here’s a coupla pics from the NSSA this week… Tonight is the awards banquet so we don’t know the results as of yet. Evan Thompson was ripping and made the Open Juniors final and the rest of the boys killed it all week!
the On A Mission F.B.I. (From Big Island) hawaii groms are in town causing ruckus everywhere they go! Keala Naihe, Lahiki Minamishin, and Kaimana Juaqias (from Kaui) dropped by the OAM headquarters and we put ‘em to work!
We had Keala sewing up the new Day Mission board bags, Lahiki was packing and shipping orders, and for some reason Kaimana dissapeared?
The Mada/Sun Diego Summer Surf Series presented by Bede Durbidge!
Check it out. We got together with all of Bede’s other sponsors for a summer surf series! There’s both Pro-Am and Amateur divisions and the first one sets off at Ocean Beach Pier on June 22nd! For more info and to sign up click HERE.
Four events down, seven to go. Let’s cut to the chase. We need to haul Kelly Slater in pretty soon or he’s going to bolt away from the rest of us and make this year’s world championship a no-race.
I’m pretty sure there’s never been a year on the ASP where we’ve been four contests in and had only one winner from within the top 44.
But that’s the state of play with Kelly winning three of the four and the other one going to a wildcard.
It’s fair to say the rest of us in the top 44 are pretty keen to see that sequence broken, starting with JBay next month!
Kelly’s surfing has been amazing this year. He’s raised the bar to a new level and basically said: ‘Top that boys”. It’s now up to us to pick up that gauntlet he has laid down.
For me, that means concentrating on what I’m doing rather than what Kelly’s doing. At No. 3 and with seven events to go, I feel I can stay in the race. I know guys like Parko, Taj, Mick, CJ Hobgood, Andy Irons, Jeremy Flores and Adrian De Souza feel the same way.
The last two contests were a mixed bag for me. I didn’t do as well as I wanted in Tahiti but then most of us in the top 10 had early exits at Teahupoo. I was happier with a quarter final appearance in Fiji and I feel like I’m improving every year in those South Pacific waves .
I thought Parko had a strong leg there and was surfing awesome at times. And CJ emphasised just how good he surfs in those howling lefts.
Kelly blew minds in Fiji. The closest he came to losing was in the quarters against Bobby Martinez. He looked gone for all money against Bobby until he got a crazy last wave and once again pulled a vital heat out of the bag.
We had quite a bit of down time during the waiting period between swells.
But in Fiji, you don’t mind that cos there’s just so much other cool stuff to do.
I did heaps of fishing (although my record didn’t improve from Tahiti…I’m having a shocker when it comes to the reel). Parko and a couple of the others caught all my fish.
We all had some pretty competitive ping pong and pool sessions while some of the other guys went to the mainland to get in some golf ,stand-up paddleboarding and snorkelling.
At night it was lots of karaoke (hail Occy, the king of karaoke!)
That’s why Fiji is my favourite contest,
It’s like going on a 5-star holiday where you get to compete in an event that features perfect surf.
Definitely the best comp on the tour!
This is one of the raddest websites i’ve seen in quite awhile! This dude has got the craziest wax collection in the world… Some of these bars bring back memories! Killer Beez Wax?? Waxx On?? Mad Wax??? holy crap i’m old…
check out the Wax Museum website HERE
A New Jersey Minute With Nate Yeomans
In this installment of ‘A New Jersey Minute’ Dirty Jerz sits down with Nate Yeomans to pick his brain on everything from the ‘QS to karaoke. Nate reveals all.
The Maldives QS contest is coming up this weekend. What have you been doing to get ready for that? Anything in particular?
I’ve been doing pretty much everything that I can do. I’ve got a guy whose coaching me out in the water as far as strategy and heats, so you go out there with a plan basically, so you’re not just floating around. Look at the lineup, study it before, figure out where the best waves are, and he’s got a formula that’s top-secret, can’t really go into it that much. I’ve also got this guy in San Clemente that I’ve been training with a little more too. I’ve been trying to get my little chicken legs to thicken up a little bit. So I’ve been doing three days a week at both, so six days a week of training essentially.
Pretty intense workout you’ve got yourself. Have you been paying attention to any forecasts for the contest?
I don’t know, I just do Surfline and they don’t have a Maldives report. There’s usually waves though. You never know with the ‘QS, you pretty much just go with every board you’ve got for one foot waves to overhead. Maldives doesn’t usually get that big, but there’s usually something. And it’s a left, and I’m goofy-foot, and it’s a really good left, so I’m looking forward to it.
You recently got back from West Oz too, right? How did that go?
It was pretty rad. Being in the contest it went from each day not knowing what to expect. It would go from choppy, small, onshore conditions and then to ten foot and heavy, to windy, offshore. So it was cool, we got to surf everything that coast has to offer because there’s small wave spots, big wave spots, onshore spots.
Did you guys do some 4×4 exploring at all?
Unfortunately we didn’t have a 4×4. We just went for the cheap little Rabbit rent-a-car so we couldn’t make it to most of the 4×4 spots. But we still got a lot of good waves. I’ve been there a couple times, so I’m a little familiar with the area.
I also heard you had a few discrepancies with Australian driving rules?
Yeah, I think I ended up racking like $600 within four hours. It was heavy. I think they were after me, I’ve never been pulled over, ever, out of all the years. And they got within a couple hours. The last guy actually followed me back to my house because I didn’t have my license on me.
So I guess he just wanted to make sure you got back alright?
Yeah, and he ended up coming in the house and giving me a lecture, saying how I’m a menace to Australia and I shouldn’t even be driving. And that I should go read the book and figure out how to drive.
Yeah, those people without their licenses causing so much chaos.
I guess it was because a lot of cops come from Perth for that event. The local cops are usually cool, but they bring outside cops in to crack down. And there’s no lenience. I was like, “Dude come on,” to the second guy because I got a ticket from him for being on my cell phone, “in California they’re changing the law, but you can still drive with the hands-free.” And he wasn’t buying it, he was all, “Mate it’s been two years we’ve had this law in place. This is bullshit, you need to learn the laws of the road.” He just went off. He almost took me to jail.
Well you’re sitting at 24th now I believe, on the ‘QS. Definite improvement from last year’s 64th. How are you feeling about that so far?
I’m stoked with where I’m at. The pressure isn’t on me, but I’m right there in striking distance. It’s kind of cool. The top guys like Austin, who I travel with, whose in 2nd, and Pat whose from the same town, and I travel with those guys, I think there’s a lot of pressure on them and expectations already. Which is good, but at the same time, it can kind of make you nervous. You start thinking of the big picture more, rather than just one event at a time. So right where I’m at I’m stoked, right there. One good result and I’ll be right where they’re at. Kind of darkhorse I guess you could call it. I like it.
I also heard you love karaoke.
Yes. It was actually my fiancée’s birthday Friday night and we all went to karaoke. I did a couple songs.
Any particular trademark songs you do?
No, I really like to mix it up. I’m not very good with songs, so I always have to ask people what the songs are called. Because you have to know the names, so I’ll think of a song, and then can’t figure out what the name of it is, and just sing the little part I know. I’ve gone up a couple times with a song I don’t know at all and just wing it, have fun with it. I don’t have much talent as far as my singing, but I’ve got the heart and a lethal dance repertoire.
Haha, hardcore dance moves. We may have to get some video of that for the site.
Diehard karaoke people don’t like me. But it’s about having fun, it’s about the performance.
By Ryan Brower
There’s a sweet story on the life of Bede as well as some surfing clippys from bali!
click HERE to check it out.