Open Thread: Comment live on Day 3 of Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona!

Ultimate Surfers!

I think we are now, officially, into the round of 32 for men and 16 for the women. Many days on and where each professional surfing contest should start take or take a handful of men and women.


Gabriel Medina vs. Connor O’Leary will kick off the action.

Connor O’Leary is sporting both Japanese and Australian patches on his singlet.

Heat 12 will be the best, featuring The People’s™ surfer Caio Ibelli.

He has won our hearts but will he win D. Silva’s scalp?

Come for the chit.

Stay for the chat.

Comment live here.

Breaking: World Surf League’s much anticipated ABC reality show “Kelly Slater’s Ultimate Surfer” to air Monday, August 16th!

Hot Summer Nights.

And it is as if I willed Kelly Slater television news into existence, for the very second I pressed publish on a shocking revelation regarding his 30-year ago turn on the hit show Baywatch, the World Surf League just announced that its much anticipated ABC reality show “Ultimate Surfer” will air Monday, August 18 2021!


Per the Instagram press release:

‘The Ultimate Surfer’ series will make its debut on ABC Monday, August 16 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
The series will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the @kswaveco in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes on the Championship Tour. @kellyslater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the show. Read more, link in bio. @ultimatesurferabc

At time of writing, @ultimatesurferabc has no pictures.

But again, whoa!

The show will air right on the heels of the Olympic Games. I’d imagine the assumption being that all the new fans who thrilled at 1 ft beachbreak will be craving more hot surf action.

Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch.

There will be more as the story develops, obviously, like the announcement of which WQS surfers are participating etc. but do you have any quick takes?

I’d like to hear them.

Behind-the-Scenes: David Hasselhoff reveals shocking secret behind excessive slow-motion clips of world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater on hit show Baywatch!

Must read to believe.

It sometimes feels our VAL-pocalyse Now is unique. Surfing being everywhere, absolutely everywhere. Everyone, absolutely everyone, deciding that surfing is the thing to do later in life, paddling out on foam surfboards, turtle rolling them much.

Duke Kahanamoku reincarnated and spruiking Olympic surfing to everyone.

Everyone very excited.

But let us not forget thirty-odd years ago when surfing was lots of places too, including the hit primetime show Baywatch and let us not forget that the world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater starred, appeared in 27 episodes, more episodes than all seasons of True Detective combined.

A robust run.

Running was, in fact, a hallmark of the show. Running in slow-motion, paddling in slow-motion, surfing in slow-motion.

Obviously sexy but that was not the reason for so much slow-motion as just revealed by Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff.

In an explosive new interview, Hasselhoff let slip, “[The slow-motion] came about organically because we had no money. We didn’t have enough financing to finish the show. So we found a way to fill the hour by shooting people in slow motion. We said, ‘Well, girls in bathing suits look good running in slow motion, let’s just shoot that.’ And we found out that the audience kinda liked it.”


Very cool.

Court upholds hefty $4.2 million fine for Malibu plastic surgeon, wife, blocking beach access; plastic surgeon extremely agitated: “This is unconstitutional and excessive!”

Eat the rich.

The public’s right to beach access in California is as Californian as the Kardashians. As state funded plastic surgery. That golden sand, those cool blue waves belong to us all, not the wealthy few, and this California fact is regularly challenged but also regularly upheld.

Take the most recent case featuring wealthy Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Warren Lent and his lovely wife Henny. The Lents purchased a beachfront Malibu home in 2002 that had been built in the 1980s under a permit that required a five-foot public easement. The first owner didn’t care and built a deck over the space and a gate blocking it.

California’s Costal Commission warned the Lents that the gate must be removed or they would face fines upwards of $11,000 per day.

The Lents didn’t care and said their gate was necessary for “safety” maybe guarding against their new homeless neighbors. They also rented the house out for $9,000 a week and advertised it as having a “private beach.”

California’s Costal Commission became angry and levied a fine of $4.185 million, an amount that the Lents decried as “unconstitutional” and “excessive.”

The case wound its way up and down the courts until, yesterday, the appeals court concluded that “substantial evidence supported the Commission’s decision to issue the cease-and-desist order. We also conclude the Commission did not violate the Lents’ due process rights by imposing a $4,185,000 penalty.”


The heftiness is seen as a shot across other wealthy homeowners’ bows, particularly co-founder of Sun Microsystems Vinod Kholsa and his blocking of a beach south of Half Moon Bay.

Very un-Mavericks of him.

A man don't have to give up on life even amid the decay of his once pristine temple.

Surfing contest forced to create new division for eighty-year-old competitor; labels age-group “The Improbables”!

Eighty is the new thirty; one hundred the new forty etc.

The organisers of a surfing contest in New Zealand have been forced to add a new age-group after an eighty-year-old kneeboarder signed up for this year’s event.

The Fisher and Paykel Easter Masters’ Surfing Championships has been a fixture of Taranaki, a pretty little stretch of towns built around a volcano on the west coast of New Zealand’s north island, for the past three decades.

To accommodate older surfers, those aged seventy-five to seventy-nine, there exists the division, “Immortals”.

But, now, Adrian Pickering, who has surfed in the contest for twenty-four years, has grown out of the division and into his own specially created age-group, eighty-to-one hundred, called “Improbables”.

After his heat, Pickering told RNZ,

“It was a beautiful heat and I was out with four other very talented surfers and they were getting some amazing rides. I was getting some pathetic ones, but I got the rides that’s the main thing. The hardest part was getting across those rocks and then getting back when you’re exhausted. That was very slow and painful.”

Pickering, who didn’t get into surfing until he was into his fifties, says, yeah, it’s wonderful he’s surfing but admits, “It’s getting near the end of my surfing life I can tell you.”

I always figured mid-sixties was going to be the cut-off date for my career of throwaway airs and three-stage cutbacks.

Have now revised to mid-seventies.