Brazil (pictured) in prime.
Brazil (pictured) in prime.

Professional surfing in disarray as Brazil lashes American, Australian surfers with “uncomfortable” new visa requirements!

Extreme retaliation in response to a fading storm.

The dissipation of the Brazilian Storm was as unexpected as it was quiet. Not eight months ago, the South American nation’s absolute dominance of professional surfing at its highest level seemed assured for decades to come. The small wave wizard Filipe Toledo had just won his second title with Lower Trestles to host at least three more “Finals Days” on the non-intimidating cobbled stone. Gabriel Medina was returning to fierce form after various extracurriculars appeared to dull his rage. Italo Ferreira was inhumanly pumped.

Then, like that, the clouds evaporated.

Toledo got so scared of bigger waves that he was forced to take a mental health year. Medina, still fierce, found no grace in the judges’ eyes and is in real jeopardy of the dreaded mid-season cull. Ferreira has overdosed on stoke-ed. The highest ranking Brazilian surfer is Yago Dora at 17.

And as the sun came back out, utterly dominant American surfers are there, flag waving and taunting. Griffin Colapinto number 1, Jake Marshall number 4, Cole Houshmand and Crosby Colapinto numbers 8 and 9 respectively and all to say nothing about Hawaiians John John Florence and Barron Mamiya at numbers 3 and 6.

Australia’s Ethan Ewing, of course, number 2.

Red, white, in any case, and blue.

Well, Brazil appears mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The country’s left-leaning government has just announced that next year American and Australian surfers will not only be forced to get visas prior to arrival, they will also have to share that they are well-ish to do.

Per The Hill:

Travelers from the U.S., Canada, and Australia will need to obtain a visa before entering the country, beginning April 10, 2025, according to a Brazilian government-authorized website.

To complete the visa application, visitors must provide proof of income for travel by showing their last three checking or savings account statements or their six previous pay stubs.

If you don’t have at least $2,000 in your bank account you’ll need a sponsor — typically a friend or family member — to sign a document called an affidavit of support, accepting financial responsibility for you.


But do you think if, say, regional alternative milk manufacturer Bonsoy does not see continued value in its Ethan Ewing sponsorship, thereby cutting off his income, that Charlie Medina will “sponsor” him?

At what cost?

Also, what will happen to Kade Matson?

The new rules will not be enforced until 2025, leaving this year’s VIVO Rio Pro safe but all hell is expected to break loose next July.

Certainly diplomats are feverishly working to sort out a solution. Maybe having U.S. and Australian surf governing bodies declare that Filipe Toledo is not a giant chicken and can surf Teahupo’o better than anyone if he feels like it?

A small price to pay, to be honest.

More as the story develops.

Lennox Head beach shack at 47 Gibbon Street, Lennox Head,
Pretty little Lennox Head beach shack, frangipani sheltering the front rooms from the late-afternoon sun.

Lennox Head property boom continues unabated as beach shack sells for eye-watering $2.375 million!

Pretty blue beach shack a few hundred yards from the beach set to be demolished and replaced with three townhouses.

Six month after house prices in the once-blue collar surf town Lennox Head were recalibrated following an $18 million sale, an old beach shack has sold for almost two-and-a-half mill. 

The latest sale is a three-bedroom weatherboard shack, a few hundred yards from the drink at 47 Gibbon Street, Lennox Head, and which had been in the same fam for fifty years, for $2,375,000 Australian shekels. 

It’s a beautiful old joint, painted a pretty pale blue, front windows looking into an old frangipani tree, and with a back yard so vast and lush you can almost hear the squeals of little kids flying down a slip and slide or bouncing around on a backyard trampoline. 

Lennox Head beach shack at  47 Gibbon Street, Lennox Head,
Pretty little Lennox Head beach shack, frangipani sheltering the front rooms from the late-afternoon sun.
47 Gibbon St Lennox Head
Living the North Coast country soul dream in Lennox Head.
47 Gibbon St Lennox Head
Three hundred yards from the Lennox Head beachies.
47 Gibbon St Lennox Head
Pretty little Lennox Head beach shack pre-bulldozers and townhouses.

Probs ain’t gonna happen.

The house is on seven thousand square feet and is zoned multi-density so, likely, the dirt will be carved up and three townhouses of zero architectural value and devoid of the joy the old shack would’ve brought to generations will be built.

According to the selling realtor, 

“This 753sqm medium-density block offers a multitude of options for the buyer looking to capitalize on this amazing location in Lennox Head. Just 300m to Lake Ainsworth and 7 Mile Beach, this somewhat blank canvas includes the original beach shack with rear lane access. You could choose to keep the current home, build out the back, or redevelop the entire block with the option for 3 homes (STCA). This could be the perfect opportunity for those seeking to do a joint venture with a friend, allowing you to move into the village and enjoy all that it has to offer.”

Further proof, as if proof was necessary, that the Northern Rivers, that hallowed stretch of coast and hinterland surrounding Byron Bay, has inflated into the sorta bubble not seen since the fabled tulip mania in the seventeenth century when a single bulb costs the equivalent of seven hundred and fifty gees. 

Boatload of migrants arrive in Carlsbad, nearly killing surfer in beach landing.
A surfer nearly wears a speedboat as the dozen New Americans make final lunge for life in promised land.

Carlsbad surfer almost run over by migrant speedboat as number of new Americans hitting San Diego beaches leaps to over 7000…in one week!

San Diego county now on track to becoming the hottest migrant hub in the union surpassing border town Tucson, Arizona. 

In another bold and inspiring beach landing, albeit one that nearly claimed the life of a surfer, a boatload of new Americans arrived on the shores of Carlsbad overnight. 

In what has become the new norm in a country that has swung open its golden door to the huddled masses, the wretched refuse, 7.2 million so far under the Biden admin, the new Americans made their beach landing near the pretty town famous for its celebrity residents including Chris Cote and Tony Hawke. 

(BeachGrit principal Charlie Smith, meanwhile, powders his wig five miles south in Cardiff by the Sea.) 

After zooming through the lineup, the dozen new Americans, each committed to bringing prosperity to the greatest union of states on earth, disembarked, with haste, and ran to waiting black SUVs in Carlsbad village. 

San Diego county is now on track to becoming the hottest migrant hub in the union surpassing Tucson, Arizona. 

“Tucson has been the number one sector for migrant arrivals since July 2023, but numbers have been dropping,” Adam Isacson from the Washington Office on Latin America said.

“While one week’s data is not enough evidence to go by, it is possible that San Diego may be supplanting Tucson as the number-one sector.”

These heart-warming scenes, boat landing on beach, new Americans jogging off to their new lives, are being played up and down the southern Californian coastline. 

You’ll recall a few months back when Malibu was put into a state of euphoria after a boat filled with twenty-five New Americans disembarked on its privileged shores.

The twenty-five new Americans scattered once they hit the golden sands of what used to be Chumash lands, and just under the $100-million clifftop compound of chanteuse Barbara Streisand.

The location of the Malibu landing was significant.

In 2019, Streisand, who is a long-time donor to the Democratic Party, criticised Donald Trump for his plans to build a border wall.

“Trump only cares about this ‘wall’ in order to build a monument to himself. Just like the bankrupt ‘Trump’ buildings, the nation cannot afford to pay for his ego – not financially, not morally,” Streisand wrote on X.

And to Vogue magazine,

“Unless you’re an American Indian, you know, you’re a child or grandchild or great-grandchild of immigrants, even the president,,” she said.

Streisand’s house at 6838 Zumirez Drive in Malibu ain’t that far from Paradise Cove, the upscale trailer park famous for its celebrity residents including iconic surf writer Sam George.

Open Thread: Comment Live on Day Two of the Margaret River Pro!

Is this seriously only day two?

Alessa Quizon + Max Holloway amazing fight fans.
Alessa Quizon + Max Holloway amazing fight fans.

“Huge surfboarding star” Alessa Quizon featured in must-read UFC WAG profile!


Last night, combat sport fans thrilled to UFC 300 which was billed by pugilistic experts as “very neat” and “very cool.” The bash took place in Paradise, Nevada with a who’s who taking in the action from plush velvet seats. Alex Pereira defeated Jamahal Hill via technical knockout in round 1 to close the evening, but the most thrilling card belonged to Max Holloway and Justin Gaethje which lasted 5 rounds and ended with a stunning Holloway win forcing Kelly Slater’s good friend Joe Rogan to make this face.


Earlier in the day, the aforementioned fight devotees were thrilled to learn that Holloway’s wife is, in fact, renowned surf star Alessa Quizon. The must-read Sun piece GLAM BAM Inside the lives of UFC 300 Wags – from surfing champ to makeup mogul Mayweather wanted & ex-NFL star’s daughter was released directly before the big event, allowing the curious to learn a little more about their favorite combatants.

About Quizon, specifically, they were treated with:

Fan-favourite Max Holloway will be cheered on cageside by his son, Rush, and wife Alessa – who is a huge surfboarding star. The pair began dating in February 2020 and eventually tied the knot in April 2022. Alessa was a popular figure long before she met Max due to her exploits on the waves. The former No. 83-ranked female surfer boasted over 500,000 Instagram followers before she began dating ‘Blessed’. As well as competing professionally, Alessa spends her days making surfing content for her social media pages including a YouTube channel.

And that, friends, is that.

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