The Sunday Joint

SUNDAY JOINT, 7-21-2019: MARK MARTINSON, CHUCK KLOSTERMAN, MICK FANNING

Hey All, Chuck Klosterman has a small but warm place in my heart because he was the first thoughtful (although hilarious) writer to take Kiss seriously. Calls ’em out for all their manifest crassness and greed and their horribly lopsided catalog, but also praises the songs worth praising, and just in general understands what the excitement was about, and what it meant to be a fan. Among Klosterm...

SUNDAY JOINT, 7-14-2019: WSA, JOHN BRADBURY, DUKE COMEDY REEL

Hey All, How long will I have to live in order to finish posting onto Encyclopedia of Surfing all the various competitive surfing organizations? All the myriad and cascading offspring from the USSA, ASA, IPS, so on and so forth, spilling into present-day groups whose acronyms haven’t yet swum into my ken. It’s a trick question! I will never live that long. Elon Musk will perfect cloning, and in 2...

SUNDAY JOINT, 7-7-2019: A KICK IN THE GROYNE, PLUS NEV HYMAN, FLYING KICKOUTS, MORE

Hey All, “Nature Gets a Makeover” is the latest History of Surfing chapter, and I have a question. If you could wave a wand and remove all harbors, piers, jetties, breakwaters, groynes, seawalls, etc., etc., and restore the coast to its original state—would you? I would, in a heartbeat. Even though, by my rough reckoning, we’d be in for a pretty serious net loss of surf breaks. Ala Moana, Superba...

SUNDAY JOINT, 6-30-2019: VETEA DAVID, JOEL TUDOR, JAX BEACH

Hey All, Twice a month, on average, I fall into a state of swoon over this or that surfer, male or female, old or young, and it usually happens while piecing together a video edit. Rolf Aurness and Keala Kennelly got all up in me recently. But what I’m feeling right now for Tahitian power surfer and square-headed man of mystery Vetea David is swoon at an advanced level. I was a surf media mover a...

SUNDAY JOINT, 6-16-2019: ANDY IRONS, ROCHELLE BALLARD

Hey All, “Andy Irons’ Poetic Fury” is the latest History of Surfing chapter to post. Which reminds me . . . are we ever going to see Brad Melekian’s book on Irons? I gotta find out. Brad, if that manuscript is gathering dust in your hard drive, we need to figure out a way to bring it forth. Melekian, for those of you who don’t know, was the one person from the world of surf—the one person, period...

SUNDAY JOINT, 6-9-2019: ROLF AURNESS, 1970 WORLD TITLES

Hey All, I went on a 1970 world championships bender this week, starting with Geoff Luton’s day-by-day coverage of the event for Surfing World magazine. Unlike the 1972 world titles, in which absolute disaster was pulled from the mouth of mere disaster, the 1970 event redeemed itself, grandly, on the final day. Excellent overhead surf to wrap up the men’s division and Rolf Aurness was a popular, ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 6-2-2019: THE BOX, BRUCE VALLUZZI, MARK OCCHILUPO

Hey All, I wonder what percentage of you guys watch WSL events? At the risk of boring those who do not (sorry, Dad!), holy smokes, what a thrill-ride it was at the Box day before yesterday. For those of you didn’t tune in, click here to see Italo Ferreira’s Heat One opening ride. And not just the opening ride for the day. That’s Italo’s first wave EVER at the Box, no warm-up, no free-surf, just ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-26-2019: AND A PENGUIN SHALL LEAD THEM - HOLLYWOOD FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT

Hey All, “Hollywood Tries Again” is the latest History of Surfing chapter, and for the record let me say that 2007's Surf’s Up belongs on any worthwhile surf culture timeline, as the moment when Tinseltown finally got it right. Cost a cool $100 million to make us believe that a penguin built like DJ Khaled can ride the tube with Lopez-level style and flow, and worth every penny—and Warner Brother...

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-19-2019: EOS 2.0 IS LIVE

Hey All, It took 18 months (I guessed six when we started, ha!), but Encyclopedia of Surfing 2.0 is finally up—stripped and ripped and rebuilt front to back, inside and out. Click here and jump right in if you like. Or read on to find out what’s new. MORE PRICING AND PAYMENT OPTIONS: Still three bucks a month if you want to go that way, but now there’s an annual plan too ($30), a gift subscripti...

SUNDAY JOINT, 5-12-2019: TAYLOR STEELE, BILL FINNEGAN, MARK RENNEKER, BOB COOPER

Hey All, “Taylor Steele Likes it Rough” and “Searching for the Perfect Phrase” are the latest History of Surfing chapters. I recently watched the first 15 minutes of Steele’s career-launching video Momentum, and it always cheers me up to remember that the first surfer onscreen isn’t Slater or Machado or any of the other hairless young-stud teens who would later collectively be celebrated as the M...