There Will Be Sharks

There Will be Sharks

It’s awfully hard to fault the Ziffs--owners of the WSL and, presumably, still the org’s pennybank--and the rest of the WSL brass for canceling the Margaret River Pro. In the heat of the moment as surfers were being munched[...]

Will the Margaret River Pro Go On? Update: No—No it Will Not

The Margaret River Pro Will Not Go

Can you imagine making the call to start running heats again at the Margaret River Pro at this point? Would you want that level of responsibility? Two shark attacks in one day, damn near the contest zone, sketchy footage of a shark in [...]

Will the Margaret River Pro Go On?

Will the Margaret River Pro Go On?

Can you imagine making the call to start running heats again at the Margaret River Pro at this point? Would you want that level of responsibility? Two shark attacks in one day, damn near the contest zone, sketchy footage of a shark in [...]

I Dream Of An Interesting 2017 WCT

I Dream Of An Interesting 2017 WCT

The 2017 WCT kicks off this week with SO MANY QUESTIONS: Will Facebook save pro surfing? Will Fanning or Slater win agai….yawn, sorry, fell asleep just thinking about that possibility Who’s in charge of the WSL now anyway, [...]

A Case For Off-The-Rack Surfcraft

A Case For Off-The-Rack Surfcraft

Of all the quirks that make up the inexplicable delights of our strange little surf world, the romance of the custom-built surfboard might be the most cherished quirk of all. I don’t really know if the market backs up that claim [...]

World Title Contenders, Ranked

World Title Contenders, Ranked

With the anything-but-quick Quik Pro and the Bells slopfest in the books, predicting contenders for the 2015 WSL crown is a breeze. This is especially true because, unlike, say, baseball, which will occasionally produce champions that [...]

Does Localism “Work”?

Does Localism “Work”?

From 30 years of observing guarded lineups across the globe, the first thing I should have told him is that localism is an inexact science. Regardless of how close you live to a spot, or how many years you’ve put in, or how well you [...]