Surf News – June 14, 2013 – Down The Line Surf Talk

June 14, 2013 – Surf News — Down The Line Surf Talk

Top 5 stories June 14th Friday

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International Surfing Day
Isn’t every day ISD? What is ISD? Why?

To me, the most important part of this that the OCEAN wins.

The more we acknowledge the ocean and the ocean goers around the world, the better chance we have of protecting the oceans for the species that live in it, and for our own benefit and enjoyment as a learning environment. Ultimately, that’s what surfing is, it is a chance to learn. To learn about the ocean, the environment, and yourself. How you view yourself, how you interact with others; both in and out of the water; surfing is in many ways an opportunity for self introspection & reflection.

At first, I shortsightedly saw ISD as a marketing scam. And it may be; but in the end, as ISD grows internationally it boils down to one thing: protecting the Ocean. When we and as we celebrate one day as ISD we are celebrating the Ocean.

Wavegarden has unveiled its new full-scale surfing installation

A video showcasing test sessions with several of the world’s top professional surfers is making the social media rounds – it’s insane and you are watching it now.

The new surfing lagoon, built in the Basque Country, generates perfectly formed tubing waves that peel for more than 220 m (720 feet) without losing power or shape. It is the longest artificial surfing wave in existence, and the wave quality, shape and speed are suitable for the highest levels of performance surfing.

The new wave is approximately 1.20 metres (4.25 feet) in face-height providing clean barreling rides of 20 seconds duration that do not lose power or shape during the course of their travel.

The technology is designed to generate 120 waves per hour.

The technology has been proven through advanced simulation modeling to be capable of making waves of any size and length, depending on the size of the lagoon.

The technology is perfectly able to provide offer bigger or longer waves

This facility is not open to the public.

As I’ve always said about wave pools, call me when it’s six foot and perfect. What I mean is : promises promises promises .

The wave pool manufacturers are busting there asses and god bless them; the are truly pioneers; the Henry Fords of our culture … but please, don’t over promise and under deliver; and a wave pool that no one is allowed to ride is simply a porn magazine and my eyesight is bad enough.

Know the wave pool industry players such as Bruce McFarland’s American Wave Machines, this Wavegarden group; Kelly Slater’s group ; and the Australian Gregg Webber’s group all claim to be able to make a six-foot wave – and I believe them. I think it’s been proven in Abu Dhabi; but it just doesn’t pencil out from an ROI investment standpoint;

What we have is the equivalent of a the space race to the moon; which company will be able to create a financially viable option? It will need to include a real estate play; retail, a country club w/ memberships; a large local populace to draw from and more.

I see it following to models; 1) one is the amusement park destination in Vegas 2) one is exclusive members only Country Club style.

TOP STORY: Volcom Fiji Pro – Kelly Slater (USA), 41, has won the Volcom Fiji Pro over Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, in pumping six-to-eight foot (2 metre) barrels at Cloudbreak, simultaneously launching to No. 1 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.

Stop No. 4 of 10 on the ASP WCT, the Volcom Fiji Pro saw several days of world-class surf at both Restaurants and Cloudbreak and a series of mixed results from the ASP Top 34 frontrunners shook up the current race for the ASP World Title.
Kelly Slater built momentum throughout the Volcom Fiji Pro, peaking on the final day of competition. The 11-time ASP World Champion’s road to victory included a perfect 20-point heat against Sebastian Zeitz (HAW), 25, in the Quarterfinals, a victory over John John Florence (HAW), 20, in the Semifinals, culminating with a win over Fanning in the Final that included a near-perfect 19.80 out of 20 heat total.

#3 2013 SURFING WALK OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

a host of respected surf industry veterans, former professionals and surf journalists narrowed down a field of hundreds of candidates to name the seven 2013 Surfing Walk of Fame’s honorees in their respective categories – Taylor Knox (Surf Champion), Donald Takayama (Surf Pioneer), Jack McCoy (Surf Culture), Keala Kennelly, Sharron Weber (Women of the Year), Roy Crump (Local Hero) and Father Christian Mondor (Honor Roll).

This year’s recipients will be cemented alongside past inductees, earning their immortal place in the pavement on the corner of PCH and Main Street, directly across from the famous pier in Surf City USA — Huntington Beach, California.

The late Donald Takayama will be honored with the Surf Pioneer award.

Takayama, is perhaps more known for his technique in the shaping room. Hawaiian by birth, Takayama moved to California at the age of 12 to work under Dale Velzy.

I’ll always remember DT as possessing a super silky surfing style.

Carslbad CA’s WCT veteran Taylor Knox is the honorary lifetime president of The Buried Rail Society;

Knox, a renowned power surfer, retired from full-time ASP competition in 2012 after one of the longest stints on tour in history – 19 years. His banner year was in 2001, when Knox finished fourth in the ASP ratings.

The Surf Culture honor goes to legendary filmmaker Jack McCoy. Known for his high-quality surf movies, McCoy’s resume includes Tubular Swells (1976), Bunyip Dreaming (1990), The Green Iguana (1992), The Sons of Fun (1993), The Occumentary (1998), Sabotaj (1998), Blue Horizon (2004), Free as a Dog (2006) and his latest A Deeper Shade of Blue (2012), among others.

Keala Kennelly and Sharron Weber share this year’s Woman of the Year award. Kennelly, a multiple XXL winner, has been on the global big-wave scene since retiring from full-time ASP competition in 2007. Weber was a former U.S. Champion and World Champion throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Also in this year’s ceremony, longtime surfer/journalist Roy Crump is recognized as the Local Hero. And Huntington Beach’s surfing priest Father Christian Mondor earns the Honor Roll spot.

KELLY SLATER’S NEW WORLD TOUR

BLOG NOTE: THIS IS FROM PHIL JARRATT’S NOOSA BLOG. READ IT ALL HERE

NOOSA: While Kelly Slater was rising from the ashes of three consecutive losses to win in Brazil last week, his manager, Terry Hardy, was apparently in Los Angeles nailing the lid (ashes, coffin lids,what’s going on here!) on a megabucks breakaway world surfing tour.

I say apparently because at the time of writing I could find no media coverage of the matter, and neither Slater nor Hardy responded to my requests for information, which proves that it’s true, right? Anyway, my sources are reliable and highly-placed, so remember where you read it first.

The tour, with nine-times world champion Slater as its figurehead, will consist of eight events offering more than a million bucks prize money, as opposed to the current $US300,000 on the ASP Dream Tour, with first round losers walking away with $US40,000. With the worst performer guaranteed $US320,000 a year to show up, this would mean that surfing’s elite could at last feel relaxed about giving their all to the tour. When you consider the case of Straddie’s Bede Durbidge, who started his year without a sponsor and finished it at number 2 to Kelly, that means a lot.