173 – Spit! July 6, 2017


Today’s episode of Spit! ranges from utterly superficial to falsely existential! Strap in. David and Scott discuss Koa Rothman’s tooth-shattering (and swallowing) wipeout, female surfers popularity eclipsing males, the Freestone/Blanchard baby to be, who will win J-Bay, will our children be riding finless surfboards, and the day Jay Davies gorilla-stomped the Internet. Enjoy the show!


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Shaun Tomson’s 12 principles.
I will never turn my back on the ocean: Passion
I will paddle around the impact zone: No short cuts
I will take the drop with commitment: Courage, focus and determination
I will never fight a rip tide: The danger of pride and egotism
I will always paddle back out: Perseverance in the face of challenges
I will watch out for other surfers after a big set: Responsibility
I will know that there will always be another wave: Optimism
I will ride and not paddle into shore: Self-esteem
I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer: Sharing knowledge and giving back
I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind: Imagination
I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean: Empathy
I will honor the sport of kings: Honor and integrity


Will the joy of a child help or hinder their respective careers?

So much love for this woman @alanarblanchard and our little prince ?? We can’t wait to meet him ?? 20 weeks ?

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Scott’s pick for the win: Gabriel Medina

David’s pick for the win: Jordy Smith


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Is female surfing more appealing than male surfing?

John John Florence and Tyler Wright are both nominated as the “Best Action Sports Athlete”.  A male surfer has never won this award before. 3 female surfers have, Steph Gilmore twice (2013, 2011),  Maya Gabeira in 2009, Sofia Mulanovich in 2005.



Jay Davies’ new film “Native”

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The guy who ditched his board in from in Koa Rothman. The board hit Koa in the head, shattered his teeth and concussed him. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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Rothman said, “That was probably the most barreled I’ve ever been on my 9’0” — it was like an eight- to ten-foot wave. And I’m in the barrel, and all of a sudden I saw this like flash of red — it was this guy’s board. I put my head down a little bit, ‘cause it was coming straight to my face and it just cleaned me out on the side of my head. And as soon as that happened, my teeth like shattered together on top of each other. Broken in half. And as soon as that happened, I hit the water and swallowed my teeth. I was like, ‘oh fuck. I thought I crushed my eye socket. It hit me so hard . . . .  It was like a car accident.”


David’s Pick: Jadson Andre

Scott’s Pick: Alex Gray

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4 thoughts on “173 – Spit! July 6, 2017

  1. Jonas

    Hi guys, just listened to the show and decided it was time to comment on your tour ideas. Been a silent fan for a few years. The quik event set up you mentioned could be done in addition to the current format. That’s the way the bicycling Tour de France works. You have the overall contenders doing daily battles to be the fastest of the whole bunch, but you also have speciality riders competing for the best climber, best sprinter, best youth and most aggressive rider awards. After every stage they have winners in each category and they sum it up for the whole tour as well. That format could work straight into the current WSL events. In addition to the normal heat winners, also crown the best barrell, best air and best turn per event. Sum those wins up for the whole year and crown a “tuberider of the year” and so on.

  2. Ian blake

    Hi fellas,
    Been watching the ballito pro online all week, it’s been pretty good actually overall, enjoyed it.
    However , I do have one gripe and thought it may be worth discussion in your next podcast.

    Jordy Smith won, fairly easily, but should jordy be allowed to surf in the event. ? That’s my contention.

    Is it fair that someone in the top 5/ top 10 is aloud to surf in these qualifying events? For example Josh Muniz (Hawaii), was ripping , looking like he could go all the way perhaps, but comes up against jordy in rnd 5 and loses, and thus potentially loses quite a few points which could well matter at the end of the year? Also jordy beats multiple other surfers on his way to the win and the same happens.
    It doesn’t really seem a level playing field?
    I can understand surfers outside the top 10 being aloud in these events as they are backing themselves in case they don’t qualify through the CT, but not sure these top 10 surfers who clearly are going to qualify anyway, (and let’s be honest are a level above the other surfers) should be allowed in the event?


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