Category Archives: Podcast Episodes

157 – Quiksilver Pro Analysis

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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.

NEW CHANGES TO THE BROADCAST

Ross is gone (to coach JJF).

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Kaipo is in.

@kellyslater keeping @kaipoguerrero cool ?

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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.

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OUR FANTASY CLUBHOUSE RESULTS

Click over to SurfSplendorPodcast.com/Fantasy-Surfer/ to see how to join our fantasy surf club.

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Lakey Peterson for her overshadowed, yet nonetheless incredible comeback story.

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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.

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Corey Wilson’s incredible capture of Owen Wright celebrating his win with his girlfriend Kita Alexander and their newborn child.

@owright so incredibly proud of you. Been through hell and back and now you are on top of the world.

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156 – Sal Masekela

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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!

SalMasekela.com

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.

155 – 2017 WSL Season Analysis

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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!

FOLLOW UP

Alex Gray’s POV of those Morocco tubes.

One minute, one ride. Peer through the window of your device and enjoy @a_gray’s Moroccan experience.

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JJF’S NEW COACH

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OWEN & MICK ARE BACK!

 

  

THE ROOKIE CLASS

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? Conner O Leary Frederico Morais: He’s consistent and has a record of giant-killing, but a bit unexciting. Frederico Morais Joan Duru: He’ll fall the way of Dion Atkinson Joan Duru Leonardo Fioravanti: Really well-rounded and a proven competitor. Leonardo-Fioravanti Ian Gouveia: Maybe the next Alex Ribeiro?   Ian Gouveia

RESTRUCTURING THE 2018 SEASON

Link to Jake Howard’s article on StabMag.com

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Jake Davis go to JakesStrength.com to support

Got to JakesStrength.com to support

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Wave pool surfer Mo Rahma for his attempt to conquer Mullaghmore.

154 – Surf News, March 6, 2017

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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!

THE UPCOMING WSL SEASON

The WSL loses their title sponsor, Samsung. Full article on BeachGrit.

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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.’

Owen Wright returns to competition!

The long awaited return of the Avatar!! Where will he finish? Photo: @edsloanephoto

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GRANT “TWIGGY” BAKER IS THE 2016 BWWT CHAMP

 

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WEB VIDS!

The Cradle of Storms Part 1 and 2

Kelly’s Best Footage Ever from the KS Wave Pool

Ari Browne’s Finless Surfing on a Ryan Lovelace “Rabbit’s Foot”

Ari ‘Rookie’ Browne || Bali Cultural Experience from RVCA on Vimeo.

Craig Anderson in FORMER.XXX’s debut surf film.

Unfortunately, Craig’s video was only available for 48 hours. Here’s the teaser though.

DION AGIUS’ “THE SMILING BAG”

Dion will send you the whole file for his new 30 minute film, “The Smiling Bag”. Just email him dion@epokhe.co (yes, “.co”, not “.com”) and he’ll send it over!

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Surf commentator extraordinaire, Rosy Hodge for her recent nuptials to Ian Foulke

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153 – Mark Healey

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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.comI 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)

Mark Healey’s 2009 XXL Monster Tube Award Winning Wave by Jason Murray (at The Yeti in Oregon)

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Click to learn more about Healey’s Ginastica routine on Surfline.com

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152 – Surf News, February 6, 2016

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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!

FOLLOW UP

Zuck concedes to Kauaiian tradition. Link to article

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David’s fav Russian Insta account @LookAtThisRussian

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Rate and review the show in iTunes. Try and outdo “dcp10″‘s review.

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JOEL’S FINAL YEAR ON TOUR

During the Occast with Bruce Irons, Occy accidentally mentions that 2017 will be Joel’s final year on Tour.

Apparently, Kelly’s also stated that it’s his last year on Tour, but I can’t find this quote nor the original source. Let’s call it a credible rumor until further notice.

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REDBULL.TV’S NETWORK 

In addition to rad live broadcasts like The Volcom Pipe Pro and The Cape Fear event, RedBull has feature films “Let’s Be Frank” and “Distance Between Dreams”, and a number of excellent series like “The Ripple Effect”. Toil your hours away on RedBull.tv

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WILL LAKEY BE THE FIRST FEMALE TO NAIL A FULL ROTATION SPIN?

Link to Dez’s article

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GROM SNAPS OVER A SHARK

Check this photo

Grom Over Shark

MUST-SEE MOMENT

rejects from Marine Layer on Vimeo.

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Griffen Guess and his Cartel Management for their Titans of Mavericks debacle (Marissa Miller tho!!!). Link to article

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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.”

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Sophia Tiare Bartlow; the women’s American SUP champ who was killed in a car accident last week on the North Shore.

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151 – Roger Hinds & Surf News, January 24, 2017

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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!

Visit the new RogerHindsSurfboards.com

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R.I.P. SURFING MAGAZINE

Link to Michael Ciaramella’s piece on BeachGrit.com

KALANI CHAPMAN’S NEAR DROWNING AT PIPELINE

PLAYBOY’S ARTICLE ON METH IN BIG WAVE SURFING

Link to the article on Playboy.com

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Koa Rothman for his winning wave at The Da Hui Backdoor Shootout. It’s at the 2:09 minute mark.

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Mark Zuckerberg for his land ownership debacle in Kauai.

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MUST-SEE MOMENT

The underviewed and humorous “Weak Wrap” videos produced by Surfing Life

150 – Surfrider CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen

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Today’s guest is The Surfrider Foundation’s CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen. Chad shares his origin story, the development of Surfrider from it’s founding 3 surfers to it’s current 250,000 activists, some of the organizations biggest wins, and their top initiatives for 2017. Enjoy!

Visit Surfrider.org and support it here.

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Meet Surfrider’s New CEO: Chad Nelsen from Surfrider Foundation on Vimeo.

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Follow @Surfrider

149 – Surf News, January 11, 2017

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In today’s show David and Scott discuss Paul Speaker’s departure from the WSL, Gabriel Media’s Surf Institute, a new Guinness Record in surfing, competing surf podcasts, the “Ride Anything” event at Lunada Bay, and Kepa Acero’s neck-breaking wipeout at Mundaka. We hope you enjoy!

PAUL SPEAKER STEPS DOWN FROM CEO POSITION AT THE WSL

Full article here

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SPONSOR GOSSIP

Conner Coffin, Miguel Pupo, and Noah Beschen are all off Hurley

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Kolohe Andino and Carissa Moore are off Target

GABRIEL MEDINA’S SURF INSTITUTE

Link to full story on StabMag.com

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BEST SURF COACHES

Glen Hall makes an impressive statement in 2016 with his students Tyler Wright and Matt Wilkinson.

Link to story about Glenn Hall on Sports Illustrated

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Mike “Snips” Parsons has a long and impressive track record with many surfers, including Kolohe Andino.

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Chris Gallagher proves his worth in the upper echelon with Jordy Smith’s 2nd place finish in 2016.

Gally with Damo at JBay in 2011

Gally with Damo at JBay in 2011

RIDE ANYTHING AT ‘ALOHA POINT’ (AKA LUNADA BAY)

In response to decades of localism at Lunada Bay, the surf community at large has organized a “Surf Anything” event schedule for Monday January 15, Martin Luther King Jr day.

Imagine a “Lower’s Raid” style event at Lunada!

LNF: LOWERS RAID 2012 from LastNameFirst.tv on Vimeo.

OTHER SURF PODCASTS

Kill the Messenger

The Kyle Theirmann Show

The Truth Barrel

The Occ-Cast

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Mason Ho in “Northern Praying Mantis”

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And Brendon Gibbens in “Bouncing”

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Hey Foil Boarder, you’re on our radar as tentative kooks! Be on your best behavior! Laird, Lenny, and Kalama all get free passes.

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Kepa Acero for revitalizing our passion for rugged solo surf travel. We’re wishing you the best in your recovery! Link to full article. 

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148 – Surf News, December 31, 2016

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In today’s episode David and Scott discuss the highest paid surfers of 2016, recap the Pipe Masters & the Nazare Challenge, and Scott dissects a recent altercation he had in the lineup and reevaluates his entire intention as a surfer. We’re ending 2016 with some deep talk :) We hope you enjoy!

THE PIPEMASTERS

Congrats to 2016 Pipe Master, Michel Bourez.

Kanoa edges past Kelly to make his first final of 2016.

JJF wins the 2016 Triple Crown, his 3rd!

LAYDAYS AND CHRISTMAS DAY ON THE NORTH SHORE

JJF stomps the largest ever alley oop.

Kelly puts together one of the best combos we’ve ever seen.

Kelly free surfing Ehukai

THE NAZARE CHALLENGE

Congrats to Jamie Mitchell for winning one of the most hectic surf events ever. Link to Jed Smith’s recap of the event.

THE STAB 2016 RICH LIST

Click the link to the full article, or scroll down for the final results!

These numbers represent their approximate earnings (endorsements and contest winnings) for 2016.

  1. John John Florence = $6 million
  2. Gabriel Medina = $5.5 million
  3. Jordy Smith = $3 million
  4. Mick Fanning = $2.8 million
  5. Kolohe Andino = $2.6 million
  6. Julian Wilson = $2.3 million
  7. Filipe Toledo = $1.6 million
  8. Stephanie Gilmore = $1.4 million
  9. Carissa Moore = $1.12 million
  10. Jack Freestone = $1 million

OASIS: SUPERSONIC

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Damien Hobgood for catching more memorable waves off Tour than he did on Tour.

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Stab’s first installment of “Culture Shifters” featuring Facebook’s Creative Director, Scott Trattner. Click here to watch the video.

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