Baywatch Superfreak – Kelly Slater

Everyone knows there is no surf in Florida. So why o’ why has this sunny, yet waveless state managed to produced the worlds best surfer.

It is not a matter of opinion whether Kelly Slater is the worlds best surfer ever to have existed, its fact!  The man is a machine, can you imagine dominating such a sport to such an extent that you can win 10 world titles. The scary thing is, he won his first when he was 18 and his last when he was 38. Let’s think about that for a second. Can you imagine being in your prime at 18 and then 20 years down the line still being at the top of your game.It’s not like surfing is an easy, effortless, lazy sport like golf. (Kelly is even incredible at golf) Surfing is physically demanding and with the progressive youth of today busting airs and flips, Kelly has done well to not to lag behind.

Many have described Kelly as ‘super competitive’ and I think that’s what keep’s him juiced. Kelly wants to prove year after year that he is still the best surfer out there, he wants to show that he can still win against anyone and will carry on doing so for many years to come. Just look at what he did at the US open at Huntington beach. Following criticism from fellow competitors for not showing at Jeffery’s Bay, Kelly smashed every person he was up against with ease and won the competition.

Kelly is just one of those people who is good at anything he set’s his mind too. Whether it be surfing, body-surfing, golf, anything. He is good. Almost too good. Surfing doesn’t get too much recognition as a major world sport, and maybe it shouldn’t. Yet it is important as members of the surfing community to understand what we have. We have possibly the greatest sportsman to have ever lived. It’s hard to think of any other sport where someone has won a world title 20 years since their first. Also has anyone ever dominated a sport so much for so long? I sincerely doubt it.

The question is should Kelly stand down and let someone else have a go, or should he just keep on killing it?

 

Surf News – ASP claims another


http://www.aspworldtour.com/

“I feel best when I’m free-surfing” – Bobby Martinez

‘The dream tour’. On paper it seems exactly that. Travelling the globe competing in a sport you love, surfing the world’s best beachies, point break’s and heaving reefs. You wake up in the morning, hop down to the beach and surf a few rounds against your mates; if you loose you get paid anyway, if you win you get paid big bucks. All in all, its hardly a 9 to 5 at the office. So why does it seem to push so many away, leaving them with a bitter taste in their mouth and a feeling of recent against competitive surfing.

Goofy, lip-cracker Bobby Martinez is the next great surfer that has thrown down his competitive jersey in anger of the ASP. Bobby regularly vents his frustration on Twitter, and we all saw it at Bells when he lost to Taj and then basically told the judges they were idiots. In a in depth interview with his board producer, Channel Island’s, Bobby explains what it is about the tour that he dislikes and explains what his plans are for the future. Check it out here.

So why does it seem so many want to steer clear of the competitive arena. We constantly here people going ‘it’s a hard life on tour’. Really? I’m sure 99% of us would drop everything for a glimpse in to their world’s.

I beleive there is two different type’s of surfers. One one hand you have Kelly, Jordy, Kolohe, Mick, Adriano. On the other you have the likes of Machado, Rastovich, and Wade Goodall. Some are born to compete, regardless of their bank balances they want to win and stay with the world tour for as long as their bones will take it. Then there is those who are competent of making it on the world tour, yet opt to for a life of pursuing their own desires.

I believe this divide is due to the nature of surfing. Surfing being such a soulful experience that enriches your own life, is sometimes best kept just to yourself. It seems that many resent the whole competitive life of surfing, alongside the exploding corporate industry as it takes away the basic fundamentals of what surfing is.

Taj, A.I, Sunny and now Bobby Martinez have all grown frustrated by the ASP. Andy took time out and dropped off tour simply because he did’nt like it anymore. It seemsclearing the fog of competitive surfing from your mind allows the creative juices to begin flowing again. Bobby has finally recieve a much deserved sponsor from FTW. FTW is owned by Icer Brands that owns the likes of Rocawear and Sean John so its sure to give him the backing he needs. Let’s not forget Bobby, lets follow that legendary backhand snap and that explosive attitude wherever he may go. Congradualtions Bobby. Freedom is with you.

Surf News – Billabong wetsuit designed to save lives


Big wave surfing has claimed the lives of too many surfers over previous years. Most recent being Hawaiian giant rider Sion Milosky who passed away after getting pitched on a bomb at Maveriks earlier this year.

This suit has been designed alongside Shane Dorian after he was nearly killed on a severe wipeout in 2010. Basically the simple tech behind the suit is that it includes a compartment between the shoulders, that stores a ‘bladder’ attached to a CO2 cartridge. When a surfer gets in a tricky situation and needs to surface fast one can tug on a cord which inflates the bladder and hopefully sends you shooting to the surface.

Its designed to effectively eliminate big wave ‘hold downs’. My only concerns are how easy is it going to be to pull this cord when a 40ft beast has just landed on your head. Also a problem with big wave surfing is that when caught within the ‘impact zone’, it’s often the 2nd, 3rd or 4th set wave which is going to give you the beating yet you have already used your trusty surfacing device.

Undoubtably inventions such as this one are welcomed within the surfing community. Designs will obviously develop and progress but I doubt wherever this new wetsuit will see us ‘ordinary’ surfers waxing up our guns and heading to some outer reef!

Surf news – NSSA National Finals Live now!

The NSSA Nationls are live now, check it out HERE to see who will be crowned National Champion. Round two is live now, some exellent surfers tearing it up at Huntington Beach, Californiaaaaaaaaa. Som nice, small,glassy conditions.