Koa Rothman almost killed at Pipeline
Lifeguards stabilise a concussed and bloody Koa Rothman on the beach at Pipeline.

Surfer Koa Rothman says “Pipeline almost killed me!”

“His battered face was red, swollen and grotesque.”

It’s little secret Pipeline is a wave that will throw itself on a man like a demented animal, turning its prey into something that no longer looks human.

Rarely does rhetoric (“You can die out there”) and reputation match reality but in the case of Pipeline, at least this season, it fits.

What is it…five…major casualties?

Peruvian Joaquin Del Castillo had to get his hip bolted back back together at a cost of one hundred gees that he don’t have, Teahupoo kingpin Eimeo Czermak just wants to feel his legs again, world number four Joao Chianca is in rehab after belting his head, a tourist was pulled unconscious from the water on a four-foot day and beautiful Koa Rothman, he face-planted the reef and, in his own words, “Pipeline almost killed me.”

In a video of the brutish incident, we see the wave from the Surfline cam, the rescue, the ambulance ride, Koa’s face red, swollen and grotesque, and the very relieved son of Fast Eddie explaining the brush with his fragile mortality.

“You guys, I’m alive!” says Koa Rothman. “For those of you who don’t know what happened, I actually had an accident out here at Pipeline…on the very end on a wave you’d never expect it to happen on. I hit my head on the bottom, got twenty stitches in my face… and had a pretty bad concussion… I don’t remember ten minutes of it… What I do remember is, the whole session up to it, I caught a wave and straightened out on the wave. When we straighten out, which we do a lot, we give a little hop before the wave hits you… I remember jumping a little bit…I came to on the beach on a stretcher and in a neck brace.”

Superstar surfing couple Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard list 10-acre compound near Byron Bay for $1.6 million

"One-of-a-kind architecturally designed home"

The handsome, if slightly cruel looking, Jack Freestone and former bikini model-pro surfer wife Alana Blanchard have listed their rural compound near Byron Bay for $1.6 million Australian dollars or around a mill if you got American shekels.

Jack Freestone we last saw in these pages, along with former title contender Matt Wilkinson, as dick swinging avatars in the Greatest Surf Movie in the Universe.

The size diff in the dicks granted to these two titans of the sport was considerable, Jack Freestone got a jock pussy and Wilko a noble shaft with a great thick cord, enlarged, charged, aching to get sucked.

Anyway Jack, who is thirty-two, and his thirty-four-year-old wife Alana Blanchard have listed their ten-acre spread in Farrants Hill, out the back of Cabarita there, and forty-five minutes or so drive north of wildly Instagramable Byron Bay.

The pair moved to Australia six months ago, along with kids Koda and Banks, after living in Kauai, where Alana is from, and, later, the North Shore of Oahu.

The selling realtor describes the Freestone-Blanchard property as a “one-of-a-kind architecturally designed home… this wonderfully inspired build offers a home that embraces both a unique sophistication and natural charm. On offer is 10 acres of private and peaceful country living, overlooking the stunning Tweed Valley, yet nestled amongst a tropical bush setting.

“The open-plan family room has cathedral ceilings that reach a mezzanine level, featuring a suspended walkway, which is something to savour and sets this home apart. The high curved ceiling, plentiful windows and glass sliding doors to the timber deck alfresco area ensure the space is flooded with natural light, giving this home an effortless and modern feel. The rich colouring of the hardwood flooring and featured wood-burning fireplace brings warmth and a sense of peace and relaxation.

Main bedroom of house of Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard. House of Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard. House of Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard. House of Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard.

“Aside from the primary residence, this property boasts a transformed outbuilding that serves as a fully independent unit, ideal for accommodating guests, an art studio, or functioning as a home office.”

Jack Freestone and Alana Blanchard bought the joint in 2021 for $1.43 mill, not exactly at the top of the market but not far from it, but hope to shuck it from their lives without being cut where it hurts.

If you want to feel a little of that famous Country Soul, with the salt of Jack Freestone still lingering in the air, jump in here.

Surf Girls Hawaii not officially cancelled as former WSL CEO Erik Logan’s “poopoo touch” meets possible match!

Blue crushing it.

Days ago, it was reported here, then picked up by Surfer Magazine’s malingering robots, that the Amazon Prime show Surf Girls Hawaii had been cancelled. Monica Medellin, the show’s creator, had taken to Instagram penning, “Closing one chapter to write the next!” going on to be thankful for the five years she worked on the program etc.

The cancellation was unsurprising as former World Surf League CEO Erik Logan had been involved, bringing his “poopoo touch” to yet another project. But who could forget his The Ultimate Surfer, gone after one season, Make or Break, gone after two, or… anything else the man graced with his spectacular lack of talent.

Well, apparently “Closing one chapter to write the next” did not mean the end of Surf Girls Hawaii even though it is nearly impossible, in context, for it to mean anything else.

BeachGrit has learned that the show has, in fact, not been officially cancelled and might Logan’s magical ability to spin fecal matter out of gold met its match, here?

Multiple seasons of Surf Girls Hawaii spinning out ad infinitum?

Logan reemerging on the red carpet to accept awards and acclaim?

What will that evil Surfer bot do with this new information?

More as the story develops.

Vaast (pictured) a man for all seasons.
Vaast (pictured) a man for all seasons.

Tahiti surf hunk Kauli Vaast becomes newest face of Dior!


Move over, Johnny Depp and make way for something better. The Tahitian surf hunk Kauli Vaast has just announced that he is partnering with French fashion house Dior ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics. The almost impossibly handsome 21-year-old announced the partnership on his Instagram account, declaring, “Passion and dedication for my sport brings unique stories – proud to join the ultimate french fashion house.” And, in an interview with WWD added, “I’m honored and proud to join this magnificent fashion house, which moves forward day by day with audacity and creativity, just as I must do in surf.”

Very cool and smart of Dior to nab Vaast who will undoubtedly shine at his home break Teahupo’o, which will host the surfing portion of the Games, judges comfortably deciding the winners from a posh new aluminum reef-based tower.

Dior, famously, crafted a wetsuit in partnership with core brand Vissla though it is doubtful that Vaast will sport that neoprene as his main surf sponsor is the Authentic Brand Quiksilver.

But do you think that the Mountain and Wave will feel sad to have the very talented charger as the face of a real and important label or do you think the company brass is more concerned with fitting that logo on fingernail clippers?

Moreover, now that Dior has made its surf move do you image Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy and Balmain will counter with other sexy Tahitian surfers?

My first pick would be Raimana Van Bastolear.

Human Viagra.


Pete Mel (insert) ready to shine again. Photo: Coldwater Classic
Pete Mel (insert) ready to shine again. Photo: Coldwater Classic

Santa Cruz surf club signals intent to smash Australians, Brazilians and reclaim world surf throne!

A comeback story!

There was once a time when Santa Cruz, there hugging California’s great middle north, was seen as a premier surf power. Locals like Ratboy, Barney, The Condor and Flea dominated the magazines. O’Neill the go-to brand of the core and Steamer Lane hosted the contest of the year.

Alas, the town of 60,000 souls lost an ugly fight over the moniker “Surf City, USA” to Huntington Beach, discovered methamphetamine and faded from surf memory.

But is she ready for a comeback?


The Santa Cruz Board Riders Club is ponying up and sending a team of four to Australia’s Gold Coast in order to compete in the Usher Cup, a tournament pitting the best surf clubs around the world against each other for bragging rights and also $100,000 cash money.

Sam and Ben Coffey, Shaun Burns and Autumn Hays each received the mayor’s blessing as they prepare to jet across the Pacific.

“It’s definitely very surreal, I haven’t traveled internationally for a surf competition in a while. All my heroes are competing in this, and there’s just going to be really good surfing that I’m excited to watch,” Hays told the local Action News.

“All the kids over there are so good, boys and girls. It’ll be super cool to represent Santa Cruz and we got a pretty good team this year, so hopefully, we can bring it home, do well,” Sam Coffey added.

“We kind of want to take it to them and be a part of this competition bringing it home to Santa Cruz and stealing the trophy away from them and bringing it home is something we want to do. We’re going in there to compete and fight hard,” Shaun Burns declared.

The Usher Cup features twenty Australian teams and ten from elsewhere in the world. Santa Cruz will have to really brings its A game but maybe, just maybe, it’s time for the sun to shine upon both the east and west sides once again.

Back to this Usher Cup, though. Have you heard about it before? Does it possibly have the clout to replace the World Surf League as the “global home of surfing?”

Things to think about.