SURF NEWS, APRIL 14, 2015

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We open today’s show discussing a couple insightful emails from listeners who know much more about our show topics than we do (no sarcasm intended!). We also analyze the WSL going into what looks to be a phenomenal forecast at Margaret River and coming off of two lackluster events. We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Puerto Escondido to the Big Wave World Tour and the “Badcast” to the world of surf commentary. We close out the show with our Must-See Moments and David provides this week’s Duke and Kook. Enjoy!

RECAP FROM LAST SHOW

Grant “Twiggy” Baker won the Titans of Maverick’s event last year, not Pete Mel. Pete did, however, win 2013.

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BELLS BEACH FINAL

Style must be addressed! It is the opinion of this humble critic that Fanning surfed infinitely better than Adriano. While I acknowledge Adriano is surfing to the judges criteria, one cannot ignore that Mick’s surfing is better, more precise, and I’d argue much more appealing. The fact that these heat scores are tied illustrates the limitations of the current judging criteria.

MARGARET RIVER EVENT

The swell forecast is very good. Kelly’s sitting in 12th position. What will become of the Brazilian Storm? Will Jay Davies spoil them all? Do not miss it!

Watch the full event here.

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THE BWWT GOES TO PUERTO ESCONDIDO

Dungeons is gone, but Puerto is a GO!

Link to article on StabMag.com

SURF CELEBRITY CROSSOVERS

Steph Gilmore was recently featured in Harpers Bazaar, click here.

Steph Gilmore in Baazar

The brothers Florence were in British Vogue, click here.

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And Anastasia Ashley for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

THE BOARDROOM SHOW

David’s been helping Roger Hinds prepare for The Ultimate Craftsman by filming the process of the build. Here are his first two (of four) videos.

MUST-SEE MOMENT

David’s Pick: Kelly’s candid conversation with Ross Williams.

Scott’s: Anthony Tashnick by Kyle Buthman

DUKE

David’s Duke: Jay Davies for winning the trials event at Margaret River and earning a wildcard spot in the main event. Look at this bloke!!! He’s on fire!

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Scott’s Duke: Anthony Tashnick (see Must-See Moment’s above, and yes, Bassy phoned it in yet again!)

KOOK

WSL for clearing copying Red Bull’s 21 Days series with their new Priority series. I’m glad WSL is producing human-interest style content, but this is a blatant copy of Red Bull’s excellent series. Here’s the evidence.

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18 thoughts on “SURF NEWS, APRIL 14, 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.

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  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.

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      1. Kazuo

        I cant believe it but I say ADS’s first turn in round 4, heat 1, was the best turn of the contest.
        Can I borrow your brazil t-shirt Dave??

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  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!

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  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….

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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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  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.
    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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  6. Mike Chlala

    Listened to Tom Carrolls excerpts and and of all the things he said what stuck out to me the most was a quick drive-by statement that spoke about barrel riding where he mentioned someone told him to tuck in his leading shoulder when pulling in, and that helped him come out. Anyway, I tried that very tip the next day and found it worked! Just that quick tip changed the way I thought about pulling in and my technique, or lack there of, has improved. Stoked!

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  7. 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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  8. Mark Hollister

    Thanks David for quick response.

    Glad to see Filipe continues to look strong, but my surf team has also gone flat. Kelly and Filipe are the only people I got through to round 4. I was extremely excited to see Big Bells early in the day. Fun stuff to watch.

    MarkFish

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