DOWN THE LINE JANUARY 22, 2014 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.
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MAY 17 & 18, 2014 – DEL MAR, CA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Old Crow Medicine Show in concerts.
The song was used in the 1995 film Casino starring Robert De Niro.