What Are the World Title Scenarios for Portugal This Weekend? That Mick n Mase Movie Is Back, and Your Wetsuit for the Apocalypse Is Ready!
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Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was October 18, 2019
1. We Could Be Done With the World Title in the Next Couple of Days
With World Titles possibly on the line, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal got started on Thursday night, which was very exciting for those who like surfing and also suffer insomnia. Heading into the second last event of the year both for the men's and women's Championship Tours, Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore lead the races for the 2019 crowns, and lo and behold that when it matters most, they've come out of the blocks firing. Both top scored their seeding rounds – in junky conditions Moore notched a 14.00 heat total, and Medina a 14.67. Light work for the champs on day 1.
For the best analysis of Day 1, read the words of Sean Doherty. He good.
But just what needs to happen in Portugal if we are in fact going to see a World Champion crowned there this week? Well, here are the deets as laid out by a press release the WSL sent out a couple of days ago:
A CARISSA MOORE WORLD TITLE:
"1. Carissa Moore will clinch the Title if she advances to the SF (3rd) AND
a. Lakey Peterson loses in or before the R/16 (9th)
b. Sally Fitzgibbons loses in or before the FINAL (2nd) AND
c. Caroline Marks loses in or before the SF (3rd)
2. Carissa Moore will clinch the Title if she advances to the FINAL (2nd) AND
a. Lakey Peterson loses in or before the QF (5th)
b. Caroline Marks loses in or before the FINAL (2nd)
3. Carissa Moore will clinch the Title if she WINS (1st) the event AND
Lakey Peterson loses in or before the SF"
A GABRIEL MEDINA WORLD TITLE:
"1. Gabriel Medina CANNOT clinch if he loses in or before the SEMIFINALS (3rd)
2. Gabriel Medina can clinch the Title if he makes it to the FINAL (2nd) AND
a. Filipe Toledo loses in or before the R/32 (17th) AND
b. Jordy Smith loses in or before the QF (5th) AND
c. Italo Ferreira loses in or before the R/16 (9th) AND
d. Kolohe Andino loses in or before the QF (5th)
3. Gabriel Medina can clinch the Title if he WINS (1st) the event AND
a. Filipe Toledo loses in or before the R/16 (9th) AND
b. Jordy Smith loses in or before the Final (2nd) AND
c. Italo Ferreira loses in or before the SF (3rd) AND
d. Kolohe Andino loses in or before the FINAL (2nd)"
(Umm, do "b" and "d" not make sense at the end there? How would Jordy or Kolohe win the event if Gabby wins it? Anyway...)
Can you make that simple for me, Coach Mike:
"Carissa, win the event and make sure Lakey doesn't make the final and it's all yours."
"Gabriel, win the event and umm, maybe do a Tonya Harding on Filipe before he gets to the quarters? That and beating Italo before the final will make it yours!"
2. Flores Won France, Where Are the Quik Surfers?
It seems like forever ago, but it was only last weekend. Frenchman Jeremy Flores won the French competition and it was all very lovely. Quiksilver uploaded this clip to YouTube in honour of the win, and seeing as Quiksilver rarely update their YouTube, it got me thinking: How often have we seen Quiksilver (male)* surfers win events in the last few years. The answer is... not a lot.
Yes, Kanoa Igarashi won his first event in Indonesia in May. But when you go back to past wins – the last Quik stickered win was again Jeremy Flores at the Pipe Masters in 2017. Before that it was Jeremy Flores at Tahiti in 2015, and before that... Kelly Slater at the Pipe Masters in 2013, a lifetime ago at the end of the ASP days.
That doesn't seem a lot huh? Rip Curl have Medina winning everything, Billabong have Italo filling their gaps since Taj and Parko retired, and Hurley have John John, Filipe, and Julian. It's kinda weird, right? Seems like my whole life we've had the Mountain and the Wave contending for and/or winning the World Title every single year – but since Kelly, who's their Title threat? And, perhaps a more interesting question, does it matter even in the slightest anymore that they havent' had one in forever? Just some thoughts, guys, just some thoughts I've had while staring whistfully at the horizon.
*Of course, on the women's side, it's a completely different story – with Roxy surfer Steph Gilmore all but the face of competitive surfing success. That was a nice poach by them back in 2011, wasn't it?
3. WSL's Fancy Kelly Content From The Fresh Water Pro
WSL Studios is the fancy new content arm of the World Surf League, and early in their history we're getting this 17 minute mic'd up take on Kelly's time at his wave pool CT event. Bizarrely, it also takes in Slater spending time with "energy healer" Charlie Goldsmith.
"Goldsmith, 37 – who claims he can heal people from chronic pain and ailments including autoimmune conditions, allergies and viruses using the power of his focused energy – last year landed a reality show, The Healer, on US cable network TLC." wrote SMH about Goldsmith following the healer's slightly controversial appearance on Andrew Denton's show last year. So Slater is hanging out with a dude who is fixing people's medical problems with just his energy? Cool?! Goldsmith also happens to be the nephew of Olivia Newton John. Cool!
The clip cameos John C Rielly and Jack White at the end, which is... fun. Honestly, I have no idea what is happening with pro surfing at the moment. Are we losing our minds? I'm scared. Someone please hold me and tell me everything is going to be alright.
4. The Third and Final O'Riginals Episode
Hasn't this O'Riginals series been unreal? Breath of fresh air type stuff from O'Neill here, and the final episode might feature the most "original" surfer in the series yet. A talented longboarder from Sydney, Max Weston's day job is as a chemical and bimolecular engineer. The guy is working on developing "nanoparticle biosensors" for food and health that could change the way we look at and use use-by dates forever… wild stuff. “I guess most people that I surf with don’t actually know what I do,” he says.
Max also happens to be 25th on the WSL’s World Longboard Tour rankings, just outside the bubble of qualifying for the Longboard World Champs, but his take on how surfing plays a part in his life is spoken with an illuminating clarity rarely seen from a young surfer. It's fascinating gear.
5. In Case You Missed That Mick n Mase Movie
Two months ago Rip Curl released an excellent Search episode starring Mick Fanning and Mason Ho, called Red Monkey Full Moon, but only for two days or so. This week they made it available for your viewing pleasure permanently. Someone in the comments of this clip asked for Vaughan Blakey – the all-time legend who directed this vid – to make Endless Summer 3 starring these two, and have you heard a better idea for a surf movie this year? I haven't. "Soooooo sick!"
6. Jack Robbo At Teahupo'o
Jack Robinson is very good at surfing the best waves in the world. Here he is, doing that.
7. Your Weekly Wave Pool Update: You Will Never Surf Yeppoon
While a billion dollar project is being looked at for a Kelly Pool in Queensland, and the pool at Tullamarine is rolling out plans to host paying customer-surfers this summer, I spotted an interesting quote from the Surf Lakes team on their pool this week. Surf Lakes is the one that looks like something out of the Will Smith movie Wild Wild West, which unveiled their sweet looking slab wave the other month. You know the one, anyway – on LinkedIn of all places they stated that said pool will never be open to the public, and that it is in fact solely a research and development site – I suppose not unlike WaveGarden's Basque Country pool (which has led to the Tullamarine URBNSurf pool) and in many ways, the big daddy Surf Ranch Kelly Slater pool too. Kinda makes you think, doesn't it, that if the Tullamarine pool does start selling tickets this summer, they're really a good couple of years in the lead in this wave pool space race we have on our hands.
Here is the quote (of which I can no longer find the post it originally comes from, but there is a similar comment on the FAQ of their website) in full:
"The most common question we get asked is 'when will Surf Lakes open to the public?'. The short answer is that the Prototype at our R&D test facility will not likely open for public use. Its primary purpose was to prove our patented “5 Waves” technology at full scale, plus refine the engineering and reef design. As the inventor and owner of the IP, our business plan is to license the system to groups who then install it into their surf park. Our long term goal is to build dozens of commercial surf parks around the world! The R&D test facility at Yeppoon was a crucial step in this process. We also do not have regulatory approval to open, or shoreline infrastructure in place to commercialise. The good news that licensee demos start in 2 weeks - and we hope to announce the first commercial location very soon."
And here is a fresh clip from said pool, starring young gun Dakoda Walters. Rad:
8. Your Wetsuit for the Apocalypse Is Here
"Our coastlines are under siege from the impacts of pollution, ocean acidification, climate change and fossil fuels. Rising sea levels and increasingly powerful storms have had a devastating effect on our shorelines and are putting our beaches and local surf spots at risk." That's Vissla's copy for their new wetsuit that they teamed up with Surfrider to make. Andrew Kidman did a similar thing on the front cover of Tracks in the late 80s/early 90s. So stoked that in three decades nothing has gotten better in that regard! I can't wait to not have children!
9. Mick Fanning, Then and Now
Archival Mick Fanning surfing content is the best content – it's not often we get to see a jam packed edit of the guy without a heat jersey in sight. This clip from MySurf TV has some really nice old school stuff pitted alongside more recent pumping Cooly footage, and sheesh, I almost forgot just how much he rips for a minute there.
10. Kite-Surf Towing Into Skeleton Bay
This is something that definitely needed to happen!
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.
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