The WSL's Inspiring New Ad, Meet Mad Grom Dakoda Walters, & Tai Graham Scores Rare Left – This Week In Surfing

21 Jul 2016 0

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

How cool is this big ol' wedge wheelie by 14-year-old grom-legend Dakoda Walters? His clip from this week is a sugar loaded fast time.

How cool is this big ol' wedge wheelie by 14-year-old grom-legend Dakoda Walters? His clip from this week is a sugar loaded fast time.

THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was July 22, 2016

Yo! Before we get into the ten things from the past seven days, we've got something for you to WIN WIN WIN this week! Something you could sleep in, or better yet, put surfboards in.

Congratulations to Jack Gearing, winner of the Ocean & Earth Double Coffin board bag, and Rob Maitland, winner of the Ocean & Earth Double Compact board bag, announced Monday 25 July.

Now... the things! Hooray for the things! Exclamation mark!

1. Mick Mick Mick. Mick Won J-Bay!

Unless you've been living under a pokemon or something, you no doubt are aware that last Saturday night Mick Fanning won Jeffreys Bay in his return to the wave and event where he met a shark during the competition's final that one time. Yeah, it was news. Real news. Prime time television type news. But here's a couple lounge-room takeaways from the event that no-one asked for anyway:

Mick won. Yay. Apart from the extraordinary story of Mick returning to the dramatic scene of last year, how wild is it to see Mick, a part timer this year, coming fifth at the midway point of the season, in the middle of a World Title Race he has no intention of contesting? What a freak. What a legend.

Gabriel Medina and Julian Wilson have the best heats in surfing. Their match-up in the quarter-finals once again delivered a heat whose result was unknown until each competitor was walking up the beach. After that controversial final at Portugal, and Pipe Masters final two years ago, it's now a given that when these two meet up on finals day, it's going to be close. What an exciting time we have to look forward to over the next half decade years as these guys go head to head in battles to the death, I mean, World Titles.

John John is the real deal. Last week in this shambles of a column I asked, a little flippantly, if John John was capable of winning Jeffreys Bay. The thought being that despite being the most freakishly raw talent in the surfing world, he doesn't really deliver on point breaks, especially in competition (besides Trestles, if you consider that a point break). How many clips have you seen of the guy on a long point break, be that in Mexico, Santa Barbara, or Aus... tough to come by, huh? But his second placing finish to a guy we can probably call the best righthand point surfer in the world, not only establishes that, yes, John John is capable of winning a point break comp, but that he is finally capable of winning a World Title. We've known he can win at beach breaks and in the heavy reefs of Polynesia and elsewhere, but to hire a coach at the beginning of 2016 and work on his competition game this year, addressing his weaknesses, it's clear that John John is finally delivering on his potential as a legititmate World Title threat. And for the first time, Australian betting agencies have him as the World Title favourite (followed by Medina, Wilko, and Julian, in that order).

When's Josh Kerr gonna win one? Kerrsy's held the title of best surfer to not have won a CT comp for a while now. It was sweet-as to see him win that big wave event at Todos Santos earlier this year, but gee it'd be just if he notched a CT win, too. There isn't an event on tour he's not capable of bringing home the silverware, and he's come close so many times before, but maybe he's just the kind of guy who is far too aware of how great his life is. Have we ever seen him not smiling? It's something to love about the dude, but it'd be great to see him get pissed off and angrily rip a big trophy out of the WSL's clammy hands this year.

Will we look back on this as the golden era of modern surf competition? Kelly Slater is still around, the greatest of all time, there on finals day and ever threatening to win every event he enters, while for the first time we have a settled, consistent, professional and extensive coverage of every single surfing event. Then we have Mick, the shark punching World Champion, providing the timeless story arc of a sporting hero, while the two greatest raw talents since Kelly, – Gabby and John John – push the progression of surfing to places we've never seen. In 20 years time, when surfing is in the Olympics, and wave pools have become more norm than novelty, we'll surely look at this era like we look at the 90s for the AFL and NBA, the decade that delivered. "Remember Mick's return to J-Bay?" We'll say... maybe.

SEE ALSO: The Weekend Surf Forecast

2. Owen Wright Pulls Out of Second Half of The Year, Tyler On The Wireless

It's no real surprise that Owen Wright has officially withdrawn from the second half of this WSL season, after his brain injury at Pipeline last December. As we've watched Owen's recovery, and wished him the best and speediest of rehabs, it's become clear that the injury he suffered is much more serious than we initially thought. It was only two weeks ago that Owen finally got back on a shortboard, something we'd never have predicted after his wipe-out so long ago when Owen was touted as the form surfer in Hawaii that season. To this we say, "Owen, take as much bloody time as you need. Take 2017 too, why not?" If Mick, Parko, and, of course, Kelly have proved anything, it's that World Titles can and will be won by those in their 30s. As much as we're all hanging to see Owen back at waves like Cloudbreak surfing perfect heats, there's no rush. And if he can come back and contend for a title, well, sheesh, what a story that'll be.

Tyler Wright briefly touches on said injury in this great ABC Grandstand interview. The interview came out a month ago, but a couple of the surf medias uncovered the ABC's Soundcloud this week and it's been getting a second run of attention in the surf world. Worth a listen.




3. Samsung Made Another Surf Ad

In a return to form for the creative ad partnership of the WSL and  Samsung, after that horrendous Medina techno-board piece, the Korean mobile phone giant dropped a new ad this week that is as inspiring and hopeful as their first few. It sure is pretty, but truth be tol you could probably read the weather in that gravelly voice over with that beautiful piano and I'd be close to tears again.

SEE ALSO: Courtney Conlogue On The View From The Top 

4. Dakoda Walters, Fanta

Orange fizzy drink and surfing... grom life is the best life. Toby Cregan cuts together a short fast loud clip of Angourie 14-year-old Dakoda Walters on the shred in Indonesia!

5. Did You See The Coastalworld Doco?

I didn't get around to seeing this till just yesterday and holy moly am I glad I finally hit play. Produced, filmed, and edited by CW Editor Sally Mac, it features various World Champs like Midget Farrelly, Tom Carroll, Ben Player, Harley Ingleby and world avocado-toast eating champion, Ben Macartney. It also features local chargers who took destiny on and became legends of their respective beaches during this momentous swell. Dudes like Matt Dusmore, Lachie Rombouts and Beau Mitchell with the legendary talking-story type stuff that is intrinsic to a surfing life. Bravo.

VIDEO: The Telos Never Looked So Good


6. Tai Graham and a new ol' Indo left

A beautiful and adventurous independent short film about hitting a rarely surfed wave for the first time at this quality, Bula Baru stars Tai Graham, Marlon Gerber, Mikala Jones, and the relatively unknown Awan Hadi. A good capturing of classic surf spirit.

7. Volcom Goes To Sumbawa

For episode number three of their Welcome To Water series, the Volcom team, starring Balaram Stack and Parker Coffin (and two groms by the names of Imai Devault and Noah Schweitzer), set off to the Indonesian region of Sumbawa. Sick left barrels, high performance rights, and some jungle exploration ensue.

VIDEO: The barrels from Burleigh on the weekend, and Bede is back!

8. Two Weeks In Bali With Billy Stairmand

New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand breaks from the QS grind to paddle into some fun Bali beaches and shred the crap out of them. Hip hop and surf clips can be strange bedfellows, but it seems to fit okay in this case.

9. Parker Coffin, Natural or Goofy?

Well this is an interesting concept. The same clip, twice. Once as a goofy, followed by a repeat viewing, mirrored so that he’s a natural footer. Regardless of stance, the high-energy little Coffin brother paired with the pumping track no. 01 of Foals' 2015 album is a match made in surf clip heaven. Remember back when TV On The Radio’s Wolf Like Me was on every second surf clip, like, 2007-8ish? Just before the incoming Modern Collective brought electro to every other web clip? It's been said before, but Parker Coffin has all the trademarks of a very excellent CT surfer, and we’ll surely be seeing him joining his older brother on there in the next two years or so.

SEE ALSO: Barton Lynch is frothing!

10. Nate Tyler, To The Land

Cali filmmaker Victor Pakpour and his Vacation Club bring us this delightful clip with stylish and high-flying American goofy Nate Tyler, being all stylish and high-flying, as he does. Stylish and high-flying. Sorry, just wanted to say "stylish and high-flying" one more time.

And another thing... Ultimate Board Bag Review Video

Need a board bag? Well here is a comprehensive guide to all things bags and boards going inside them from Aloha Manly's Timmy, and Coastalwatch's own classic joker, Benny. What a joker! One time Benny and I had a big fight at a Mexican restaurant on the Gold Coast. I'll never forgive you Ben, never.

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

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