096 – Surf News, July 6, 2015


Surf news! David and Scott discuss the sorry state of surf filmmaking, and the few glimmers of hope. Kandui? Or Nokandui? We discuss the NFL’r who just wants to shred, we preview J-Bay, and share the heartwarming story of the world’s oldest grom. Enjoy!


Surfer’s REDirect Project has been sorely underperforming. The video’s are all missing the intended objective¬†of being original and unique.

Erik Knutson’s video of John John is still the frontrunner, in our opinions.

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Reef’s new movie EXIT is a waste of time, but here it is anyway.

The boys in Maui give us a glimmer of hope for what can be achieved in surf filmmaking. Meola is nuts, but it’s possible that Albee steals the show. The boned out straight airs and those nasty Club Sandwiches! Oh my!


Toby Cregan and Creed McTaggart did something called “Real Axe”. It just showcases Creed’s mediocrity. I don’t get it. Rasta is always brilliant though!

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And one of the greatest moments in webland this week is Kelia Moniz’s spectacular wipeout at Teahupo’o.

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CENTURY SWELL from FTR Films on Vimeo.

Here’s the amazing photo of Ando we discussed, take by Iker San Martin.

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Set your FantasySurfer.com team and make sure to get your wagers in if you’re interested. Here are the instructions.


BRAINWORK: DAVE NELSON from Kyle Buthman on Vimeo.


Michael Tomson for his recent arrest for suspicion of dealing narcotics in Laguna Beach. We wish you well, Michael. Everyone is hoping that you get the help you need and deserve. Much love!

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I present to you, Curt Harper. You better go grab some tissues.

15 thoughts on “096 – Surf News, July 6, 2015

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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….

    1. Justin


      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!

  5. 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.

    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?

  6. Mark Hollister


    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,

    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!


  7. Nick

    The origin of “towhead” refers to the color of flax fiber before it was spun to make tow ropes for canal barges.


    Also, if Scott tallied his USA amateur champs to world titles ratio on the sheer amount of world titles, rather than the number of different title winners, he could make the argument that U.S. Amateur surfing organizations are superior to any other organization in the world in terms of producing world champions.

    Since 1976 The Mainland U.S. Holds 25 world titles (Tom 3, Kelly 11, CJ 1, Lisa 4, Frieda 4, Debbie Beacham and Kim Mearig 1 each) and 37 if you count the Hawaiians (I would, for the sake of this discussion, since they surf the same amateur events. AI 3, Sunny 1, Derek Ho 1, Oberg 3, Boyer 2, Carissa 2).

    By comparison, the Australians hold 35 world titles in the same time frame, 16 of which are held by 3 female surfers (Gimore 6, Beachley 7, Botha 3. Botha’s first world title was under the ZAF flag).

    Therefore, the U.S., as a country, holds more world titles than any other country. If you exclude Hawaii, the U.S. holds 25 titles and a firm grip on 2nd place in title counts. If we want to put that feather in the cap of the NSSA, WSA, USSF, Surfing America, ESA, etc., then we could reasonably state that U.S. amateur surfing has done a fantastic job.

    Lies, damned lies, and statistics right…


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