Monthly Archives: December 2014

068 – The Untold Story of Tom Parrish (Rebroadcast)

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This episode originally aired August 26, 2013.

From working with Gerry Lopez during the Lightning Bolt era to co-founding one of the 5 major surfwear brands to abandoning the surf industry to practice law, Tom Parrish is one surfing’s most mysterious figures. He solidified his legacy with the iconic boards he crafted during the 70’s but then disappeared from the surf media’s eye for more than 2 decades. Very little can be found about Tom’s work and whereabout after the early 80’s, expect for his website which indicates that he’s been shaping boards for the past few years in Maui. That’s where I found him and where we spent the day together discussing his life and career.

Tom Parrish’s Website TPSurf.com or email him at tom@tpsurf.com

Tom Parrish with his North Shore quiver circa 1978.

Tom Parrish with his North Shore quiver circa 1978.

Tom Parrish with Jeff Hakman in the shaping room.

Tom Parrish with Jeff Hakman in the shaping room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hakman with a broken board shaped by Tom Parrish.

Jeff Hakman with a broken board shaped by Tom Parrish.

A classic Parrish board shaped for Peter Townend.

A classic Parrish board shaped for Peter Townend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

067 – Kassia Meador: KASSIA + SURF

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Kassia Meador perfectly melds form and function in surfing. In my visualization of the sport, she represents the ideal style of wave riding. Always charismatically poised, photogenic in every frame, Kassia exudes aesthetic appeal. She grew in Los Angeles, began surfing at Malibu as a young teenager and her surf career has allowed her to travel around the globe. In 2015 Kassia will be launching a female specific wetsuit line called KASSIA + SURF, which is the launching point for our discussion today.

Visit KassiaSurf.com
Follow @KASSIASURF on Instagram

Here’s a sneak peek at the suit, pulled from KassiaSurf.com

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Kassia Meador from ENCYCLOPEDIA of SURFING videos on Vimeo.

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Kassia as featured in Norah Jones & Billy Joe Armstrong’s music video for “Kentucky”.

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066 – Mid Pipe Masters Analysis

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With 5 consecutive lay days at the Pipe Masters, David & Scott take the opportunity to dissect the controversial trials event, rounds 1 & 2, and the unbelievable free surf session that took place 10 minutes after they called off the event. Tons of drama has unfolded, some featuring Bruce Irons, Jamie O’Brien, Pancho Sullivan, and the World Title contenders. Enjoy!

PIPE MASTERS

THE TRIALS

Bruce Doesn’t Get the Invite

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Joel Centeo’s 10

ROUND 1

Melling takes out Kelly in the dying seconds.

ROUND 2

Everyone got smashed! Kelly and Jadson are the only surfers who posted 9 point rides. No one else even came close.

Kelly puts on a masterful performance in very difficult conditions.

Jadson’s barrel. How isn’t this a 10?!

Aritz Aranburu gets rescued in heroic fashion!

THE #ITSOFF CALL

With increasing wind, the ASP put the contest on hold for 1 hour and then decided to call it off completely. Within 10 minutes, the wind shifted and the waves were near ideal. Below are a few images from the free surf session that took place from 2:30pm onward.

Here are the scenarios to watch for:

Heat 6: Medina vs. Dusty. If it’s running Backdoor, Dusty has a significant advantage.

Heat 9: Fanning vs. Flores: Flores is formidable, but Mick won’t gonna lose this one.

Heat 12: Slater vs. Muniz: By far the easiest draw. Alejo will be off tour if he loses.

If Gabriel loses in Round 3: Kelly needs to win the event and Fanning would need to finish 3rd or better to clinch the title.

If Fanning and Kelly both lose, Medina wins.

If Gabriel finishes 3rd or 5th, Fanning needs to win. 9th and Fanning needs 2nd.

THE FORECAST

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MUST-SEE MOMENT

THIRD-REEF PIPE, MORE ROSIE, LESS STRIDER. SO MANY THINGS I WANT! from ENCYCLOPEDIA of SURFING videos on Vimeo.

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Mick Fanning for giving his board to Tyler Gunter to paddle in from Third Reef Pipeline, thereby rescuing him.

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The ASP for calling off Round 3 on Saturday afternoon, 10 minutes before the waves turned ON! Why not just stay on hold through the afternoon, especially with the dubious swell forecast? Look how good it got! Koa Rothman said he got the best wave he’s ever gotten at Pipe (see below).

 

065 – Gary Linden: The Big Wave World Tour

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Humble, ambitious, persistent, and still charging big waves in his early sixties, few people are more qualified to give insight into competitive big-wave surfing than Gary Linden. In today’s episode of Surf Splendor, Gary talks about his early days helping pioneer Todos Santos, spending decades building surfboards, judging on the ASP, and orchestrating the advent of the Big Wave World Tour. Enjoy!

LindenSurfboards.com
The Big Wave World Tour

Big Wave World Tour founder and director, Gary Linden. Photo: Jimmicane

Big Wave World Tour founder and director, Gary Linden. Photo: Jimmicane

Gary at Todos Santos in 2010, at age 57.

Gary at Todos Santos in 2010, at age 57.

Gary working with his preferred surfboard medium, Balsa wood.

Gary working with his preferred surfboard medium, Balsa wood.

Gary (right) at the first-ever Nelscott Reef event.

Gary (right) at the first-ever Nelscott Reef event.

064 – Pipeline Preview: Surf News, December 2, 2014

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In today’s episode of Surf Splendor, David and Scott break down the upcoming Pipe Masters event and the recent report of the ASP operating at a $30 million loss. Yikes! From the forecast, to the trialists, the injuries, and all the rumors swirling around The Rock, we’ve got the full scoop. Enjoy!

Shout-Out to Edgar Chamorro for speeding up load times here on our website. Check out his site TumboVerde.com

INTRO

Beware of Mr. Baker Trailer

THE WSL IS $30 MILLI IN THE HOLE

Link to Jake Howard’s article on StabMag.com

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THE PIPE MASTERS PREVIEW

The Pipe Masters starts December 8th.

The 2014 Title race scenarios are now as follows:
-If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
-If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
-If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
-If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
-If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.
-If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

Here’s the Round 1 Heat Draw:

Round 1 Heat Draw for the Pipe Masters

A Potential Surf-Off!

Link to the full article on ASPWorldTour.com

Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina could end up deadlocked if Medina is eliminated in Rounds 2 or 3 and Fanning finishes in equal 5th. The ideal scenario is to hold three heats, 30 minutes each, in a best-of-three surf-off. There would be 20-minute breaks between the heats for a total time of 2 hours and 10 minutes if all three heats are needed. In a situation where there is not enough time for a best-of format, there will be a single heat surf-off of minimum 35 minutes.

Gabriel Medina in the New York Times

Link to the full article on NYTimes.com

Some highlights from the artcle, Matt Warshaw said, “Many argue that Brazilians have always been at a competitive disadvantage, trying to assimilate in an English-speaking professional surfing league . . . There’s fuel there. Because of small and not-so-small injustices that Brazilians have had to deal with for 30-something years, there’s a notion of, Let’s go out there and correct this; let’s make this right. Medina is just sort of a manifestation of something that is much bigger and much more powerful.”

And Renato Hickel the World Championship Tour manager and a former head judge on the tour said“Medina’s worst enemy is himself. It’s his nerves. If he manages to concentrate and manages to calm his nerves, he’s in control.”

A Word On Judging

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From the ASP Rulebook (page 58)

“Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring a Ride:
– Commitment and degree of difficulty
– Innovative and progressive manoeuvres
– Combination of major manoeuvres
– Variety of manoeuvres
– Speed, power and flow
NOTE: It’s important to note that the emphasis of certain elements is contingent upon the location and the conditions on the day, as well as changes of conditions during the day.”

Here’s the problem: At Pipe, 3 out of the 5 criteria don’t really come into play. 1: Innovation and progressive maneuvers, 2: combo of major maneuvers, 3: variety of maneuvers.

The big question is: Do they need to redefine a criteria for specialty waves?

Injury List

-Taj Burrow and Adriano de Souza have withdrawn from Pipeline.
-Kelly Slater broke his toes at Cloudbreak in November, but should be ready for Pipeline.
-Joel Parkinson and John John Florence both withdrew from Sunset due to injury, Parko’s was at Pipeline. Parko’s currently ranked 6th on the ‘CT and is out of title contention. It’s worth noting that he’s being replaced by Yadin Nichol, a potential spoiler, who sits 39th on the QS.

MUST-SEE MOMENTS

David’s Must-See Moment

Scott’s Must-See Moment

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Easkey Britton for her work in developing the female surfing culture in the Gulf of Oman. Make sure to check out her TED video below.

Into the Sea Trailer

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