024 – Chris Taloa on Localism at Lunada Bay & Surf News with Scott Bass for Feb 4th, 2014


As a follow up to the discussion in our last episode about the localism at Lunada Bay, we begin today’s episode with an interview with Chris Taloa, aka, Chris Won. Chris has spearheaded the movement to free Lunada Bay from the ugly and sometimes violent localism that has plagued one of Southern California’s greatest surf spots for more than half a century. The interview concludes at the 30 minute mark and segues into Surf News with David Scales and Scott Bass. David and Scott discuss the Volcom Pipe Pro, why shortboarding is for the groms, and who’s life has more value, human or shark? We hope you enjoy the show. Please share your feedback in the comment section below. Today’s show was recorded at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center.

Chris Taloa Interview and Localism at Lunada Bay

Map to Lunada

Footage from Lunada

Footage of Chris Taloa, aka Chris Won

Aloha Point Surf Club’s Facebook Page

Lunada Bay

Hurley Fusion Wetsuit

*This is not a paid advertisement! I just love this suit, especially for the price.


Volcom Pipe Pro

Volcom Pipe Pro

Bruce’s Heat (he paddles out 20 minutes late.

Evan Geiselman & John John Florence’s heat.

Nazare Goes Huge

Andrew Cotton’s Big Ride

Jamie Mitchell’s Close Call with a SUP’er

Jamie Mitchell experiences a close encounter. from Powerlines Productions on Vimeo.

Shark Culling in OZ

CNN’s Video of the first kill on the West Coast.

Link to article about the history of culling in Queensland.

Kook and Duke

David’s Kook

The dude at the beach who trips on his leash because he’s not holding it!

Hold Your Leash

David’s Duke

Congrats Jordy and Lyndall!

Jordy and Lyndall

Scott’s Kook

Vladmir Putin killing dogs in Sochi

Scott’s Duke

Must See Moment

David’s Must See Moment

Dane Reynold’s Loaded

Dane Loaded

Scott’s Must See Moment

It’s actually a Must Read Moment

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

The Big Burn

Best Song Ever

David’s Best Song Ever

The late, great Pete Seeger’s Mr. Tom Hughes Town. Here’s the full album.

Scott’s Best Song Ever

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Powder Finger

6 thoughts on “024 – Chris Taloa on Localism at Lunada Bay & Surf News with Scott Bass for Feb 4th, 2014

  1. KauaiLove

    I have seen localism all my life on oahu, kauai and at lunada. It is not about beating people up or taking their belongings…unless they deserve it by not having respect, and aloha. These breaks are heavy and if you don’t know what you’re doing you can very easily hurt yourself and others. The boys are there for a reason. What you don’t hear about is the locals saving people’s lives all the time at these spots. Taloa has beef with one of the lunada boys and is trying to blow it up to prove an immature point which I DO NOT RESPECT. Grow up. Plenty people (myself included) seen him do the same ‘localism’ thing on oahu, and wat??! If it comes from a good place, hopefully it will do good, and i’m all for that. But Taloa is using this for his own personal tripps which is SHAME. good luck. ALOHA.

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  3. Rick

    I agree with the movement against aloha point locals, but it is a bit hypocritical for Chris to be against this localism but be OK with guys at his home spot dropping in on guys just to test them. Even if you’re new to a break if you wait your turn and don’t paddle-battle you shouldn’t be subject to ‘test’ drop-ins from locals. Yes Chris rips, and I give him a lot of credit for ignoring the bay boy in Hawaii, but you’d think that after being the subject of localism in Lunada he’d encourage localsim where action isn’t taken until someone steps out of line, rather than testing guys with the intent of kicking them out of the water by intimidation.

    1. DS Post author

      Hey Rick, thanks for the comment. It’s definitely a dicey situation. It’s really hard to determine a universal boundary line for what constitutes the surfing hierarchy at a given spot and when it is appropriate to challenge the hierarchy. Realistically, every single wave and surfer’s positioning presents a unique scenario where both parties need to assess a variety of factors, such as; seniority, positioning in relation to the peak, etc. It’s probably impossible to issue a blanket statement for how waves should be distributed. Although, it is clear that a different set of rules exist in Hawaii than anywhere else, justly or unjustly. It’s just a disgrace that these disagreements sometimes devolve into violence. It also undermines the entire purpose and the benefit that we all enjoy from the act of surfing. I know, from personal experience, that whenever I’ve been involved in arguments in the water, it has left me soured for quite a while. The whole thing is a bummer. It’ll be nice when Lunada Bay is free from the threat of violence and the dark cloud that is associated with it. It’s just a matter of time, even Rome fell.

      1. Chris

        In no way do I support the localism at Lunada Bay or any other surf spot. But Chris’ biggest enemy is himself. His emotional rant, in which he drops F-bombs every other word, make him sound like a raving lunatic at best and an ignorant child at worst. He says he’s fighting for Lunada to be open and people to be treated equally, but he was part of a culture of a localism. He also claims he doesn’t even know what racism is, yet he makes reference to being thrown in jail and raped by a “big, black nigger.” In fairness, this allegedly was in the context of a threat made by a Lunada local, but, if true, why even repeat something so offensive? Later in the interview Chris also mentions being raped in prison by a “big Mexican” and several times uses the term “white boys.” Doesn’t sound like a guy who has no concept of racism to me. Two minutes into Chris’ interview and it’s impossible to see his argument as anything short of hypocritical and offensive. I have no love for localism at Lunada or any other break, but much love for my fellow surfers of all races and creeds who show mutual respect.


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