July 20, 2010


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 …

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July 16, 2010


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


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


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


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July 7, 2010


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.

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July 3, 2010


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

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

May 21, 2010


Filed under: Mick Fanning, Uncategorized — wpssuperblog @ 4:20 pm

Received this classic letter via my personal site,, from Karynne and her son Jed.
Thanks guys!

“Our ten-year-old son is often told how much he looks like a little Mick Fanning. Jed loves surfing. We live five minutes away from the ocean and get in there as much as possible. Jed will go in and stay in for 3 to 4 hours at a time, the only way I can get him out is to stand on the shore waving a white paper bag with pie in it! Attached are some images for you to see the resemblance. Hope you enjoyed this email.”

May 18, 2010


Filed under: Jeremy Flores, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 8:31 pm


Hey it’s good to be back in France. I left in January when it was winter and snowing and now I am back and it’s getting much warmer, the waves haven’t been so good yet but I can’t wait to surf the typical powerful beachbreaks and barrels and fun peaks we usualy surf!!! I’ve been doing a few training sessions with Yannick, and just been taking care of other things ’cause I was away for a while …

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See ya,


May 11, 2010


Filed under: Aritz Aranburu — Tags: , — wpssuperblog @ 9:38 pm

This morning I arrived at the airport in Las Vegas to catch my 9:35 flight.

I tried to make a “fast check-in” at one of those machines, the type where before you even start using it, you know it won’t work. In the end I had to line-up in the queue for a lady to help me with the subject.

“I’m so sorry, Mr Aranburu, but your flight isn’t at 9:35am, it will be at 9:35 pm,” she said, looking at me like I was an idiot.

And the truth is that maybe I was a bit of an idiot. “If one day has 24 hours, why you guys have to call it 9, instead of the 21st hour of the day?” I asked poker-faced (that’s what you tend to do around here)

Maybe I could spend another day in Vegas? When I managed to find a ticket from another company, which gave me time to make my connections, I had to make a decision

Take it now – I wanted to leave Vegas on a high.

As four hours before, Hodei, Alba, Adur and I bet $125 that was going to be red: “Tatatatatatatatatatatatatatat ta ta ta ta taa taaa taaa … Red 18!”

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– Aritz

April 28, 2010


Filed under: Michel Bourez — wpssuperblog @ 8:35 pm

“Take a look around”

– Michel

April 22, 2010


Filed under: Bede Durbidge — Tags: , , — wpssuperblog @ 6:15 pm

Trundling at Duranbah the day before the flight to Floripa. ©   Shield

From what I’ve seen from the first two events, if this year’s world title isn’t the most competitive ever I’ll be massively surprised. The Gold Coast and Bells events have been super competitive. I think everybody expected a hot start but nobody probably thought each contest would set the performance bar so high and that virtually every key heat would be so exciting and capable of going either way.

Taj and Kelly have laid down the markers with well-deserved wins but I think even they would admit this is definitely shaping as the most competitive year ever for the world title race. I reckon there are a good 10 guys in with a solid chance this year and that’s why every heat has been so exciting to watch.

The only bummer at Bells was that we were pretty unlucky with conditions. I guess we can’t complain because we have had some epic conditions over Easter in the past but this year the swell gods weren’t as kind. It didn’t get above 3′ the whole competition and under the circumstances I thought Damien Hardman did a great job on calling the shots through the contest.

Dooma pretty much had no swell to work with and definitely made the most of what was about. There were rumours at one stage that we were heading for Phillip Island and Johanna early in the event but we managed to get a few rounds in at Winki and Bells and, for the first time ever, a round at Thirteenth Beach.

My Staffie’s been loving all the rain in Queensland.

With the small conditions, I had an expectation that the event might quickly turn into an aerial contest. That’s pretty much what happened — which was a bit daunting when you looked at how good some of the new guys on tour are when it comes to airs. My early heat with Stuart Kennedy was a good example. I knew he was going to be doing airs so it was pretty much became an air show between him and I. It was so tight. I managed a snap on one wave just before I did an air and I think that was the difference between us.

It was much the same in the next round in super fun waves at Winkipop where I drew Tanner Gudanskas. Tanner has been ripping this year but because of his low seed, he’s had tough heats in the early rounds. I knew he would give me a run for my money and again it came right down to the wire but I just got the win over him. But while it was interesting that there were d aerial attacks coming at the judges in just about every heat, it was still the guys from last year’s top 10 who claimed the quarterfinals berths. As one observer said to me, the cream always rises to the top.

Johanna looked really fun for finals’ day but it was actually difficult to surf. There was a lot of bump on the face and it was really tricky to pick the ones that would wall up through the inside. But with only one day left of the waiting period, the organisers had to go with what we had.

My win over Luke Steadman gave me more confidence for the quarter final against Kelly. I felt good going into the last eight. Unlike some of the other guys, I don’t get daunted going up against Kelly. I consider it a privilege to surf against him as he always brings out the best in me. I had a great start and was winning the heat until he got a 9.  I needed a 7.5 to take the heat back off him and to be honest I was supremely confident of getting that score as long as I could get the right wave.

Loving the standard sized boards again after a spell on those mega-fun little Mt Woodgee Bullets. © Shield

I had one last chance on my last wave to nail the score. The problem was that a lot of waves were only letting you do one major turn out the back before it would go a bit fat on the inside. So I knew I had to go for a massive air on that first section. I thought I had made that air but just as I landed I fell over the front of my board. I had too much forward momentum and my board wasn’t moving as fast as I hoped for.

I was spewing when I came up because I knew had I made that air I would have got through the heat and into the semis. I guess I was trying to do to Kelly what he did to me in the Bells final two years ago when he paddled up to Rincon and pulled off a contest-winning air in the last minutes.

Kelly certainly surfed amazingly well throughout the content and definitely peaked at the right time in the final. I think he had a really good board that worked in those tough conditions. It’s obvious he’s hungry to get that 10th world title after getting a win early in the season.

We’re all off to Brazil now for the Billabong Santa Catarina Pro. It feels a bit crazy going to Brazil this early in the year. Normally we’re getting ready to go to Tahiti about now. I don’t mind it though. It’s good to get that long flight out of the way early in the year. I really enjoy going to Brazil, though. I’ve had some good results there including winning in 2008 and I like that the crowds are big and full of energy. The Brazilian fans are great to surf in front of.
Talk to you from over there.


– Bede

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