Erik Logan's Winston Churchill moment, "We shall flee the beaches etc."

Breaking: WSL Cancels Bells, Margaret River, likely G-Land, “We want to share positivity during these anxious times!”

"Hardship is forcing creativity!" says WSL CEO Erik Logan.

As predicted a few days ago,

Bells is going to be cancelled for the first time in fifty-eight years (“It’s a bummer,” says the Curl’s Neil Ridgway, “Bells at Easter with the surf pumping and the stands thumping is better than Christmas for us, but in the end it’s just a surfing contest”) and Margaret River, the tour’s on-again, off-again, stop is out for 2020, even without the spectre of Great White sharks.

From the WSL,

Due to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Surf League (WSL) is postponing or canceling all events, at all levels of competition, through the end of May. This includes the postponement of the remainder of the events in the Australian leg of the Championship Tour, Bells Beach and Margaret River, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The Quiksilver Pro G-Land – scheduled to take place in a remote part of Indonesia in June – will either be canceled or moved to an area with more infrastructure.

While full details about the impact these changes will have on the 2020 Tour are not yet available, the WSL is working diligently to land the best solution for surfers and fans alike.

The love of surfing is the bond that holds our global community together. We want to share positivity during these anxious times, by continuing to celebrate that bond, and our shared passion for this sport, the ocean, our athletes and one another.

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Due to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Surf League is postponing or canceling all events, at all levels of competition, through the end of May. This includes the postponement of the remainder of the events in the Australian leg of the Championship Tour, Bells Beach and Margaret River, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The Quiksilver Pro G-land – scheduled to take place in a remote part of Indonesia in June – will either be canceled or moved to an area with more infrastructure. The love of surfing is the bond that holds our global community together. We want to share positivity during these anxious times, by continuing to celebrate that bond, and our shared passion for this sport, the ocean, our athletes and one another. We are going to keep talking about surfing, and worldsurfleague.com will continue to deliver daily content – and release awesome new content – about where surfing’s been, where it is and where it’s going. We are going to do that on all of our platforms. We are going to increase the volume of content we are producing from WSL Studios, deepen our editorial, and find new ways to stay connected all while we wait for that next opening horn to sound – and we are going to be asking you, our fans, what you want to see. We have every intention of commencing the 2020 Championship Tour season, and all our tours, as soon as possible. We are already hard at work doing scenario planning for what a reimagined 2020 tour might look like. As is the case everywhere, hardship is forcing creativity! The world’s best surfers will be back in the water very soon and we’ll continue to deliver a daily celebration of surfing on worldsurfleague.com from now until infinity. We are grateful for all your continued support. Stay safe. Keep surfing. We’ll see you out there | @elo_eriklogan Read more at worldsurfleague.com

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Opinion: In accordance with new motto “An Abundance of Caution,” World Surf League must declare Nat Young 2020 champion!

Break out the celebratory methamphetamine!

Let’s just take for granted that the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2019 has thrown the entire world off its axis, and along with it, our World Surf League. Let’s just assume there will be no 2020 World Tour. Let’s just factor there may be a few events but no “series.”

No “league.”

Except every year needs a champion and this year belongs to Nat Young.

How?

Why?

Due an abundance of caution, of course, seeing as it’s our World Surf League’s new motto.

And Nat Young, longtime professional surfer, Santa Cruz local, blonde, snagged a precious top ten finish in the last professional surfing event of the calendar year likely, in Australia’s Sydney Surf Pro and might currently lead the World Qualifying Series.

Either him or Australia’s Matt Banting.

I can’t tell.

Who can?

Whichever the case, we need a champion and give me a coherent reason why Nat Young ain’t it.

Sure, there will be discussions and asterisks. Certainly there always are in pandemic shortened years.

Nat Young as 2020 champion.

Or Matt Banting.

Either/Or.

Nat Young.

But who in 2021?

I’m jet lagged and can’t do math.

Or think.


The sweet dance of tongues.

Watch: Flaunting calls to distance, socially, Killer Whale and baby Grey Whale engage in passionate “French Kiss!”

Love in the time of Coronavirus.

And has French kissing ever been a more dangerous display of affection than it is right now, in this historical moment, when France is the new epicenter of our world’s Coronavirus pandemic and the disease is spread, mostly, through human mouth/nose contact?

Oh the dance of tongues is as forbidden as taking two child brides is everywhere outside of Utah.

Frowned upon.

Deadly.

But, thankfully, we have nature to tamp down our sheer panic and pull us, once again, toward the right path for you remember your first French kiss don’t you? Such a coming of age moment. So necessary for human development and watch here as a Killer Whale and baby Grey Whale remind us of the pure passion, the pure glorious passion.

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The Killer Whale appears to twist its head round and round, taking the baby Grey Whale’s tongue and filling the water with the color of love.

The color of sweet romance.

Back to your first French kiss, though. Do you remember where and with whom?

Mine was in Coos Bay’s Egyptian Theater with a high school sophomore named Candy Gram.

Truly.


Welcome to America, now you're in jail.

Humbled surfer-father and young daughter declared “Enemies of the State” upon return to USA, forced into “Internment Camp!”

"Avoid contact with others."

“This could get very ugly. Extremely brutal with much wailing, gnashing of teeth and other wanton displays of grief.” I tell my young daughter as the stewardesses aboard Delta flight 119 with direct service from Charles de Gaulle to Los Angeles International deliver the “welcome Bellinis.” Peach puree for the children. It’s a nice touch, bringing some upper class to the petit bourgeois here in the back, and why Delta is now the number one US carrier, leapfrogging both United and American this past year.

“…there are reports of six to eight hour waits in the airports back home while medical folk scramble to take temperatures and give comprehensive interviews to those returning from the Schengen, which hasn’t been this dangerous since 1944.” I continue, after we toast. “It’s all very poorly designed at chaotic and could be grotesque. Endless serpentine shuffling with the sleepless, jet lagged, face mask’d hordes. Do you care?”

She takes a sip and shrugs.

This whole adventure to shred Europe’s Coronavirus Zombie Apocalypse has truly turned her into a little Arab, an honest practitioner of the “Inshallah Life.”

If God Wills.

There is nothing we can do to change this arc so we might as well sit back and laugh when and where we can, shrug when and where we can’t.

Her mother, on the other hand, has the unique ability to bend fate to her liking. She is why we’re drinking Bellinis while hurtling toward Los Angeles instead of on our way to a Caribbean prison island. Why I’m not weaving palm frond hats for us both.

And who knows what happens next? Paris went into complete lockdown two hours after our final steak frites. President Macron, furious with the French for continuing to live their lives in pink, closed all restaurants, bars, cinemas. Mimes forbidden from miming. Le Tower Eiffel darkened. Chanel, Dior, Hermès boarded up as if preparing for a hurricane.

Germany shut its land borders for the first time since World War II.

New reported cases, and the death toll, continue to rise as Europe is now Coronavirus “ground zero’ but this madness is coming to the United States next once people actually start getting tested. Cases will leap from the hundreds to the thousands overnight threatening to take the stock market all the way to zero.

Wild, crazy days ahead.

We watch Happy Death Day together and 10 Things I Hate About You before she pivots to Blue Crush and I move over to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I had seen it in the theater upon return from Paris last time and had slept through the entire thing.

It’s a fine film, worthy of all the praise but I’d find myself glancing over at Blue Crush often, forgetting that Noah Johnson surfed for Kate Bosworth in every single scene and become mesmerized by the grotesque oddity of big man legs paired with the most petite face.

And then we are circling LAX. The stewards and stewardesses, as confused as anyone, had delivered hastily printed “United States Traveler Health Declaration” forms but had no idea what anyone was supposed to do with them. Midway when the plane was over Nevada they had announced, over the intercom, that health officials would be boarding the plane, conducting interviews and tests and everyone should stay in their seats.

This news is reconfirmed as we wait to land, circling. I get a taste of the hardships those cruise passengers had to endure. The ones floating at sea with no port willing to take them and am forced to order one more vodka soda and watch the introduction to Bethany Hamilton’s Unstoppable.

A surf journalist to the very end also unstoppable.

After a few minutes we are given permission to land. Everything normal except for people actually staying in their seats once the airplane reaches the gate. Another announcement is made, this one stating we will all be getting off instead.

“Time for travel nightmare hell.” I tell my young daughter.

She shrugs.

We walk off, down the corridors into a custom’s hall so overstaffed with medical personnel in face masks and officers that it takes all of ten minutes to reach the street outside. An LAX customs record. The medical personnel welcomed us warmly, asked if we had symptoms, took our temperatures, (young daughter 97.8, surfer-father 98.1) and gave us a card that read:

“Health Alert: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

You have traveled to a country with an outbreak of COVID-19 and are at higher risk. Stay home for the next 14 days and monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for symptoms.

We are now officially enemies of the state, forced into the internment camp of our home but I’ll obey the rules as I’ve already infuriated enough people with my “ruthlessly cavalier” attitude toward a pandemic. Heedlessly dragging my young daughter along for misguided kicks. My mother-in-law let it be known she is “extremely angry.”

Well, how does this damned Coronavirus spread? By having other people cough in your mouth or touching faces with Coronavirus tainted hands. Through other people. My young daughter and I paddled out into a virtually empty European lineup, two of very few at every fabulous restaurant. With only slightly more at churches, zoos, parks and palaces. Many feet apart from all.

Much natural social distancing but joy everywhere.

It was an unbelievably surreal experience, something I am so beyond happy to have shared with a person who will grow into this crazy world and have to choose her own way to approach the next apocalypse, whatever and whenever. To play in these margins together. To dance down the Seine by night, dance through the Tiergarten by day and toast Bellinis at the end.

She amazed me in every single moment, always looking for the adventure, always one step ahead and I am humbled.

Humbled in the same way marquee athletes are “humbled” by smashing their competition with a dazzling show of unique skill and bravado seeing as she’s my own flesh and blood.

That li’l champion is, without doubt, going places.

In fourteen days.


"I was wondering if I could get some money for my wavepool." "How much?" "Oh, fifteen million."

New Zealand company enters sea machine race; promises twelve-foot waves: “We’ve cracked the code and can provide bigger waves than any other man made wave on the planet!”

The Sea Machine arms race continues…

Before a mysterious virus climbed out of the ooze of a multi-species Chinese slaughteryard, there was a wavepool race going on.

A reminder.

Wavegarden leads, currently, with its proven commercial viability and American Wave Machines (Waco, Jersey super mall) is in second place. The WSL’s yet-to-build-a-second-tank KS pool is a distant third along with old-new entrant, Tom Lochtefeld, whose Surf Loch is going to be used as part of a member-only retreat at a remote site just west of Sydney and as the tech behind the new Magnusson-Robb pool in Palm Springs.

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And now there’s a new player.

Forty-nine-year-old New Zealand entrepreneur Josh Nepia, the owner of Surf Mountain, an off-road track for scooter riders in Auckland, says local technology is able to create waves “up to twelve-feet high”.

He wants to build a park called SwellPlanet and has already lodged a building consent application for the fifteen-million dollar construction.

SwellPlanet’s website promises, “bigger waves than any other man made wave on the planet…any kind of wave you like – lefts, rights, steep hollow barrels, long peeling walls” although videos and photos posted show Wavegarden and American Wave Machine pools.

Meanwhile, Surf Lakes, the pool tech that features a giant plunger which failed spectacularly during a test run at its full-sized testing facility, has promised to break dirt on a Gold Coast tank with eight separate waves and permanent offshore winds sometime in the next “nine to twelve months”.

Exciting times etc.

@surf_lakes Lakes has signed a MOU for a potential site to build a commercial 5 Waves facility here on the #goldcoast. We have started down the track of engaging a team of town planners, architects and consultants in order to gain the necessary approvals and funding. All going well, we hope to start to construction next year, with build time of around 9 to 12 mths. Unfortunately, we cannot disclose the exact location. But it’s well located within the GC area – max 30min drive for any Gold Coaster. When built, the facility will feature the following: • Eight separate breaks (4 left and 4 right) • 5 levels of waves at the same time: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert and Pro • Wave-face heights from 0.5 metres for beginners, to 2.4 metres + for expert surfers • Guaranteed offshore conditions at all times, regardless of wind direction • Five second hollow barrels at the premier break • A heavy slab for expert surfers and bodyboarders • Ride lengths ranging from 6 sec (slab) to 14 sec (point break) • Throughput capacity of up to 160 surfers per hour (including learners) • Night surfing #surflakes #5waves #wavepool #wavemachine #surfing

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