This Week In Surfing: Fanning Scores In Ireland, Pipe Is All Time For Da Hui Comp, & Foamie Surfers vs Vicious Shorey
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Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was January 20, 2016
1. Mick Fanning Scores Ireland
"The sea, the snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea.” James Joyce wrote that. He was Irish, and so is Mick Fanning's heritage, which coupled with a favourable swell is the reason he went to Ireland for a trip in the middle of his year off. And didn't he score?! Stand up slabs score. Ridiculously long lefthand tubes score. A wave that breaks like The Box score. A lot of talk from Mick in this A-grade clip gives you the sense that he won't be going for the World Title in 2017, or at least that it won't be his focus because he's over the all-consuming nature of the thing... but even so, no-one is going to be surprised if he comes out at the first event at Snapper on March 14 guns a-blazing, or if he's a contender when the sun gets ready to set on the year at Pipeline in December. Nope. No-one at all.
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2. Ozzie Wright and Ari Browne At The Pass – Australia Days
The criminally underrated filmmaker that is Jack Coleman whips up another quiche of a clip for US surf shop Mollusk, this time from the slalom course of a North Coast point. Ari Browne is oft recognised for being one of the best finless surfers on the planet, but how extraordinary is his rubbery tube lingo? That forehand layback he’s got happening? Look where he puts his trailing arm on the wave at 2.13. How is he doing that? He’s like one of those toys of a little horse where you press the button on the bottom and the limbs fall apart and then jolt back upright when you release. And Ozzie Wright weaving through crowds is a joy to watch, as always. Everyone is just having a really good time, aren’t they? Don’t they know that death is coming for us all? That one day the sun will explode and none of this will exist ever? That we’re all just dust in the wind?
3. Conner Coffin Joins Rip Curl
Much like last week when Noa Deane joined Volcom and it all just felt like everything was in its right place, Conner Coffin was this week announced to have signed with Rip Curl and it again just feels oh so right. The CT almost rookie of the year from Santa Barbara has got fans all over the world and across generations for for his exceptional rail game, he’s basically Taylor Knox 2.0, even more so now that he’s on Rip.
P.S. That little aerial pulled back shot of Rincon at the end… sigh, what a wave that spot is.
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4. Koa Rothman Wins The Da Hui Shoot-Out
The Da Hui Backdoor Shootout went down this week at absolutely pumping Pipe and the all-local field made the most of it, scoring some of the best tubes of the winter, especially young Koa Rothman, who paddled into the ultimate surf definition of a bomb (2.05), and went home the winner. “I’m still in disbelief I caught that wave!” he said, before sending his thoughts to Kalani Chapman, who was recovering after a day earlier in the event suffered a near drowning and was pulled unconscious from the water.
5. Beater Bash Shorey Comp
After watching the highlights from this Catch Surf Beater Bash comp, where it seems the goal was to see who could take the biggest beating on a foamie in a mongrel of a shorey, it’s pretty obvious that the WSL should add at least one novelty shorebreak foamie event to the CT calendar. Can you imagine it? John John and Gabriel and the rest of the gang getting sand embedded in their hair. What a time! If they’re going to have wave pools in the future, I think this is only fair.
6. Otis Carey's Billabong Collection
Indigenous surfer and artist Otis Carey recently joined the Billabong ranks on a surfing / art role and this week the Bundjalung / Gumbaynggirr man’s first range hit the computernet. Influenced by his contemporary indigenous art, the range looks deadly as, and this is a neat little clip to give us a sneak peek of the gear.
7. Board Tales: That Single Fin Comp Parko Won
A weekend back now, but a huge congratulations must got out to the Burleigh Boardriders for holding their 20th annual single fin festival the other day, and it's the subject of the latest from Billabong's excellent Youtube series, Board Tales. The now two decade old comp saw the likes of Luey Hynd, Ellis Ericson, Creed McTaggart, Rasta, Matt Hoy, Joel Parkinson and many more take to the point on single fin surfboards that had to be made before 1985, with Joel Parkinson taking it out. The former World Champ didn’t take the win lightly either, “Today was a day I will never forget! I'm honoured to have my name on the winners list…” he wrote on Instagram. Surfing World Editor Vaughan Blakey finished fifth… in his Round 1 heat.
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8. Chris Burkard's Iceland Movie
Chris Burkard is well known for being one of the best landscape surf photographers… ever. And Iceland is well known for being the bad guys in the Mighty Ducks 2. When the two converge, you get this stunningly shot surf clip of a cold surf sailing adventure. This edit is a trailer for a film project that will be released in the next few months, and should be beautiful (and probably a little earnest). We’ve seen Iceland surf trips before, and it’s always an interesting take on the surf adventure, despite the usually pretty meh waves, but how good are the pits in this clip?
9. Shane Sykes | White Rain
Shane Sykes? Holy Durban what a name. Set to Motorhead and with erratic quick cuts, this is quite the explosive edit from the youngish South African. The sort of edit you get to the end of and thing, hang on, what did I just watch?
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10. Jack Freestone For Desillusion
No-one in the world loves black and white paired to slow motion than French magazine Desillusion. Sable Noir (translates to Black Sand) has all those things, and opera to boot in their Jack Freestone clip. Freestone had a chequered rookie season, beginning the year with a last placed finish, two injury withdrawals, and then rocketing to a second place finish at Rio, he’ll begin 2017 with a lower seed than he had in 2016, making his year slightly more difficult than the last. That said, the ability of the guy, and now with a year under his belt, it would be no surprise for him to be knocking on the door of the top ten by the year’s end.
P.S. Check Weak Wrap below for the best take on this clip in all of the surfing world.
Bonus... Weak Wrap Is Funny
Oh jokes. How good are jokes? And jokes + surfing, well that's an equation I can get behind. Jokes + surfing + a guy in a suit? That's Weak Wrap, the best damn weekly video series in surfing. That Jamie O'Brien bit had me really tickled. Watch it.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone. I'm going to be a labrat in a clinical research testing facility in Montreal. Wish me luck!
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