TMZ first major media outlet to declare Makua Rothman’s weekend Jaws wave to be over 100-feet: “Rothman beat out the other surfers to catch a Holy Grail type of ocean ride!”


I’ll be honest with you here, I forgot that a 100-foot wave was the “Holy Grail” type of ocean ride but I forget more and more these days. I do recall a day where the mystical 100-feet seemed both atmospherically impossible and physically impossible. No way could a wave ever get that big. No way could a human ever ride.

Then, climate change, then very progressive tow-surfing et voila.

The “100-foot wave” moniker has now been hung on a few different ocean rides, notably Tom Butler, Garrett McNamara and Sebastien Steutner’s Nazare beasts but much debate as to where the trough, or lowest point, of those Portuguese Mamas actually is.

Eddie’s son Makua Rothman, anyhow, was out at Jaws over the weekend, feasting on that ridiculous run of swell and TMZ is now the first major media outlet to declare his wave to be 100-feet or over.

Is Jaws easier to measure than Nazare?

Is this a 100-foot wave?

This is BeachGrit where you are judge and jury.

How do you rule?

Gimme: Former world number two surfer Taj Burrow adds ”stunning” 11-acre Yallingup property to $10-million property portfolio!

A slice of bucolic heaven.

The Western Australian surf great Taj Burrow is one of the few high-profile shredders from the nineties who didn’t invest his formidable bankroll in hookers, Balinese bars and coke.

Instead, Burrow, who will turn forty-three in June, has squandered his fortune building a property portfolio that includes a Tuscan-inspired villa overlooking Mackenzies Bay in Tamarama, Sydney, bought for 2.3 mill and valued six years later at four-mill and, now, eleven acres of bucolic loveliness fifteen minutes from Yallingup’s white-sand beaches and unforgiving reefs.

Maccas joint, Tama.

The property, bought in November for a million dollars, was marketed as the “perfect blank canvas for your new dream home.” 

Right now, the joint has a shed that’s been converted to a house as well as a small dam. 

Burrow’s principal residence is the award-winning “nautilus shell” house in Wardanup Crescent, Yalls, aka “millionaire’s row” by architect Dane Richardson. The property was bought for two-milll in 2004 and the new place was built in 2011, winning the overall Design Excellence Award at the 2012 Building Designers Australia WA.

“I pushed through with many questions but the owner travels most of the year and was young without family so it was hard to pin down exactly what was required. The brief then developed to include a small pool, a lot of storage space, small home office, games room large enough for pool table and a large open fire place for ambiance,” Richardson told Architect and Design.  “The master bathtub was positioned to have a commanding view of the clients favourite surf break. This was managed by loading our 3D model into Google Earth and tweaking the alignment of this particular window to the surf break. Another nice touch was to include a roof top deck; this is a small space sitting high on the concrete roof deck, fully exposed but an incredibly dramatic space for the old glass of wine.”

Neighbours still recall, fondly, the demolition of the old place.

“He had a pretty nice place before, but he knocked that one down. He had a demolition party and everyone came around with sledgehammers and knocked the walls down,” neighbour Candice McKiernan said. 

Chart-topping British singer Anne-Marie rudely slapped in the face by Great White Shark while visiting South Africa: “It swam past then slapped me in the face with its tail. I was in shock!”

Blame Erik Logan.

The Sunset Pro was supposed to start today at Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu where Surfline is calling 18-20 feet, four times overhead. Oh what fun we would have had live chatting, willing Pip Toledo to use his newfound mass, generally carrying on but alas, World Surf League CEO Erik Logan, just last month, became the poster-child of what not to do during Covid-19 and single-handedly destroyed professional surfing as we know it.

Which leaves us here, with British singer Anne-Marie vacationing in South Africa and becoming slapped in the face by a Great White Shark.

Per her report, “Exciting activities are a must when I’m on holiday. When I was on tour in South Africa with Rudimental we got in a cage to see sharks…” except that’s where things took a nasty turn. Inside the cage, “It was freezing cold and one of the sharks came really close. It swam past then slapped me in the face with its tail. I was in shock.”

I dearly hoped the #MeToo movement would have cancelled this sort of boerish behavior but South Africa, am I right?

Get it?


I’m sorry.

Blame Erik Logan.

"It's an eight oh, bro."
"It's an eight oh, bro."

Volume calculator: In semi-annual “celebrities who love to surf” featurette, Page Six reveals Tinseltown’s favorite board is the 8-foot egg for 20-years running!

'Til death do us part.

Yesterday, it was revealed the actor Ben Affleck was broken up with by his beautiful Cuban-Spanish girlfriend, actress Ana de Armas, after one year together. Sources claimed the pair really seemed to be in love though work/family constraints provided simply too much pressure in the end.

Alas, they will always have their 8-foot egg shaped surfboards.

Hollywood’s enduring love affair with the Ashton Goggans of wave craft is legendary and especially in a town not known for fidelity. Let us celebrate the union while scrolling through Page Six’s semi-annual “celebrities who love to surf” featurette. Let us toast the passion in all of its glory.

Ah, Ben Affleck’s pal Matt Damon and his trusty 8-foot Becker…

…Gerard Butler and his eight-feet of flow…

…Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost feeling eight-feet of fun…

…funny man Daniel Tosh.0 doin’ it x8…


On and on the featurette goes with appearances from Reese Witherspoon, Joel Kinnaman, Liev Schreiber and many more all staying true to 8-feet of foam with gently rounded curves.

Laird Hamilton even makes a special appearance though he is riding an eFoil.

Back to the eggs, though, does it make you want to add one to your quiver?

It should.

People will think you are famous.

Wild Jetski Launch during Hawaiian mega-swell snaps surf photographer’s spine, “I legitimately thought I was paralysed!”

"I just remember feeling weightless and it taking a really long time to come down."

The Californian surf photographer Ryan Moss is recovering at the Queens Trauma Center in Honolulu after snapping his spine during one of the most filmed, and commented, moments in recent surf history.

Moss was shooting the thirty-foot swell on the back of a ski piloted by pro surfer Cam Richards from South Carolina when they, along with a flotilla of other water bikes, watched the horizon turn black.

Hit the vid below, drag slider to two minutes.

Note: The white ski ain’t Moss and Richards.

In an excellent interview with Magic Seaweed, Moss describes being caught inside and the aftermath of the impact.

“I just remember feeling weightless and it taking a really long time to come down. I didn’t know or realise how fast Cam sent us over the lip of that thing.

“There was no handle on the ski, so I couldn’t stand up and hold on and hoped my legs would have absorbed some of the impact. So I was just sitting on the back with a death grip on the leather seat. Next thing I know I heard a loud thud and it felt like the ski buckled in half.

“Along with that my back sent a shooting pain and tingling feeling from my waist down to my feet. I remember saying “fuck, fuck, fuck”, I’m paralysed. I legitimately thought I was.

Cam Richards, meanwhile, got sucked over the falls with another ski.

“Cam if you’re reading this, I hope you’re all good and in good health,” Moss said from his hospital bed.

White ski pilots unharmed!