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June 03, 2012 — Down The Line Surf Talk Radio with Bassy n Baldy on XTRA SPORTS 1360AM in San Diego; on iTunes podcast (Google it).

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Email #1: Scott,
I agree that the commentators need to be a bit more critical and tell it like it is, but I think the bigger problem is all the downtime between waves. Even in pumping conditions, several minutes can pass between rides and the commentators can only say so much. I think the secret to improve the webcasts is filling those time gaps with relevant, educational, and entertaining content.
It requires a lot more preparation and pre-event work, but it would really fill in the gaps and make it more entertaining. Surfing is so much more than just waiting for the next wave. James Humberstone
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The ASP needs to hire a professional live sports producer. The need Don Ohlmeyer. One problem: verbal rhythm, ie. The lead commentator is the quarterback and all should yield to him to guide the broadcast. ps. A little bit of silence is okay.

Bassy& Baldy – re: the commentating on the Volcom Pro Fiji webcast – I fully agree about the 3 commentators talking over each other. I also concur about having a critical color guy (like Chris Collinsworth – as much as he hates our Chargers, he just points out their flaws). But I disagree with you about Woolly’s commentary booth skills.
While watching the webcast with my wife, she kept asking who the annoyingly over-the-top hack color guy was. I had to explain that it was the guy who started Volcom and now feels the need to egomaniacally insert himself into the commentary booth, and talk over seasoned commentators like Dave Stanfield. I was subsequently asked to turn down the webcast.
We professional surfing fans do deserve better commentating – but it should not come from the likes of Bob Hurley, Bob McKnight, or Richard Woolcott. They should save the self-congratulatory brand-hyping for their shareholder meetings.
P.S. They better f*%king run it at Cloudbreak.
—end email —
While I feel that Richard Woolcott is extremely qualified to be in the commentator booth and I appreciate his insights. I do agree that having the CEO of the event sponsor in the booth risks runs the risk of impropriety. Not worth the upside. -SB


#1 Volcom Fiji Pro. Set the stage:

  • As predicted a huge swell arrived, 10′- 12′ – 15′; high tide, side-offshore wind. The contest director Matt Wilson decides to wait, hoping the wind and tide change the scenario.
  • Around mid-day Matt Wilson decides to run the event. Two remaining round 2 heats are prepared to enter the water.
  • The waves are huge and the end section is still difficult to negotiate due to wind, but the scoring is done in the beginning of the ride.
  • Massive waves are ridden by all four competitors, and the tension is high, the drama real, an extremely exciting scenario is unfolding before us.
  • Eleven waves were ridden in the first heat. It was epic drama watching those first two combatants enter the fray at Cloudbreak.
  • Eight waves ridden in the second round two heat, and Raoni Monteiro was injured half way through. There would have been more waves ridden.
  • By himself, all alone at Cloudbreak, Kai Otten got a massive barrel, but didn’t make it out.
  • Then Matt Wilson called the event off for the day citing conditions, specifically the wind, as the determining factor.
  • Literally as he is telling us that conditions have deteriorated, guys are getting sick shacks, behind him, on screen.

* Did Matt Wilson, the Contest Director, make the right call?
Those that said “yes” included anybody on camera. Kelly Slater. The “yes” crowd cited big wave experts deserve to surf this stuff. They train their whole lives for these types of days. They flew over here. It is their turn.
Those that said “no”, mostly via internet or social media, cried bullshit. An opportunity for the ASP to potentially create history was lost. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The had REAL drama! Drama that you can taste. The worlds best surfers in the worlds best waves EVER! And they said “no thanks”. ESPN said it best, in a write up stating, “never in the history of the sport has the gap between the world’s best and those that are on the ASP World tour been bigger.”

ASP PROS themselves admitted they aren’t that good, “It was disturbing what those guys were doing, it was a totally different league,” said ASP Pro Surfer Yadin Nichol, “I felt like an idiot out there in the lineup. I was just so under gunned on a 6’9″ with no oxygen tanks or flotation vest. I just got flogged out there.”

FROM ESPN: “The contrast between those that charge and those that don’t has never been so stark. Should the world tour event have pressed on and tried to capture some of this thunder in a bottle? Most certainly. Ian Walsh, Reef McIntosh and all the guys that charged throughout the afternoon proved themselves, as ASP Pro Ace Buchan noted, “to be on another level.” So what does that say about the level on tour? The world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves? The ASP might want to think up another slogan, because with only a few exceptions, that one’s just not cutting it.”

At the end of the day, you can spin the decision to not run the event in the best waves ever however you need to spin it to make yourself feel good. One thing you cannot spin: the ASP’s TOP 34 professionals lost an incredible opportunity to pronounce themselves as ‘the real deal.’That is not an opinion. That is fact. If your definition of “best surfers” doesn’t include tracking through perfect 20’+ Cloudbreak then you’re clueless. Handling 20’+ Cloudbreak is the baseline litmus test for being a professional surfer. After that you can go practice your airs. If you are in the Top 34 and you didn’t paddle out that afternoon, well, you have a lot of work to do. Isn’t charging huge waves important to the Top 34? Goodness, we would have learned so much. The Top 34 would have learned so much– about themselves! An opportunity lost forever. I’ve said it for a long time, the ASP is 50% sport and 50% marketing directive. Finally the curtain has been lifted, the Wizard of Oz revealed.

I don’t blame the Top 34 surfers. If given the green light by the contest officials, I have little doubt they all would have paddled out for heats. They did at Teahupoo last year. It was hair-raising. It was real sport. It was drama.

“We’re all challenged to the breaking point at one time or another. Professional surfers on tour should be no different.”

“The ASP needed to run it for the ASP. They would have been on every news outlet everywhere if their PR people were on it. This is why pro surfing will never reach the level some people want it to be .. maybe that’s a good thing. ”


“Yesterday’s footage was spectacular, but 2 man heats in that would have been torture.”

“To be honest, I’m glad they put the underachievers over at Restaurants because they would be monopolizing and clogging up the lineup at Cloudbreak keeping the real surfers out of the lineup like Healey, Navarro, et al. This whole debacle has revealed what everybody has already known about the bifurcation in surfing between the pro-hos and the hell men.”

“Those big waves guys really put into perspective just how lame the ASP tour can be.”

“I’m curious which pros are going to speak up about the guys who never left the island (or got onto a boat) yesterday.”

“I am glad they didn’t try to run… way better show… with all those chargers down there for that swell it woulda been a crime to have the water cleared…
Great call to cancel and wait”

Hats off to the best surfers in the world: John John, Pat Gudauskas, Fanning, Parko, Bede, Melling, Healey, Reef, Ian Walsh, both Hobgoods, Jensen Hassett, Ramon Navarro, Dave Wassel, Nathan Fletcher, et al. Watch the video.

QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.60 def. John John Florence (HAW) 9.10
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.60 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.46

QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

SF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)

#2 Controversial Malibu Lagoon project
LA TIMES: In a battle that has polarized the wealthy beach town of Malibu, activists are pledging to stand in the path of oncoming bulldozers when work begins this week on a controversial effort by the state to clean up a pollution-choked salt marsh that sits next to a world-renowned surf spot.
State contractors are set to begin fencing off Malibu Lagoon on Friday before draining the salt marsh and reshaping its shores and channels

On one side is a well-organized alliance of surfers, environmental activists, Malibu locals and celebrities such as Pamela Anderson and Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis. They say the project is too heavy-handed, would destroy a lagoon they contend is already healthy and would flatten the waves at Surfrider Beach.

On the other side is the state of California, government scientists, a loose contingent of local supporters and prominent environmental groups saying that critics are ignoring years of science showing that the lagoon is sick and in need of radical surgery.

The plan calls for workers to drain 12 acres of the wetland and scoop out more than 1,000 dump-truck loads of sediment. The banks will be reshaped and new vegetation planted, correcting a 1983 project that carved a restored wetland out of an estuary that had been filled with dirt to build baseball diamonds.

The four-month project, backers say, will create a viable ecosystem with water flowing in and out again; support more plants, birds and fish; and have no effect on surfing. They say it could potentially bring even cleaner water to Surfrider Beach, one of the most polluted in the state.

#3 With the 2012 Billabong Pro J-Bay being an ASP 6 Star event on the ASP World Tour, this year provides an opportunity for all South African surfers to shine. Prizemoney and ASP points are on offer, with the points being what every aspiring South African pro surfer is after in their respective bids to qualify for the ASP World Championship Tour. From seasoned campaigners to young rookies, everyone wants to surf an event at Supertubes
Segment : Brought to you by THE BOARDROOM INTERNATIONAL SURF BOARD SHOW Oct 6 & 7 2012 DM fairgrounds honoring 4X World Champion MR

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