Movie star handsome Ben Gravy.
Movie star handsome Ben Gravy.

Ben Gravy stuns world by attempting “major surfing milestone!”

A boy from New Jersey and his dream.

Movie star handsome Ben Gravy is nothing if not historic. The 35-year-old, whose real surname is Graeff, cleaned himself up after a bout with addiction and became an VAL icon. His open demeanor, rugged smile and “you-can-do-it-too” approach to life inspires almost excessively. Gravy, who often makes his art upon a soft-topped board, has done basically everything. Surfed all fifty of the United States, palled around with Jamie O’Brien and became married on the beach.

Ben Gravy

Though it seems as if he has climbed all of surfing’s mountain, save Jaws, Maverick’s, Nazaré etc., there is a “major surfing milestone” yet unticked.

7 seas in 7 days

You read that correctly. Gravy is in the middle of a historic attempt of surfing all seven of the seas in the span of seven days. But, without looking, can you name them all?

Well done.

The New Jersey native started in Japan, where he surfed a pool then, according to breathless reporting:

He then will surf the Indian Ocean in Bali and Indonesia; the Southern Ocean (also known as the Antarctic Ocean) in Melbourne, Australia; the South Pacific in Sydney, Australia; the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, Texas; the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic City on November 4; and, finally, the Arctic Ocean in Norway on November 6.

“On October 31, we are gonna be setting out on the one of the biggest missions, journeys, projects, I’ve ever done: 7 Seas in 7 Days, where we’re gonna be surfing seven different oceans around the world in seven days,” Ben Gravy tautologically declared.

But if Jules Verne was still walking amongst us, do you think he would be following along? Penning a masterpiece on the adventure?

For the dream.

It must be assumed that the Sami up there in Norway are preparing a ticker tape parade for Nov. 6th.

Ollu lihkku! Don vuitet!

Matthew Perry and Justin Trudeau
Trudeau, with Filipino fans, and, inset, Matthew "Chandler Bing" Perry. | Photo: Main photo @justintrudeau

Canada’s surfer PM Justin Trudeau venerates Matthew Perry despite pair’s troubled past

"Who hasn't wanted to punch Chandler?" says telegenic fist-puppet of the global elite Justin Trudeau.

The surf exploits of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, described as the bastard love child of Fidel Castro and Trudeau’s schlong-gobbling whore of a mother” and “the telegenic fist-puppet of the global elite” have been well documented. 

Even  a cursory strolls through the pages of Google finds Trudeau referred to as “the global leader with the best surfing skills, regularly showing his skills and even rubbing those skills in everyone’s face.”

Two years ago, Justin Trudeau was savaged by the global press for skipping Canada’s first Truth and Reconciliation Day and taking a surf vacay to Tofino. 

Now, and following the sudden death of Friends star Matthew Perry, Justin Trudeau has taken to X to venerate the star and childhood friend. 

(Trudeau’s daddy, Pierre Trudeau, also a Canadian PM, hired Perry’s mama Suzanne as his press secretary.)

“Matthew Perry’s passing is shocking and saddening,” wrote Trudeau. “I’ll never forget the schoolyard games we used to play, and I know people around the world are never going to forget the joy he brought them. Thanks for all the laughs, Matthew.” 

These games included Matthew Perry and a pal beating hell out of the future PM.

“He was excelling in a sport that we weren’t, so it was pure jealousy,” Perry told Jimmy Kimmell in 2017. “He was the only kid in school that we could beat up. … I’m not bragging about this. This is terrible. I was a stupid kid. I didn’t want to beat him up…I think I was rather instrumental in him going to such great heights in becoming the Prime Minister. I think he said, ‘I’m going to rise above this and become Prime Minister.”

After the cruel game came to light Trudeau displayed a rare grace writing,
“I’ve been giving it some thought, and you know what, who hasn’t wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch?”
Matthew Perry returned the salvo quipping, “I think I will pass at your request for a rematch kind sir (given that you currently have an army at your disposal).”
Have you been following BeachGrit’s coverage of the surf-adjacent star’s death?


Neymar Jr and rumoured lover Pedro Scooby inset
Italo fires broadside at Surf Ranch judges; inset, Neymar Jr and Pedro Scooby, pals.

Neymar Jr’s rumoured surfer-lover Pedro “Scooby” Vianna curb-stomps WSL in fiery TV rant

“They put the knife into Medina and Italo."

The big-wave star Pedro “Scooby” Vianna, who is also a model and, if the allegations of an Instagram influencer are to be believed, lover of soccer ace Neymar Jr, has struck out at the World Surf League on Brazilian TV.

The impossibly handsome thirty five year old from Rio De Janerio lit up on Cazé TV in a fiery rant during the live coverage of the Pan American Games in Chile and where Peru’s Lucca Mesinas and Brazil’s Tatiana Weston Webb took shortboard gold.

Scooby was asked about adding wave pools to the world tour, to which he responded, vociferously, in the negative.

“Not much has changed,” said Scooby. “The guys stole from the foreigners in the pool. They put the knife into Medina and Italo. Nothing has changed. Theoretically it was supposed to change but they decided it wasn’t.”

Scooby then added, “Sorry for the sincerity.”

You’ll remember, of course, at the Surf Ranch event in May when pro surfing was thrown into chaos and fans turned on the WSL and its CEO Erik Logan after Ethan Ewing controversially beat Gabriel Medina and Griffin Colapinto, Italo Ferreira.

Medina threw fuel on an already spectacular bonfire and despite winner Ethan Ewing being threatened with death by Brazilian surf fans, when he posted an open letter to the WSL complaining of poor judging, the defeat marking the first time in five events he’d failed to make the final.

“The surfing community, especially in Brazil, is mesmerized with the poor clarity and inconsistence of judging for many years now, but lately it has been even more shocking,” wrote Medina.

“It is quite clear that judging is now rewarding very simple surfing, seamless transitions and have taken critical turns in critical sections off the criteria. This is very frustrating and is stagnating the sport.”

Italo Ferreira, the 2019 world champion, and reigning world number one Filipe Toledo joined the chorus, perhaps missing the irony that Brazilians have won six of the last nine world titles.

(In September, Toledo would make it seven out of ten.)

“After a long day, of many thoughts, analyses, news and arguments, I realized that I am tired, psychologically exhausted. It’s not easy to spend 10 years swallowing hard,” wrote Toledo.

“I’m a surfer, original and rooted, who grew up among real surfers, and fairness has always been one of the main points in my experience. That’s why I feel tired. For the love of sport, I’m still firm and strong. And now, I feel happy seeing the posts by Gabriel Medina, Ítalo Ferreira, and many others, who can still adhere to the idea that what we seek will always be the evolution of the sport, with justice and transparency. We want nothing but fair. Nothing beyond what is our right. We need our voice to be heard and respected, because, after all, we are the protagonists of it all!”

Italo then went passive-aggressive, as if a teen girl has hacked his telephone.

“My intuition is not to attack, hurt, take into credit and judgment, but silence consumes me. The surf that gave me and gives me everything I live by this if I need to prove it yet. My looks and my energy and what they carry says it all. On my part, surf, I give you my all. My devotion My day to day that only me, my team and my family know. And so we shall continue. In the moment of sadness, indignation, reverse and look forward, transform, inspire people.”

Scooby, meanwhile, allegedly became Neymar Jr’s lover at a sex party, the story extensively covered by BeachGrit’s JP Currie.

“The allegations came via a Brazilian woman who identifies as an ‘influencer’, a term I find so distasteful I won’t mention her name. She alleges that she and another woman joined Neymar Jr and Scooby for a foursome, but that the two men were far more interested in each other.”

However, it’s not the first time the tabloid press have made allegations about Neymar Jr’s sexuality, in particular the nature of his friendship with Gabriel Medina.

Matthew Perry (center) and his final date. Photo: Friends
Matthew Perry (center) and his final date. Photo: Friends

Surf friend Matthew Perry’s last date revealed to be Monster Girl

The mystery brunette sharing Matthew Perry's last public lunch at Hotel Bel-Air represents The Claw.

The new of Matthew Perry’s shock death is still reverberating through the surf community. The 54-year-old actor was found “unconscious in a stand-alone jacuzzi” on October 28th after he had played a pickleball game. His assistant, out running errands at the time, returned to the nightmare and immediately contacted the authorities. It was, unfortunately, too late.

The aforementioned surf community had been, weeks prior, rage filled at Perry after he had denigrated Keanu Reeves, long considered the greatest surf actor of all time thanks to turns as Ted Logan and Johnny Utah. “Why is it that the original thinkers like River Phoenix and Heath Ledger die, but Keanu Reeves still walks among us?” he wrote in his best-selling memoir.

Thankfully, the Friends’ star quickly apologized, declaring, “It was a mean thing to do. I pulled his name because I live on the same street. I’ve apologized publicly to him. Any future versions of the book will not have his name in it.”

Surf fans, forced to live in a World Surf League, are unaccustomed to anyone taking accountability. We all, immediately, re-fell in love with the man who brought us Chandler Bing.

Matthew Perry Surf Forever

Interest in Perry’s last moments, anyhow, has reached fever pitch. He was out to lunch at the picturesque Hotel Bel-Air with a mystery brunette hours before his passing. The last public photographs of him, in fact.

Her identity shrouded in secrecy until, hours ago, revealed.

Athenna Crosby, a 25-year-old model and entertainment reporter according to the New York Post, took to Instagram to declare:

I am so devastated from his death but felt it was in poor taste to talk about it publicly as the attention should not be on me but rather on him and his legacy and he was an extremely private person and I always respected that in our friendship. But indeed, we were friends and I was one of the last people to speak to him and see him before he passed.

Beautiful words but also, as is most elements in this tragic story, surf adjacent.

Alongside being a model and entertainment reporter, Crosby is a “Monster Girl.” But you have certainly been to an extreme sport event in the last year or such. The energy drink made famous by Bobby Martinez and Dane Reynolds is still very much in the action game. The “claw” mostly sponsors our BMX bicycle rider and motocross brothers but also, I think, the current surf world champion Filipe Toledo.

Scantily clad “Monster Girls” are a mainstay at events that actually draw a crowd and I, once, had the pleasure of meeting their madam.

All to say, if you have an extra large can of hype in your fridge, please retrieve it and poor some out now.

If not, hit your nearest gas station.

It’s the right thing to do.

Olympic surf hopeful Israel Barona pictured in barrel. Photo: @Israel_barona Instagram
Olympic surf hopeful Israel Barona pictured in barrel. Photo: @Israel_barona Instagram

Olympic surf hopeful and local legend tragically dies in El Salvador

The 34-year-old was in the Central American nation for a surf contest as he attempted to punch his ticket to Tahiti for the 2024 Games.

Tragic word has trickled out of El Salvador that the Ecuadorian Olympic surf hopeful Israel Barona Matute has suddenly died. The 34-year-old was in the Central American nation for a surf contest as he attempted to punch his ticket to Tahiti for the 2024 Games. Barona, a lantern-jawed regular foot, was a mainstay of the Ecuadorian team. He had won many national competitions, represented Ecuador at the World Surfing Games and also regularly competed on the World Surf League’s Qualifying Series.

Barona’s sister, Dominic, represented Ecuador at the Tokyo 2020 Games and also at the recently-wrapped 2023 Pan American Games.

The Ecuadorian Olympic Committee released a statement reading, “The Olympic Movement extends its heartfelt condolences to the Barona Matute family, following the death of the great athlete of Team Ecuador Surf, Israel Barona Matute. Rest in peace, champion…”

No cause of death given.