The Wonderfully Weird Clay Marzo Backhand Tube Approach, Slater at Uluwatu, and a New (Not Good...) Wave Pool!

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Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

COASTALWATCH | THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was October 16 2020

1. Clay Marzo's Backhand Tube Masterclass

There's something incredible going on this clip that I can't quite put my finger on. Its simplicity, its brevity, I'm not sure, but its so mesmerising and puts me in such a state of calm that I think I'm going to rewatch it a hundred times before 2020 is out. The strange wave, the piano Pixies cover, the way Marzo is able to contort his body to multiple shapes in one ride without thinking about it like the Octopus in My Octopus Teacher... this is lightning in a bottle stuff.

2. Stoke Out On Billy Lee Pope's Showreel

The Gold Coast-based, Kiwi-born young filmmaker brings us some chill vibes and unreal surfing captured in a travel-restricted 2020. Featuring Oscar Langburne, Kyuss King, Malia Manuel, Mick Fanning, Kehu Butler, Noa Deane, Ethan Ewing and more, it's two minutes of ripper viewing. Onya Billy!

3. Should We Watch Kelly Slater at Chunky Uluwatu From This Week?

Spose we should... The raw clips of the Surfers of Bali YouTube channel brings us more of the 11-time World Champ's Indonesian exploits. This time from Ulus.

4. La Nina Tipping To Be Stonger Than First Thought

Coastalwatch Chief Swell Forecaster Ben Macartney is excited. I think. Can be hard to tell with Ben. But it's looking as if we're on this season for a very serious run of storm activity (read, swell...).

"It’s official. We’re now in the early stages of a proper La Niña event," writes Ben, "One that’s projected to endure throughout the remainder of 2020 and at least through to the first quarter of 2021. On top of that, we’ve seen a notable shift in climate model guidance surrounding the ENSO outlook. Roughly half the models are now forecasting a strong La Niña: a little more reminiscent of the last big event that unfolded throughout 2010 and 2011.

If you remember the 2010/2011 swells on the Aussie east coast, that should have you looking at your surfboards and wondering if you could perhaps need one or two more... Read the full Forecast Blog over here.

To the tune of 'The Girl From Ipanema': "Wet and wild and big and blustery, the swells from a La Nina are pumping…"

5. Wade Clemens Gets Rinsed

You gotta love a surfer that names their new clip "Rinsed" and then opens it with them getting exactly that on a Shippies bomb. This is a heavy sounding, hard charging, concrete eating, doughnuts in the carpark type of edit from a Central Coast surfer worth keeping tabs on.

6. Speaking of Wades, Here's Wade, Dane and Harry

Another installment of B-sides from Wade's movie Pentacoastal. This time it features some elite shredding of machine-like Mentawai Islands perfection. I'm not sure we'll ever get sick of watching Dane Reynolds' approach to wave riding. "Phwoarr"-inducing constantly.

7. France Was Firing

The beachies of Hossegor, to be more precise, were firing. Explains Surfline: "October in France is one of the best months of the year. Water’s still reasonably warm, the North Atlantic sends consistent swell to the Bay of Biscay’s famed sculpted sandbars, and the summer crowds are gone. This is why they used to have the CT this time of year here."

Featured in the barrel-fest are the French speaking pro-surf set of Michel Bourez, Jeremy Flores, Joan Duru, Marc Lacomare, Ramzi Boukhiam, Aritz Aranburu, Justin Becret, Marco Mignot, Miky Picon, Maxime Huscenot and more.

8. TC Is Making Me Kinda Like Foiling?

When two-time World Champ Tom Carroll gets to talking about something, it's hard not to share his enthusiasm. In Tim Bonython's latest clip, he and Matt Grainger describe the surreal feeling that foiling is giving them as they take to the unused, unsurfed reefs around their locals. Foiling has been the butt of some criticism since they've become a more regular feature of line-ups on Australian coasts, but used like this, out away from other surfers and defined line-ups, you can really see the greater stoke of it all.

“The reward is amazing," says TC in the below video. "You get this kind of glide that’s uninterrupted and it’s tapping the source of nature which is so abundant and beautiful and powerful, and all of a sudden you’re gliding on top of it, and it’s just taking you for this what feels effortless ride… and you’re not using anything else other than this foil, that’s just underneath the surface, fascinating to me because I’ve been riding waves all my life."

9. Kai Otton's Episode of RIVALS

We're hitting the home stretch now of the rad show RIVALS, it's episode 9 (of 13). This week its the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner Kai Otton – who was once described by Sean Doherty as the George Costanza of pro surfing – as he has a crack at a tricky slab near home. You can vote on and score Otts's three waves at mysurf.tv/rivals .

10. Wave Pool News: A New One Opens in New Jersey

While South Korea has just launched perhaps the greatest pool on the planet so far, New Jersey opened theirs to the public. It looks... not very good.

And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.

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