So Stoked My Dudes, Mick 'n' J-Bay Look Good Together, & Hydro-Foiling's Whole New World – This Week In Surfing
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1. J-Bay Was On And Pretty Sweet
Watching the J-Bay Open is exciting for all the expected reasons: the return and dominance of Mick; the levels of performance on a right hand point from right hand point masters like Jordy and Kelly and Julian; the World Title race heating up; and of course the fact that the first heat of the day usually starts right on beer'o'clock in Australia.
But it's also great because it's just such a good event to watch on a primal surf-fan level due to the quality of this beautiful bloody wave. I don't know about you, but every time I watch someone take off on what's been a pretty playful J-Bay so far, I start kicking myself that I've never been there, never gently paddled into one of these rights and just cruised gently down the line, a high-line here, a kooky cut back there... what a dream.
Anyway, two days have been run at Jeffreys all the way up to half of Round 3 and so far the star performances have come from Mick, Jordy, Adriano, Seabass, and Julian while Kelly, John John, and Gabby have showed the glimpses of form to be potential event champs. Highlights from Day 1, which was better than Day 2, below.
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2. Kolohe Andino: Back To Basics
Brother Andino hasn't released an edit in yonks, so it's no surprise that the clip he released this week is all kinds of rad. Featuring him using that modern-Mick Fanning style of his on the long walls of Jeffreys Bay, it had everyone hyped for a big performance in the gold ribbon event... until he unluckily drew Jordy Smith in Round 3 and inevitably lost to the South African in the only wave that guy performs consistently at. That's gotta sting.
3. Kai Lenny Hydro-Foiling Is A Whole New World
This week, Maui's multi-board star (SUP, surf, kite-surf, wind-surf, big waves, small, dude does it all), Kai Lenny blew the Internet up just a little bit with this hydro-foil surfing footage at Namotu Lefts, extraordinarily catching one wave, pulling off, and then contninuing to surf till he was on the next. Looks like a magic carpet, doesn't it? So, for extra fun, watch it on mute with the Aladdin soundtrack playing over the top (embedded for your convenience below). I haven't even watched it with the original audio yet ¯\(°_o)/¯.
4. This Movie Looks The Sickness
Jack Coleman makes some of the best and least celebrated surf films in the game. "Which game?" you ask. "I don't know," I answer, "It's just something people say, I think... maybe." Anyway, his Al Knost feature, Polyester, released back in 2011 was genre and era defining. A bunch of years and a bunch of suitably underground classic surf films later, it's looking like we might have another cult hit on our hands. Starring Ozzie Wright, David Rastovich, Ryan Burch, Bryce Young, Derek Hynd and Ari Browne, amongst many others, you can catch the world premiere of The Zone at the Brunswick Picture House next Thursday night. What a time that'd be.
5. A Bit More Ari Browne
Speaking of Ari Browne, this week he starred in a bizarre and kind of amazing mockumentary put out for for RVCA. Comedy and hijinks aside ("My transportation unit is this fast scooter because I'm this fast guy"), Ari Browne is one of the best finless surfers in the world, and one of the most interesting. Isn't it great to know that no matter how pro surfing gets, how big our heroes become, that we'll always have north coast weirdness to level it out? God, I love surfing.
6. Torren Martyn Twin Fin Slides West
While I've been sitting in the This Week In Surfing Headquarters/my bedroomr, staring at my computer and arguing with strangers on the Internet, Torren Martyn has been continuing his road trip around our great brown land, chewing up kilometres and sliding his twin fin along the sweetest lines. Here he is in WA, shredding. Good onya, Torreyn Martin.
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7. Courtney Conlogue Surfs Nude For ESPN
It's that time of year where ESPN Magazine releases their body issue and features some of the world's greatest athletes, shot by some of the world's best photographers, sans clothes. Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, and Coco Ho are surfers that have featured in the past and this year it's World No.1 Courtney Conlogue featured surfing nude in Tahiti alongside the likes of Conor McGregor and Dwyane Wade. That last sentence makes it sound like Dwyane Wade surfed nude in Tahiti too. Sadly, oh so sadly, he did not. #MakeDwyaneWadeSurfNakedAgain
8. Brue Introduces The DC Surf Team
DC shoes are having a crack at getting back into the surf market with a small but carefully curated surf team led by Bruce Irons. With Bruce's voice leading this video and talking up the next generation of surfers, it's starting to feel like his place in surf culture will only become more and more important as he ages and becomes more sage-like.
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9. Let's All Go To Peru (If You Like Lefts)
Lefts are so dumb. Has anyone told them that they're breaking the wrong way? Skeleton Bay, Cloudbreak, Pipeline, Macaronis... buncha idiots, the lot of 'em. And now check this perfect waste of a coastline: Peru's long lefthand pointbreaks, one of which sometimes gets called the best and longest left in the world, is put on display by Crisobal de Col in this nine minute exercise of frustration.
10. One Minute of John John Florence Surfing
Oh look, it's that guy who is awesome at surfing. You know the one. "Petit John", as SW Editor Vaughan Blakey lovingly calls for no apparent reason. A nuts and bolts edit of John Florence at home for his surfboard shaper, Pyzel. Do you think John John is capable of winning Jeffreys Bay despite point breaks never really being his bread and butter? Do you think bread and butter is over-played as an idiom?
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Bonus... Rae's Joke of The Week
Jokes are a million times better told by children, that's science, and it's why this could be your new favourite surf joke.
"How does Mick keep cool before a heat?" HOW!? Rae'll tell you.
Bonus no.2 So Stoked My Dudes
It's not surf, but we just can't go into the weekend without seeing this Calgary, Canada skate kid say, live on a news broadcast, "So stoked my dudes," before dabbing and yelling, "skrrrt." This is now in all our lexicons forever, my dudes. What a little legend.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone. Skrrt!
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