Slater (left) listens to Murray.
Slater (left) listens to Murray.

Will surf great Kelly Slater walk away from dear friendship with iconic comedian Bill Murray after new allegations of unwanted touching emerge or hold fast to love, warts and all?

"The first thing he did was take my shirt out of my pants and start tickling my stomach.”

The odd pairing of the iconic comedian Bill Murray and his wonderful friend, surf great Kelly Slater, is one of the more endearing. Murray doesn’t seem like a surfer, though was there at the founding of the legendary G-Land camp. Slater doesn’t seem funny, though provides more honest laughs than most.

The two golf together, smile together, look fantastic together. The only cloud floating across their shared sky, a recent spate of re-surfaced complaints against Murray.

Days ago we learned that Seth Green, an actor from yesteryear, had accused the Saturday Night Live alum of dropping him into a trashcan for failing to get off the couch. Whilst it seemed very much deserved, to me, mainstream opinion seemed to go very much against Murray.

And now we have an old Arsenio Hall interview come back to life wherein Murray does unwanted touching to co-star Geena Davis.

Per Variety:

Geena Davis’ uncomfortable experiences with Bill Murray extended beyond the set of their 1990 crime comedy “Quick Change.” Davis has already spoken about her “bad” audition for the film, which allegedly included Murray trying to use a massage device on her, but in a new interview with i magazine she addressed a press tour interview the two did in which Murray took down her dress strap and repeatedly touched her arm. The actors were on “The Arsenio Hall Show” to promote “Quick Change.”

“Oh, you saw?” Davis asked the reporter who brought up the Arsenio Hall interview, which is still available to view online. “Isn’t it stunning? It’s awful.”

During the interview, Murray touched Davis’ arm as Davis told Hall, “I did have to audition. It was a lot like this in fact.”

“He touched you a lot in the audition?” Hall asked Davis.

“Yeah, I swear,” Davis responded. “The first thing he did was take my shirt out of my pants and start tickling my stomach.”

Davis told this story to Hall with a light attitude and a smile on her face, but reflecting back on it she now said, “I forgot that. Telling it that way, just as a humorous anecdote, I must have thought, ‘Well, it’s ultimately funny, or makes a good story,’ when in fact it was so devastating.”

Not a very flattering portrait under the lens of modern times but, also, not even flattering under the lens of Arsenio Hall heydays.

Murray has yet to respond but do you think the Life Aquatic star will be able to come out, career unscathed thanks to the support of his friend Kelly Slater or do you think Slater will jump ship, as it were?

You can read, and watch, a beautiful exchange between the two here.

Tough days.

Hill, inset, and Daly, billowing cloud.

John Daly says Jonah Hill’s weight struggles make the Malibu VAL the perfect fit to play him at boozy, fatty peak in upcoming biopic, “I’ve been a Miller Lite guy since I was eight!”

“Jonah Hill wants it really bad!”

As reported by BeachGrit one week ago, the Hollywood funnyman and Malibu VAL Jonah Hill will play brawling, gambling, raising hell golfer John Daly in an upcoming biopic.

Daly, a mulletted good ol boy from Arkansas, now fifty-six, was a journalist’s dream during his nineties peak, dem smoked and pickled tonsils rarely out of form.

Some of his iconic lines,

“I believe nicotine plus caffeine equals protein.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever stepped into a gym – they won’t let me smoke there.”

“I will just put four or five extra packs of cigarettes in my bag and I will be fine.”

“Do I have to know rules and all that crap? Then forget it.”

“There are probably some things I could do to keep my flexibility up, but I’d rather smoke, drink diet Cokes and eat.”

“I was never able to have three of four beers. One’s too many, and ten just ain’t enough. Basically it’s the way I’ve been since high school.”

In a 2016 interview with Graham Bensinger, Daly said he drank somewhere between a case of beer and 40 beers a day and that if he got a bit of a roll, he could get on the turps for three months straight. 

Anyway, Daly, has responded to reports Jonah Hill is gonna play him an upcoming biopic, in a piece to Instagram.

“Jonah Hill he wants it really bad and the way me and him have fluctuated with weight in our lives, and no disrespect to him, cause I love him, I love him an actor… he wants it bad and I think he’d be great.”

Why does Hill, a serious thespian, want it bad, y’think, particularly given his struggle with fake cocaine following his role as Donnie Azoff in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street?

Hill, you’ll remember, was hospitalised with bronchitis following the seven-month shoot. Even though the fake coke was vitamin powder, it didn’t matter said Hill ‘cause “if you ingest that much matter into your lungs, you will get very sick” and added, “It’s interesting pretending to be on drugs.”

Chaotic scenes on Australian beach as Great White shark attacks teenager during paddle race, throwing him into the air, “I was in the water and I saw this figure fall back into the water. A big shark!”

"I immediately just ripped my leg rope off and I swam towards these guys here who were paddling towards me."

After a few bumper seasons, multiple deaths, kids, moms, Dads, swimmers, surfers, divers, Great Whites have been a little quiet this year.

Yeah, there was the swimmer who was hit and killed by a fifteen-foot Great White shark at Little Bay, a few clicks south of Maroubra beach in Sydney’s south-east, in February, filmed and broadcast around the world.

But since then, very little activity, until yesterday when a kid competing in a surf ski race at Seacliff in South Oz, was hit by a twelve-foot Great White.

Nat Drummond, who is nineteen, was a click into the race, mid-morning, when the White hit, from below as they do, biting through his fibreglass ski and real close to getting a hunk of his ass.

“My ski just kind of lifted above the water and then next thing I knew I was in the air and then I was in the water and I saw this figure fall back into the water. A big shark,” he told 9News. “I immediately just ripped my leg rope (attached to the surf ski) off and I swam towards these guys here who were paddling towards me, thankfully, and then just jumped onto their craft and pulled me out of the water to safety.”

The kid wasn’t too put off by the hit, howevs.

“It was an absolute freak accident. One of those one-in-a-million things that happened,” he said, before reassuring beachgoers, “We were out in pretty deep waters, this shouldn’t put other people off.”

He did say he might “go and buy a lottery ticket.”

Cardi B (pictured) scanning our kind for next scalp. Image: @iamcardib
Cardi B (pictured) scanning our kind for next scalp. Image: @iamcardib

Cardi B goes on anti-surf warpath after winning lawsuit over surf team manager, trains ire on surf broadcasting legend Kaipo Guerrero’s famous ex Madonna!

Scary days.

As you have certainly read by now, pop sensationalist Cardi B has officially won the lawsuit brought against her by RVCA’s surf team manager Mike Brophy. At issue was an image of Brophy’s tattooed back placed in a compromising position on Cardi B’s album cover. Brophy was seeking $5 million for damages to reputation etc. but a judge ruled against him.

Taking a victory lap, Cardi B lined up her sights and let Madonna have it next.

In a post celebrating her book S.E.X., Madonna penned, “I spent the next few years being interviewed by narrow minded people who tried to shame me for empowering myself as a woman. Now Cardi B can sing about her WAP, Kim Kardashian can grace the cover of any magazine with her naked ass, and Miley Cyrus can come in like a wrecking ball. You’re welcome bitches…(clown emoji).”

Cardi B, not happy, responded, “I literally payed this woman homage so many times cause I grew up listening to her…she can make her point without putting clown emojis and getting slick out the mouth…These icons really become disappointments once u make it in the industry that’s why I keep to myself.”

And later doubled down, replying on Twitter, “EXACTLY SAY WAT YOU WANT TO SAY BUT DONT INSULT ME THE FUCK …nobody gonna lil girl me (specially a white woman).”

While music fans went back and forth about who was right and who was wrong, surfers began quietly trembling. Madonna is, of course, famous for her S.E.X. book but most famous for dating the most beloved of World Surf League commentators, one Kaipo Guerrero.

The handsome Guerrero can be seen, and heard, during virtually all of the WSL’s Championship Tour broadcasting season and brings warmth, charm, grace and knowledge to our favorite pastime.

A legend.

The aforementioned and Madonna dated in 1985 which clearly aggravated Cardi B. If she is able to take The Material Girl out, as proxy, after smashing Brophy, who might be next?

Matt Biolos?

Jonah Hill?

Pip Toledo?

Jessi Miley-Dyer?

Scary days.

Generational talent (pictured).
Generational talent (pictured).

American internet providers scramble to increase capacity as World Surf League announces television re-broadcast of most-watched Final’s Day in history!

Cancel your plans.

“Cord cutting” was supposed to free us all from the bondage of cable, satellite dishes, of entertainment packages we did not care for but were forced to buy. We were supposed to win choice, freedom, a paradise of watching what we want, when we want but alas, reality has not been quite as rosy. It costs a fortune to buy every little separate thing, for one, and our viewing pleasure depends on rock solid internet speeds.

Well, American fans of professional surfing are, this morning, scrambling to add ESPN2 to their channels, damn the cost, while television streamers are frantically trying to increase capacity as the World Surf League has announced that the most watched event in history is set to be re-broadcast tonight.

Per the press release:

The 2022 Rip Curl WSL Finals had it all. In front of the huge crowd at Lower Trestles, a generational talent battled to win his well-deserved first World Title and a legend cemented her legacy as the greatest of all time. Relive the action and watch WSL Presents: The Rip Curl WSL Finals Tonight at 8pm PST/11pm EST on ESPN2.

The huge crowd at Lower Trestles.

A generational talent.

A legend cementing legacy as GOAT.

Prepare for regional brownouts.