Week in Review

Random Happenings in Surf for the Week of March 12

| posted on March 16, 2012

There was a lot of “real” news that happened this week. You will find none of it below.

Mark Healey Is a Crazy Person
Exhibit number 437.


An “extreme kayaker” set the world record this week for the biggest wave ridden on a kayak, with this 40-foot wave at Nelscott Reef.

Two kids in New Smyrna Beach were bitten by a shark within minutes of each other. Reports say “it’s unlikely they were bitten by the same shark.”

Another Surfing Reserve
Kelly Slater was in Manly this week to recognize Manly and Freshwater beaches as a world surfing reserve (joining Malibu and Ericeira, Portugal). News reports said he “arrived in a Kombi limousine.

Kelly, blending in. Photo: Dallas Kilponen/Sydney Morning Herald

Solar Surfboards?
This week at the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter’s General Meeting, the owner of Coral Reef Wetsuits presented his “new solar surfboard, the Outback Surfboard, that lets you charge small electric devices — cell phones, iPods, cameras, flashlights, and more — off a solar panel embedded in the board.”

Danny Fuller for Chanel
Danny appeared in a series of four 16-second videos for Chanel fragrance. Watch more here.

Sage Got Nakey Too
STAB Magazine has convinced another girl to take her top off. In their current issue, California’s Sage Erickson joins Sally Fitzgibbons and Erica Hosseini in the nakey club. To accompany the images, they also released a short film entitled “Wild on the Beach,” which was wildly disappointing…because it contains no beach.

In Other Nakey News
Big-wave surfer Grant Twiggy Baker’s girlfriend, Kate Lovemore, is the Playboy South Africa’s March 2012 Playmate.

Kate Lovemore. Photo: Playboy South Africa

Watch this guy explains how he rides a Flo-Rider.

Surfboard Guitar
This did not happen this week, but it is strange/awesome. Here is another one.

Japanese guitarist Masayoshi Takanaka.

Soft-Tops Invade Texas
Taking crowd surfing to another level.

Hip Kids
This is pretty epic.

Facebooking From Jail
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported this week that County Jail leaders have banned inmates from distributing pictures of themselves in jail after photos of Santa Cruz surfer Anthony Ruffo showed up on Facebook. Apparently, officers “routinely offer to take photos of inmates to give to inmates’ families… The inmates can then mail them to friends and relatives or give them to jail visitors. The correctional officers charge $3 for the pictures.” Quite the operation. Ruffo, who is serving a one-year sentence for a drug-dealing conviction was ordered to take the images down because “People could get ideas about how to escape, smuggle items or create other problems.”

Two of the photos removed from Ruffo's Facebook page Wednesday. Photos: Santa Cruz Sentinel

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