This Week In Surfing: Laura Enever Competed At Jaws, Everything Is Okay Cause John John Is The Champ, & All Hail Sea Mullet
Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was November 11, 2016
1. The Presidential Victory Parade of John John
Are you feeling down? Does your stomach feel queesy with the idea that the world is just not right? Are you sick of watching flag waving celebrations of victories that you can't join in on?
Well, here's 30 seconds of delightful respite, despite being yet another video of flag waving and a victory for someone with iconic hair? It’s John John! The greatest surfer in the world, the World Champ, returning home to the North Shore of Oahu all triumphant-like. Everything is okay! Watch, exhale, quietly whisper to yourself, “John John is the World Champion,” and watch again. Feels good, doesn’t it? You, me, us, we’re all gonna be okay. 'Cause John John is the champion of the world! Let’s go surfing.
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2. Rabbit On The Occ-Cast, The Best One Yet
And if John John being all stoked isn’t enough to restore your faith in the world, how about 78 World Champion and surfing legend Rabbit Bartholomew talking story with 99 World Champion Mark Occhilupo for half an hour? Two of the best Aussie characters in surfing ever! Bloody legends. So fun. Let's smile!
3. Lots of QS News This Week, Including A Mason Ho Win
It was a big week for QSs this week, and this little QS3000 number at Sunset Beach Hawaii, the HIC Pro, serves a curtain raiser for the Triple Crown set to begin this weekend, was won by funnest surer alive, Mason Ho. Mason's buzzer beater 9 point ride securing the win over our boy Jack Robinson in the final.
While in Brazil there was the higher rated QS6000 Hang Loose Contest, won by Kanoa Igarashi, which catapulted him to the top of the QS ratings, and secured his spot on the CT again for 2017.
And in good ol’ Cronulla, the Sydney International Women’s Pro, a QS6,000 was taken out by Silvana Lima over Newcastle’s Philipa Anderson. The funnest news from that event being that Aussies Bronte Macaulay and Keely Andrew qualified for next year’s CT. So, 2017 does have some stuff to look forward to.
The Big Wave World Tour has called the green light for their comp at Jaws, so maybe get your coffee and toast ready and have a neat little morning of big wave comp watching to bring in the weekend. They'll be making the call around 4am Aus time, so they should be perfectly in the middle of competition when you wake up, provided you're Friday wasn't too large. They're expecting 30 foot waves with good winds and tides, so it should be pretty epic. Josh Kerr and Jamie Mitchell are the sole Australians in the field that includes names like Dorian, Healey, Baker, Long, Rothman and Layer.
But get this, they'll be running a women's side of the event this year, the first of its kind, and Laura Enever will be charging for Aus. Go Laura! READ NICK CARROLL'S STORY HERE:
5. Hipwood Go
If you like slow motion walking, long intros, and the ridiculous slab charging ways of Ryan Hipwood, then this is the edit for you. Paddle, tow, holding a baby, Hipwood can do it all! Highlight: That water angle of Shipsterns at 2.08 is equal parts fantastic and terrifying.
6. The Sea Mullet's Winter Highlights Are Sick
He has a name, Sea Mullet, it’s Sean Mawson, but with a nickname as good as Sea Mullet, why would anyone ever ever ever call this underated surfer "Sean"? Sea Mullet, from the NSW South Coast, scores some perfect cold water barrels, a few serious beatings, and does a few big airs too, and all to a lovely Smiths-sounding new romantic/post punk song by some old band called The Cry. All in all this is a great video. Props to Max Zappas on the edit.
7. Kyuss King In California
Long haired guitar rock loving grommet, Kyuss King continues to get better as he gets bigger, as seen here in his latest edit from his trip to California. A bit of Mick Fanning in his approach, no? Despite the glam-rock aesthetic, 16-year-old King could be a comp machine in the making. Let's hope so.
8. Snake Takes – Jake Patterson's View From The QS
"Sorry bout it Leroy, shoulda came to Brazil."
Pipe Master, two time Jay Bay winner, and Sunset Champ, Jake Paterson coaches a few of the Quiksilver QS campaigners. And, this week at the Hang Loos Pro Contest in Brazil he had Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi, and Griffin Colapinto - who does one of the best/funniest claims you've seen in a while – under his tutelage. Oh, and Snake won the 1996 QS, so he knows how to win the grind.
9. John John Was On Sportscenter
“Twenty-four and there’s so much more, John John Florence, he is right now the world’s greatest surfer.”
So John John Florence got on the mainstream American sport show Sportcenter this week and it was pretty good. John John really is a supremely likeable World Champ, isn’t he? Handling himelf well in the spotlight, not over-awed, articulate, humble while still confident – Should John John run for President in 2020? Answer: Yes! JJF for 2020!
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10. ICYMI Taj Burrow's Loving Retirement
By the looks of things, Taj Burrow is really enjoying the post tour life. This is a week old clip, but you may have missed it because it was locked for a but there, so here it is. Taj, having the best time in his own version of the hall of Odin – West Oz caves!
Bonus... Weak Wrap Episode 999
The best couple of minutes of your week, Danny Johnson skewers Karl Stefanovic for fake laughing and professes his love to Dane Gudauskus for real laughing. It's a good'un.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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