Opinion

4.23.14

Opinion

Jordy’s 10*

Or was it a 9.93? What did you think?

Most of the residual hype from the final day at the Rip Curl Pro surrounds the Round 5 heat between Julian Wilson and Jordy Smith. Needing a 9.97 to beat Julian (who’d just dropped a solid 9.13), Jordy took off on a wave with 40 seconds to go and surfed it as perfectly as many […]

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4.18.14

Opinion

North Shore 2: Please No

Design North Shore 2 outta the picture, haole

Did you catch that? Turtle is wearing a Chandler Surfboards T-shirt! Somebody actually made a shirt festooned with the Chandler Surfboards logo. People really, truly, love North Shore. And now some of the people who really, truly love North Shore are getting desperate to make North Shore 2, a mere 30 years after the original […]

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2.12.14

Opinion

See Ya, Slater?

Why, finally, it's time to move on from King Kelly

Kelly Slater turned 42 this week. Mick Fanning is 32. Parko’s knocking on 33′s door. Taj is 35. That’s four of the ASP’s top-five, right there, all north of 30. This, as you may be aware, is unprecedented. Remember when Occy burst out of his mummy wrap to win a title at 33? The oldest […]

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2.11.14

Opinion

Surfers are Sheep

A herd mentality may be bad for surfing, but it's damn good for business

As I sat there watching it, I noticed something else. Just a short distance up the beach, less than a 100 yards north of the Lowers left was a newly-formed little right, which was surprisingly steep, consistent, and fun-looking. To my complete astonishment, however, the fifteen or so surfers populating the Lowers lineup were completely oblivious. Despite this ultra-fun, untouched wave in plain view, they seemed determined to stand their ground and guard some of the crappiest Lowers I have ever seen.

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1.8.14

Opinion

Hall of Echoes

It's time for a little more out of ZoSea and the "New" ASP

At last, the waiting is over. The Piping Hot Surf Festival, the 2014 ASP season debut and your favorite one-star ASP-Australasia event, ran this week in sunny Victoria, Australia, with ‘CT hangers-on Jay Thompson and Nathan Hedge as headlining performers (Hedgey’s your winner). “This is it,” you’re no doubt saying to yourself. “The new ASP is finally here!” Except, […]

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11.7.13

Opinion

Think of the Children

Gabriel Medina, we love you, but please stop surfing in Junior events

When you’re wining events on the World Tour, something tells me that you may have outgrown competing in Pro Junior comps.

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11.4.13

Opinion

You Promised Hydrofoils

Laird Hamilton, Nazaré, and Hydrofoils. Why has this not happened yet?

Near the end of any modern surf history book, as the author gushes about the technological advancements of modern surfing and how tow-in, big-wave surfing will change the waveriding landscape, there will almost certainly be a photo of Laird Hamilton, perfectly coiffed, cruising around atop an unbroken swell strapped to a hydrofoil. Remember those? The […]

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10.8.13

Opinion

Barrels and Rap Battles

Why some surfers need to get over their rap music phobia

Yesterday John John and Blake Kueny dropped the best web clip any of us have seen since…well…the last time they dropped a web clip. With his lofty airs, smooth rail work, and preternatural barrel riding, Florence is doing what Reynolds used to do, which is make every other pro surfer in the world feel like a second-class citizen. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, the person who has sparked the most commentary about this video isn’t John Florence—it’s Action Bronson.

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10.2.13

Opinion

It’s Still Surfing

Why we should embrace the wavepool revolution

Is a person riding a manmade wave still considered a surfer? Well, are people skiing manmade snow still considered skiers? Technically, riding a wave is surfing no matter where the wave comes from. Yet there are those that believe wavepools will eliminate the very essence of surfing by taking randomness out of the equation and making waves uniform. They presume that riding the same perfect, clean, barreling wave over and over would make surfing feeling stale. Really?

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9.30.13

Opinion

In Surfer Dude’s Hands

Delving into the dark depths of Hollywood's worst mainstream surf movie

I’m not sure why it’s not public knowledge, or what kind of cover-up has taken place since, but I’m here to report that Surfer, Dude might be the worst mainstream surf movie ever released. A true turd in the toilet bowl that is Hollywood surf cinema.

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