Carissa and Jordy Drop Pre-Game Bangers, Koa Rothman's Wild Winter, and The World Surf League Is Back! – This Week In Surfing
Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was March 11, 2016
1. The WSL Is Finally Back! Kinda!
The WSL awards were held this week on the Gold Coast, It's the event where surfers wear nice suits and gowns and give nice speeches and the nice World Champs are officially presented with their World Title trophies (which, by the way, have hade a make-over and include the name of every world champ engraived on the inside of it – a brilliant touch akin to the NHL's Stanley Cup). As part of the evening's proceedings they played this here clip that montages the 2015 WSLCT season. It is really, really good. Watch it with a decent pair of headphones and you start feeling like that maybe just maybe surfing is the best sport in the world. That's what I did. I watched it, got goosebumps, got excited for the start of the CT, truly believed pro surfing was the greatest, but then tuned in to Day 1 of the 2016 Quiksilver Pro for a lay day and remembered the waiting and the disappointment... sigh. It was nice to see Ronnie Blakey again though.
P.S. Shout-out to Gordo, the legendary camera man of the WSL, 2.19 in the vid below.
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2. Carissa Goes Woah At Rincon
So then... looks like Carissa Moore spotted a Californian swell sometime before flying to Aus for the Quiksilver Pro and got some righthand point practice did at Rincon. And my dear lord how she is ripping. R.I.P.P.I.N.G. There’s a lot of talk floating around about Steph being back in form as the one to beat at Snapper, but after watching this you’d have to say the ascendency is well and truly in Camp Moore. Perhaps the fact, from what I can tell, that Snapper seems a little more sand dependent and shifty than the arrow-straight Rincon here… maybe… gives Steph's lifetime of local knowledge an advantage though. Then there's Courtney and Tyler and Sally and everyone... Ahh gee. Should be a fun Title race.
3. Ryan Hipwood and El Nino
Bonkers. That's the best way to describe this Ryan Hipwood clip made from the past few months of mega swell activity around the globe. What about the tail-slide he does for a moment there as he's waiting for his fins to lock in on the giant left? Isn't it something?
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4. Koa Rothman, Hawaii
When you're one of the world's best up-and-coming chargers, and you live on the North Shore of Oahu, and Hawaii has its best winter for swell in something like a decade, well, when all those factors come together you get a highlight reel like this. Bravo Koa Rothman. You a star. And when you a star you get lots of great perks, like guys who'll gently wipe the sand off your fins (2.05) as you prep to paddle out for the Eddie.
5. Jordy Smith, Mozambique
Guys, we've been here before, and please... he's only gonna break our hearts. Releasing a clip like this, absoultely destroying that Kirra-like right point in Mozambique, just before the World Tour begins at Snapper: "Maybe this time it will be different," we think. "He's changed," we think. "He won't disappoint us again," we think. We smile at the thought of it, picturing Jordy with the win at the Quik Pro, and then Bells, and then onwards into the World Title race we always planned with him. But no, not again, you've hurt us too many times, Jordan.
6. Au Revoir Winston
Like clockwork, the superbank goes mental just outside of the Quiksilver Pro waiting period, oh surfing, you're a funny old sport. To help us say goodbye to the break's best waves of the year are these two clips. Down Under by Woodrow Creations, and Thank you Winston by Micth Imgraben Films.
6. Part 2
7. Billabong Has A Team On The WCT Now
And here is a clip to celebrate it. You've got Parko and Taj, the World Champ and the most psyched surfer of all time. You've got Italo Ferreira, 2015's rookie of the year (how's the air at the 22 second mark?!) and apparently Mick Fanning's pick for the 2016 Title. And then you have Jack Freestone and Ryan Callinan, the rookies, Australia's great new hopes, and the only Cluster alumni on the World Tour. Not too shabby.
8. Yago Dora Is Poetry
Every time I throw a fresh Yago Dora clip in TWIS I write the same thing about how he's going to be the first Brazillian freesurfer to be one of the cool guy, with the crew at What Youth and whatnot. It's getting boring, so this time I'm going to copy and paste an excerpt from a poem by John Forbes, just because:
"Our precision guided weapons
make the horizon flash & glow
but nothing I can do makes you
want me. Instead I watch the west
do what the west does best —
& know, obscurely, as I go to bed
all this is being staged for me."
9. Mitch Crews Being a Legend and Ripping
Crewsy is a legend and he's ripping. This clip for Otis features the Goldy frother in LA being a legend... and ripping.
10. Shorebreaks Are the Best Breaks
Can you imagine how much sand these guys brought home with them? You'd be finding it in your hair for weeks after a few sessions like this. This clip of people we don't know all that well in Aus, surfing a Californian beachbreak we don't know all that well in Aus, captures a universal sentiment in surfing: that stupid beachbreak novelty surfing is awesome.
Bonus... Tech Fight!
Nature's oldest and fiercest rivals, the jet-ski and the drone. Who will win in this battle for the ages?
And another thing: The 2016 Super Kirra Teams Challenge
The 2016 Super Kirra teams challenge, presented by the Kirra Surfriders Club, was held at Duranbah beach with 34 Australian Board Riding clubs competing. The waves pumped every day and the standard of surfing was HD. Snapper Rocks Boardriders won the event with Mudjimba taking out the club spirit award. BUt how's this, the highest individual score winner was Travis Lynch from Merewether. Travis Lynch! What a legend.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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