In today’s episode David chats with professional surfer turned filmmaker Cyrus Sutton about his new film “Island Earth”. The film takes a candid look at the agricultural industry in Hawaii andfollows a young scientist’s struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland. Cyrus shares lessons from the film and how world travel and a decade of living in a van has positioned him to venture into filmmaking outside the world of surfing.
In today’s episode, David and Scott catch up on JJF’s blistering performance in WA, the budgetary cuts for the WSL, the private job description for the WSL’s CEO position, a potential 2nd Fukishima-level radioactive waste dump, Dukes and Kooks, and much more. Enjoy!
Lately there has been a batch of things that never make it into the podcast; film reviews, listeners comments, corrections from previous episodes, so today’s bonus episode is meant to set those records straight. Hope you enjoy this new, experimental format. Keep the feedback coming.
A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO JUDGING
Jimmicane says “Hire Ex Pros”. We agree! David suggests keeping the judges in a soundproof booth, where they can’t hear the scores that surfers require.
More impressively, I remember reading/hearing that Jimmy used to shoot photos of Emily Ratajkowsi (@emrata) back when she first began modeling swimwear in Florida. Do you still have her digits Jimmicane???!!
In today’s episode David and Scott analyze the spectacular event that was the 2017 Quiksilver Pro. The Slater vs Medina non-interference, the judges love of non-risky backside snaps, and the greatest comeback story in surfing history. We hope you enjoy the show.
The desk is gone, replaced by the sofa and more casual, opinionated analysis.
THE KELLY VS. GABRIEL AND THE NON-INTERFERENCE
Gabriel, unquestionably, mashed down Kelly’s exit on a potential 10 point ride. Do you think it should have been deemed an interference?
Did Gabriel deserve the score on his final wave and was Kelly’s underscored?
THE 10 POINT RIDES
MATT WILKINSON MAKES DAVID AND SCOTT EAT CROW
OWEN WRIGHT’S REMARKABLE COMEBACK STORY
GLEN HALL CEMENTS HIS PLACE AS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SURF COACH IN HISTORY
Both finalists, Owen Wright and Matt Wilkinson are coached by Glen Hall.
OUR FANTASY CLUBHOUSE RESULTS
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Lakey Peterson for her overshadowed, yet nonetheless incredible comeback story.
Ronnie Blakey for constantly provoking Pete Mel in the commentary booth. Throughout the entire event Ronnie seemed to be jabbing Pete and it also seemed to keep Pete off kilter. Kinda odd. They are both usually super nice guys.
Corey Wilson’s incredible capture of Owen Wright celebrating his win with his girlfriend Kita Alexander and their newborn child.
Today’s guest is Sal Masekela. Sal is a professional broadcaster, television host, musician & television producer. He came from the surf/skate/snow world but did a brief detour into mainstream entertainment with gigs on MTV and E! Television. He’s currently a correspondent for Vice Sports and the voice of the Red Bull Signature Series. In today’s episode we discuss Sal’s unique origin story and then Sal weighs-in on the failures of the WSL broadcasters, Slater’s final year on tour, and why Mick Fanning will be the 2017 world champ. Enjoy!
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As the host of VICE World of Sports, Sal gets on the field and into the ring through a series of compelling stories at the fringe of culture and politics, across a range of places and people through the one lens that connects them all: sport.
Sal also hosts The Red Bull Signature Series, which includes the most progressive and innovative snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX events, showcased on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves.
ALEKESAM is the musical congruence of Sal Masekela and Sunny Levine. Theirs is a second generation musical union as the sons of longtime musical conspirators, Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine. ‘All Is Forgiven’ is the first song off their second album (used in the closing of this show), the follow up to their 2012 debut, The Sound Of Alekesam.
In today’s episode David and Scott analyze the upcoming 2017 WSL season and the first event at Snapper Rocks. Who will win? How will the rookies perform? Will Mick and Owen return to their world title contention? Who will be Duke? And who will be Kook? So much fodder! Enjoy!
Stuart Kennedy: Proven prowess, especially in right hand pointbreaks.
Ethan Ewing: unknown in the big leagues, but tons of promise.
Zeke Lau: the most potential, but the also the most volatile?
Connor O’Leary: the next Ace Buchan?Frederico Morais: He’s consistent and has a record of giant-killing, but a bit unexciting.Joan Duru: He’ll fall the way of Dion AtkinsonLeonardo Fioravanti: Really well-rounded and a proven competitor.Ian Gouveia: Maybe the next Alex Ribeiro?
In this week’s show David and Scott catch up on their recent travels, the plethora of surf films washing through the Internets (Former, The Smiling Bag, Julian’s “Wayward”, etc), the upcoming 2017 WSL season and their loss of their title sponsor, Dukes and Kooks and much more. Enjoy!
Former Surf Splendor guest and WSL VP of Communications Dave Prodan told BeachGrit, “That’s correct. Samsung will not be the title sponsor for the Championship Tour in 2017. The WSL’s official statement is, ‘Samsung has been a great partner for the surfing community over the past three years, elevating the sport to new heights and honoring the community’s heritage. We thank them for their partnership and look forward to an exciting 2017 season. The WSL is excited about upcoming announcements in the commercial space. More to come when available.’”
This week’s guest is unflinching big-wave surfer, champion spear fisherman, and part time Hollywood stuntman Mark Healey.
He’s a perennial invitee to the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau contest at Waimea Bay, and winner of the 2010 Todos Santos Big Wave Event. Healey won the 2009 Billabong XXL Monster Tube Award for getting shacked at a little known Oregon wave known as the Yeti.
In addition to his big wave exploits, in 2008 Healey won the World Cup of Spearfishing in La Paz, Mexico, and he recently launched Healey Water Ops where he facilitates extreme ocean experiences for anyone who wants a world-class experience with the worlds best athletes.
You can find him on Instagram @HealeyWaterOps and at HealeyWaterOps.com. I found him to very forthcoming, affable, astute and very spoken. I really enjoyed chatting with him and appreciated his insights into a lot of aspects of professional surfing that Scott and I speculate on regularly. I’m really pleased to be able to bring this episode to you. Enjoy!
Mark Healey’s 2009 XXL Monster Tube Award Winning Wave by Jason Murray (at The Yeti in Oregon)
In this week’s episode of Surf News, David and Scott discuss the bankruptcy of the Titans of Mavericks, Kelly and Joel’s retirement announcements, RedBull’s new standard of broadcasting, and whether or not Lakey will be the first female to nail a full rotor. Enjoy!
Griffen Guess and his Cartel Management for their Titans of Mavericks debacle (Marissa Miller tho!!!). Link to article
From the SF Chronicle, “The bankruptcy filing comes after costly legal trouble for Cartel Management. Red Bull Media House North America Inc. filed a lawsuit against Cartel and Titans of Mavericks in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on Friday, just days before the bankruptcy action. Red Bull Media House sought an unspecified amount in damages after paying Titans of Mavericks $400,000 for the rights to webcast this year’s competition — which hasn’t happened yet — then never receiving a refund after Cartel abruptly terminated the contract. After receiving Cartel’s purported termination letter, searching for a rationale for Cartel’s erratic behavior, Plaintiff found that Cartel is beset by financial and legal difficulties,” the suit states. At the end of October, a jury in the Central District of California found Cartel and Marisa Miller, an international supermodel and wife of Guess, were liable to pay $1 million after breaching a contract with another company, Segler Holdings LLC.”
Sophia Tiare Bartlow; the women’s American SUP champ who was killed in a car accident last week on the North Shore.
Today’s episode comes to you in two parts; the first 30 minutes is a follow-up conversation with surfboard shaper Roger Hinds discussing The Dream Fish that he shaped for David. In the second part of the show, David and Scott discuss the closure of Surfing Magazine, Paul Speakers’ departure from the WSL, Kalani Chapman’s near-drowning at Pipeline, Zuckerberg’s debacle in Kauai, and much more. Enjoy!