Week in Review

Random happenings in surf for the week of June 20

Some weeks are filled with so much nonsense that Week in Review writes itself. This week was one such week.

Pirates Invade Lowers
This has been all over the web this week, but in case you missed it, here you go…

Surf Life Saving Australia Patents the Word “Lifeguard”
According to an article by News.com.au, Surf Life Saving Australia was granted trademark protections for the word “lifeguard,” meaning every lifeguard service in Australia could be charged at some time in the future to use the “lifeguard” tag. “It’s like trademarking the word ‘plumber’,” said Councillor Bob La Castra. Indeed.

Kelly Slater on Chelsea Lately
On Wednesday, Slater appeared on E!’s nighttime talk show with Chelsea Handler. A quick recap of the show: Kelly plugged his girlfriend’s bikini line, then he plugged Quiksilver, then Chelsea referenced Baywatch, compared Kelly to Laird, and called him “tiny.”

Posting Dance Videos on the Interweb is the New Black
Back in March, Laura Enever, Coco Ho, Monyca Byrne-Wickey, and co. celebrated Alana Blanchard’s birthday by posting a YouTube dance video. In response, their friends from Brazil–Ian Gouveia, Thiago Guimaraes, and Jesse Mendes–made their own [below]. The girls, consequently, answered back.

Anastasia Ashely Appears in Playboy
We know you read it for the articles, because, of course, the journalism is incredible: [from the intro] “With her bronze, taut exterior and her compulsive need for adrenaline the surf Betty is the modern sea goddess.”

Bobby Martinez Speaks His Mind
Here in the land where cookie-cutter, sponsor-friendly vernacular abounds, Bobby Martinez venomous rants on Twitter this week seemed surprisingly refreshing.

The $4,800 Solution to Paddle-Fatigue
The WaveJet, the motorized surfboard popularized on such hit YouTube videos as “Brah, What’s Up with the Wave Jet?,” made an appearance in Wired this week, spreading the gospel of paddle-free surfing to tech geeks the nation over.

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