Punters crash bookies as surfing 80 ft wave announced 10,000/1 shot on “hardest sporting feats” list!

Money, money, money, money.

Yesterday, we discovered together a new heretofore unforeseen way for us, as surfers, to make money. Ties. Smart but, I suppose, we are also late as the market has already been cornered by an entrepreneurial father/son. So what now? Thankfully the universe lent an ear to our troubles and has provided a way forward.

Betting.

Bookmakers.com has just announced odds on the “world’s 30 hardest sporting feats.” Skiing the North Pole swings in at 500,000/1, landing a hole-in-one in golf at 12,500/1, bowling a perfect game 8,000/1 and surfing an 80 ft. wave 10,000/1.

Per the press release:

The debate over just which sporting feat is the most difficult has raged for decades, as sports fans everywhere have struggled to really put to bed this age-old question.

The sporting experts at Bookmakers.com, however, have gotten together and crunched the numbers to work out the odds for which sporting feat is really the most difficult, and which, if any, have been greatly exaggerated. The balance, coordination, bravery, and sheer stamina required to surf competitively are no secret, but it is only the 1% of the 1% that will ever achieve the feat of surfing a wave the length of the White House.

So, next time you’re out with your pals and this debate flares up again, or debating with the family around the dinner table, it’s best to keep this list close to hand, so you can finally put an end to the arguing with some cold, hard facts and let the data do the talking.

Sebastian Steudnter has, just last month, been given the Guinness World Record for “Largest Wave Ever Ridden” at 86 some odd feet or 42.3 German Male Lower Legs. Now, I can’t imagine bookies will allow us to retroactively claim those 10,000/1 odds but I’d have to think that this coming winter, the record will certainly be broken or at least challenged.

10,000/1.

That’s $100,000 for $100. $1,000,000 for $1,000.

With inflation the way she is, that’ll be enough to feed your family for a week or maybe five days.

Find a bookie quick!


Barton Lynch, more The Sultan, benevolent ruler of Agrabah from the 1992 film Aladdin, than Karl Marx. | Photo: @barton_lynch, @lbarnskey

Wildly popular surf network forced into embarrassing backflip following outing of “commie” world champion surfer Barton Lynch, “I find that offensive, especially the sickle… I am for free market capitalism and democracy!”

“Not fond of communism and state control in any way!"

This website and, pointedly, this writer, have been forced to fall on their swords following the outing of supposed “commie”, the world’s most loved commentator and surfing world champion Barton Lynch. 

Lynch, who is fifty-eight and lives at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, had taken to Instagram during a traffic jam to talk about disparity of wealth being the great driver of inequality and that if the world’s economies are gonna reset after the pandemic then a little wealth re-distribution will  be necessary. 

In a two-part missive Lynch had said, 

“I love the idea of equality, I’m all about it, and I’ve often said there has to be a redistribution of wealth to create a base of equality so that things can move on from that place and if you think about this current moment that we’re in, there’s a lot of talk about equality and there’s equality in some language and in some other areas but when we talk about financial equality or opportunity it would seem that in the pandemic the money has gone up! The money hasn’t come down! 

“And in any redistribution of wealth for the future of the planet the money’s gotta come down from where it is already, up. And with those that have it, corporations, individuals, families. Where that wealth is concentrated, they’re the ones that have to let go, and give some of that wealth back to the others to create a base of equality that the world can move on from. 

“Because it’s not the average person on the street who’s harbouring and holding onto the cash, you know what I mean? And that’s where the inequality is, between the rich and the poor.”

A classic socialist sentiment, I thought, and given the previous day’s reveal of a silver beard reminiscent of the German philosopher and political theorist Karl Marx, well, were these not a modernising of the themes of a man who wrote Das Kapital and co-wrote The Communist Manifesto.

Not according to Lynch, who delivered a stinging rebuke to BeachGrit via Instagram’s direct message service. 

“I find that offensive, especially the sickle, fuck me,” wrote Lynch. “I am for free market capitalism and democracy 100% but if anything is going to be reset after this economy collapses an even start would be a good place to begin.” 

The offending sickle.

When I replied that his theories were straight out of the ol’ red play book, Lynch clarified his position, 

“Not fond of communism and state control in any way so I feel it paints my perspective incorrectly but that could be my fault in the detail because it’s on a Instagram span.” 


Co-founder Zeke Greer (pictured) testing product.

Surfer/entrepreneur father and son combination stumble upon their “Steve Jobs moment,” create line of neckties crafted from boardshort material!

"It’s a perfect fit for missionaries!"

We, each of us here, have likely had an idea pop into head, at one point or another, that seemed a genius money-making scheme. Some spark that felt instantaneously unique and wonderful. Very few, though, have likely taken any steps to activate and there it died on the vine. Or maybe flowed to China where it became produced on the cheap without our participation. I have a friend who once told me “any time a plan is spoken but not realized it enters the ‘river of ideas’ that heads straight to China.”

Makes sense but that fate, thankfully, did not befall Gregg Greer and his son Zeke. The two live in Utah and recently brought their dream to life but let us turn to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints organ Deseret News to learn more and celebrate American success.

Picture this, a father and son on a beach in Hawaii, taking a break from a surf session, swinging in their hammocks, noodling about a business they could start together.

This wasn’t the first time they’d done this. For years, Gregg Greer and his youngest son Zeke had been tossing ideas around. It had become their hobby, trying to envision something nobody thought of until they thought of it; looking for their Steve Jobs moment.

Since action sports is their thing — surfing, snowboarding, skating, anything in the mountains — the ideal for them was to find a way to mix business with pleasure; figure out something they could sell connected to what they love.

They’d run through all the usual outdoor gear retail suspects: hats, shirts, shorts, shoes and so forth and come up empty. At one point they thought about a dating site for action sports participants. They went so far as to pay for a domain name: shreddersonly.com. But after that the idea more or less fell off a cliff. What did they know about online dating?

Lounging in the hammocks in the summer of 2017, they were back to square one.

Then, suddenly, they had it.

Neckties.

Boom.

The ties are made from technical boardshort material and sell under the name Bombora. The inspiration was, of course, socks as the two saw the explosion of Stance in their Mormon pews. Elders wearing colorful foot coverings under pressed black slacks or maybe pressed khaki slacks. The two, anyhow, went to work and soon possessed the must-have church accessory of the year. “It’s a perfect fit for missionaries,” Gregg told Deseret News. “You can bend it, scrunch it, throw it in the back of your car and drive around for a month and put it on and it looks the same.”

Covid severely disrupted the production but Bombora survived and now you, too, can buy here.

Success.


Who wore the beard better, BL or KM?

World’s favourite surf commentator Barton Lynch reboots Marx’s seminal anti-capitalist tract Das Kapital for Instagram fans, “For the future of the planet, the money has to come from the corporations, individuals, the families. They have to let go and give that wealth back to the others!”

"It's not the average person on the street who’s holding onto the cash. And that’s where the inequality is, between the rich and the poor.” 

Without wishing to blow his trumpet immoderately, I think it can safely be claimed that the 1988 world champion surfer, former anarchist, butterfly collector and pro surfing commentator, Barton Lynch, is a well-matured and rounded individual. 

Although warmed slightly by age, for he is fifty-seven years old, Barton will occasionally open up a front if he feels his electrons shuddering.

Yesterday, social media fans in their thousands thrilled to his new-look beard, and today, the same fans were gifted Barton’s reboot of Karl Marx’s seminal anti-capitalist tract Das Kapital. 

In hindsight, the beard was less Californian mountain man and more nineteenth century German philosopher and political theorist.

Marx’s central thesis, of course, was that capitalism is motivated by the exploitation of labour, ie the worker; that the owners of capital are protected by governments so they can do whatever they hell they want to the worker and the result is you end up with “poverty in the midst of plenty.” 

Ring any bells? 

Yeah, well, Barton took to Instagram earlier today to modernise Marx’s themes now that we’ve all climbed down the rabbit hole of equality and equality of outcome, along with the usual disparity of wealth. 

In a two-part missive Barton says, 

“I love the idea of equality, I’m all about it, and I’ve often said there has to be a redistribution of wealth to create a base of equality so that things can move on from that place and if you think about this current moment that we’re in, there’s a lot of talk about equality and there’s equality in some language and in some other areas but when we talk about financial equality or opportunity it would seem that in the pandemic the money has gone up! The money hasn’t come down! 

“And in any redistribution of wealth for the future of the planet the money’s gotta come down from where it is already, up. And with those that have it, corporations, individuals, families. Where that wealth is concentrated, they’re the ones that have to let go, and give some of that wealth back to the others to create a base of equality that the world can move on from. 

“Because it’s not the average person on the street who’s harbouring and holding onto the cash, you know what I mean? And that’s where the inequality is, between the rich and the poor.” 

Personally, I find the poor offensive and the sooner they’re sent to distant camps or mines the better.

Each to their own etc.

 

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Island Boys (pictured) as Felipe Toledo.

After wild runaway success of television series Make or Break, World Surf League seeks to expanded into scripted surf-based drama, comedy, horror films!

Bright lights, big surfing.

Oh I write about our beleaguered World Surf League, from time to time, and fun make about its various trials and tribulations. How the Wall of Positive Noise has created, on its backside, an asylum where the mentally unstable have gone full mentally insane, but maybe just maybe, the “leadership team” is all mentally insane like a fox?

Take, for example, the wild runaway success of Apple+ television’s unscripted doco-serial Make or Break. Of course it was covered in depth, here, with very few fun makings as the show was very entertaining.

So entertaining, apparently, that the production company responsible for itself is now eyeing a potential slate of scripted surf programing. For those who aren’t “Hollywood,” scripted means non-documentary. Like dramas, comedies, horror films etc.

Per reporting in Deadline:

“It’s been a phenomenal few years for the Box to Box Films team and we are thrilled at today’s announced partnership with the World Surf League,” said (co-founder Paul) Martin. “This agreement represents an exciting new phase in our relationship with WSL. At Box to Box, we are passionate about telling stories of the world’s best athletes and in the last year we became obsessed with the world of surfing and the depth and breadth of the WSL stories and history. We believe there are some epic stories both historical and current which we are excited to bring to the world.”

“Box to Box Films is undoubtedly the hottest production company in sports and their ability to tell unique stories is unmatched,” added WSL CEO Erik Logan. “This partnership is a full-league deal and gives the team there – headed up by Oscar-winning James-Gay Rees and Emmy winner Paul Martin – the unprecedented opportunity to mine the archives of the entire sport. This type of access gives them a real opportunity to delve deep into the league’s rich history and use their intimate storytelling approach to take viewers inside the world, lives, and legends of the best surfers on the planet.”

Ok, ok, ok so who do you want to see lightly fictionalized?

Whose story told and which actors telling?

Maybe TikTok sensations the Island Boys sharing the role of Felipe Toledo in the buddy comedy Bigger wherein Toledo’s character adopts a big ol’ lovable Great Dane who helps him overcome his nagging fears regarding size and leads him to a world title at double overhead Trestles?

Now your turn.

What cinematic glory would you like to see?