Mick Wants To Coach The Olympic Team, Tyler Wright Is World No.1, & Padang Padang Fires | This Week In Surfing
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1. Officially, Surfing Is Officially An Official Olympic Sport
Confirming something that was basically common knowledge a month ago, surfing was officially announced to be officially part of the official 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on Thursday, alongside five other inclusions (skateboarding, sports climbing, karate, baseball and softball).
It's kind of a trip out when you think about. Surfing in the Olympics is a question that's been thrown around again and again and again in my 30 year life, but always in a pie in the sky, how good are our hoverboards and jet-packs going to be, sort of way. And in just four years time, it'll all be real but we still won't have hoverboards!).
Before we all harp on about why this is the worst/best thing to ever happen to surfing, let's take a second to think about how Rabbit Bartholomew, PT, Mark Richards, and Shaun Tomson must feel right now. The first men to dream that surfing could become professional. That surfing could be a viable and legitimate sport. The ones who were doubted most and tried their hardest to to be taken seriously... there must be some pride and vindication there, that the ultimate legitimacy of sporting glory, the Olympics, now recognises surfing as a gold medal sport, right next to the 100 metre sprint, the 1500m freestyle, and of course, Greco Roman Wrestling. And then think about someone like Sally Fitzgibbons, who as a teenager had to choose between professional surfing and her aspirations to make it an Olympic middle distance runner, now it'll be possible that she can have her cake and win it too.
There's a lot of conjecture floating around the web right now about whether the event will be run in a wave pool or not, but the IOC confirmed back in June that the ocean will 100% be the place where the surfing goes down... surfing in the ocean? Weird.
So, who'll be in our team? Four years will bring that question into much sharper focus, but we've already got a frontunner for the Australian team coach. Mick Fanning.
"In four years time I don't think I will be at the top of my game so I would be honoured to be a coach or mentor," Mick was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald. You'd have to think he'd make a pretty good one too, and that the Australian team, with him as our Ron Barassi, is going to be formidable.
The same SMH article has Tyler Wright feeling the vibe, in the most Aussie way possible, quoted as saying, "We would have a solid team and I feel like we would flog everyone, so it would be amazing."
For the full breakdown of the Olympics rally – check out SW issue #377
2. Tatiana Won The US Open, Tyler Took The Ratings Lead
Speaking of Tyler Wright, she's back on top of the world as No.1. Her third at the US Open to Courtney Conlogue's fifth pushed her a smidge above the American. Tatiana Weston Webb took the victory, her first major win, and just in her second season, over fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel, and cemented herself in the top five. Steph Gilmore unfortunately finished fifth once again, her fifth fifth this year. With just four events left now, the mountain to climb for a seventh Steph Gilmore World Title to happen this year is getting significantly steeper. That Tyler Wright v Courtney Conlogue battle though... whoooeeee, it's a hot one.
3. Mick's ESPN Documentary Is Excellent, Inspiring, A Must Watch
Sick to death of Mick and the shark? Bear with us one last time and watch this super excellent E:60 prime-time, mainstream American sports documentary. It's brilliantly executed and is inspiring as ever. Plus, it's narrated by Chris Hemsworth. He plays Thor on the silver screen. Thor!
SEE ALSO: The Weekend Surf Forecast, August 5-7
4. Filipe Won The US Open, Big Props To Ethan Ewing!
The springy Brazillian took out his second US Open QS10,000, which in the conditions of Huntington is a little bit to be expected – almost custom built little air waves for Filipe, the best small wave surfer in the world with the best aerial make-rate also. The great news from an Australian perspective, however, was the performance of Ethan Ewing. Breakout performance is the term. You might remember Ethan Ewing as the guy who dominated the Subway Summer Surf Series this year. This kid from North Straddie is a comp machine and just jumped to second place on the QS, and, get this, he's still only 17! There have been two QS10,000s this year, the only QS10,000s (QS Primes in old speak) Ethan has ever entered, and he's walked away with a fifth and a second. If young Ethan keeps up that form, he'll be the youngest CT qualifier since Filipe Toledo. The next QS10,000 is late September in Portugal. Get around him and stay tuned.
5. The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang Was Fire
You know it's been a wild week in the old surf world when an event as amazing as this is all the way down at number five on the list. Mayber it should be atop of Filipe's US Open win, but Ethan Ewing's second place is just too big a deal to pass... anyway, this was sick. Some of the world's best barrel riders went tube hunting and got barrelled out of their minds. Taking home the chocolates was Indonesia's Mega Semadhi, beating Mason Ho, Damien Hobgood, and Clay Marzo in the final. Notable performances also include young West Australian, Jacob Willcox and the ten point ride of Bruce Irons.
6. Mick and Mitch and Kai and Evan, En France
Episode Seven of Reef's excellent performance, all killer no filler, clip series Just Passing Through has the team on a French beach break tube hunt. Straight outta Portugal, Mitch Crews and and Evan Geiselman join Mick Fanning, Kai Otton and Italian Roby D'Amico. Crewsy is ripping.
7. Metal Neck 2: The Bangover
A full surf movie for the misfits and the outcasts and the rebels and all the things that level off that Olympic talk at the top of the page, bringing the ying to professional competitive surfing's yang. Strap yourself in for 40 minutes of Doheny, Christian Fletcher, Creed McTaggart, Noa Deane, Ozzie Wright, Al Knost and Ford Archibold. Oh, and, of course, Metal Jimmy – this surfing crew's Bez. Surf punk stupidity and pure shred is so not dead.
8. Aussie Groms Kael Walsh & Zac Wightman, Go To Indo, Shred
Gotta love a shared surf clip. Buddy movies, like Dumb and Dumber, Harold and Kumar etc are always a fun time. Kael Walsh and Zac Wightman, 16 and 17 respectfully, go to Indo, go surfing, get it filmed, then make a video with a Doors soundtrack that makes us all feel really positive about the future of Australian surfing. Kael Walsh’s full rotations to the flats are something to behold. Some really good tube riding in this clip too. Big things, guys, big things.
9. A New Ain't That Swell Episode!
Yes, shredheads, waxheads, kooks and barneys, surfing's no.1 podcast is back with another episode. This one has a rag-tag bunch of salt-dogs including Ellis Ericson, Beau Foster, and Jack Lynch joining Jed on a couch at a Byron Bay farm discussing the event at Jeffreys Bay and whole bunch of other stories to make you laugh, as well as an interview with legendary Mark Rabbidge about the board he shaped for Tom Curren to use at Jeffreys way back when.
10. Alex Smith Goes To G-Land
Alex Smith, one half of those Hawaiian Smith brothers who constantly bring us the best GoPro footage on the planet, went to G-Land recently. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a quality G-Land clip, and who’d of guessed it, it looks as perfect and as amazing as ever. Is this the first time we’ve seen the fabled jungle wave from a drone angle? Either way, some crystal perfect footage in this short and sharp edit.
Bonus... Have you heard about this new Disney movie set in Hawaii?
Disney’s next big animated feature is going to be about a Hawaiian princess, and will inevitably have a lot of beautiful ocean imagery in it (and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson). The International trailer has some of best wave animation you might've ever seen and is pretty darn gosh cute. Nawww.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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