"Dang surfers."
"Dang surfers."

In embarrassing reveal, San Francisco Fire Department admits to rescuing multiple surfers who “had challenged nature to a duel – and lost” by attempting to surf recent tsunami!


The underwater volcano that set of a tsunami that lightly battered the California coast, days ago, was a surf-adjacent story that just keeps giving. Initial reports were met with shrugs and unimpressed whistles, as tsunami warnings are not altogether rare though almost never manifest as tsunamis.

Well, this one delivered by making the water all churny, surging looky-loos off rocks, dragging fishermen out to sea and, very embarrassingly, forcing surfers into rescue situations.

Oh but I can hear the surfers sitting around, directly after the tsunami warning sounded, chatting about how “cool” it’d be to go out and surf it. How “bad ass” their wives and life partners would consider them. Gearing up while neighbors gawk.

Heading off, fist pumping, listening to Bon Jovi and, let’s allow The Los Angeles Times to pick up the story now.

At one popular beach in San Francisco, rescue swimmers braved churning waves and strong currents on Saturday afternoon to save two surfers who had challenged nature to a duel — and lost.

Members of a San Francisco Fire Department patrol spotted a surfer about 300 yards off the coast waving his hands and calling for help about 3 p.m., said Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the department. Rescue swimmers swam out to help him, but the conditions were so bad that they determined it was safer to take him to a private sailboat nearby instead of carrying him back to dry land.

But how would you feel to be that surfer who was forced to wave for help and get swum to a private sailboat all while trying to appeal to wife or life partner?


Australian Olympian Julian Wilson, who sued former sponsor Hurley citing their “increasingly toxic reputation”, launches own clothing label, “What you’re seeing is a concept that is years in the making. An idea I needed to explore. An itch I needed to scratch…”

Think tight poom-poom shorts and radically aggressive off-the-shoulder tees!

The Australian Olympian and recently retired pro surfer Julian Wilson has launched his own “multifunctional” clothing brand called Rivvia Projects.

Wilson, who is thirty-three, made the announcement via press release.

Rivvia Projects’ goal is to deliver everyday versatile products that are built for a multifunctional world. A world where surf meets sport, and sport meets street. Products that are timeless and adaptable created for and inspired by a category we’re calling ‘Active Discovery’.

“This year has been a big one for me personally. I’ve made some major decisions surrounding my career and my family. Digging deep to find purpose and really figure out and decide what my future holds. These decisions have allowed me to take on new projects I never thought possible. Dreams I’ve always wanted to make a reality. What you’re seeing is a concept that is years in the making. An idea I needed to explore. An itch I needed to scratch.

Ain’t nothing on the website yet and Instagram is light on info but it marks a wonderful step forward for the former rookie of the year and world number two who, barely one year ago, was locked in a bitter court dispute with former sponsor Hurley.

Wilson claimed Hurley had refused to pay him $1.5 million that was owed “under a written endorsement agreement” and after declining a low-ball offer from Hurley cited the company’s increasingly toxic reputation in the professional surfing world.”

Wilson joins Kelly Slater (Outerknown), John John Florence (Florence Marine X) and Dane Reynolds (Former) in the clothing game.

Rivvia Projects launches in June.

Think tight poom-poom shorts and radically aggressive off-the-shoulder tees!

Writer Sean Doherty, with Marty Tullemans, at the launch of his biography of Michael Peterson, cover shot by Marty.

Blood feud: Bitter court battle erupts over iconic surf photographer’s estate, including $379,000 in cash; revelations of mysterious new will found in envelope and marked “Powderkeg”!

Wild claims in court as step-kid and sister fight over legend's money…

The Gold Coast photographer Marty Tullemans, who was as much a part of surf history as the iconic photographs he took but who suffered from bi-polar disorder and, later, dementia, died of kidney failure a little over one year ago. 

And ol Marty, who was pretty canny with his money, left a total of 625k, which included $379,000 in cash. 

A will from 2013 shared his estate equally between his ex-partner’s four kids, including his step-daughter Tamar Tane, and nothing to his sister, Maria Shaw. 

Now, his sister claims she found an envelope, marked “Powderkeg”, after he went into a nursing home that contained an updated version of his will, this time leaving most of his fortune to her. 

The step-daughter, Tamar Tane, is challenging Maria’s application and has filed a counterclaim.

Tane’s lawyer alleges there are “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the signing of the will.

In a court doc, Maria says she and her husband found a safe containing the updated will, dated October 18, 2019, in Marty’s Kirra Beach Caravan Park cabin. 

Maria said the will had been witnessed by her dad Petrus Tullemans and Marty’s pal and neighbour of thirty years, Deborah Phillips. 

Shaw’s son, David, said his Uncle Marty asked him to fill in a will form and then dictated his wishes and then watched as Marty signed the form in front of his grandfather Petrus and neighbour Deborah. 

Marty, says David, told him to keep the will confidential, telling his nephew, “I have put the will in an envelope which has ‘Powderkeg’ written on it and put it in my safe”.

The “Powderkeg” will left fifty k to Tamar Tane to divide with her siblings however she wanted, fifty k to Marty’s bro Frank and the rest to Maria. 

And here comes a new twist. 

Deborah Phillips, whose signature is allegedly on “Powderkeg”, has signed a stat dec saying she didn’t see or witness Marty or his Dad signing it. 

In November 2020, Deborah says Maria invited her for dinner and said, “I need you to sign a document for Martin” which she says she refused. 

Maria denies asking Deborah to sign the will. 

The judge, meanwhile, has ordered Maria to reveal text messages between her and  Deborah and to surrender all of Marty’s phones and computers. 

More as this dirty little episode unfurls. 

Surfing great Kelly Slater commiserates with Leonardo DiCaprio after award-winning actor’s girlfriend allegedly shares details of worst date: “He made me watch every single Star Wars movie and ran around with a lightsaber pretending to fight bad guys!”

"I mean, what's a guy to do?"

11x surfing champion Kelly Slater is, by far, the most famous of our kind, except for maybe Laird Hamilton or Jonah Hill, and both knows and communicates with other such celebrities. He also just so happens to have dated many of the same women as award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio including, but not limited to, the Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen and Israeli model Bar Rafeli.

Very cool and Slater, being very cool, does not exhibit any sort of dog-like jealousy toward his stablemate but, rather, commiserates and encourages.

In an alleged recent interview, DiCaprio’s alleged ex-girlfriend Camila Morrone shared details of the “worst date of her life,” saying, “He rented out a whole cinema and made me watch every single Star Wars movie while he ran around with his lightsaber pretending to fight bad guys.”

Slater, quick on the trigger, wondered, “I mean, what’s a guy to do?”

As it turns out, the quote has been disproven and Morrone and DiCaprio are still together but I’m certain the star is happy to know that the world’s greatest surfer is in his corner.

What a guy.

Dirty Water: San Francisco foil-boarder whose expensive craft was destroyed by rock-wielding local holds olive branch out to attacker, offers free foiling lesson, “I’m not very proud to come out these days and say, yeah, I’m a surfer!”

Foil-pilot John von Tesmar breaks silence on wild scene at Fort Point… 

Today’s guest on the amateurish phone-in interview series called Dirty Water is San Francisco foilboarder John von Tesmar whose board was destroyed by furious locals at Forth Point, a junky left under the Golden Gate bridge,

In case you’re not au fait with the scene at Fort Point, it has a cadre of locals former Surfer editor Steve Hawk describes simply as “dicks.”

Anyway, our guest lost his board and it got washed up on the rocks where it is attacked by an angry local who jerks a rock above his head multiple times to slay the damn thing, a video of the event going viral.

One month later, in one of the feel-good stories of the year, our foilboarder returned to Fort Point with his jet boat and foil board and rode several waves to glory, even referencing the Mattew Wilder song Break My Stride as he braved the torrid Fort Worth surf scene.

Lovers of harmonics will enjoy the concluding twenty seconds or so as von Tesmar reprises his Break My Stride moment.