Today’s guest on Dirty Water, Anastasia Ashley, thirty-three and from San Clemente, California, moves like a ballet prima donna through the rubbernecking surf crowd, a surfer, yes, but not, until recently, of the chase-the-tour sort.
Years back, she hit one million followers on Instagram, men from every culture, religion etc, lavishing praise such as,
“That’s great small butt fat”,
“La plus belle femme du mode. Mon bebe. Ma vie. Je t’aime”,
“You’re hottest item of the moment”,
“Please check your DMs.”
She is small and slim and her face is sharp, as pointed as the beak of a stork and with the mysterious beauty of things seasoned by storms.
Anastasia has appeared in Sport’s Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue alongside Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen, and has featured in Esquire magazine.
Lately, she has appeared as Queen Bitch on ABC’s The Ultimate Surfer, a topic we peruse at length in this podcast along with an important discussion on Texas abortion law.
In impossible-to-see-coming bend, Filipe Toledo’s “huge scuffle” at Lower Trestles described as “no big deal” by high-powered surf industry executive who also added “that happens every day down there!”
Attention was violently ripped away from Momentum Generation star Kalani Robb’s Covid-19 diary, hours ago, when it was revealed that a “high-powered surf executive” described Filipe Toledo’s “huge scuffle” at Lower Trestles as “no big deal” while adding “that happens every day down there.”
You have certainly kept up to the minute with the latest development in this twisting and turning saga but as a quick refresher, just under a week ago, now, the current world number three likely faded a hot, young, sponsored junior.
The situation elevated to “crazy tense” levels when the hot young junior grabbed onto Toledo’s wetsuit, held on for the entire ride then ordered him to the beach at the end.
According to an eyewitness-adjacent source, Toledo complied.
In a pivot no one saw coming, Toledo’s daddy Ricardo came swinging into the fray the following day defending his son’s honor, declaring, “Impressive the amount of shit you talk to earn likes and move the ridiculous articles you post. This is a tremendous lie, it never happened and the worst thing a media can do is spread lies on their pages… and you are the experts at this, congratulations! That’s why I, and everyone around here, blocked you. Poor article, poor spirit…”
Authorities had hoped that the entire incident had cooled but were shocked when, hours ago, it exploded back to raging inferno with the high-powered surf industry executive’s words which seemed to normalize lineup violence, including, but not limited to, “huge scuffles” involving Filipe Toledo.
Is Lower Trestles truly a land-adjacent strip where the law of the jungle is the only governing force, World Surf League ranking be damned?
A perpetual open season?
The new Pipeline?
More as the story develops.
Momentum Generation star Kalani Robb worries fans as Covid-19 diary goes dark before coming back in waning moments of day three: “I wish I was like Ferris Bueller faking this right now.”
Momentum Generation star, Hawaiian surfer, Kalani Robb revealed late last week that he had contracted the Coronavirus and was going to fight it off, in part, by using the popular horse dewormer ivermectin. His inspiration? Famous podcaster Joe Rogan who, himself, used ivermectin as part of a broader cocktail, writing that by day three he felt “pretty fucking good.”
Robb, ever brave, decided to meticulously document his journey. Days one and two featured a discussion of the aforementioned ivermectin, friends dropping healthy foods off at his house, him not being able taste them, headaches, body aches fevers etc. but then, yesterday, worry set in as the diary went dark for five, then ten, then twenty hours.
Fans searching everywhere for updates.
Finally, in the waning moments of day three, Robb came back and in a to-camera piece described his state.
Day…. (long pause). Day three. My head is so foggy. Been on the couch all day the headache the fever and the bodyaches. Day three bodyaches gone. Fever breaking 100 and going under 99. But my headache is gnarly. Sat on the couch all day watching movies. I wish I was like Ferris Bueller faking this right now. Day three.
I became curious about this ivermectin so went searching for some actual data (read here) then talked to one health expert who informed me, “The data does show some promise that ivermectin works when taken prophylactically. The program that Rogan was on, though, with the monoclonal antibodies specifically… that is very expensive unless you have an underlying comorbidity. Look, don’t get vaccinated and treat yourself all day long. Just don’t go to the fucking hospital if it doesn’t work.”
The expert neither is, nor was, a professional surfer so take with a large grain of salt.
More as the story develops.
Pregnant wife of Australian dead in horror Great White attack, the sixth surfer to be killed by a Great White in one year, releases tribute to husband, “My heart aches for our baby who will never get to meet you.
"The last thing Tim said to me before he walked out that door for the last time was 'I love you two'. He kissed me and my tummy goodbye."
The surfer killed by a Great White shark on the NSW mid north coast yesterday, Father’s Day, has been revealed as Timothy Thompson, a newly married thirty one year old who was about to become a father for the first time.
Thompson was surfing Shelly Beach, at the northern end of Coffs Harbour’s Look At Me Headland there, when was hit by the White.
A witness described the scene,
“I was out in the surf and I heard screaming, I paddled further out to the water and saw a man without an arm, there was lots of blood. He was shouting ‘help me’ — people were trying to get him out to the shore.”
Surfers helped Thompson to the beach, used a makeshift tourniquet and performed CPR while they waited for a critical care doctor to be winched to the beach from a helicopter.
Head paramedic attending the scene Chris Wilson wept as he spoke to media.
“A male in his approximate late 20s, sustained significant injuries to his upper body, which has resulted in major bl — I can’t even say that… “
Thompson’s wife, Kate, wrote on Facebook.
Timothy Thompson, My Husband, My Best Friend and Baby Daddy has been taken from this world. To say I’m heart broken would be an understatement. I’m just waiting for someone to tell me this isn’t real.
All I know right now is that I have no choice but to keep going, because I have a little piece of you growing in me. My heart aches for our baby who will never get to meet you. You would of been the best daddy. I promise to tell our baby everyday how amazing their daddy was, how you never spoke a bad word about anybody, how kind and caring you were and most importantly how much you loved that little bubba growing in my tummy. The last thing Tim said to me before he walked out that door for the last time was “I love you two”. He kissed me and my tummy goodbye.
Never in a million years did I think I would be doing life without you. Life can be tragic and unfair, but I take some comfort knowing how loved Tim was by everyone, the time we did have together was amazing and full of adventures. I am incredibly blessed that we met and our love story gets to live on with our baby 💕 To the people who have reached out or even just had us in their thoughts I can’t thank you enough for your support.
To the crew of surfers down at the beach, thank you for being brave, getting him to shore and for doing whatever you could to try and save him. Thank you to the first responders, paramedics and lastly the westpac rescue helicopter thank you. You were Tim’s favourite charity. He would always donate whatever cash we had and say “I hope I never need you”. Well, turns out he did need you and you were there. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express how grateful I am that you all tried your best for him.
I hope Timmy is up there doing what he loves surfing the best barrels and watching over us.
May he Rest In Peace.
Cuddle your loved ones that little bit tighter and tell them you love them. It’s what Timmy would tell us to do in times like these.
Thompson was the sixth surfer to be killed by a Great White shark since June, 2020, a little over a year.
Nothing to worry about, nothing to see, more likely to be killed by a bee, lightning, car etc.
“I was out in the surf and I heard screaming, I paddled further out to the water and saw a man without an arm, there was lots of blood. He was shouting ‘help me.'" 9News
Ambulance bogged in sand, makeshift ICU unit on beach, weeping paramedic; the grim reality of Australia’s Great White crisis, “‘(The surfer) was shouting ‘help me’ — people were trying to get him out to the shore!”
Before yesterday’s hit gets lost in a fog of shrugged shoulders and smug pronouncements that humans don’t belong in the ocean, let’s read what the grim reality of a Great White attack is like from the perspective of observers who saw the attack, saw the aftermath.
“I saw paramedics performing CPR on him for about an hour and a half trying to save them.”
“It didn’t look good. I’ve been surfing for 22 years on Emerald Beach and there’s never been an attack in my knowledge like this. I really feel for the dude’s family — it’s a popular beach. I’ll get back in water but not for a while.”
A weeping paramedic,
“A male in his approximate late 20s, sustained significant injuries to his upper body, which has resulted in major bl — I can’t even say that… It was a devastating for everybody on the beach this morning. A number of local surfers and bystanders came to the aid of this man, they were incredibly brave in a very challenging situation.”