An Italian slice of the Med looking for all the world like Puerto Rico.

Meet the Italian photographer who’ll make you believe The Boot is a legitimate surf destination: “She is the school as well as the playground of the world!”

“The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.”

When you think of surf in Europe, how far into the mental rolodex do you have to slide before Italy greases open a neuron?

France, Portugal, Spain are the pillars of surf from the Old World leaving the land birthed by Romulus and Remus as a core destination for foodies rather than frothers,

But, artists, those with an abstract eye, possess the innate ability to blow breath onto dormant or unnoticed things.

After seeing a photo, with its palm trees and water color, that seemed to come from some island near the equator but was revealed to be Italy, a message was dispatched to Italian photographer Andrea Giana to peel some skin off the Italian fruits.

Now, Italy ain’t known for its waves so I asked Andrea how is it to snatch an image that looks appealing? He tells me it’s easy, there’s so many epic lil spots.

Want to tell me where they are?

“The waves here in Liguria are very much on reef breaks, our spot was formed long ago after the war years (World War II), where in a very rainy period there were great floods and where they brought a lot of debris and rubble,” he says. “The locals thought of throwing all the rubble into the sea and slowly with the currents a particular point has formed. All thanks to our elders!”

One of his photos is of surfing at midnight because of Covid restrictions.

“My post spoke clearly and said that you could play night sports but only up to the established hours, because we are very respectful first of all of ourselves but above all also of the others. We hope to soon get out of this situation that is bringing all of Italy to its knees and beyond.”

Gimme me the three best joints to go surfing.

“Definitely my sweet home, then Levanto and Sicily and Sardinia.”

Tell me three things I need to know about Italian surfing.

“Passion, dedication and above all … attention!”

Big wave legend Laird Hamilton discusses skirting taxes, egalitarian coffee creamer, in wide-ranging interview: “It’s not just exclusive — you don’t have to be wealthy only to get it!”

Sage wisdom.

Kelly Slater is, without doubt, the world’s greatest surfer but when the history’s dust settles, Laird Hamilton will be recorded as the smartest. The big wave legend has had many great successes across his career, starring in North Shore, riding an impressive Teahupoo wave, ice baths, to name a few, but none greater than Laird Superfood his multi-million dollar eponymous coffee creamer.

Not many know that the company is based in neither Maui or Malibu, Hamilton’s homes, but rather Sisters, Oregon right smack in the center of Oregon.

But why?

The local television station asked the question directly.

“Culturally, Sisters is a perfect environment,” he declares. “The people that move there — they are outdoor people. They’re into nature…” though adds, “It’s the perfect place for us to be headquartered. until it’s not — and then, we don’t know where that is. But right now, it’s been very, very — it’s been fortunate to be there.”


If you were a Sisters resident and employee of Laird Superfood would the “until it’s not” bit give you anxiety?

Hamilton also states the tax rates of his home Hawaii and California are not favorable.


Is that what the “until it’s not” phrase is about? A shot across Oregon’s tax law bow?


Hamilton goes on to say of his creamer, “It’s not just exclusive — you don’t have to be wealthy only to get it. The fact is, healthy food is expensive.”

But, at the end, profit over people.

The only true way.

Watch: New Zealand man lives worst nightmare, forced to run in slow motion from two sharks snapping at heels!

The horror, the horror.

If there is one thing that unites all humans, be they Antifa or Proud Boy, Brexiter or Continentalist, it is the nightmare of being chased by someone, or something, and only being able to run in very slow motion.

Well, a New Zealand man lived our collective horror in real life.

There he was, enjoying a warm summer’s day at the popular Ōhope Beach with other revelers. Warm water, beautiful sun but… SHARK!

The shout went up and the man looked over his shoulder then started that very slow motion run. The fins get closer, man running slow, stuck in quicksand, absolute nightmare.

Did he survive?

Let’s ask Phil Squire who caught the whole action with his 15-year-old daughter Eliza. Word had been spreading that sharks were present but that didn’t stop the Squires from getting it.

“(My daughter) was a bit nervous, she was definitely staying on her board with the possibility of sharks and stingrays around … but I think it added to the excitement. We did a lot of surfing around those beaching but weren’t dipping our toes in, in case they got nibbled.”

The possibility of sharks and stingrays adding to the excitement of surfing? Very brave and maybe she can life coach Pip Toledo or other professional surfers who need a jolt.

In any case, the shout went up and Phil Squire saw the man freaking out, trying to run, and make it to the beach.

Eliza filmed with a steady hand.

He made it will all toes intact though acted panicky.

Not brave like the young Squire.

Watch here.

World surfing champion turned property tycoon Mick Fanning set to reap multi-million dollar profit after listing one of his three apartment blocks on Coolangatta’s “golden mile”!

Be real quick! Will be sold etc.

The Irish soccer legend George Best put it best, I think, when he said, “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

Mick Fanning, who won world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2013 before retiring in 2018 after seventeen years on tour, has pissed away his millions on real estate and various business plays, including Balter Beer which sold one year ago for a rumoured two-hundred mill.

Now, Mick, who turns forty in June, is selling one of the three apartment blocks he owns on Boundary Street, Coolangatta, the strip that divides Coolangatta, in Queensland, and Tweed Heads, in NSW, and footsteps from Snapper Rocks’ Supabank.

Mick bought the joint at 213 Boundary Street, Coolangatta, for $3.1 million in 2007 and turned the old red-brick fifties build into something a little easier on potential buyers’ eyes with soothing vanilla interiors, black faucets, wooden flooring and with breeze-block walls enclosing patios.

Square black taps, a lesson in edgy chic.

The agent calls it a “luxurious homestead.”

There are two three-bedroom apartments, each with its own studio or granny flat, two garages, and the building squats on five-thousand square feet. 

The selling agent says y’can rent the big apartments out for eight hundred dollars a week and you’ll get five hundred for the tiny joints underneath ‘em. 

Inspection dates, times, here. 

Be quick.

There’s a fever for real estate on the Gold Coast at the moment, a frenzy bigger than bitcoin or Tesla, with even shitty old houses on streets famous for their cavalcades of human detritus selling for millions. Gonna be sold real quick.

Mick also owns the building next door, which he bought for 2005 for $1.39 million and another two doors down, bought for $1.2 million in 2006. 

Breaking: HBO inks deal for six-part Garrett McNamara documentary as he searches for “Surfing’s Everest!”

Anderson sad.

And it seems like just days ago that we were all reminded of surfing’s “Holy Grail,” its “Mt. Everest,” is the mythical 100-foot wave because it was. On January, 21st TMZ declared Oahu’s Makua Rothman bagged one and ooooee the 100-foot wave back in the spotlight.

Where it belongs.

HBO, always finger on pulse, just announced a six-part documentary following Garrett McNamara on his quest for his own.

Per Deadline:

Directed and executive produced by Chris Smith and executive produced by Emmy winner Joe Lewis, the six-part HBO Sports Documentary series 100 Foot Wave plumbs the depths of those questions through the quest of one man. The series intimately follows the decade-long odyssey of big-wave pioneer Garrett McNamara who, after visiting a small fishing village in Portugal, helped push the sport beyond the realm of imagination.

Do you think Anderson Cooper will feature?

Here’s to hoping but also Cooper appeared on HBO’s number one competitor Showtime.

Fingers crossed, in any case.