Springsteen (pictured) surfing.
Springsteen (pictured) surfing.

Glory Days: Iconic blue-collar troubadour Bruce Springsteen’s surfboard placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Lines expected.

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.

Brilliant, no?

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?

Hungry Heart?

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!”

Das vadanya.

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?

Too severe?

I studied Russian for a year and enjoy the Cyrillic alphabet.

Very cool.

Surfing world champion Gabriel Medina joins rumoured partner Neymar Jnr on world’s biggest-selling video game franchise FIFA2021!

Superstar status confirmed… 

The two-time world surfing champion, Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, is a surprise addition to the 2021 version of football simulation video game FIFA2021, the biggest-selling vid game in the world.

Medina, who is twenty-seven and who became Brazil’s first-ever world surfing champion in 2014, joins good friend, and rumoured partner, the soccer superstar Neymar Jr in the game.

Readers will remember, one week ago, sopping up their morning fat with the news that media houses in Brazil were speculating wildly about the pair’s relationship. 

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.

From Midiario:

The famous Brazilian soccer player Neymar returns with a new controversy and what he has put on his Instagram is a series of photos from which he has been very affectionate with another man.

Best friends, Medina, Neymar Jr.

In the show program, “Chisme No Like”, the journalists Javier Ceriani and Elisa Beristain, said that Medina has a romance with the model Jazmín Brunette, something that supposedly would be to cover her sexuality as well as Neymar with Natalia Barulic , Maluma’s ex (his romance was never confirmed).

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.

Medina, Neymar Jr with singer Anitta.

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.

Jack Robinson, Nathan Florence’s new brides team up to launch sustainable swimwear line: “We wanted every woman to feel comfortable, sexy and stylish!”

"The most powerful power couple couple to ever dance upon the fair seas."

A new power couple couple has emerged in our surf world and it may well be the most powerful power couple couple to ever dance upon the fair seas.

You are already well aware of Jack Robinson, the Championship Tour rookie sensation from Western Australia who has had the attention of surf fans for many years. You are, equally, aware of Nathan Florence, John John’s more engaging younger brother who rides many big waves.

You may not be aware that the two of them recently became married, Jack to a Brazilian model named Julia Muniz Robinson and Nathan to a Hawaiian model named Mahina Florence.

Well, Julia and Mahina just launched an exciting new sustainable swimwear line named Maoi that has typically staid money magazine Forbes crowing ooh la la!

The two sat down for an interview with Forbes and discussed their motivations for launching the brand (We wanted to create a brand for our future and to be able to educate women as well as ourselves on sustainability..), how it is working together (We did all of our meetings through video calls and were constantly texting…), who this first collection is for (We wanted every woman to feel comfortable, sexy, and stylish in every design…) etc.

Uplifting though without one mention of their husbands.

Very 2021

Should Jack and Nathan double down on the burgeoning empire of sustainable chaps? I feel the hearty leg coverings are but one influencer away from much popularity.

Very “big wave.”

Listen: World’s greatest big wave skier Chuck Patterson swings in to discuss love, loss, Big Macs and getting barreled at “The Place of Broken Skulls!”

Snitches get stitches.

Sycophancy in sporting media, media in general, is par for the course. Surf journalism, a multiple rungs below sporting media and on a whole different ladder than media in general, is not immune, see Ashton Goggans, Yago Dora and Gerry Lopez.

Whatever the case, this morning found David Lee Scales and I across a larger but equally reclaimed wood coffee table from none other than Chuck Patterson.

The all-around extreme sporting super hero that skied Mavericks on Pete Mel’s day.

The same gently ruffled for that feat by stinkin’ David Lee Scales.

Maybe me too but my goodness.

If Chuck Patterson ain’t what we all aim to be than I’ll never surf journalism again.

A legend?

Better than Laird?

You decide.

And remember, my surf journalism hangs in the balance.

Listen here.