This Week in Surfing... November 8, 2013

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Ten Things
By Mike Jennings

1. Vale Buttons Kaluhiokalani

A lot of people's favourite surfer of all time sadly passed away this week. Hawaiian Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani, passed away aged 54 as a result of complications with lung cancer. During the late 70s Buttons redefined modern surfing and became somewhat of a style icon in for our culture with a flair that's as cool and mindblowing today as it was when he burst on the scene all the way back then. Perhaps his influence could best be summed up by this excerpt from Sean Doherty's story on Buttons in Surfing World in 2012. Here Sean describes the first time Australian surfers were exposed to the legend. R.I.P. Buttons.

"…every surfing reprobate from miles around crammed into the old wooden building to watch a traveling surf movie called Many Classic Moments. Halfway through the film, the screen was suddenly filled by a small planet of hair with a smiling equator of teeth, their owner skateboarding downhill full tilt with flip-flops on his hands for brakes. He then comically crunched his way through a piece of driftwood before paddling out at Velzyland and blowing our pickled little minds. He jived across the waves like he was on stage with George Clinton, doing things on a surfboard we’d never even dreamed of. We were getting dizzy just watching him, and when halfway through a forehand reo he switched stance and came down goofy, the place went nuts. Shortly after, the projector caught fire and the hall evacuated, but as we fled we knew we’d just seen the most carefree, coolest surfer in the world.

The following morning on our local beach everyone was trying the switchfoot reo with, you’d say, limited success. On banks up and down the beach kids were trying to spin recalcitrant single-fins. Middle-aged Australian men were trying to surf like Hawaiian teenagers…"

2. The New ASP World Junior Champs

Gabriel Medina took his first World Junior Title after not competing in the event for a number of years, which should surprise no-one seeing as he is one of the greatest surfers in the world right now, if not ever when you take into account some of the things he's done in the world of competition surfing.

Also taking a World Junior Title Trophy in Brazil was Ella Williams from the small coastal town of Whangamata in New Zealand. That's pretty freaking awesome. The Whangamata Boardriders were understandably pretty stoked, and made plans to take over their main street according to their facebook page: "Whangamata's World Champion surfer Ella Williams will be welcomed home with a parade down the main street of Whanga from 3:00pm on Friday afternoon followed by a reception outside the TCDC office at 3:30pm. Spread the word and lets fill the main street," they said.

3. Jeff Rowley Paddles Big

This is one of the best big wave clips we've seen for little while. Victorian Jeff Rowley paddling into some legitimately terrfifying bombs. What's great about this clip is that a lot of the paddling, and setting up has been left in. You can almost feel the moment where Jeff double takes over his shoulder and makes the decision to commit. Sensational.

4. Bastion Point – Australia's Most Endangered Wave

Construction of the controversial boat ramp in the middle of Mallacoota's Bastion Point in Victoria's far east is reportedly set to begin this Monday. Here is a clip by Surfrider Foundation Australia and Stem Media that outlines the gravity of the situation. To read more check out our article here. Or if you would like to oppose the development you can sign a petition to the Victorian Premier here.

5. Noa Deane Does Another Big Spin

That last move is what you call an "ender". The traditional way to end a skating, surfing, water-skiing video section is to show something that blows everything else from the clip out of the water. And BAM. This one sure nails that brief. Noa continues to ascend.

6. Pumping Ireland

Halloween sure is a scary time of year. Even more scary when you go surf dark deep heavy Irish waters like this crew from New York did.

7. Al Byrne Tribute

Last Paradise is an upcoming New Zealand documentary about action sports in the land of the long white cloud. It looks like a good watch, featured in the film is shaping and surfing legend Allan Byrne. This here is a nice tribute put together for Al by the Last Paradise team.

8. Torrey Meister Wins The Cold Water Classic

Unfortunately the Central Coast's Wade Carmichael came off second best in a final with American Torrey Meister which awarded the winner a $50,000 sponsorship. The prize was part of a new format for the Santa Cruz O'neill comp that invited some of the world's best unsponsored surfers to compete for their sponsorship. A great and original initiative, and good on O'Neill for giving that lifeline to a surfer who needs it. But is this also a reflection of the current state of the surf industry? To think that this level of competition is fielded with surfers who don't have major sponsors… this sure isn't the 90s huh?

9. Tilt Film Festival Launches

Garage Entertainment are putting on an action sports film festival all over the country featuring some of the best movies of the year. What's that mean? It means that somewhere in your state, you can go and see Mick Fanning's new film, Missing, on the big screen, before it has even come out. That is awesome! More info here.

10. Seven Signs Trailer

Produced by Innersection, this looks like the sequel to last year's Here and Now, where they feature a whole bunch of different surfers, surfing in different parts of the world on the same day. The Joel Fitz x HArrison Roach section looks particularly awesome.

Bonus…

The Triple Crown is coming! This trailer for it just dropped. Can you hear the thunder?

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

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