This Week in Surfing... November 1, 2013

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Ten Things That Made This Week Crazy
Arranged by Mike Jennings 

1. Tom Carroll Talked Drug Addiction on 60 Minutes.

Who doesn't love Tom Carroll? Guy's a freaking legend. Two time World Champion (might have been three if he didn't boycott South Africa over apartheid. Respect). On Sunday night he appeared on 60 Minutes speaking for the first time ever about drug use and an ice addiction. Wow. It's going to be the subject of his book written with Nick Carroll, a legend in his own right as a writer and surfer, but also, as we discover here, an older brother.

2. Carlos Burle Surfed Possibly Biggest Wave Ever & Rescued Maya Gabeira

A crazy swell hit that crazy beachbreak of Nazare Portugal during the week, and the usual suspects were out there when waves broke at sizes many are calling 80-to-100 feet. Clearly, it doesn't break like Teahupoo or Cloudbreak, but the amount of water moving around out there truly terrifying. The peak moment being Carlos Burle's wave, which breaks, and is gigantic…

The video below has hit 1.3 million views in less than 3 days, which is incredible. Particularly when you note that the video is hosted on vimeo and would not get the digital walk-by traffic of your typical youtube.

3. Laird Said It Doesn't Count

As the mainstream American face of  big wave surfing and surfing in general, Laird Hamilton was called for comment by CNN following the day at Nazare and he had some pretty interesting things to say. Firstly he states that measuring wave height is subjective and flawed, as there is no way to truly measure the velocity of a wave. True. Secondly he says that Carlos Burle's record breaking wave doesn't count because Carlos didn't make the wave. He will admit that perhaps Carlos wiped out on the biggest wave ever, which is probably true and far less awesome sounding. I guess the question is: at what point can one fall on a wave and call it ridden? Because Carlos rode said wave, but he also did fall.

Laird also says that Maya Gabeira – who drowned out there before being rescued by Carlos Burle, and then revived – doesn't have the skill to surf amongst the conditions of Nazare on that day. And this may be true, but may have been less of a point of conjecture were Maya a dude (or, you know, not drowned).

4. The North Shore Season Began

There's usually one day at Pipe that marks the beginning of a Hawaiian season. Tuesday (Australian time) was that day. Here is the view of it from the Volcom House.

5. A Super All-Star Line-up Scored Cloudbreak

Imagine you booked yourself a neat little trip to Namotu. A sweet little surfing holiday for yourself and some mates. "When for?" "Hell, why not October." "Yeah sweet, that'll do." Then imagine, with no warning other than a few decent swell maps, in rolls three World Champions (Kelly, Mick, Parko) – two of whom are in the middle of another title battle – plus the best big wave surfer in the world (Dorian), plus the most idolised surfer in the world (Reynolds), amongst a few other legit shredders like Bruno Santos… you'd lose your mind wouldn't you? Then there would be a tough question… do you:

a) Throw a six pack and a pack of chips in the boat and be treated to a live private  feature presentation of the best surfers in the world, at perhaps the best wave in the world?

or

b) Leg it to pumping Restaurants and score some epicness yourself?

Two dudes in contention for a World Title, just casually and coincidentally surfing a fairly remote reef break together. No big deal.

Two dudes in contention for a World Title, just casually and coincidentally surfing a fairly remote reef break together. No big deal.

6. Kalani Robb Is Still Killing It

Kalani Robbis having somewhat of a resurgence in the last 12 months. The icon of Taylor Steele films in the 90s has had major features and interviews in Surfer and Stab magazines, and now looks to have picked up a little GoPro sponsorship. If that means more footage of this style legend, then bravo!

7. The World Juniors Started In Brazil

The Junior World Titles started this week and not has been run just yet, but Matt Banting looks to be leading the charge for the Australians. The most intersting thing to take from the event so far is that that Gabriel Medina is competing in it (and Felipe Toledo was, but pulled out due to injury). Isn't that crazy? The last time Medina competed in the World Juniors was in January 2010 at Narrabeen (he finished third). Since then he's been on the World Tour, won multiple events, and blown minds with what can be done surfing in a competition format at the highest level. And now he's back doing the World Juniors!

8. One and Only: Ace Buchan

The Avoca champ's turn in Hurley's vide series sees Ace serve up some goofy power… and it is delicious!

9. Rasta's North Coast Nugs

A quick session from Rasta on Tuesday. Clips of Rasta never disappoint, and can never come often enough. Just a  minute long but so much fun. Clip by Byron's Young, Free, Alright filmmaker Kaius Potter.

10. Salsa Rips Indo

Indulgent story alert: The other day I collated my top ten best performing surfers of 2013. I did that because I'm a surf fan, and fans of any sport/subculture do boring self-important things like make lists of their opinions not to be read by anyone. Anyway, alongside John John and Mick and Craig Anderson and Kelly, I had Salsa… and clips like this is why.

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

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