Laurie Towner's Nias Edit Is The Best One Yet, SnakeTales Goes Old School, and How Will The Wave Pool Comp Work?

31 Aug 2018 3 Share

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

COASTALWATCH | THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was August 31, 2018

1. Laurie Towner At Nias Is A Wonderful Piece of Surf Film

Laurie Towner was amongst the Aussie contingent of surfers who made the journey to Nias earlier this month when the Sumatran right-hander turned it on with the swell of the decade. He scored some serious caverns while he was there, and that’s one thing, but to have the footage of that taken and put into a beautiful edit for the web is another. This is so sick. Props to Laurie, props to Need Essentials for sending Laurie there, and props to Gary Parker for the incredible edit of this here clip. It’s wonderful.

2. Old School Snake Tales

Snake Tales is consistently one of the most fun web series we have in surfing, with Jake "Snake" Paterson bringing us behind the scenes of \ professional surfing through his role as a coach to QS and CT freaks like Zeke Lau, Kanoa Igarashi and Leo Fioravanti. This week he throws us a vintage version straight out of 2002, with the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. The event, for the record was won by Sunny Garcia, with Tommy Whitaker in second, while Snake took third and Andy Irons came fourth. The real winner, however, is Parko’s hair seen at the 29 second mark. It is the best.

3. Ellis and Knost Hit Mexico

Oh to be able to surf like Alex Knost on a Mexican righthand point. In this clip, Knost and Ellis Ericson take their eclectic quiver of beautiful surfboards south of the border and score a host of fun long rights. Edited by Jimmy Jazzy James Kinnaird, it’s as good as good summery fun edits come.

4. Griffy At Tresty

How good is this year’s CT rookie class? On the ladies’ side you have 16 year old Caroline Marks. And on the fellas you have core-lord World No.5 Wade Carmichael, the Gen Y Gerry Lopez in Yago Dora, and then there’s this guy, Californian Griffin Colapinto. Here he goes at The Trestle, showing why he’s one of the most popular surfers to hit the surfing elite in some time. Also, when did surfing shift from calling this wave “The Trestle” to “Trestles”? I’ve seen a Bruce Brown movie where he calls it the former, but never anywhere else. I’m rambling here aren't I?

5. Here's an ad for a new Rippy Wetty

Rip Curl have a new wetsuit that generates heat when it stretches…. And that’s cool, but I’m far more interested in the retro-futuristic aesthetic they’re rolling with for the campaign. It's like watching Drive or something, only instead of Ryan Gosling, you have Mick Fanning. So, win.

6. Surf Ranch Starts In A Week

The first WSL wave pool event begins this time next week! Can you believe it? The future is here and it feels... the same.

The format, so we've heard, is like an Olympic snowboarding half-pipe event. Everyone gets three waves of the left and the right each. Then the top 8 surfers, based on the total of their single best left and single best right, make the final. Something like that. And then the same format gets repeated for that top 8 (top 4 for the ladies). So, that's different. No heats! No man-on-man! No priority!

The fun news is that Mikey Wright has gotten a wildcard. And that Blink 182 are still playing, which is both awesome and funny no matter how many tims you hear it.

So, who is the pick to win? Will Medina go back to back? Will Steph extend her lead on the ratings? I think yes for both.

7. Yago Dora At Cloudbreak

If for some bizarre reason, you ended up in a situation where a powerful god handed you the proposition… how many toes would you give up to be able to surf like Yago Dora? I’d gladly give up three toes, perhaps even four. But I’d draw the line at five toes, five is too many. Four toes seems like a good deal to be able to surf Cloudbreak with this Ozzie Wright meets Gerry Lopez goofy-footed grace.

8. Body Bashing The Wedge

Surfing is forever moving forward. Bigger airs, more powerful turns, longer tubes, scarier waves… but we’ll always come back to the classics. Classics like the time-honoured tradition of watching footage of dudes bodysurf and drill themselves into twist-o-flex watchbands at the Newport Wedge, the dirty ol wedge. Here’s six fresh, tremendous minutes of just that.

9. Here's Some Tahiti Sesh Gold

Matahi Drollet, Kalani David and more feature in this highlight reel of the Teahupo’o swell season that preceded the lacklustre Tahiti Pro this year. There are some legit bombs in here.

10. A Fresh Lipped Episode

One of surfing's best podcasts hosts the legendary Vaughan Blakey this week, who talks Doped Youth! What more could you want? If the more you wanted was a Tahiti round-up and a preview of the comp at the Surf Ranch, well it has that too. Hit play.

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

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