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175 – Spit! July 20, 2017

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In today’s episode of Spit! Scott and David recap the greatest surf event in recent history, The 2017 Corona Open J-Bay. Discussions include Filipe’s paradigm shifting performance, the rainstorm of 10’s, the shark frenzy, mid-wave claims to no-fame, and what new CEO Sophie Goldschmidt will bring to the WSL. We hope that you enjoy the show!

FREDERICO VS JJF

IT’S RAINING 10’S

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THE SAFETY BOAT’S HIGHLINE


SHARK INVASION

CONGRATS FILIPE

HIGHLINE HEAT

WELCOME ABOARD SOPHIE GOLDSCHMIDT

Click here to the article on SurferMag.com

MUST-SEE MOMENT

Scott’s: Vacation Island by Morgan Maassen

Vacation Island from Morgan Maassen on Vimeo.

David’s: Greg Long’s Puerto Escondido Tube

Greg Long at Puerto Escondido, from the beach. from STAB on Vimeo.

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The judges for giving Frederico a 10 in his final wave against JJF in the quarterfinals.

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Stab Magazine for their always inventive photo shoot concept. Enjoy The Dock!

Surf Fiction – A Primer

Spawned by a listener comment on Instagram both Chas Smith (episode 172) and Dave Parmenter (episode 174) discussed the travails of “Surf Fiction”, in film and in literature, what are the challenges and why it struggles to accurately reflect surf experience and lifestyle.
A number of listeners sent suggestions for what they deem successful surf fiction, so I wanted to share those recommendations with you. Post your recommendation in the comments. Thanks!
David Scales

From listener, Ross Cauvel in New York @SessionStories
It’s a bit disappointing that surfers, who ostensibly read books waiting for waves, wind, tide, etc…don’t know more about Surf Fiction. The genre has been around for quite awhile, and there have been many well written books by now famous authors / Hollywood screenwriters.
 
When I discovered the genre, I was enthralled to read these stories because I love surfing. Just like Dave Parmenter said, the best stories have intriguing plots and memorable characters and surfing is more of the setting.
 
Here’s a list of my favorites:
1. The Dogs Of Winter by Kem Nunn – Kem wrote three surf books. This one is his Sophmore effort and its fantastically well written prose, great characters, and driving plot. I actually wrote a review of this book here. He also wrote Tapping The Source, which I enjoyed, but is a little cheesy.
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2. Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow – Don has written several surfy books and has since become an expert writer on Mexican Cartel thrillers (The Force and The Cartel). There’s a follow up to this book called Gentleman’s Hour, which is great too. He also wrote Savages, which became an Oliver Stone film.
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3. The Ride Home by Dr. Jacob K. Ray – here’s a blurb from Surfline, “This wild and racy page turner follows the story of a young psychology intern, Chance Feinman, who is trudging through graduate school while contending with his addictions to big surf, fast women, and the darker elements of night life in San Francisco, not to mention his battles with manic-depression, suicide, and unsettled grief over the loss of his best friend to an accidental alcohol related death on the beach. “
The Ride Home
 
Another thing, I’d love to see you cover more is Surf Art. You have access to some of the best surf artists in the world, like Andy Davis and Heather Brown. It’d be great to hear an interview from that side of surfing. I think more collaboration between artists and filmmakers would greatly improve surf films.
 
Keep up the great work. We’re loving it out here on the East Coast. The podcast often comes up and we appreciate the great conversation starters. Hope you make it to NYC to visit (may I recommend September or for a winter session?).
 
Stay salty!
 
Ross Cauvel

www.SessionStories.com


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174 – Wax On: Dave Parmenter

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We are thrilled to welcome back former guest Dave Parmenter. He first appeared in episode 101 of Surf Splendor where we outlined his biography. A former pro surfer, a surf writer, historian, and boardbuilder, Surfing Magazine once described Parmenter as “the most interesting surfing in the world.” In today’s show Dave explains how “old” surfboard designs are more advanced than many modern designs, why he doesn’t read surf mags nor watch surf films, and why he’s spending most of his watertime miles off the coast. Enjoy the show!

Dave Parmenter’s website is Nowtro.com

Dave Parmenter by Matt George, 1986

Dave Parmenter by Matt George, 1986

LIBERTINE BREWERY

Huge “Thank You” to Libertine Brewery for allowing us to record this episode at their San Luis Obispo location.

DAVE’S WRITING

Read “Shaping Flippy’s Board”, an article written by Parmenter that originally appeared in the Surfer’s Journal in 2001.

DAVE’S INSTAGRAM

And a few of Parmenter’s recent board’s built. Follow @AleutianJuice

OUR FAV INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

Shred til you’re dead. #outthere #notreally #cheesegrater ?: @tessadp222 ?: @alan_bournisen

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MOVIES DISCUSSED



KAMANU COMPOSITES

Kamanu is the company that Dave spoke about when talking about single person canoes.

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Lastly, here are links to:
Rell Sunn’s entry on The Encyclopedia of Surfing

173 – Spit! July 6, 2017

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Today’s episode of Spit! ranges from utterly superficial to falsely existential! Strap in. David and Scott discuss Koa Rothman’s tooth-shattering (and swallowing) wipeout, female surfers popularity eclipsing males, the Freestone/Blanchard baby to be, who will win J-Bay, will our children be riding finless surfboards, and the day Jay Davies gorilla-stomped the Internet. Enjoy the show!

SHAUN TOMSON’S “THE CODE”

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Shaun Tomson’s 12 principles.
I will never turn my back on the ocean: Passion
I will paddle around the impact zone: No short cuts
I will take the drop with commitment: Courage, focus and determination
I will never fight a rip tide: The danger of pride and egotism
I will always paddle back out: Perseverance in the face of challenges
I will watch out for other surfers after a big set: Responsibility
I will know that there will always be another wave: Optimism
I will ride and not paddle into shore: Self-esteem
I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer: Sharing knowledge and giving back
I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind: Imagination
I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean: Empathy
I will honor the sport of kings: Honor and integrity

JACK FREESTONE AND ALANA BLANCHARD ARE GOING TO GIFT THE WORLD THEIR OFFSPRING

Will the joy of a child help or hinder their respective careers?

So much love for this woman @alanarblanchard and our little prince ?? We can’t wait to meet him ?? 20 weeks ?

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THE CORONA J-BAY OPEN

Scott’s pick for the win: Gabriel Medina

David’s pick for the win: Jordy Smith

FANTASY SURFER

Come play! Go to the Clubs section and search for “Spit!”. Free to join. If you want to wager, click over HERE

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THE ESPY AWARDS

Is female surfing more appealing than male surfing?

John John Florence and Tyler Wright are both nominated as the “Best Action Sports Athlete”.  A male surfer has never won this award before. 3 female surfers have, Steph Gilmore twice (2013, 2011),  Maya Gabeira in 2009, Sofia Mulanovich in 2005.

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MUST-SEE MOMENT

Jay Davies’ new film “Native”

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KOOK

The guy who ditched his board in from in Koa Rothman. The board hit Koa in the head, shattered his teeth and concussed him. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
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Rothman said, “That was probably the most barreled I’ve ever been on my 9’0” — it was like an eight- to ten-foot wave. And I’m in the barrel, and all of a sudden I saw this like flash of red — it was this guy’s board. I put my head down a little bit, ‘cause it was coming straight to my face and it just cleaned me out on the side of my head. And as soon as that happened, my teeth like shattered together on top of each other. Broken in half. And as soon as that happened, I hit the water and swallowed my teeth. I was like, ‘oh fuck. I thought I crushed my eye socket. It hit me so hard . . . .  It was like a car accident.”

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David’s Pick: Jadson Andre

Scott’s Pick: Alex Gray

Happy #4thofjuly! From #turkeymelt ? edit by @nuttynulty music @jasehen87

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