Kerrsy Surfing Doggo, Occy Made A Podcast, & Teahupo'o Starts Tonight! | This Week In Surfing
Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was August 19, 2016
1. Teahupoo Starts Today (kinda)
It doesn't matter if it's a lay day, no swell, nothing, as soon as that WSL opening music starts rolling for Day 1 of an event waiting period – you know the one, de ne de-de de ne de-de de ne de-de... – I start salivating like a dog to a bell... surfing is back!
"Hello and welcome to the Morning Show, Day 1 of The Billabong Pro Tahiti..." will say Ronnie Blakey from underneath his incredible head of hair. Yes! Can we see waves over his shoulder? No? Maybe it's a funny angle. Don't worry, they'll cross to Rosie in a minute, standing with Kieren Perrow, for the call. Get some snacks, the surfing is back on! That first moment of the first day might be the best part of a surfing contest, before the days of waiting in a swell deprived event, a lacking of Taj and Mick, and, of course, a whole bunch of meaningless Round 4 heats, have gone and withered away our excitement for the event, the morning of Day 1 has you psyched. Especially after over a month, the longest tour break of the season before Hawaii.
Australia is a full 20 hours ahead of Tahiti. Which means, while the Billabong Pro Tahiti starts on today's date, we have to wait till tomorrow morning, around 3.30 am, for Strider's froth.
The swell is looking awful for Teahupo'o this year, apparently. There's contestable surf on Monday and Tuesday (Tahiti time), the best of it on the latter with the occasional overhead set. There's a possibility a swell will develop for the last days of the waiting period, but... it sounds pretty how ya goin' at this stage. That said, mediocre Teahupo'o is still better than most of our local home breaks. I surfed it at one foot and it was easiliy as fun, if not funner, than a game of four player Mario Kart 64 in Battle Mode, and that's saying something.
Who do you think will win? You want to say John John, don't you? But deep down in your chest you know it's going to be Gabriel Medina, hey? Guy is near unbeatable at Teahupo'o in any conditions it throws him. Should make for a hell of a Title race for the second half of 2016 though, between Gabby, JJ, and Wilko. A hell of a race indeed.
Anyway, the gladitorial, Shakespearian-like event, as Ace Buchan called it when he won in 2013, got started this week with the trials which were won by Bruno Santos. That guy won Chopes in 2008 and is genereally considered one of the most dangerous wildcards getting around in surfing. The trials were won in mediocre surf, so let's watch some highlights of some of the better waves surfed at the event instead. De-de de ne de-de de ne de-de de ne...
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2. Medina and Wilko Get Perfect Lefts
That classic inseperable duo, like peas and carrots they are, Gabriel Medina and Matt Wilkinson went to Indonesia recently and absolutely scored with some long pumping lefts. Two goofies, one a World Champ, one the current World No.1, plus local shredder Garut Widiarta in tow, makes for a mighty high profile team for a free-surfing clip. Side note: Rip Curl's #TheSearch clip series has been really bloody good in 2016. Best for a couple years, really.
3. Occy Got A Podcast
Proof that years spent studying traditional journalism and the subtleties of the interview process are a waste of your time, the great Mark Occhilupo has unveiled his new weekly interview podcast with episode 1 featuring friend and World Champion Joel Parkinson as his first guest.You can subscribe in all the normal podcast places, like iTunes, or you can watch 20 minutes of surfing's Marc Maron, right here on the YouTube!
4. Introducing: The Weak Wrap
Hold up! Just when we thought Occy had killed the Internet surfing content game, this here Danny Johnson guy comes along from some magazine called Surfing World (never heard of it) with a weekly show that is not only hilarious and fun, but also has a double pun in its title. A DOUBLE PUN! Seriously though, The Weak Wrap looks the goods and takes the genius idea of summarising the last seven days in the world of surf to the next level.
5. Alex Gray Delivers Fire Clip
Like usual. The most underrated surf clip maker in the game drops another banger with Sandal Tan. Do you think guys like Alex get bored of being barrelled? Me neither. Life’s not fair.
6. Taj Won That Luxury Maldives Comp
Straight out of retirement, Taj Burrow went to that luxury Four Seasons Maldives competition, the one where a small selective field of living legends surf on single fins, twin fins, and thrusters on the forgiving and beautiful waves off Male, and beat the crap out of Shane Dorian, Bethany Hamilton, Travis Logie, Rob Machado and Jamie O'Brien to win it. Fatherhood, retirement, and the next chapter in the life of Mr. Burrow seems to have gotten off to a pretty pretty pretty good start.
7.Taylor Knox Is Still Shredding, Winter Daze
Speaking of ol' legends being legends, someone released a Cali winter highlights clip of Taylor Knox this week that also included Mike “Snips” Parson (“Snips” because he has always held the dream of becoming a neighbourhood barber, but sadly surfing got in the way) and Rob “Rob” Machado. Edited to a Smiths song no less. Taylor Knox, the rail surfing god, surfing to a relatively obscure Smiths track? That’s a filmmaker knowing the heck out of their market.
8. Check This 13-year-old Hurley Grom
I swear once a month Hurley releases a clip of an American grommet younger than 14, a kid whose name you’ve never heard, that is 100% the next Kelly Slater and already surfs better than 40% of the WCT, destined to win 50 World Titles and revolutionise surfing as we know it. Where are these kids coming from? Maybe it’s the same kid every time, in elaborate disguises he made in disguise class at Kennedy High. Or perhaps Hurley are cloning them in a secret American base funded by the United States Government, down near Area 57 or something like that. Yep, that’s it. *Shakes fist* Obamaaaaa!
9. Krups In The South
Jamie Krups is an underrated stylish surfer from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Dark Master is a three day trip south of Syderrs, joined by pal Seb Raubenheimer. Pie eating and loud rough punk to go with it, this is some honest hard working Australian surfing here, not like that US Government funded clone surfing above… sheesh.
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10. Party Waves!
A collaboration between famed art blog booooooom.com and Flexfit (those hats we all wore when we were 12-year-old skate kids, maybe), they got Vimeo's surf guy, filmmaker Ian Durkin, to make a super happy fun black and white short film with nothing but party waves. It's a pretty good time, and features all those Santa Barbara guys like Trevor Gordon, Travers Adler, Tosh Clements, and Spencer Gordon.
Bonus... Sierra Kerr and The Surfing Doggo
Would you look at this floofball wake surfing here with rising grom star Sierra Kerr (daughter of Josh). The dog's name is Aspen and, according to Sierra, "is a trained professional and has a life jacket on. She barks until I put her on my board." Legendary. Also, peek Kerrsy's Instagram to see Sierra pop a pretty sweet straight air on this wake, too.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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