Kelly's Take on the Machado High-Five, Pumping Mundaka, & Dane Reynolds in Crappy Waves

20 Nov 2020 0 Share

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

Photo: Gorka Ezkurdia/Red Bull

Photo: Gorka Ezkurdia/Red Bull

COASTALWATCH | THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was November 20 2020

1. R.I.P. Shmoo

This week was rocked by the horrible loss of a surfer dear to the world surfing community. Hawaiian 80s pro, Surfing NSW Manager, and all around beloved surfing legend John Shimooka died aged 51. "This is going to be an incredibly tough day for a lot of people. In Hawaii, in Australia and right around the world, surfing has lost one of its great characters and warmest souls," wrote Sean Doherty, in his obit written Monday, which if you haven't already, is a beautiful read. There's a lot of us surf fans in the community who never got to know or even meet Shmoo, but we could all appreciate what a rad character he was for the culture and celebrate that. In looking for clips of the guy, I found this ridiculous-in-the-best-way-possible edit from a 90s surf video and it stoked me out to no end. That first generation MTV influence, the Faith No More/Chilli Peppers vibes, the ripping surfing... it's just so fun. For so many reasons, surfing is in a better place for having had people like Shmoo in it. R.I.P. legend.


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2. This is what Mundaka Was Like During that Mega Euro Swell

Well, we saw Epsilon result in the biggest Nazaré perhaps ever. And we saw what that did to the Teahupo'oesque slabs of Ireland. But what did it do to the former World Tour location, one of the best long lefthanders in the world (on its day), Mundaka of Spain? It did this. Natxo González, Kepa Acero, Aritz Aranburu and more were there.

3. Dane, Shit Waves

The greatest pro surf blogger of all time Dane Reynolds dumped all his crappy waves into one edit, threw it on a plate and us digital-livin' surf fans of the world are eating it up like the greedy little pigs we are. More Dane, please, always, no matter how shitty. Hey, here’ is a completely irrelevant story about a time I met Dane Reynolds:

During the Quiksilver Pro 2011 in New York, pretty much the whole surf industry could be found out and about in the city. One night a bunch of people were at a bar in Brooklyn somewhere. Dane Reynolds was one of them. He’d just been to a gig at the venue’s band room and had bought a record and a t-shirt from the band’s merch desk. He had the record under his arm and the t-shirt over his shoulder. I chatted to him while we drank beers, which was exciting for me cause he is Dane Reynolds and I like both surfing and beer. While we were chatting this drunk fan came up to him and went, “Wow, you’re Dane Reynolds! Can I have this t-shirt?” And before Dane could respond, the dude went to grab it off his shoulder. Dane pulled it back and said, “What, no man, I just bought this t-shirt… you can um, buy one from over there.”

The drunk fan, surprised, responded, “C’mon man, give it to me, you’re Quiksilver rich!”

Dane just kinda shrugged and kept on chatting as the guy walked away, as if these kind of things happened all the time. It was pretty rad. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the below clip.

4. Get In On This Terry Fitzgerald Interview

This weekend's Surf Cinema Sundays flick is Sultans of Speed, the classic 1988 Hot Buttered team video. If nothing else, that has to be in the hall of fame for best named surf movies in history. Sultans of Speed... so sick. If everything else, it's freaking Terry Fitz, Wayne Deane, Derek Hynd, Simon Law, Matt Cattle and more riding beautiful Hot Buttered surfboards in the 80s! (The things I'd do for the HB short-john sported by Law in the trailer here...). Surfline's Matt Pruett spoke to the great TF about the classic vid this week, and for quotes like this, it's well worth a read:

"...the beginning of the surfer’s journey in Australia is the archetypal trip up the north coast. So, you know, on Friday night the pub would close, everyone would jump in their car, and you’d be off, up the coast, as far as you could get before you fell asleep. And then you spent the weekend there. Or you’d just drive through Byron and surf all the usual suspects. But the road trip was where all Australian surfers cut their teeth..."

5. Eithan Osborne's 'Happy Talk'

One of the most illuminating things to come out of this excellent 20 minute, 16mm surf movie starring Eithan Osborne, Dane Reynolds and Micky Clarke is the correct pronunciation of "Eithan Osborne"... In the first 12 seconds, there it is: "Oz-born". Who knew?! Come for the educational benefit of correct name pronunciation, stay for one of the better, more aesthetically pleasing surf movies we've seen put out in some time.

6. Kelly Tells His Version of the High Five Story on Aint That Swell

Remember when surf podcast turned surf cult Ain't That Swell hosted a raucous night of storytelling at the Torquay Bowls Club during the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach? Occy and Kelly let loose and the crowd let looser. The below clip is just one of the many epic stories that got told on the night: Slater's take on the infamous Machado Pipe High Five that gave him back priority and won him the World Title. It's gold.

7. John John Foils Downwind

Have you seen John John's Amazon Prime documentary yet? The one that follows him around for the year as he battles both injury and Kelly Slater for one of the Tokyo Games US Team spots? The Air BnB my partner and I were staying in this week had Amazon Prime, so I threw it on. Half watching, my partner remarked... "He's just a good boy who likes doing good boy stuff, isn't he?" And I think that sums up John John and this clip of him downwind foiling for 15 miles – and any sailing/adventure/whatever clip hereafter – pretty spot on. Bless you you, John John, the good boy who likes doing good boy stuff.

8. Nathan Fletcher on Late Drop

Aussie waterman Jamie Mitchell had the ever-interesting Nathan Fletcher on his Late Drop, Big Wave Podcast this week. Listen to the whole episode here, or watch this excerpt clip of Nathan explaining his infamous Code Red Teahupo’o tube, one of the most ridiculous rides of all time.

9. Bonython's Big Wave Cinema Experience Is Back

Somewhere along the line Tim Bonython cracked a simple code: Big waves, on a big screen, with big sound, in a cinema packed with other stoked out people, is awesome. Even if you're not that into big wave surfing, it's impossible not to be swept up by the vibe when you're in a theatre to see one of these things. Bonython's been touring his "Australian Surf Movie Festival" forever, and it's returning again this November/December with four years' worth of gigantic wave charging from all over the world. Check your local guides and get around it.

10. Will Alliotti Does Airs, Gets Tubed

French Caribbean surfer William Aliotti rides a Ryan Lovelace 5'3" keel fish twinnie and does a heap of jumps on it. Then he gets barrelled on it. It looks like this clip also features small-to-medium Teahupo'o, which is so often overshadowed by its big brother – massive, perfect, terrifying Teahupo'o – and is an incredible and fun wave itself.

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

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