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November 8th, 2010 | By | 1,381 Comments

Kelly Wins His Tenth ASP Title

The magic number was TEN.
He scored a perfect ten to win his tenth title in 2010. Esoteric number crunching has probably gone as far as the 23rd enigma, but his dominance was no coincidence. Those of us watching the contest live had little doubt he would clinch the title and the contest, like Steph Gilmore achieved days before. His turns were more critical, his tail whipped 270°, and that alley-oop in the final looked strapped in.

The win marked the richest pro surfing purse in history at 175K total –banking 75K for the event and 100K for the world title bonus. The after-party interviews made us think he set a record bar tab as well with the tour’s best merry-makers all imbibing heavily and joking that the tab was on Kelly. Even last year’s champ, Mick (Eugene) Fanning, hi-jacked the mic for some hi-octane outtakes as Slater himself fashioned a fishbowl of a pina colada (an odd choice for the health conscious champ).

The celebration transcended the constant comparisons with mainstream sports, with every competitor embracing each other, rather than hanging their heads in defeat. But, even still the comparisons keep coming. To the surf community his enduring dominance at the top dwarfs the milestones of legends like MJ, Nolan Ryan, and Wayne Gretzky among others. While these comparisons are unequivocal, and possibly upsetting to most traditional sports fanatics, they are not with out merit when looking at his 20 year career as a phenomenal title-clenching athlete.

His place in history lies in his scientific, and meticulous, approach to competition that forever changed the sport. His competitive, yet remarkably humble mentality can be seen in his day to day life as well: He travels with biochemical meters to measure his dietary intake, experiments with extreme exercise regiments, and often times prefers inhabiting tents rather than fancy hotels. Friends refer to his mindset as “twenty clocks working at once”, meaning his every move has a deliberate purpose in his winning mentality.

What makes Slater Greater is not just his abstaining from the party scene, but his dedication to improving the enduring quality of the surfing world for everybody… one mind-blowing maneuver at a time.

As for now, we’ve heard he’s back in San Clemente hanging with his surrogate family and home of his girlfriend Kalani Miller. We hope he gets plenty of time to sleep before pipe, so the rest of us in San Clemente can get some waves.

GrindTv’s reel gives a great wrap up of Slater’s incredible journey to the top:

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November 1st, 2010 | By | 816 Comments

Andy Irons Transmits Dengue Fever, Withdraws from Rip Curl Search

Andy Irons joins his Billabong buddy Parko on the injury reserve after Dengue Fever sent him to the hospital shortly after arriving in Puerto Rico. Andy returned to Hawaii hoping to recover from the illness in time to compete in the Pipemasters on Dec.8.

Many considered the two time Rip Curl Search Champ a favorite to win the comp due to his ability to master new breaks in a couple sessions. We wish Andy a speedy recovery.
Andy blowing out the tail
Puerto Rico declared Dengue Fever an epidemic, with 28 fatalities and 757 confirmed cases this year. As the fastest growing mosquito-born illness in the world, Dangue Fever endangers pasty-skinned surfers traveling in the tropics. Dengue is an incurable virus, meaning you could have malaria-like flare ups throughout your life. Avoid this vacation killer with insect repellent, mosquito nets, long-sleeve shirts, and pants.

Luckily these mosquitoes don’t hang around beaches, so the boys at Middles can eat their Mofungo with ease.

October 21st, 2010 | By | 2,786 Comments

How To: Avoid Waterborn Illnesses

Autumn storms in socal and the right-coast alike, recently flushed the stormdrains of seven months of wretched run-off. So, don’t be a hero and be the only idiot surfing the day the rivermouth pukes out untreated sewage. Wait a 72hrs, and take a free lesson in common sense viral defense.

Tip #1: Surf Up-Current of Spewing Run-Off Sources
For example: if you’re surfing Santa Cruz, and the San Lorenzo River is having a heavy flow day during a NW swell, there’s a good chance you’ll find some floaters at The Lane and Pleasure Point. Cruise north up HWY 1 to Natural Bridges for safer waters. So good luck to the surfers in the Cold Water Classic right now.The reverse applies for SW swells during a storm.
Surf Smart

Tip #2: Fight Toxins with Toxins

Add a bottle of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide to your surf bin. Give a post session gargle of these antibacterials, and flush scabs, ears or other openings where bacteria can enter your body (yep, even there). Oh ya, rinse your urine-drenched wetsuit too, it stinks.

Tip #3: Preemptive Immunities and Fast Action

Bolster your immune system with extra doses of vitamin-c rich OJ, and coconut water which fights parasites, and keeps your body hydrated when you need it most.

Most importantly if redness or soft tissue lesions worsen, have doctor check it immediately. Nobody’s immune system (or ego) can fight these viruses alone, neither can most antibiotics. 50% of the US population already carries a strain of MRSA, making the odds of surfers carrying staph much higher.

Remember, dabbling with disease never impresses the ladies.

Still think you’re to tough to wait 72 hrs? Check Surfrider’s safety guide or just google “Timmy Turner”.

Surf smart, shop SWELL

September 30th, 2010 | By | 3,091 Comments

Snowboarding on a river!? Riversurfing Reinvented: Wakeboarders Raise the Bar

Extreme sports fanatics eat your hearts out…

Pro wakeboarder Nick Ennen and photographer Mike Yoshida take wakeboarding to the next level in this clip recently posted by FuelTV. A pulley system and rushing river make for an incredible new hybrid sport that resembles street skating or snowboarding more than it does the traditional line behind a boat archetype. Kudos to these guys for progressing the stagnant sport of river surfing from tired to treacherous.

So start rigging up those pulleys, get out there are grind some river rocks already. When you go “over the falls” now it won’t necessarily be a bad thing…