In today’s episode Scott and David analyze how the 7 Deadly Sins can help you become a better surfer, why we ought to ditch the WQS entirely, how to achieve surfing enlightenment, proper bathroom etiquette, and they critique the rookie classes performance at the Quik Pro. Plus, Must See Moments, Dukes, Kooks, and so much more! Enjoy!
It’s so terrible you have to listen
BOARDROOM SHOW VS FOUNDERS CUP
One event is expensive and doesn’t let you play. The other is inclusive and cheap! Come to Del Mar!
or The Boardroom Show for $10!
DITCH THE QUEY!
Longtime listener, Bruce in Austin, Texas makes a compelling point for ditching the ‘QS. Here’s an edited except from his email . . .
“Point number 1 – The QS is horrible for the sport because it’s boring to watch 98 percent of the time, and it is putting the wrong surfers on the Dream tour. The WSL needs the most exciting and marketable surfers on the CT.
So, how do you get the Mason Ho (who cannot make it post the round of 96 in bad waves), and the Mikey Wright, and the Jack Robinson straight into the big show? Events like The Founders Cup could do this. National teams, picked by Captains. Maybe fans can even vote for who they want to see.
Dana White leap frogs young MMA stars like Paige Van Zant, Sage Northcutt, Sean O’Malley, and all these fighters that SHOULD be on the big cards, and it works. MMA fighters treat their name as a brand, and the most marketable brands mixed with the right amount of talent get the big ratings and the paychecks.
We are all tired of seeing the surfers we like losing heats at a 3 ft onshore beach break. It’s not a good formula for ratings. It also doesn’t seem to be a fair system to put the surfers through. The surfers, the commenters, and all of us refer the QS as a “grind”, which is the polar opposite of entertainment.”
THE QUIK PRO
Congrats Julian Wilson and Lakey Peterson
The rookie’s were the highlight of the event. Namely, Griffin Colapinto, Michael Rodrigues, and Mikey Wright.
SURFING AS A MULTIFACETED METAPHOR FOR LIFE
Enter the ocean a hedonistic sinner, exit a baptized saint.
Lust – Staring at surf mags
Gluttony – Being surfed out
Greed – material possessions, boards, gear.
Sloth – this is only one that doesn’t seem to apply.
Wrath – Surf fights are common.
Envy – Seeing others on the best peak and moving over.
Pride – Self promotion through Insta.
And once you’ve employed all your selfish desires to improve your ability level, the ocean humbles you and you find yourself on a path towards “Training the Mind”, sent in by listener AJ.
Even when someone I have helped, or in whom I have placed great hopes, mistreats me very unjustly, I will view that person as a true spiritual teacher.
Whenever someone out of envy, does me wrong by attacking or belittling me, I will take defeat upon myself, and give the victory to others.
Whenever I interact with someone, may I view myself as the lowest amongst all, and from the very depths of my heart, respectfully hold others as superior.
In brief, directly or indirectly, I will offer help and happiness to all my mothers, and secretly take upon myself all their hurt and suffering.
George Downing, R.I.P.
From Warshaw’s EOS, “Thought of as the first “complete” big-wave rider; winner of the Makaha International in 1954, 1961, and 1965; longtime competition director of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau event at Waimea Bay.”
“Generous and giving for the most part, Downing also proved to be congenitally private—he hadn’t been profiled or interviewed at length in the surf media until 2011’s documentary The Still Point—and occasionally aloof and argumentative. A note on the final page of Australian Nat Young’s 1983 History of Surfing notes that “George Downing has been omitted [from this book] at his request, although he has played a significant part in the sport.”
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