Yesterday, after watching Kelly Slater catch another magical last second wave to claim his 21st heat win over Taj Burrow and ending what Johnny Gannon later described on Instagram as “a cunt of a day,” we were interested to see the Heritage Heat. The APS’s idea is to allow former surf greats to get some time in the water in front of the fans. In this case, former World Champion Martin Potter and nude surfing originator Brad Gerlach were to rekindle old rivalries and settle things once and for all. What happened was something different, and as usual, no one described it better than Chas Smith:
The art of aging gracefully, and to be sure, it is an art, involves transitioning from stage to stage with taste, decorum, all deliberate speed. It does not, and I repeat DOES NOT, involve surfing in “Heritage Heats.”. . . Athletics (real athletics, not bocce, golf, race car driving etc.) is a field that becomes fraught with pitfalls as life’s sun begins to set. Of course, people should stay fit and active at all ages and surfing is a wonderful pursuit at all ages. That saltwater soothes, that glide feels so fine. But the older surfer should practice his art quietly. He should not practice his art during a surf competition in front of judges on the same waves just surfed by Taj Burrow (forever a 12 year old).
For the rest of Smith’s insightful treatise on aging surfers, click the link. For Derek Rielly’s interview (How I Fucking Smashed Pottz) with heat winner Brad Gerlach, click here. Ah, Smith and Rielly, what a pair.
[Link: Beach Grit]
Everyone’s favorite macho, right-wing, action sporting hellion Brandon Lillard came in a little hot while BASE jumping in Utah on Friday, September 12, 2014 (click here for the story from The Herald Extra). And by “a little hot” we mean we’re all very lucky that Lillard is still alive. He reportedly had some trouble with his chute and bounced off a cliff wall a couple times before slamming into the earth.
The good news is that after being in the Utah Valley Regional Hospital in critical condition, he is now in stable condition and is improving (as anyone who knows him would expect). He had some “major head trauma and some broken bones that will heal.” The bad news is that he’s going to have mountains of bills relating to recovery. That’s where you can help. Jason Kimball set up a gofundme.com and you can help by clicking the link and donating something. It doesn’t need to be huge, and you can be anonymous, but anything would help. Click the link for more info.
After four lay days the waves finally turned on for Round 2 of the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles on Tuesday, September 16 and few took better advantage of the perfect wind conditions than Brazil’s Filipe Toledo when he blasted one out in his heat against Adam Melling.
“I saw Melling doing some big turns and getting a huge score, so I knew I had to do something crazy,” Filipe Toledo said. “I know the wind is really good for airs so when the first left came I just went for it. When I landed I was surprised but I’m stoked to get through. I’m looking forward to more heats and more airs.”
For the official word from the World Surf League ASP, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
ZoSea Media’s entertainment property currently operating under the moniker Association of Surfing Professionals will get a new name come January 2015 it was announced today (Friday, September 12, 2014). Next year the new name will be World Surf League.
In a letter to the surfing community, CEO Paul Speaker explains that the change is happening because the new name will help bring the sport of professional surfing to more fans, athletes and partners worldwide. The ASP will continue to operate under the existing name until the end of 2014 and in January 2015, will begin the season as the World Surf League.
Hey, they’re the marketing professionals. Plus, to most of the ball handling world “league” means sports. And it will go quite nicely with Street League and maybe Snow League. Right? We’re talking expansion here. But please, whatever you do don’t think bowling when you hear the new name. This is not a bowling league. It’s a surf league. To read the entire letter from Mr. Speaker, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Oh yes, fall has returned to Southern California and with it comes the ASP World Championship Tour. Not the sort-of-world tour US Open of Surfing, but the bonafide 2014 Hurley Pro At Trestles (and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles). Here’s what Kieren Perrow has to say about it.
“Trestles is a very consistent wave, and for high-performance surfing there’s no better wave in the world, especially when conditions are good, so it’s great to have a longer waiting period this year so we can take advantage of the best waves,” said ASP Commissioner, Kieren Perrow. . . In order to do well at Lower Trestles surfers will need to show a variety of maneuvers and really push the boundaries and I can’t wait to see what the ASP Top 34 and Top 17 have in store. On the men’s side Gabriel Medina will be one to watch but, when the waves are big enough, Jordy Smith can be devastating. I’m really looking forward to having the women at the competition this year and I’m excited to watch Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright compete because of their power turns.”
It all starts on September 9, 2014. Follow the jump for the official word from the ASP. [click to continue…]
Boarding for Breast Cancer has a new mobile app for iPhone and Android that helps women help themselves when it comes to health.
Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) wants you to be your own biggest health advocate by downloading the free B4BC App for Apple and Android devices today. The recently released mobile app allows you to set a personalized automatic reminder to help you maintain your monthly Breast Self-Exam (BSE), one of the most effective means for early detection of breast cancer. And for those who aren’t sure of the proper technique, the Check One, Two® guide provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to perform your own BSE. . . For the active girl on the go, the app has the latest B4BC info with updates on B4BC programs and events, plus tons of health and wellness content by B4BC’s contributors and team riders including pro snowboarders Elena Hight, Jamie Anderson, Kimmy Fasani, Megan Pischke; pro surfers Sage Erickson, Malia Manuel, Courtney Conlogue and more.
What’s good for breasts is always good for us. For the official word from B4BC, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
On Saturday, September 6, 2014 the Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery in Laguna Beach, California will kick off the Expression Session 2 show.
Selected by guest curator Will Pennartz, founder and owner of The Surf Gallery (2001-2010), the exhibition consists of paintings, photographs, prints and posters by John Severson, Mike Salisbury, Rick Griffin, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Andy Davis and Tyler Warren. The show will be on view September 4-28, 2014 with an opening reception on September 6. Among the works available will be never-before-exhibited prints of 1960s-era Surfer Magazine drawings by Salisbury, as well as a new limited edition print from Thomas Campbell.
The opening (which features Pizza Port Brewing beverages) beings a 6 PM. AR4T is located at 1175 S. Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach, California. For the official word from AR4T please follow the jump [click to continue…]
The final day of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti will likely go down in history as the most perfect day of contest barrel surfing ever. Gabriel Medina surfed like a giant killer all the way through the contest, but it was a tiny mistake on two of Kelly Slater’s potentially 10 point waves that delivered the final to Medina by .03 of a point. Slater needed a 9.33 and a solid wave in the final seconds of the heat was scored as a 9.30. Medina was ecstatic saying that before the final he went in and talked to his mom. “My mom told me, “Nothing is ‘bigger than God,'” Medina said, tears coming to his eyes.”
“I don’t really know what to say,” said Gabriel Medina. “I’m so blessed to have these conditions at ‘Chopes and surf against all these guys. This is such a special event and I’m just so happy right now. Kelly (Slater) is a legend of surfing and it’s the best feeling ever to win. The waves were big and perfect and this feeling is amazing. I love surfing and to get these waves is incredible. I want to thank ASP for the event and I’m so happy to be part of this.”
Watching this contest made us wonder why the ASP doesn’t hold half of the season’s events at Teahupo’o. For the official word from the ASP including the final results, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
The wait has paid off for the ASP and the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. On the final day of the competition we’ll see 12 to 15 foot waves rolling through for the Round 4 survivors. Here’s who is up:
Heat 1: Tiago Pires (PRT), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA), John John Florence (HAW), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA), Owen Wright (AUS), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
For the official word from the ASP, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Today, the Surfrider Foundation turns 30 years old and to celebrate they have launched a website that chronicles the last three decades of the organization’s history. Here’s a little piece of it
Thirty years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot. . . .Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations with a volunteer-activist network dedicated to its mission to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. . . . Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. It has 84 chapters, including 30 high school and college clubs, 50,000-plus members and more than 250,000 supporters and volunteers, fighting 90 active campaigns around the country. Armed with a model to defend the coast the organization has a record of 271 victories (and counting) since 2006.
Happy Birthday, Surfrider. You are living proof that good people can do great things when they work together. For the rest of the timeline, click the link.
[Link: 30 Surfrider]