SURF NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2017

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In today’s show David and Scott discuss Paul Speaker’s departure from the WSL, Gabriel Media’s Surf Institute, a new Guinness Record in surfing, competing surf podcasts, the “Ride Anything” event at Lunada Bay, and Kepa Acero’s neck-breaking wipeout at Mundaka. We hope you enjoy!

PAUL SPEAKER STEPS DOWN FROM CEO POSITION AT THE WSL

Full article here

Paul Speaker

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SPONSOR GOSSIP

Conner Coffin, Miguel Pupo, and Noah Beschen are all off Hurley

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Kolohe Andino and Carissa Moore are off Target

GABRIEL MEDINA’S SURF INSTITUTE

Link to full story on StabMag.com

Gabe Medina

BEST SURF COACHES

Glen Hall makes an impressive statement in 2016 with his students Tyler Wright and Matt Wilkinson.

Link to story about Glenn Hall on Sports Illustrated

Glenn Hall and Wilko

Mike “Snips” Parsons has a long and impressive track record with many surfers, including Kolohe Andino.

Snips and Kolohe

Chris Gallagher proves his worth in the upper echelon with Jordy Smith’s 2nd place finish in 2016.

Gally with Damo at JBay in 2011

Gally with Damo at JBay in 2011

RIDE ANYTHING AT ‘ALOHA POINT’ (AKA LUNADA BAY)

In response to decades of localism at Lunada Bay, the surf community at large has organized a “Surf Anything” event schedule for Monday January 15, Martin Luther King Jr day.

Imagine a “Lower’s Raid” style event at Lunada!

LNF: LOWERS RAID 2012 from LastNameFirst.tv on Vimeo.

OTHER SURF PODCASTS

Kill the Messenger

The Kyle Theirmann Show

The Truth Barrel

The Occ-Cast

MUST-SEE MOMENT

Mason Ho in “Northern Praying Mantis”

Northern praying mantis from rory @ digital good times on Vimeo.

And Brendon Gibbens in “Bouncing”

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KOOK

Hey Foil Boarder, you’re on our radar as tentative kooks! Be on your best behavior! Laird, Lenny, and Kalama all get free passes.

foil board danger

DUKE

Kepa Acero for revitalizing our passion for rugged solo surf travel. We’re wishing you the best in your recovery! Link to full article. 

Kepa Acero

58 thoughts on “SURF NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2017

  1. Fat occy

    In regards to your comments on coaches, my thoughts:
    Mick Fanning retires and becomes Julian’s coach in 2017. Under his brilliant tutelage he stokes the blue collar bastard desire that is lurking just underneath julian’s perfectly coiffed mop. Despite Julian’s metrosexual teen vogue appeal, there is a beer swilling/ chris davidson /Eugene Fanning/Australian beast that wants to win over all else …for god sakes he comes from a family of tile setters who worked sixty hours a week to keep him in thrusters and boardies , he owes them goddammit. And who better to enforce the iron, inflexible, repetitive discipline than his real older brother/soul mate mick fanno, for god sakes did you see the tears in Julians eyes when he described the jbay shark bump… he absolutely loves and worships that man. And, Micks dirty secret that won him all the world titles, the fact that behind every yoga ball single focused heat win flits Eugene…Dr Jeckyl waiting for the victory to be unleashed…I cant wait to see the pictures of julian wearing one shoe and soiled briefs, standing on a table, drinking fosters mixed with vomit from the 2017 WSL championship trophy in some backalley gold coast beer pit..

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  2. Mike callahan

    You guys are talking about fitness in the new year. Some people you may want to have in show is Cris Mills of surfstrengthcoach.com. He is pretty legit. Also Dr. Goodman of Foundation Training is a surfer. Also remember strength comes from working out and health comes from the kitchen. Love your show and am a devoted listener. Thanks.

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  3. Kelly

    Hey big fan here but this comment section should be mentioned for your next Kook award.
    I just listened to the 1/11 episode and had to scroll to the bottom of a very long page under a comment from 2015…really? Maybe have comments for each episode… just sayin

    BTW, January 16 is a Monday not a Saturday as mentioned in the pod. Check yo calendar

    Anyhoo, keep up the good work mates.

    J

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  4. chris collier

    I’m on my second podcast and really enjoying it. As a 40 something surfer who has been at it for about 3 years now after moving to southern california, i’m trying soak up as much surf knowledge as possible in a short amount of time and catch up with those who have been at it for much longer. It’s clear that this podcast will be a great resource along the way. At this stage, i consider myself a very low intermediate surfer. I have a quiver of about 6 boards from 9.6 single fin to 6.8 twin fish. I’m comfortable surfing waves up to around 6 feet (California measure, not HI). I’m headed to the the north shore in feb/march timeframe and frankly a little scared the waves will be too much for me. So much has been written about the North Shore vibe and waves but is it possible during that time of hear to find suitable surf at my skill level and away from the fray? Really enjoy the podcast and appreciate the insight.

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  5. Drew

    Thanks for all the work on the podcast, this is just ( I hope) a helpful critique. It would be great if you skip Dave’s intro each time (this one went to 9 mins) and instead, just launch right into the podcast with Dave & Scott. Any and everything talked about in the intro can just be organically brought up in the actual podcast.

    Cheers!

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  6. Bill Rosenblatt

    Scott and David…Bassy knows I’m a long time listener but always love to laugh when you SoCal guys complain about “cold” water and flat spells. Give me a break ! Today in NJ it’s 23 degrees with sustained winds about 20mph…water temp is 47 or so. Flat spells here last weeks on end. I know…one would ask why do people even live or surf here. Good question. BTW Legends Surf Classic in Rincon PR is 1/20/2017
    SHACC director Paul Strauch and PT will be there so should you guys. Keep up the good work and keep bugging us so we can donate to keep this going. Mahalo

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  7. Zach Hanner

    Dear David and Scott,

    I’ve been listening to Scott since he was doing the podcast as part of his radio show with Sam George as his co-host. I’ve been through Marty, Baldy, James Pribram and numerous other sidekicks but the dynamic between the two of you is great! Thanks so much for bringing this wonderful, surf-centric content to the web so east coasters like myself can stay abreast of industry goings-on and get some “parking lot gossip” that we wouldn’t be privy to otherwise.

    I wanted to share a story with you since you were talking about Dan Bendiksen on the last episode and in David’s interview with Wayne Rich. I was living in Chapel Hill, NC, in 2000 and my wife worked with a lady whose husband Jerry was an old school SoCal guy from back in the day. We were going to LA for the premier of “The Patriot” (I’m an actor and had a small part in the film) and Jerry said “You should call up Danny. He’d be happy to loan you a board and you can go and duke it out with the crowd at Malibu.” So I gave him a call and went my the Santa Monica fire station where he was one of the Captains of the squad. This big bear of a man shook my hand, gave me a hug and then handed over the keys to his house. He directed me to his shaping room and on the racks was a gleaming, brand-new ten footer. I had no idea he was giving me a new board! At any rate, the day at the ‘Bu was magical and I must have surfed for four hours. I returned the board and left him a thank you note and he replied with a phone call to see how things went. Here’s a guy I’ve never met in my life and he shows me the most aloha I’ve ever experienced. I’ll always remember his generosity and I’ve tried to pay it forward by loaning boards to any of my friends that want to give it a try.

    Thanks again for giving us surf-crazed pod consumers the best surfing podcast out there!

    Mahalo and Aloha,

    Zach

    PS
    One critique. Sometimes it seems that the music you open with (particularly on Scott’s version of the show) stays running underneath your discussions. Is it the music playing at SHAC? Just curious. It’s not horrendous but is noticeable during certain shows. Thanks again!

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  8. Rich

    Long time listener here, love your articulation as well as the ying/yang between you and Scott. Just a thought: I enjoyed your short wine talk with Roger Hinds. Perhaps you could do a short 5 minute segment on a wine. Maybe enjoy one with a guest. Hell, it would be fun to hear Scott’s interpretation. Some of the surf world is definitely connected to that especially along the Central Coast and I’m sure in Aus. You seem quite knowledgeable and I bet you have quite a cellar to feature. Keep up the great work, you are definitely a stand out in this platform. So many podcasts just going through the motions. Thanks for the real core content.

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  9. Adam Baldwin

    loved this one, especially as it encouraged me to go back to the archives again and track down the carl Ekstrom and donald brink and so many more……..

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  10. Ian blake

    Just been watching the new clips released by the Kelly Slater Wave Co of some of the lady CTers who’ve been there recently. Have you seen them yet?

    To be honest I wasn’t overly impressed , especially with Lakey’s , she looked a bit unbalanced and not very smooth (I was thinking that’s how I’d probably look if I surfed there!, I’m a reasonable surfer but far from professional) . I think I was comparing them without really thinking about it to Steph’s session there , so I watched hers again, and to be honest she looked so much better a whole level above them. What do you think ?

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  11. Bobby

    The Wayne Rich episode should be put down as one of the best Surf Splendor podcasts released. David knew exactly when to pry and when to back off to get the strongest stories and most genuine moments. The post-production for this episode added a lot too, from the intro through the intermittent breaks, which were well-timed and helped generate flow. The story-telling and surfboard intricacies that Wayne Rich shared were exactly what we listen for in a surf podcast. It was like time-traveling to the golden past of California’s surf culture. Great job, and thank you again. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Justin

      Agreed, the South Bay history is always great to hear from different perspectives. My only disappointment was when Wayne started to get into what he’s learned about fin placement and David didn’t pry and we didn’t gleam any knowledge. Love all the shaper pods, keep them coming!

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  12. Adam Neale

    Hey Guys,
    I just ponied up for the year at $5 a month. Thanks for all your time and hard work for your previous podcasts. I really enjoy all your shows and especially your shaper interviews. Through interviews I have gone on to buy boards from Sean Mattison, Donald Brink, Josh Martin and Maurice Cole. All of them have been winners. Nothing keeps you surfing like a new board. We live in a golden age of equipment! Love that your podcast highlights it and love hearing what you are riding and how it feels. Your recent Marc Andrenini interview was inspiring too, I am looking forward to his book. If you ever head North of the Golden Gate give me a shout !
    in Gratitude,
    Adam

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  13. Kasper Kewenter

    Hi guys!

    Just a short and fast comment while in the middle of listen to the lates of all great episodes…

    Unfortunately, D. Trump is a hazard not only too US Markets, Politics and Environmental issues but also too the rest of the world. Here is just one example that will affect fellow surfers and nature lovers (corny as it sounds)… Not sure if you have discussed this before but anyway.. worth a re-post anyway.

    http://www.savethewaves.org/stoptrumpsirishwall/

    Lot´s of stoke
    from “the Swedish socialist”, as named by Scott after an earlier email that I send :)
    Thanks a million for another amusing and educational podcast :)

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  14. Drew Hilton

    Hi Guys, love the podcast. 2 points;

    1. I actually found the women at Jaws more interesting to watch. The fact that they were getting caught inside, injured, caught out of position on the shoulder, wiping out, a lot of ths elements that the men have largely mastered, meant that there was more going on, different things to talk about and it showed very clearly why the place is so scary and difficult to surf, which we assume, but rarely get to see examples of, as excellent commentators talk us through it. It was a bit like watching the average surfer experience of going outside their confort zone. Really interesting as a average surfer that isnt in the industry.

    2. Loved both the Jaws commentators, and the Titans commentators when they did the live stream via facebook. Super interesting hearing all the really detailed insights about how the breaks work, the background of some of the surfers. The commentary made it for me.

    Cheers and keep up the good work.

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  15. Rebecca

    Guys,
    I get that the women’s heats at Jaws left something to be desired. But at least you could get EMILY Erickson’s name right. She is a legit accomplished big wave surfer and suffered a serious injury. Show some respect.
    Rebecca

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  16. B Mac

    David,

    Fantastic interview with Marc Andreini. I listened to it last night and will do so again today. The guy has everything a great surfer should have plus more.

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  17. Bryan Cass

    Hi David,
    I am a huge fan of the podcast! From listening I have gathered that you enjoy the vino. As a thank you for all the rad shows I have enjoyed, I want to send you some of our wine as a thank you. http://www.casswines.com

    If that is okay, what is a good address to ship to? (that an adult can sign for…) Also, are there any particular varietals you prefer or like to avoid? We specialize in Rhone varietals but also make Cab, Zin, and Malbec.

    The winery is in Paso Robles, we opened in 2005… if you are ever up here and are interested, you need to come to Cass for a barrel tasting or lunch or both, I will hook it up with the “VIP” experience! Would also be fun to surf together if in the cards!

    Really appreciate all the hard work you guys do and feel free to share the vino with Scott.

    Cheers,
    Bryan

    Bryan Cass
    General Manager
    Cass Winery
    instagram: surf_sommelier
    cell: (805)610-2952
    work: (805)239-1730 x103

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  18. casey

    appreciate you’re nuanced and honest conversations on the lineup.
    I don’t get to surf often (live 1000 miles from any coast), and the biggest barrier for me improving is getting way less waves than everyone else. (I start to take off, someone else goes… i’m pretty sure I have priority, but not sure enough, so I end up backing off…. or they get mad because I don’t go hard enough down the line… Or they are just more nimble than me, so always get better position.)
    So getting hints about those other folks think helps.

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  19. Gigs Celliers

    Hey guys
    Only recently discovered your site and podcast and will continue not only to plug into future casts but also work my back through the archive
    I have been doing some WSL commentary recently and enjoying the vision and advancement of where our sport is headed

    As I continue hopefully growing In that role I certainly will be feeding off your guys opinions and expanding my own understanding

    Keep up the good work
    Gigs
    At the bottom of Africa

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  20. Lucas

    Hi David and Scott!!

    I´m a big fan of the show and thanks for doing it.

    I´m quite surprised and upset because you both didn´t say a word about the horrible style ( one foot on the tail one foot on the nose) and also all the claiming that matt wilkinson did on the first events of the year…Dude how much shit adriano gets from you guys all the time!!! looks like your criteria is based on the colour of their passaport??

    what happened with the interviews?? those are the best please bring new ones with shapers!

    there´s any with chris chirsteson?

    saludos from centroamerica!

    Lucas

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  21. Buck Tangram

    Come on lads I know January is a slow month but Im hanging for a bit of back and forth. Lets get this ball rolling.

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  22. Luugart

    What can you comment about the photo of Kelly riding the wave pool in trunks?! Photo shop? Has this thing been up and running since last summer?? Talk about it!!

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  23. Kevin Hamor

    Hey David,

    Thanks for continuing to put out such a great show with Scott. It’s nice to to have relevant surf news delivered to the masses on a consistent basis for free!

    I wanted to mention something from a few shows back in regards to The Brad Melekian’s Andy Irons book. Back in October the book came up for pre-order on Amazon and they said the book will be out in April of 2106. I then received notice that the book is no longer available and that they were not sure if it will ever be sold. Now when I go into my Amazon account, it does not give me the option to order the book and says it will not be avalaible in July of 2017. It all sounds a bit fishy to me. I would love for you guys to dig in and see what the issue is. Where there is smoke there is fire, right? Is this a possible legal block from the Irons Family? If it is, shame on them for not letting Brad tell the truth about Andy and what was really going on in his life.

    Thanks for putting on a good show and keep up the good work!

    Kevin Hamor

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  24. Craig

    Great episode and I love Beach Grit, it is my first stop on the internet.
    My only comment is what is up with Chas and “I reckon”
    -Craig
    Santa Barbara

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  25. Km

    Hello David, thanks for all of the great poscasts. Where do i find the earlier podcasts? On the “feed” it only goes back to episode 057, nothing earlier is listed.

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  26. Bob Rogers

    KP seems to be doing a good job as commissioner but he needs some simple media coaching. When being interviewed on camera, you either look at the interviewer or at the camera, not both. KP’s constant shifting of his eyes from interviewer to camera is unnerving and annoying. I wonder if anybody’s ever told him. Or maybe it’s just me.

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  27. Bob Rogers

    Regarding Felipe’s Tahiti heat, I didn’t watch the whole thing but you said he was comboed in the first 3 minutes. Seems pretty typical that if a guy’s in that situation he figures there’s no point in taking off on any wave that doesn’t look like it could be an 8. Maybe Felipe never saw a potential 8 so he didn’t bother taking off.

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  28. Paulo

    Hi!
    The podcast is great! I really appreciate your work here. Thanks. I have been learning a lot about surf history and surf in SoCal.
    Any chance on interviewing Skyp Frye? That would be extremely interesting and rich.
    Keep doing the amazing work!
    Cheers
    Paulo
    (PS as a Brazilian leaving in SD, I agree with a lot of the “complains” and impressions on the Brazos, althought some are just incorrect, but still funny)

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  29. Mark Hollister

    David,

    Excited to hear about the 20 or so people signed up in Surf Splendor Fantasy Gaming Club. Any chance of listing who signed up. It would be fun to keep track of who is winning as the contest progresses. Now that it has started we can see other player’s teams.

    I was amazed to hear that neither of you had Filipe on your team. His dominance at Snapper was something I have not seen since Kelly’s glory days. He was faster and more confident then anyone else in the water. I am also confused that you both believe his style does not lend well for Bells. The forecast looks small and he made quarter finals in 2013. He did look bad in round one, but I hope in the end Filipe and myself prove you both wrong.

    Love the Show,
    Markfish

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    1. DS Post author

      Markfish, I’ll post the Gaming Club names in the comment section on FantasySurfer.com. Based on Filipe’s performance in round 2 at Bells today, you are clearly correct. He looked very good, with more room for improvement (he bogged a few rails). My team absolutely fell apart today. I’m horrible at this!

      David

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  30. Paul

    Hello from S.Korea. I am surfing in a place where surfing was unheard of less than 5 years ago so the surf culture is still very new and developing. Although shops and brands are jumping onto the growing surf scene in Korea for money, there are absolutely no publications that carry surf culture, news, photos etc. to the depth that you guys have. The existence of both down the line and surf splendor talk shows has allowed me to dive deeper into the surf culture of the past and present and I am thankful for that. I hope you and your show the best.

    Oh and here is a link to a clip of surfing on a good day on the east side of peninsula. Just in case you were curious.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOAc0cL2YTk

    p.s: I have a question for you guys, a ASP qualifying series event was held in Korea before. What year was it and where was it?

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  31. Kazuo

    Justin, the reason SUP’s and bodyboarders don’t get respect here is because it’s much easier then paddle surfing. SUP’s tend to hog the waves in already crowded lineups and then ride with no style or athletic display, limited by the length/size of their board or ability. Bodyboarders are able to take off in the white wash, and don’t usually do anything impressive to watch. Much respect to the bodyboarders charging heavy slabs though, that’s freaking incredible!! I think SUP’s are appropriate for tiny waves and body boards are appropriate for hollow stuff. I respect skills, not crutches. I must admit, Davids respect for grammar and spelling makes me hesitant to write at all….

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    1. Justin

      Kazuo,

      Sorry for the late reply. I get it most that the majority of SUPS and bodyboarders we see aren’t usually as skilled as prone paddling surfers but I guess my point is as long as people aren’t dicks in the water I’d like to see more people stoked for each other than writing each other off. And like Scott said during the podcast, people using whatever board is best suited for the day and spot and disregarding our egos as much as possible and enjoying the waves and ocean to the fullest.

      Dave, thanks for the shout out the other week on the air. For Fantasy Surfer how about $10 for each contest and $20 for the whole season? Looking forward to the quik pro recap and first money round at bells!

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  32. Justin

    Hey David,

    Meant to email this last week. Just started listening to the podcasts a few weeks ago, stoked! Had listened to Bassy’s down the line podcast a few times in the past and downloaded a month or so ago for some background noise while I was working. You guys got me hooked now! Good stuff! Entertaining and surprisingly inciteful! Especially enjoy the interviews with the surfers and industry guys- but you guys occasionally have some good points too! JK. In all seriousness, both shows are real entertaining with a good blend of humor and thought provoking surf dialogue.
    Which brings me to my question. Two weeks ago you posted the video of Fergal Smith’s series growing where he talks about farming and surfing in Ireland, great vid but the clip I thought was most interesting out of that series is the one where he talks about how he’s recently started Bodyboarding on the smaller days due to the fickle and steep, ledging nature of the local reefs.
    I just thought that was cool and in this age of “ride anything,” at least in Southern California, that doesn’t usually translate to bodyboards. So I was just wondering if you guys could touch on that in your next episode? Why is there sometimes tension between surfers and “spongers” specifically in SoCal and maybe California in general but not as much as in places like Hawaii or apparently Ireland. I feel like the debate could also be extended to SUP and why they aren’t universally accepted in lineups across California whereas again in Hawaii they’re more generally accepted. And just to tie in another previous topic/episode, I listened to the Zack Weinburg episode where you discuss surfing bigotry for lack of a better term, and I was just wondering what your guys’ feelings were on surfers’ intolerance of other waveriders and or even waveriders of other races. I know most surfers would not like to think of themselves as sort of “surf bigots” but I know where I come from and I feel like truly most surfers aren’t the liberal “the earth and waves belong to everyone” “hippie -type” persona we’re portrayed as and in fact the opposite is true.

    Anyway, there’s a lot there and just thought it’d be interesting to here you’re take on it. I’ve pasted a link to a Stab mag article on based off Fergal’s clip which also includes the clip in it. http://stabmag.com/5-things-that-bodyboarders-have-taught-surfers/

    Thanks guys and keep up the good work!

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  33. Scott Overland

    Hi David,
    Longtime listener and fan of Down The Line where I was introduced to Surf Splendor. Stoked on the introduction and have been catching up on some of your episodes whilst on the road. For the most part I have found the Splendor casts very entertaining and engaging. Long form they are, the ending and opening comments about the broadcast can be a bit redundant. But beyond that I have been enjoying the stories.
    I grew up in the 70’s and remember how Lightening Bolt dominated the mags back then. Cool to hear about Tom Parrish role in that company and of course his role in the birth of the mega brand Quicksilver. Fascinating to hear how he helped turned a full Aussie brand into a mainstay in Hawaii! What a coup! In so many things in life its all about the relationships and his strong ties to the surf shops allowed an alien brand to dominate in the very territorial birthplace of surfing.
    That story contrasted nicely with the Chas Smith piece. He is quite the personality to say the least, talk about opionated and brash yet he still was able to penetrate the hardcore North Shore scene and succeed in telling a compelling story. I am impressed with his ability to shed light in the darker arenas of our sport and survive. He had no ties to the locals and yet somehow he fosters a relationship with one of the most heavy NS guardians! His relationship to Eddie is hard to believe but yet it exists. Beach Grit is entertaining in a way the you cant help but look at a car wreck. Crazy allegations and stories with rumor and truth abound. I want to hate but cant help but visit the site. I look forward to the refinement of the site as they grow the site.
    We need voices like Chaz in surfing so that we don’t become to vanilla as the sport marches toward mainstream acceptance thru the WSL platform.
    Thanks for the entertaining podcasts David and a send a big “Yah Guy” to Bassy for me.

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  34. William

    Hi, i’m a big fan of your show from Nova Scotia, Canada. I’m currently on a surf trip to Morocco where i’m stuck in bed due to food poisoning. Thankfully I got your podcasts to listen to. i really enjoyed that last one, I read the book a couple months ago and I highly recommend it.

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