Monthly Archives: May 2016

126 – Surf News, May 24, 2016

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The WSL officially owns one of the world’s finest waves, Aaron Gold’s lifeless body gets plucked from certain death by the water patrol in Fiji, pro surfers share their horror stories from Rio, and Mason Ho revitalizes …Lost’s legacy of surf film with “License to Chill”. David and Scott discuss it all, right here, right now! Enjoy!

HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY DYLAN!

Bob Dylan

Also, I loved the 2007 biopic film about Dylan, “I’m Not There”.

THE WSL TO ACQUIRE A MAJORITY SHARE IN KS WAVE COMPANY

You can read the WSL’s full press release here. No one has revealed numbers or terms yet.

I’ve never mentioned it on the show, but how dreamy is this capture from Todd Glaser?

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“Who wants to get out of this barrel?” from Kelly Slater Wave Co on Vimeo.

OI RIO PRO

Oh, the dangers of Rio. Murder, abhorrent water quality, and below average waves, we need to question the equitability of the event? Here’s some recent footage of kids stealing jewelry from people in broad daylight.

“We saw this guy trying to get away from the man wielding a pistol at the gas station,” Conner Coffin explained. “He jumped on a motorcycle, he was shot and bleeding. It was pretty gnarly. I thought he got away, but I heard later that he was seen lying in the street. It’s definitely the sketchiest thing I’ve ever seen.” READ THE FULL STORY ON STABMAG.com

Remember that time Michel Bourez got kidnapped in Rio?

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In Michel’s own words, “We were at a bar after the comp having a few drinks and having fun. I had my Red Bull hat on and was asking for a drink with Red Bull, then the guy told me they didn’t sell Red Bull. The bartender got, like, pissed at me. I don’t know why. It got weird, the bouncer came over and took me outside. They were telling me I was like a spy for Red Bull because they were selling Monster so I decided to just walk back home. I was walking by myself and a car pulled over. These guys got out and threw me into the car, they had guns pointed at me and were yelling in Portuguese. I didn’t understand. I think they just wanted to get me to the ATM and pull out some cash. I told them I had no money, but they didn’t want to listen. The next thing I knew we were slowing down for a red light. As soon as they stopped, or almost stopped I opened the door and started running. They got out and chased me. I jumped over this fence into somebody’s backyard and there were two dogs that also started chasing me. So I hid. When the two guys jumped the fence the dogs went after them. I ran away and hid in a bush for a bit. Then when I realized it was safe, I got out and went back home, shaking. It was fucking scary man.”

Oh, and let’s not forget that Shane Dorian had his boards stolen at gunpoint 10 years ago. Something bad is bound to happen at Rio.

On a lighter note, there were a few surfing highlights:

Gabe’s flip was/is the first ever in competition

Jack Freestone and John John Florence’s road the final.

And their final:

FANTASY SURFER

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MASSIVE CLOUDBREAK

Sunday and Monday saw 15+ faces at Cloudbreak. Let’s pray for more of the same for the WSL event’s in coming weeks.

Aaron Gold wiped out on a set and suffered a 3 wave hold down. The rescue team found him floating face down unconscious. He’s expected to make a full recover. Huge shout out to the ski team that rescued him.

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Damien Hobgood got the wave of the day.

Click on the images below to link to Surfline’s feature about the swell.

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WEBLAND

Alex Smith’s sitdown barrel at Skeleton Bay

…Lost’s new video series “License to Chill” is fantastic fun.

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

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MUST-SEE MOMENT

Volcom’s tribute video to Barney. R.I.P. Barney.

DUKE

Alex Gray for sharing his story of loss so that others may avoid the same fate.

KOOK

The jetski drivers in Rio for flipping skis with surfers on the back. Click the image to watch the video.

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125 – Surf News, May 2, 2016

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In today’s show David and Scott discuss Dane Reynolds compensation and dispute with Quiksilver. They also chat about the Big Wave Award winners, Kelly Slater’s Willy Wonka-style Golden Ticket to his wave pool, and the upcoming Oi Rio Pro. So much good stuff. Dig in!

PRINCE STUFF


DANE REYNOLDS’ DISPUTE WITH QUIKSILVER

Dane by Morgan Maassen

Dane by Morgan Maassen

Really, this whole debacle was best summed up by Reuters “Surfwear retailer Quiksilver Inc and professional surfer Dane Reynolds are battling over $3.6 million the surfer says he is owed from a sponsorship deal from before the company went through its bankruptcy reorganization. Reynolds’ demand is unjustified because he agreed last year to give up all claims related to the deal, Quiksilver said in court papers on Tuesday.

You read the various developments in the story on BeachGrit: PART ONE and PART TWO. Part One includes Mickey Picon’s embarrassingly poorly written email to Blair Marlin (as read by Scott Bass on the show).

Also, BG contributor Rory Parker dug up this compensation schedule from Dane’s contract:

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BIG WAVE AWARD WINNERS

Here’s the full broadcast.

Shane Dorian’s Ride of the Year:

Paddle Award: Aaron Gold

Biggest Wave Award: Yuri Soledade

Barrel of the Year Award: Keala Kennelly

Keala Kennelly by Tim McKenna

Keala Kennelly by Tim McKenna

Wipeout of the Year: Niccolo Porcella

Men’s Performance of the Year: Shane Dorian

Women’s Performance of the Year: Andrea Moeller

SLATER’S WILLY WONKA-STYLE GOLDEN TICKET TO HIS WAVE POOL

Scott Bass develops the ultimate marketing strategy for KS Designs; a golden ticket with each board purchase, one of which grants the lucky winner a pass to surf Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool. A capital idea!

Brilliant photoshop by Scott Bass

Brilliant photoshop by Scott Bass

THE OI RIO PRO

The WSL builds a footbridge to protect competitors from the pandemonium and fans.

The crowd in Rio in 2015

The crowd in Rio in 2015

This year competitors will have the benefit of an elevated footbridge from the competitors area to the water.

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MUST-SEE MOMENT

Surfline’s Time Lapse Footage of the Whale Washing Ashore at Lowers.

KOOK

Donald Trump for threatening to blockade Doughmore Doonbeg Beach. Full story on MagicSeaweed and sign the petition to prevent the 200,000 ton wall that would ruin Doughmore.

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DUKE

Barney Miller. The film documenting his story, “You and Me” is touring Australian now. Here’s the 60 Minutes overview. We’ll update you on when the film is available to watch.