This Week In Surfing: Ladies Day At Kelly's Pool, Ricardo's Documentary, & A Clay Marzo Tuberiding Lesson

1 Dec 2016 0

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

Malia Manuel is all peace signs and smiles at an all girls day in the perfection of Kelly Slater's pool.

Malia Manuel is all peace signs and smiles at an all girls day in the perfection of Kelly Slater's pool.

THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was December 2, 2016

1. The Tuberiding of Clay Marzo Is Just So Good

Clay Marzo remains the most enigmatic super talent in surfing—Living in West Aus, one of the most isolated places on the planet and so very far from the island of Maui, surfing in boardshorts during Winter, reportedly being screwed out of $400,000 by a sketchy as accountant, and cultivating one of the greatest tuberiding ablities in the history of the pastime. This clip is a testament to the idea that a simple thing done well will succeed. Good Tubes + Great Tuberiding = A Fantastic clip.

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2. You Must Watch The Ricardo Dos Santos Documentary 

I don't normally post a lot of stuff from other publications but Stab Magazine, particularly Beren Hall and Elliott Struck, have done an exceptional job with this 18 minute documentary, Remember Ricado. Honouring the life and looking at the unjust death of the fearless Brazillian who won the Teahupo'o Trials twice, and the Wave of The Winter, it's understated, beautifully shot, and gives voice to a world of surfing we don't hear from enough in the English surfing world. R.I.P. Ricardinho.

3. Sunset Started, Nothing Has Really Happened Yet

In the world of WSL contests it was a quiet seven days. Not a single heat of the Maui Women's Pro at Honolua Bay was run, while Sunset shot a day off, for a sleepy beginning, running Round 1 and two heats from Round 2. The bummer news is that Mason Ho, Bruce Irons, and Jack Robinson lost their Round 1 heats, so out goes the idea of a cult-hero famous Sunset victory with them. But Tommy Whits won his heat, so that's a cool victory for the 37 year old team manager to get behind. Of course there is still a long way to go and a huge field to plough through before we start dreaming of something like that or seeing the rest of the broken hearts and realised dreams of the last event of the QS.

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4. Let's Watch Josh Kerr Surf A Twin Fin In Perfect Indo

Yes let’s, because Kerrsy is the man. Except when it comes to editing his own surf clips. We love DIY lo-fidelity in surfing, but the sound on this one sounds like it was recorded onto audio cassette from a car radio... with a potato. It matters not though, because it’s Josh Kerr smiling his way through perfect barrels on a twin fin. Nothing matters more than Josh Kerr smiling his way through perfect barrels on a twin fin.

5. Vacation Club Rock Hops

Another clip from the Cali produced, fun loving Vacation Club (Casual Slice), is a rock hopping, rockpool surfing shred fest with Dylan Graves, Nate Tyler, and Noa Weigrich that’d make Ozzie Wright proud. Doesn’t the track make you want to dance like a sexy idiot-dork in your kitchen too? It does for me.

SEE ALSO: Nick Carroll On: The Mid North Coast Crew Were Waiting For This

6. Coco Ho Is Perfect For Kelly's Pool

So the Kelly Slater Wave pool invited a bunch of the world’s best women surfers in Malia Manuel, Lakey Peterson, Sage Erickson, and Coco Ho and is it just me, or is it looking better than ever? I tell you what it is, we’re finally gettting all that American summer content. When pool footage was first released to the public it was just after they were coming into the North American Winter. And now, a bit of sunshine on that first Malia Manuel wave and it looks even better. Plus, Coco Ho's smaller frame makes the barrel all the more perfect for her. Look how deep she gets! P.S. Malia Manuel’s double peace sign and shaka barrel poses are the best.

7. Occy's Pipe Masters Win – Occumentary Clip

The Pipe Masters is just a week away, so in anticipation for the event of events, Billabong cleaved off this nine minute section from the brilliant 1998 Occy profile film by Jack McCoy. Geeze, this is classic. One benefit from the World Title going down before the end of the year is that the focus can go back to just how great and timeless and regal this event is. It’s the Pipe Masters, man!

SEE ALSO: Top 3 Tips To Bottom Turn Like Kelly Slater 

8. Check Out This Left

It’s well established that lefts are dumb, a waste of time, but if you had to surf a left then this Peruvian funnel web would do just fine. The way it drains on that second section, oh boy (the wave at 1.08). Put some heavy reverbed psych over it, and you got a really cool clip on your hands. Some very nice tube weaving by Latin American freesurfer Jonathan Gubbins too.

9. Bob McTavish, Legend

Bob McTavish has been shaping his own shapes for over 50 years now, beginning in 66 with the Noosa 66, after shaping other shaper's shapes in 62 (say shapes one more time, I dare ya) . What a legend. And teamrider Matty Chojnacki time travelled direct from that era to today to ride them. Back when Matty was pulling coffees for the Sugarmill surf shop on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, I asked him how many times he’d read McTavish’s memoir, to which he replied with wicked enthusiasm, “I’m halfway through my eighth read.” 

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10. Catch Surf Party Wave

Sure, this is just a big fun ad for Catch Surf's foamie surfboards, but at the 55 second mark, Harry Bryant does a mini lip slide over the nose of another surfboard and that, is innovation. Wake up WSL!

Bonus... This Weak's Weak Wrap

The whole bit Surfing World's Danny Johnson does here about Kai Lenny being late for a meeting might be the funniest thing in surfing in 2016. Standing ovation.

Another bonus... Kai Neville on the Occ-Cast

A left field take from the World Champs and pro surf icons Occy normally has on his podcast, Kai Neville is a great interview and here tells his fascinating journey from Sunshine Coast grommet, to Taylor Steele understudy, to the maker of the biggest flicks in surfing. It's really good.

And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone. Look after your mates.

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