Transgender surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson.
The inspirational transgender surfer, and influencer, Sasha Jane Lowerson.

Love reigns supreme as Californian surf contest ordered to include transgender surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson in women’s division

"You can't cherry-pick the rulebook. If you're going to use the rulebook, you use all of it."

Two weeks ago, the founder of American Longboarding Todd Messick got himself a little heat, and plenty of support truth be told, when he said no to inspirational T-Girl Sasha Jane Lowerson competing at the Huntington Beach Longboard Pro.

In a message posted to X, Messick said:

“It was brought to my attention yesterday that there’s a transgender athlete that’s entered into the women’s division and it threw me completely off guard. I didn’t realize I was going to have to address this just this soon, only into our second contest. But I do want to make clear that our policy is very much in line with the ISA. You’re welcome to go online, I’m going to post some things there, but right now we’re going to support biological males and biological females in their divisions respectively. If you were born a female, you enter in the women’s. If you’re born a male, you enter in the men’s.

“You guys can live however and whatever you want to do in life. That’s not for me to decide, but it is for me to decide what’s fair and not fair for the American Longboarding Association. So, that being said, we’re going to stick to our guns. I want to offer an equal playing field for all athletes and that’s the stand we’re taking so I hope that everybody respects that and allows us to just do our thing. This whole thing is about traditional longboard surfing and supporting that so that’s what we’re here to do.”

“It’s really this simple,” said the skateboarder Taylor Silverman, who ain’t into T-Girls in women’s sports. “Contest organizers just say no. Within one day of being made aware of this nonsense it was announced it would not be tolerated. This is the way. This is the future. This is the return to normalcy and sanity.”

Now, Messick’s dream of only allowing biological gals to compete against each other has evaporated after The California Coastal Commission ruled surf competitions could “not discriminate based on gender”.

“I was really disappointed and surprised [by the decision not to allow T-Girls into the contest”,” Sasha Jane Lowerson, a robust forty-seven-year-old strawberry blonde with terrific arms who blossomed into chemical-induced womanhood in 2020, told the BBC. “You can’t cherry-pick the rulebook. If you’re going to use the rulebook, you use all of it.”

One year ago, the World Surf League opened the door for transgender women to compete at the highest level despite Kelly Slater arguing for a “trans-only division.”

A few caveats.

You had to’ve been a gal for at least twelve months and your male hormone levels gotta be real low ie less than 5 nanomoles per liter continuously for the previous 12 months (biological men hover between 10 and 35, bio-gals under three), although the WSL said it wasn’t testing, instead relying on each athlete to supply their own supporting documents.

Messick says he was “surprised by the anger” following his post but also, “What I found too is that there was a lot of people very appreciative of me speaking up. For me, I was trying to do the right thing. It wasn’t something I ever expected to have to deal with really, not in our little longboard community.”

Brendan Tighe (pictured) mid flight.
Brendan Tighe (pictured) mid flight.

Surfer famous for swan dive off murderous beast saves drowning man

Heroes aren't born...

Now, the name Brendan Tighe may not be quite household, yet, but it is well on the way to being so, at least in our ever-shrinking surf world. The New Jersey native made headlines last year when he swan dove from the lip of a very cold and murderous beast into the void.

You must watch here.

“I guess you could say I’m an under-the-radar guy, I try to stay in my lane,” the Springsteen-esque looker told Surfline at the time. “If you catch me on a three-foot day, I’ll look like anyone else. I don’t wiggle well, I’d be a first round clown in any contest, and I can’t really do airs. But if the waves are big, I can go out there and do my thing: tubes and cutbacks.”

Well, Tighe is back in the headlines, this time for saving a drowning man. He was out surfing Belmar, just south of the Stone Pony, when he heard a loud yelling. Turning over, he beheld a man trying, but failing, to swim.

Taking to Instagram, he explained:

Today, 3 minutes into my session at a wave I never surf, I heard someone screaming for help significantly far from me. paddled 200 yards out and over from the jetty I was surfing to a nearly unconscious/hypothermic man floating on his back.

He was drifting out to sea without a wetsuit and not swimming. Knowing he was frantic/near unconsciousness, I put space between him and myself. This was to create distance and avoid being pulled under by an adrenaline fueled drowning victim. I detached my leash and swam my board into his arms, remaining 5 feet away and keeping my board between us.

I helped him hold my board perpendicular to his body to keep space and allow him to rest, but because of the water temperature his body was not regulating. After swimming/pulling the board and him in keeping the space, we were caught in the same (minimal) high tide rip that pulled him out in the first place.

To adjust: I loudly/assertively told him not to touch my body and put him in the classic prone position on the board, swam out and around and pushed him in swimming behind him and pushing the tail, away from his body, while making sure he stayed on the back half the board (nose up) to reduce drag.

We made it safely to the beach where Belmar EMS, Police & the USCG took over and I removed myself from the situation.
He is cleared and will be OK.

Surfers: it may not be our responsibility to be lifeguards, but having the skill and being in the right place at the right time can save someone’s life.

The heroics were captured on the aforementioned Surfline rewind cam where all good and bad deeds live forever.

Bravo, Brendan Tighe.


Harry Bryant (left) and Prince William enjoying some brother time in the days before that dastardly Meghan Markel came around.
Harry Bryant (left) and Prince William enjoying some brother time in the days before that dastardly Meghan Markel came around.

Surfing dealt major blow as Prince William opts to play beach volleyball instead

Move over, surfing. There's a new Sport of Kings in town.

I am currently in Nashville, Tennessee attending my very talented daughter’s university graduation. She made it through with honors, playing soccer on full scholarship and generally crushing. I am very proud, prouder, likely, than England’s King Charles whose genealogically talented son is currently in that country’s surf capital, thrusting a blade into, funny enough, the Sport of Kings.

Prince William and his estranged brother Harry Bryant have surf dabbled for much of their gilded lives, sometimes soft-topping, sometimes putting their bodies on a boogie. You can imagine, then, the hope and thrill in Cornwall when the heir came galloping into town.

Local media was boasting “the warm spring weather, with temperatures of around 16C and a gentle breeze” there off Fistral Beach. Surfline calling it 2 -3 and fair.

Perfect surfing weather.

And yet, the fair prince neither wetsuited nor paddled nor glided upon the face of the ocean, instead opting to play beach volleyball.


Per Daily Mail:

William showed off his volleyball skills as his serving proved too much as the opposition repeatedly knocked the ball into the net while attempting a return.

William, who is also the Duke of Cornwall, a title inherited from his father after the Queen’s death, runs the Duchy of Cornwall, a portfolio of land, property and investments valued at more than £1 billion, which provide an income for the heir to the throne.

Despite the warm weather – one of the hottest days so far this year – William appeared cool, calm and collected in a light-blue shirt and navy chinos.

He added a pair of snazzy shades for the relaxed outing and made a face of pure concentration as he served the ball in the game.

It must be noted that the “opposition” happened to be teenagers from the local lifesaving club.

Surfing, in any case, dealt a major blow. Will it entirely disappear from merry old England, being wholly replaced by beach volleyball.

Hope springs.

The burnt out Chevy Colorado of Callum and Jake Robinson, killed in Mexico.
The thieves and alleged killers "approached with the intention of stealing their vehicle and taking the tires and other parts to put them on the older-model pickup they were driving."

Man accused of killing three surfers in Baja Mexico allegedly told girlfriend, “I f**ked up three gringos”

Girlfriend of alleged killer turns prosecution witness, says Jesus Gerardo confessed to triple murder… 

The man accused of killing two Australian brothers Jake and Callum Robinson and their American pal Jack Carter Rhoad has appeared in an Ensenada court charged with kidnapping, although the charges are now expected to be upgraded to murder after his girl turned prosecution witness. 

Last week, the bodies of the three surfers were found dumped in a fifty-foot well in Baja, California, four miles from where they were shot dead and their tents burned.

Mexican cops ID’d three people as suspects in the killings, two of ‘em caught with meth and, one, the woman who would turn proz witness, carrying one of the dead men’s phones. 

Jesus Gerardo aka El Kekas, which is slang for quesadillas, has a rap sheet for domestic violence, drug dealing and car theft. Appearing in an orange jump suit and with his hands and feet manacled to the floor, Jesus Gerado learned his gal, Ari Gisell, had told the cops he had admitted to the killings. 

According to the State’s case, his girl said Jesus Gerado arrived at her house on the Sunday after the killings and said, “I fucked up three gringos.” 

She asked what he meant and he said, “I killed them.” 

He then gave her one of the men’s phones and took her outside to show her the new tyres on his car, allegedly stolen from the surfers’ Chevy Colorado. 

The case continues.

Matthew McConaughey and John John Florence.
Matthew McConaughey and John John Florence recreate the Slater-Machado paw-swipe from 1995.

Matthew McConaughey and John John Florence recreate greatest moment in surf history at Kelly Slater Surf Ranch!

"Magic carpets."

In the Hawaiian winter of 1995, the two world title combatants Rob Machado and Kelly Slater called a momentary truce in their crucial semi-final when the pair slapped palms after a Machado tube. 

Of course, cynics were quick to claim that Kelly Slater swiped at Machado’s paw to force his opponent to stay on the wave longer than necessary and lose priority and, therefore, the world title. 

I was there on the beach, as it happened, and it felt as if Slater was a cat carrying a dead bird in its mouth, eating his prey slowly, then licking himself clean. 

Fast forward almost thirty years and we find the Hollywood hunk Matthew McConaughey, who stunned surf fans last September with an inspirational speech to Griffin Colapinto prior to the kid’s world title showdown with Filipe Toledo and which contained a still-unexplained prophecy, recreating the famous event at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch.

In a two-shot sequence posted on Matthew McConaughey’s official Instagram account, we first see the fifty-four-year-old with tail stiff and fur bristling steaming towards John John Florence, who has his arms raised.

Matthew McConaughey, wearing a black t-shirt that outlines a forceful torso and with blue shorts cradling his handsome glands, squats low and accepts John John Florence’s palm.

“Magic carpets,” writes McConaughey.