126 – Surf News, May 24, 2016

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The WSL officially owns one of the world’s finest waves, Aaron Gold’s lifeless body gets plucked from certain death by the water patrol in Fiji, pro surfers share their horror stories from Rio, and Mason Ho revitalizes …Lost’s legacy of surf film with “License to Chill”. David and Scott discuss it all, right here, right now! Enjoy!

HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY DYLAN!

Bob Dylan

Also, I loved the 2007 biopic film about Dylan, “I’m Not There”.

THE WSL TO ACQUIRE A MAJORITY SHARE IN KS WAVE COMPANY

You can read the WSL’s full press release here. No one has revealed numbers or terms yet.

I’ve never mentioned it on the show, but how dreamy is this capture from Todd Glaser?

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“Who wants to get out of this barrel?” from Kelly Slater Wave Co on Vimeo.

OI RIO PRO

Oh, the dangers of Rio. Murder, abhorrent water quality, and below average waves, we need to question the equitability of the event? Here’s some recent footage of kids stealing jewelry from people in broad daylight.

“We saw this guy trying to get away from the man wielding a pistol at the gas station,” Conner Coffin explained. “He jumped on a motorcycle, he was shot and bleeding. It was pretty gnarly. I thought he got away, but I heard later that he was seen lying in the street. It’s definitely the sketchiest thing I’ve ever seen.” READ THE FULL STORY ON STABMAG.com

Remember that time Michel Bourez got kidnapped in Rio?

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In Michel’s own words, “We were at a bar after the comp having a few drinks and having fun. I had my Red Bull hat on and was asking for a drink with Red Bull, then the guy told me they didn’t sell Red Bull. The bartender got, like, pissed at me. I don’t know why. It got weird, the bouncer came over and took me outside. They were telling me I was like a spy for Red Bull because they were selling Monster so I decided to just walk back home. I was walking by myself and a car pulled over. These guys got out and threw me into the car, they had guns pointed at me and were yelling in Portuguese. I didn’t understand. I think they just wanted to get me to the ATM and pull out some cash. I told them I had no money, but they didn’t want to listen. The next thing I knew we were slowing down for a red light. As soon as they stopped, or almost stopped I opened the door and started running. They got out and chased me. I jumped over this fence into somebody’s backyard and there were two dogs that also started chasing me. So I hid. When the two guys jumped the fence the dogs went after them. I ran away and hid in a bush for a bit. Then when I realized it was safe, I got out and went back home, shaking. It was fucking scary man.”

Oh, and let’s not forget that Shane Dorian had his boards stolen at gunpoint 10 years ago. Something bad is bound to happen at Rio.

On a lighter note, there were a few surfing highlights:

Gabe’s flip was/is the first ever in competition

Jack Freestone and John John Florence’s road the final.

And their final:

FANTASY SURFER

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MASSIVE CLOUDBREAK

Sunday and Monday saw 15+ faces at Cloudbreak. Let’s pray for more of the same for the WSL event’s in coming weeks.

Aaron Gold wiped out on a set and suffered a 3 wave hold down. The rescue team found him floating face down unconscious. He’s expected to make a full recover. Huge shout out to the ski team that rescued him.

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Damien Hobgood got the wave of the day.

Click on the images below to link to Surfline’s feature about the swell.

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WEBLAND

Alex Smith’s sitdown barrel at Skeleton Bay

…Lost’s new video series “License to Chill” is fantastic fun.

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

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MUST-SEE MOMENT

Volcom’s tribute video to Barney. R.I.P. Barney.

DUKE

Alex Gray for sharing his story of loss so that others may avoid the same fate.

KOOK

The jetski drivers in Rio for flipping skis with surfers on the back. Click the image to watch the video.

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