Mick Wins Trestles, Reelers Winners Announced & Kerrsy's Ridic Oop-Wake Transfer – This Week In Surfing
Ten Things From Surfing and The Internet On The Week That Was September 25, 2015
1. Mick and Carissa Win Trestles and Wrestle Back The No.1 Spots
This happened this week? Feels like a year ago. So The Hurley and Swatch Pros at Trestles finished uo last weekend and Mick Faning and Carissa Moore went home with the big trophies. How incredible were the turns Mick was doing at Trestles on the final day of the Hurley Pro? Some mext level hot knife through butter type surfing right there. Hey, is Mick going to win the World Title again y'think? He’s now the ratings leader with just three events left and it’s getting hard to imagine he won’t do it. That would make him on level pegging with MR for number of World Titles. Wild. Carissa Moore also snatched back the World No.1 spot on the rankings, as the women head into the Cascais Women's Pro Portugal, Round 1 of which is running this evening.
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2. Reelers Winners!
Everyone knows that money isn't really money unless it comes in the form of a giant novelty cheque, and last night the winners of Surfing World's inaugural short film comp, Reelers, were finally announced and handed their dope as real money novelty cheques for $5,000 each! $5,000! Imagine how many dollar coffees from 7/11 that'll buy them (5,000... probably).
It has been a fantastic competition with an unfathomable amount of outstanding entries in each category. Below, let's revisit the action category winning entry by Aidan Stevens.
3. Chippa Wilson Rules!
Speaking of Aidan Stevens, here is his latest clip starring Chippa Wilson they released this week. It’s pretty freaking impressive, from that very first wedge in golden morning light, to the highly technical aerial surfing Chippa Wilson still flies the forefront of, Chippa Wilson reminds us that he is one of the very top few aerialists in the world. The height, the variation, the make rate... This is a very, very good clip indeed.
4. Red Bull's Surfing In A Pool Competition Thing Happened
Red Bull Unleashed, the first legitimate wave pool comp since the 1980s (which is also the decade I was born and Nintendo brought out the Nintendo Entertainment System, super important) went down this week at Surf Snowdonia, Wales and surprisingly there really wasn’t a whole lot of hype thrown around about it in the end. Not sure what’s missing, perhaps a World Champion? A million dollar prize cheque? Ratings points? As this is the first event of its kind in three decades, we can’t expect anyone to invest too highly into turning this kind of competition into something super-legitimate straight away, but to get there one of those three ingredients probably needs to be blended in. Anyway, Hawaiian aerialist and charger Albee Layer took it out from New Zealand's Billy Starmaind in consistent (get it?) 2-3 foot left and righthanders. *See the results & wrap up
5. Albee's Judo!
Speaking of Albee Layer, holy poutine, did you see his judo air in the latest episode of The Habitat? The Habitiat is the top notch series of web edits put out by the young Maui surfers like Mr. Layer, Kai Barger, and co. Cut to 3.20 to see the Judo. It’s a real feat, not to mention the fact he finishes the wave off with a near full rotation air-reverse. Ridiculous.
6. Snapper Pumped
One time I paddled out at Snapper and ended up paddling in at the Coolangatta Hotel without getting a wave. In the very same session I accidentally got in Matt Hoy’s way and also saw Dimity Stoyle get dropped in on by a German dude. It was a really good session. I’d do it all again to try and get one of these dreamy little pits at the best sand bottom right point in the southern hemisphere. Look at some of these things!
7. Jackson Coffey's Mystery Left
This is amazing. Apparently Jackson and co slept on a tinny for three nights to surf this incredible wave. And how sketchy is the thing. Commitment rewarded for the young goofy-footed Gold Coaster. *Check out his interview too
8. Gabby, Owen, Wilko, & Mason Shred One Day In Hawaii
What a ridiculous time to be alive. A time when a 20 year old kid can open a clip with a back flip that is completely functional, landed smooth without losing any speed, before going into another turn. And said wave doesn’t even make news when its released upon the world. Insane. This clip of the Rip Curl team also features some of the best wedgey tube riding from Mason Ho we’ve seen in some time. Fun.
9. Koa Rothman, Kandui
Koa Rothman, brother of Makua, son of Eddie, has made a name of his own charging giant and terrifying Teahupoo the last few years, however this is the first time (that I can recall, anyway) that we get to see him in some waves outside Hawaii or French Polynesia. And doesn’t he do incredibly well. From the swell of the year, these waves are so good that this clip would be enjoyable without someone conquering them, but take a look at just how at home Koa is in the pumping lefts of the Ments.
10. Jamie Krups, Hummus
Have you met Jamie Krups? You totally should. You two would really get along. Why? Oh, he’s just a really good young surfer with super nice style from Manly. Yeah, keep an eye out for him. Keep an eye out for him in clips like this one, Hummus. It’s a ripper. You two should go get a coffee or something. He's really nice.
Bonus... Josh Kerr's Ridiculous Alley-Oop Wake Transfer
Filming with Noa Deane for Rusty recently, Kerrsy did some wake surfing and stomped an alley-oop from on side of the wake to the other. Is Kerrsy having more fun than everyone else? What a legend.
And that was this weekend in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone. Go North Melbourne.
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