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Promoter Linda Benson backed away from having a surf contest at Swamis. We say “thank you” Linda. A contest at Swamis beach Park? Folks if you haven’t been there, let me tell you, it is a tiny beach park with very thin sliver of beach, limited parking, no handicap access, the list of logistical nightmares is never-ending. Common sense prevailed, hard to believe when you consider politicians were involved.
Anyway, it is over, so you probably won’t hear Baldy and I talking about it.Thanks for putting up with us as the issue unfolded. I do know that stake-holders in this debacle did listen to the show, and I’m sure that it helped to ‘pressure them into clarity’ on this issue.
Waves: the last few days have been really good here in San Diego. A mix of southern hemi groundswell ( first of the season – same swell that hit Teahupoo; check TransWorld SURF) and NW groundswelll has provided us with plenty of fun waves. This weekend promises more of hte same, and going into mid-to-late portion of next week (Mar 25th-ish) more significant souther hemi and NW swell combines.
By the way, in case you haven’t been following PT on FaceBook, NOOSA has been firing as the entire Queensland coast is inundated with cyclonic swell activity.
Seth Pettersen, a local Ventura surfer and musician, has been playing some gigs down here in San Diego. Seth will join Baldy and Bassy in-studio Sunday Mar 21st, to play some live music and talk story. We are big fans, and play Seth’s tunes coming in and out of breaks. you may have that song Baby Buddha stuck in your head. That’s Seth!
Seth will be playing at Sacred Craft in Ventura April 10th, Ventura County Fairgrounds
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Dear Encinitas City Council Member,
It has come to my attention on Wednesday March 10th, 2010 you will be reviewing the Parks and Recreation Commission’s Report (PRCR) for the unsanctioned Women’s World Longboard Championship as posted for Agenda Item 7 on the city’s website. While I fully support all women’s surfing, I have many concerns with the city issuing a permit for the first contest in 45 years at Swami’s.
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Seth Pettersen “Baby Buddah” – This is the song we play a bit during the show.
Slater maintains secondary tour plan is no pipe dream
But nine-time world champion has no plans to take on the ASP, writes Josh Rakic in surf news.
“I don’t think that the ESPN Tour is completely a dead idea. I think there’s some kind of possibility that it could still happen in the future.”
Kelly Slater surf news
And with those words from nine-time world champion Kelly Slater, it seems clear the rumours of the ”rebel” tour’s death are greatly exaggerated. But the iconic figure insists it’s no rebel tour and that if he had his way, the stalled ESPN-sanctioned tour would run as a best-of-the-best format to co-exist with the current ASP tour.
”It doesn’t have to be a rival or alternative tour to the ASP, it might be a supplementary thing,” Slater revealed to The Sun-Herald. ”The last thing I want to see is the companies or the ASP be screwed over. But I also don’t want to see the surfers screwed over. A supplementary series could work out great. It doesn’t need to decide the world champion. I think people were confused about whether that needed to be like boxing with different belts. No.”
Slater came under intense scrutiny last year after he and ESPN mooted the idea of a secondary tour, one which would feature just 16 athletes and unprecedented prizemoney, plus mainstream media coverage of a sport with a business model that has gone largely unchanged for two decades.
Unlike other international sports such as tennis and golf, surfing’s major companies not only sponsor the bulk of the tour’s athletes but are also the principle sponsors of the events – granting them almost total control of the sport.
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE FROM SMH HERE
Surf News & Surfing Industry News: STOP SWAMIS SURFING CONTESTS – A Petition
Baldy and I first spoke about this a few weeks ago when rumors were swirling. Well someone in the surf community put together a petition to STOP SURFING CONTESTS AT SWAMIS.
My gut tells me that there must be a better place to hold this event, I mean anywhere is better than Swamis, right? I dearly respect Linda Benson and appreciate all of her efforts. Frankly she has helped me out in a few separate instances. Specifically introducing me to some possible investors in a film I was making. She is a hero in my book. A pioneer. The surfing matriarch of Encinitas. Nonetheless, I’m not sure holding an event at Swamis is in the best interests of the local surfing community. Perhaps San Onofre would be better?
It seems odd that there was no public input about this event. People started whispering about it here and there. Various locals have approached me about it – some rather pushy and sort of ‘in my face.’ The contest certainly is a point of contention. It seems people are either for it or against it, there is no middle ground. A very polarizing situation indeed.
Well, know there apparently is some public input.
By the way Linda sent me this link FOR the having the contest:
I hope the City of Encinitas has a public hearing about this, that way both sides can explain their viewpoints and some sanity may come of all this.