A recap of the week in surf news hosted by Natalie Rose.
Defending ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson scored an incredible wave with just seconds remaining in the Finals against Michel Bourez to win the Oakley Pro Bali in solid four to six foot waves at Keramas, Bali. Parkinson was backed against the wall as Bourez was on the verge of winning the contest when Parkinson got a wave and scored the necessary points to win the event.
The tour shifts to the heavy barrels of Teahupoo with the contest window of the Billabong Pro Teahupoo opening on August 15th. With the win the defending ASP World Champion is now third overall in the ASP World Tour rankings after Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater.
It’s a magazine that’s known for surf photos, a lot of advertisements and content written for someone with the reading level of a fifth grader. And now following the pattern of a lot of other print publications, Transworld Surf will be an online publication with its last print magazine to be issued in a month.
Source Interlink, the parent company of GrindMedia and the owners of Surfer and Surfing Magazines, recently purchased all the Transworld titles and decided that three surf magazines is too many. The magazine’s website is going to stay as it has a relatively high traffic numbers although there’s no certainty with the site.
An hours-long standoff between a wanted felon and several law enforcement agencies came to an end early Monday in Coronado. A man who appeared to be heavily under the influence of drugs held Coronado police at bay Monday by staying in the ocean as officers ashore waited for him to give up.
The man ran into the water outside the Hotel Del Coronado around 9:50 p.m. Sunday as officers were trying to take him into custody on a felony warrant alleging narcotics violations. Throughout the night, the shirtless man stayed in the water, drifting down to Silver Strand State Beach and standing in the ocean for hours. Throughout the seven-hour ordeal, the suspect had threatened to kill anyone who came near him. He is now in custody and being treated at a hospital for hypothermia.
A collision between a surfer and a boat on the Gold Coast has prompted a safety debate. Local surfer and academic Chris Del Mar was paddling out to Currumbin Bar at first light earlier this month when he was hit by a boat. His surfboard was broken in half but he escaped injury. The incident has sparked a safety debate about whether surfers should be responsible for avoiding boats or vice versa.
There’s nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July on a beautiful San Diego beach. However, visit that same shoreline the morning after, and the sight is significantly less lovely thanks to the thousands of pounds of trash left behind. Thankfully, the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego County Chapter will be leading the way in cleaning up the mess.
On July 5, 2013, the nonprofit invites beach-lovers of all ages to join the “Morning After Mess,” cleanup hosted from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Ocean Beach Pier, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and the South Harbor Jetty in Oceanside. Bags and gloves will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bag, bucket or gloves to cut down on single-use plastic waste. Participants under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to sign for them. There is no need to pre-register and the first 40 volunteers at each location will get a free hat. This year’s event is sponsored by radio station 102.1FM KPRi and healthy snack company Clif Bar. Surfrider will be hosting cleanup sites along with longtime event partners San Diego Coastkeeper and I Love a Clean San Diego.