121 – The Eddie Aikau Recap

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After a couple worthy swells and one false start, The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitational finally ran on February 25th, 2016. It was glorious! Arguably, the biggest, best Eddie ever, Waimea Bay was greeted by the #BrockSwell with 30′-40′ faces and extremely challenging yet surfable conditions all day long. The event was won by John John Florence, the youngest ever winner. In today’s show, David and Scott discuss all the wonder that was and then close out the show with brief look at the upcoming WSL season.

THE EDDIE

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CLYDE AIKAU SURFS HIS FINAL EDDIE AT THE AGE OF 66!

MASON’S NEAR 100 POINT RIDE (HAD ONLY HE MADE IT!)

JOHN JOHN SECURES THE SCORE HE NEEDS TO CLINCH THE WIN

KELLY PAYS TRIBUTE TO BROCK BY IMITATING HIS BEST KNOWN WAVE

ROSS CLARK-JONES RIDES ONE OF THE BIGGEST WAVES OF THE DAY
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THE UPCOMING 2016 WSL SEASON

MICK FANNING TAKING A “PERSONAL YEAR”; WILL ONLY BE SURFING IN SELECT EVENTS

OWEN WRIGHT HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE FIRST 6 EVENTS DUE TO INJURY

Link to full article on WorldSurfLeague.com

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BEDE DURBIDGE WON’T COMPETE AT SNAPPER, BUT WILL IN THE COMMENTARY BOOTH

Link to full article on WorldSurfLeague.com

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MUST-SEE MOMENT

Brock Little’s archival footage from the 1990 Eddie

DUKE

Albee Layer for scoring the best ever barrel at Pe’ahi

KOOK

Iconic Australian surfwear giant Rip Curl for selling millions of dollars worth of clothes made in a North Korean factory where workers endure slave-like conditions. Full story on SMH.com

Rip Curl in North Korea

8 thoughts on “121 – The Eddie Aikau Recap

  1. hk

    Excellent shows! I am glad you guys are changing opinions about big wave surfing. i remember not feeling comfortable when you were criticizing it back in the days although i understood what you were saying. by the way, check this out, i thought it would be interesting to share, and it’s in a major news site

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35663889

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  2. Nick

    As a man raised by a single mother it was so disappointing to hear Momjohns contribution being almost discounted by you guys as you tried to attribute his success to some imaginary tribe of dads who you fantasize have nurtured and taught him. What a crock of shit. She is responsible for 99.999 percent of any success any of her boys have. Ask them, they’ll confirm it.
    Another comment, it’s getting boring to listen to ridiculous conspiracy theories that week after week turn about to be wrong.
    And while you are it, spare us the fucking Allmann brothers. It’s 2016.

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    1. DS Post author

      Nick,

      We’ve spent lots of time extolling the many virtues of Mom John in past episodes. No one is a bigger fan of she than I. Scott’s point in this show was to also highlight the additional role of JJF’s surfing brethren in his rearing. And in regard to the Allman Bros, that’s also Scott’s bag, but if the current calendar year is your measuring stick for quality music, you’re doing it all wrong.

      DLS

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      1. Nick

        WOOHOO! Cheers for the “kook of the week” shoutout on the show! I played it for my wife, she was so proud! Your points are noted and it was great that you engaged. But seriously, if you think that your listeners are going to go to two different websites to comment on one podcast then you are completely retarded. Are you guys even a team?

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        1. DS Post author

          I don’t need people going to two sites. I just need to wrangle people away from Scott’s site! We’re much closer to adversaries than we are a team. Ain’t that the joy?

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  3. richard

    Another solid show, David, and thanks for addressing the Rip Curl North Korea situation, a story that, due to advertising conflicts of interest, was buried by most surf media.
    Considering how nepotistic and incestuous the surf-business world actually is, media cover-ups are of course the norm. Call it an inconvenient truth, but the fact is that in 2016 the products of surfing’s leading businesses (Rip Curl, Oneill, Quik, etc) are *mass-market* consumer products. The realities of that world, where creative is handled by committee, are a million miles away from the essence of riding waves and the individualism that drew so many of us to the endeavor as kids. The coverage you’ve given on the show to the mom-and-pop surf companies, the board builders for example, is hugely important to keeping surfing’s identity true to surfing. Too many of today’s surfers only know corporate surf.

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  4. DM

    I’ve been listening to the podcast for over a year now. Thank you both for doing a wonderful job; I enjoy how you have differing options, at times, and manage to keep the dialogue friendly and tactful. Regarding the “conspiracy theories,” don’t fret about being wrong or unseemly. You both admit when your wrong, that goes a long way in my book. I welcome the honest thoughts, this is why I listen… no one wants the “company line,” I get enough of that listening to the WSL commentators.

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