Attention WSL… The Waves Are The Real Stars
SPIT Episode 003 – 062117
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Outerknown Fiji Pro
Great event in so much as the last day was worth the wait. I will say this, the more I stew on it, the more I realize that from a fans perspective…wait for it:
The waves themselves are the real stars.
Great waves are the most important factor;
This is why the WSL needs to adopt my new paradigm.
The new WSL – The Surf Dictates Our Future
Nine events: which focus on quality waves wherever they may be found within a given month.
Tour is dictated by swell and not by time. Great surfers are everywhere– no shortage.
WSL focuses on great waves at each event. NO MATTER WHAT.
Great example of this: the greatest broadcast moment in WSL history didn’t include a competitive heat (it should have). When Cloudbreak was 25 feet and they called the event off!! More people talk about the day in WSL history. Why? Because the waves are the stars.
** The fire at the Olatu surfboard factory in the Basque Country, where Pukas Surfboards are manufactured.
*For five hours, a fire blazed in the Basque Country on Monday, leaving the Olatu complex severely damaged. The factory is the largest surfboard manufacturing facility in all of Europe.
*The fire broke out around 5 pm and raged until firefighters were able to put it out at 10:30 pm.
*multiple firefighters had to be transferred to the hospital to treat smoke inhalation and two were treated by ambulances on the scene.
*According to Surfline area in a heat wave this week and the factory is a whole process of construction using a lot of flammable material. They say there have been no injuries, but three firefighters have had to be hospitalized.”
*Olatu is the manufacturing company behind Pukas Surfboards – arguably the most popular brand in Europe.
*Pukas Surf wrote: “Good news is everyone is safe. The fire might have taken a big part of our work and hearts, but we are standing still and willing to grow. Pukas is surf and we will surf.”
I don’t think Wilko’s turn was better than Connor’s
Go to the heat analyzer
Watch conners last wave 7.17
Then watch Wilko’s last wave – his winning as the judges gave him an 8.03.
No way is that wave better than Connor’s.
They each had three turns. The money turn for Wilko was the first turn, the money turn for Connor was the second turn. Connors’ turn was more critical. I was surprised they gave Wilko the score. And to push it into the excellent range was wrong.
Namatou vs Tavarua – does the production staff get too close to the surfers? Me thinks so. They need to be separate.
Five different events, five different winners
Current top five, Wilko, JJF, Jordy, Adriano, Owen — a mere 600 points separats Wright in 5th from Wilkinson in 1st, the yellow jersey is very much in reach for each of them.
RIP Chris Olivas was hit by a wrong way driver yesterday. Chris was friend and a guy I competed against for years in the Longboard competition.
Huntng Beach has reached a new level of lameness. Organized chaos. That’s what a gathering of 500+ surfers looks like, a crowd which amassed on Tuesday in Huntington Beach during a record-breaking paddle out attempt. All said and done, the final total was 511 – record, broken.
“And there it is,” the City of Huntington Beach wrote in a tweet. “Mayor Delgleize holding up the Guinness World Record certificate for the world’s biggest paddle out. Congratulations to all involved!”
The City of Hunting Beach is absolutely tripping over itself to be acknowledged as surf city and it has succeeded in becoming joke city.
This city should be famous for Bud Llamas, the Katin Pro Am; Riots, Occy and Tom Curren. Or harken back to the US Championships in the 60s when surfers wore helmets and left blood and flesh on the pier. Then it was surf city. When it wasn’t trying so hard.
This event symbolizes everything that is wrong with so-called surf culture. City leaders that can’t surf in a back room dreaming up some way to bring media attention to itself, knowing they can easily sway the egos of the masses. Paddling out and holding hands is not noteworthy. Paddling out is not an achievement. It just means you’ve made it more crowded. Way to go.
Most surfers to pee in their wetsuits
Most surfers to check the surf and call their bros
Most fat surfers to ask another surfer to help them zip up their wetsuit
Plus it sort of cheapens any memorial paddleouts.
Gold Coast saw some epic surf yesterday; Kirra and Burliegh Heads were onfire over head long spiing sand bottom tubes.
Must See Moment – footage of Kirby Brown Back-dooring massive wave at The Right
Kook Kelly, Jordy, JJF, Gabe, Owen for losing in the early rounds at Cloudbreak and letting these other guys back in the world title race.
Duke Connor O’Leary for his buttery smooth surfing in the Outerknwon Fiji Pro