WSL Scores Perfect Ments, A Wavepool For Sydney, & Experience The Paddle-In At Jaws – This Week In Surfing

29 Apr 2016 1

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

"One step closer to the wedge, and I'm about to break." Craig Anderson for Futures and a couple seconds of sweet wedge emerald.

"One step closer to the wedge, and I'm about to break." Craig Anderson for Futures and a couple seconds of sweet wedge emerald.

THIS WEEK IN SURFING | Presented by Subway Surf Series

Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was April 29, 2016

1. Mick! Superbank! Surfing! Yay!

Reef's series Just PassingThrough  focuses each episode on a certain spot or wave zone with one of its team. This one is the Superbank with Mick Fanning and it's real sumfin. Is there a better relationship in modern surfing than the one between Mick and the tubes from Snapper through to Greenmount (and Kirra when it's on)? John John and Pipe, you say? Okay, yeah, that's a pretty good one too.

SEE ALSO: Nathan Cook's Wave Of The Week

2. That Comp At HTs With Perfect Waves

How's this for a novel and outlandish concept? Putting surfers in the best waves in the world! Crazy, right? A lowly QS1000 named the Mentawai Pro presented by Ripcurl was run at the gem of a righthander known as HTs. And it pumped. It was won by relatively unknown Australian surfer Chris Zaffis, taking down Balinese surfing icon Dede Suryana in the final (who notched up a perfect 20 point heat in the semis).

Here's a funny observation though... was this kind of sort of maybe a little bit boring (to watch)? Do waves in perfect surf, while good to experience, and nice to daydream about, make for a less entertaining sporting spectacle? With Kelly Slater's man-made wave rumoured to be considered for a WSL event next year, it makes you wonder if knowing exactly when the sets will come, and exactly how each wave will break, and having every surfer pull into the exact same barrel for as long as possible before coming out and attempting the same big wrap-around cutback on the same section... would that actually make for a far worse spectacle than the fickle and oftentimes disappointing randomness of a professional surfing heat today? No? Okay then.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Surf Gear Review

3. Shaun Manners Had A Birthday

Now here's a young pro we should all get to know a little better. The 18 year old West Australian surfs with sweet style, can charge, can do a decent turn, can hit a section, can punt. Plus he gets around with Toby Cregan, perhaps the most personable and prolific filmmaker in surfing today, so we're going to see some good stuff of the kid.

GALLERY: Boat Tripping The Southern Atolls

4. Oh, Here Comes Another Aussie Wave Pool... Cool

Doesn't this ad feel like something you see before the film trailers come on when you're at your local Hoyts/Village Cinema? Anyway, URBNSURF, who announced a WaveGarden style wave pool for Melbourne (next to Tullamarine airport) a couple of weeks ago, announced their plans for a Sydney pool this week.

The spot: Sydney Olympic Park.
The year: 2018.
The vibe: Let's get some waves before the GWS Giants game, yeah? Jeremy Cameron is on fire. 

Where would you like to see the next URBNSURF park announced for? Brisbane? Adelaide? Dubbo?

5. That Glassy Wedge... Ando's Futures Ad

Futures released a Craig Anderson signature fin this week and their promo clip for it features the sweetest, glassiest wedge footage you've seen in yonks. If only for a couple seconds, that line at 1.44 is the kind of stuff dreams are made from. Not those dreams where your teeth are falling out of your mouth though. No. Not... those dreams.

SEE ALSO: Surfing World Magazine, Tricky Beach With Craig Anderson

6. Ryan Burch and Some Psychic Migrations B-Sides

Volcom's Psychic Migrations was one of the top movies in a standout year of surf film, and Ryan Burch's part in it is arguably the film performance of 2015 ("arguably" because of a guy named John John). This week, because Volcom are releasing a book around the movie, we all get the treat of some Grade A B-sides.

7. Dillon Perillo On The Search

Do you think Dillon Perillo got lonely on this search and surf mission? Surfing out there in fun waves all on his lonesome? Dillon Perillo and the Rippy team saw a nice swell and a remote atoll that showed promise. So they went. They went and Dillon went surfing. Just Dillon. Poor guy.

SEE ALSO: Monster SW Groundswell For Victoria Next Week

8. Let's Watch How They Get In and Out At Jaws

We see so many clips of the glory and triumph (and wipe-outs) from the famous big wave spot at Peahi, but isn't it fascinating to see how surfers get in and out there? The guy behind this clip is Santa Cruz surfer Kyle Thiermann, the pro YouTuber dude / founder of Surfing For Change.

9. Bianca Buitendag Gets Skeleton Bay Tubes

"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to." – Richard Mullin. South African pro CTer and former Roxy Pro Gold Coast champ, Bianca Buitendag went to that incredible and long, crazy Namibian spot, Skeleton Bay recently. And while she was there she got crazy barrelled and it was great. She's also possibly the first woman to surf it. 

SEE ALSOPaint It Black

10. David Carson Shows Us His Carribean Home

This guy is a former pro surfer who went on to become the most influential graphic designer in the world. Which means he basically made a career of putting other people's work on a page, picking a nice font, leaving some white space, and expecting to be lauded for it. JOKES! Carson is the man. The man who defined the aesthetic of Surfer Magazine at its peak, and sparked a thousand imitators. This 15 minute doco with the legend is subtle and golden.

P.S. This clip is called All For A Few Good Waves, which is (almost) the title of the Miki Dora book, often regarded as one of the best books ever written about surfing.

Bonus...

An old @Kookslams clip, just because. May we all get at least half as barrelled as this guy this weekend, and claim it twice as hard.


One other thing: The tenth and final event of the epic Subway Surf Series is going down this weekend in Cronulla. Congrats to all winners and competitors for making it rad.

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

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