In today’s episode Chas and David celebrate Kelly’s next 11x venture, bully Keala Kennelly for bullying Derek Rielly for bullying her, vindicate Steve Pezman’s self righteousness, and solve localism once and for all. Plus a spirited round of Barrel or Nah! Enjoy!
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Commenters revolt against Pez!
Listen to today’s episode to hear Chas defend.
OUR NEW WOMEN’S BIG WAVE CHAMP
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“Nobody gets to be a champion without the love and support of so many people. I want to thank everybody in my life that helped me get here. My family, my friends, my partners. my bubbie @msnowhite My shaper Ian Wright @aftermathsurfboards . All the different sponsors I’ve had. People that coached me, trained me, the WSL, the water safety, the photographers and the fans. Thank you. This is for my son Kekoa. He lives hundreds of miles away from the nearest ocean. Not being in my sons life as much as I would like to be has been one of the most painful sacrifices I have had to make for the sport that I love. My son is 7 years old. Who here knew what they wanted to be when they were 7 years old? I did. I wanted to be world champion. That was my big dream. When I was 25 it looked like my dream was going to come true and then at the last moment it slipped through my fingers and I finished #2 in the world. I was devastated and when I walked away from the tour a couple years later I felt like my life was over because I failed at my big dream. When I look back now what I’ve realized is that that wasn’t really my dream at all… because I wasn’t dreaming BIG enough and that wasn’t the end that was in fact just the beginning. Now Im part of an elite group of athletes that are riding waves that are so big and so challenging that we are pushing the boundaries of what is humanly possible and that inspires both men and women all over the world to push their own limits. I wasn’t dreaming big enough because the 25 year old me was hiding in the closet, soaked in shame, living in fear of people finding out and hating myself because I didn’t think you could be world champion AND be gay. I needed to dream bigger because now I get to be an openly gay world champion and I get to proud of who I am and I get love myself just as I am not as others want me to be. It’s my hope that I will inspire other LGBT athletes that are suffering in silence to live their truth. I needed to dream… so- much- bigger because when I was 25 the prize $ for the men and women athletes was radically different and now I get to be world champion with equal prize $
Unfortunately, Keala has since deleted her Instagram post where she questions Derek’s piece.
KELLY’S SLOW, PAINFUL, FORCED RETIREMENT
SPY’S HAPPY GIVEAWAY
BARREL OR NAH?
Surf Brand Tattoos?
and Chas has room!
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Co-Host, Producer, Editor: David Scales @David_Lee_Scales
Co-Host: Chas Smith @SurfJournalist