The Sunday Joint

SUNDAY JOINT, 12-7-2021: HEADLESS, TOGETHER

Hey All, To everybody who subscribed to Encyclopedia of Surfing this past week and are now receiving a fundraiser notice as your very first communication from me — apologies. EOS does just one fundraiser each year, and we have arrived at that moment. There are 165 Sunday Joints posted on the site, and I encourage newcomers to binge on those first. Then come back here, read on, and hopefully make ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 11-28-2021: RENO ABELLIRA, TRIPLE CROWN RETROFIT

Hey All, The 12-year-old who memorized stats for the entire Lakers lineup during their turbocharged run to the 1972 NBA title, which included 69 regular-season wins (nice), grew up to become the silver-muzzled adult who now sits before you, creating lists on power surfers, the highest moments in surf cinema, and the most advanced wave-riders of all time. With almost-believable humility, I will sa...

SUNDAY JOINT, 11-21-2021: I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES – LIVE FROM THE FLORIDA SURF FILM FESTIVAL

Hey All, New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael was a little before my time, but she was funny and vicious and smart without lording it over the rest of us, and bullwhipped her way through the New Hollywood era with tremendous style and wit. This intro from an Observer profile sums Kael up nicely. In 1974, six years into her 23-year tenure as a New Yorker film critic, Pauline Kael’s negative review...

SUNDAY JOINT, 11-14-2021: TACTICAL RETREAT – SURFING AND THE MILITARY GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS

Hey All, If the only thing you recall about Bondi surfer Bluey Mayes, as described in our Joint from two weeks ago, is a flame-haired barrel-chested pug screaming "Outta me fuckin’ way, ya goose!" while riding a 16-foot toothpick through the lineup like Major Kong rodeo-nuking the Russians—understandable, that was the money shot for sure. But between the part on Bluey Mayes' EOS page where a fri...

SUNDAY JOINT 11-7-2021: STEELY DAN - NOT JUST FOR DADS ANYMORE!

Hey All, There is a robust social media subgenre based on Boomer love for Steely Dan (look here, here, and here), and at the risk of draining the humor, my take on why the Dan vein is so rich is because it pays off in two directions. Mostly it is about bashing old guys for death-gripping a favorite band from their 1970s glory days. Major dudes who love reelin' in the years, that is—but only if th...

SUNDAY JOINT, 10-31-2021: JACK "BLUEY" MAYS, ANNE-MARGRET, SMIRNOFF PRO

Hey All, Bobby Owens, Shane Herring, Lynne Boyer, Chippa Wilson, and Mick Campbell are my first team All-Ginger All-Stars, with Lynnette MacKenzie, Guilherme Herdy, and Cheyne Magnusson on the bench. Chicken Joe as mascot. Stephen Bell, Ann-Margret, and the girl from Queen's Gambit on cheer squad. You will hear my red-hot dream team before you see them because they are coached by legendary board...

SUNDAY JOINT, 10-24-2021: LAURA BLEARS OF HAWAII, "WORLD TIGRESS OF THE WAVES"

Hey All, Gidget, Duke Kahanamoku, Laird Hamilton, and Kelly Slater, in that order, are my picks for the most famous surfers of all time. Bethany Hamilton is probably #5, although my heart is with either Jeff Spicoli or Snoopy. We're talking general audience fame here, not in-house fame, so no Dora, Lopez, Curren, Medina or Gilmore. There is the second category of fame, with a briefer lifespan, w...

SUNDAY JOINT, 10-17-2021: TOM MOREY, THE LONG GOODBYE

Hey All, I know nothing about the Baha'i faith, which played such a big part in Tom Morey's long and well-lived life, but I do not think it would be considered an indulgence or trespass on my part to dedicate another Joint to Tom. If you haven't already read it, here is the Friday Joint I sent out two days ago. And while this is an indulgence, here's me talking about Morey on Beachgrit yesterday:...

FRIDAY JOINT, 10-15-2021: ALOHA AND THANK YOU TOM MOREY

Hey All, The New Yorker ran an article earlier this week about Paul McCartney, and near the end author David Remnick asks: "Who among the living has brought more delight into the world?" Tom Morey's name popped into my head immediately. Not just because the bodyboard, Morey's legacy creation, could hold it's own in a head-to-head delight-off against the McCartney song catalog, but because Morey h...

SUNDAY JOINT, 10-10-2021: IF THE SHOE FITS, RIDE IT

Hey All, Ten years ago, somebody who knows the small business game way better than I do advised strongly against what he called “mission creep.” Stay focused on one thing. Do that thing well. I nodded firmly in agreement, and went back to work on what was then, concept-wise, the simplest of missions—migrate the Encyclopedia of Surfing from book to website. Technically speaking, the mission never...