Meanwhile on the mainland, we spent a week on the CC to capture some more media around the Christmas season. We couldn’t quite live up to HH features past (I, II, III, IV), but we scrounged up enough media to throw up this update after a few steep midsize swells with decent conditions hit the 805. Unfortunately, the crew continues to wane up in the 805 with Lou now a fixture on the Rock, but luckily Adam was back in town post-Chile, Willie was frothing as usual, and Roldy was doing heavy reps prepping for his North Shore stay next month. Throw in a visit from Chanus and Delmore from their new respective homes, and DK Wars was on!
We had to make the annual trek back to the 805 for Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season with a little turkey, stuffing, and dropknee action. But with Louie’s recent move to the North Shore, Chaney’s move to Denmark, Adam still in Chile, Willie in Indo, and Darren still holed up in NorCal, a sponger has become more and more difficult to find in these parts. Roldan answered the call though from his batcave behind the soda bar, sounding the horn for Cale and Frank and a visiting Adam Dumas. Here’s some frames from what transpired. Just a small sample of what will go down during our annual holiday hangover feature later this month between Christmas and the New Year. Also keep your eyes peeled for a full on North Shore assault in February that should be well documented here. Until then Murdock, Louie, and new contributor James Dawson will fill this space with plenty of goodies.
Du Mas Mich getting it done backside. We will be taking you up on that acai bowl offer at Liquid Du Mas Mich.
Last week’s Encanto Pro set the table for a grand finale in the Canaries. After the dust settles at Fronton next month the new 2011 champ will be unveiled. Will Hubbard get title number 3 on the heels of wins at Pipe and Puerto? Will PLC get his virgin title at 21 along with a modeling contract? Will Hardy squeeze out the impossible and cement his legendary status? All things will be decided on Spanish soil, where expectations are high for a thrilling finish at one of the best bodyboarding waves on the planet. And what a historic tour its been so far, the last comp at Puerto Rico never letting up on the drama, right on down to PLC’s last second double flip heroics over Dubb. Where the ASP has been more concerned with exposure at larger markets and its image with recent drug implications of late, the IBA has made the bodyboarding community proud by simply promoting the sport in high performance waves. Its an exciting time to be a bodyboarder. Encanto Pro media:
Back along the Central Coast, Louie is getting ready to make the move over to the North Shore this week to join Murdock in the tropics indefinitely. Expect plenty of media as they join forces with the local Rocky Point sponge crew. Check Dawson’s first early season edit here. Check back here for all the latest and greatest happenings from this crew. Meanwhile, Cale sent us this little sequence in preparation for the coming winter along the Central Coast.
Best of the Web:
VIDEO: We had interviewed Tim Hamilton a couple years back about their upcoming Boogie 9 flick. It finally came to life on vimeo. Check the rest of their vids on the channel too for a fresh mix of random footage.
MAG: Surge Version 3.0 unleashes with plenty of GT, Dubb, and Hawaii action.
BLOG: LeBoogie has been owning it lately with their power rankings being a favorite regular entry.
James Murdock – Oaxaca
Murdock made his annual sojourn deep in Mexico last month, this time conveniently coinciding with the IBA Zicatela Pro. Over the years James has become at home in the land of Pedro, Espuma Loca, mezcal, and some of the best beachbreak waves in the world. James finished equal 5th overall in the trials, which guaranteed him a spot in the main event with the top competitive riders in the world. An historic contest followed, with Jeff Hubbard taking the win after James bowed out in Round 3 of the main event.
This year James teamed up with fellow North Shore transplant James Dawson. Tons of media was collected between the two with a full writeup coming soon to this site. In the meantime here’s a few pieces that have been leaked on the net since the comp. From the looks of it plenty of ETs were terrorized with pterodactyl late night buzz on reincarnations, a Tom Selleck stache, and full jungle building demos amidst other drunken carnage.
Cale Moore – Central Coast
Cale checking in with a couple shots from the Central Coast: “It’s been an extremely dismal summer for waves up this way. Every swell has coincided perfectly with bad winds. Definitely looking forward to fall.”
Willie Richerson – Bali
Willie just got back from his 3 week retreat to Bali, scoring plenty of swell while meandering in the South Pacific. From his last few days: “At Desert Point saw some of the best waves of my life. Seriously. Got a few scraps, hard with fifty people out and forty that rip….. enjoying myself and taking it all in. Taking this incredible Bali energy straight back home!”
More: Camel in Indo
“The experience is going great but has taken a whole new direction…I dropped studying (formally) at the University of La Serena in June because of the student strike that has been happening for the last 3 months. The strike is still going strong and the cultural contrast between university systems and students has been a big eye opener.
However, thanks to some amazing serendipity I found a job on an organic/permaculture farm in the Valle de Elqui. I’m currently living here with the owners and more people are planning to travel here to work and help expand the vision they have for this land.
The owners, John and Veronica, are awesome people and are very at one with nature. The place is nestled in a canyon with fresh spring water. I work 5-6 days a week doing various things. I’m learning tons about organic gardening and permaculture. It has opened my eyes up to amazing things leaving me looking at the world in a whole new way (again). Also, on this farm it’s prohibited to smoke or drink, so sobriety and vegetarianism are in the mix as well.
I’ve been lucky to find some waves on the weekends while visiting friends in La Serena. I’m a bit of shocker to the country folk here. Being a blond haired gringo carrying a boogie board on a dirt road at 6000 ft. in the Andes will leave a few of the locals a bit dumbfounded, hahah.
I hope to send more photos soon. I have a visa until the end of February of 2012 but we’ll see how things keep going here on the farm.”
Last Minute Update from Adam:
“Recently returned from a trip to the Atacama. Scored sick waves, found some cool culture and left some flesh on the reef in trade for 5 stitches as a souvenir. Full story and more photos to come.”
Pismo Groms – Colima
Sandy Sphincter and a couple other Pismo groms recently visited mainland Mex. Plenty of beer was consumed and plenty of pictures of the elusive Brown Kid were snapped when not getting tubed.
The live webcast was on today as trialists at the Zicatela Pro scrapped it out to make the main event. Murdock advanced into the Quarters where all he needed was to advance through the heat to make the main event as the top 8 trialists were guaranteed spots. Things were looking bleak for Murdock’s campaign deep into the heat but he was able to pull off a 9.25 on a deep righthand barrel with 2 minutes remaining in the heat. When the dust settled and the buzzer sounded Murdock had won and got a spot in the GSS event. His quote in the ensuing interview with IBA top dog Terry Mckenna said it all: “I love it down here. Might move down here and marry a Oaxacan one day.” (Just be careful of the he-she’s down there Murder!) James ended with an equal 5th placing with his first main event heat likely starting manana. The forecast shows the swell settling down a bit for the week before ramping up again around Friday. We’ll see what the contest organizers decide. Stay tuned at IBAWORLDTOUR.com for further updates and recaps.