Monthly Archives: January 2016

118 – “Learning to Breathe” filmmaker: Rocky Romano


“Learning to Breathe” filmmaker Rocky Romano is the subject of today’s show. “Learning to Breathe” is the heavy documentary film that follows professional surfer Anthony Ruffo as he struggles with drug addiction and faces criminal charges for dealing methamphetamine. In this episode we discuss the process of making the film and explore Romano’s current work following the worlds best big wave surfers as they chase swell around the globe.

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117 – Surf News, January 19, 2016


So much (dare I say it) El Nino swell pumping through the Pacific lately. David and Scott break down the seasons from Todos Santos to Peahi. Scott discusses the highlights of Surf Expo, and David offers some insight into latest industry business news. Enjoy!


A couple underground chargers get the highlight wave’s of the winter.

Tom Rezvan’s HB Barrel of the winter. Click here for the video and go to slide 7.

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Keahi de Aboitiz’s Backdoor Drainer

Aaron Gold’s Massive Peahi Paddle In World Title Contender

Aaron Gold Photo: Aeder

Aaron Gold Photo: Aeder

Kelly Slater at Jaws

Todos Santos Challenge

Congrats to Josh Kerr.

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The 2016 Rincon Classic

Congrats to Conner Coffin for the big win!

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Here’s that super weird board that Curren was riding. #CurrenBeingCurren

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GoPro hits a rough patch.

Link to article

(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Italo Ferriera joins Billabong

Creatures of Leisure’s SurfEars 2.0. Purchase here.



RAGE from wade carroll on Vimeo.


Cory Lopez for being inducted into the East Coast Hall of Fame. Congrats and well deserved, Cory!


Cory by Servais


The Eddie Aikau event organizers. Why didn’t it run on the 15th?

Kelly was out, JJF was out. Those there are claiming that the event was run-able, and that it was the most contest-able it’s been in 6 years. Hopefully we’ll get another opportunity in the coming weeks. Here’s one of Kelly’s waves from that day.

116 – Eric Arakawa


I grew up watching Andy Irons shred on Eric Arakawa’s but I was surprised to learn that shaping surfboards has only been one facet of Eric’s career. He’s an astute entrepreneur who has woven a fine balance of continually shaping boards and growing several successful businesses. I spent a couple of days with Eric in March of 2013. He was recovering from a broken leg he suffered while surfing Laniakea where an unidentified surfer ran over Eric and the blunt force of his longboard broke Eric’s femur. When we met he was walking, regularly attending physical therapy, and expected to make a full recovery. This episode was recorded over the course of 2 hours in his shaping room at the Sugar Mill. I wasn’t mic’d so my audio isn’t ideal. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening. This episode was originally broadcast on July 29, 2013.

Eric Arakawa Surfboards, The Sugar Mill, Waialua, Oahu. March, 2013.

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115 – Surf News, January 5, 2015


In this hard-hitting episode of Surf Splendor, David and Scott reveal their predictions for 2016, analyze social media’s ROI, step inside Strider’s Malibu barn, honor the Dukes, chastise the Kooks, and so much more. Dig in and enjoy!


Even Geiselmann’s Post-Near-Drowning interview

A 7 Mile Miracle from Ryan Moss on Vimeo.

Kelly’s Wave Pool

Scott’s inside source says that Kelly fell on his first wave and that the bottom is adjustable.


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Alex Gray reaps the benefits of a healthy relationship with his social following.

Link to’s article on surf brand’s top influencers on social media.

Surf Brands Total Likes’s list of top “water sports” websites.

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N.S boogie ’15 from Julian Wilson on Vimeo.

And make sure to check out TheSurfersJournal’s revamped video program.

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Some of their videos are only accessible on their website (not on the above Vimeo feed), but their website doesn’t have a “Video” section, so you just need to monitor their “Features” for the occasional video post. Here’s a recent one with Dane Reynolds, as discussed in the show.

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Kai ‘Borg’ Garcia’s “Wisdom” feature on

Really surprising insight, humility, and heart from one of the North Shore’s most intimidating-looking residents. Thanks for the reminders, Kai!

Photo: Todd Glaser

Photo: Todd Glaser


Bethanny Hamilton for surfing Jaws a mere 6 months after giving birth.


Forget the hat, this bloke gets a perfect kook score for his attempted water entry.

? This week the @360flyaunz WAVE OF THE WEEK is not a wave, it’s much better. #fail #waveoftheweek #goldcoast #ouch

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