Week in Review: Volcom says hi to Fiji, Rip Curl rests
Week in Review
November 11 - 18, 2011: Levanto lay days, lei days and a Search on hold
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 November, 2011 : - - The ASP announced the 2012 World Tour schedule. Rip Curl Pro Search takes a year hiatus while Volcom ponies up for the Volcom Fiji event. The women’s tour still ends mid-year at the US Open of Surfing.
Bit of a shocker for web jockeys this week coming down off the Rip Curl Pro Search/Ke11y high only to find a lengthy stretch of lay days squashing any hope for a workday webcast. The past week has seen no action at either the Reef Hawaiian Pro or the Bear Pro ASP World Longboard Championships in Italy. And despite the intraweb chatter of “well, it’s the Mediterranean what did they expect?” we can assure you that part of the world does turn on this time of year (see video below). The other bafflement at the moment is the North Pacific going lake-like on Haleiwa and the Reef Hawaiian Pro.
Speaking of lakes, Surf Ohio launched a line of miniature longboards. For a typical day on Lake Erie, dream surfers can pull out one of these boards, miniaturize him or herself and go surf. Just watch out for the giant alligator gar.
Goats are the new squirrels.
Anyone familiar with the sign-off segment of their local news broadcast is by now aware that surfing has surpassed the waterskiing squirrel as the new news hour closer. A goat named Goatee joined the surfing ranks of dogs, sheep and llamas as the surfing pet du jour. Goatee hails from the Central Coast of California and from the looks of the video clip didn’t really enjoy his foamy push-in too much. But the clip went viral and surfing earned another notch in the novelty department.
Yes, but will the app hand you a dry towel when you get out of the water?
Errant Surf has launched iSurfCoach, a subscription-based online coaching system. Surfers seeking improved technique can upload videos of their sessions and get expert feedback without the snickers, jeers and general harassment of their friends. iSurfCoach also offers discounts on travel, equipment and, being based in the litigious UK, offers insurance coverage for equipment and personal injury.
Russell Winter once again took top honors as the supreme UK surf being during the annual UK Surf Awards. Winter’s success domestically and through Europe is stellar, but finding his footing on the international stage has been somewhat elusive. Winter joined.. ...
The other Endless Winter: Not to be confused with the Oregon-specific surf movie of the same title, ‘The Endless Winter’ sees Mitch Corbett and Mark ‘Egor’ Harris setting off from Newquay, the heartland of British surfing, and travelling north to the rugged Highlands of Scotland to retrace the history of British surfing. Archival footage and interviews with the pioneers of British surfing make this film one to watch out for come feature-length release time this March.
Matt Warshaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing hit a target of $20,000 in donations via Kickstarter. Surfing’s most-noted historian and serious cold water tubester sees the Encyclopedia living a long, fruitful, constantly updated life online rather than in print. When the Encyclopedia site launches in 2012 Warshaw hopes to land a presenting sponsor. “I'm building this thing on spec, on my own dime (well, my own dime, plust the 20K we just raised),” said Warshaw. “I'll shop a fully-loaded demo-version of the site to some corporate heavyweights. I want to get one big "presenting" sponsor. Just one. So-and-so Presents the Encyclopedia of Surfing. That would be on every page.”
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