“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.
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!
EL NINO SWELL IN THE GREAT PACIFIC
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.
Keahi de Aboitiz’s Backdoor Drainer
Aaron Gold’s Massive Peahi Paddle In World Title Contender
Kelly Slater at Jaws
Todos Santos Challenge
Congrats to Josh Kerr.
The 2016 Rincon Classic
Congrats to Conner Coffin for the big win!
Here’s that super weird board that Curren was riding. #CurrenBeingCurren
IN SURF BIZ
GoPro hits a rough patch.
Italo Ferriera joins Billabong
Creatures of Leisure’s SurfEars 2.0. Purchase here.
Cory Lopez for being inducted into the East Coast Hall of Fame. Congrats and well deserved, Cory!
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.
A great day at #Waimea was only overshadowed by the #DayOfDays at #Jaws yesterday but that doesn’t detract from some great afternoon surf and a relatively empty lineup. My last one last night. @john_john_florence @nathan_florence @landon_mcnamara @haynsupahman @twakita59360 holding it down with just a handful of others while I was out. Video by @peterkinglajolla.
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.
Learn more about Eric at EricArakawaSurfboards.com
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
Kelly’s Wave Pool
Scott’s inside source says that Kelly fell on his first wave and that the bottom is adjustable.
STRIDER’S MALIBU BARN
WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA’S ROI?
Alex Gray reaps the benefits of a healthy relationship with his social following.
WEBLAND VIDEOS WORTH WATCHING
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.
MUST-SEE (READ) MOMENT
Really surprising insight, humility, and heart from one of the North Shore’s most intimidating-looking residents. Thanks for the reminders, Kai!
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.