The SW Grombash Is Back, Noel Gallagher Hates Surfers, & Melbourne Scores A Wave Pool!– This Week In Surfing
Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was April 8, 2016
1. Melbourne's Getting A WaveGarden Wave Pool!
In late 2017 a WaveGarden technology wave pool will be coming to the Australian city of Melbourne thanks to a company called URBNSURF. So stoked it's out in Tullamarine, the inconvenience to get there for most of Melbourne's population and not being near a train station has totally nailed it!
While 2015 ended amongst the viral has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed sensation of the first Kelly Slater Wave Pool, and Greg Webber's patent for a similar (read better) designed pool is still awaiting a confirmed construction, it's worth noting the goals of WaveGarden's design are not the same: This is not made to be the perfect wave for surfers.
In mid-2015, amidst the opening of WaveGarden's Surf Snowdonia wave pool in Wales, I wrote a story for VICE about the future of wave pools in which Wavegarden's media rep, Felipe Verger, explained to me why a small wave is a better business model than pumping 6-8 foot tubes:
"With our technology it is totally possible, right now, to make much bigger waves; but the aim of Wavegarden is to design and build wave lagoons that reach the right balance between fun waves and a profitable business. Big waves, apart from the fact that not many people would be able to surf them, mean more energy and a higher cost. They also mean more moving water, so either you have a much bigger lagoon or you'll need to wait much longer in between waves in order to let the water calm down. So higher costs + a bigger lagoon + less wave frequency (less surfers per hour) = not very good things from a business point of view. Let's not forget that there has been wavepools in the past that were able to make good fun waves from a surfing point of view, like the defunct Miyazaki Ocean Dome in Japan, that went out of business because of high costs, which forced them to have an expensive entry and that attracted very few people."
What's even more interesting than that is that it looks like this wave pool will sit right behind the headquarters of the Essendon Football Club. So the question begs, which Bomber do you think will be shredding the most? Joe Daniher? Brendon Goddard? Smokin' Joe Misiti?
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2. Noa Deane's Pulp and The Best Rock Acid Drop Ever?
The formidable surfer/filmer duo of Noa Deane and Shane Fletcher strike gold once again with their latest collaboration, Pulp. It's undoubtedly one of the best clips of the year, and proposes the question: does Noa Deane have the best style above the lip in the world? Those tweaked straight airs are straight fire. Also, is that acid-drop at 2.03 the best ever?
3. Wilko Won Bells, Is A Bloody Legend
Back to back event wins, no.1 in the world and now the equal favourite ($6 alongside John John) to be World Champion. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!? Matt Wilkinson is on fire at the moment, after never having won a WSL CT event, he's won two in a row, and with the inconsistent spread of second to ninth place getters over both events, he is more than double second place (rookie Conner Coffin) on the World Rankings with 20,000 points.
If anything it goes to show how quickly the right attitude can change your life. We should all take solace in Wilko's performance, that if we put our minds to it, and really try our hardest, we can be the best in whatever we want to do. I mean, prodigous talent helps, sure, but just the idea that a guy who has hung around the bottom half of the WSL rating for seven years, can turn the surfing world upside down this quickly, it's just inspiring. You are all of us Wilko, and we love you for it.
4. Courtney Conlogue Won Bells, Took The Gold Jersey From Tyler
Courtney Conlogue doesn’t get a whole lot of publicity in Aus. Despite finishing second last year, and being the only surfer to really challenge Carissa Moore for the World Title, we don’t see a lot from her. Surely 2016 will change all that, after winning Bells she’s the World No.1, and heading to an event where she’s the defending champ, The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Remember too that she was rising to that level of World Title contender years ago before being struck down with injury.
After the Quiksilver Pro this year we really had the feeling this would be Tyler Wright’s year, but Conlogue’s consistency is really making us question that idea. And then of course there is Carissa, Sally, Steph, and don't be surprised if Tatiana Weston Webb graduates to the category of World Title contender. At the end of Margarets, we will truly know who the 2016 World Title race will be concerning, and the likelihood of someone new dethroning the monopoly Moore and Gilmore have had on the crown the past jillion years.
5. The SW Grom Bash Is Back
When I was a grommet, I had a raggedy old(ish) issue of Surfing World Magazine that featured something called the Grom Bash. It had Travis "Pea-Head" Lynch, and Ace Buchan, and Ry Craike and it was the best. My little grom brain exploding with the hijinks and adventure of a grom surf trip in an adult world. A few years later Jack McCoy and Billabong's Junior Series brought out Alley Oop and Wide Open, which gave me the same sense of grom excitement and wonder. And now we have this, SW's Grom Bash in 2016. A road trip with winners from the Billabong Bloodlines series. We're talking bakery stops, silly string and dumb jokes with some of the best lil surfers in the country. And of course, a whole lot of ripping in between. This 13 minute short movie is what Aussie road-trip surfing is all about. The best!
6. Matt Banting Reminds Us Why He's One of The World's Best
Poor old Matty Banting was in devastating form when he was prepping for his 2015 rookie season on the WSL CT. Anyone who saw him in the early rounds of the Aus Open at Manly would agree, he looked like Filipe Toledo Mach II and had a make-rate for his aerials that was scary. But something didn't click, then he got injured, and 2015 flew by in a huff. Now 2016 has come along with the best crop of rookies since the year Kolohe, John John, and Medina joined the ranks. So, in case you forgot just how bloody good Banting is, and how much of a potential World Champ contender he could be in the coming years, he dropped this clip this week – Midnight Sun.
7. "Surfing's For Idiots" – Noel Gallagher. Language Warning
"Don't you think aren't surfers by the very definition, are arseholes? They just are. Australians, do you know what I mean?"
This week Fuel TV announced Brit-pop royalty and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher as their ambassador of sports for the UK and Europe. They then released this clip of him writing off "action sport" altogether. I don't get it. I love it. But I don't get it.
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8. Jacob Wilcox (and Jack Robbo) Is The Wildcard For Margies
The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro starts today. Exciting. Young Margies local Jacob Wilcox won the trials and will join Jack Robbo, Jay Davies and Leo Fioravanti as wildcards for the event.
Here’s a fun game to play if you’re a word nerd. Write the heading for a post featuring Jacob Wilcox spelt either "Wilcox", or "Wilkox", and don’t check if you spelt it right before publishing. If you spell it wrong, you lose because you spelt his name wrong and you did your job poorly. If you spell it right, you still lose because you’re a loser who plays stupid games like this for your work.
Update: DOUBLE L?! WTF. Jacob Willcox… impossible.
9. This 14 Year Old Charging French Kid Turned A Lot of Heads This Week
His name is Justin Becret, he's just 14, from Les Landes in France, and he charges harder than a lot of us ever will. Staying for a month in the Pipe-front Volcom house, Becret saw his fair share of heavy water and got right amongst it this Hawaiian winter. Félicitations Justin.
Sidenote: After the near drowning of Evan Geiselman, the very serious head injury of Owen Wright, and the broken pelvis of Bede Durbidge, do you think we'll see more Gath helmets out at Pipeline next Hawaiian winter? Tom Carroll and Barton Lynch won Pipe events and World Titles with the stackhats on their noggins, and it's the same reef and wave as back then.
SEE ALSO: Victoria's Surf Coast To Pump For Days
10. Tia Blanco & Friends Glide Bali
The talented and beautiful Californian vegan, Tia Blanco reflects on her life as a travelling surfer with friends Paige Maddison and Brinley Davies while shredding in Bali. Dreamy. Meanwhile, I’m in a city that’s minus 15 and snowing in the middle of spring, SPRING. What am I doing with my life, guys?
Bonus... The Subway Surf Series Hits Philip Island, VIC and Middletone Beach, SA
Events 7 and 8 of the Subway Summer Surf Series have been run and won at Woolamai, Philip Island and Middleton Beach. The Philip Island event was taken out by Vicco’s India Robinson and the Gold Coast’s Ethan Ewing (who is just absolutely dominating this year btw), while the Middleton event was won by rising star Macy Callaghan and, you guessed it, Ethan Ewing again, in rippable beach break walls. Ethan Ewing... talk about a comp machine.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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