Random Happenings

8.27.14

Random Happenings

Laird Hamilton Shoots Malibu Pier

Yeah, the swell is hitting alright

And all is again right with the world. Used to be, a massive, once-in-a-decade swell would show up to pound a reef or sandbar somewhere, and there, swooping out of the heavens to ride the biggest wave of the day, would be Laird Hamilton, astride a futuristic tow board or some enormous surf ski contraption

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8.22.14

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Dolphins vs. Stand-Up Paddler

The jury is still out on the dolphin's motives

If you’re sick of stand-up paddlers crowding lineups, apparently you’re not alone. In this clip, which was shot during a comp in South Africa earlier this week, a pod of dolphins surf down the point when one jumps out of the face of the wave and into a stand-up paddler. Given that dolphins aren’t well-versed

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8.20.14

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Teahupoo Through Slater’s Eyes

Ya think he knows a thing or two about this reef pass?

During a lay day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Kelly Slater hopped in a helicopter to give a bird’s-eye breakdown of Teahupoo (see the 12-second mark for the proper pronunciation). As expected, Teahupoo remains one of the most beautiful and downright terrifying waves on the planet, even from above. Between the narrow channels that cut

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8.19.14

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NYC Bans the Boogie

No bodyboarding allowed in the Big Apple

And you thought the war against bodyboarding was over in the ’90s. This past week, the New York City parks department banned bodyboards on all New York City beaches. The city declared bodyboards to be, officially in the eyes of the law, “flotation devices,” and for some reason, flotation devices are not welcome at the

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8.14.14

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Drunk History: The Eddie Aikau Story

Watch the booze-drenched trailer

You think you know the story of Eddie Aikau? Well, OK, maybe you do. But have you heard it told by a ridiculously drunk dude from Comedy Central’s Drunk History? They dropped their Hawaii episode earlier this week—watch it online if you have cable—and, being good drunk historians, they tackled the complicated story of Eddie

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8.13.14

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Kelly Slater: Most Interesting Man

It's time for a "Six Degrees of Kelly Slater" celebrity flow chart

Bowhunting. Pearl Jam. Huey Lewis. David Hasselhoff. Bono. Don Cheadle. This is the first time in the history of the English language that those names were all strung together like that. Their common thread is Robert Kelly Slater. In this surprisingly charming video interview for USA Today‘s “For the Win,” Kelly Slater brushes aside the

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8.11.14

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Evan Geiselman’s Big(gest) Spin

The Floridian turns a mediocre section into anything but

Big spins aren’t the most beloved of skateboard tricks, but they do have a place in a skater’s repertoire. In surfing, however, the debate continues as to whether or not they should be glorified. Just like a pop shuvit, the surfer has to ride out switch stance, which generally means a leash on the front

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8.6.14

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Above The Wedge

A fresh perspective of the dirty ol' Wedge

While watching the neck-breaking peaks of The Wedge detonate on nearly dry sand will never get old, this drone clip of the infamous Newport lineup adds an entirely different perspective. Granted, the surfing (and bodyboarding) may not be at the highest level, but the angle and clarity of the clip is sure to keep you

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8.6.14

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Kama The Surfing Pig

Easily the best of his kind

Kama, the world’s best surfing pig, is at it again. This time with his very own GoPro clip. Turns out Kama isn’t a fan of small waves, which makes sense because after all, he is Hawaiian. According to his owner, Kai Holt, Kama’s technique has improved so much so that when he starts to pearl

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8.5.14

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Norway River Surfing

Nørway's got all kinda wåves

If you skip ahead to about the 2:00 mark, you will see some Scandinavian dudes, including famous snowboarder Terje Håkonsen, bounce around on a fun-looking standing wave at a river in Norway with a name that is probably impossible to spell. River surfing looks hard.

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