Steph Was Six Hundredths of a Point From The Title, Ryan Callinan Has Gone Beastmode, and the Momentum Gen Doco's First Trailer
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Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was October 12, 2018
1. The Quikky and Roxy Pros France Are Happening
Well, as outlined last week, there was an opportunity for Steph Gilmore to secure a record equalling seventh World Title in France this week, but unfortunately, it just didn't happen. "Just" being the word to focus on there. Needing to make the quarters to give herself a chance, she lost her three-woman Round three heat by just 0.06 (which is absurdly slim, like, mathematically silly that the judges could have anyone that close) to Malia Manuel and Courtney Conlogue. Bundled out of the comp with a ninth, it's her worst result of the year. It also confirms that the World Title will go down to the last event of the season at Honolua Bay, Maui, which is fun. Steph is fortunate, too, in that Lakey Peterson failed to take the opportunity to close the gap a little further on Steph, also falling out of the event in Round 3.
The situation for the Maui showdown to come is: Lakey Peterson can force a surf off with Steph for the World Title by winning the event, but only if Steph fails to get past the quarter-finals.
So, if Lakey doesn't win the event, the title is Steph's. If Steph gets to the quarters or better (something she's only failed to do once this year, in France this week) the title is Steph's. So it's pretty hard to see it going any other way... but greater margins in sport have been overcome, there is still a tiny crack of light shining through the doorway there.
No title for Steph yet then, but we did have Ryan Callinan disrupting the title race on the men's side this week, which is a wonderful entree for next year and the beautiful baby boy's return to the Championship Tour.
Ryan Callinan, PS, is on an absolute tear at the moment. Including the QS, let's have a look at his last three man-on-man heats:
v Medina (win), v Owen Wright (win), v Filipe Toledo (win).
That’s a take down of 1st, 2nd and 5th respectively. Huge! World class, world title hunting level stuff that is. Get around it.
2. Globe, Cult of Freedom New Zealand
Globe really do make good stuff. The goodest stuff, even. Despite being one of the smaller brands out there, time and time again they consistently release a contender for the best surf film of the year. And when they do short web clips or series, it has an unmistakable quality that is all their own, and bloody unreal. For this section of Cult of Freedom, Creed McTaggart, Dion Agius and Nate Tyler tour New Zealand, and it’s everything you want a surf movie to be. Tops work.
3. The WSL Had Their First Air-Show
The WSL has made so many moves in 2018. So so so many. First comp in a wave pool. Announcing for the first time that men and women will get equal pay. Bringing back the world masters championships for the first time under the WSL banner. And now we have this, the first time in the WSL era that there is an official WSL air comp – the Red Bull Airborne France. It’s pretty clear, when we take a step back, and look at the bigger picture of pro surfing, the WSL is moving and changing and evolving this thing at lightning speed. It’s no wonder people always seem to be whinging about them. When the ship slows down, and settles, I wonder what we’ll have. I wonder if the surfing public will embrace it? I suspect they probably will. And the people that never did will be left with little to complain about. Oh, and for the record, super rad Brazillian fly-fella Yago Dora took out the specialty event. Highlights below.
4. Sheldon Simkus Is Very Good
This clip, featuring a 2018 highlight reel of Gold Coast hot shot Sheldon Simkus is called Twenty. It's because in 2018, Sheldon is 20 years old. At least for a lot of 2018, anyway. A really good, well rounded mix of top-quality surfboard riding here.
5. Snake Tales Outta Portugal Starring Griffin Colapinto
I love these Snake Tales videos, but, I cannot lie, I haven't watched this one yet. It's 28 minutes long. Did you know that of the top ten most viewed videos on YouTube, the average length is 4.20 (yew)? This video is more than six times that. That means you could watch six of the top ten most popular YouTube videos in less than the time it takes to watch this clip. Don't do that, though. Watch the Snake Tales video instead. I'll do it too. Let's both do it, together. We'll synchonise. Hit play on three, okay? One. Two. Three!
Oh, this is fun.
6. Momentum Generation Trailer
So they made a movie about the Momentum generation, and they called it Momentum Generation. I have seen it and it is very good. Better than I expected it to be. What's the best part of it? Well, if I had to pick one element about it that is my favourite, it's Benji Weatherley's ability to tell a story. Man, that guy, that guy is a real one. Go see this film when it becomes available.
7. She Change Trailer
Speaking of trailers, here is one for a movie called She Change. She Change is a documentary still in production about female big wave surfers and the challenges in front of them. “The fight for gender equity in the sport of big wave surfing” is the tag line, and that’s got to be one you can get behind. It stars Keala Kennelly, Bianca Valenti, Paige Alms, and Andrea Moller, and it looks amazing.
8. Lee Wilson's Nias Time On A 5'8"
Remember that Indo swell, those Nias waves, and the psycho tube monsters that rode them? Amongst them was Lee Wilson. Lee Wilson and his 5'8". Insane. We'll let Wilson tell the rest of the story:
"When I got there, it was about three times bigger than I expected, and to be honest, I felt pretty insignificant out there. The best big wave surfers in the world were all there wearing what they call an "impact vest”. Basically it's a thick vest that is designed to help you float you to the top and protect your tail bone from heavy impact against coral. Big Wednesday comes and I ride a stock 6’2" and ended up wiping out so bad (I have trouble riding step ups) and I sat the rest of the day out and watched..it was terrifying, even from the beach. Honest. I knew the next day was gonna be solid as well and when I woke up it’s flames. I took a out my 5’8" and got some really fun rides, I dare say I had the trip of my life."
Watch the clip from his trip below.
9. Evan Geiselman & Noah Schweizer, two days in North Carolina
It's not often you get a clip featuring the waves of North Carolina (the second worst of the Carolinas), so it's worth a look when you do. And lo and behold, the east coast state gets pretty fun surf! Is this is the best two days of the year in North Carolina, or some average summer surf for that area? Can someone Google that for me?
10. Koa Rothman at Pipe's Opening Day of 2018
Yes, this a Pipe clip from a star player in the surf-YouTube series game (Koa Rothman's This Is Livin') but it's also a funny little play on the morning drive around ring around of trying to find a place to surf with your friends. The pipe stuff starts at 6.15 if you're time poor. It starts at 6.15 if you're not time poor too.
Bonus... Parko's Last France Post-Heat Interview
This was cute, and I liked it (note: the live interview was much longer, and Miss Parko Jnr did a better job then this tight cut alludes, she ripped it).
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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