This Week In Surfing: Michel Bourez Is The Freaking Man, Women In Surf, & Kelly's Cloudbreak Strategy

9 Jun 2017 4

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

This isn't a picture of Bourez's epic leg stall, you have to click play below to see that.

This isn't a picture of Bourez's epic leg stall, you have to click play below to see that.

COASTALWATCH | THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was June 9, 2017 

1. Michel Bourez's Leg Stall Was The Sickest

“What. Was. That?” The men’s Outerknown Fiji Pro, or the OK Fiji Pro as they’re calling it, which is the most hilarious of abbreviations for a competition (how was the comp? Aaaah, it’s was an Okay Fiji Pro, just okay), has been underway this week and over two days of competition they’ve been able to knock through to Round 3, Heat 4. The highlight so far for the event, perhaps the highlight so far for the year year, was this incredible back leg foot stall by Tahiti’s Michel Bourez to hang tight into a second barrel. Is it the coolest thing we’ve seen in surfing this year? What’s most incredible about the manoeuvre is how deliberate, well executed, and functional it was, which demands the question: how come we haven’t seen more of this kind of thing? The wave got a 9.17, which wasn’t even his top wave of the the day, Bourez scoring a 9.53 earlier in the heat. “I only do that when the waves are perfect," said Michel in the post heat interview, "you know like if I go to fast, sometimes when you drag your arse in the water it doesn’t stop you that much, that’s why I put my foot in.”

Other notable results have been the eliminations of past winners Owen Wright, by Ian Gouveia, and Gabriel Medina, by Italo Ferreira, in the early heats of Round 3. When the comp gets back underway it’ll begin with some blockbuster heats with Mick Fanning facing our new style master, the foot stalling Michel Bourez, and John John Florence accepting the challenge of rookie Leo Fioravanti, who has finally won his first heat of 2017 and has spent a lot of time out at the famed Fijian reef. Keep an eye on Heat 9 also, where Parko and Jeremy Flores will face off, either of the two more than capable of taking the win in Fiji for the first time.

SEE ALSO: Weekend Surf Forecast 9 - 12 June

2. Courtney and Tatiana's Cloudbreak Final

Ah, what a shame. After putting the women’s event on hold with just the final to run, and then announcing that they’d push that last 30 minutes into Day 1 of the men’s event to take advantage of a pretty good forecast and try to build a bit of hype and create a big Cloudbreak spectacle out of the event, the final of the women’s event was sadly a little bit of a let down. The idea was great, and had it all come together as planned, might have been the highlight of the year, but on the morning of the final, the morning of Day 1 of the men’s event, the ocean had a little bit of morning sickness, was a little bit hard to read, and Weston-Webb nor Conlogue were able to rise through the tricky line-up and on top of the hype that’d been building for the four days previous. Perhaps the best of the men’s draw could have made that same heat look better, guys like Owen Wright, John John Florence, Gabriel Medina or Kelly Slater, but on the very same day Kelly Slater too finished with just a total heat score of 5.20. The all conquering finale for the women at Cloudbreak just wasn’t meant to be in 2017, but let’s hope they keep this idea and are ready to pull it out next year if the pieces fall where they must.

3. Tour Notes Fiji

Staying with Fiji for one more clip, here’s WSL’s Tour Notes episode from the surfers arriving at Tavarua and elaborating on their heat strategies, and kava strategies. Oh to be a professional surfer staying on Tavarua or Namotu. Scratch that, not even a professional surfer. Oh to be Sean Doherty staying on Namotu. I'd gladly lose my hair for that privilege.

SEE ALSO: Major Swell Event Next Week: Beyond The Purple Blob

4. Al Knost, Yeah, Wooh

Alex Knost, logging around Australia in the peak of summer, filmed and edited by Jimmy Kinnaird (a very underrated surf filmmaker ineed) with a grungey throwback soundtrack by Noa Deane’s Blister? Where do I sign up? Sign me up! Throw me a pen, I'm signing up! What’s that? There’s no need to sign up, you just hit play, that whole line of phrasing makes no sense? Okay, okay, geez, I just wanted to write a little paragraph showing my enthusiasm for the clip while also succinctly explaining its content. You know, it’s not easy doing these dumb bits of writing for ten clips a week every week, for five years… it's actually really hard and tedious to find new ways to introduce clip after clip after clip of surfers going surfing that no-one probably reads anyway. Hahaha, no, you’re right, it is easy. Anyway, cool clip, huh? Hello? Sigh... I'm so alone.

5. You Have To Check Out This Cape Fear Doco

This time last year we experienced one of the all-time great swells to ever hit the east coast of Australia, and in the middle of it, The Red Bull Cape Fear event. Shit was mental. This week Red Bull released a really tops 25 minute documentary about the event (and is that Sean Doherty I spy on the narration?) called Conquering the Storm. Its’r really worth a watch, this isn’t it here though, no this is a highlights compilation of the commentary of the event. You gotta get over the Red Bull TV site to watch the doco, to which I hid the link in a single word in the above paragraph. It's like a fun little Where’s Wally page.

SEE ALSO: Sean Doherty On: Five Years Ago This Happened

6. Four Days At Pipeline

Damn, who got the funk? Who got the slap bass? This clip of Pipeline got the funk. This clip of Pipeline got the slap bass. While filming a music documentary the crew from an outfit called Red House Studio had a couple days off and so steered their incredible filmmaking equipment (cameras) in the direction of the most famous wave in the world, The Banzai Pipeline, and it just so happened to be pumping with the world’s best out, including Mike and Mason Ho, John John Florence, Danny Johnson, and some other people but not David Bowie. Sadly, David Bowie is dead, and so won't be appearing in this clip from Pipeline. Even if David Bowie was still alive, it's unlikely he would have ever appeared in a clip like this, surfing at Pipe, Bowie was not known to partake in any degree of surfing, let alone the difficult, incredibly dangerous, and demanding waves of Hawaii. So, nope, no David Bowie here. It does, however, feature a most incredible mullet.

7. Stu Kennedy Going Left, and Sometimes Right

Stuey Kennedy, the underdog of the World Surf League Championship tour, the favourite son of that family on Neighbours, the fifth cousin of Bobby Kennedy (true!), Stuey Kennedy recently got prepped for Fiji by going to Fiji, which makes sense, and by also surfing some big ol’ lefts at home in Aus. Goes pretty good on a left for a fella who’s grown up on one of the world’s best righthand point breaks (not gonna tell you what it is but it rhymes with Lennox Head). Also, Yeah Yeah Yeahs… remember them? Too fun.

VIDEO: This Is Perfect Cloudbreak Featuring Jules and Ando

8. Women In Surf: Images of Change

Did someone open a window? Did someone leave a door open? Cause I’m feeling a breeze of fresh air blow through this dank and mouldy Internet world of surf content. And it’s here, swirling around and blowing papers off my desk, in the form of some sort of Canon (they make cameras) digital activation (activation is a fancy word for marketing) where they’ve gone and made a fantastic web series discussing women in surf featuring a roundtable with two time Bells winner Sally Fitzgibbons, World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan, style icon and pro long boarder Belinda Baggs, Rip Curls queen of being awesome / digital GM Brooke Farris and photographer Fran Miller.

9. A Lesson In Brevity With Robbie Rickard

“Badoom…” That’s the sound of a microphone hitting the ground after being dropped by Robbie Rickard here nailing this short, fast, loud clip surfing around home on the North Coast. Emphasis on short. This is how it’s done! “Fwip fwip fwip fwip fwip fwip…” That’s the sound of a dog wagging it’s tail excitedly, but that sound is unrelated to here. "Grrrrraaawr..." that's probably what a tyrannosaurus rex would sound like, again unrelated.

SEE ALSO: How The Perfect Storm Unfolded At Cape Fear 2016

10. French Beach Break Tubes Never Get Old

Don’t know about you, but I’m really into how the dude in this clip nonchalantly pulls into the tube at the 15 second mark, cops a lip in the face, gets knocked back, recovers and weaves through the pipe, only to stand too tall and get his head taken off at the final exit. How much action can you put into a three second wave? It has it all. The rest of this French beach break tube fest is sick too, dudes packing close-outs or being spat out like watermelon pips while some mad-dog shreds his guitar all over your computer’s face like he’s freaking Randy Rhoads and 90s brit pop never even happened. Blur? Who are they? Jarvis Cocker? Never heard of him! I think I need a lie down.

Bonus... Podcasts

Ahh podcasts. Where more often than not two dudes pair up to talk about a subject they find interesting in the vain hope that other people will want to listen to their inane opinions and musings. How pathetic. Here's two of surfing's most pathetic podcasts, Aint That Swell and The Dooley with their fresh episodes from this week. Ep 18 for The Dooley, titled: What's Mick Fanning's Downstairs Mix-up. And Episode 142 for Ain't That Swell, titled: Brazil Wrap/Fiji Preview. What a bunch of losers.




And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone, look after your mates.

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