Monthly Archives: July 2009

Don’t Encourage Them

Peel back the orange curtain separating the surf industry from most of the surfers in the world, and you'll find a small group of white men wielding an enormous amount of influence over the general surf culture.
Why?  Fear.  Some surfers are scared of sharks, some are scared of big waves, but nearly all surfers are [...]

Another Nugget from INSIDE THE GOLDMINE

I am going surfing today.  In the meantime, please click on over to Gra Murdoch's Inside the Goldmine for another excellent example of investigative surf journalism. - Ed
Dog and Master Reunited after Master Seemingly Vanishes Off Face of the Earth for 40-minute Surf.

TUES. JULY 28, WEST COAST, VICTORIA – 33 year old Airey's Inlet [...]

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 1-5

Kelly Slater
Why is Kelly Slater back at number one in the Power Rankings?  Because he holds the fate of the ASP in his hands.  If that isn’t power, I don’t know what is.  The question now is will Kelly use his vast influence for good or evil?  Lately, ASP insiders are looking at their talented [...]

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 6-10

Damien Hobgood
You don’t finish runner-up at J-Bay twice by mistake.  Unless you’re Damien Hobgood, that is.  Shades of Peter Sellars in Being There, as Damo somehow won heat after heat, despite being seemingly only dimly aware of his surroundings, what year it was, and perhaps even what his name is.  A touch of Zen, too, [...]

COMMENT OF THE WEEK: BVB vs. SUP

Comment of the Week comes from the Bad Vibe Bob, a shadowy, notorious voice of dissent known to frequent surf sites both real and virtual.  Bad Vibe was kind enough to share with PostSurf via electronic mail his recollections of recent SUP encounters. -LS
I have tried to mount many a SUP - the first off [...]

PHOTO DISPATCH: MYLES McGUINNESS

We make all of this more complicated than it is.
The water holds no answers.  I don't hold any either.
Sometimes it's enough to bear witness.
Myles McGuinness, corroborating what we already know.
See 9mPhoto for more of Myles' work.

POWER RANKINGS LAY DAY

With south swell hype increasing, actual paid work commitments looming, and hangovers holding steady, PostSurf.com has officially called a Power Rankings lay day.
7 days into the two week waiting period, 35 power rankings have been completed.  Only two days of drunkeness are now needed to complete the Power Rankings.
Check back tomorrow for an offical announcent [...]

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 11-15

Jordy Smith
Jordy Smith has an image problem.  He’s a winner, but he’s not a likeable winner.  Worse yet, he’s not even winning.  But if he were to win a title, or even an event, he’d be the least likeable champion since Andy Irons.  Confidence is necessary; but Jordy’s arrogance is icing on the cake.  I [...]

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 16-20

Kai Otton
What a nut-up by Kai Otton. This hairy Howard Hughes of a recluse pulled his Spruce Goose out of a season-long tailspin and soared all the way to the semis at J-Bay.  Against Parko, he kept believin’ even when Parko opened up with an arguable 10 – Kai answered back with his own arguable [...]

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 21-25

Tim Reyes
Now that his hair has grown out a bit, I’ve finally realized what’s creepy about Tim Reyes: he very closely resembles a ventriloquist’s dummy.  Next time Tim wins a heat and gets interviewed by GT, I’m going to look carefully and determine whether GT is talking out of the side of his mouth with [...]

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 26-30

Ben Dunn
Along with Drew Courtney, Ben Dunn is one of only a handful of Australian competitors who are confirmed to have marsupial pouches. While Mr. Courtney now reportedly keeps Nivea cream in his pouch, Mr. Dunn keeps a heat sheet, a waterproof copy of The Indian in the Cupboard, and ironically, a small Indian.  That [...]

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 31-35

Nathaniel Curran
Nathaniel Curran needs a handler.  Enough with the stock-thrusters, stock-cars and Alpine Allstars shorts.  The Fast and The Furious came out like a generation ago.  It’s time for an image reload.  What to do, what to do?  Put this cat on a retro fish, let him grow his hair out, and put him in [...]

PHOTO DISPATCH: REPO in INDO

More waves.  Less words.
Just a stop-gap measure while I transition from hungover to drunk, and knock out the next batch of Power Rankings.
Jason Reposar.  Indonesia.  I'm trying to forget about where I'm not at.

J-BAY POWER RANKINGS: 36-40

Tiago Pires
As TurtleGate enters its 26th day, PostSurf has uncovered shocking evidence that Tiago Pires may in fact be the gentle turtle that was raped by Australian deviant Andrew Mooney.  The conspiracy goes deeper than even I anticipated.  Way back in late March 2009, Anthony W. won Comment of the Week for the following:
“Portugal… country [...]

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