Random Happenings

12.1.15

Random Happenings

Chris Hemsworth Once Cried Over Kelly Slater

Watch "Morning of the Earth" footage as Thor talks surfing

Chris Hemsworth is a celebrity who surfs. He is also a celebrity whose fame affords him a step above your average surfing experience. When he paddles into lineups, he meets Mick Fanning at his place in Byron Bay. When Bruce Weber makes a ditty on Hemsworth’s recent Vanity Fair cover shoot, he sets timeless frames

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11.25.15

Random Happenings

Gliding St. Lawrence River

William Pichet gets a good, long ride on a standing wave in Canada

Crowded coastal lineups can be frustrating. Uncrowded, frozen river waves on the other hand appear to be quite peaceful. Y’see, it’s all about perspective and if you’re looking for good, long rides on a log with nobody around, then this standing wave in the St. Lawrence River is exactly where you need to be. Watch

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11.18.15

Random Happenings

Florida Surfer Bites Back

Florida surfer catches, kills, and plans to eat the shark that bit him

On Monday, Allen Engelman, a 28-year-old Floridian surfer, was bitten by a seven-foot spinner shark while paddling out at Ocean Reef Park, near Singer Island. The next day, Engelman went back to the scene and caught, killed, and now plans to eat the shark he believes was responsible. Now, the chances that the shark Engelman

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11.12.15

Random Happenings

Skimboarding Nazaré?

Brad Domke fins-free at another monster

By now you’ve heard the name “Brad Domke” more than a couple times and it’s mostly because of the guy’s insane crusade to charge the biggest and baddest waves on earth on a skimboard. Thus far, the man has gone frictionless at numerous oversized Mexican beachbreaks, Teahupoo, and now Nazaré. Yes, you read that right. The Portuguese

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11.9.15

Blogs

Color Me Novice on the Gold Coast

Color-coded difficulty system proposed by Gold Coast, Australia council

Green circle. Blue square. Triple black diamond. These pairs of colors and shapes are familiar on ski runs as difficulty warning symbols, but they soon could appear at Gold Coast surf breaks too, according to a recent article by The Brisbane Times. As part of a developing “Surf Management Plan” that is evolving in response

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10.28.15

Random Happenings

Skysurfin’ Comin’ to Florida Wave Pool

New wave pool atop a ten-story building planned for Orlando

If you’ve seen Bladerunner as many times as I have, then you’re likely just as convinced as I am that our future will take place entirely in skyscrapers (and in off-world colonies). There’s only so much available land out there, so, up, up, up we go. But where to put the wavepools that we’ll all

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10.28.15

Random Happenings

Virtually Yours

WSL releases new footage allowing anyone to (almost) get barreled

For more than a decade, virtual reality has been the holy grail of the tech world. Countless start ups and millions of dollars have been lobbed into the quest of taking a viewer inside another world, without ever having to leave the couch. Time and again, the devices have failed. The biggest problem? They make

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10.21.15

Random Happenings

We Live In The Future

So now what?

We live in a time when further progression and innovation seems just about impossible, especially in the surf world. Motorized vessels pull men and women into backless waves that break over sharp, live coral. Above-the-lip antics of weightless little groms’ seem to pay homage to Shawn White’s winning half pipe runs rather than to the

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10.14.15

Random Happenings

KFC Reenacts Fanning’s Shark Attack

Fried-chicken peddlers feature embellished shark encounter in new ad campaign

Poor Mick Fanning. The guy quarrels with a shark on live webcast, sees his life flash before his eyes, and now a fried-chicken chain is poking fun at his close call. I’m not sure how “next level awesome” equates to a shark encounter, but if an overly processed “Jacked Up Double Crunch” sounds appetizing to

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10.7.15

Random Happenings

Surf Snowdonia Forecast Flatlines

Wave park closes again to make repairs

After months of media hype that culminated with Albee Layer’s win at the Red Bull Unleashed event, the manmade peaks in Wales’ Surf Snowdonia wave park have been put on hiatus. According to officials from Surf Snowdonia, the machine that generates the left-and-right-hand lineup suffered a serious malfunction recently, forcing the company to cease all operations until

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