BeachGrit’s On-Again, Off-Again Surfival League is On-Again!

Simplified Fantasy Surfer. No points. No tiers. No budgets.

It’s been a rocky start to the inaugural Surfival Season. 

We opened for trading on March 12, 2020.

The next day the rug was pulled on the opening event at Snapper Rocks, and the Surfival League sat dormant until December’s Pipeline Contest.

You remember the game?

Simplified Fantasy.

No points.
No tiers.
No budgets.


1. Pick one surfer each event.
2. Surfer must advance past The Round of 32.
3. You can’t pick same surfer twice.
4. Winner takes $1,000 and a custom-shaped Panda Surfboard.

Real easy.

Pipeline was the first event of the Surfival Season. We lost 23% of the League due mostly to early exits by Seth Moniz, Julian Wilson, and Kolohe Andino.

Will The Surfival Gods play nice at Newcastle or are we in for another bloodbath!?

Here are the Top 5 Surfival Picks for Newcastle by Percentage.

Italo Ferreira – 21%
Ryan Callinan – 20%
Kanoa Igarashi – 15%
Julian Wilson – 11%
Filipe Toledo – 9%

Chas is riding with Caio, who has 1% of the picks. Who you got?

See you in the comment section.

PS: If you missed the signups for the 2021 Season (or lost at Pipeline) were opening up a Losers Pool for the back half of the season.  Stay tuned.

Mastermind behind multi-billion dollar sheepskin boot empire to sell iconic Sydney beach house and build multi-generational compound near Chris Hemsworth in Byron Bay!

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy one of the world's great beach houses… 

The eighty-year-old inventor of the sheepskin Ugg boot, Shane Stedman, has listed his iconic Mona Vale beach house with a sale price north of four-and-a-half mill.

Readers, I ain’t never been in a house with such a benevolent ambience, a lovingly rebuilt wooden house from the thirties, squatting at the end of a cul-de-sac with elevated views of the surf that will never disappear.

Five beds, three bathrooms, almost seven thousand square feet of dirt. 

His son, Luke, a former world number eleven whom we visited a few days ago, occupied a studio at the bottom of the house, a private dwelling where the lanky Lothario was able to exercise his formidable swordsmanship.

And all under an hour’s drive from the guts of Australia’s biggest city.

Examine the house here.

Stedman, whose real first name is Anthony but who changed it after watching the 1953 western Shane, plans to use the cash to build a multi-generational compound at Tintenbar, just behind Lennox Head and only a short drive to the thirty-million dollar home of Chris Hemsworth.

“Buying some land, throwing a couple of shacks on it and moving dad up the coast so he can watch the grandkids and we can keep an eye on the old grommet,” Luke told BeachGrit.

A house at Crescent Head, near Vaughan Blakey’s Medellín-style spread, which Shane has spent years and gallons of sweat building, will be available for holiday rentals.

Comment live: Rip Curl Newcastle Easter Cup, Merewether, Australia! “Five-to-six-foot, maybe eight-foot sets,” says Surfline

Come and rejoin Ronnie Blakey and Joe Turpel and co… 

After all the drama, the tinsel dreams, the highest-rung of pro surfing returns today to Merewether, a pretty suburb of Newcastle and home to four-time world champion Mark Richards, as well as Craig Anderson, Ryan Callinan and Matt Hoy.

The waves?

Surfline’s interpretation of wave size is very different to mine, five-to-eight, to me, would be roiling lines of swell, but there’s a little something for the pro surfer’s great skills to be exercised upon.

Merewether’s Mark Richards, world champion from 1979 through 1982, restarts the season.

John John, the world number one, appears in heat three.

Watch here 


Discuss below the line, with Longtom’s analysis to follow at the close of play.

Breaking: Working class beach town known for grit, Bruce Springsteen, unites to ban world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater from its waves!

What a place...

I fell in love with Asbury Park, New Jersey the moment my Louis Vuitton moccasins touched its slightly grimy sidewalk. There to work on a BeachGrit wetsuit fairytale alongside the great Jack Boston, I didn’t expect to become so instantly smitten but there I was, breathing that air, smelling those pork rolls, feeling my heart beat, beat, beat.

Asbury Park.

Asbury Park.

It is famous from many things including Bruce Springsteen and an unbeatable working class ethic but these days it shall also be known as the first beach seeing to ban world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater from its waves.

Stickers, you see, have mysteriously been popping up over town as winter turns to spring. Stickers of the 11x World Champion’s face crossed out with the words “Long Hairs Only” printed underneath.

It is unknown who is responsible but nothing goes on without Springsteen’s knowledge so it may well be him or organized by him.

The Boss, always and forever.

Asbury Park.

What a place.

Literature: Notable podcaster/journalist and artist friend travel to California on extreme sport pilgrimage, release gorgeous book documenting the journey!

Wisdom and beauty.

I first met Matt Barr and Owen Tozer in my backyard on a sun dappled Cardiff-by-the-Sea morning. The two stately British men were in my home to interview my exquisite wife Circe Wallace for Barr’s celebrated podcast Looking Sideways and I was, at once, impressed with their poise, their professionalism, knowledge, handsomeness and tact.

Very much unlike my own slap dash, un-manicured chaos.

They were on a pilgrimage, of sorts, to the state which has, for all intents and purposes*, birthed the very idea of “extreme sport” as a lifestyle.

Barr had served as editor of Whitelines Snowboard magazine before launching Sliding Sideways, which has quietly become a cult classic. Tozer’s work, instantly recognizable and extremely personal.

They chatted with my wife, interviewed her, photographed her, then moved up and down the coast chatting with, Jamie Brisick, Herbie Fletcher, Taylor Knox, Greg Long and a host of other notables. People worth hearing from.

Their conversations, insights, are out now surrounded by Tozer’s rich photography.

Per the press release:

Beautifully brought to life throughout by Tozer’s unique photography and embellished by the wisdom of the interviewees and friends they encountered along the way, Looking Sideways Vol. 1 is a record of this journey, a homage to an influential culture in flux, and a lovingly- compiled tribute to the state that continues to define the global board-riding conversation.

Truly worth a purchase.

Buy here.

*Did you ever think it was intensive purposes? Be honest.