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146 – Pre Pipe Masters Analysis & Rob Colby of Need Wetsuits

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In the first half of today’s episode, David discusses Need Wetsuits with Rob Colby. They chat about the direct-to-consumer business model, the equitability of high-salaried surf stars, and Rob lends insight into Dane Reynolds’ Chapter 11 based on his years as an executive at Quiksilver. In the second half of the show (36 minute mark) David offers his analysis on the upcoming 2016 Pipeline Masters. Enjoy the show!

Full show notes will be posted in a few hours. Check back!

NeedEssentials.com

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Absolutely love my 4/3. Priced at $185!

SHAWN DOLLAR DISCUSSES HIS CONCUSSIONS

Click to listen to episode 5 of The Kyle Theirmann Show

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PRE PIPEMASTERS ANALYSIS

Here’s David’s assessment of what’s to come. Listen to the pod for the detailed analysis.

Surfers at risk of humiliation

Filipe Toledo

The world's best small wave surfer will need to figure out large barreling lefts if he ever wants to win a world title.

The world’s best small wave surfer will need to figure out large barreling lefts if he ever wants to win a world title.

Matt Wilkinson

Wilko led a pack of world title contenders. A win at Pipeline will reassert his worth among those ranks.

Wilko led a pack of world title contenders. A win at Pipeline will reassert his worth among those ranks.

Other surfers with something to prove at Pipe: Stu Kennedy, Matt Banting, Kanoa Igarashi.

Dark Horse Pick

Keanu Asing

Keanu's entire pro surfing career hinges on this one event. He's always delivered his best performances under immense pressure. #HeartOverHeight

Keanu’s entire pro surfing career hinges on this one event. He’s always delivered his best performances under immense pressure. #HeartOverHeight

Notables (but not for the reason’s you might think)

Joel Parkinson

Parko has been overshadowed in all conditions in recent year, but very few are as deft as Parko in good quality, dangerous waves. Expect a reemergence from this Pipe Master.

Parko has been overshadowed in all conditions in recent year, but very few are as deft as Parko in good quality, dangerous waves. Expect a reemergence from this Pipe Master.

Kelly Slater

Because of Kelly's deferred focus, he will momentarily let his guard down, and a young buck will capitalize. Prove me wrong Kelly!

Because of Kelly’s deferred focus, he will momentarily let his guard down, and a young buck will capitalize. Prove me wrong Kelly!

Top Picks

John John Florence

John John is overdue for his maiden Pipe Masters win. And if he takes it, it'll perhaps be the most successful competitive year of surfing ever, by anyone.

John John is overdue for his maiden Pipe Masters win. And if he takes it, it’ll perhaps be the most successful competitive year of surfing ever, by anyone.

Gabriel Medina

Gabe's finished 2nd two years in a row. He'll go one better this year.

Gabe’s finished 2nd two years in a row. He’ll go one better this year.

141 – Surf News, October 31, 2016

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In today’s episode, David and Scott discuss the end of the Quiksilver Eddie event, JJF’s world title victory, an all women’s Maverick’s contest, Scott’s upcoming trip to the NLand wave park, and much more. Enjoy!

THE QUIKSILVER EDDIE AIKAU ENDS IT’S 30 YEAR RUN

Click to read Rory Parker’s article on BeachGrit.com

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JJF IS OUR WORLD CHAMP

THE WSL AND ISA JOIN FORCES

Click to read the full article on Surfline.com

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THE TITANS OF MAVERICKS

. . . introduces an all-Women’s heat. Click to TitansOfMavericks.com

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SCOTT HEADS TO NLAND WAVE PARK

Lone Star Stoke: Full Edit from Surfline on Vimeo.

MUST-SEE MOMENT

INFLUENT + from erik derman on Vimeo.

KOOK

The seal that terrorized a line-up! Beware of these cute creatures! Full article on Surfline.com

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DUKE

Mickey Clarke and Eithen Osbourne for resucing the kids of a capsized boat. Check out this crazy footage!

137 – Surf Splendor, October 3, 2016

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In today’s episode of Surf News, David and Scott discuss David’s recent article on Beach Grit that defames Kelly Slater, dumb dolphins, the Bunker Spreckles documentary, two surfer’s 2,200 mile prone paddle journey, Kooks and Dukes, and much more! Enjoy!

SURF SHOP BOX

This isn’t a paid advertisement, but Surf Shop Box sent David and Scott boxes last month and they were both psyched on the contents!

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BUNKER SPRECKLES DOCUMENTARY

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SLATER AND MICHAEL PHELPS AT THE RYDER CUP

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DUMB DOLPHIN JUMPS ON GROM!

Dolphin Jumps On Grom from STAB on Vimeo.

MUST SEE MOMENT

KOOK

David! He’s the self nominated kook for his poorly written, uninsightful, review of “Apolitical Process” on BeachGrit.com

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DUKE

Steph Gilmore and Jon Frank for their beautiful short “The Tempest”!

Stephanie Gilmore – The Tempest. from Monster Children on Vimeo.

135 – Surf News, September 19, 2016

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In today’s episode David and Scott discuss Surf Park Summit 2 (which Scott emcee’d), the Surf Aid Malibu Cup, the dubious judging and spectacular upsets at the Hurley Lowers Pro, the two tragic suicides in the surf community and much more. Enjoy!

SURF PARK SUMMIT 2

Scott emcee’d Surf Park Summit 2, click here to learn more and listen to the pod to hear Scott’s takeaways.

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SURF AID MALIBU CUP

The event raised $125,000 for mother and child health care programs in areas of remote Indonesia. Click to learn more.

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HURLEY LOWERS PRO

Congrats to Jordy Smith and Tyler Wright


Dubious Judging and the Social Media Fallout

Gabriel Medina vs. Tanner Gudauskas

Wilko vs. Simpo

Kelly’s Continued Return to Form

Julian and Slater vent on Instagram

 

  Here’s what I think about the heat between @gabrielmedina and @tannergud… Tanner’s first wave (8.5) was the best surfed wave of the heat with the most variety and commitment in maneuvers. Gabriel got the better score in the first exchange (8.83) which I thought was incorrect both live and watching replays later. That set a strange tone for the heat. The wave Gab got an 8.3 on should have been easily enough to put him in the lead AT THAT TIME. Tanner had an 8.67 in the middle of the heat that I think was very over scored by more than a point. So when Tanner rode his final wave he should have been in second place needing a mid 8 point ride. And he surfed that wave very well. I feel the judging got lost from the first exchange. By the time Gabby got his good wave (8.3) and didn’t receive the score, everyone was confused, myself included. No matter what you think it was a close heat that could have gone either way. I also think most people take easy opportunities to make big deals about things that aren’t super important in the scope of their lives. The extent to which people have taken this heat is seriously silly. It was a close heat that could have gone either way. Actually, three of us who go to every event scored it later at home and had Tanner with a slight lead, all things considered. My solution? The judges shouldn’t be able to hear the current situation and score accordingly but even with that they are trying to decide who surfed the better heat. We’ve all had close ones go our way or against us. So there you go. Let the controversy (and blocking) continue! ???   A photo posted by Kelly Slater (@kellyslater) on

Gabriel Medina’s step father Charlie chimes in on Facebook with his claims that the WSL,

“I know complaining sucks, but of all events that Gabriel was harmed, this is the worst. Gabriel rode the best wave of the day, that it was also the best of the contest. But, sadly, judges gave him a low score that he couldn’t reverse. I feel sad because they are clearly locking Gabriel. Just imagine if athletics would lock Usain Bolt. Or if swimming would lock Michael Phelps. It’s not cool. The kid born for the sport. He goes there and win, but sadly, five people here define what is good and what is bad. Its like a dictatorship.” Translated by our friends at BeachGrit.com

Click here to watch the video in Portuguese.

GREAT WHITE BREACHES IN OCEAN BEACH LINEUP

David was there. Check the footage here, listen to the story on the pod.

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R.I.P. DAVE WOOD & RORY PARKER

Incredibly sadly, we lost two members of the surf community to suicide in the past week; Dave Wood and Rory Parker.

Dave “Woody” Wood was head of security for the WSL. Rory Parker was a pro surfer from Hawaii (not to be confused with the writer at BeachGrit.com)

Condolences to everyone affected by this tragic loss of life. Smile on! Life is rich and sadness is not durable!

You never know the state someone is in, the subconscious thoughts and harbored feelings no one else truly feels or understands. And I guess this is the end of the road. It’s terribly devastating to all of us who loved @woodysecurity to know this was him less than 24 hours ago, seemingly without a care in the world, smiling away in @peterkingphoto’s hat wig. Unfortunately, his emotions and personal difficulties pushed him beyond his breaking point and he chose to take his own life last night. It would be convenient to blame another person. I guess it’s natural to be angry at him. We’re all just in shock. I loved this man. Can’t believe we won’t be seeing you as expected at every event. I can hardly remember an event without you. Always in everyone’s corner on tour…it’s really difficult to believe you’re gone. Rest in peace, my friend and our thoughts go out to your children.

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LET’S BE FRANK

Click here to watch for free from September 19th through the 29th on RedBull.tv

David’s Surf Splendor interview with Frank Solomon and Peter Hamblin will launch on Friday morning. I suggest watching the film first.

Here’s the trailer:

#TOURNOTES

From strength to strength, is this the best #TourNotes yet?

133 – Surf News, August 24, 2016

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David and Scott discuss the proliferation of new podcast’s on the market, boards their currently riding, then they chat about the 44 year old unsponsored surfer who won Tahiti on an experimental surfboard after practicing in a wave pool! (Thanks for that caption Dean Weir). Enjoy!

RAIMANA TOWS IN 18 YEAR OLD GIRL AT TEAHUPO’O

SURF PODCASTS GALORE

The launch of Occy’s “Occ-Cast” has led to the surf media’s sudden interest in surf podcasts. Here’s a few to fill your non-Surf Splendor hours.

Scott’s long-standing “Down The Line” podcast.

Down the Line Radio

“Surf Simply”

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“Ain’t That Swell”

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“Lipped”

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Any others of interest? Leave them in the comment section.

BILLABONG TAHITI PRO

Kelly combos JJF in an incredible finale to epic performances by both surfers.

Kelly’s insane, subtle, critical, and radical adjustments are pure artistry!

Kelly’s road to the finals

JJF’s road to the final

Was JJF underscored? I think so. Shoulda been a 10!

Jules with last minute heroics, then JJF with last second heroics!

KELLY, KELLY, KELLY

Kelly chatted about life with Joe Buck on the Audience network.


Kelly’s shows emotion and passion! Glad to have you back Kelly!

MUST-SEE MOMENTS

Scott’s Pick: Kelly’s mastery.

David’s Pick: The best 11 year old surfer in the world.

130 – Surf News, July 12, 2016

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In today’s show David and Scott share Baja stories, read listener emails, discuss the controversial quarterfinal heat 1 at the JBay Open, and question why Kelly doesn’t promote Kelly, plus Kooks and Dukes and much more. Enjoy!

RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTARIES



IS BAJA SAFE?

David and Scott share stories of their decades of travel in Baja and discuss whether it’s currently safe to travel there.

Outside Magazine explored the question last year. Click to read more.

Here’s one harrowing (albeit poorly written) Baja tale.

COURNTNEY CONLOGUE NUDE FOR ESPN

J-BAY OPEN

JJF and Jordy surf the only heat of the day in abysmal conditions.

Mick’s scintillating form!

WHY DOESN’T KELLY PROMOTE KELLY?

Kelly’s surfing incredibly well, but not on a KS Designs board.

He was riding a board shaped by Keoni Downing, as discussed by our boys over at BeachGrit. Click here.

KELLY SLATER ON GRAHAM BENSINGER


MUST-SEE MOMENT

Vice’s “Motherboard” series covered the shark attack situation in Reunion Island.

KOOK

Chris Ward, who’s doing 60 days for beating his wife.

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Torren Martyn for reigniting my interest in the Fish design through his recent “Lost Track” series.

Lost Track Part 5, Western Australia from surfstitch on Vimeo.

129 – Dave Prodan, VP of Communications for the WSL

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The WSL’s VP of Communication Dave Prodan is the guest on today’s show. Dave’s a regular listener of Surf Splendor so he was eager to address many of the issues that David (Scales) and Scott have speculated about for years. Topics include, alternate judging formats, including a Big Wave Tour event into the ‘CT schedule, a “Major’s” concept for the ‘CT, and much more. Enjoy today’s show. Let us know your thoughts on Dave and perhaps we can invite him back as a semi regularly guest. Thanks for playing Dave!

Scott Bass and Dave Prodan at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

Scott Bass and Dave Prodan at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

MUST-SEE MOMENT

This is a really great series of interviews with Kelly Slater. I’ve post a couple, but YouTube autoloads the rest of the series. They are all worth watching.


KOOK

This week’s Kook and Duke can both be found in the same video. The Kook is obvious, the jetski driver who drove straight into the maxed shorebreak at the Wedge, and then into the jetty . . . . with his girlfriend no less!

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And the Duke’s are all the lifeguards who have to save kooks like this every summertime. This type of insanity rarely happens in the winter. Bravo to the lifeguards who risk their lives for absolute imbeciles.

128 – FIJI PRO RECAP

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In today’s show David and Scott recap the spectacle that was the 2016 Fiji Pro. In addition to the surfing highlights, they analyze Wiggoly’s controversial paddling tactics, Wilko’s haphazard title campaign, and they question the limitations of the 10 point ride. Enjoy the show!

FIJI PRO

Congratulations to Gabriel Medina!

Do you think Gabe’s airs were being underscored? Is this the best air ever done at Cloudbreak? I’d say so.

Look at Wilko’s heat scores through the event. Bravo to his new found competitive prowess, because his surfing was infinitely inferior to JJF’s, Slater’s, Fanning’s. . . . and . . . shall I go on?


No one is more casual, confident, nor talented than John John Florence. Such a bummer to not see him surf past the Quarters.

Kelly returned to form in this event, but still can’t beat Gabriel Medina. That said, we finally saw the (only) style of waves that his board, The Banana, work in: 6-8′ perfect reef passes.




And bravo to Kelly for seeking retribution against Wiggoly for his tactics against Conner earlier.

Wiggoly’s aforementioned, questionable interference tactics to win heats against Conner Coffin and Michel Bourez.

Which 10 was your favorite?

MUST-SEE

FREEZING: a cold water surf trip

FREEZING – a cold water surf trip. from Two Eyes Film on Vimeo.

DUKE

Jon Roseman for his many contributions that have made Tavarua what it is today.

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127 – Matt Parker and Surf News, June 8, 2016

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We begin today’s episode with a conversation with Matt Parker of Album Surfboards about an asymmetrical surfboard that he lent to David to surf. David and Scott then break down the latest surf news, including the Red Bull Cape Fear event, the Fiji Pro, the future of sustainable surfboards, why we love to hate Bobby Martinez, Dukes and Kooks and much more. Enjoy!

MATT PARKER OF ALBUM SURFBOARDS

AlbumSurf.com

@AlbumSurf

Matt Parker Album

RED BULL CAPE FEAR

A huge congrats to 18-year-old Russel Bierke for winning what was the heaviest surf contest ever held.

Russell Bierke performs during the Red Bull Cape Fear in Sydney, Australia on June 7, 2016. // Ed Sloane/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160607-00698 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Russell Bierke during the Red Bull Cape Fear in Sydney, Australia on June 7, 2016. // Ed Sloane/Red Bull

FIJI WOMEN’S PRO

Congrats Johanne Defay!

Johanne Defay arriving back on Tavarua after the win.

Johanne Defay arriving back on Tavarua after the win.

FIJI MEN’S PRO

Gabe burns Jordy. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Jordy looks strong! It’d be nice if he could keep this form through a full season (or at least an event!)

And Kelly looks like he’s returning to form.

WEBLAND

Bobby Martinez in “Whatever Beach”

Whatever Beach : Bobby Martinez from Vacation Club on Vimeo.

License to Chill with Mason Ho and Burger Nozaki

Zeke Lau is my new fav power surfer. Check it!

MUST-SEE MOMENT

Shane Dorian’s “My Old Man” piece by Yeti and produced by Farm League

KOOK

Based on the success of Red Bull’s Cape Fear event, we need to further analyze whether or not  “WSL surfers” should be allowed to compete in non-sanctioned events. While it makes sense to not allow World Tour surfers to compete, what about guys like Albee Layer?

Really bummed out to inform everyone I will NOT be competing in this event Monday in Australia. The reason being is I am currently on the full time WSL big wave tour and am forbidden to compete in non WSL sanctioned events. This is a rule that makes sense for the guys on the CT tour who could get last every event and still make over 90k dollars for the year but for us on the big wave tour that usually only has two or three events a year and first place receiving only 20k dollars it is not a realistic career to depend on and I believe we should be allowed to try and earn money in other events. I am pretty frustrated after @markmathewssurf @ryanhipwood and all the other boys down under worked their asses off to get this event going and being so stoked to get the call up to surf it that it’s not going to happen for me now. Also wonder if this is private information and the @wsl is going to get me in trouble any way for it? I hope not I’m looking forward to surf a full year on the big wave tour but whatever I just don’t see the reason we can’t do both, and I think this issue needs to be dealt wit for the future. Reguardless everyone should tune in to watch the #capefear event because fortunately the local boys replacing those of us who can’t make it are going to be absolutely sending it. Have fun and be safe boys, we’ll be watching!

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DUKE

Matt Warshaw for his new gig as “Surf Consultant” for The Oxford English Dictionary. Check out his finest contribution to surfing here EncyclopediaofSurfing.com or the original hardback version here purchase The Encyclopedia of Surfing

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Click to read the full article

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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:

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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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