Terror from the Deep: Shark described as “over 10-foot-long Hoss-Daddy” swims by couple in Florida as they vow never to return to the water again!

Two down.

What are your most favorite things to see on vacation? Electric blue boozy drinks in shapely glasses covered with miniature parasols? A pig roasting slowly on a spit suspended over a roaring fire, fat sizzling when it drips onto the embers? Statues of Confederate war heroes broken in pieces on the sidewalk?

Well, a young couple, 22 and 21, from Kentucky saw maybe one or two of the above on a recent vacation to Panama City, Florida, but also saw something much more memorable.

A “more than 10-foot long hoss daddy” shark.

What is a hoss daddy shark?

“At first we thought it was a dolphin, but it was way too big to be a dolphin,” said the girl, who described the shark as a more than 10-foot-long “hoss-daddy.”

“As soon as it passed us, it went under, and we kinda just froze up because we didn’t know if it was going to turn around and come toward us or not,” the boy added.

After making it back to the beach, alive with all limbs attached, the two decided to never go in the water again.

“It definitely snuck up on us,” the boy said. “We didn’t hear or see it coming.”

Usually the way those dastardly apex predators work.

But also, two down, a billion to go, give or take.

Do your part.

Listen: Catastrophic injury leads heretofore mean and hurtful surf journalist into tailspin of self-reflection!

Also, David Lee Scales got barreled.

I think I broke my heels yesterday in a freak playground accident and now cannot move, or at least walk. Punishment for calling Dirk Ziff and Kelly Slater the world’s biggest hypocrites on yesterday’s chat with David Lee Scales?


Both Dirk and Kelly share that… aura. Like Dr. Magneto in X-Men. I have not watched X-Men but feel likeDr. Magneto must have some sort of aura and that people who cross him, either physically or emotionally, are dealt swift, asymmetrical  discipline.

Or maybe they are more like Dr. No.

Well, sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you.

In other news, David Lee Scales and I spoke about linguistics (my specialty), Dirk Ziff, Kelly Slater and his (David Lee’s) recent visit to the Palm Springs Surf Club.


It’ll send even the biggest wave pool hater directly to Tablet to see if there are any nearby design hotels available at Covid-19 prices.

Listen here.

Jeremy Flores, two-time Pipe Master, at left, Dez, laughing a little too loud, right.

Listen: Jeremy Flores on how he partied for two years after winning the Pipe Masters; the ruination of Reunion Island via drugs and sharks and smearing his brains on a reef in Sumbawa!

All guns and all fun.

Early last year, and in response to a post somewhere by Conner Coffin where he said surf media should write more long-form interviews, I figured, yeah, good idea.

I thought about it.

Who would I really want to spend a few days following and writing about?

I narrowed my list down to two surfers: Italo Ferreira and Jeremy Flores.

If we could get their sponsor to cover the airfare, I’d fly anywhere in the world to interview ‘em.

I got Italo and he went on to win the title.

Today, I get Jeremy, a man who is barely thirty-two but has been on the tour since 2005.

In interviews Jeremy gives out more heat that a goat’s butt in a pepper patch and, given his fearsome reputation, if he were to lift his own kimono you’d imagine it to reveal a pair of black silk panties exquisitely embroidered with fire-shooting dragons.

He is all guns and all fun.

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Health: Scottish scientists testing saltwater as possible Covid-19 treatment launch trial after “groundbreaking find!”

Good for what ails you!

But you clearly recall the terror, just months ago, injected into our normally peaceful surfing community by Kim Prather, an atmospheric scientist in San Diego, who postulated that surfing could help spread the novel Coronavirus as it gets floated on the misty spray from all our sick wraps, carves and whacks.

Oh the troubles, the tribulations.

Ms. Prather backed slightly away from the assertion, days later, claiming she was partially misquoted but the damage had been done. Surfing banned. Surfing outlawed. Eating Asian-fusion cuisine near the beach banned too.

Well, as it turns out, a new study from Edinburgh, Scotland suggests that not only is saltwater not a virus super spreader it may, in fact, be part of the cure.

Gargling salt water, specifically.

The original study, discussed here, tested the salt water gargling theory on people with common colds, not novel Coronaviruses, but found such promise that it will now be tested on the latter.

Does is excite or did you already know, in your heart, that our surfing always holds the keys to health and happiness?

Though not announced as part of the trial, there has also been some curiosity as to the effect of saltwater on erectile dysfunction.

More as the story develops.

Kolohe Andino on a CI Happy. | Photo: @ciatreiser

Swinger’s Ball: Conner Coffin is officially out of Channel Islands’ hometown door but is San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino pouncing through crack like a sexy cat?

Championship time?

You…… you are a grown woman. You have fallen in love and fallen out of love and fallen back in love then rudely shifted your eyes around wondering if you should be back in love or maybe there is something better.

Conner Coffin, sweet Santa Barbara boy, is currently in the throes of a very public breakup with hometown surfboard maker Channel Islands.

We, of course, remember Channel Islands surfboards via Tom Curren and his Black Beauty, Kelly Slater and the only boards he ever won on (a huge shame that he left in retrospect), Dane Reynolds and… Conner Coffin, I suppose.

Conner was never a household name but did make it on to the Championship Tour with a beautiful turn and gorgeous personality.

Now he is gone, from Channel Islands, but will the only American with an actual shot at the title fill his slot?


Kolohe Andino is the greatest surfer dyed red, white and blue of the last decade. A proper star even today but with so much left in the tank.

And rumor has it that Kolohe wants to fill that tank with Channel Islands boards. An undeniable pedigree, impossible to beat pedigree, if we’re honest.

Also what meaningful has Matt Biolos won?

Think hard.

If Kolohe does indeed jump to CI then will a championship follow?

Much to ponder.