28 – Let The Games Begin

Recorded on Wednesday 23rd March 2016, with Harry Knight, Asher King and Jessie Carnes.


We started this episode by talking about our holidays. Asher went Skiing, Jessie went to Bocas del Toro and Harry learnt to fly Powered Paragliders

Day 2 of learning to fly.

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First up in the news was The Surfer’s Journal turning 25 with it’s latest issue, so congratulations to you guys. In talking about The Journal Harry mentioned a photo project that he and Mat Arney put together which we ended up publishing in the Surf Simply Magazine.

Next up in the news was the WSL Banquet where last year’s world champions received their trophies. Asher mentioned Adriano’s speech, which you can read excerpts from in the link above.

Carissa Moore and Adriano de Souza with their well earned trophies

Harry then brought up Varial Foam, and the bonus they’re offering to world tour surfers if they win contests on boards shaped with their foam. No word yet on whether they’ve paid out after the Snapper results.

We then moved on to talk about the WSL Big Wave Awards which will be announced next month but you can click here to see all the nominations for the various categories.

Our final news feature was this update from World Tour surfer, Owen Wright who was badly concussed while surfing in Hawaii back in December.

Sharing my journey – I went for my first surf a couple days ago. It was the funnest thing in the world. Funny thing is… i couldn't get to my feet. So I just layed there. It was about knee high and the drop was.. well there was none but it felt like I was dropping into 10ft teahupoo. I finished the wave and I was so stoked I let out a hoot and claimed it and high fived kita. 5 mins later I was on the beach and started to think about what I actually did and started comparing it to what I used to be like or what everybody else was doing out there… and started to question why cant i….this I found started to ruin my experience and change how I really felt. It made me realise that ……self improvement is necessary but to focus on camparison of what used to be, what others can do or why you're not good enough is detrimental to the now; negative emotion in your self will hinder improvement and happiness. Simple statement …. challenging to practice

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CONTEST ROUNDUP: Quiksilver and Roxy Pros, Snapper Rocks, Australia

Last week saw the start of the 2016 World Tour season. We started by talking about the men’s contest which was a big shakeup of the status quo. You can check all the results on the WSL page, but our big interest was Stu Kennedy’s giant killing performance. In particular we spoke about the Round 2 heat in which he took down Kelly Slater while riding one of Kelly’s boards.

We then spoke about Filipe Toledo’s injury, and you can watch the video of his wave here.

In the Women’s contest Tyler Wright beat Courtney Conlogue in the Final. Jessie compared the final to the performances at Honolua at the end of last season.

In our Surf Simply Fantasy clubs, KiwiStorm won the men’s and Boogieboarder4life won the women’s. For those of you haven’t joined in the fun yet, sign up and play on the WSL page.

We then moved on to talk about the Bell Beach contests that are running as I type this, so tune in to enjoy the fun

MAIN FEATURE: Harry on Contest Judging.

Harry referenced on several occasions our chat with Dave Prodan in Episode 27, which is well worth a listen.

The contest criteria that Harry was talking his way through consists of the following bullet points:

    • Commitment and degree of difficulty
    • Innovative and progressive maneuvers
    • Combination of major maneuvers
    • Variety of maneuvers
    • Speed, power and flow

SUPERHERO OF SURF: International Women’s Day Special 

March 8th marked International Women’s Day, so we thought we’d do a short rundown of some of the pioneer female surfers from history.

Jessie referenced this article by The Inertia, as well as the book “Stories of Rell Sun: Queen of Makaha

Harry brought up this clip about Silvana Lima, and you can watch the other clips in the series on the BBC Website 


First up this episode is this fun little boat trip “Waves on Mars”. 

Asher then brought up the Wave of the Winter contest that Surfline and O’Neill have been running. I can’t embed the footage, but you can watch the top 10 entries here.

We then mentioned this clip of Yago Dora surfing Pavones:

Harry spoke about this discussion piece on American Surfing: 

That’s all for this episode folks, email us at podcast@surfsimply.com

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