Mass surfer casualties in Biarritz as wild swell and high tides bring chaos to French resort town!

Thirty-one surfers pulled from death's claw by helicopter and jetski…

The pretty, if faded and well past its prime, French town of Biarritz has become the site of a mass surfer rescue after the same wild swell and high tides that lit up the Quik Festival in Hossegor threw the joint into chaos. 

Thirty-one surfers were pulled from the drink around the old port on Saturday, the same place your old pal DR used to sun his aged haunches while sucking on ice cream cones and dribbling the juice on bronzed tetons, thrilling to the rise and fall of those soft plums, all of ‘em hitting the panic button as high tides made getting in via the cement ramp an act of skill, luck and bravado. 

“We started to pick them up on the stairs located in front of the lifeguard tower,” said rescuer Franck Billard, adding the thirty-one man rescue formed the greatest event of his career. “The surf boards stopped in all directions. There was something panicky at that moment.”

As more and more surfers tried to come in, three lifeguards joined in the rescue, as well as jet skis and a police helicopter. 

“At first it was manageable,” he says, but it all went south, as they say, due to a curio of French surfing ie. if you see another surfer doin’ something, you must follow, whether that’s surfing a certain bank or getting in or getting out. “By snowball effect,” he said, “everyone wanted to get out of the same time.”

For a taste of the rescue, check out this old vid of surfers, and I use the term loosely, getting hammered on the same ramp.

Former World Surf League CEO Erik Logan revealed to be protector of bawdy free speech in stunning new interview leaving “hater” surf fans on ropes!

Were we wrong?

The corpse of Erik Logan is now well and truly cold. Half buried in Brazil, the former World Surf League Chief Executive’s rotting flesh, bleaching bones have never been properly put to rest. The World Surf League’s tart official statement “Erik Logan is no longer with the company” the only epitaph.

His time holding professional surfing’s reins were mostly marked with weird. He pushed himself front and center, unlike his predecessors Paul Speaker and Sophie Goldschmidt, documenting his “personable” style. Logan breathed Jack Robinson’s air, he wore Filipe Toledo’s skin he, allegedly, told the beloved Santa Barbara surfer Conner Coffin “I will ruin you.”

Mostly, though, he spewed corporate gobbledygook. Whether excoriating Brazilian champions or simply opening his mouth, Logan had a rare gift for pure emptiness.

“Haters,” are therefore understandably, shocked today after the release of a video from former shock radio jock Gregg “Opie” Hughes describing how Logan saved his bawdy show from corporate explosion.

Opie and Anthony, which once rivaled Howard Stern for kings of the airwaves, got into some real hot trouble after a particularly “dangerous” segment. While the suits wanted them fired, the show off the air, our ELo swung in to save the day.

Hughes discusses in detail:

Now, the questions, however uncomfortable, must be floated.

Did we get the Oklahoman with a magical wetsuit of armor all wrong?

Was he actually our champion, ready to take it to professional surfing’s billionaire owner Dirk Ziff for us little rabble-rousers?

JP Currie, do you have a sneaking bit of guilt haunting your corners?

Well, whatever the case, we are left with Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer, though, to be fair, I think she is really clueless.

Or is she?

More as the story develops.

But, quickly, while you are still here. What happened to Howard Stern? Why he so pusillanimous?

Britt (left) and Barron. Photo: Instagram
Britt (left) and Barron. Photo: Instagram

In savage coup, Channel Islands poaches Hawaiian stud Barron Mamiya from rival Sharp Eye!

This means war.

One day, we will gather our children around our feet, order them to sit and begin to speak using our most serious baritones. “Children,” we will say, “it is time to learn about the great surf industry that was once fruitful and bold, about fierce brands like Quiksilver, Billabong, Volcom and Hurley…”

The children will likely interrupt at this point and ask, “Beard oil companies?”

“No!” we will roar in response.

“Not beard oil companies!” but then will have to correct ourselves. “Yes, they are beard oil companies today but they were not always such. They once produced t-shirts and trunks that would be desired and sponsor teams of professional surfers who would wear the logo with pride and belong to it.”

The children, still confused, will ask, “They belonged to beard oil companies?”

And we will, likely, give up.

But it is true, there was a time when the brands meant something, their surfers were identified and poaching one was a direct affront.

Thankfully, we have surfboard shapers carrying the mantle and look, a major coup just announced as Channel Islands has poached Hawaiian stud Barron Mamiya from rival Sharp Eye.


But what do you think the mood is San Diego, where Sharp Eye calls home? Revenge being plotted? Fear that small wave world champion Filipe Toledo might be next? Landing with Mayhem?

What about the mood in Ventura, where Channel Islands calls home? Much toasting but also surveying the landscape? Who might be next to bring over to the tri-hexagon?

Exciting days, in any case.

Allie Brieghner (pictured) lucky to be alive. Photo: NBC 7 News
Allie Brieghner (pictured) lucky to be alive. Photo: NBC 7 News

San Diego woman urges surfers to use rubber surfboard fins after slicing femoral artery and nearly bleeding out on beach

"The blood was squirting, which means it's arterial..."

As surfers, as seafaring adventurers, we are well aware of the dangers we face every time we step foot in the vast ocean. From sharks to stingrays, extra chilly temperatures to sunburn, trouble lurks everywhere to make no mention of the surfboard itself. The fiberglass and foam missile, either Patriot or SCUD (longboard), is the vehicle for fun, certainly, but get out of line and wham-o. Right in the kisser.

Or worse.

And let us travel to San Diego’s Pacific Beach where a 22-year-old was miraculously saved after slicing her femoral artery with the nasty fin of her surfboard.

“I remember coming up from the water, and then within five seconds, I felt the excruciating pain,” Allie Brieghner told San Diego’s NBC affiliate.

Within 20 seconds, she passed out.

Her friend, Alec Maddox, thankfully nearby saw she was in trouble.

“The blood was squirting, which means it’s arterial, so I had to get her out of the water as fast as I could.”

The brave man carried her to the beach and fashioned a tourniquet from leashes which he cranked down tight with a stick.

“Somebody nearby found me the surf leash, and they detached it from the surfboard, so I just wrapped it around her leg a couple of times and made a little loop because you need to put a stick through this so you can crank it, so I had somebody go grab me a stick as well,” Maddox said, having learned the trick in the Marine Corps.

Ms. Brieghner was rushed to a local hospital where doctors removed her femoral artery and stapled it back together before re-inserting it into her leg.

“If there’s anything that anyone can take from this, it is to be more aware of the board you have and the fins because it was a freak accident. If they were more like a rubber fin, I don’t think it would have severed my femoral artery or cut through as much,” she said at the end.

Food for thought.

Tears in Slater camp as Fanning tells reporter, "Are you kidding me? (Nathan Cleary's) the greatest athlete on earth. Seriously. I swear to god, he’s the greatest athlete on earth!"

Tears for Kelly Slater after “utterly smashed” Mick Fanning makes pointed claim in wild post-grand final TV interview!

“Mick Fanning being interviewed after I assume 40 beers was the icing on the cake.”

If you’re an Australian living on its eastern mainland flank, but not including Victoria, you’ll be aware there was a rugby league grand final last night and that a team called Penrith, which is a little town at the foot of the Blue Mountains, won a tremendously exciting match. 

And, the three-time world champ Michael Eugene Fanning, who was born in Penrith in 1981 before moving to Tweed Heads in 1993, was in the thick of the celebrations, looking very much like a pink-faced cherub amid the sweating brown bodies. 

Following the game, Fanning, forty-two and very much nourished by the win, was interviewed by a television reporter and gave a performance that has been unanimously praised by football fans on social media. 


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“Mick Fanning ain’t driving the Panthers bus tonight.” 

“I reckon Mick Fanning has had a beer or 20!!”

“Mick Fanning is smashed haha.”

As he strolled through the winning players, Mick responds to questioning with,

“Are you kidding? This is the best thing ever. Oh my god, this is sooo amazingl, like, phew, look at it!”

Tears in Kelly Slater’s camp, however, as Mick, a straight-shooter if ever there was one, tells the reporter that Penrith’s co- captain Nathan Clearly is “the greatest athlete on earth” usurping common opinion, including mine, that Slater is the greatest sportsman of any era and medium.

Not Mick.

“Seriously, I swear to God, (Cleary’s) the greatest athlete on earth,” repeats Mick. “He went absolutely loony.”


Watch here!