Shane Jones was out surfing Huntington Beach, California’s Dog Beach yesterday (June 14, 2016) when he cut out of a wave and started paddling back out only to find a body floating in the water, according to a story in the Orange County Register.
Jones, a Garden Grove surfer and maker of Jonesea wetsuits, jumped into action when he saw the body. . . He paddled up to him and tapped the man’s head three times, each time with no response. Jones, who was a junior lifeguard growing up, said his instincts kicked in to get the man to shore. . . “I grabbed him and started charging toward the surfline,” he said. “He was lifeless. I saw his eyes, they were glazed over and blue. I had to get him to shore.”
Easier thought than done seeing as the man weighed close to 300 pounds. Eventually, Jones got the man to shore with some help. Authorities still have no idea who the man is. For the details, please click the link. And yes, we’ll be spooked every time we paddle back out for weeks.
In 2007, the International Surfing Association (ISA) launched a unique, global Scholarship Program that offers financial assistance to young, aspiring surfers from around the world as a way to further their education while encouraging and building their surfing careers. . . To date, the ISA has awarded more than USD $228,500 in scholarships to further the education and surfing careers of 267 surfers from over 40 countries. Thanks in part to the ISA funding, many scholarship winners have gone on to compete at national and international Surfing competitions.
To be a part of the ISA’s surfing education revolution please click the link.
Don’t miss your chance to catch The Wave I Ride on the big screen, and meet the inspiring women behind the film, when director Devyn Bisson and female big wave pioneer (and star of the documentary) Paige Alms head “Up The Coast” to screen the film in San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Portland from June 10 to June 22, 2016.
“We’ve struggled to ever get any support from the surf industry, and it’s always been pretty defeating, but when Paige and I go into a screening, whether it’s San Diego or London, the response is insane,” says Bisson. “People literally come up to us and thank us for making this film, and that’s when I finally get to remind myself that it was all worth it. It was so necessary. We needed this film. Our audience needed it, not the industry.”
Door times vary, but all showings will begin at 7:30 pm with a Q&A with Paige and Devyn immediately following. The tour kicks off tomorrow night (June 10, 2016) at the World Famous La Paloma Theatre, in Encinitas, California. For advance tickets click here. For the official words, and show times please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Sticky Bumps is happy to welcome big wave icon Jamie Mitchell to their Elite Team.
Jamie Mitchell has been called the “World’s Greatest Waterman” and is said to “ooze greatness.” He is a lover of all watersports, especially big wave surfing and paddle boarding. He does these sports with such confidence and ease, it is no wonder Sticky Bumps has added him to their Elite Team alongside other amazing big wave surfers, Garrett McNamara, Coco Nogales, Trevor Sven Carlson, Danny Griffiths, Niccolo Porcella, Aaron Gold, Shane Dorian, and Chuck Patterson. Jamie has used Sticky Bumps for years, and will continue to do so as a brand ambassador. He will also be doing product testing on their bags, leashes and traction pads.
Gotta love it when two of our favorite, dashing, world traveling surf men get together to compare not size but volume. Beach Grit’s Chas Smith stopped by Matt Biolos‘ San Clemente, California headquarters to dunk some boards in a barrel of water and remind us all that volume matters.
Check it all out in the first episode of Beach Grit’s new TV show Like, Bitchin’.
Kelly Slater, the 11-time world champion surfer who has lent his name to a growing number of commercial ventures including a surfboard company, a high-end casual clothing line, a recently independent accessories brand, and a wave pool development company, has commented on the “sale” of the magical wave making company (Kelly Slater Wave Company) to a surfing event production and content creation company that is co-owned by his agent Terry Hardy along with Dirk and Natasha Ziff, who are also reportedly partners in the wave company.
“While surfing for me will always be about adventure, travel and the ocean, this wave brings a new opportunity to the sport without taking away the soulfulness that attracted many of us to surfing in first place,” said Slater. “Surfing great waves in a controlled environment adds a new dimension, as there is no hassling for waves, no stress over who got the best wave – they are all good. Everyone can relax, have fun and focus on improving their surfing.”
Whether anything has actually changed hands is totally up for discussion, however, either way it makes a great press release for the surf event production company. And that’s often the only upside to deals of this sort.
For the official word from the purchaser, please follow the jump.
As proof that authentic surf retail still exists, Huntington Surf & Sport will be holding a grand reopening of their HB Pier location on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
“We have physically built out and remodeled the majority of our PCH and Main Street location and, most importantly, the next generation of Pai’s—Trevor, Taylor and Ashlyn—have been taking the helm,” said Aaron Pai. “So with the Pai kids taking the helm and leading…this is a major remodel of both ‘physical structure and positive energy’ that I am stoked on!”
For the official word from the Pai family, please follow the jump.
We were saddened to hear the news on Friday, May 13, 2016 that legendary Hawaiian surfing icon Rabbit Kekai has died, according to Surfer Magazine. He was 95.
Born in 1920 in Honolulu, the young Rabbit quickly earned a reputation as one of the city’s most gifted natural athletes; he was reportedly as fast on land as he was adept in the water, which caught the attention of Duke Kahanamoku during Rabbit’s formative years as a beachboy, a vocation he continued for decades. Throughout his life, Rabbit worked a myriad of maritime jobs. During the Second World War, he served in the Navy as a UDT swimmer, the precursor for the modern-day Navy SEALs, helping to clear beaches of Japanese defenses in Micronesia. After the war, he worked construction and as a longshoremen in Honolulu. Through it all, his passion for surfing remained.
We will miss seeing him with his ready smile and unending aloha where ever there was surf. Our thoughts are with the entire Kekai family.
It’s always to good to see people doing real stuff (not that sitting in front of a monitor and copying and pasting links isn’t real). Josh Oldenburg makes surfboards by hand in San Diego, California and he seems to enjoy it. We enjoy watching him. You probably will, too. Click the arrow why don’t you.
(Editors’ Note: it’s pronounced “Salvador” in case you were wondering. Vowels still aren’t cool in some circles.)