Ingenuity: 15 x World Champion surfer gives quarantine surf lessons throughout the land using Miss Hawaii 2018 as model!

“If you can get up out of your bed in the morning from laying down to standing on land, I tell you what, you can get up on a surfboard.”

A week ago, Kelly Slater blocked BeachGrit and me on Instagram and my whole world began to crumble. How could I know what the world’s greatest surfer was doing? What he thought about this or that? Depression washed in like a flood, rotting my very foundation, plaster falling off the walls in sickening thuds.

How could I continue to call my self a surf journalist?

Well, the sun also rises and the very next day I rolled out of bed feeling inspired. Eyes opened. Seeing things fresh through the holes in my world’s walls, the massive visage of the World’s Greatest Surfer no longer blocking my view.

There are other surfers out there, surfers with more titles and accolades to whom I’d been blind.

Surfers like 15 x World Champion surfer Zane Schweitzer… 15 x World Champion (4 x more World Championships than Kelly Slater)… who just happens to be teaching remote surf lessons during quarantine and using Miss Hawaii 2018 as his model.

Unbelievable? Let’s bend our ears and listen.

“Surfing itself is something that comes with a few simple steps that I can share with you right here, right now,” Schweitzer said.

And just like that my cyber surf lesson begins.

“This is Kim, she’s Miss Hawaii here in 2018. Actually our first date was surfing and now she is a very avid surfer. She’s like a prime example and gonna be our model today to help you guys understand our surf tips,” Schweitzer said.

First up — paddling.

“We’re gonna keep our head arched and reach out with forward with our hands paddling and that’s step No. 1,” Schweitzer said.

Now the hardest part, the pop-up.

“Now, step No. 2. We’re gonna lift up nice and tall, we’re going to bring our back knee under our hips, then we’re gonna bring our front foot forward under the chest. Now comes the fun part, twist your hips, plant your back foot from knee to the foot and lift,” Schweitzer said.

Finally the key to it all — balance.

“If you can get up out of your bed in the morning from laying down to standing on land, I tell you what, you can get up on a surfboard,” Schweitzer said.

Wonderful and if your partner would like a surf lesson you can order it for him/her here but before you go can I ask a quick few questions?

How’s Kelly doing? Does he look happy? Healthy? Is he still on Australia’s Gold Coast or has he fled?

Any new, exiting developments with Outerknown? Breitling?


Is he eating well?

Using sunscreen?

Taking care of his emotional health?

You’ll let me know, yes?

Flip file shot, do a little eraser work in Photoshop, drop in waving tourist and, oowee, Humpback Man come to life! | Photo: @growndesigns/WDCS Sue Rocca

Update: Happy Man Waving From Mouth of Humpback Whale in Byron Bay revealed as fake!

Too good to be true but excellent marketing play etc.

Just in from everyone-is-happy eco-paradise Byron Bay is the wildly comic photograph of a man riding in the mouth of a Humpback whale.

Every year, from May to November, the animals, which can hit fifty feet and then some, migrate five thousand clicks from their Antarctic hunting grounds to tropical waters in north Queensland where their babies are spat out.

And, earlier today, according to a local sunglass manufacturer, one lucky tourist got a ride inside the jaws of one of the happy mammals.

Per their IG Account,

WOW! Today in the bay… One minute you’re out for your morning swim, the next you’re inside a whale!

Before he realised what was happening, he’d been scooped up by the Humpback while another emerged in the back. Luckily for the swimmer, the whole thing was over quickly and he was freed.

He seemingly didn’t sustain any injuries nevertheless, it must have been a terrifying experience! He managed to make it back to shore, where he walked toward main beach. If anyone has any other photos, videos or further details about the swimmer, please get in touch!

Do you think true?

(When I contacted Grown Designs they said, yeah, all true, and were setting up interviews with a few TV channels and trying to source other photos and maybe vids.)

More as the story unfurls.

(Update: And unfurl it did, a French reporter, Vincent Girard from The Rider Post, finding the original photo, minus jaw rider, here.)

After and before! 

A very good marketing play by sunglass company etc.

Why do I shape surfboards? Well... I guess it’s just something I’ve done since I was a kid. A sort of escape from an overly-stressed world to a simpler more creative space! What has started as a way to fuel my own surfing passion has now become a way to stoke out my fellow surfers, and that is truly fulfilling to me. It’s the way I have found to give back to others. Thanks for all the support and love along the way! | Photo: Per Jerner/Ben Kelly

Confirmed: Santa Cruz shaper Ben Kelly killed by a Great White shark “bigger than ten feet”

"It feels like the ultimate form of betrayal to fall victim to the one thing a surfer recognizes and fears as a possibility."

An autopsy on Santa Cruz shaper Ben Kelly, who was killed by a shark while surfing Sand Dollar beach aka Shark Park on Saturday, May 9, has revealed the animal to be a ten-foot plus Great White.

Sean Van Sommeran, the founder and director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation which was created in 1990 to push for the protection Great Whites in California and whose own story is worth your time reading, attended the autopsy.

He posted his findings on the PSRF Facebook page.

I attended the autopsy yesterday, the shark is almost certainly to be subadult white shark estimated to be 10′ plus.

Mr Kelly was on the inside of his friend while surfing on a short board.

Kelly was seen by his companion to be pulled underwater amid commotion at Kelly’s board.

Kelly surfaced and immediately exited the water with companion however the bleeding could not be stopped.

DNA and Xray will be used in attempts to recover potential teeth frags or shark tissue and pending final report.

It is most likely that a subadult shark 10’ft or over was cause of the tragic mortality and the juvenile and yearling sharks not at all likely to be implicated.

The shark most likely responsible for the fatality is of the generational category that has always been known to frequent that particular location prior to 2015 arrival of yearling and juvenile shark pups. Test results and lab report still pending.

As these sharks mature from subadult 10′-14′ to adult (14.5’ft and over) they change course and migration routes and begin to circuit the open ocean and deep sea and return seasonally to large seal colonies such as the Big Sur, ANI, SEFI and other well known seal and shark associated sites and seasonal way points.

It should not be presumed that the younger and smaller sharks we see in the Shark Park and La Selva areas will continue to hang out at these locations until they are 20 foot long massive dangerous sharks.
They rotate out as they mature and graduate to wide migratory routes mostly associated with pelagic offshores or coastal seal colonies that can support their energetic requirements.

The Mercury News spoke to witnesses and reports, 

“Kelly was…bitten on the leg and knocked off his board. He quickly got back on and began paddling to shore — as did his friend who was surfing further outside. Once they got to shore, they used a surf leash from one of their boards as a tourniquet but couldn’t stop the bleeding in time.”

Leashes ain’t tourniquets, however, although surfing doc John Cohen has created a sixty-dollar device all surfers in Santa Cruz, WA, Byron Bay, South Africa, Reunion, should use.

“In thirty seconds, using a tourniquet, you’ve saved a friend’s life,” says Cohen.

Want to help out Ben’s wife Katie? Funeral, living expenses etc? Donate here.

As his buddy Zachary Shull writes, “It feels like the ultimate form of betrayal to fall victim to the one thing a surfer recognizes and fears as a possibility. We sign the proverbial liability waiver every time we paddle out, but the thought of such a horrific event is dismissed as an extreme rarity. Those thoughts are quickly overshadowed by the joy and refreshment that comes from surfing and getting a good wave, and so we still choose to paddle out.”

Watch: Alarmingly large 20-foot Great White shark circles tiny boat off coast of Western Australia while fishermen curse poetically in terror!

The meg.

20 feet of anything is big. A 20-foot-long submarine sandwich, 20-foot-long dining room table, 20-foot-long beating stick, 20-foot-long pool table, 20-foot-long ancient Phoenician scroll detailing various taxes, 20-foot-long hopscotch court and what have you.

Big and impressive.

A 20-foot-long Great White Shark?

The stuff of nightmares but this is exactly what a small boat filled with Western Australian fisherman stumbled upon just days ago.

Lurking, menacing, showing off.

How did they react?

You can watch for yourself but here is also a helpful transcript.

Look at the size of him! (undecipherable) in the water!

Uh oh, don’t like the look of this. Go away, fuck ya.

Shit. Shit, shit, shit I’ve never seen one that fucken big.

That’s enough for me.

Fuck, me.

He’s just sitting down there, what the hell?

Yeah, as long as he stays down there. He’s scoping us, mate.


Holy shit. That is fucken huge.


I’ve now seen my first six meter white pointer.


Robert Frost could not have done it any better.

Henry David Thoreau burning with jealousy from beyond the pale.

Watch: French surfers refuse to bend for draconian anti-surfing laws further demolishing national stereotype!

"Four police officers arrived and made us get out of the water, but it didn't take us long to get back into the water.”

The Coronavirus Apocalypse sure has exposed many heretofore unknown truths. But two months ago who would have ever guessed that surfers, as a whole, are spineless tattletales just waiting to shame fellow surfers and call the police on them for not following the rules?

Who could have imagined that the French, by and large, are a bold, brave people who refuse retreat and will fight to the bitter end?

Certainly not me.

Just days ago, we met Frenchman Dylan Nacass who happened to be surfing Bells Beach when a very near relative of the mighty Great White shark attacked. Did Dylan tuck tail and run? No. He punched that shark twice in the face then calmly paddled to shore where he stripped down to the national uniform (trim underpants) and threw shakas (watch here).

And today? Today we have an unruly pack of Cannes surfers who mocked the law keeping them out of the water by paddling into some very attractive Mediterranean waves. When the gendarmerie came motoring across the sea to bark them out do you think they quickly formed a puppet gendarmerie force, much like collaborationist surf media Stab magazine, in order to enforce the “no surfing” rules?


But we must read the rest of this inspiring story together and now.

A group of surfers in Cannes, in southeast France, defied a government ban to take to the waves on Monday amid a debate over whether beaches should continue to be closed to the public to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“It’s so much fun, we’ve got the waves, the sun,” one surfer, named Adrien, told Reuters.

The group of around a dozen surfers were in the water for about two hours, before local police arrived in a patrol boat to force them to leave the beach.

“We surfed for what? Two hours? Four police officers arrived and made us get out of the water, but it didn’t take us long to get back into the water,” said Nicolas, a Belgian surfer living in France.

France’s beaches, closed since March, have become a battleground in the debate over how far government restrictions to control the spread of the pandemic should go.

And now let us sing.

Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L’étendard sanglant est levé,
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes!
Aux armes, citoyens
Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!