Week in Review

Random Happenings in Surf for the week of May 16

Fist-pumps, mermaids, money, and alligators. Odd occurrences and random tidbits to get your through Friday afternoon.

Alligators in the Surf!
According to Naples Daily News, a six-foot alligator was pulled from the surf in Florida. Though uncommon, the irrational fear of surfing alongside these reptiles has spawned such ridiculously awesome blockbusters as Blood Surf [see below]. And for that we thank them for occasionally venturing into the sea.

A Nike World Tour Event in Sydney?
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, "Global sportswear giant Nike will try to muscle in on the Australian surfing scene, with plans to create the country’s richest surfing contest at Manly from next year. The plan, still under wraps, is to lure the cream of world surfing to Sydney between the Quiksilver Pro on Queensland’s Gold Coast in February and the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria, in April. The Sun-Herald understands that Nike will offer the biggest prize pot in Australian surfing – at least $US1 million ($945,000)."

Surf the Wedge, Don’t Die, and Win $1000!
Apparently Ghetto Juice Magazine out of Orange County, CA, announced this week the first-ever Big Wave Wedge awards. "Whoever surfs the biggest wave at Wedge this summer will win at least $1,000.00 cash and lots of prizes....maybe even more. Competition window 5/19/2011 - 9/22/2011. Top five entrants will all win something and be documented in the pages of Ghetto Juice...and if the photo is solid, maybe even the cover."

The Wedge, the gentle Orange County spot that wants to break your back. Photo: Lowe-White

Fist-Pump Fest 2011
The controversial, claim-laden quarterfinal match-up between Owen Wright and eventual winner Adriano de Souza.

Mer Pals Forever!
Granted, this has nothing to do with surfing–aside from the fact that this possibly delusional “mermaid” chooses San Diego surf spots as the backdrop to her 27 YouTube videos of herself–but either way it’s bizarre, and bizarre is fun to look at.

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