterly and purely heroic, Prickett dove 220 feet down to retrieve the diver, and then gave him the remains of his air supply as they made their way back to the surface. He subsequently got “the bends” and was paralyzed from the chest down.
News about Prickett spread like wildfire throughout the various social media channels, and the outpouring of support has been enormous. At one time or another it’s safe to say that every notable in professional surfing has passed before his well trained lens. Among a multitude of other projects, Prickett was the director of photography for the Emmy-nominated 2007 ESPN release “Down the Barrel.”
“We have a benefit at Surfer, The Bar next Wednesday, Mar. 28, 6:00pm to late,” added Wilmott. “Live music, auction, a good North Shore get-together for the surf community to hopefully help cover some of Mike’s medical expenses.”
For more you can find Surfer, The Bar on Facebook or go to PrickettFilms.com.
#2 SURFERS Heroes in Florida shark attack
Letter to the Editor – paraphrased: “My daughter was tugged twice off of her board by the shark, these two men surfing nearby immediately came to our aid — performing the true act of heroism.
Being in water over our heads with a clearly agitated animal, we could not simply run to the shore. These surf angels put their own comfort and well-being aside and paddled straight out to flank us with their boards, creating a flotilla of four. They spoke with calm reassurance and assisted my injured daughter from my surfboard onto hers for the paddle back to shore.
Yes, it was horrifying. But God must have been working in the hearts of the two men who shielded us from further harm, leaving our daughter with a lasting positive vision of their calm faces, words of constant encouragement, swift purposeful actions, and absolutely no contempt for the shark behaving normally in its environment.
The wonderful sport of surfing carries its risks, rewards, and some amazing heroes. We thank our heroes.”
#3 Paige Hareb will box on for her surfing career.
The World-Tour surfer and Fight for Life cult hero has confirmed she will follow in Sonny Bill Williams’ footsteps and juggle two sports, with a career on the waves and in the ring to help fund her bid to become the first Kiwi to win the world women’s surfing crown.
Hareb says she would fight professionally at least once this year, most likely on the Fight for Life bill in December. But she is not ruling out more bouts in 2012 and next year. Dean Lonergan and Duco Events wanted her back as a key drawcard after her sensational showing last year – when she went toe-to-toe with snowboarding champ and TV star Hayley Holt.
“I need to find other ways to fund my travel around the world, for the Dream Tour, and this is a way for me to do it,” says Hareb, who last year lost her sponsor Billabong. “Dean’s obviously keen to have me back and if I can help get some more funds and exposure, I’ll do it.”
Who pro surfers would you like to see in the boxing ring? How about Kelly Slater vs. Jamie O’Brien. They’ve been having a twitter war. Jamie O’Brien vs anybody.
#3 The Groundswell Society’s “Sharing the Stoke” event makes a return to Rincon Point –yesterday . This event supports at-risk youth programs and scholarships. Using a team surfing format developed especially for the Invitational, each team has the opportunity to ride the waves of Rincon for an hour with no other teams in the water. From surf schools, surfing organizations, clubs, companies, and surf shops throughout California teams are invited based on their public benefit efforts to “share the stoke of surfing” during the prior year.
#4 The Del Mar Surfboard Expo (formerly known as Sacred Craft) has a date Oct 6 & 7.
#5 GMAC CAMP CHIMES in on SURFERS VILLAGE claiming 90 footer.:
While I believe that the surfing community has ‘down-sized’ wave heights for far too long ( I also believe this wave to be bigger than 90 feet), I find it curious that their “camp” would spin this a few weeks away from the XXL voting. It se……ems a little desperate. If I was advising the GMAC ‘camp’ I’d stress confidence in their 90-foot claim, rather than seeking validation, a validation they already have assuming they can produce Mr Collins’ email.
For the record we called and texted Garrett to come on the show months ago. He is one of the best radio guests I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing. I hope to get him on soon.
Some of you may recall the Stab and Dodge video I made years ago.
Well, it seems that I may have actually provided to our culture in a meaningful way. Check this out:
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Buzzy Kerbox, Terry Fitzgerald, Reno Abellira, MR, Bert, and Shaun Thomson circa 1977- courtesy The Lost and Found Collection
March 11, 2012, San Diego California — Spring the clocks forward this morning. Wake up! Today’s show has Doug Walker from the Lost and Found Collection calling to discuss his unique story of the Lost and Found Collection (LnF). LnF is a large collection (30,000+ !) of surf photos, mostly black and white slides that Doug Walker stumbled upon at a swap meet. Not just any surf photos, iconic images of legends and legendary surf spots. Photos that must have belonged to someone we all know, but at first nobody could determine who the original photographers were. Strange in a Twilight Zone sort of way. Eventually some photographers came forward, and Doug Walker produced some insightful interviews with the photographers and surfers of that era that are based on or around some of these classic images.
Hmmm, looks like Rory or Gerry… could be Bruce Hansel or Doug Brown? courtesy The Lost and Found Collection
From the Lost and Found website:
This is an epic collection of work of some of the best surfing photographers from a period of time that shaped the sport as we know it today.
In 2007 I attended a flea market in Los Angeles and discovered several boxes containing 30,000 black & white negatives. After spending over a year organizing this amazing collection, my journey began. I set out to find the photographers as well as the surfers that were captured in these special photographs. I spent 3 years researching and interviewing legends like Aaron Chang, Dan Merkel aka “Man Mountain”, & Bob Barbour. After hearing their stories, I realized that there was something much bigger that needed to be told.
Some people say that I didn’t find it. But that it found me.
This is Lost & Found
Egos above aloha. courtesy The Lost and Found Collection
Doug Walker – Part of what makes this story so unique is the “Buried Treasure” phenomena that has taken over American culture i.e. TV shows like Antique Roadshow, Storage Wars, American Pickers.
Please take us back to the initial find, where and when did you find these images?
Did you realize right away, or were you not sure what you had?
How much did you pay for the box of images?
After you found the images, what were the next steps in really determining what you had in your possession?
Surf photographers, especially from this era, can be, and understandably so, a protective bunch (they’ve been getting ripped off for decades). Did you receive any push back or negative vibes when you started exposing your find to the surf world?
As what you had found started to blossom, started to expose itself to you for what it really was, a collection of undeniably iconic images, how then did you determine what to do with them?
Which is your all-time favorite photo in the collection and why?
Peter Townend 1976 World Champion courtesy The Lost and Found Collection
Tell us about the Film?
Where is it playing where can people see it?
TOP 5 Stories of the WEEK:
#1) WORLD SURFING RESERVE DECLARED – Legendary world surfing champion Kelly Slater today accompanied the Governor of New South Wales, Australia, Professor Marie Bashir, at a beachfront ceremony at Manly Beach that formally dedicated the Manly-Freshwater World Surfing Reserve, the first such reserve in Australia – and the third of its type in the world.
“Australia has the world’s best beaches,” said Slater, who is the current and 11-time world surfing champion, as well as a World Surfing Reserves global ambassador. “You think of sacred as an empty beach somewhere where no one is, but then you think of the history of a place like Manly especially in the symbolic terms of surfing.” Slater posed at the ceremony with the original board that Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku built and rode at Manly-Freshwater in 1914.
The four-kilometer (2.5 mile) Manly-Freshwater World Surfing Reserve joins just two other such surfing reserves in the world, namely Malibu, USA (2010) and Ericeira, Portugal (2011). “World Surfing Reserves give formal recognition to the world’s most significant surfing beaches, acknowledging their outstanding surf breaks as well as the rich surfing history and culture associated with them,” said Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay. Councillor Hay is Chair of the Manly-Freshwater World Surfing Reserve Steering Committee.
World Surfing Reserves is an international initiative based on models established by UNESCO’s World Heritage Program and National Surfing Reserve Reserves Australia to recognize and help protect outstanding surf zones and their surrounding environments, around the world. World Surfing Reserves’ board of international experts forges partnerships with local communities to select, enshrine, and help protect globally significant surf spots of universal value.
Manly-Freshwater is known as the birthplace of Australian surfing and was the very stretch of coastline where the great Hawaiian surfer and Olympian Duke Kahanamoku first demonstrated the art of board riding in Australia in 1914. The Duke came to Manly-Freshwater and carved a board out of local timber and rode the board at Freshwater beach in front of an amazed Australian crowd.
#2) 50 FOOT WAVES RIDDEN IN IRELAND; MASSIVE XXL SWELL — Mullaghmore welcomed a huge swell on Thursday (8 March 2012) thanks to a low pressure system which developed strength as it exited Nor’East USA and intensified as it sped past the Canadian Maritines and Greenland. Out in the open Altlantic it absorbed an associated low pressure system resulting in a massive wave making machine and huge waves striking Scottish and Irish shores, on the day of the March full moon.
Waves exceeding 50-feet (read 90 feet) within the system were confirmed by satellite data on Tuesday, March 7th. Mullaghmore Head in County Donegal, Ireland, was in business for big waves on Thursday. Gabe Davies, Andrew Cotton, Tom Butler, Eric Rebiere and Richie Fitzgerald were amongst the tow-teams surfing the monsters.
In the spirit of calling waves as big as they actually are: I’m calling it 90 feet.
#3) Today marks the 1st anniversary of the massive Earthquake and Tsunami that hit Fukushima Japan melting down the TEPCO Nuclear Power Plant reactor.
FROM The Atlantic
“We Are All Radioactive, a forthcoming documentary series, tells the story of one seaside community’s efforts to rebuild in the wake of the 2011 disaster. Motoyoshi, a small town and surf spot about 100 miles from Fukushima, was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami, and now it’s unclear how damaging the effects of the Fukushima meltdown could be. We Are All Radioactive is a collaboration between Lisa Katayama, a journalist, and Jason Wishnow, a filmmaker, with the support of locals, who are contributing their own footage, and viewers, who are crowd funding the film.
Katayama and Wishnow traveled to Motoyoshi twice last year to document the recovery effort, and the multifaceted story grew beyond the bounds of a feature documentary to justify doing an entire series. They plan to release each new episode as soon as it’s fully funded, launching the first episode this Sunday on the one-year anniversary of the disaster. Katayama describes the development of the series in an interview below, and explains the funding process in this pitch video. Visit the IndieGoGo page for We Are All Radioactive to support the series.”
#4) FANTASY SURFER CLUBHOUSE NEWS NOTES: Congrats to Snapper Event winner: SizzlesMo
TOP 10 from the Down The LIne Surf Talk Radio clubhouse:
1) Sizzlesmo 871
3) jonnyaz 842
5) Ampboardsports 805
7) Patch 795
=9) kdawg 790
Big Question Remains… will Kelly Slater be at the Bells Event??
Two analysis’ is ‘ es’
1) Kelly lost the Quik Pro Snapper, not a strong finish, waves were crap, he is over it, only showing up at stellar events with stellar waves so… watch the forecast for Bells. If it is solid he will be there. Why else would he be at Margaret River event? A WQS?
2) Inspired by Dane Reynolds, Kelly will not be traveling as much, bad start to the year, so Irregardless of the swell forecast he is over it, and will make a run at the world title ONLY using stellar events.
March 4, 2012, San Diego, Ca. — Down The Line Surf Talk radio with Jeff Baldwin and Scott Bass
It is Mar 4 Sunday, 2012. Joining in studio this morning is Daniel Tom-O Thomson Tomo Surfboards & Justin Philips
We are live every Sunday morning here in San Diego on XTRA SPORTS 1360AM and broadcast around the world via iTunes.
Josh from the Coast Keeper Foundation is coordinating a fundraiser at the Belly Up Tavern this Wednesday. There’s going to be all kinds of raffles including an autographed Gary Linden surfboard.
Adam Wright. solspot.com surf report –
Aussie Slang – What does it mean?
Blowing’ dogs off chains – it’s windy
That’s guy’s a horse’s hoof! — ugly?
He just chucked a wobbly! – ??
A dingo’s breakfast. (Fresh air and a look around).
He’s batting above his average (ugly bloke with a hot chick)
In more trouble than a pregnant nun
Curtain twitcher (nosey neighbour)
An OPINION – Parko’s 10 point ride – Can the judges seriously award a 10-point ride – a perfect score – in 2012 — in 3′ on-shore Snapper Rocks without the surfer doing some sort of aerial or a deep tube ride?
Brad Gerlach : “In my humble opinion that wasn’t a 10. I didn’t really like the turn he did to finish the wave, but Parko’s second turn was bigger than what it looked like it was going to be, so that’s what raised the pulse.”
An EMAIL – Hey Scott,
I’m glad to hear you got into THE VOICE- I am working on the show as a camera operator and have been into YOUR radio show via podcast for a few years now. You have provided lots of hours of good entertainment! I must admit, as a SUP-guy myself I always like your detours into other subjects, be it about SUP, snowboarding or environmental subjects like Fukushima. In the spirit of the super-cheesy contest name “Best of Boardriding” I’d even like it if you would talk to somebody like Kai Lenny about his 4-in-1 day at Jaws (Surfing/SUP/Kiteboarding/Windsurfing) or similar stories. Not sure the hardcore surf-only fraction would love you for that…
Either way keep up the good work!– Geedo
Daniel Tomo Thomson – Some of the most cutting edge, futuristic designs, and proving it with you and Justin both ripping it up on these unique surfboards- you’ve won Best of Show at Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo twice.
These boards are short, rather parallel outlines, tell us about the thought process with regard to your latest designs.
Tom Curren is riding your boards and loving them.
How did that relationship come about?
What type of feedback is Tom Curren giving you?
Is it difficult to ask someone to ride your boards, you’re putting yourself, your designs on the line, what if they say NO?
Did he remember you from your days as a grom in Oz?
That’s an A-list crew already, but surfers are generally a conservative lot, at least here in Southern California, what other A-listers would you like to see on these boards helping to spread the good word of Tomo.
Somebody posted a photo of Tom Curren with your board and it had a Channel Island Hexicon sticker on it. Did you know that?
Chris from Twitter wanted to ask you about days with ..”ask tomo this morning for stories about George Greenough and Michael Petersen”
You’ve got a new logo designed by Jetter Green -
Deathstar, Raptor, MPH
TOP 5 Stories
#1 Story – Taj Burrow wins at Quiksilver Pro Snapper Rocks ; Stephanie GIlmore
#2 Stab Magazine – Australian surf mag, published a story “The rapidly-shrinking world tour Goodbye J-Bay; goodnight Cloudbreak.”
While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, surfing’s worst-kept secret is that the Volcom Pro in Fiji slated for June has been canceled. This would mean it’s the third world tour event iced this year, following the cancellation of the Quiksilver Pro, New York, and the downgrading of the Billabong Pro, J-Bay to a six star qualifying event last week. Late last year Rip Curl also canceled their mobile Search event for this year. The 2012 tour will now be nine events and surfers will likely take seven results to their final tally.
Why hasn’t Volcom quashed this rumor?
Anthony Marcotti poised this paradigm: PPV WT events. If they are getting 6 million viewers, Why not charge $10 for the entire year? $1 an event, and receive (with 10% buy -in) $6 million dollars.
As soon as Kelly Slater’s wave pool becomes a reality, the WT will become marketable to TV, thus marketable to big sponsor dollars; Kelly Slater will license the tech and be a billionaire.
#3 Derek Rabelo. The 19-year-old surfer from Brazil was born blind but that never stopped him from living life to the fullest ; he surfed Pipeline with the help of Makua Kai Rothman and others. 3′- 4′ Pipe pushed into a wave, straight to his feet; how blind is he? Partially? completely? Regardless, pretty amazing stuff, our hats are off to Derek.
#4 The Hydrodynamica art installation – part of the “Pacific Standard Time” series– runs for one more week, do yourself a favor and go check it out.
#5 Twitter verse drama with Sunny Garcia and Jamie O’Brien : SUNNYGARCIA: “@whoisjob you’re a great surfer but you talk way too much shit so surf and stop talking about how great you are:)”
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