Just Desserts: Man who gets called “Surf Snitch” by locals launches brand called “Surf Snitch!”

Set to be bigger than Quiksilver and Billabong!

I vaguely recall reading this story on BeachGrit or maybe on another surf-themed gossip website but either way, here are the details. A man took pictures of a secret surf break near Plymouth (I assume America and not England though may well be wrong) and when he was finished and went back to his van the words “Surf Snitch” had been spray-painted in red on his hood (bonnet).

Now, this all seems like a paltry bit of localism without heft so maybe I read this story on The Inertia or maybe I didn’t read it at all. Boring right?

Boring until the victim, Ben Landricombe launched a fabulous new surf/skate brand called Surf Snitch and let’s learn all about it.

Ben Landricombe has launched his own clothing and sticker label – appropriately called Surf Snitch – as a way of sticking it to those who sought to sting him for uncovering ‘their’ Plymouth Sound paradise.

The Plymstock amateur photographer took stunning snaps earlier this year of rare waves breaking against a backdrop of ferries, submarines and warships.

But his images went down like a lead balloon with a section of the surfing community who were dismayed he had lifted the lid on their ‘secret waves’.

It all got nasty when Ben, 36, returned to his van one night only to find vandals had scrawled it in offensive words, slashed his tyres and filled the exhaust with rubble. He also said he received a number of other threats which sought to undermine him.

But now he’s bounced back with his ‘Surf Snitch’ fashion brand.

With the help of his wife Maria, he hopes the collection of T-shirts, car and skateboard stickers will take off and potentially become as big as Quicksilver and Billabong.

Speaking to Plymouth Live, Ben said: “It’s a little act of revenge – because they did do a lot of damage to my vehicle.

But Ben says it’s also his way of positively moving on from a weird time in his life.

“This is a way of showing how everybody can share the waves – there’s a big row between body-boarders and surfers.”

“I surfed their all the time and it was quiet. Hardly anyone used it. I don’t know why it got so out of hand.”

The Surf Snitch website will be launched in the coming days and in the meantime Ben’s started flogging his clobber on Facebook.

Tyres? A big row? Flogging his clobber?

It’s totally England, isn’t it. But I’m glad anyhow Ben wants to be as big as Quiksilver and Billabong. He can join BeachGrit which is also bigger than Quiksilver and Billabong because we haven’t declared bankruptcy yet. Also, I like how much it sounds like Stab magazine’s “Surf Stitch.”

Jump in, Ben, the water’s wonderful!


Introducing: The world’s first surf perfume evoking “the irrational immensity of the seas!”

"Two worlds that converge with the salty aromas trapped by the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the terrestrial breeze that caresses its vegetation!"

There are many things made for surfers. Surfboards, wetsuits, wax, traction pads, surfboard travel bags, etc. There are many more things not made for surfers, though, or at least not explicitly. Paper towels, frying pans, Persian rugs, wooden fruit bowls, etc. Well, today is a fine day because perfume can be crossed off the second list and added to the first.

That’s right, your Christmas shopping just got a whole lot easier because two enterprising Spanish gentleman have just created the world’s first unisex perfume specifically inspired by surfing/surfers and let’s learn about it.

Idil Bazán and Marc Conca, founders of Barcelona’s Surfcity Festival, decided to materialize their passion for the sea in a new fragrance aimed at conveying the sensations experienced when riding the waves.

23NAO (North Atlantic Ocean) is the first product released under the Agua de Surf umbrella. The duo spent three years developing the brand and the debut fragrance.

23NAO is the first of a unique collection inspired by the most representative oceanic regions of the surfing world.

“It is a unisex perfume that evokes the irrational immensity of the seas reaching out to the coasts incessantly. Two worlds that converge with the salty aromas trapped by the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the terrestrial breeze that caresses its vegetation,” underline Bazán and Conca.

“23NAO is an ode to the sea, a perfume born out of experiences lived around the world in search of waves.”

Boom. Stocking Stuffer City but how does it smell?

The new surf-inspired perfume was created using natural molecular ingredients from the North Atlantic Ocean, and curated by the prestigious perfumer Ramón Monegal including the olfactory notes of:

Oceanic gray amber
Sea breeze
Black pepper
Oud wood
Amber wood
Cypriol with salvia sclarea

Oh. I like but I was thinking it should have olfactory notes of:

Rotting neoprene
Sewage run-off
Old wax
Nuclear isotopes
Rusty fin keys
Sour deodorant
Nick Carroll

What’s missing?

Now that we’re here, Josh Kerr, Bede, Parko and Mick Fanning really should have launched a perfume instead of a beer. Don’t you agree?

Australia's most famous beach closed, bodyboarders immobilised, kayaks sunk! Shark season arrives with terrific fanfare in Australia.

From the horrors-looming-in-the-deep department: “Fifteen foot shark” closes Bondi; Canoeist hit by Tiger shark in Queensland!

So many possibilities!

As mentioned three days ago, shark season has arrived in Australia with as much fanfare as the aromatic jasmine flower blossoming all over the country.

In a month or so, there have been six attacks: a bodyboarder in Western Australia (“traumatic leg injuries”), three swimmers in the same North Queensland harbour, one of which was fatal, and a surfer at Ballina with leg injuries caused by a juvenile white pointer (those kids).

At Bondi and nearby beaches, shark sightings have become commonplace.

Yesterday, the lineup was emptied at Tamarama when a shark surfaced so close to a surfer he gave it a little stroke as he jack-rabbited to shore.

And, today, the Bondi surfer and former semi-pro, Beau Walker, had beached his final wave when he saw a “fifteen-foot” shark shadowing another local surfer, Mick Malouf.

“He came running down to the water yelling, ‘Get out of the water!’ I asked him how close it was and he said it was two metres behind me,” says Malouf, who saw a wall of salmon in the wave in front “belly flopping” out of the water. “He’s seen a few sharks in his time (Beau grew up in Byron Bay) so he knows what he’s talking about.”

In response to that, and an earlier sighting at North Bondi, lifeguards closed the beach.

Meanwhile, a click or so off Moffatt Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a fifteen-foot Tiger belted a man in his kayak.

Kyle Roberts was knocked off his kayak by the shark who then circled him and his sinking craft while he radioed for help.

From ABC News.

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) duty officer David McLean said Mr Roberts was in shock when lifeguards reached him on jet skis.

“There was no blood in the water — nothing else to attract any sharks — just came out of the blue, completely broadsided him, and as he stated, he’s very lucky to be here,” Mr McLean said.

“It had punctured the kayak — he managed to get back to the kayak and hung on and fortunately there was an air bubble at the front of the kayak which managed to keep it afloat until we could get to him. 

Mr McLean said while Mr Roberts was waiting for help “he was starting to panic, especially when the shark was starting to circle him”.

“He would have been through a fair state of panic and that was evident in his voice when he was talking on the radio,” he said.

“He was paddling along in his kayak, the shark’s just hit him, knocked him up in the air, out of the kayak, and he ended up 1.5 metres from his kayak.”

Can you imagine?

Waltzing down memory lane: Monster employee sues the company for “sexually hostile work environment!”

A possible lawsuit combo?

Besides the wild success of Stab High, Monster Energy has had a legal shocker of a year. You read this morning that John John Florence is suing the beverage company for failing to pay him at all even though they plastered his face across many 7-11s. A rough one seeing as John John is hands-down the most popular surfer in the world, currently. Well-loved in all corners.

The year began, though, on much the same note with employees suing Monster for creating a “sexually hostile work environment.” Let’s peruse the suit a little:

Plaintiff alleges that, beginning in July 2014, her supervisor, John Kenneally, began making unwelcome sexual advances toward her.5 Plaintiff further alleges that another Monster Energy manager, Ted Cook, made comments about her breasts and grabbed her inappropriately.6 Plaintiff alleges that she experienced retaliation after rejecting Kenneally’s sexual advances and filing a sexual harassment complaint against Cook, and she was eventually terminated on October 16, 2015.7 On June 22, 2017, plaintiff filed a complaint for damages alleging violations of Title VII because of a sexually hostile work environment and unlawful retaliation.8 Defendant now moves to compel arbitration, and to dismiss, or alternatively stay, these proceedings.


I’ve done a deep dive and cannot figure out if the suit has been settled or concluded but just think of the fireworks if the two cases could be combined. Just imagine the heat. It would be like the OJ Simpson trial all over again and, to the lawyers out there… would it be possible to combine these two cases?

Is that feasible?

From the Anderson-Cooper-wet-dream Department: Nazare set to run Friday in 25 -35 foot range!

"You don't ride it, it rides you!"

You read here, just two days ago, that the surf forecasting website Surfline has called off Christmas in the Pacific informing surf hopefuls that there will be zero big swells do unfortunate climate indicators. A real bah humbug moment but… what is that faint cheering I hear? The clinking of crystal goblets filled with Salon Blanc de Blanc?

Is that Anderson Cooper and his best pal Garrett McNamara celebrating?

It is! And they have every right for while Surfline may have pulled the plug on the Pacific, it appears the Atlantic is ready to put on a show with the first World Surf League Big Wave Tour of the year to kick off this Friday at Nazare and let’s turn to the World Surf League’s official mouthpiece for more:

“We’ve officially issued a Green Alert to run the Nazaré Challenge on Friday, November 16,” said Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner. “The conditions we’ve been closely tracking still look favorable for Friday. We hope to see epic waves for the surfers to paddle into in the 25-35-foot face range. The swell and the winds are expected to all come together and be very clean to kick off the Big Wave Tour season.”

Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca (BRA), reigning Big Wave Tour Champion Billy Kemper (HAW), and Kai Lenny (HAW) are a few of the competitors on this year’s roster.

“I’ve been doing some big wave training and feeling out some new boards,” said Kai Lenny. “Nazaré is usually too big and we are waiting for a swell that is not 100 feet so we can paddle it. It is more survival. Just survive. I’m trying to prepare myself mentally right now. If you go to Nazaré, you will probably get smoked no matter what.”

Jamie Mitchell, 2016/17 Nazaré Challenge winner, has recently recovered from a shoulder injury. The Australian is coming back stronger and motivated to claim his second event win.

“Nazaré is a crazy wave; you don’t ride it, it rides you,” said Mitchell. “The boundaries continue to get pushed here. I’m coming off a shoulder surgery this summer and have worked hard to be ready for the Big Wave Tour, so it would be special to do well again here. I am jumping on a plane, heading over there now and am excited that we are on.”

I wonder if anyone is going to #metoo Nazare for riding them without permission?