New Doco 'Girls Can't Surf' Looks Amazing, Kipp Caddy's Insane Shippies Bomb, and Surf Lakes Now The Best Wave Pool in the World?

4 Dec 2020 1 Share

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

COASTALWATCH | THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was December 4 2020

1. We're Very Excited For This Doco: Girls Can't Surf

"Well, well, well... if it isn't the consequences of my own actions." – something the surf industry might say upon seeing the trailer for Girls Can't Surf. Jodie Cooper, Frieda Zamba, Pauline Menczer, Lisa Andersen, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Layne Beachley and more feature in this documentary about the 1980s male dominated pro surf scene and the fight for recognition and respect. It comes out in March 2021, and I can't wait.

2. Surf Lakes' New Waves Look Unbelievable 

The Mad Max, steam-punk plunger pool a day's driving north of Brisbane, you know the one, released a heap of new footage this week of an R&D session they had back in August and holy moley does it look good. In wave pool terms, maybe best in the world good? You can read more about it here. But on top of all the fresh footage of the pool's marked improvement, they quietly dropped another little bombshell about this pool. It's likely that sometime in the future this one won't just be a test facility, with some momentum from the local council gathering behind opening the Yeppoon site to the public. “No dates given just yet but definitely on the cards…” they told us. Which wave would you paddle out to first?

3. It's Pumping in Hawaii/On the West Coast of the US Right Now

A storm in the North Pacific has brought the biggest swell in a year to Hawaii and boy are people who like riding gigantic chunks of ocean excited. All the stars have come to the party with chips and soft drink; we're talking Jaws, Mavericks, Pipe, Waimea et al. You can follow along the live updates to the swell event over here(https://www.surfline.com/surf-news/reatime-updates-north-pacific-xl-swell-huge-surf-hawaii-west-coast/105001).

Here's back to back Kai Lenny and Billy Kemper waves from December 2 at Jaws.

4. Deserts Went Off

One of the world’s premier places to get barrelled for quite a long time, Indonesia’s Desert point, was pretty good this year during a time when much of the world – like Australia – couldn’t get there. Bronson Meydi, Rizal Tanjung and a local crew of shredders like Usman Trioko made the most of that. Here’s eight minutes of uncrowded Indo perfection from the past couple of months. 

5. Kipp Caddy Goes Really Big at Shipterns, Gets a Lil Arty With It

They're calling this one of the wildest made waves at Shipsterns ever. Filmed just before the world went into lockdown, Kipp Caddy airdrops an absolute monster at the infamous Tasmanian slab, gets deep, and artful lensman Chris Bryan was right in the spot to capture it at 1000 frames a second. I'm not sure how Caddy made this thing, the only shame is that we're watching it on our phones and computers, and not on a big cinema screen with ear melting sound to close out a movie or the like.

6. Speaking of Arty

After four years of production, Felicity Palmateer has released her art film project Skin Deep, in which she rides waves in the naked as a form of "uninhibited self-expression" in Hawaii, Fiji, and on the east and west coasts of Aus.

"My experience in the ocean inspires the form and mediums and lines in my art. And now, particularly with this Skin Deep project, art has guided and influenced every aspect of the production," she says. You can rent it over here.

7. A 2020 Highlight Reel of 'The Right'

The Right might be Australia's funnniest wave. First up, the name. Just "The Right"? Sure, that'll do. That's definitely the most defining feature about this incredible work of liquid fear they call a wave. That it breaks right. Then you need look no further than the very first wave in this highlight reel: How many someraults did that first guy do?! And he hadn't even gone over the falls and really experienced the wipeout yet.

8. Lewy Finnegan is Very Good at Bodyboarding

This might be the best bodyboarding vid you'll watch in 2020... it certainly is for me. The fact it's the only bodyboarding video I've watched in 2020 is irrelevant. Tom Jennings on the lens and the edit, pumping West Aus providing the waves and the freakish talent of Lewy Finnegan ripping – it's a winner.

9. Kolohe Is Still Ripping

Three minutes of the world's most elite performers surfing around his home in California during the year that never happened. Given the World Title is taking place at Trestles this time around, do you think Kolohe's a 2021 World Champ chance?

10. The Story Behind the Big Wave Safety Movement

Surfing as a community is continually getting better at looking after one another with the creation of a heap of different initiatives to better educate the lot of us. The Big Wave Risk Assessment Group is one of those things and this is a really nice quick documentary about how it started and what it's all about. It also features some pretty gnarly footage of Aaron Gold being worked on on a boat in Fiji in 2016.

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

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