New Filipe Toledo docuseries reveals controversial champ’s heartbreaking struggles prior to world title glory!

“There’s nothing left to prove to anyone,” he says.

The world’s best small-wave surfer, Filipe Toledo, who won his second consecutive world title under a sailboat sky in three-foot waves at Lower Trestles, is the star of a new docuseries with the wildly sexy title Peace & Power.

When Filipe surfs, the world stops He is only twenty-nine but his name is spoken around the world as often as Muhammad Ali. He is a polarising and controversial figure, all but unbeatable in three-foot waves, fragile in heavy waves over six.

“Filipe Toledo’s new series, takes you inside his quest for his second World Title and the Olympic dream,” we are told. “Picking up at the final events of the year at Rio de Janeiro and J-Bay, Filipe gives us insights into his new approach this season. The documentary style series meant to cover the ups and downs of his career, what’s working, what’s not and how he intends to reach the top and leave an even bigger legacy behind. It’s a deeper reveal of the emotions that coincide with Filipe’s competitive greatness that is refreshing to see and hear.”

An alternately tense, funny and heartrending toast to surfing’s world champion.

“There’s nothing left to prove to anyone,” he says.

Hawaii’s BIPOC “Queen of Crazy” Mason Ho films surfing’s greatest virtuoso Clay Marzo at Desert Point!

“He knows things I don’t know," says Kelly Slater. "He knows things that all the guys I’m surfing with don’t know.”

In this twelve-minute short, we find Mason Ho, with camera, recording the sorcery of Maui’s Clay Marzo at Desert Point on the island of Lombok in Indonesia.

Of Marzo, Slater says, “He knows things I don’t know. He knows things that all the guys I’m surfing with don’t know.”

Laird Hamilton, also from Maui, calls Marzo “an artist who can’t be pigeon-holed. He’s something all together different that should be cherished.”

It’s a penetrating glimpse into Marzos’s virtuosity and in stark contrast to Ho’s “shuck and jive” style of surfing, a whooshing flash that leaves spectators’ mouths flapping mutely.

Seven years ago, Marzo and his mama were stiffed for $400,000 by their crooked bookkeeper, who would serve three years for the crime.


Rare free-surfing footage of Gabriel Medina tearing hell out of remote Australia alongside Mick Fanning and Mason Ho in “Kangs”

"It's the stroke flick of the year!"

The last time I’d interviewed Nick Pollet, famous for his his comedic collaborations with Swellian Lord Adam “Vaughan” Blakey, he was a few hours from a trip to Australia’s Great White-infested southern flank with Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina and Mason Ho.

“I’ll swim and shoot but, fuck, real close to the other photographers,” the Byron Bay auteur had told me.

That movie, called The Kangs, a cutesy way of saying Kings and also ‘cause Medina wanted to see some kangaroos, has now been released. And, from the moment Medina first puts on his rubber gloves, submerges his hand in a jar of lube and rims…oh but don’t let me give too much away… it’s the stroke flick of the year.

Pollet says the highlight was triple world champ Medina, a rare bird whom you’ll rarely see on free surfing trips. He says his true character only emerges when the camera isn’t on him and, so, he employed his sound engineer musician pal Alain De Carne, who scored The Greatest Surf Movie in the Universe, to capture each forbidden utterance. It’s the shell we can’t pry our ear away from.

“He recorded the whole trip and me and Vaughan had to sift through the audio,” says Pollet although the price of art is to sometimes lick the stank fingers. “It was a bit punishing to be honest,” he says.

The trio, along with Pollet, De Carne, Mason’s filmer Rory Pringle, Mikey Corker and Stu Gibson, spent one week on the unnamed hunk of sand, driving mostly, but surfing here and there, giving Medina the opportunity to dazzle in righthand slabs.

“He blew me away. I was shooting footage in the water and it doesn’t do him justice,” says Pollet, “he so’s good out there it’s crazy.”

The movie exits your screen with a soon-to-be-classic tune Wide Open Land.

I define this as the sound of love.

John John Florence stuns surf world with release of intimate homemade video from South Africa only weeks after “devastating throat punch to the World Surf League”

"The question must be asked again and again. Why bother with the WSL?"

John John Florence is better than every other other horned-up lunkhead on tour.

The almost thirty one year old from Pipeline on Hawaii’s North Shore is living proof of the adage simplicity is the ultimate sophistication as he shepherds his family of four, two brothers, mammy Alex and wife Lauren, around the horn of southern Africa.

In these sublime twelve-minutes, Florence’s elegance and grace, as well as his well-noted mystery, radiate from the screen. There is no look-at-me grab for attention, only a sensuality that delivers desirability and vitality in spades.

As noted two weeks ago, the video studiously avoids mention of the Jeffreys Bay Pro where the two-time world champ was controversially clipped by Conner O’Leary for a ninth place finish, again a hint that he may not return to the tour in 2024.

“In John John’s case, there’s nothing left on the tour for him,” wrote Surfads. “And with every underscore, every mistimed comp window, every title decided at 4 foot Trestles, with his little brother and the world slab tour beckoning, with the carrot of Olympic qualification dangling for a only a couple more months… the question must be asked again and again. Why bother with the WSL?”


Insane scenes in Tahiti as local surfers create history in Kelly Slater-sponsored Teahupoo event with “best surfing of the year!”

Matahi Drollet and Eimeo Czermak rain 10s at the Tahiti Pro Trials in the best heat at Teahupoo since Kelly Slater and John John Florence in 2014…

It’s fitting in this post-truth epoch, where Asians are white supremacists, men dominate women’s sport and marauding gangs festooned in gold chains loot Louis Vuitton stores in the name of equity, that the reigning world champion surfer can’t surf the tour’s most demanding waves, Teahupoo and Pipeline.

In three days, the world’s Championship Tour surfers will park ‘emselves at Tahiti’s End of the Road, the closest access point to Teahupoo, and compete in an event that is likely doomed to run in poor conditions. It’s a scenario tailor-made for world champion Toledo, who is wildly difficult to beat in waves under six feet, but a walk-through at Teahupoo and Pipeline when eight-foot sets stack on the horizon.

The trials, however, are something else.

With one wildcard on offer and in six-to-eight-foot waves wiped smooth by light northerly winds, the two local surfers Matahi Drollet and Eimeo Czermak put on a show unseen at the waves since Kelly Slater and John John Florence’s epic semi in 2014.

With less than ten minutes gone, Drollet, 25, a man who won the XXL award for biggest wave ridden in 2015 when he was only 16, slouches into a 9.50 followed by a ten.

Czermak, a boy with golden highlights in strawberry blond hair, the ginger snaps floating in freckled white skin, delivers his riposte, an 8.17 then his own ten.

Needing a 9.61 he roams the park, pulling into wild west bowls, futilely as it turns out.

Watch the full final here.