It’s monumental episode of Spit! For the first time in 3 years of recording together, David and Scott finally go for a surf. The boys recap their session, catch up on the Puerto event, the US Open, Kelly’s wave pool opening to the public Fanning’s Soft Top venture, Dukes and Kooks and much more. Enjoy!
TOP 5 COMPETITIVE MOMENTS, FROM LISTENER “FAT OCCY”
Ok. I am going to throw my unsolicited opinion around right now because I am fairly disappointed in Scott’s fading octogenarian (a person who is between 80-89 years old) memory in regards to the top 5 defining moments in competitive pro surfing. David gets a pass because he is a millenial and everyone knows that their memories are only as long as Noa Deane’s latest snapchat. Here is my list, maybe it can shake loose some of that golden mental ore that is being pinched in Scott’s memory by that too tight visor:
(not in order of importance)
1. Tom Curren trials to title. The whole damn year is an amazing moment. Search out his win at the Marui pro in japan from that year on youtube. 3 videos document every heat he won to get from trials to win the event. I hope micro is forcing conner coffin to strap on the oculus rift headset and binge this for hours. A true study in how to win heats, build momentum and peak in a final. The fact he repeated this over an entire year cements his Neo in the Matrix understanding of competitive surfing.
2. Dave Parmenter paddling out on a log against webbed up neon Dave Mcaulay in the 88 op pro. Revolutionary theater mocking the charade that pro surfing had become. Woke a generation of kids to the idea that something else was out there, beyond the 3 to the beach bikini contest riot zone. A coincidence that 10 years later those very kids grew up, grew beards and made movies like litmus? I think not.
3. Kelly Slater winning the 1990 Body Glove surfbout – The world was put on notice that everything was about to change. Bud llamas still chafes under the delusion that he won this heat. Not just a changing of the guard, more like a shifting of consciousness. Kind of funny that Curren won his first pro contest at trestles same age as Kelly. Funny.
4. Martin Potters 1989 world title. By his own accord he toned down his surfing to win the title. Setting the stage for legions of mediocre pro’s for generations to come, from Ben Dunn to Adriano he proved that under pro surfings structure boring can win. Sad that surfing’s wild child had to fall so far in his search for legitimacy.
5. Dane Reynolds destroying Parko in the 2010 snapper contest. Dane the destroyer, put his boot on Joel’s neck and defined aggressive radical surfing for at least a decade. Safety swoops versus going for it 100%, I would rather watch Dane’s failures every time. The fact that his 2010 performance would probably score a 10 in todays WSL says something about Dane, and the WSL.
THE PUERTO CHALLENGE
KELLY’S WAVE POOL TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Link to Jake Howard’s article on StabMag.com
NATHAN FLETCHER, AN SELLING POINT OR A CAUTIONARY TALE?
THE US OPEN
Bino’s wipeout is at the 8:20 mark
Jadson Andre’s Indo left into and through the pier.
MICK FANNING GETS INTO THE SOFT TOP GAME
Scott’s Pick: Julian Wilson’s JBay warm-up sessions.
David’s Pick: Mason Ho’s shorebreak session at Cylinders.
Pete Mel for going from the commentary booth to a massive Puerto pit.
Ray and Jackson Travers for their senseless violence and murder of 68 year old homeless man, Peter Hoffman.
Friends and family of Peter Hofmann are appealing for members of the community to come forward with information regarding his murder. pic.twitter.com/9sXfs7Q6Co
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) July 11, 2017