The Grit!

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The Grit! is a twice monthly show hosted by David Lee Scales and featuring guest Chas Smith discussing the most scintillating headlines from BeachGrit.

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April 12, 2024 New

263 – The Grit! April 12, 2024

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In today’s episode David discovers that yes, surfing is easy, but it’s a lot of work, Chas musters the energy

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April 5, 2024 New

262 – The Grit! April 5, 2024

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In today’s episode Chas dives shallow into ELO’s public diary, David discovers truths about why Mormon’s aren’t dominating pro surfing,

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March 29, 2024 New

261 – The Grit! March 29, 2024

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In today's show Chas spawns a spite baby, David becomes an expert on neurological disorders, and then the boys explain

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March 22, 2024 New

260 – The Grit! March 22, 2024

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In today’s show David unleashes the power within! Chas gender reveals Kellani’s baby! Peck makes a spooky appearance, Conner Coffin

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March 15, 2024

259 – The Grit! March 15, 2024

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In today’s show from Revelstoke, Canada, Chas reports live from Natural Selection and David defines criteria to “identify” as a

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March 8, 2024

258 – The Grit! March 8, 2024

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In today's show Chas gets bamboozled by toxic positivity, David finds meaning in the ashes of surf retail, the GOAT

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March 1, 2024

257 – The Grit! March 1, 2024

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In today's episode Chas and David identify the precise moment when being a good dad goes too far, weep at

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February 23, 2024

256 – The Grit! February 23, 2024

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In today’s show David and Chas learn the value of a grain of salt, celebrate the greatest and worst claims

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February 16, 2024

255 – The Grit! February 16, 2024

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In today’s show Chas and David are divided over the Filipe’s debacle, only to be reunited by DJ Seaweed’s high

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February 7, 2024

254 – The Grit! February 7, 2024

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In today’s show Filipe must stand in defense of a Few Good ___ while his family digs him a deeper

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February 2, 2024

253 – The Grit! February 2, 2024

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In today's show we discover that Filipe's Pipe fear is symptomatic of a much deeper problem (and the direct result

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January 26, 2024

252 – The Grit! January 26, 2024

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In today’s show Chas and David watch the flames rage as Steph joins Carissa as the 2nd of the impending

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January 19, 2024

251 – The Grit! January 19, 2024

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It's happened, Carissa Moore announced her retirement from the WSL. David and Chas unpack her dignified exit and the repercussions

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January 10, 2024

250 – The Grit! January 10, 2024

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In today's show gargantuan show Chas reveals why grom abuse only hurts the abuser, David discovers the origin of Kelly's

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January 5, 2024

249 – The Grit! January 5, 2024

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In today’s show David and Chas finally uncover Kelly’s predestined metamorphosis, surfing’s preeminent absurdist Vlogger hits his artistic zenith, Coco

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December 29, 2023

248 – The Grit! December 29, 2023

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In the final show of the year, Chas and David share the surprising story of how surfing has helped get

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December 22, 2023

247 – The Grit! December 22, 2023

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In today's show, the boys send a Christmas miracle to Baja, pro forma Tom Lochtefeld's latest endeavor, a disgraced YouTuber

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December 15, 2023

246 – The Grit! December 15, 2023

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In today's episode Chas enters the Vlogosphere and makes his case for the death of the Pipe Masters while David

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December 8, 2023

245 – The Grit! December 8, 2023

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In today’s show Chas and David celebrate Carissa Moore’s public appreciation of BeachGrit, uncover the hidden agenda behind Tahiti’s Teahupo’o

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December 1, 2023

244 – The Grit! December 1, 2023

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? In today’s show an old rivalry is inflamed as Chas vies for the role of surfing’s Anthony Bourdain, David

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November 22, 2023

243 – The Grit! November 22, 2023

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In today's gratitude themed show, David and Chas reveal the savvy surfboard shaper who's pivoting to the beer biz, discuss

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November 17, 2023

242 – The Grit! November 17, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David discuss the great many break-ups in surfing this past week, RVCA splits with their

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November 10, 2023

241 – The Grit! November 10, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David teach you how to deftly dodge legal liability, reveal the WSL's gaming of Guinness

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November 3, 2023

240 – The Grit! November 3, 2023

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In today's episode David and Chas advise on how to avoid getting ousted by the grumpy local, identify the precise

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October 26, 2023

239 – The Grit! October 26, 2023

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In today's episode Chas and David offer a lesson in tweaker economics, explain why you ought never attempt to fuse

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October 20, 2023

238 – The Grit! October 20, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David explore the seedy underbelly of surfing's drug addled past; the dealers, the users, the

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October 13, 2023

237 – The Grit! October 13, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David, usually the givers of medical advice, chase Shane Dorian as he bushwhacks his way

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October 6, 2023

236 – The Grit! October 6, 2023

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In today's show David and Chas rank the best and worst tradeshows to attend (from AVN to surf), celebrate Laird's

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September 29, 2023

235 – The Grit! September 29, 2023

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? In today's show Chas and David discuss Alana Blanchard's defense of her husband against Stab Mag's muckraking, CJ Hobgood

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September 22, 2023

234 – The Grit! September 22, 2023

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? In today's show David and Chas memorialize this Autumnal equinox as the official day that Stab jumped the shark

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September 14, 2023

233 – The Grit! September 14, 2023

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In today's show David and Chas discuss everything that was Finals Day and admit that you should probably listen to

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September 8, 2023

232 – The Grit! September 8, 2023

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In today's show and in preparation for Finals Day, Chas and David share perhaps the best surf poem ever written,

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August 31, 2023

231 – The Grit! August 31, 2023

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In today's show, the ghost of Dora appears in Jupiter, Florida and Chas and David attempt to tease apart overt

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August 25, 2023

230 – The Grit! August 25, 2023

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In our most divisive episode yet, Chas and David discuss the pro surfer turned election denier who was indicted alongside

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August 17, 2023

229 – The Grit! August 17, 2023

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In today's show David and Chas finger the man who will go down in history for killing surfing, they celebrate

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August 10, 2023

228 – The Grit! August 10, 2023

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In today's show David and Chas assess the unspeakable devastation on Maui, find the footage of Ethan Ewing's back-breaking wipe

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August 3, 2023

227 – The Grit! August 3, 2023

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? In today's show Chas and David break down the (most recent) brawl in HB, critique how a talentless and

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July 27, 2023

226 – The Grit! July 27, 2023

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Back! David and Chas are joined by Travis Ferré to discuss the Inherent Bummer Factory at the US Open next

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July 13, 2023

225 – The Grit! July 13, 2023

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In today's show an exhausted Bruce Irons packs unmake-able shorebreak barrels, Michael Ho forces a listener to level up, Jonah

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July 7, 2023

224 – The Grit! July 7, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David devise a plan to get a meeting with Ziff and propose a WSL takeover,

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June 30, 2023

223 – Goodbye, ELO!

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Erik Logan has parted ways from the WSL "effective immediately"! David and Chas discuss Erik not making the Cut, speculate

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June 29, 2023

222 – The Grit! June 29, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David discover the true reason why youth have abandoned surfing, try to determine when our

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June 22, 2023

221 – The Grit! June 22, 2023

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In today's "getting old" themed show Chas and David analyze why the youth have abandoned surfing, celebrate Laird's new bromance

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June 16, 2023

220 – The Grit! June 16, 2023

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In today’s show Chas and David marvel at Derek Ho’s under appreciated backside snap, celebrate The Package's well-deserved biopic, guffaw

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June 8, 2023

219 – The Grit! June 8, 2023

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In today’s show Chas and David finally zero in on the root of so much judging controversy, style! How to

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June 2, 2023

218 – The Grit! June 2, 2023

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The most boring surf contest of all time has birthed the juiciest storylines; Surfing's Scandoval. Medina skewers the WSL. ELO

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May 25, 2023

217 – The Grit! May 25, 2023

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In today's show David questions the potential of a wax free life, Chas regrets his neck tattoo, and the boys

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May 19, 2023

216 – The Grit! May 19, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David receive harsh (but justified) ridicule for their SoCal centric myopia, a rational minded VAL

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May 12, 2023

215 – The Grit! May 12, 2023

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In today's show Chas recounts his hallucinogenic sailing trip from last week and the boys receive further evidence why you

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May 5, 2023

214 – Sans Grit! with Devon Howard: May 5, 2023

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While Chas is adrift at sea, Devon Howard fills his loafers to provide decidedly more gentle discussion about the leashless

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April 27, 2023

213 – The Grit! April 27, 2023

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In today's show an expert explains how to enjoy watching surf contests despite the WSL's programming, one of Curren's close

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April 21, 2023

212 – The Grit! April 21, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David review the WSL's CEO-turned influencer's professional analysis of The Box, advise on what to

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April 13, 2023

211 – The Grit! April 13, 2023

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In today's episode the Dalai Lama reveals his holy self as a listener, Chas's wife distances herself as a listener,

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April 7, 2023

210 – The Grit! April 7, 2023

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In today's show David and Chas break down JP Azevedo's sociopathic rampage that left a trail of black-eyed women (and

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April 1, 2023

209 – The Grit! April 1, 2023

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In today's especially foolish episode David and Chas predict the ultimate rivalry upset at Bells (Tall Man v. Bald Man:

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March 23, 2023

208 – The Grit! March 23, 2023

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In today's show David and Chas throw a retirement party for surfers (and a brand) who were effectively fired last

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March 16, 2023

207 – The Grit! March 16, 2023

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Alas, Chas has found his grit again! Today he and David painstakingly count every spectator on the beach in Portugal

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March 9, 2023

206 – The Grit! March 9, 2023

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In today's show we reveal the latest Blood Feud between iconic surf filmmakers, analyze which Andino has better career stats,

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February 24, 2023

205 – The Grit! February 24, 2023

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? In today's show Chas and David explain why it's time to pay more for surfboards, why Zeke Lau will

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February 17, 2023

204 – The Grit February 16, 2023

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In today's show social warfare is waged against Chas and David as they attempt to tiptoe through Kelly Slaters public

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February 2, 2023

202 – The Grit! February 2, 2023

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? In today's show Chas and David recap day one of the Pipe Pro, reveal their new fav surfer who

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January 26, 2023

201 – The Grit! January 26, 2023

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In today's episode Chas and David the lifeguard to took the day off to win the most prestigious surf event

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January 19, 2023

200 – The Grit! January 19, 2023

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Congratulations on making it through 200 episodes of this. We commend you. Today Chas and David reflect on 4+ years

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January 13, 2023

199 – The Grit! January 12, 2023

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In today's show Chas and David discuss why the Eddie didn't go, how Surfline will revolutionize the way we consume

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January 5, 2023

198 – The Grit! January 5, 2023

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A tragic start to 2023 as Nazare claims its first casualty and one of actions sports' culture shifters meets an

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December 29, 2022

197 – The Grit! December 29, 2022

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? Sending off 2022, David and Chas recap the top stories of the year, make predictions for 2023, celebrate the

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December 23, 2022

196 – The Grit! December 23, 2022

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In today's show Chas and David discuss why they miss quarantine, survey the most terribly brilliant business moves of 2022,

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December 16, 2022

195 – The Grit! December 16, 2022

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In today's show David and Chas discuss the disturbing degradation of American youth as it relates to burgeoning pro surfers,

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December 9, 2022

194 – The Grit! December 9, 2022

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In today's show Chas and David dig into the story behind why all the male CT surfers have withdrawn from

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December 1, 2022

193 – The Grit! December 1, 2022

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In today's show Chas and David investigate why skateboarding's heroes share so many more skeletons than pro surfers, how Stab

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November 24, 2022

192 – Thanksgiving Grit!

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Feast yourself on a holiday episode of The Grit! Chas and David shirk family obligations just to tell you about

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November 18, 2022

191 – The Grit! November 18, 2022

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In today's episode David and Chas identify and pay homage to the surf world's most inventive, prolific, and entirely unsung

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November 11, 2022

190 – The Grit! November 11, 2022

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In today's gargantuan show David and Chas discuss the implosion of Netflix's bid to buy the WSL, the aching nostalgia

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November 4, 2022

189 – The Grit! November 4, 2022

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In today's show Chas and David confront an existential revolt from within their own audience! They then weigh the thrills

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October 27, 2022

188 – The Grit! October 27, 2022

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In today's show David and Chas explain why self-awareness is the antithesis of "cool", fret for Nathan Florence's moral purity,

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October 20, 2022

187 – The Grit! October 20, 2022

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Back at center on the space/time continuum, David and Chas return to discuss Emrata and Gisele's love lives and how

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October 13, 2022

186 – The Grit! October 13, 2022

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In today's very special episode, Chas has his world rocked by (a very woke) Kevin Miller (worshiper of ELO), Hulet

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October 6, 2022

185 – The Grit! October 6, 2022

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We start the show with some important personal news before Chas and David welcome Jamie Brisick to the podcast. The

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September 30, 2022

184 – The Grit! September 30, 2022

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In today's show David and Chas reflect on the life of Chris Davidson and ponder where to define the boundary

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September 23, 2022

183 – The Grit! September 23, 2022

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Florida Surf Film Fest founders Kevin Miller and John Brooks join David and Chas to discuss the WSL's most recent

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September 16, 2022

182 – The Grit! September 15, 2022

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In today's show, Chas and David gawk at The Stoked Bloke's voyage into The Upside Down, finally determine whether or

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September 9, 2022

181 – The Grit! September 9, 2022

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In today's episode Chas tells, in vivid detail, his experience, being on the cobblestones at Lowers yesterday for Finals Day;

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September 2, 2022

180 – The Grit! September 2, 2022

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In today's Fight Club themed episode, Chas and David are overwhelmed by surf rage that's infiltrated our line ups. They

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August 25, 2022

179 – The Grit! August 25, 2022

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? Today David and Chas, through excessive use of journalistic rigor, discover that truth is stranger than fiction. They uncover

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August 18, 2022

178 – The Grit! August 18, 2022

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What does the size of your lei say about you? Is it really "equality" if you don't offer equal opportunity?

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August 12, 2022

Bye Week – Out With Covid!

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Hey all, David here just checking in to regretfully inform you that our whole house is down with Covid! It's

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August 5, 2022

177 – The Grit! August 5, 2022

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In today's episode Chas embarks on a brand new quest to find nymphomaniacal Russian sex bots, while David seeks to

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July 28, 2022

176 – The Grit! July 28, 2022

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Live from Oklahoma City, Chas is midway through an epic quest across this great nation to find mythical non-surfing World

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July 21, 2022

175 – The Grit! July 21, 2022

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In today's show David and Chas abandon childhood dreams of ever surfing Maalaea, advise on how to prevent the erosion

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July 14, 2022

174 – The Grit! with Daniel Duane

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Author Daniel Duane joins us to discuss his new podcast series, "Reunion: Shark Attacks in Paradise" and the bizarre peculiarities

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July 7, 2022

173 – The Grit! July 7, 2022

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In today's episode Kelly hoots a 14 year old into the wave of his life only to be burned by

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July 1, 2022

172 – The Grit! June 30, 2022

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? Today's show is packed with illustrious guests. First, Sports Illustrated writer Brandon Sneed joins us to discuss the insights

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June 23, 2022

171 – The Grit! June 23, 2022

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In today's show Jack Robinson announces his transition into identifying as Brazilian, Griff dodges death threats from Filipe fans, the

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June 11, 2022

170 – The Grit! June 11, 2022

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Florida Surf Film Fest co-founder Kevin Miller joins David and Chas to discuss the yin and yang of Gerry Lopez,

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June 3, 2022

169 – The Grit! June 3, 2022

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In today's show Chas Zooms in from an undisclosed European island to discuss the importance of self pampering before embarking

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May 26, 2022

168 – The Grit! May 26, 2022

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In this week's episode Chas makes major amends to many aggrieved listeners while deviating even further from grittiness, gets ghosted

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May 19, 2022

167 – The Grit! May 19, 2022

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In today's show Chas and David delve into the sultry world of ASMR, Chas faces the harsh backlash from a

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May 12, 2022

166 – The Grit! May 12, 2022

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? In today's show David and Chas discover that everything is waves and attempt to air-rev over the Vortex of

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May 5, 2022

165 – The Grit! May 5, 2022

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In a first ever effort, Chas and David avoid any negative notions and blast beams of positivity as they celebrate

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April 29, 2022

164 – The Grit! April 29, 2022

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In today's episode Chas does a deep review of Make or Break's first half of the season, David ponder's Caroline

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April 21, 2022

163 – The Grit! April 21, 2022

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In today's show David and Chas find a new billionaire philanthropist to prop up professional surfing, ELO gets boo'd off

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April 15, 2022

162 – The Grit! April 15, 2022

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Huge news breaking from Australia where CT surfers are threatening to boycott Margaret River. In today's show Chas and David

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April 8, 2022

161 – The Grit! April 8, 2022

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In today's show David and Chas explain how Brazilian supermodels have upended the Brazilian storm, analyze who would win in

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April 1, 2022

160 – The Grit! April 1, 2022

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In today's show Chas explains what it feels like to be slapped like Chris Rock and why Kelly looked like

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March 24, 2022

159 – The Grit! March 24, 2022

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The greatest gift of our time has landed in our inbox and we're thrilled to share with you herein. Enjoy!

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March 18, 2022

158 – The Grit! March 18, 2022

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Chas and David catch up after this week's listener get-together/book reading. We reveal Devon Howard's take on the Joel Tudor

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March 14, 2022

157 – The Grit! March 14, 2022

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Chas is back stateside and ready to unpack current World Champ Joel Tudor's suspension from the WSL and the reason

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March 3, 2022

155 – The Grit! March 3, 2022

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In today's show Chas fesses up to a dark fetish and a penchant for Gabriel's back foot, a former World

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February 24, 2022

154 – The Grit! February 25, 2022

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In today's episode David and Chas unpack the vanquishing of WSL Studios and what this means for professional competitive surfing,

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February 18, 2022

153 – The Grit! with Jamie Brisick!

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Jamie Brisick returns to tell us about his professional transition into podcasting, why he's taking a hatchet to the North

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February 10, 2022

152 – The Grit! February 10, 2022

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In today's show Chas and David marvel at Laird's colossal loss ($35 mill!), applaud Joel Tudor whistleblowing his employer, celebrate

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February 4, 2022

151 – The Grit! February 4, 2022

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Chas and David discuss Moana & Tati failing to seize a potential record-setting blood feud, Italo's excessive focus on making

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January 28, 2022

150 – The Grit! January 27, 2022

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This week on the North Shore, Kolohe gets punched, Eli Hanneman suffers near death injury at Pipe, Jonah Hill cops

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January 21, 2022

149 – The Grit, January 21, 2022

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In today's episode Chas and David get to the bottom of quicksand, find friendly locals at Fort Point, identify who

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January 14, 2022

148 – The Grit! January 14, 2022

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As predicted, 2022 is off to a morbid start. Line ups are crowded, Winter swells are growing, foil boards are

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January 7, 2022

147 – The Grit! January 7, 2022

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Chas is back in California, the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout turns up to an 11, Kangaroos are being rescued from

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December 31, 2021

146 – The Grit! December 31, 2021

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Today we time travel back to July 2019 where Chas and David Lee welcome Jamie Brisick to analyze why backwards

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December 23, 2021

145 – The Grit! from Italy!

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Happy Holidays! Chas calls in from the Italian Alps to regale us with stories of the 1% while David edifies

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December 16, 2021

144 – The Grit! December 16, 2021

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? In today's holiday episode, Chas and David right past wrongs, bend and blend gender categorization, advocate for everyday luxury

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December 9, 2021

143 – The Grit! December 9, 2021

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? This episode is dedicated to the Ladies Who Listen. Damn your male partners for forcing us upon you, but

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December 2, 2021

142 – The Grit! December 2, 2021

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David and Chas reveal the year's most dedicated listener (10,348 minutes logged thus far), determine which surfboard manufacturer has most

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November 24, 2021

141 – The Grit! November 24, 2021

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David and Chas follow Jake Burton's insistent celebration of individualism, question if Ben Gravy is this generations Reno Abillera, baffle

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November 18, 2021

140 – The Grit! November 18, 2021

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Chas and David unpack the latest entries in the Florida Surf Film Festival; why Alaska is already over-surfed and war-torn

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November 11, 2021

139 – The Grit! November 11, 2021

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In today's show Chas and David discuss the oddity of a "bidding war" to sponsor an athlete in 2021, find

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November 4, 2021

138 – The Grit! November 4, 2021

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? In today's show we uncover the blood tie between Gabriel Medina's biological father and the family Ferreira! Kai Lenny

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October 21, 2021

137 – The Grit! October 21, 2021

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In today's show Chas converts to a disciple of wave pools and surf self improvement, complete with posting footage of

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October 14, 2021

136 – The Grit! with Circe Wallace

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Action sports super agent and former pro snowboarder, Circe Wallace joins us to discuss how to maintain joy while cultivating

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October 7, 2021

135 – The Grit! October 7, 2021

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In today's episode we cover recent environmental disasters that were sparked by some of surf's biggest icons, account for the

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September 30, 2021

134 – The Grit! September 30, 2021

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In today's show Chas and David survey Huntington Beach's dark history, early welcome teenaged girls to the women's CT in

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September 23, 2021

133 – The Grit! September 23, 2021

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In today's episode, Pat O battles Ben Gravy in 16' Lake Michigan surf, Kamalei Alexander battles billionaire e-foilers, and Ian

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September 16, 2021

132 – The Grit! September 16, 2021

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Sure Finals Day was great, but imagine if you mixed in The Ultimate Surfer, added Jake Paul's YouTube boxing spectacle,

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September 10, 2021

131 – The Ultimate Grit, September 10, 2021

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? In today's show David and Chas analyze the outcry for Joe Turpel's cancellation, listen to the WSL's "kill them

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September 3, 2021

130 – The Grit! September 3, 2021

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In today's show David and Chas identify Ricardo Toledo's ambitions to become surfing's most aggressive Tiger Dad, Fernando Aguerre proves

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August 26, 2021

129 – The Grit! August 26, 2021

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Devon Howard joins us to discuss the Ultimate Surfer, the return of the World Longboard Tour, his ongoing blood feud

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August 19, 2021

128 – The Grit! August 19, 2021

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? In today's show David and Chas survey the mental maladies that plague Western society today and what drove one

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August 12, 2021

127 – The Grit! August 12, 2021

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Breaking news! The Tahiti Pro has been cancelled, David and Chas deliver and assess the news as it breaks. They

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August 5, 2021

126 – The Grit! August 5, 2021

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The 2022 CT schedule has been announced, Dave Prodan calls you a conspiracy theorist, Oaxaca is experiencing a COVID surge

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July 29, 2021

125 – The Grit! July 29, 2021

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In today's episode Chas and David debate a WSL's staffer's assertion that YOU (our audience) are anti-WSL, survey the trajectory

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July 22, 2021

124 – The Grit! July 22, 2021

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In today's episode Chas regales us with tales of sailing the Amalfi coast and reveals a dark Hawai'ian capital curse,

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Credits

Chas Smith

@surfjournalist

Host

Chas Smith is co-founder of BeachGrit.com, industry provocateur, and author of “Welcome To Paradise Now Go To Hell” & “Cocaine + Surfing: a Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair“.

David Lee Scales

@david_lee_scales

Host, Producer, Editor

Founder of Surf Splendor, David oversees all podcast production and new show development. Prior to launching the podcast network in 2013, David worked in the wine industry.

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