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!
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”
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?
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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.
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.”
In today’s episode of Spit!, David and Scott survey Occy’s forthcoming wave pool “Surf Lakes”, analyze the OK Fiji Pro, Dane Reynold’s return to competition, and in the tradition that Scott set forth, David establishes his “Core Surf Values”. They also offer Must-See Moments, Dukes and Kooks, and much more. Enjoy!
RECORD SETTING PADDLE-OUT
OCCY’S SURF LAKES
Occy is the Surf Industry Advisor for “Surf Lakes”.
From the prospectus, “Surf Lakes works by generating concentric waves from a central wave generator that radiate outwards. Each wave breaks on a variety of submerged reefs and shorelines. Each reef captures the energy of the swell at different points and shapes the resulting wave, thus a creating a variety of sizes and shapes of waves. The number of surf breaks generated by each single wave is only limited by the size of the pool and number of surf breaks. In the model below, each wave generates 8 surfing waves and 4 learner style waves. This allows up to 12 surfers to surf on each wave that is produced.“
“The wave generator is oscillated to create a ‘set’ of waves much like the ocean, with the breaking waves resembling a “peak” wave seen at quality beach breaks like Duranbah Beach in Queensland, or quality reef breaks like Pipeline in Hawaii. The waves break both left and right, from a central peak or ‘a-frame’.”
“Each set produces 5 to 7 waves and is repeated every few minutes. Therefore, capable of producing up to 2,400 rideable waves each hour. This does not include the ‘learner’ style waves that are produced at each corner of the lake. These waves would be utilised by surf schools, which further add to the revenue generating potential of the Surf Lake.”
Congrats to Matt Wilkinson for defeating Conner O’Leary in the final.
KEPA ACERO’S NEAR FATAL WIPEOUT
“The only thing that separates us from death is time.” Kepa Acero
In today’s episode of Spit!, Scott recaps his recent surf trip to Mexico where he found enlightenment and his “Core Surfing Beliefs”. The boys then analyze the tenuous link between menstruation and shark attacks, pay homage to the leaders who left us on Friday June 2nd (R.I.P. Severson and O’Neill), and then finish with Must-See Moments, Kooks, and Dukes. Enjoy!
Welcome to Spit! with Scott Bass and David Lee Scales. It’s the exact same podcast you know and love (call it Down The Line, call it Surf News) where Bass and Scales spitball big ideas, spit vitriol, and discuss dudes getting spit out of waves. Spit! In today’s episode David sings the praises of the Baja roadtrip, Scott recaps the grom abuse story that created an Internet firestorm, they ponder what if the Fiji Pro is won by the event’s own sponsor (Kelly Slater/Outerknown), review Taylor Steele’s “Proximity”, Dukes and Kooks, and much more! Dang, it’s good to be back. Enjoy Spit!
BAJA OFFERS MUCH MORE THAN FISH TACOS AND SURF
David stayed in an AirBnB right at K38, dined in sophisticated restaurants and even toured their largely undiscovered wine region, Valle de Guadelupe. Despite the past decade’s instability and unsafe travel, David felt very safe and plans to return regularly.
From Surfer.com, “East Coast surfing pioneer Dick Catri passed away at his home in Melbourne, FL, on Monday morning due to complications from a recent series of strokes. Sometimes referred to as the Godfather of East Coast surfing, Catri played a major role in steering the sport’s burgeoning popularity on the right coast during the 1960s and continued to shape its development over the course of the next half-century.”
“Catri’s list of accomplishments is full of novel accolades. He was the first East Coaster to ride the Pipeline and Waimea. He appeared in Bruce Brown films. He opened one of the first surf shops in Florida and cultivated a team of East Coasters for Hobie Surfboards that could rival any Californian contingent of the day. He set the industry standard for surfboard shapers and helped kickstart the contest circuit on the east coast. In his later years, he mentored Cocoa Beach’s Sean and Kelly Slater, young up-and-comers at the time.”
David and Scott for their deplorable FantasySurfer rankings. As hosts of this clubhouse, we are ashamed!!
Someone contact BeachGrit, there’s a Blood Feud! David vs Scott! Kidding . . . kinda . . but not really. The tension boils over in today’s episode and Scott fires first! Then the boys chat about Surf News, the non-interference at Bells, protecting Hawaii’s lifeguards from frivolous lawsuits, an eye-opening/watering Kelly podcast (not ours!), Dukes and Kooks and much, much more! Enjoy the show! And please send thoughts to David at hello@SurfSplendorPodcast.com and Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Meola’s mind-bending, game-changing surf edit, “Numb”. Everyone talks about the airs, but it’s not just airs, the turns (check the one at the 3:00 mark), and the “Clay-backs” are all insane. And let’s not forget that the dude charges Jaws. MUST SEE!
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!
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.
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.’”