Kelly Slater filmed in remote west Africa chasing mythical endless tube dubbed the “Namibian Rickshaw” only days before his last-ever contest in Tahiti!

Kelly Slater joins conga line of legendary tuberiders at a wave brokered to the world by a computer nerd in 2008!

One of the most beautiful things about Kelly Slater is, even at fifty-one and with twenty mill or so in his purse, his pursuit of barrels is as relentless as it was thirty years previous.

And yesterday, continuing into today and with a spike in the swell expected tomorrow, Slater’s vast suntanned presence has overshadowed a stacked crew of the world’s most accomplished tuberiders including vlogger Nathan Florence, little bro Ivan, Jamie O’Brien, Craig Anderson, Harry Bryant, Balaram Stack, Brett Barley, Benji Brand and WSL commentator Strider Wasilewski at Donkey Bay in Namibia.


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The story of Donkey Bay aka The Namibian Rickshaw is pretty wild:

The joint was fiercely protected by a cadre of locals and South African surfers until it was  brokered to the world by a magazine and a computer nerd in 2008.

The Google Earth challenge was a Surfing magazine initiative to shoot a little out of the box, readers using the then new Google Earth tech to discover secret waves.

Deal was, you tell the mag, they let you join a photo shoot to the joint.

Brian Gable, an IT specialist, was a runner-up to the contest in 2007 (a wave in Western Sahara was chosen though no trip was made).

His loss drove him nuts.

As he wrote in Surfer,

“From that moment, I committed to nothing else. Logging some serious late-night hours online, I focused on studying the country, the terrain and bathymetry, the people, the marine life, weather-patterns, the cost, travel, logistics, etc. I corresponded with locals halfway around the world. Obsessed and possessed, I selfishly put personal and professional duties aside and spent my days formulating the ultimate package for the ultimate magazine surf trip. To me, it wasn’t just a free adventure for myself. It was a chance to prove that the gem I found not only stood up to every other world-class setup, but was on the very short list at the top. Then, on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007 at 10:03 AM, I got the call. First prize, the Indians take the pennant, the whole freakin’ enchilada!”

Skeleton Bay, of course, is now a photo studio, many pro’s and so on.

Better than snorting crystal blow, as old-timers used to say.

Watch how it was discovered here!


Ethan Ewing, always in fine form at the dangerous Tahitian reef.

Updated: World #2 surfer Ethan Ewing breaks back while practising for Tahiti Pro at site of 2024 Paris Olympic Games

Australia's Ethan Ewing has been scratched from Tahiti Pro after a spine-shattering wipeout.

The Australian world number two Ethan Ewing has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Tahiti Pro after breaking the L3 and L4 vertebrae in his back while practising for the event.

At around nine-thirty in waves described as “six foot, sold, west and proper” Ewing wiped out and was shuttled to shore on a jetski.

As per WSL form little mention has been made of the injury save for “Ethan Ewing has withdrawn following an injury sustained while practising at Teahupo’o.”


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The twenty four year old from North Stradbroke Island famously won the Bells Beach event this year 40 years after his late mama had won the women’s there and was considered a considerable chance to wrest the world title from Filipe Toledo.

With Finals Day less than one month away, that appears less likely.

More as it comes.

Surf journalist (left) with apparent ass clown (upper right) and.... who even knows (bottom right). Photo: Stab Highway
Surf journalist (left) with apparent ass clown (upper right) and.... who even knows (bottom right). Photo: Stab Highway

Readers turn viciously on “Marxist ass clown” surf journalist after suggestion that ’69 Camaro Super Sports are better for ocean than Teslas!

Topsy-turvy times.

I’ll tell you what, friends. It is impossible to land on the “right side” of anything anymore (read: left side). Up is down, down is up, Liberals hate John F. Kennedy’s hunky nephew and Conservatives hate wars against Russia. Wild times, to say the least, with even the weather subject to vicious disagreement.

The current U.S. President Joe Biden appears to be getting busted for talking about sunshine, cloud, rains, etc. with a nice fella named Devon Archer and a humble surf journalist, having just celebrated his 5000th culturally valuable story, received many licks for suggesting that surfers should trade Teslas in for ’69 Camaro Super Sports seeing that climate change has been directly tied to bigger waves, at least as it concerns California.

The Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans had analyzed nearly a century’s worth of data and concluded that wave heights, in the Golden State, have risen by an average of a foot since 1969.

“This is just another indication that overall average wave heights have increased significantly since 1970 — since the advent of the upward trend in global warming,” Peter Bromirski, researcher emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the study’s author, told National Public Radio.

Climate change.

Carbon in the atmosphere etc.

Well, surfers thrilling at the thought of Making Cardiff Reef Mavericks Again had allegedly been trading their earth-saving electric Teslas for ’69 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sports, the gorgeous piece of American Muscle that sports a 6.5L V8 pushing 375 hp that gets, roughly, 6.7 miles per gallon.

Pure red, white and blue (minus the blue).

What should have thrilled patriots, though, seemed to annoy.

“I’m sorry but I want 3 minutes of my life back for reading this useless article. the only thing it does is villainize surfers who like classic cars, for crying out loud man let the guy buy a car, I’m sick of Tesla fanboys claiming their car is the best thing in the world. Watch this comment get deleted for being ‘aggressive’ when all I’m doing is telling the truth lol,” wrote Brian.

“Love how the journo kook that wrote this bitches about pollution while smoking in his profile pic, what a “’bad ass,’” added Pharm to Table.

“Neutral here, that is until, I saw the ‘marxist-ass-clown’ undertones in the writing of this article. We (real Americans) are not giving up good’ol fashion American Muscle…for weakass E.V.’s that are truly destroying the planet…” Nathan concluded really bringing the issue home.

Which also raises a practical point.

Who, here, has a “weakass” E.V.? What did you drive before? Are you happy with your choice?

I, currently, am in a 2017 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 that just ticked over 100,000 miles. Should I press on to 200,000 or pull the rip and get into… what?


Also, at time of writing Brian’s comment has not only not been deleted but dubbed the 3,987,666 most aggressive comment on BeachGrit thus far.

Mazel tov.

Popular subscription surf blog savaged for plagiarizing stunt from aborted World Surf League series deemed “the worst thing to ever appear on television!”

Stab in the awkward.

The stink of former World Surf League CEO Erik Logan will live on in the memories of those who suffered (read: lived, laughed, loved) under his reign. He built monuments, during that five year run, to his own gross incompetence. Temples of profound embarrassment including “The Momentum of Professional Surfing is Real,” Surf Girls: Hawai’i and, possibly most awkward, The Ultimate Surfer.

The reality series which premiered on ABC and hosted by former NFL quarterback Jessie Palmer plus voice of surfing Joe Turpel, was a train wreck of preposterous proportion. The premise that a surf great was hiding amidst QS castoffs and influencers was ludicrous, hosting it at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch was idiotic and Zeke Lau winning then being dubbed “The Ultimate Surfer” was completely laughable.

Viewership numbers tanked immediately as the general public could smell Logan’s dubious waft from miles away and it was immediately cancelled upon finish never to be seen again.


Popular subscription surf blog Stab, as part of its Stab Highway offering, plagiarized a segment wherein contestants were forced to paddle longboards for prizes or some such.

The Stab Highway program, already plagiarized from Thrasher’s King of the Road, dusting off parts of The Ultimate Surfer and forcing the public to relieve Logan’s shame was too much, for some, and the iconic Instagram account Kook of the Day let the Oceanside-based premium website have it with a searing side-by-side comparison.

Surf fans left wondering if Stab will choose to replicate the infamous moment when Logan made a t-shirt of Brazilian champion Filipe Toledo’s chest tattoo, complete with nipples, and had the lionhearted little man undress on camera but pretend they did it first.


"This is exactly What!, you DO!!!!…. Don’t let anybody snake you!!! And add a face punch!!"

Surf world divides after video of a violent mid-wave assault goes viral! “Don’t let anyone snake you! And add a face punch!”

"My favourite move to share with tourists and surf influencers."

The surf world has divided itself into two camps tonight after a mid-wave assault, captured on video and loosed to the wolves of Instagram, went viral.

In the video, two surfers take off on a small wave. It is winter for both men’s lean surfer-boy physiques are sculpted against the clingy rubber of their full wetsuits. Shortly after launch, the surfer in front (the drop-in) is taken down by the man behind him, the attacker pushing hard on his toes, grabbing the unwanted guest and pulling him backwards, with both surfers falling on the wave.


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It’s not an unheard of move, your ol pal DR half-jokingly took down an MMA enthusiast a few years back and was quickly disabused of the notion of a beach fight as the man, German, beautiful long blond hair, and with rattlesnakes in his clench fists, screamed, “I put you to sleep soon cocksucker.”

Commentary around the event was roughly divided for and against the shakedown.

We all have our own techniques of how to handle people snaking you. My buddy got arrested for doing this same thing and holding the guy underwater in a choke hold at Tourmaline and he made the local news. I have more fun just grabbing their leash personally.

Both Kooks! If the guy behind really knew what he was doing he would’ve pumped down around him, lifted old mates nose up a bit, which would’ve flicked him off, then keep going. Happy days, no wave blown and physical alteration pretty much avoided

My favorite move to share with tourists and surf influencers

No doubt he’ll explode with road rage on the way home then beat his wife and kids. An upstanding citizen.

This is exactly What!, you DO!!!!…. Don’t let anybody snake you!!! And add a face punch!!

You ever body-locked another surfer in the water for the crime of wave-sharing? Been body-locked?

Did you respond with force or did you take it like decrepit ol crone you are?