Celebrity Surf Jam 2006: A Behind the Scenes Peek


Peppered with actors, musicians, and pro surfers, Huntington Beach came alive for the 2nd Annual Surfrider Celebrity Surf Jam. While the weather was overcast and the surf choppy, spirits ran high among celebrities and beach-goers.

The event drew a crowd of about 2000, and hosts Pat O’Connell and X-Games broadcaster Sal Masekala, kept the atmosphere festive while promoting environmental and ocean awareness.

The two teams, Brown and Blue, which later came to be known as Rob’s Mop and Pat’s Posse (courtesy of Sal Masekala) included such notables as Incubus front man Brandon Boyd, Oscar winner Minnie Driver, and WCT Event winner Damien Hobgood as well as a slough of other household names.

While the celebrities all caught some waves and proved their mettle as legitimate surfers, the pros put on a spectacular show for the Huntington Beach crowd. Rob Machado provided a few highlights – somehow getting barreled in the mushy head high surf then pulling off an air on the same wave. He was awarded a 9.5 from the judges and “Ooooohs” from the crowd for his efforts.

Tim Curran, Damien Hobgood, and Danny Fuller were not to be outdone, and all boosted huge airs in their heats. Minnie Driver even caught a few waves on her longboard.

The day was all smiles and hi-fives, and Pat O’Connell best summarized the event’s vibe commenting, “It was a great day, and everything turned out great. Some of these celebrities actually rip, too. It’s all in good fun though.” Incubus’ Brandon Boyd verified Pat’s claims by wowing fans and skeptics alike as he hit a 360 on his second wave in the third quarter.

Boyd’s contribution was enough to give his team (Pat’s Posse) the victory over Rob’s Mop – 141.5 to 129.5. While the judges kept an official score on the beach, it seems like everyone involved scored as a diverse cast of stars and surf enthusiasts converged in Huntington to get wet, enjoy the day together, and catch a few waves.

In keeping with the light-hearted nature of the event, SURFER sent its newest intern undercover to get answers from the stars to some wayward questions.

Here’s what he found out:

The Questions:
1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
4. Are you going to kick these B-list celebrities’ asses or what? Don’t you think you should be surfing with A list celebrities instead of these B-listers

Brandon Boyd – Lead Singer of Incubus:

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
The breakers are going to be swelling like giant throbbing porno cock.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
I’m afraid of sharks. Are you afraid of sharks? I think there’s a problem when people aren’t afraid of sharks. Are you guys going back to the Midwest vernacular with the breakers and the curl and everything? I’m going to ride the curl tomorrow – watch me. I might even do a stale block stall.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
I am very goofy looking – in the feet as well.

4. Don’t you think you should be surfing with A-list celebrities instead of these B-list guys?
Well I, myself, am kind of like an H list celebrity so to be in the company of people anywhere in my realm is cool with me. What is a celebrity anyway? It’s kind of like a stoner or a hippie or something like that. It’s a shitty word.

Rob Machado

1. How are the breakers swelling out there?
“They’re breakin’ man…I’m digging it. There’s some little teepees coming in. A pretty girl just walked by…they look fun, ya know? For Huntington, man, this is good for Huntington…it’s swelling up.”

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
If there was a shark anywhere nearby it’d probably be dead.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
My feet are pretty regular looking but I stand goofy.

4. Are you going to kick these B-list celebrities’ asses or what?
No way dude, these guys are legit. It’s all about having a good time and riding waves and everyone being stoked, ya know? There’s no ass-kicking going on here.

Pascall Stansfield – Pro Surfer

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
Well I think the point grinders going to be on point tomorrow.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
Pretty much we are sharks in the pool of life just looking for the guppies swimming around to just take ‘em back North style.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
If they were regular looking I wouldn’t be doing the hot chicks that I do.

4. Don’t you think you should be surfing with A-list celebrities instead of these B-list guys?
Ha ha ha.

Minnie Driver

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
It’s absolutely horrible, and I wish I was in Malibu.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
Not at all, the fins were dolphins.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
I’m regular.

4. Are you going to kick these B-list celebrities’ asses or what?
You better believe it man – Taylor Knox, Brandon, and I are going to kick their asses.

Danny Fuller – Pro Surfer

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
For starters, what are breakers? Uhhhh…I’m sorry I’m from Hawaii and I do not know what breakers are. Hey, you know – I know what shooting the curls and breakers are all about because its all about the Hollywood personification of what’s lame and sooo breakers are rollers that go all the way to the beach and uhhh yeah.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
I’ve been fishing for a long time…it’s about time for me to get eaten.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
Pretty goofy, but some people say it’s alright.

4. Don’t you think you should be surfing with A-list celebrities instead of these B-listers?
Get with it…do you know who’s on my team? Hey – by the way who the fuck wrote these questions?”

Brian Alper – Surfrider Activist – Laguna Beach Chapter

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
Dude I think it’s going to be really crazy gnarly. The breakers are gonna be breaking really hard next to the pier and I’m hoping that I can find the curl tomorrow.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
Oh my goodness…that is a major concern here in Huntington Beach. The man in the grey suit is out for blood. It’s gonna be pretty crazy.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
I’m a pretty regular foot kind of guy. Yeah, my feet are pretty regular.

4. Are you going to kick these B-list celebrities’ asses or what?
I have this to say: I have the utmost respect for their artistic capabilities, but in the water tomorrow the gloves are coming off.

Ben Kenny – Bassist for Incubus

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
I think it’s going to be slim ripping from the gnar-gnar rad rad pal pal.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
Actually I ate some shark meat earlier this week and I’m a vegetarian so I think karma-wise I’m in trouble.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
My feet are horrendous looking. It’s none of the above. I’ll go for option D. My feet look like broken hands.

4. Are you going to kick these B-list celebrities’ asses or what
As much as I can. I’m gonna try. But I’m not gonna do it so well that…I don’t want to jeopardize my future as a B-list celebrity so I’m gonna try to be careful and be friendly – be sporty.

Valerie Wilcox – Surfrider Activist – Monterrey Chapter

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
I think the breakers are going to be swelling up well.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
We’re going to take ‘em down.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
They’re definitely regular.

4. Are you going to kick these B-list celebrities asses or what?
I respect their talent, but they’re going down in competition.

Sal Masekela

1. How will the breakers be swelling tomorrow?
Well, I was driving by tonight and I was like, “Wow, there’s some pretty rough breakers out there, I hope the surfboard riders are going to be able to navigate those rather frothy breakers because it looks rough out there, and if you’re not a perfect swimmer you could have problems – which is why we have lifeguards and in turn the lifeguard towers because sometimes it gets so, as they say “gnarly”, that you gotta be able to see over a big distance because there are so many people that are trying to rip up the breakers and their vision can become convoluted – for lack of a better word. So uhh, I think it’s gonna be anywhere from gnar to epi-gnar depending on what kind of stick you’re riding. If you can paddle through it – it’s gonna be epi-gnar, but if you’re riding a six-channel it’s gonna be gnar and youre gonna have problems. Too many channels – you’re in the rip bro.

2. I saw some fins out there earlier, aren’t you worried about the sharks?
I’m not really worried about the sharks because they call me Blaqua man, and I’m able to communicate with the the sea life. They are my friends. They tell me when the sets are coming. I’m not surfing tomorrow because they say that other surfers would be handicapped by my presence alone. Which is discriminatory, but it’s for the Surfrider Foundation so I put it aside, but a lot of people ask me, “Why aren’t you on the ASP? I see what levels you’re ripping at. You have an uncanny sense for waves – they seem to come to you”, but then I got exposed like Barry Bonds. Fortunately, I’m still able to enjoy a broadcasting career, but things could be a lot different. Instead of the KS7, it could be the SM10 – you never know. It’s kind of like X-Men, they call them freaks because of their talent and that happened to me with my surfing and I surf for fun now.

3. Are your feet goofy or regular looking?
My feet are definitely goofy looking in a regular kind of way. What exactly is normal? Here’s what happened. The goofy footers use 17-18% of their brains whereas most people only use 10%. We operate on a whole other plane and were able to read waves in subconscious ways and it doesn’t even look like were paying attention. There’s so much coming out in – it’s like, “Hey- we’re busy. We’re busy taking it all in. We’re solving a lot of problems in the world. There are some gifts that are better left as gifts and unsaid.”

4. Don’t you think you should be surfing with A-list celebrities instead of these B-listers?
I should be working with the A-list celebrities. I told him this is a shamble, a bamboozle, and a stifling of justice, and how can you crown a true champion if I’m not surfing? When you’re being held out of a charity event because of your gifts –that’s bullshit. I don’t see them doing that to Tim Curran, and he’s a freak. It’s messed up. The guy can sing. He can do airs. He’s got a hot wife. He’s probably going to heaven. And I’m an average Joe, and I can’t win. So what are you going to do? A wise man once told me, “You do what you can and you do what you have to.”

The Teams

Blue – Pat’s Posse
Pat O’Connell
Tim Curran
Minnie Driver
Brandon Boyd
Ben Kenney
Brian Alper
Terry Gordon
Taylor Knox
Jeff Deffenbaugh
Brian Chokaschi
Chad Butler
Tim Foreman

Brown – Rob’s Mop
Rob Machado
Ross Thomas
Danny Fuller
Damien Hobgood
Pascall Stansfield
Brandon Crews
Peter DiStefano
Val Wilcox
Mike Eizinger