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!
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
Also, I loved the 2007 biopic film about Dylan, “I’m Not There”.
THE WSL TO ACQUIRE A MAJORITY SHARE IN KS WAVE COMPANY
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?
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.
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.
Damien Hobgood got the wave of the day.
Click on the images below to link to Surfline’s feature about the swell.
Alex Smith’s sitdown barrel at Skeleton Bay
…Lost’s new video series “License to Chill” is fantastic fun.
Volcom’s tribute video to Barney. R.I.P. Barney.
Alex Gray for sharing his story of loss so that others may avoid the same fate.
The jetski drivers in Rio for flipping skis with surfers on the back. Click the image to watch the video.