How good are selfies posted onto social media with the intention of getting praise hidden so poorly under a blanket of awareness-raising, challenge-accepting, meme-propagation as to be art in and of themselves?
I love the Ice Bucket Challenge and its extremely toned, shirtless men and women doing their part for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, any #TBT carefully selected for hotness though captioned “OMG, guys, don’t know what I was thinking here…”, influencers at protests…
… and World Surf League CEO Erik Logan hopping on to Bernie Sanders’ latest viral moment to, bald-faced, highlight his own barrel riding savvy (above).
You certainly saw Bernie Sanders at the recent inauguration, dressed in a Burton jacket, knitted mittens and face mask. The People couldn’t get enough and he popped up in boats…
…on the moon…
…this guy’s hands…
…and barreled at Surf Ranch courtesy of Logan.
Very cool, funny and topical all at the same time.
A selfie trifecta.
Glory Days: Iconic blue-collar troubadour Bruce Springsteen’s surfboard placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
The mainstream media displayed much shock, over the weekend, when it was revealed that iconic blue-collar troubadour Bruce Springsteen’s surfboard was headed up to Cleveland, Ohio to be placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Surprise and consternation as highlighted by Microsoft News report:
Surf’s up at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
No, we’re not talking about a Beach Boys exhibit. It’s Bruce Springsteen’s surfboard that’s now on display at the Rock Hall, which reopened to the general public on Jan. 17 “with proven health and safety precautions in place to protect staff and guests,” according to a Hall press release.
The Springsteen surfboard is very bizarre and weird though part of other new artifacts, including a Cleveland Cavaliers rock-themed City Edition uniform; outfits worn by Harry Styles, Laura Jane Grace, and Jidenna, Maline Moye’s guitar, and more.
What the lamestream media clearly does not know is that Springsteen and his E-Street Band grew up in the surfing paradise of Asbury Park, New Jersey, my favorite town east of the Mississippi, and let’s quickly revisit BeachGrit’s award-winning trip to the Home of the Pork Roll.
And in any case, Springsteen who made his name at The Stone Pony, lived in a surfboard factory with many members of the E-Street Band and was even managed by Challenger Surfboard’s founder-in-chief Carl “Tinker” West.
“We were from Freehold and there wasn’t any surfing there, but it was the surfers who worked at the surfboard factory who got the band into surfing,” Springsteen said of those heady surf years.
Jeff Salmon, of nearby Ocean Township, is making a film of Springsteen’s surfing roots and added, “They’d go surfing pretty much every day of the week. Asbury Park, Long Branch – they’d be at the beach surfing and then go to clubs at night.”
Very cool and we, as a community, should be honored to count The Boss amongst our kind.
Do you have a favorite Springsteen song?
I don’t know how you cannot like Hungry Heart.
“Reckless and disrespectful” Russian influencer finally deported from Bali for driving motorcycle into sea: “Time for you to learn that Indonesian people will unite when a person like you come to our country and disrespect our culture!”
A little over one month ago, a Russian influencer caused much consternation in the surfer’s paradise of Bali by driving a motorcycle into the sea as part of an Instagram stunt.
Balinese designer and politician Niluh Djelantik represented the general tone when writing, “You didn’t think of the outcome when you made this video […] Time for you to learn that Indonesian people will unite when a person like you come to our country and disrespect our culture.”
The Russian, for his part, responded, “I bought the bike, not rented. And we got it out of the ocean 30 minutes after it got there, nothing came out of there, it is not broken. We present it to the locals, they are already using it.”
It is unclear if the locals re-submerged the bike in salt water, the counterintuitive proper action, until they were ready to fix it.
In any case, Indonesian authorities immediately began an investigation which has just wrapped and resulted in the deportation of the influencer back to his home country.
Per the news organization baliprawara, “Immigration, finally deporting viral Russians because of dangerous action video by jumping into the sea while riding motorcycle. The deportation was carried out on Sunday afternoon through I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport.”
The viral Russian expressed his love for Bali, and her people, on the way out the door.
Now, do you think deportation is the right call? Too lenient?
I studied Russian for a year and enjoy the Cyrillic alphabet.
FIFA2021's newest player Gabriel Medina.
Surfing world champion Gabriel Medina joins rumoured partner Neymar Jnr on world’s biggest-selling video game franchise FIFA2021!
Various outlets, including Midiario.com and the country’s version of Time, Istoé, said the pair were spending every available minute together and at least one claimed that both are using models to cover their true feelings.
Communicators say that they have maintained a friendship since childhood, but it is not “normal” to see that of men here.
You’ll find cartoon Medina, meanwhile, in FIFA2021’s volta mode, which was introduced last year, and where soccer is played in the streets.
Eight other celebs made the cut for FIFA2021 including Brazilian singer Anitta; Batien Schweisteiger, former German soccer player; Hide Nakata, a former Japanese football player; Daniel Ricciardo, Australian Formula 1 driver; Lamar Jackson, NFL football player; Sam Kerr, Australian soccer player; DJ Snake, French music producer; and Winnie Harlow, Jamaican and Canadian model.
The name Anitta will ring bells for those with long-ish memories.
Two years ago, surf fans blamed poon and politics for Medina’s poor showing in Europe that year.
Fans blamed three things: Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, with whom Medina and Neymar had been trading video messages, Neymar himself, and the poon-shaking singer Anitta, famous for her tight miniskirts, sequinned silver halters and precarious heels.
From one: “He wants to be hated as Neymar is. He was never very smart and walking with Neymar and Annita and glorifying the myth. In the end the fans will turn against him, as with Neymar, an arrogant and uncultured person.”
What’s your favourite Anitta song?
Mine was always the sassy fem-anthem Paradinha until last year’s duet with Cardi B, Me Gusta, appeared and became an instant classic.
Sadistic shark chews arm of man out for a lovely Sunday swim with his wife in Australian lake: “Her calm, quick-thinking likely saved his life!”
But how would your significant other react in the same situation?
These Covid-racked years have taught each and every one of us to enjoy the little things. Strolling with your friend through the park at dusk, two scoops of ice-cream instead of just one, going for a lovely swim with spouse as blistering heat cooks your New South Wales, Australia town.
A 58-year-old man and his 56-year-old wife were doing exactly that, last evening, off of Lake Macquaire just south of Newcastle, when a sadistic six-foot shark shattered the beauty of the moment by chewing the groom’s arm.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Grahame Rathbone, who was first to respond, said, “When you get a call to attend a shark attack, you never really know the full extent of the injuries until you get on scene.”
But what he found, upon arrival, was a pleasant surprise. The husband had been helped to shore by his bride where bystanders fashioned a tourniquet and significantly slowed the bleeding. Furthermore the wife, calm and clear-headed, managed the tableau spectacularly, explaining to the ambulance team her husband’s medical history, keeping a positive attitude.
Her demeanor very likely saved his life but now over to you, how would your significant other react in the same situation? Would he or she stay harmonious? Begin shrieking like a banshee? Secretly hope you bleed out?