55 – Shiny New Things Your browser does not support the audio element, which is required to listen to this podcast. Please consider downloading either Chrome or Safari. Recorded on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018, with Harry Knight, Asher King, Ru Hill, and Tommy PottertonINTRODUCTION:We started the show by talking about our recent mention in Forbes Magazine before moving on to Asher’s trip back home to Florida and Ru’s trip to Park City in Utah.Tommy stayed here in Costa Rica and attended the Tope with Jessie and Will and our new camera from Rylo. View this post on Instagram TOPE TOPE TOPEA post shared by Jessie Carnes (@carnitajessita) on Jan 13, 2018 at 6:25pm PSTWe also mentioned Ru’s 40th birthday party and the intricate decorations from Steve at Climb Nosara, Harry mentioned the fact that the Nicoya area of Costa Rica is regarded as a Blue Zone.Harry also gave us an update on Matt Warshaw’s campaign to save the Encyclopedia of Surfing, and we’re happy to say that he raised $60,000 View this post on Instagram BeachGrit just dropped six large into the EOS fundraiser, and I’m shutting this thing down at 60K. Sonofabitch! SIX-ZERO-ZERO-ZERO-ZERO. Double what we were shooting for. EOS lives, and before I join Jodi (above) for a glass of bubbly, I just wanted to again say THANK YOU to everybody who donated, subscribed, contributed, or otherwise supported this project. I’m gonna work so hard for all of you, and for surfing, in 2018. Much love, and Happy New Year. @dezsnipes @reportsfromhell @beach_gritA post shared by Encyclopedia of Surfing (@encyclopedia_of_surfing) on Dec 31, 2017 at 3:46pm PSTAs a quick correction to what Ru said when we recorded, Cyrus Sutton is not working with Brooke Borel on any future projects.THE NEWS:In the news this episode, John John Florence won his 2nd world title in Hawaii back in December and Jeremy Flores won his 2nd Pipe Masters. Ru mentioned Jeremy’s injury in Indonesia a few years ago.Dusty Payne has been injured surfing at Pipeline and suffered a fractured skull, which led us to talk about safety equipment in the surf. View this post on Instagram A Monday Memory with Tom Carroll surfing Pipe during the XBOXGerry Lopez Pipeline Masters in 2001. It wasn’t a WCT event that year but an ASP sanctioned specialty event putting Pipe specialists against the best tube riders on the current ASP tour. Bruce Irons took out the event claiming the title of Pipeline Master. #memorymillionaire #mondaymemory #joliarchives #joli #joliphotos #thomasvictorcarroll #pipelinemasters #hawaii #northshore #vtcs #mynikonlife @thomasvictorcarroll @nikonaustraliaA post shared by Peter Joli Wilson (@joliphotos) on Jan 14, 2018 at 3:18pm PSTWe then moved onto talking about the recent rescue of 2 swimmers in Australia using a Drone.We finally followed up on the Beach Bum’s study that we spoke about last year. The results of the study have now been published. Harry also mentioned that human testing has now begun on a universal Flu vaccine. MAIN FEATURE: Asher on the Quiksilver/Billabong Merger Earlier this month, news broke that Quiksilver’s parent company, BoardRiders INC would be purchasing Billabong, in a merger of the surf industries two most iconic brands.Asher talked us through how the 2 companies got here, and what this merger will mean for them.The reality is that both companies have been owned and operated by Oaktree Capital for several years, and that this is really just an internal restructuring. MAIN FEATURE: Harry on Gear Recommendations from 2017 Harry was inspired by a set of videos on Tested’s YouTube Channel and decided to create a list of the best items he’d acquired over 2017.His first choice was a set of surfboards that he designed for the Surf Simply resort last year. View this post on Instagram After the overwhelmingly positive feedback of his prototype high volume boards, Surf Simply's Coaching Director @hjmknight revisited his CAD files and created 6 new coaching specific designs for daily use at the resort. Ranging from 8’ to 8’8”, these boards are specifically designed to have the volume and stability for level 1 coaching, while maintaining the on-wave performance needed for level 3 skills such as cutbacks. We couldn’t be more excited to get them in the water.A post shared by Surf Simply (@surfsimply) on Jun 23, 2017 at 5:15am PDTThe rest of the guys were very keen on their twin fin surfboards. Tommy’s favorite board was his Firewire Go Fish, Asher’s was his Rich Pavel fish and Ru’s was his Christenson twin fin. View this post on Instagram Frothing over my new twin fin from @christensonsurfboards Thanks so much @oloalaia ( #boardporn ???? )A post shared by Ru Hill (@simplyruhill) on Nov 8, 2017 at 2:10pm PSTHarry’s second item was his 2 FCS II Longboard fins. He has both the Flow and Hatchet templates and enjoys changing them on a regular basis.His third item was the Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack, which everyone else found very funny.Ru’s number 2 item was his Fitbit that he’s been using to track his sleeping and surfing, and Asher’s number 1 choice was his blackout curtains.Harry’s fourth item was his Noise Cancelling Headphones by Lindy, and Ru and Asher joined in with their versions from Bose.Ru recommended the Overcast Podcast App (not the Outcast app as he said on the show).Ru’s last choice was his new bike from ACR Customs View this post on Instagram My new crush ????A post shared by Ru Hill (@simplyruhill) on Dec 27, 2017 at 7:48am PSTHarry and Ru then spoke about how experiences are generally better investments than products, but that products that create or improve experiences are still good investments.LISTENER EMAILS:Tommy answered an email about deckpads on longboards.Ru and Tommy suggested that having a deckpad on the tail would be useful as a tactile indicator of positioning on the board, and Asher spoke of the importance of knowing where your feet need to be for different maneuvers.Tommy mentioned Taylor Jensen’s aggressive longboard surfing View this post on Instagram | Fall | Pic @jamestull | @firewiresurfboards @dan__mann @oceancurrent @futuresfins @surfride @oamaustralia @surftrump555 @surf.relik #surf #longboard #sandiego #indiansummer #TheWeekOnInstagramA post shared by Taylor Jensen (@taylorjensentj) on Nov 4, 2017 at 8:51am PDTand Asher mentioned this photo from Tommy Witt View this post on Instagram 2017 @herbiefletcher blunt nose quiver left to right 7'11" + 7'4" + 8'8" + 9'2" = ????????????????@astrodeck @hippytree ???? ????A post shared by Tommy Witt (@t_witt_) on Dec 14, 2017 at 5:26pm PSTHarry also mentioned that there were companies making alternatives to wax and deckpads that you could use for the same effect.WHAT TO WATCH:Asher chose this edit from Devon Howard:Ru recommended the film “Food Evolution”Tommy has been watching these edits from Asher Pacey and Caio TeixeiraHarry recommended this video of Slurpee Waves in Nantucket.That’s all for this episode folks, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Why not try listening to one of our other Podcasts? 72 – The Unbearable Asymmetry Of Being 71 – Why We Swim 70 – Martin Dunn, The Godfather Of Surf Coaching 69 – The Morning After The Century Before 68 – How To Film Yourself & the EOS 2.0 Head back to the Podcast Homepage to checkout the latest from the our podcast.