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MEDIUM HAPPY

It’s wild how much better the WSL seems when they get some waves for events. Of course there will still be complaints and unfavorable opinions (Medina not getting a perfect 20 at Teahupoo, Griffin El Salvador interference, etc.), but for the most part, everyone’s stoked. It’s a medium happy.  Tahiti was fucking insane. Obviously I […]

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ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

Nat Young has had two shockers in a row. First and foremost, you saw the debacle that took place at Snapper. Now we’ve got this new ordeal of complete vs. incomplete. And quite the ordeal it’s been. Nat was not the only guy to get a questionable incomplete call in Sydney – have a look […]

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KRYPTONITE

Tay Ah Who Oh Poo. Tea Ah Ooh Po Oh. Teahupoo. Cho Poo. Chopes. Filipe Toledo’s Kryptonite. How am I feeling about it? Nonchalant. Shallow and Pedantic. Family Guy anyone?  Anyways. With the cut over and done with, we’re entering the sluggish period of the CT year. In my humble opinion, of course. There are […]

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NOSTALGIA

I often see Brett Simpson out surfing at home and I’ll think to myself; fuck – this dude could still be on Tour. He absolutely rips, and that’s obviously a huge part of it, but also, surfing was so much better 14 years ago. Although he lost in this particular heat, this 7.70 would still […]

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HAND LENS

Objective – based on facts. Subjective – based on opinions, feelings, or emotions. There are no facts about competitive surfing. Every wave ridden is judged and attributed a score in comparison to the last wave ridden. The first wave of the day, or even the first wave of the entire event, is going to be […]

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PRAISES

If you know me, or if you’ve read any of my work before, you know how much I would love to throw fuel on the bonfire that is the public scrutiny of the WSL right now. A couple of questionable judging calls have ignited the flame. Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to […]

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WOLVES

Portugal is a tough event to watch live if you reside in the United States. Starting around midnight, the day is usually wrapping up around the time I’m getting ready for a surf here on the West Coast. That is bad news for my fantasy team. I like to look at the man-on-man matchups and […]

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THE BIG SHOW

It’s been 2 days since the official end of the 2023 competitive surf season and I’m ready to get into next year. That’s not completely true as there are still a lot of regional QS events left in this calendar year, but for the big show, we’re rolling into next season. It is a funny […]

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DOOZY

Have you tuned in to this last CS contest? What a doozie! Not only the action itself, but obviously all of the qualification implications – it’s been nuts. Action-packed, one could say. Highs and lows, heartbreaks and triumphs, surprises and upsets, we’ve seen just about all of the above so far. And we haven’t even […]

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REDUNDANT

Well, I guess right back to the contest writing. I know it’s a bit redundant, but it’s something I am passionate about. Regardless of location, swell, conditions, surfers, board type, or anything else, I will tune into a live surf contest to watch if given the opportunity. There’s a pro junior going on in Japan […]