R.I.P. Midget, Mick n Mason Get Cold, & A Seriously Pumping Indian River Wave | This Week In Surfing

12 Aug 2016 2

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

Gloved high fives surfing atop giant blocks of ice, Mick Fanning and Mason Ho go on a surf mission to somewhere very cold.

Gloved high fives surfing atop giant blocks of ice, Mick Fanning and Mason Ho go on a surf mission to somewhere very cold.

THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was August 12, 2016

1. R.I.P. Midget Farrelly

Australian surfing has been in mourning this week for we lost our first male World Champion. Bernard "Midget" Farrelly. The record books have him as the World Champion at Manly in 1964, but he became the face of Australian surfing well before then, probably in 1962 when he won Makaha, the unofficial World Title of the time. The tributes from the whos who of surfing have flooded Instagram, and the obits have hit every surfing website and some of the big mainstream news ones, and we could continue to write on and on about the life and legacy of this true legend of Australian surfing. About how graceful he was in and out of the water. About his influence on surfing and shaping and the shortboard revolution and everything that followed. But I'll leave that to the incredible tribute magazines that will no doubt hit shelves in the next weeks.

For me, I have a fuzzy memory of the first time I heard of Midget. I was little, still learning to stand up on a moving surfboard, and in the process of becoming obsessed with surfing, when I asked my father, "Who's your favourite surfer, Dad?"

"A guy named Midget Farrelly," he replied. "He's my hero." And then my dad showed me his old Surfing World magazines, Midget on the cover of two of the ones he'd bought in the early 60s.

His hero.

And that's who we've lost. Not just our first surf star or first champion, but in a culture and sport that has produced hundreds of heroes, of all different kinds, he was our very first. Vale, our first surfing hero.

SEE ALSO: The Once'a Swell Documentary, Midget Farrelly Interview Uncut

2. Mick and Mason Go Arctic

Ahhh, what a duo. The funnest surfer in the world and Australian surfing’s most loved star. Mick and Mason. Mason and Mick. Eminem star in this 16 minute travel film that takes them surfing in the deep freezing cold of the North American north (we think). When Mick announced at the beginning of the year that he was taking 12 months off from serious competition to spend more time going on surf trips with friends, you have to think this is exactly what he would have had in mind.

3. Taj On A Single Fin

The Maldives Champions Trophy, the most extravagent surfing comp in the world, is back on this week with Shane Dorian, Taj Burrow, Jamie O'Brien, Rob Machado, Bethany Hamilton and Travis Logie competing in the three format (single fin, twin fin, and thruster) comp this year. Taj Burrow, fresh into retirement, took out the single fin portion on a board he borrowed from Jake Paterson. The only catch of Snake's generous offer being that the horrendous 90s decal had to stay. If you feel like a hilarious read, click the link to Sean Doherty's story on the event below.

SEE ALSO: Sean Doherty On – The Sultanas of The Single Fin

4. Kai Otton's Aussie Teahupoo

Tahiti is a long way from the grizzly winter coast of New South Wales, but Kai Otton knows a slab somewhere down there that does a mighty (and scary) impression of Teahupoo, which just happens to be next on the CT schedule. How stoked would everyone be with a Kai Otton Chopes win? Can you imagine? I’d pass out.

5. Jordy Smith Is Really Really Good At Surfing

Despite trying to disprove the fact during major surfing competitions, Jordy Smith, is undoubtedly one of the most talented surfers of the generation. Total freakshow stuff. This week he picked up a hard drive with two years worth of unused clips, dusted them off, and threw them on the computer-net for us. It’s really good. Some of those airs… my god. Is that famous combo of his the greatest of all time?

SEE ALSO: Weekend Surf Forecast, August 12-14

6. Caleb Tancred – Here & There

Let’s meet this grommet here with the sweet wrap-around cutback and classic tube style. Caleb Tancred is his name, or Taleb Cancred if you're feeling and crazy and want to mix it up, you crazy guy. Spend three minutes with the lad and watch him shred around Hawaii, Lakey Peak, and home in Avoca.

7. Bali Eco Challenge Highlights

Tai Graham won the The Ulu Surf Challenge the other week, which is one small part of the Big Eco Weekend, an initiative co-created by Quiksilver and Coca-Cola back in 2007 to improve the shocking state of Bali’s beaches. This is the wrap highlights clip of this year's event, and amongst it is Tom Carrol at Uluwatu, classic stuff. In the nine years since the first BBEW, 31 million kilos of rubbish have been removed from five key Bali beaches, Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Jimbaran and Kedonganan. Bins have been donated from the Bukit to Canggu, waste disposal education and management has improved drastically, 80 full-time staff are employed to clean beaches daily and there’s been infrastructure support with the purchase of beach cleaning tractors. A cracking inititative.

SEE ALSO: Legends Clean Up

8. Elliot Marshall Goes

Underground Australian charger Elliot Marshall surfing around home on the NSW South Coast is a winter joy. Lot of wintery clips this week, huh? Crisp cold days with big pumping barrels, some of those lefthand tubes he gets are ridiculously long, and the monster rights at the end are off their head.

9. Pumping Indian River Wave and Floating Dead Bodies

*graphic content warning*

I don't know what I expected when I clicked play on this video, but yikes that split second shot of a dead body is pretty confronting when you just want to tune out, forget about the real world, and watch some surfboarding. The trailer for upcoming flick, Bore Hunters: India, shows the best tidal bore wave seen in recent years, but whether you'd want to get in the water of the Gange is a whole nother question. Cut to the 1.10 mark to get all the surf action without the full on images.

SEE ALSO: Sean Doherty On - The Lord of The Twin

10. Solid Shipsterns, Solid Clip

Woah, is that Audiosoave? The Rage Against The Machine / Soundgarden composite band from 2001? Deep cut. Shippies regulars Mick Corbett and Jarryd Foster go hard during a recent swell at the infamous slab. Sometimes you just want an old loud song and footage of dudes going for it in waves of consequence, doncha? Simple and awesome. P.S. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to fathom how goofies take that wave on their backhand.

Bonus... Dane Got Marriaged

Dane Reynolds and Courtney Jaedtke (better known as Napkin Apocalypse) have been together for a jillion years and have a kid, little Sammy Boo, but this week they made it official in the eyes of the lord and got marriaged. The wedding looked like a lot of fun, I had a beer with Dane once (kind of "with", we were in the same room and stuff and I think he laughed at a joke I made, but I can't be sure) so as you can imagine I'm pretty bloody gutted I didn't score an invite to the reception. Sigh.


And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.

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