49 – The Women Who Surf On The Pale Blue Dot

Recorded on Monday 21st August, 2017, with Harry Knight, Asher King, Ru Hill and Kerianne Kreger


We started off the show by talking about the Solar Eclipse that was taking place as we recorded.

Ru mentioned the famous “Blue Marble” photograph that was taken by the crew of Apollo 17


As well as the “Pale Blue Dot” taken by Voyager 1 as it left our solar system.

Harry then spoke about the reasons for our extended absence from the airwaves

Asher spoke about his favorite secret spot in Costa Rica.

Forgot something ????

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And Ru spoke about learning to tow surf in Indonesia

And Kerianne spoke about watching LPGA golfer Tiffany Joh at the US Open, as well as her training regime for an upcoming Triathlon.

This was a great day. Thanks @tiffjoh #usopen #lpga #notmycurrentlocation #freecookies

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Harry clarified his coaching points from Episode 47 about front foot vs. back foot pressure when turning a board, and how a twin fin can help learn good technique


First story this episode is the appointment of Sophie Goldschmidt as the new CEO for the WSL.

We also spoke about Joe Carr, formerly of the UFC, and his appointment as the Chief Strategy Officer.

Ru also brought up the rumor that there will be a WSL Specialty Event at the Kelly Slater Wave Pool in California, as well as the rumor that the pool will be open to the public.

Bede Durbidge has announced that he will retire at the end of this season in order to move to a coaching roll for the Australian olympic team, and Mick Fanning has moved into an ownership position with Creatures of Leisure


Last story was the publication of a survey of Surf Lesson Prices around the world.


Asher gave us a quick round up of the recent comings and goings on the WSL tour.

We started with the Outerknown Fiji Pro

The Corona J-Bay Pro was an amazing event, with great waves throughout the event

The most impressive visual from the event was the rescue boat surfing down the line on an overhead wave.

Asher spoke about Filipe Toledo’s performance:

As well as the Highline Twin Fin event which was broadcast from Facebook:

2017 Corona Highline

You get to be the judges of this Corona Highline Specialty Heat! Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson, Conner Coffin and Sebastian Zietz are cruising on retro twin-fins at J-Bay Vote for the winner using hashtags in the comments section! ????

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Final story from J-Bay was Kelly Slater breaking his foot when he pulled into a closeout barrel.

You ever folded your entire foot backwards? If you try it sometime, this is what it might look like. I pulled into a barrel this morning and the whitewash bounced the board back into my foot as I hit the closeout, taking all the pressure into the metatarsals. Kinda like smashing my foot with a big hammer as hard as I can. Sorta feels like I'm giving birth out of my foot right now! I'm guessing surgery and 6 week holiday is in order. Not looking forward to 30 hour flight home before surgery though. Ouch! It sucks but so many people deal with such horrible things around this world everyday that a broken foot is pretty minor in the scheme of things. Sometimes a bad thing is a good thing. I'll make the best of my time off. #ThatsGonnaLeaveAMark #INeedElephantTranquilizers

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Last event for the Men was the Billabong Pro Tahiti

Harry mentioned the Tour Notes video of one of the warm up surfs:

We then moved talking about the US Open

as well as this interference call on Filipe Toledo

MAIN FEATURE: Kerianne on Sexism in Surfing

Kerianne spoke about the recent uproar over the Landing Page on Billabong’s homepage.

Much of the uproar was started by this article from Karen Knowlton.

The team then spoke about the possible justification behind the use of these images, as well as the importance of companies and individuals engaging with the moral dilemmas posed by those justifications.


Kerianne brought up the #LikeAGirl campaign



We had an interesting email from Daniele Volpe if there were any books we could recommend that were better than Nick Carrolls “Complete Guide to Surfing your Best.

Ru liked Taj Burrow’s book of Hot Surfing

Harry recommended Surfing Illustrated by John Robinson.

As well as Secrets to Progressive Surfing by Didier Piter.


Asher chose “Home”

Kerianne picked this clip of Paige Alms

Ru picked “Vacation Island” from Morgan Maassen, and you can read more from Morgan on the Surf Simply Magazine.

Harry mentioned The Dock as well as this Making of The Dock

but his final pick was this edit from Hurley featuring Kai Lenny racing John Florence.

We rounded the show out with Carl Sagan’s essay “You Are Here” which he wrote as a caption to the “Pale Blue Dot” photograph we mentioned at the start of the episode.

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

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