Breaking: City of Virginia Beach buys up $2.8m in land for “Happy” singer and superstar producer Pharrell Williams surf park!

No blurred lines!

Just before the 4th of July, all-American city Virginia Beach made many of its residents explode happy by spending $2.8 million on land that will be used for a surf tank. The project, backed by local son and music superstar Pharrell Williams, will have retail, commercial and residential real-estate and, most importantly, a wave basin that appears to utilize Wavegarden technology.

The only non-excited residents are those who live at the end of the street and are complaining about much noise and worker traffic and construction begins.

Classic NIMBYism.

Also likely not happy is Kelly Slater and the World Surf League as yet another project gets underway minus KSWaveCo’s famed Blue Sled of Dred. Five years on and there is still only one Surf Ranch and it is still only in Lemoore, California.

Sad.

But back to Pharrell’s project, all mostly exciting and do you live in or around Virginia Beach? Do you think you will surf it?

Does Pharrell’s involvement cause your heart to flutter? His hit song with Alan Thicke notwithstanding, I am generally a fan of everything the diminutive singer/songwriter does.

Will other celebrities become jealous that he has his own surf park and get in the game too all not utilizing Slater?

More questions than answers.


Hell of a bite. | Photo: The Crescent Head Santa Surf

Surfer hit by shark at iconic Australian point; “severe” arm injuries; doctors use leg-ropes as tourniquets; helicopter evacuation to major hospital

"So heavy…his parents are in shock."

A surfer in this twenties, Joe Hoffman, has been hit by a shark at Crescent Head, an old-timer’s sorta point, although very iconic, historical etc, five hours north of Sydney.

Usual scene. 

Surfer being carried out of the water. Siren. An ambulance. A chopper landing on a golf course, paramedics, crowds, iPhones poised to snatch vision of a severely injured man, wondering how the hell his life just changed, if he’s going to live to see his family again.

A common sight on Australian beaches. Paramedics, cops, surfer on gurney.

The shaper of Hoffman’s boards, Mitchell Rae, posted on Instagram,

“I just spoke with his dad and from all accounts it’s a very nasty bite to his bicep. The first people that got to him were doctors by Providence and they tourniquet his arm with a leg rope immediately. he’s been evacuated to John Hunter at Newcastle now. So heavy.   i’m feeling quite numb as I’ve known Joe since he was a baby and his parents are in shock.”

 

Real sharky on the east coast at the moment and right in the middle of an out of season north-east swell. A healthy stock of whales migrating north for the winter, football-field sized schools of salmon, and a predator responsible for, what, how many dead surfers now, and protected since 1999. 

Twelve peopled killed almost solely by Whites in 2020, four of ’em surfers. RIP Andrew Sharpe, RIP Rob Pedretti, RIP Mani Hart-Deville, RIP Nick Slater.

In May this year, Mark Sanguinetti, who was fifty-nine and from Newport Beach in Sydney, died on the beach at Tuncurry, just south of Crescent, after being hit by a fifteen-foot Great White.

He’d gone on a little surf trip with three of his pals.

A witness on the beach at Tuncurry said, “The shark came out of the water, just smashed him, five seconds later he came round and hit him again… Just the whole bone exposed, not meat on him at all.”

Details are pretty scarce right now, although it ain’t a secret that Great Whites frequent the area. 

Around the same time, BeachGrit writer, commenter of note, Surf Ads, a couple of hours south, fled the surf when another surfer was bumped by a shark of considerable girth and unknown intent. 


Cartoon Zucky, patriot.

Facebook founder and world’s fifth richest man Mark Zuckerberg posts “whacky” July 4 video of a cartoon-like “Zucky” e-foiling on lake with American flag, “Mark Zuckerberg may have united the left and the right in America: just not in the way he planned!”

“I wish they could bring John Denver back to life just so he could sue Mark Zuckerberg for this."

A gift for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s almost eight million Instagram followers this morning with a video of a cartoon-like “Zucky” e-foiling a boat’s wake, carrying an American flag and cut to John Denver’s Country’s Roads. 

The great Tahitian surfer and ski wrangler at the WSL’s Surf Ranch, Raimana Van Bastolaer, was among the first to congratulate his pal on the post, dropping shaka and ok emojis. 

Others, less kind.

We need a ‘erase your memory of this’ option,” the Hoarse Whisperer wrote on Twitter. “I wish they could bring John Denver back to life just so he could sue Mark Zuckerberg for this.”

A noted economist,

And this perceptive man,

Zuckerberg, who is thirty-seven and whose net wealth hovers around the hundred-and-twenty bill mark, was an early adopter of the electric foil board, regularly making appearances on BeachGrit on the miraculous little watercraft. Readers will remember his controversial “white-face” makeup (“I’m not going to apologise for wearing sunscreen,” he said) and his recent humble-brag shout-out to ultra-watercat Kai Lenny.

Out e-foiling on a fine Hawaiian day, wearing a black wetsuit and helmet, face unseen so maybe slathered in sunscreen, maybe not, Zuckerberg grabbed a clip from either wife or personal filmer, posted it to Facebook and wrote, “Kai Lenny, am I doing this right?” all set to a White Stripes’ cover of “I just don’t know what to do with myself.”


Jumping the shark with Poops. | Photo: Jackass

Jamie O’Brien’s former fall guy Sean “Poopies” McInerny joins Jackass, crashes into shark pen after failed jump attempt, “Tourniquet! Tourniquet!”

"Someone's heard yelling for medical assistance!"

Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Jamie O’Brien’s former crazy sidekick in the Who is JOB series, has made what appears to be a stunning debut for Jackass, the reality comedy TV and movie franchise created by Johnny Knoxville and his skater pals. 

In a piece for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and which may feature in Jackass 4, new Jackasser Poopies “appears to get attacked by a shark after a jump attempt. Someone’s heard yelling for medical assistance and a tourniquet as the teaser ends” reports TMZ.

The sequence airs on the first day of Discovery’s Shark Week 2021, July 11 at 10 PM ET/PT. 

Jackass 4 hits cinemas October 22, 2021.

Poopies, from Carlsbad, California, earned his nickname as a 13-year-old after a Jackass-inspired stunt where he evacuated his bowels at a busy intersection and was subsequently arrested.

He moved to the North Shore a dozen years ago, rented a room from Jamie O, got pall-y with Jamie, and quickly became the second-biggest star of Who is JOB, before quitting and starting his own off-shoot channel etc. 

Watch maybe shark attack here. 


Happy kid gets pulled from jaws of death etc.

Surf quiz: How many drowning swimmers, other surfers, have you pulled from jaws of death?

Have you ever saved a life in the water?

 While Derek plays real estate agent, real surfers are doing things, heroic things, life-saving things. 

Two days ago, surfer Ben Cross was in the water at Navarre Beach along Florida’s panhandle when he noticed an eleven-year-old kid floundering in the water, caught in a rip.

Cross paddled over, snatching him from certain drowning. 

Was the act on par with Mikey Wright’s “Hold my beer” save on the North Shore? Not quite.

Was it is as heroic as Kelly Slater saving that woman and child along the Kamehameha Highway at Rockpiles?

How could that be? 

Still, Cross’s rescue saved a boy’s life yesterday. 

And to top it off?

He walked away without taking any glory.

Here’s what ABC 3 – Pensacola reported:

“It was a typical Wednesday afternoon for Bebe Booth, taking pictures of dolphins on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier — but that all changed when she spotted a young boy in her camera lens. He was really struggling,” she said. “The riptide actually took this boy out. 

Moments later, she said she saw a nearby surfer come to the boy’s rescue.

‘If that young man didn’t make it there as fast as he did, the young boy wouldn’t be here with us,’ Booth said.

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh says what happened was the difference between life and death for the boy, who got caught in a rip current. 

Booth says after emergency crews came and assisted the boy back on land, the surfer left as a silent hero.

So she posted the photos she took on social media in hopes to give him the recognition he deserves.

We wanted to make sure that his name got out,” she said.

Her photo did just that and the nameless hero, Benjamin Cross, was found.

This scary story ultimately had a happy ending.

Benjamin’s mother, Andrea Cross, told WEAR-TV: “He is very grateful for all the love and support on social media the past couple of days and will receive a certificate and a T-shirt from the Navarre Beach Fire Department in recognition for his help with them yesterday.”

Classic: I saved a kid’s life, and all I got was this crummy t-shirt.

Have you ever saved a life in the water? 

If so, did you want credit for it? 

And a t-shirt?

I’ve never saved anyone. Disappointed somehow.