Monthly Archives: December 2015

114 – Surf News, December 21, 2015

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Bonus episode! David and Scott chime-in on Adriano’s World Title, the Pipe Masters, and Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool. It’s been a big week in surfing and we’re all the winners. Oh yeah, we also have Dukes and Kooks, Must-See Moments, and so much more. Enjoy and happy holidays!

ADRIANO DE SOUZA’S PROFILE IN RED BULL’S 21 DAYS SERIES FROM 2013

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PIPE MASTERS

Huge congrats to Adriano de Souza for winning the event, the world title, and nearly everyone’s heart with your hard work and dedication.

Bede Durbidge’s Horrible Wipeout that Resulted in 2 Fractures in his Pelvis

Closely examine Mason’s win over Filipe Toldeo. I think they got it right, but it’s super close.

Here’s the “Super Heat”, where Mick trumped all.

Gabriel’s Controversial 6.5 Full Rote at Pipe.

Mick’s Emotional Interview with Pete Mel (Go to the 1:04:42 mark)

The All Brazzo Final. Congrat’s boys! Soak it in.

KELLY SLATER’S WAVE POOL

Kelly’s Wave from Kelly Slater Wave Company on Vimeo.

MUST-SEE MOMENT

Seabass’s incredible Pipe drainer, and perhaps Wave of the Winter.

DUKE

Mick Fanning for exhibiting championship character through so many trials this year, not the least of which was competing after receiving the news that his older brother, Peter Fanning, passed away the night before Round 3 & 4 of the event.

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KOOK

Chris Ward for the below debacle. It’s all hearsay . . . but damn. Here’s the link to the story on BeachGrit.

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113 – William Finnegan: Barbarian Days

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Finnegan’s been an important figure contributing to surfing for the past 30 years or so, mainly as a writer, but also as a discoverer and explorer. Professionally, he’s a staff writer at The New Yorker, since 1987, and author of 5 books including his most recent, Barbarian Days, which is the main subject of our conversation here today. As a journalist his mainly written about apartheid, drug wars, and border conflicts, but Barbarian Days is a memoir, a far departure from journalistic reporting. Finnegan is a lifelong surfer and the book details his journey from adolescence through adulthood as a surfer, exploring the world, and navigating how surfing fits into relationships, work, and life.  We recorded this conversation in LA at the kitchen table of an AirBnB he had rented while he was here visiting family. Enjoy!

Click here to purchase Barbarian Days

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A Young Finnegan

MARK RENNEKER

Link to Playing Doc’s Games: Part One

Link to Playing Doc’s Games: Part Two

Mark "Doc" Renneker drinks a cup of coffee as he walks to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA, on May 25, 2006. Renneker, a renowned big wave surfer, was one of the first to ride at the famous break known as Mavericks.

Renneker at Ocean Beach

Renneker at Ocean Beach

WAVES DISCUSSES IN BARBARIAN DAYS

Restaurants, Tavarua

Restaurants, Tavarua

Jardim do Mar, Madeira

Jardim do Mar, Madeira

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Finnegan at G-Land

Finnegan at G-Land

LEWIS SAMUELS’ ARTICLE WITH FINNEGAN ON SURFLINE

Click here or on the image below

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CONTACT

Find Finnegan’s details here:
at The New Yorker
at Penguin Press

112 – Rob Machado and Surf News, December 14, 2015

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We have a supersized show for you today, complete with an interview with Rob Machado and Firewire CEO Mark Price discussing Rob’s new line of Firewire constructed boards. The Machado interview starts at the 65 minute mark, so skip ahead if desired. The first half of the episode features David and Scott discussing all the happenings of this glorious North Shore season; the injuries, the historic sessions, the life saving rescue of Evan Geiselman, Duke, Kooks, and so much more. Dig in and enjoy!

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS

Bruce Falters Against Filipe (shhhhhhhhhhhocking!)

Adriano Continues the Charge Onward

Jordy’s “Turn of the Event”

Kelly Narrowly Slips Through

Carissa Moore Ruling Backdoor

MICKTORY AT SUNSET

Oh glory, Mick!

THE PE’AHI CHALLENGE

Highlights from the Pe’ahi Challenge

TARGET MAUI PRO

Huge congrats to Carissa and a certainly honorable mention to Sally Fitz who also ripped the bag out of it.

STERLING SPENCER’S “GOLD”

Worth the watch for the comedy. Thanks, Sterls!
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MUST-SEE MOMENT

Gabriel’s Death Defying Floater. Go to the 8:30 minute mark

KOOK

Johnny “Boy” Gomes for punching and trying to drown a 56 year old surfing at Waikiki last week. Link to the article on SurferMag.com

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DUKE

Andre Botha for legitimately saving Evan Geiselman’s life. Dare to click play below.

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ROB MACHADO SURFBOARDS WITH FIREWIRE

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111 – Derek Rielly & Chas Smith: BeachGrit

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Humorous, irreverent, sensational, speculative, BeachGrit has quickly become one of our favorite destinations for anything surf. Albeit often superficial, BeachGrit provides something that surf media has long avoided: gossip! Blood feuds, backroom deals, million dollar corporate buy-outs, BeachGrit provides the parking lot fodder that was previously only privy to industry bros. Oh, and they have opinions! “They” are Derek Rielly and Chas Smith, along with a small crew of contributing writers. In today’s episode, David chats with Derek and Chas about the founding of BeachGrit, where it’s headed, the state of women’s surfing, Bruce’s Wildcard entry into the Pipe Masters, the title race, and so much more. Enjoy!

Visit BeachGrit.com

Follow BeachGrit @Beach_Grit

Follow Derek @DezSnipes

Follow Chas @ReportsFromHell

Here’s a link to Chas Smith’s previous episode of Surf Splendor

Here’s what the blokes look like:

Derek Rielly

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Chas Smith

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ROSIE HODGE’S STAB PHOTO SHOOT

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IS JOHN JOHN FLORENCE GAY?

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TOM CURREN SURFS A SKIM!

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THE ORIGINAL BLOOD FEUD: ALEX GRAY VS. RICARDO TOLEDO

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RICARDO TOLEDO

CHAS SMITH’S BOOK

Purchase Chas Smith’s Welcome to Paradise Now Go to Hell here

Welcome to Paradise

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Chas Smith’s:

The Gallery by  John Horne Burns PURCHASE HERE

THE GALLERY

Derek’s Recommendations:

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov PURCHASE HERE

Lolita

The Revolt by Menechem Begin PURCHASE HERE

The Revolt

My LIfe by Golda Meir PURCHASE HERE

My Life

110 – Surf News, December 1, 2015

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In today’s show David and Scott have a pre-Pipeline discussion including Bruce Irons’ entry into the event, his new sponsorship deal, the Triple Crown standings, the Target Maui Pro, a horrific tragedy in Mexico, FCS’s purchase, Dukes and Kooks and much more! Enjoy!

SHOULD SUNSET BE A ‘CT VENUE?

Here’s what an 8.83 looks like.

BRUCE IRONS IN PIPE AND ON RVCA

WSL’s Press Release on Bruce’s injury replacement into the Pipe Masters

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Bruce joins the RVCA team

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NORTH POINT GETS ADDED TO THE WSL FOR 2016

It’s added as an alternate venue for the Margaret River event, not the primary venue.

WADE CARMICHAEL WINES THE HALEIWA PRO

TARGET MAUI PRO

MUST-SEE MOMENT

David’s Moment: Jack Robinson shredding in West Oz

BREAKTHROUGH from Jack Robinson on Vimeo.

Scott’s Moment: Storm Trooper Surfers

KOOK

The kooks are the Mexican drug cartels for turning a lovely place into a nightmare for so many people. Prayers are with Dean Lucas, Adam Coleman and their families.

Link to the full story and their GoFundMe page here.

Lucas Dean and Adam Coleman

DUKES

Chief Druku for the years of hospitality he’s provided for countless surfers who have visited the beautiful island of Tavarua.

Link to Druku’s GoFundMe page to help with the hospital bills. 

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