Jordy Smith Nails The Ridiculous, Teahupoo Is Coming, & The Shark-Cull Argument Goes Mainstream – This Week In Surfing
Ten Things From Surfing and The Internet On The Week That Was August 14, 2015
1. Jordy Did The Ridiculous
Jordy Smith has been plagued by injury on and off for much of the last four or five years. It’s one of the reasons we haven’t seen him reach the potential we all know him to be capable of. But every now and then he does something, or gets a result, or releases a clip, that reminds us all of just how special a surfer he is (and perhaps why he is so injury prone). This week he dropped this incredible piece of West Australian footage to Instagram – a very good barrel straight into one of the best alley-oops anyone has ever seen. Notice how he lands behind the lip but the double-up section allows him to roll straight back into the wave. Extraordinary.
2. Snapper Was Really Fun This Week
Some people dream of true love. Some people dream of financial success. Some people dream of achieving great things in the noble fields of science and medicine. Me? I dream of one day, one 30 minute window, where I can surf the waves that made this fun session on the Gold Coast this week... with less than a thousand people out.
3. Teahupoo Starts This Weekend
The Billabong Pro Tahiti starts this weekend and gee whizz, aren't we all just craving that music they play at the beginning of the WSL broadcast. Not because it's good, but because it has that Pavlonian affect of triggering your brain to know that, "Yes, we're about to watch our favourite surfers in our favourite sport surf in one of our favourite events." The best. The below video is from that recent heavy swell that lit up the Tahitian ledge. Unfortunately the forecast for the event won't be much like this. Also, shout out to WSL commentator guy Ronnie Blakey. It's his birthday. What a guy.
4. Mute, Nate Tyler
The best medium length surf film of 2015 is probably this one. Nate Tyler with Dion Agius, Chippa Wilson and Owen Wright team up with talented Californian filmmaker Victor Pakpour to create Mute. Twenty minutes of very good aerial surfing edited superbly.
5. Timmy Turner Surfs A Really Long Wave
It seems every week we’re treated to some ridiculous Go-Pro footage (and it always seems to be a left, too). This one is from a man who has basically dedicated his life to surfing rare, perfect waves, Timmy Turner. While he was there he also did some data entry for Rip Curl with his magic watch of magic. How about that?
6. Mixed Business With Soli Bailey
Damn, that ice cream looks good. The waves and surfing are good too. But that ice-cream… Sorry, got distracted. Soli Bailey here is an Australian Junior Champion, an Australian Indigenous Champion, and just a general champion of a dude too. Doing the wave-surfing, Soli’s got the complete repertoire of rail, air, and tube rifling skills, all of which are on showcase in this handy edit by Kaius Potter.
7. Asher Pacey On A Twin Fin
Asher Pacey on a twin fin? Well this should be good. One of the smoothest surfers getting around East coast of Aus at the moment, scratch that, the world, scratch that, the universe... there are very few people who make surfing look as fun as Asher does.
8. Kelia Moniz – Roam
Here we have Kelia Moniz, the Hawaiian 2 time World Longboarding Champion, wave dancing with all that style and skill we’ve come to know her for, soundtracked by some cafe-jazz piano. It’s a really nice time. Fun fact: Kelia Moniz is called “Sister” by her friends. You and I? We’ll probably just have to keep calling her Kelia… sigh.
9. I'm Jamie O'Brien And This Is... Teahupoo
Remember when Jamie O'Brien set himself on fire and surfed Teahupoo? You don't? Okay, so Jamie O'Brien set himself on fire and surfed Teahupoo. Now that we're all caught up, here is the Go-Pro's edit of the ridiculous stunt.
10. Native – New Zealand
New Zealand! Have you been there? You should go. It’s probably the best country in the world. It’s like a longer, skinnier version of Tasmania (the best place ever) and it doesn’t even have Jacqui Lambie! You might even have an ex-girlfriend from there. You know, the one you have all those sleepless nights wondering about? Just me? Right, Ok. Hey, here is a clip from the beautifully raw west coast of the north island starring Elliot Paerata Reid. Nice full rotation at 1.33 too. Chur.
11. Riley Blakeway's Light Therapy
Ahhh, he's good ol' Riles. For a Red-Camera-surf-movie-invitee-only competition, Australian filmmaker now based in the U.S., Riley Blakeway created this beautiful entry. Like its title, it is very therapeutic.
Sharks! They're all the rage this year. Basically sharks are to surfers in 2015 what the Soviet Union was to John F Kennedy in 1962 (I watched a movie once, 5 stars). But this week was especially interesting because a journalist from the Daily Telegraph wrote an article about shark-culling that was so fantastic, so brilliantly funny, that it's rumoured (by me... just now...) that the woman behind the keystrokes of the piece has been hired as one of the writers for The Tonight Show. The article was filled with quotes like:
"These surfers were doing nothing more than enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the ocean. Why should they be punished for that? These men did not enter the water with spears."
"What if you were at the beach with your son or daughter, your partner or your mother, and one of these sharks thought your loved one looked a tasty morsel and took them down in a murderous attack? Would that be OK? How would you feel then? Would you still be keen to cuddle up to a great white at night?"
Cuddle up to a great white at night!
"We won’t have to worry about sharks because there will be no one living on the coast. The shark will have won."
The shark will have won!
"Great whites should no longer be a protective species; sharks do not treat humans as a protected species."
SHARKS DO NOT TREAT HUMANS... I have to go have a lie down. This is too much.
Part 2 in shark stuff this week is this super nope drone video of a shark having a relaxing swim off Broken Head. Heaps fun.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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