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July 30, 2010

Probando La Central

Filed under: Aritz Aranburu — wpssuperblog @ 10:41 pm

An invite to the event I am organizing this weekend in Zarautz, next to Hotel Argui–ano. It is the Aritz’s Tag Team Invitational, which will take place this Friday at 4pm, just after the Quiksilver Grommet heats.

I’ll be there with my friends from the tour; Miky Picon, Hodei Collazo, Frederic Robin and many more … on each team there’ll be a pro, a grommet, a rider, and an alaia rider + a surprise guest.


aritzaranburu.com / Isio Noya

July 20, 2010

STAND TALLS & LOOK BACKS

Filed under: Kai Otton — wpssuperblog @ 9:51 pm

Some really bad stand tall claims put to the best band ever in the history of music …

By the way, you can check out more clips at my personal blog:

http://catslickthebutter.tumblr.com/

July 16, 2010

BAY OF JAY

Filed under: Bede Durbidge — wpssuperblog @ 3:03 pm

Break in training back home. © Shield

It’s so good to be in J-Bay with a clean new swell coming through. It’s one of the great feelings in surfing!

It feels like forever since the last contest. In Brazil But it has also been great to have a 10-week break to recharge the batteries and plan and plot some future strategy, starting with J-Bay.

I spent most of the break at home training with Gary Elkerton, aka ‘Elko’, and trying out boards. Luckily, we scored some really good waves on the Coast over that time. I was also able to get up to North Straddie Island quite a bit to see my family and friends — with the bonus of getting some great waves with no-one out!

One of the bonuses of being home was being able to take in the three-game State of Origin rugby league series between Queensland and New South Wales. I’m a league nut and a massive Queensland fan. Normally, the contest schedule has us out of Australia when the Origin series is on but this year was different and I was able to take in all three games.

It’s an inspiration to watch a team like Queensland. It was extra special to see Queensland score an historic clean sweep and fifth series win in a row. It’s going to be fun rubbing it in to all the New South Wales guys on tour.

The other more personal bonus was spending time at home with my wife Tarryn. She is pregnant with our first child and we are so excited about our baby due in October. It was the best feeling ever when we found out. It was great to have all that time off to get things ready for when the baby arrives too. We’ve got the room all decked out and painted – it’s pretty cute! There are a few other boys on tour due to have kids this year as well, so it’s really cool.

To split up the long break, I went to Bali for a week which was so much fun. I always have the best time in Bali. And it’s amazing how often you’re running into the other guys. I think pretty much everyone on tour went there at sometime throughout the break.

I also went to Fiji for a week on a diving and surfing trip. It was good for the soul to go and do something different instead of just surfing the entire time. I had only really dived once since I got certified so it was so cool to get down there again and see all the different sea-life and the colourful reef. Pretty mind-blowing stuff.

While in Fiji, we scored an afternoon of perfect six to eight foot waves at Frigates with no-one else out. We were having the best session until we saw the photographers’ boat get cleaned up by a monster sneaker set!

It was so heavy. I had caught the second wave of the set and got barrelled. When I came out, I couldn’t see the boat. I looked around and there it is upside down on the reef! It was so lucky no-one got seriously hurt.

Not surprisingly given the boat had flipped, both cameramen onboard lost all their gear. It wasn’t the best way to end a great trip, and was a timely reminder of Frigates’ power. It’s a place that reminds me so much of Cloudbreak. I miss that comp there so much!

Queensland’s had plenty of waves during the tour gap as well. © Shield

But it’s J-Bay that’s on my mind right now. The last couple of weeks I’ve been training my guts out with Elko preparing. Luckily, the points have been pumping so it’s been perfect training for the long walls at J-Bay.

I’m feeling really good about the event. J-Bay is definitely one of my favourite stops on tour and I feel the waves there really suit my style. Last year we got it so perfect. It would be insane if we could back it up this year with some big swells.

Kelly is on top again as we go into J-Bay and is looking very dangerous. It’s only early but you don’t want to give him a sniff of that title or he will just run off with it like he did on 2008. He looks a lot more relaxed than last year and he has his equipment dialled.

It’s pretty close among the top 5 and both Mick and Taj have won at J-Bay before. “Parko’s” absence due to that untimely and very ugly injury at Snapper takes out a major contender. I’ve seen some bad fin chops but Parko’s takes some beating. I can’t believe a surfboard could do that.

We all feel for the guy. And, of course, he was the defending champion at J-Bay and we all know how formidable he is when it’s on there.

So it’s going to be interesting to see how the comp plays out. I’ve had an OK start this season with two fifths in Australia. I’m sitting 10th right now so I’m still within striking distance.

– Bede

July 9, 2010

MENTAWAIS

Filed under: Jeremy Flores — wpssuperblog @ 3:40 pm

Indonesia.

Hey, sorry for not updating my blog much lately but was in the Mentawai Islands for 15 days on a boat trip in the middle of nowhere, no internet, no phone, nothing … We scored some sick waves, big barrels, fun rights and lefts, we went everywhere, surfed every spot around.

I was with some of my best friends on the boat. I got to train a lot for airs and technique in the barrels and stuff! I broke five boards, broke most of them the first few days. I had such a great time there! I forgot how fun freesurfing was; no heats, no pressure, no jerseys, no scores or points. I was really missing that! I’m back in France now for only 5 days and already going to Jeffrey’s Bay to surf in the 4th event of the world tour. Have to focus again and get back in a competitive mode, it’s going to be hard !

See you soon

Jeremy

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July 7, 2010

ONE COLONIC HOLIDAY

Filed under: Kai Otton — wpssuperblog @ 4:50 pm

My dad, I choose to call him the ‘Guru’, had hassled me for years to pursue a unique trip to India for an enlightening treatment called Punchkarma. This treatment is a complete mind/body cleansing retreat.

Stepping off the plane in New Delhi I was heavied by thick humid air. I had no idea what to expect. Firstly, burning up aggressive highways was a gut wrenching experience in itself. Being taxied to the Maharishi Auyevadic Hospital in a pool of my own sweat, by a gracious little Indian man in his own dodgy car was crazy to say the least!

I was so shocked to see the degree of poverty. I mean, I’m aware of this country and its ridiculous over population but this was heartbreaking. It was of similar comparison to parts of Brazil I have previously travelled. We carved through endless favelas, past families that seriously slept on the dividing strips of highways. Eye opening and a major reality check.

Quickly I’ll explain Punchkarma treatments. They involve massage, oil treatments, milk baths and colonic irrigations. This paralleling with a specific diet that co-incides with particular days of your treatment. It’s all for the release of major toxins forming and building in your body.

I’ll be honest, I received 8 colonic irrigations in 6 days of stay. “Big Basti” is the major colonic and it’s a uniquely awkward experience to say the least. Filling your bowel with 1.5 litres of oil is weird!!!!!!

My first treatment was also a tad embarrassing. I enter a room in a dressing gown and there are 3 pleasantly smiling Indian men. The short stumpy man tells me to drop my gown. I’m like what the f@#k”! Naked? He nods smiling. No! I’m thinking as my parts shrink and shrivel into hiding.

Fuk it! When in Rome. So I’m nude and this happy little Indian chap proceeds to tie a fabric G-sting around my rig. This is because every morning the first treatment was a full body seasame oil massage/bath. Mind you it’s amazing.

So I’m in this hospital for seven days, I had a lot of downtime reading books, meditating and basically chilling the fuk out. It was really enjoyable but also quite obscure for me as I’ve never really not had anything to do.

It was a majorly rewarding experience. I don’t think I could recommend it for all types of people. You definitely need to have an understanding of body and mind to enjoy the benefits of a treatment such as this.

By the way, check out more details and clips at my personal blog: http://catslickthebutter.tumblr.com/

July 3, 2010

OLD BROKEN WING VIDEO

Filed under: Mick Fanning — wpssuperblog @ 8:23 am

mickfanning.com

Was cleaning out a dusty old hard-drive the other day and uncovered some ancient footage of surfing with a broken wrist. I busted it snowboarding in Japan before the 2008 season kicked off. Nothing too great in there I just thought you might like to check it out.

– Mick

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