Hot new television show “Barons” set to dramatically explore lightly fictionalized version of 1970s rivalry between surf-wear giants Billabong and Quiksilver!

Boardroom to beach.

Oh but the World Surf League has done it again, and by “done it again” I mean lost out on a thrilling new television program exploring the world of surf. But have you heard of “Barons?” A surf and business drama that will premier this very week over Australian, I think, air?

According to Variety, “Barons is an upscale, but easily approachable, eight-part series that examines what happens when money gets muddled with friendship. The 1970s-set beaches-to-boardroom rivalry story is fictional, but parallels the establishment of the real-world Billabong and Quiksilver surf-wear labels.”

The industry publication sat down across show creator Mick Lawrence and asked how he became inspired to which he answered, “I picked up a book at the airport called ‘Salts and Suits,’ which was a very dry business book by a journalist that I had known called Phil Jarratt. It’s not an absolute roaring yawn or a page turner. But what it did have was the really fun kind of direction as to how the surf industry was built from 1970s. How they turned the idea of a surf lifestyle into a multi-billion-dollar industry.”

A little rude to Jarratt, no? The “a very dry business book by a journalist I had known” dig?

In any case, the first season will cover the 1970s and feature Torquay, I think, which is nicknamed Velcro Valley, then, if all goes well, roll out four more seasons featuring the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

“The 80s and 90s are crazy as far as the characters and the decadence in that time,” Lawrence adds.

Exciting but back to our World Surf League. Isn’t this the sort of business WSL Studios was supposed to be producing before its untimely demise?

Another swing. Another miss, I suppose.

Watch the teaser here.

Breakout Jackass star “Poopies” reveals wild past as teenage drug mule, “Met up with this guy in a Tijuana hotel room and he taped all these bricks of hash onto me!”

"I met up with this guy in a hotel in Tijuana. I put on these long johns and then he taped bricks of hash onto me. It was crazy."

Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Jamie O’Brien’s former crazy sidekick in the Who is JOB series turned breakout star on the Jackass franchise, has revealed his wild drug smuggling past in an episode of the Steve-O podcast Wild Ride. 

Poopies, who is thirty five, says he was eighteen years old and unemployed when the local drug smuggler died and the man’s masters asked Poopies if he’d like to make two gees for smuggling eight pounds of hash, the weight of a robust newborn, from Mex into the US.

“I was dumb as fuck,” says Poopies. “I met up with this guy in a hotel in Tijuana. I put on these long johns and then he taped bricks of hash onto me. It was fucking crazy. The first time, I was, like, ‘what the fuck am I doing?’ So they put all this hash on me, taped it on, and put all loose clothing over it. I looked like some fucking weirdo with loose clothing.” 

But instead of sending Poopies straight to the border crossing, they told him to go out and party so he’d forget about what he was carrying and be able to waltz through customs with the rest of the party kids free of nerves.

It worked. 

“All they would have to do is touch me and they’d feel it,” says Poopies, although the hash had been specially treated so the sniffer dogs couldn’t get a read on it. 

“They’re really good at what they do,” he says. “They bring it in from Puerto Escondido, in the Oaxaca mountains, no smell.” 

Poopies says he did it twice, netting a total of four thousand dollars which, he says, he spent buying fast food for he and his pals at the Carlsbad 7-11. 

Following drug smuggling, Poopies worked on a weed farm in northern California from August to October each year, saving two hundred dollars a day, which he would then use to fund his yearly trip to Hawaii. 

Breaking: Greatest country rockabilly song inspired by the work of a surf journalist ever recorded explodes on unsuspecting public!


I will tell you what, you gang here, you all are the greatest collection of grumpy locals, anti-depressive quit-litters, open thread comment livers on this whole dang planet and regularly put a tear in my eye. Last week, as you may or may not know, my fourth book was loosed into the world. Blessed are the Bank Robbers tells the story of my Cousin Danny, all the banks he robbed, the one time he tried to hide from the law in a hippie commune, the other time he escaped from prison only to be run down by San Diego State track stars and various other peeks into the outlaw life.

Well, Bruce from Austin, Texas, a BeachGrit regular, decided to head into the studio and record an homage. It very well may be the second musical homage to literature in history, after Metallica’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, and certainly the greatest country rockabilly song inspired by the work of a surf journalist ever recorded.

You can listen above and then, if you so desire, to David Lee Scales and me discussing other finer points of the surfing life. SurfAds even calls in to discuss serious matters of the head.


World’s greatest race car driver Lewis Hamilton, motocross superstar Dylan Ferrandis and big wave champion Makua Rothman share thoughts on life, death and the love of surfing in beautiful new short!

Three Kings.

A new, sublime short film dropped yesterday featuring a trio of top athletes sharing their thoughts on life, death, love and friendship all while surfing the famed Waco tank.

Lewis Hamilton, known by some to be the best race car driver in the world, and Dylan Ferrandis, a French motocross superstar, joined big wave champion and new favorite commentator Makua Rothman deep in the heart of Texas for a session and a chat.

Rothman opens up with the truth that a surf trip is as much about the people on it than anything and also noted that when he’s surfing the Waco tank it doesn’t feel “artificial” at all but rather like Uluwatu. Hamilton shares that watching the other two surf kept pushing him to try more, try better, even attempting to figure out how Rothman was throwing neat little spins.

Rothman turns it right around and says nothing he could have done would have made him as happy as seeing Hamilton and Ferrandis come out of the barrel and his coaching, throughout the piece, is truly a highlight.

At the end, Hamilton declares “Surfing is my favorite sport. It really is. I love the ocean and the water, the power the movement, and going out there feels like your disconnected from all the negative things that are going around in the world.”

Truly anti-depressive. Watch, and feel, here.

Pacheco, missile, Slawson.

Three-time world surf champ publicly lambasts pro surfer nearly decapitated in contest by fellow competitor, “Quit crying like a wuss and pound him if you’ve got a problem”

Should a man stand his ground and fight for pride and honour or run to his telephone to battle over social media?

The world champion longboarder and black-belt grappler from San Diego, Joel Tudor, has continued his hot streak on Instagram by publicly lambasting the pro surfer who was nearly decapitated by a fellow competitor’s board during a crummy lil qualifying event. 

Two weeks, maybe you remember, maybe you don’t, the Californian Levi Slawson was in a round one heat against Brazilian Magno Pacheco at the Cabarete Pro in the Dominican Republic. 

Slawson was winning, had priority, used said priority at the end of the heat to shut down Pacheco’s chance to win whereupon Pacheco kicked his board at Levi, narrowly missing his head. 

After the event, Slawson posted the incident on IG. 

“I had first priority and I took this wave from him at the end of the heat, I guess this was his reaction… he said it was an “accident” @magnopachecoo to think what would have happened if ur fins actually hit me (mind blown emoji) so glad to be ok! Time to move onto the next event! Feel free to repost. Thank you to @wsl @wsl.qs for taking quick action on this!!”

Comments were almost entirely on the side of Slawson. 


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Later, Pacheco posted a sorta apology, although he continued to maintain he wasn’t aiming at Slawson with the board. 

Around the same this was happening, the WSL was releasing a statement indefinitely suspending the three-time world long boarding champion Joel Tudor following “baseless accusations of corruption and instigating social media-based attacks on the WSL and tour leadership.”

The suspension followed a series of heated posts, interviews, with and from Tudor following a rumour, possibly started here, that the World Surf League was gonna slash cut the longboard world tour from three events to one.

Anyway, in a comment written by Tudor and subsequently deleted by Slawson, the ultra-purist Tudor expresses his dismay at Slawson’s handling of the event. 

“Quit crying like a wuss and pound him if you’ve got a problem,” Tudor wrote. 

Which ain’t the worst piece of advice if you can use your hands or you’ve been tutored in the art of strangulation and you’ve got a legal team to pull you out of jail and get you out of a  civil lawsuit, but a kid from Encinitas vs a snarling, heavily tattooed Brazilian? 

What’s your stance on the matter? 

Fight or humiliate on socials? 

A very good discussion of the event, including Scott Bass’ contention that Pacheco’s pro career is over, is on the Spit! podcast below.

One hour and ten minutes or so in.