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DOWN THE LINE DECEMBER 9, 2013 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.

THIS WEEK WE TALK TO: CHAS SMITH – AUTHOR – WELCOME TO PARADISE, NOW GO TO HELL & DISCUSS ARABIC, THE NORTH SHORE, EDDIE, ANDY, BRUCE, KAI, STAB, LEBANON, JAMIE O., SURF MAGAZINES, OUTSIDE, BILLABONG, NOT MUCH MORE

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TRIPLE CROWN TALK – CULLING SHARKS – JJ CALE – NAT YOUNG – CHAS SMITH – WAITRESSES AT CHRISTMAS & MORE

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.”

assume:
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

DAMIEN HOBGOOD
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.

QUIKSILVER MOONS THE ASP & CLASH OF THE PRIORITY LEGENDS

DOWN THE LINE NOVEMBER 21, 2013 surfing, surf news, surfer information, surfing industry tripe et al.

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W co-host David Lee Scales : This week we discuss and opine on …the priority rule, Brad Gerlach, Clash of the Legends, Marty Thomas, Dane Reynolds invented the Dumpster Diver?, Quiksilver Moons the ASP, Fukushima catastrophe-in-a-can where is the Surfrider Foundation? A little awareness please, (this has to be as important as a PennyWise concert), no? ; plus Greg Long the adventurer, Maya-Gate, Waylon Jennings, Lukenbach Texas, Stevie Wonder, Mick v Kelly — who won the Cloudbreak break heat last month?, FOOT LOCKER and oh so much more…

mooney_gnome
“If (Quiksilver) is going to contribute to the ASP, (we) have to figure out what (we) are getting for it… If (we) are not getting access to the content, not getting exposure for our brand and athletes, it’s not clear to me why we should be involved.” — Andy Mooney CEO Quiksilver.

From Phil Jarratt:

Could Quiksilver fall of the WCT?? Maybe. Read on. Posted on Swellnet.com.au Mon 18th of Nov.

Mooney came to Quik after a more than 30-year career at Nike and Disney, where he was regarded as a shrewd operator who could get the books in shape, and was only ruthless when absolutely necessary. He knew about team sports and Mickey and Donald, and I don’t mean Dora and Takayama. He knew jackshit about surfing, but when it came to saving Quiksilver, that was besides the point. — PJ SwellNet

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DAVID’S MUST SEE MOMENT OF THE WEEK

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FUKUSHIMA AND FANTASY SURFER – ARE THEY CONNECTED?

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 — BELOW ARE SOME OF THE NOTES, VIDEOS, ISSUES, & IMAGES THAT WE DISCUSSED DURING THIS WEEKS SHOW.

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Legoland leaking radiated water tanks

SCOTT’S MUST SEE MOMENT OF THE WEEK

If you’re on the North Shore during the Triple Crown T-Sherms and pop artist BERT are exhibiting s collab show at the Sugarmill – go check it out.

LANCE ARMSTRONG IS A SURFER?
• An unnamed ASP insider has passed along information regarding a “top 5”
ASP World Tour competitor refusing to submit to a randomly administered
drug test during the day of round three of the Rip Curl Pro Bells.

• Officials pulled four or the twelve heat-winning surfers aside after the
surfer’s respective third round heats and administered private urine
testing in the confines of the Tour Director’s office.
• One surfer, who’s
name has yet to be released refused the test, reportedly getting in to a
verbal altercation with tour officials that eventually turned in to a
shoving match with the surfer having to be restrained by event security.

• Tour officials and surfer reps have been in talks regarding the
altercation and drug test refusal, and sources say the surfer will most
likely be banned from competition until a drug test is administered.

• Complicating issues is the deadline set by the ASP for the actual test,
which was set at 24 hours prior to the initial testing round. In an “off
the record” statement from a top ASP official, it was stated that if
the unnamed surfer does not submit to the test, he will be immediately
expelled from the world tour. More to come on this developing story.
DO YOU THINK THAT TOP 10 SURFERS ARE USING PEDS?

Puke-ishima or Fuck-Ishima
The lack of North American News Coverage is painful. As surfers but more importantly as HUMAN BEINGS the FUKUSHIMA situation should be on the radar of every citizen in every civilized society. From Sweden to Sasketchawan to the Society Islands. This will affect us all.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL AGENTS OF CHANGE — THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION, SIERRA CLUB, NATURE CONSERVANCY, SAVE THE WAVES — ARE NOT RAISNG AWARENESS OF THIS ONGOING DISASTER!
All environmental causes, foundations, organizations & associations should yield their campaigns for one year and join together in solidarity for the massive, overriding cause : Awareness of the Fukushima Dilemma.
WHY IS THIS NOT THEIR NUMBER PRIORITY?

STRIKE WHILE THE IRONS HOT
Bruce Irons is competing in the Triple Crown. It’ll be interesting to see if he is on a comeback – a legit comeback.
Do you think he’s just going through the motions?

Mega Crown of Surfing
A large NN mE swell rocked the North Shore this week, right at the start of the Triple Crown.

Surf Industry Metamorphosis
With the Billabong as a poster child for dinosaur surf soft goods companies imploding, it is a fact that the surf industry is gone. Replaced by a YOUTH LIFESTYLE industry that ‘s based as much in music, skating, fashion, art, video games, the internet, urban attitudes, MMA and pop culture d’jour; maybe even vaporized nicotine. Companies like RVCA, STANCE, Brixton, Raen, are part surfing but really…really they’re YOUTH LIFESTYLE companies.
SHOULD SIMA, THE SURF INDUSTRY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, CHANGE ITS NAME?

Fantasy Surfer Florencia
In my chat with Triple Crown Contest Director Marty Thomas last week, he disclosed that Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater will be on opposite ends of the draw. One of those two will end up facing JJF?
WHOEVER BEATS JJF AT PIPE, WILL THEN GO ON TO WIN THE WORLD TITLE AT PIPELINE. AGREE OR DISAGREE?

Damien Hobgood
I rooting for Damien Hobgood to make it very far in the Pipe Masters.
He’s too good to not be on tour.
IS HOBGOOD DONE?

If you’re on the North Shore during the Triple Crown T-Sherms and pop artist BERT are exhibiting s collab show at the Sugarmill – go check it out.

CONRAD’S MUST SEE MOMENT OF THE WEEK?


IAN WALSH RIDES A HOT DOG

SCOTT’S MUST SEE MOMENT OF THE WEEK

SAY A PRAYER FOR KIRK PASSERMAN AND HIS FAMILY

BEST SONG EVER?

MARTY THOMAS CONTEST DIRECTOR – VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2013 — SURF NEWS – SURF TALK RADIO

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Surf News for the Week…

1) Eddie Aikau invites sent out and opening ceremonies set for Dec 5th
This happens each and every year and the Quiksilver in Honor of Eddie Aikau is a special event for many reasons.

Eddie Aaron Gold
Aaron Gold

The feel good story here is : AARON GOLD — Aaron has been riding The Bay since he was around 13 years of age, but only emerged on the international scene during the past two years. Memorable performances at venues like Jaws and Cortes have been captured by the media, though many times with Aaron only being recognized as an “Unidentified” surfer.

Driven purely by a love for riding big waves, with no sponsors to his name, Aaron Gold will no longer go unrecognized.

My take: I hope that the event runs this year, there would be some poetic justice in that the Eddie documentary aired on ESPN last month, seems like it would be a good fit from a timing perspective.

2) The whole MAYA-Gate controversy is slowly burning to an end in the news cycle, but not without ken Skin Dog Collins chiming in on Facebook with rather eloquent and sincere insight. Ken Collins is slowly but surely becoming a man of the people. Mayor of Santa Cruz–perhaps.? Check out the video clip with Skinny’s insight.

And lastly SURFLINE did a great little QnA with Maya and Carlos Burle and they discuss most everything.

Except the big question: “Was it a completed ride?” and / or do “Biggest wave ever” claims need to be accompanied by a completed ride to the channel or safety?

http://tinyurl.com/msnoq54 – Surfline link

3) Sadly Buttons Kaluhiokalani passed away earlier this week. The internet and social media lit up with sadness and heartfelt tributes. EOS did a really cool tribute video. Everything has been said: Aloha Buttons Rest In Peace
There is a paddle out this Sat Nov 9th at Malibu 1130-3pm

http://encyclopediaofsurfing.com

Also: 9 year old Delaney Kuepper is raising money for Buttons’ children via a surf marathon type event; I’ll put that link to that great cause by a great kid helping other kids:

http://www.youcaring.com/other/delaney-kuepper-surfs-for-button-s-family/102556

4) I’ll be producing THE BOARDROOM Surfboard Show in Del Mar on May 17 & 18 and this year honoring Icon of Foam ; great surfer, great Hawaiian, great Shaper– the legend — Mr. Ben Aipa.

Aipashaping

XXL HELL : MAYA ALMOST DROWNS

NOV 1, 2013 —
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SCOTT”S BEST SONG EVER:

-Opening banter about emails received, feedback or comments about the last show, recent lack of swell, etc.

-Discussion about Scott
SCOTT: Surfing since 1978; surfed on the Torrey Pines High school surf team, and the UCSD surf team; worked in the DM lifeguard dept for about 5 years ; spent about 6 months in Australia, worked in a little restaurant called SWELLS in Terrigal, Central Coast; met Steve Hawk surfing in Mexico and offered me an internship job at SURFER where I worked in an editorial capacity from 1998 to 2008. Started the consumer surfboard show, Sacred Craft, in 2007, and have been running that ever since; I wrote a children’s book called Girl vs. Wave ; I wrote and co-produced a documentary film about surfers during the Vietnam War called Between The Lines. I’ve traveled & surfed in Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia, Indonesia, Micronesia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, France. I’m on the Board of Directors at the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center. In 2013 I produced the California Gold Vintage Surf Auction. I’ve been hosting surf talk radio since 2005. You can search the iTunes podcast directory for “Down The Line” to listen to past shows.

-Must See Moment of the Week
Jon Stewart The Daily Show, he does a little bit about sexy Halloween costumes that is clever, check it out. Mundaka Footage floating around FaceBook is pretty mental.

-Hot Topics:

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Carlos Burle and the biggest wipe-out ever

Nazare the big wave deep-water offshore canyon wave came alive during a massive swell. A few brave souls tow-ed the spot including Carlos Burle and Maya Gabeira (who we will get to in a minute) ; Carlos rode a monster and many are claiming a new world record with a wave reaching , by some accounts, 120’.
WTH? Laird Hamilton had a some choice comments on CNN. One was that Carlos didn’t make the wave and therefore did not ride the biggest wave ever. Laird said, “Carlos had the biggest wipe-out ever, not the biggest ride”
Is Laird’s assessment, that a surfer must make the wave to claim the world record, a reasonable litmus test?

Carlos Burle has responded to Laird Hamilton’s controversial opinions on the Brazilian’s potential big wave record, saying the American is a “spoiled” rider.

Laird disses Maya’s effort
Maya Gabiera almost died out there; big wipe-out, went unconscious; very scary situation and I wish her a speedy recovery. Laird, on CNN, went on to say that Maya had no –place being out there, that dangerous realm isn’t for her, she’s unprepared. And… that Carlos should bear the responsibility for Maya almost dying. FYI – LAIRD CNN video mysteriously missing. Conspiracy theorists have Laird’s people pulling strings at YOUTube.
Is Maya out of bounds, surfing in waves of this magnitude?

SKINDOG BRINGS SANITY (WAAAT?):

MAYA’S RESCUE:

NAZERE: LOOKS LIKE FUN, NO?

Nazare translation: No-zare
Big Wave Session; this wave barely breaks, it more or less topples over, at least relative to other big wave breaks such as Jaws, Mavericks, Waimea, Cortez Bank. Surfing Mag wrote a great op/ed about the wave science of estimating the wave height at Nazare and other spots. Basically stating that these aren’t 100-foot waves, there is no real bottom to these waves, no trough. Without a trough you cannot measure the wave.
Where was GMAC?

Pipeline Season Opener
JOB and JJF got some great waves, but everyone got great waves, a gorgeous and perfect day at Pipe.
Where was Ricardo Dos Santos? October Pipe; means the sand is gone already which bodes well for Pipe lovers. Surfline LIVE had a live broadcast feed of the footage and it was awesome! Hats off to SURFLINE.

Tom Carroll Comes Clean
Tom Carroll and brother Nick were on Australia 60-Minutes news magazine. Tom admits what many of us knew, that he has an addictive personality and it has manifest itself with crystal meth addiction. He has been clean for 6 years.
Why announce this now? Feel good story. Everyone loves Tom. They are trying to sell books. Regardless this is something every young kid should hear about. I’m glad for Tom, I’m glad for this story. We need feel good stories.

MAYA’S RESCUE:

NAZERE: LOOKS LIKE FUN, NO?

CPR: HINT… IT DOESN’T STAND FOR “CARLOS PERFORMS RESCUE”

BEST SONG EVER:

SURF NEWS: J.O.B. JOBBED by ASP? YES or NO

OCT 21, 2013
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“I hope everyone comes here for the Pipe Masters and the waves just suck.”– JOB

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Kai Otten maiden victory Rip Curl Pro in Portugal
The Rip Curl Pro At Supertubos finished and Kai Otten won the event beating JJflorence, MickFanning and Parko on his way to victory. A great win, no doubt.
Will this be Kai Otten’s finest moment on tour?

The World Title Situation
Entering the final stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater (USA), 41, remain in contention for the ASP World Title. Following Fanning’s fifth place at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Slater must win the Pipe Masters to surpass Fanning for the ASP World Title. If Slater is to win the event, Fanning must place 3rd or better to claim the title for himself.
Will Slater win Pipe and claim a 12th world title?

Pipeline Season Ender
This years tour champion was almost corwned before the final event of the year; this has happened numerous times in the ASPs history. Each time it is a let down for fans.
Should the World Title be decided at Pipeline via a weighted points system?

Great Whitetober
Shark Attack in J-Bay ; gruesome shark eats the body while a kayaker tries to stave off the beast. In Oct 8 Jay Scrivner was attacked receiving 30 stitches and considers himself very lucky. Great White sightings in Malibu & in La Jolla last week. This year, NOAA researchers determined great white sharks make up a distinct genetic group that doesn’t have a high risk of extinction. Yet the State of Cal as possible endangered species which paves the way for another study.
At what point do we take them off of the endangered species list?

ASP Announces Media Deal?
The deal is with ESPN, YouTube and Facebook across the linear broadcast, digital and social media spectrums. The deal includes a highlight show of each tour stop; and all events webcast off of the ASP Youtube channel.
Is an ASP highlights show on ESPN must watch TV?

Alley-Ooop
Julian Wilson boosted a ridiculous alley-oop during the Rip Curl Pro at Supertubes; it immediately went viral and the comparisons to JJF’s alley-oop at the Oakley Pro Bali began.
Which Alley-oooop was better?

Nat Young receives ASP Rookie of the Year Award
Nat Young was in the running early along with Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz then ran away with it. A great rookie year with two 2nd place finishes; a 3rd place; and two 9th places.
Will Nat Young continue on this pace in 2014 or will there be a sophomore slump?

ASP dishes out pain on JOB
Jamie O’Brien and Ricardo Dos Santos got into a little fisticuffs back in August during the Bbong trials at Tahiti. The ASP has fined Obien $5K and Jamie won’t be allowed to surf in the Triple Crown events including his beloved PipeMasters — an event he’s won. O’Brien said: “I dunno, whatever, it’s all good. Contests don’t mean anything, anyways. I hope the waves just drop, that’s what I hope. I hope everyone comes here for the Pipe Masters and the waves just suck.”
Is the ASPs fine too harsh?

The State of Kelly
Kelly lost his round 2 heat in crappy Portugal slop; Afterwards, he seemed sincerely dis-interested; perhaps ready for a break.
Will Slater retire after this Hawaiian season?

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HIGHLINE CONNER COFFIN ET AL

Scott’s must see moment:

Scott’s Best Song Ever?

Join Pennywise for a special Surfrider Foundation benefit dinner, concert and live auction on November 15th at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach!
Pennywise is playing a benefit show at Saint Rocke in their hometown of Hermosa Beach where the proceeds are going to the Surfrider Foundation to help them protect our oceans and beaches. The band will be playing some old-school never recorded tracks from their upcoming 25th anniversary box set release, and tickets get you a one-year membership to Surfrider. You can get them at www.SaintRocke.com

Surfing News: Parko Push, Slater Camera-gate, Spongers & Wassle & Parko

Encinitas, Ca. October 10, 2013 — – Surfing News Podcast

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Parko Push in France
Joel Parkinson and Marc Lacamore battled in round 2 during the Quiksilver Pro in France
Came down to the wire; Lacamore caught a right-hander and did three vertical tail blowing hits into the top section of the wave and two or three cut backs 8.23
Parko caught one behind him and did two big turns and a cutback. Scored an 8.5 and Parko went on to win.
WAS PARKO PUSHED?

Mick v Medina Final
Mick Fanning and Gabe Medina surfed the finals of this event and Gabe Medina took to he air , performing maneuvers that only a handful of surfers on tour can do at will; Mick Fanning not one of them; Mick surfed solidly; powerful rail gouging tail blowing critical turns but not in the air. Many people concerned that progressive surfing is not being rewarded by the asap judges. This is 2013 not 1999 –
ARE WE GOING BACKWARDS?


Camera Man Slays Slater

During the WCT Rip Curl Pro Supertuboes in Portugal ; Kelly Slater lost in Round 1 and during the heat and appeared to be interfered with by a water photographer.
DID THE WATER PHOTOGRAPHER COST KELLY THE HEAT?

Dave Wassle Knife-gate Tahiti
In the spring Dave Wassle traveled to Tahiti and towed into a spot in the process not letting the local boogies catch any waves. Locals fed up and take off on a bomb cutting off Wassle in the process. The picture is crazy, the video is mental and then Surfing mag asks Dave for his side of the story in a video interview; Dave agrees and does the interview while sharpening a knife.
WAS THE KNIFE A SET-UP DIRECTED PART OF THE SHOT OR A COINCIDENCE ?

Parko Portugal Sponge
Parko, during a free surf at supertubos, cuts off a a local boogie ; words exchanged joel gets slapped by the boogie boarder ; all caught on film;
SHOULD VISITING PRO SURFERS TAKE THE HIGH-ROAD AND RESPECT LOCAL SURFERS? OR JUST TAKE-OFF?

The FINProject
Tim Hogan’s mission is to honor the fin and its innovators as the defining variable in surfing’s progression in a documentary film. His Kickstarter campaign just launched.
IS THE FIN WORTHY OF A DOCUMENTARY?

Matt Calvani Wins Terry Martin Tribute
Last weekend during the Boardroom surfboard show Matt Calvani BING’s lead shaper designer owner – won the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Terry Martin. Congrats to Matt Calvani and his wife Margaret – they are expecting a child.
WHICH LEGENDARY SHAPER SHOULD THE BOARDROOM HONOR NEXT YEAR?

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PARKO AND THE SPONGER


TAKE THAT MR. PARKO

FROM STAB:
Awesomely chill dude except for when he’s in the water, Joel Parkinson (you sure learn how to share waves growing up in Coolangatta!), got in a squabble yesterday at Peniche. Based on visuals alone, Joel took off on the outside of a bodyboarder, who didn’t appreciate sharing, and relayed his thoughts to Joel with broken English and swing o’ the palm. Joel’s gestures to the takeoff zone suggest that he feels he was next in line. This is what happens when two people are in the right.

Now, Joel’s owner of one world title and currently chasing a not-completely-outta-reach second one. He’s in Portugal to compete, and every surf outside of the contest area is important to what happens inside the contest area. Regardless of whether or not it’s his fault, there’s gonna be a squeak of entitlement in his mind.

Conversely, the bodyboarder is totes mad because Localz Only. The 34 best competitive surfers land at your home spot, each with a four-pack entourage in tow? You’re gonna get a little shirty when they roll up to Your sandbank and start sharing waves. Then again, they’re only at your spot for max. two weeks, and really, trying to slap someone cause they burnt you after you maybe snaked them is just, like, not mellow.

“There’s always a couple of heated moments,” said Joel after his heat. “It’s the day before the event, you’re trying to catch a couple, and y’know, there’s a few bodyboarders, there’s always one or two bodyboarders that are, I guess, trying to stamp their authority. We were just trying to get waves, and I had a little run in, but it’s all sorted, it’s all good. I think if we all show respect and treat each other how we should treat ourselves, I think it’ll all work out. But definitely, I think it just gets heated when there’s not a lot of waves, and one comes and it’s your turn, and someone drops in, so… that’s how it happens.”

This situation isn’t the kinda thing you see Joel in the mix with often. The churning sand pit he squeezed through after the incident however, certainly is. The incident has also led to Peniche enjoying increased police. Why don’t we just increase the peace instead? Here’s a challenge: Read this without commenting about surfer/bodyboarder hierarchy!

SURF NEWS: TAJ WINS HURLEY PRO

September 19, 2013; Encinitas, Ca. Surf news ; SURF NEWS: TAJ WINS HURLEY PRO

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Scott and David discuss:
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    Was Taj Burrow over-scored or Julian Wilson underscored?
    Who would you rather have your kid surf like, Taj or Julian?
    Did Kai Otten shrink 4 inches and lose 25 lbs? surprise surprise
    Pat G. — Good guy… and they do finish last.
    Broadcast team: Eight hours of anybody is bad. Eight hours of listening to myself is murder.
    Hurley Ops / Marketing team always delivers a great comp.
    Is Sal Masekela too close to the bros? Does he drive the train underneath Disneyland? Too much insider? How does he know CJs’ wife’s Thousand Island dressing recipe? Creepy.

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