Californian superstar Kolohe Andino revealed as architect of recently euthanised Surf Ranch tour event, “I personally did not push for the technology to be on tour,” says Slater.

“Every time this thing runs, it’s better than ninety percent of waves ever are when we’re there!”

The Surf Ranch Pro, a WCT event held at the Kelly Slater wavepool in Lemoore, California, and also known as the Freshwater Pro, has been completed three times, and in every instance Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo have been in the final, Medina winning twice.

The contest was very unpopular with fans, however.

As our tour correspondent, the late and forever beautiful Longtom, wrote, “When you strip out the ocean and the possibility of anything that adds unexpected drama to pro surfing, a Medina brain explosion, lulls, a heat-winning ride in the final seconds, sharks, coral etc etc, it boils down to a bland formula.

“For the viewer, a dull ache of unrealised desire at the deathless sight of that impossibly perfect wave that fades with each wave to be replaced with niggling boredom and a jarring resentment.”

In the latest episode of Lost Tapes, an 11-part series that documents Kelly Slater’s 2019 year, he reveals that it was Kolohe Andino, and not he, who was the catalyst for the event running.

“After watching footage, Kolohe goes, ‘Why isn’t this on tour…well think about it!’” remembers Slater. “That’s when the conversation became real.”

Ironically, Kolohe’s initial enthusiasm would turn to sad when the contest did manifest, Kolohe accusing the judges of “playing mind tricks” and rewarding safety surfing and sitting in a barrel that carried with no risk.

Kelly Slater returns to site of epic Curren’s Point session for first time since 1990, “Easily forty-foot faces. No one had the balls to surf and then Tom Curren paddled out by himself!”

"Giant crazy waves!"

In episode eight of the 11-part Slater doco series, docuseries, however you wanna call it, the Champ is back roaming Miyakzaki, Japan, for the first time since 1990.

This ain’t the tour event it used to be but the 2019 ISA Olympic Games qualifier.

And, here, we see the delightfully peculiar notion of putting the greatest surfer ever, and still is at specific venues, Pipe, Teahupoo, against surfers from Iran, Afghanistan etc.

Slater didn’t make the cut for the Olympic team; he did revisit the river mouth point he was too terrified to surf, but eventually did, along with his pal Tom Carroll, back in 1990.

“What you would say is easily forty foot faces…giant crazy waves… no one had the balls to surf it, and then Tom Curren went out and surfed it by himself.”

Also in the episode is a peek behind the bamboo curtain at how localised some of these joints are, permission sought from old-timers before waves paddled.

Australian father-of-two takes family on wild eight-month surf odyssey, documents adventure in full-length feature film, “If the Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me!”

At some point, we all gotta hit the road.

At some point, or not I suppose, you’ll make a family, kids will grow to a certain size, and you’ll wanna take off on the great road trip and explore the outer flanks of your country.

A rite of passage for every Family Man before the wife veers off into her Secret Garden, never to return.

In this feature-length edit, we follow Angourie big-wave surfer Laurie Towner, wife Bron and kids Chase and Iyla as they head west across this vast island continent. Laurie, you’ll remember, perused the pro surfing dream for years until reality intervened and he became a tiler, although lately, he’s been working in the design room with his sponsor, the online wetsuit and accessories brand Need Essentials.

The pair are followed by Film-maker Nathan Henshaw and his girl Bec, who only intervenes whenever some dreadful slab is about to explode.

Kelly Slater finally makes public the miracle that allowed him to film commercial for trademark high-waisted “dad jeans” at perfect, empty, eight-to-ten-foot Teahupoo!

"This is Kelly's day!"

In the latest episode Lost Tapes, the 11-part series that follows the travails of Kelly Slater on his 2019 tour run, we are transported to French Polynesia where the Tahiti Pro is taking place.

Slater, who is forty-seven, underperforms at the event he has won five times, causing the Champ a surprisingly deep sorrow.

The post-heat scene back at his ocean-front villa where he sits with Chinese girlfriend Kalani Miller and pours over the rides of his opponent Jack Freestone, bitterly lambasting the judges for a nine given to Freestone where “the wave spits and he’s on the shoulder”, is better, I think, than anything in the much-vaunted Make or Break series for Apple+.

His journey is made complete, however, when the tour’s surfers leave the archipelago the day before a clean eight-to-ten-foot swell hits.

Needing to shoot a campaign advertisement for his Outerknown high-waisted “dad jeans”  the lineup is empty but for local shredder Kauli Vaast, whom you’ll remember went over the falls with a photographer on a monster day just last week.

“This is Kelly’s day,” says OG Tahitian surf-stud Raimana Van Bastolaer, who was once described by Cindy Crawford as “walking viagra”.

And, so it is.


Tensions flare in Brazil as Kelly Slater challenges WSL’s Pat O’Connell during filming of epic docuseries Lost Tapes, “The other wave sucks… that’s like Off the Wall, are you kidding me? Dude, I’m boycotting. If my f*&king heat has to be down there, I’m not even going to surf!”

The epic influence of Kelly Slater captured in wildly candid moment.

The 11-part docuseries Lost Tapes delivers, again, with the vertical blinds drawn back on the Champ as he navigates the 2019 tour event in Rio.

If you hadn’t guessed by all the late-shows and no-shows, Brazil ain’t Slater’s favourite part of the world, at least wave-wise.

“Not a lot of people come here for the surfing,” says Slater. “The waves in Brazil are funny, the way the beaches are here. A lot of the beaches are steep, you get this backwash situation, funny currents that don’t make great rip bowls.”

There is potential in the joint, he says, but that promise is rare, appearing for an hour or two at most.

Very interesting etc.

The episode lights up, howevs, when Slater challenges his ol pal Pat O’Connell, lately of Florence Marine X, then the WSL’s Head of Tour and Competition.

Pat ain’t convinced about the epic looking four-to-six-foot cabanas out the front, wants to do it down the beach whereupon Slater challenges his old pal.

“The other wave sucks… this is like Off the Wall…Dude, I’m boycotting. If my fucking heat has to be down there, I’m not even going to surf!”

Pat, noted for being fiercely proud of and prone to exhibiting his monstrously elongated scrotum, tells Slater, “If I get kicked in the nuts, it’s your fault.”

“It’s not even a question,” says Slater.