Grave fears held for group of four Australian surfers and three Indonesian crew missing after charter boat disappears near Nias in northern Sumatra

All boat skippers in the area, charter operators, pilots, are being urged to join in the search. 

Four Australian surfers and three Indonesian crew members have been missing since Sunday night after their little wooden charter boat hit a storm after leaving Nias and failed to reach the island of Pinang in the Bankyaks, fifty clicks away.

The boat became separated from another vessel with eight of their other pals on board in the night as the weather went bad.

The missing charter boat.

The four surfers, Elliot Foote, Steph Weisse, Will Teagle and Jordan Short had been travelling around Nias to celebrate Foote’s thirtieth birthday.

The day before boarding the boat, Foote posted a series of photos of him tearing hell out of the joint on Instagram and writing:

oho gulah Sorake … so good being back in Indo after so many years. Sharing waves with mates and the queen 🙌

Starting the trip off with hiking in the North Sumatran jungle and seeing Orangutan’s was an amazing experience and something that I look forward to doing again for a longer time and going deeper. Bukit Lawang is a beautiful spot with such kind people.


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Foote’s Dad Peter, who paid for the trip to Nias as his son’s birthday present, told the Sydney Morning Herald,

“They have life jackets on board, they had food and water and there is shelter on the boat. It has a roof/apparently the waves weren’t that problematic. It was just the visibility in the storm. We’re all hoping they’ve either run out of fuel or they got lost and missed the island or more likely there may be an engine failure on the boat, which unfortunately doesn’t have any GPS.”

On Monday night, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade chartered a plane to join volunteers and the Indonesian police and military in the search.

All boat skippers in the area, charter operators, pilots, anyone who makes their coin ferrying surfers to and fro through the islands is being urged to join in the search.

Surf Equity (pictured) at war with women. Photo: Barbie
Surf Equity (pictured) at war with women. Photo: Barbie

Surf journalist comes under heavy fire for “deadnaming” rabidly anti-feminist Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing!

Down with women.

The Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, has been on an important warpath of late, dropping Barbie-esque bombs on “Puppets of the Manosphere” while focusing most of its heavy arsenal on women. Big wave legend Keala Kennelly, inspirational hero Bethany Hamilton, the World Surf League’s Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer, pioneering extreme sport agent Circe Wallace each leveled in devastating attacks and those are just to name a few.

That ire directed at women, tinged with incel dogwhistles and open misogyny, was surprising though a Scud, whizzed straight from the Committee’s forward operating base in a secure and wooded location, landing in surf journalist, and PotM (Puppet of the Manosphere), Chas Smith’ inbox has shed some light.

The Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing has, apparently, lopped “women” from its name and now goes solely by Surf Equity.

The word “women” scribbled out with such rage that even Andrew Tate would be impressed.

“Stop deadnaming SURF EQUITY” added for good measure.

So there you have it.

As much as I disagree, if you feel that women are getting to uppity, in the lineup, and need to be taught a sharp lesson, sent back to the kitchen etc., I guess there’s a new group for you to join.

In the spirit of surf equity, I hope you enjoy your time there.

"Greed is good." Photo: Wall Street
"Greed is good." Photo: Wall Street

Damning assessment from Surfline whistleblower declares forecasting giant gripped by toxic monopolistic greed!

Prices up, services slashed.

Surfline has long been the gold standard for forecasting. What began as a humble call-in line for California, based on National Weather Service buoy data in the middle 1980s turned into a juggernaut featuring wave cameras, detailed analysis, a worldwide presence and even the odd bit of reportage as the internet grew. In 2020, the company raised $30 million from The Chernin Group and bright skies all around for hard-working wave watchers, weather decoders, Marcus Sanders.

Dedication to craft paying off.


Reports from inside the Huntington Beach-based Surfline suggest evil monopolistic greed has taken over. A whistleblower has shared with BeachGrit, which presents its ultra hard surf candy free to all, that the Indian Ocean has been abandoned, no more of the aforementioned detailed analysis, cut backs in California, Europe, Australia. Forced quittings, shredding the marketing department, slashing hours and positions with “changes to the website” coming Sept. 1

Rumors floating suggest low subscription growth in the United States plus the need to keep up with higher returns to service the multi-million dollar investment are, mostly, to blame.

“The cams keep the base happy and there is no competition. They ate it all up. So it is capitalism 101,” our brave source, who is hanging on to job by thread, shared via robotic voice. “Dominate at any cost then up prices and reduce services and beat off any start-ups with dominance and market share.”


Now some questions.

Will the changes in service and/or upping of fees encourage you to flee?

Are there enough Covid-era adult learners aboard who don’t care about actual forecasts but just want to look at El Porto from their Century City office?

Can former World Surf League CEO Erik Logan be hired and turn the ship around?

If BeachGrit began a surf cam service that featured periodic song and dance numbers starring principals Derek Rielly and Chas Smith with guest ditties from Jen See and JP Currie would you enjoy?

Thank you.

Happy DJ Fisher and Chris Hemsworth enjoy horseplay in Mexico.

Pro-surfer-turned-DJ Fisher posts tribute to Chris Hemsworth for star’s 40th birthday one year after confessing to fantasies involving Thor and UFC champ Conor McGregor

“That thing, imagine slapping that f**king arse, it’s pretty good.”

Do you remember one year ago when Paul Fisher, the pro surfer turned Grammy-nominated DJ, went on a podcast hosted by his wife Chloe and her pal Ellidy Pullin and spoke frankly of his boldest sexual fantasies?

In the vein of a young Barack Obama who wrote of making “love to men daily, but in the imagination” Fisher, playing a game of Fuck, Marry, Kill, said he would “definitely have to fuck Hemsworth… That thing, imagine slapping that fucking arse, it’s pretty good.”

Fisher then nominated the mixed martial artist and former UFC champion in both the featherweight and lightweight divisions Conor McGregor as someone whom he would enjoy getting down on his knees behind and examining the machine more attentively before, cock stiff as a drainpipe and as red as a cheap piece of fishing tackle, working away like a billy goat.

Now, on the occasion of Hemsworth’s fortieth birthday, thirty-six-year-old Fisher has posted a compilation of his favourite moments with the star of Thor and Hunt including a loving pan across the actor’s famously chiselled body as he removes wax from his surfboard.

“Fucking have a go at it ladies,” says Fisher, “look at the rig on that thing!”



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Kelly Slater reveals new horrors from “apocalyptic” Maui wildfires that have killed at least 100, “People jumped in the water but it caught on fire because of all the fuel on top from the burning boats”

“I'm in shock. It makes me wanna cry.”

Each day reveals new horrors from the Maui wildfires that have killed at least one hundred and destroyed much of Lahaina, a former royal capital of Hawaii, which includes a gorgeous old township that has had tourists swooning for two hundred years.

“Along the empty streets of Lahaina, the warped shells of vehicles sit as if frozen in time, some of them still in the middle of the road, pointed toward escapes that were cut short,” reported the New York Times. “Others stand in driveways next to houses that are now piles of ash, many still smoldering with acrid smoke.

“A few agitated myna birds chirp from their perches on palm trees that have been singed into matchsticks, the carcasses of other birds and several cats scattered below them in the streets.

“Across the town that was once home to 13,000 people, residents are slowly returning and sifting through the debris of their homes, some of them in tears, finding little to salvage.”

In an off-the-cuff airport interview with a TMZ citizen reporter, Kelly Slater described a pal riding his bike through Lahaina amid piles of dead bodies (“A lot more people have passed away than they’re talking about…the news hasn’t got a grasp on how bad it is”), another few pals who’ve lost houses, one only able to save his dog and a backpack and the horror of residents trying to escape the flames by jumping in the water only to find it ablaze “because of all the boats burning in the harbour and the fuel on top of the water.”

The Champ, who was en route to a first round loss in Tahiti after chasing the Namibian Rickshaw in West Africa, said he was “in shock…I just wanna cry.”