115 – Surf News, January 5, 2015

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In this hard-hitting episode of Surf Splendor, David and Scott reveal their predictions for 2016, analyze social media’s ROI, step inside Strider’s Malibu barn, honor the Dukes, chastise the Kooks, and so much more. Dig in and enjoy!

FOLLOW UP

Even Geiselmann’s Post-Near-Drowning interview

A 7 Mile Miracle from Ryan Moss on Vimeo.

Kelly’s Wave Pool

Scott’s inside source says that Kelly fell on his first wave and that the bottom is adjustable.

STRIDER’S MALIBU BARN

Link to the full story on NYTimes.com

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WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA’S ROI?

Alex Gray reaps the benefits of a healthy relationship with his social following.

Link to EmpireAve.com’s article on surf brand’s top influencers on social media.

Surf Brands Total Likes

SimilarWeb.com’s list of top “water sports” websites.

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WEBLAND VIDEOS WORTH WATCHING

N.S boogie ’15 from Julian Wilson on Vimeo.

And make sure to check out TheSurfersJournal’s revamped video program.

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Some of their videos are only accessible on their website (not on the above Vimeo feed), but their website doesn’t have a “Video” section, so you just need to monitor their “Features” for the occasional video post. Here’s a recent one with Dane Reynolds, as discussed in the show.

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MUST-SEE (READ) MOMENT

Kai ‘Borg’ Garcia’s “Wisdom” feature on SurferMag.com

Really surprising insight, humility, and heart from one of the North Shore’s most intimidating-looking residents. Thanks for the reminders, Kai!

Photo: Todd Glaser

Photo: Todd Glaser

DUKE

Bethanny Hamilton for surfing Jaws a mere 6 months after giving birth.

KOOK

Forget the hat, this bloke gets a perfect kook score for his attempted water entry.

? This week the @360flyaunz WAVE OF THE WEEK is not a wave, it’s much better. #fail #waveoftheweek #goldcoast #ouch

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