Noa, Creed, Taj, Chun Shred West Oz, A New John John Doco, and Woah, Young Connor Lee From Newy Rips!

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Mike Jennings

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COASTALWATCH | THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was November 13 2020

1. The World Title Will Go Down at Trestles...

Without a doubt the biggest surfing news of the week was the WSL announcing their plans for getting the 2021 Championship Tour underway and the decision to run their first ever World Title showdown finals day thing at Lower Trestles. For the best analysis of the (somewhat baffling) Trestles call, you should read Nick Carroll's piece on the matter. And for the best reading on the whole greater scenario and how it affects Australian pro surfers like Ace Buchan, check out Sean Doherty's piece.  

But the cruxt of the news can be broken down to these couple of points:

– The CT begins very very soon, early December, with the Pipe Masters for the men, and the Honolua Bay comp for the women.

– Following that will be two new American comps, men's and women's events at Sunset (Late Jan), and Steamer Lane (early Feb).

– And then, following the rest of the tour season (which, yeah, we'll see I guess) the year will culminate with a Finals type event in September at Lower Trestles. 

Of course, with the challenges the WSL faces in a Covid world, there were going to be kinks in the plan, but it still leaves us, particularly from an Australian perspective, with a whole lot of questions. Questions like, "Ah, so, why Trestles? Out of any wave in the world, why Trestles?" And ,"Why are you running the American leg over a three month period that encompasses the Australian summer holidays and Christmas?"

If it leaves you wondering where the increasingly American feeling World Surf League prioritises Australian surfers on the tour in all this, not to worry, the below clip they released to hype the Trestles event is a big old LOL: Right behind early 2000s Jackass star Steve-O (how did they get him?!) and just in front of San Clemente's "Kevin" (who sells the location for the most critical event in surfing's calendar as "such a forgiving wave"). Incredible stuff!

2. A New John John Doco on Amazon Prime

This looks cool, John John Florence and the production company that shadows him around and makes surfing movies and web series released a documentary this week that follows his battle to qualify for the 2020, now 2021, Olympic Games in Tokyo. You can catch it on Amazon Prime right now.

3. Americans Riding Mid-Lengths to Beastie Boys

Devon Howard, Dane Gudauskas, Kassia Meador, Joel Tudor and a couple other nice people here are really good at looking good while surfing... well. A fun video made for those of us that got stuck somewhere between thrusters and longboards and are having too much easygoing fun in mid-length purgatory to ever jump back.

4. Here's Red Bull's Take on the Mega Nazare Swell

Are you sick of the Nazaré stuff yet? No, not yet. Red Bull are consistently elite at bringing beautifully shot understated coverage of events like this; their Nazaré clip is no exception. Kai Lenny, Lucas "Chumbo" Chianca, Justine Dupont, Pedro "Scooby" Vianna, Andrew Cotton, and more making history in Portugal.

5. Plus Kai Lenny's How-Did-He-Not-Die Wipeout

And on the other side of the coin, here's a relatively raw, un-edited perspective of what it's like to wait for a jet-ski rescue out there. This is just so so so so so so scary. Two minutes of terror. And all the whle Kai, the consummate professional, keeps his camera on hand the whole time.

6. Connor Lee Is Good, Real Good

Woah, Connor Lee! An Australian 19-year-old natural-footer from Newcastle with well rounded game – tubes, turns, airs, small waves, not so small waves – and an extremely smooth flow, this clip is one hell of a way to introduce yourself. With a title that's simply “Connor Lee”, a classic 90s tune on the soundtrack, and filmed by Newy lensman Zac Heath, do we call this a banger? I think we do. Nice one, Connor Lee!

7. Crosby Colapinto at Keramas

Pretty soon the younger brother of Griffin Colapinto, Crosby Colapinto, won’t get intros like this that mention he’s the younger brother of Griffin Colapinto. Pretty pretty pretty soon. Here he is in Keramas recently, because Americans are allowed to go to places Australians aren’t. He freaking rips though, doesn’t he?

8. Noah Beschen? Noah Beshen!

You’ve gotta love it when prodigious young surfing talents get weird. There’s enough boring surfers in the world, let’s mix it up with some completely incomprehensible music video-esque montage stuff to bookend your incredible surf clip. And it is incredible. Noah Beschen has possible top ten written in his future. But so do 60 other kids in surfing. How many of them can also be this outrageous and awesome?

9. The Story Behind the Biggest Irish Wave Ever Surfed

Remember when that historic swell exploded on one of Ireland's cold-water Teahupo'o looking spots? And Conor Maguire rode it? Well the world's leading big wave specific surfing podcast talked to the team that made that momentous ride happen and broke down just how much work goes into making history.

10. Noa, Creed, Chun and Taj in Ripping WA Grunge Clip

Haven’t seen some fresh Noa Dean footage in a while, and gee it’s nice when we get some. Even better when it’s a full West Aus shred bonanza with Creed McTaggart, Shaun Manners, Taj Burrow put together by underrated surf clipmaker Mikey Mallalieu. Plus, you get a GOD track that isn’t ‘My Pal’ and a Sonic Youth song on the soundtrack, ripper. I daresay, if Mallalieu had come of age as a filmmaker in the surf video era, his VHS tapes would be wearing out in VCRs all across the country. 

Note: This clip would be up the top of the page had it not come in just as this article was going to publish.

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



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