This is a cool little video from the interview between shapers Mayhem and Darren Handley (DHD). Both of these guys are legendary shapers who have built boards for the worlds best surfers at two of the worlds best waves- Lowers and Snapper. It has some good turns and a good explanation of why you can never replicate a magic board, its all about the wood people! Good on Zander and the Surfing magazine guys for their latest issue which features a solid look into what all the pros are riding. Come into Sunrise and check out our full line of ..Lost surfboards and the DHD’s we have in stock. I personally have a Mayhem Taj Burrow Beach Buggy and I must say it is probably one of the top 3 boards I have ridden in my 27 years of flailing in the ocean.
The North Shore’s triple crown season has officially kicked off. They held the first few rounds of the event at Sunset beach HI a couple days ago. The event has been put on hold but should resume with a new swell today or tomorrow. I linked a little highlight clip of the first day below, its nice to see some solid waves being ridden in jerseys for a change. Ian Walsh has some inspiring rail work in this clip, i’m curious to know what kind of board he is on? Seeing some raw power and shifting lumpy masses of waves gets the blood pumping and warms us up for the super bowl pinnacle of the season; The Pipe Masters! (like how I capitalized that and threw down an exclamation) Anyways tune into the event at the official Vans HIC Pro website or come watch the event on the big screen at the shop if its running during regular hours.
Thank god for John Florence, I must say that I think his latest clip officially puts him at the top of the heap as king of all web clips. Until recently that title couldn’t have rested with any other then king Dane but lately the great venturan free surfer has completely dropped the ball. Its safe to say after seeing his 2 wildcard appearances in the last 2 events, that Dane probably isn’t spending enough time in the water these days. Well luckily for all of us JJF is, and let me tell you the cinematic proof from these such surfs is just mind boggling. We have seen “free to roam’, “begin again” and now “& again” all 3 released within a year (and lets not forget the signature film he made in between “Done”) Lets also not forget that this is a world tour surfer, somebody who makes his living competing not making movie clips, so technically this is a side gig for John. Scary. The turns around the 2 minute mark to about 2:20 are as good as any in the biz. In fact he looks so comfortable on rail, his boards so responsive, that I don’t think we can fully appreciate the face work he is doing without slow-mo. This guy is the future of surfing,hands down, and I hate to say it but I think the future is here and i’m just an old man watching. Sit back and enjoy what is easily the best web clip of the year.
So the Hurley Lowers pro waiting period starts on the 15th of September. As you all know, or might not, this is hands down the most high performance, innovative, exciting (with the exception of Tahiti, Chopes and Pipe) event of the year. If you have ever been to Southern California and had a chance to surf lowers then you know it is absolutely the most surfer friendly, rippable wall of water in the land. You can put every ounce of push into your turns or airs and the wave is like a soft welcoming pillow that slightly pushes back just enough to keep you going. Mix that with 3 dozen or so of the best international surfers and you have quite a show. Here’s a link to the event below and I also through in a recent video of Lowers to get you stoked. I’d make note of how Kolohe surfs in this video, I don’t think he has done well here the last 2 years and its his backyard so I believe he’s hungry for a good finish this year. He will be on my fantasy team for sure so hopefully I didn’t just jinx him.
So i’m going to say that Go Pro officially makes the best commercials out right now (and I think I can do that as an official commercial rater) seriously though, if you have ever seen the dub step baby tossing commercial when the little bloke has a go pro strapped to his head, or the chicken the dog one with a go pro on the stick’ come on man- that’s creative! Here’s another great one to add, I’m not a fan of strapping these things to your board, or usually the footage that accompanies such events, but the editing, the song and the overall visual stimulation of this latest Kalani Chapman GP commercial is awesome. Doesn’t hurt that we get a picture perfect shot of the inside of a 15 foot Chopes barrel! Don’t know about you guys but I am ready for the Tahiti event to start and the carnage to begin!! Get amped on this clip then come grab a camera from the shop and go pro bro yourself up!!
So I am not a huge fan of Red Bull as a product. I don’t drink it. In fact I don’t drink any energy drinks because I think they are disgusting and they tweak me out, and I don’t like tweaking out these days. Now Red Bull as a company, as a brand, you gotta kind of give it to them. They toss out more free product than any other company on earth times ten. They support and promote key athletes in almost every sport that exists and some that probably shouldn’t. They promote, support and create a bunch of really cool and unique events all over the globe and they sent me to Tortola once on a boat so maybe i’m biased. Anyways their new video series 21 days is legit and this is the second one they have done (if you haven’t seen the first with Adriano and Nat Young I highly recommend watching that) Its like a cool NFL highlight video with good insight into the athletes, not to mention CJ Hobgood is the man and Jordy Smith is on a tear lately. A lot of footage from the Bali event in this video, takes me back to Keramas in my head and being at Keramas in any form is a good thing. Enjoy and root for CJ this year on tour everybody!! Don’t know if the video showed up below but if not you should be able to click on the link below.
So I think most can agree that the Oakley Pro in Bali was an amazing event to watch. It was almost like the wave offered a proper mix between lower trestles and a Mexican point with sand churning funnels, although they were churning off reef, and pinching like a clam? so not really like that I guess? Actually Keramas is a star of its own, not really comparable to much else and I highly recommend anybody who is a regular foot and likes waves like Soup Bowls, or other punchy right point style waves to make the trek there. If you can afford the ridiculously expensive ticket and don’t mind the crowd, then go, the wave is worth it. But lets move on to the other scene of the show which is what I consider some spotty judging to say the least. Freddy P got robbed by Mick Fanning, plain robbed. Watch the video of the heat on demand and tell me Mick deserved a 7? I would have been splashing twice as much water as the goofy footed Hawaiian did and I think if anyone deserved a Bobby Martinez style meltdown it was him, right then, in that moment, on that scorching black sand beach. He worked his ass off through this event and between himself and CJ Hobgood they elevated the level of backside surfing going down on tour period. Both were impressive to say the least. We all know how contests are though and sometimes it goes your way, sometimes not so much, but my true bewilderment stems from Joel Parkinson’s so called “perfect 10′s”. In any other sports, in fact in all that I can think of, attaining a perfect score is next to impossible? How has it become so commonplace in pro surfing? Look at the video below and tell me that his first wave was surfed perfectly. After coming out of a freight train barrel Parko cuts back into the foam and does a belly flop? That’s not a complete wave in my eyes, how is it a 10 if he commits to a cutback, is offered the section to land said cutback, then falls? His next 10 is somewhat surfed brilliantly as well and I must say, the drop in/fade, but not a fade, slow down/ stall thingy/ into the barrel is executed perfect. The pumps through the draining section are exhilarating, but his exit, his escape out of the barrel is pretty damn lackluster to put it nicely. Almost falling back into the lazy boy position as the lip of the wave tries to guillotine your head, does not in anyway warrant a perfect 10? Am I crazy? Watch the video below and tell me I am wrong. And for the record, being there and seeing the early round or two live, and many free surfs, Parko was ripping and no doubt deserved to win, but I still stand by the fact that I don’t believe he deserved that perfect 20. And for the records record I’m not convinced Kelly Slater deserved a perfect 10 on the second ride of his perfect 20 heat the last event either- but that’s a whole nother’ story we won’t get into. ASP judges, tighten up, tens should not be handed out so lightly.
(This is really long and long winded so I want to say first- since most of you will never read all of this, and rightly so- that you should check out the special we are running with Volcom at the shop. All you do is spend a little money on Volcom product and you get free Volcom product and you get entered into a raffle to win a brand new board that you can chose to shred, sell, burn or tie to the back of your car and ride like a wildman– although sunrise nor myself condones that, details on home page of website, enjoy video at bottom if nothing else!)
The Volcom Fiji Pro starts soon and everybody pretty much agrees that last years event, or lack there of, was held, or not held really?, in some of the gnarliest, heaviest, scariest- yet oh so perfect- looking waves in all of history. I could go into a whole deal about how lame it was that they cancelled the event or take the other side and say guys lives were on the line, whatever, who cares, what’s done is done, yadda yadda yadda. No, what I want to talk about is how exciting the tour has been this year, how its still pretty much anyone’s game to take the title, and how Fiji- whether its got the bite it had last year or not- will produce super good waves that will be a blast to watch! And I can’t start out without saying kudos to Volcom for stepping up and doing this event again and on a somewhat unrelated note since its on my mind- Volcom hooking up Balaram and putting him on the roster.. Good on them for that, restores a flake of my hope related to this industry.
Now lets talk about the King first since we all know he holds court over this wave like nobody else ever has. (If AI would have had more years at this place he could have easily given Slater a run for his money as overall best, but Kelly has just had to much time on that rock gliding over those reefs) Personally I don’t know if Kelly has it in him to win the world title this year? Everything I keep reading says he is so motivated and this and that but I feel like for the first time ever his age is showing a little. For the record none of that will matter at this event, he will smash many peoples dreams at cloudbreak, as usual, and if I was a betting man I would say he is going to win it. Problem is once we go to Kerama’s a week after he’s back up against the youth of today featuring the fresh young juvenile faces of JJF, Medina, Toledo, Kolohe and their possee. Now we all know that KS has more knowledge about this game then all of them put together times two, so time will tell whether wisdom is going to win over energy and like always Kelly’s biggest enemy is usually himself. Honestly at this point in life I don’t doubt he could win 35 more titles if he wanted to, he’s beyond human and there will never be another surfer with such competitive success.
And speaking of the youth, lets go back to them. John John is back in and oh’ what a glorious day it is for all of us surfing fans! The only news we could get that would be better then that would be Dane Reynolds getting a wild card for Fiji and Bali. Don’t hold your breath on that cause it ain’t going to happen. But seriously, I read somewhere that JJ is saying his ankle feels stronger then it ever did before his injury. I mean think about it, this kid just inked the sickest contract ever, can you imagine the types of doctors he was visiting for treatment? The level of rehabilitation he probably attended? Hell for the money he’s worth they probably had him walking on solid gold crutches. I am so excited to see him go back to work and punch the clock and the more I try to remember it, the more certain I am that I have never once seen footage of John John surfing Kerama’s? That wave is built for that lanky twisted frame of his, and he will utterly blow minds surfing it. Blasting and contorting his body all over that bowly canvas, my god it is going to be divine people. Truly divine.
The last thing I want to ramble about is the Brazilian element on tour this year, holy sheists matey? Really? These dudes are frothing harder then ever and with DeSouza paving the way in the #1 spot I think the impending Brazilian takeover is starting to come to fruition. I mean Medina, DeSouza, Filipe Toledo, Miguel Pupo, even Raoni is surfing better then ever! Now a couple names on that list will be very screwed if cloudbreak comes to life like it did last year (especially since the ASP just sent out an e-mail to all competitors telling them bring big boards and life vests cause if its thumping your heats going out!!) but can you imagine what Toledo and Gabriel Medina are going to do to Kerama’s or Caangu, or even worse Lower Trestles in a couple months! I’m predicting right now the Brazilians will dominate the famous San Clemente point break this year with a fierce vengeance unlike ever witnessed before. And as much as I used to hate, I really kinda dig Adriano for his whole trip, even though I still think he surfs kind of stink buggy sometimes.
Well I don’t really think there is much else worth talking about? Jordy has me hyped, hope he keeps it going, he will be another to watch in Bali. Parko is clearly not too interested and I doubt he will ever hold that world title belt again. Taj is the man and I hope he steps it up and smokes everybody, but who knows? Check out the little preview for the event below and get amped up to watch it all live, pretty sure it will be playing at the perfect time to watch after you get off work at night!
Oh yeah and I almost forgot, the Hobgoods, they rule this place also and if you don’t put one of those two on your fantasy team you are an idiot!! Not another goofyfoot on tour who can weave through the barrel frontside like they do.