Jail House Rock.
I’ll tell you one true thing. I am very much more excited for the upcoming Baz Luhrmann picture Elvis than I am for the upcoming Surf City El Salvador Pro. Both will hit the world stage near the same time but only one will be fabulous and that will be the upcoming Baz Luhrmann picture Elvis.
Be still my beating heart.
The King of Rock n Roll has long been a very favorite of mine, so much so that I am currently not caring about finding deeper surfing truths in Germany but rather the home where Presley met Pricilla and kicked off a fairy tale romance. Students of history will know that Elvis served in the United States Army, doing his time in the German town Bad Nauheim, occupying a quaint two story home near its center. Priscilla née Beaulieu was a fourteen-year-old firecracker there with her mother and United States Air Force officer step-father Paul.
While Pricilla’s youth would be very much frowned upon today, it was an acceptable marrying age in the fourteenth century and the two went on to make beautiful history.
In any case, there is a shrine outside the home, today, and I find a spot to sit and sip a perfect cappuccino and ponder his life, which included surfing turns in Hawaii, wooing local kine girls and also ponder the just-announced news that the World Surfing Games will, officially, be hosted this year in Huntington Beach, California.
The ISA has announced that its flagship event will return to the Californian coastal venue, known as “Surf City USA”, for the first time in 16 years.
The world’s top surfers are expected to hit the waves at Huntington Beach when it plays host to the World Surfing Games from September 17 to 24.
Huntington Beach previously staged the World Surfing Games in 1984, 1996 and 2006 and hosted the World Junior Surfing Championship in 2005, 2018 and 2019.
This year’s edition will see Olympic places up for grabs for Paris 2024, with the winners of the men’s and women’s team events each earning a quota spot for their country.
“Huntington Beach becomes the first step in our exciting paddle towards the 2024 Olympic Games,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
“Excellent waves and the strong Southern California surf culture, made Huntington Beach a natural choice for this iconic event.
“With an extra Olympic slot up for grabs for the top men’s and women’s teams at these 2022 ISA World Surfing Games, the competition for the coveted ISA World Team Champion Trophy is going to be epic and the most important ever.”
Question: Are Huntington Beach’s excellent waves currently better than those licking Grajagan?
Something to think about.