Surf Simply Podcast24 - Function Over Fashion 

Recorded on Wednesday January 20th 2016, with Harry Knight, Ru Hill and Asher King.


We started this show by talking about surfing longboards in the small waves we've had over the past few weeks, and a little debate about the pro's and con's of surfing without a leash. Here's Ru out front on his 8'8.

We also mentioned the Surf Simply Tutorials, and the new season that we are in the process of putting together.


First item in the news this week is, of course Kelly Slater's Wave Pool, and the video he released showcasing his first session.

Harry mentioned other video's of previous wave pools, including Taj Burrow in Malaysia, Dion Agius in Abu Dhabi, and Wavegarden. He also mentioned the articles that managed to track down the location of Kelly's wave, like this one from Swellnet.

Asher brought up the footage that's come out of Sandspit in California as being similar in shape but harder to surf.

We then moved on to talk about Kelly Slater's new line of surfboards that are being made by Firewire Surfboards, as well as the new boards by Rob Machado and Wingnut, and the the Volume Calculator on Firewire's website.

Surf Simply technical surf coaching resort, Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

Next topic was the English Surf Federation deciding that men's and women's contests should have equal prize money, which lead to a discussion about some different structuring of the World Tour and the broadcasting of those events.

The final news item was the Big Wave World Tour event at Todos Santos in Mexico, and how it was overshadowed by what is being called the “Day of Days” at Jaws.

Ru then brought up Bethany Hamilton towing into Jaws just 6 months after giving birth.

Surf Simply technical surf coaching resort, Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

MAIN FEATURE: Pipeline and World Champions

The big story this episode was wrapping up the WSL World Tour, which finished at Pipeline back in December. Adriano de Souza beat Gabriel Medina in the final to win the world title, but the big story was Mick Fanning, storming through the early rounds, before learning of the death of his brother back in Australia on the final day of competition.

This all lead to a big discussion about style over function in surfing and competitive surfing in particular. We referenced Ru's interview with William Finnegan in Episode 23, and Ru mentioned the “Super Heat” that took place in Round 4 at Pipe

Ru then talks about his attempts to replicate Dane Reynolds' “Broken Wing” Layback barrel riding technique that you can watch in this clip.

INTERVIEW: Fantasy Surfer League Winners

We announced the winners of the Men's League, and interviewed the Women's League winner and runner-up: Brandon Boyce and Coryn Daniel. “Joel” and “Austin” if you guys want to get in touch with us, hopefully we can get you on next episode.


First up this week is Micky Wright's North Shore edit “Rage”

The boys then mentioned Julian Wilson's edit “N.S. Boogie”

Harry then brought up this cool video that shows Pe'ahi from underwater:

Final edit this week is the Stab/Swell video “Scorched” with Dane Reynolds, Kolohe Andino and Noa Dean. Unfortunately we can't embed that video in the notes, but you can watch it here.

That's all for this episode folks, email us at