Archive for the ‘Pro Surfers’ Category

July 7th, 2015

Taj Burrow Is Pulling Out Of Two WCT Events

Taj Burrow has decided to pull out of the Quiksilver Pro France and the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal for the birth of his first child.

“It didn’t really sink in until we got our scans and saw the little nugget kicking around in there. I was like, ‘Wow, this is really happening!’ We’re due October 8, it’s a game-changer, but I’m really excited. I don’t yearn for it (world title). I’m not upset with my career. I don’t dwell on it at all. And I don’t have the drive for it… . In events right now I feel so much more relaxed. I’m not as fired up anymore — not even close — but I’m still enjoying myself. I just look at how lucky we are at events to be surfing good waves with one other guy in the lineup.” – Taj Burrow


July 1st, 2015

Laird Hamilton Chooses Not To Poo in The Ocean

“I don’t do much aqua pooing” – Laird Hamilton

The only surfer we unfortunately saw having to poo and doing it was CJ Hobgood. He was out surfing in Jeffreys Bay and as he began taking off his wetsuit he said “I am going where no man has ever gone.”

June 29th, 2015

Surfing Industry Takes Sustainability For A Ride With Greg Long


“This is NOT true. Professor Steve Mayfield was NOT the sole inventor! UCSD students helped invent and create the world’s first algae-based surfboard. It’s a disappointment to not give credit where credit is due. Shame on you Professor Steve Mayfield for not acknowledging the hard working kids. And shame on your for taking all the credit. Boo!” – NEWSGAL2015

Greg Long – CBS This Morning


June 28th, 2015

Kelly Slater Teaches Us How To Ride The Barrel Backside

“When you see a cat running see like a tiger or lion running they kind of move their legs underneath them their head doesn’t really go anywhere and that’s kind of how I think of tube riding.” – Kelly Slater


June 28th, 2015

Day In The Life With Dane Reynolds – Filmed By Mini Blanchard

“Courtney and I went around to thrift stores yesterday looking for um VHS cameras cause I’m psyched on that look right now. Nah I am kind over super8 right now you go through phases you know. I brought super8 on my last trip and it fell out of the car and broke and I am not really motivated to purchase another.” – Dane Reynolds


June 27th, 2015

Poopies Skis Off The Wall and Jamie Obrien Surfs Sharks Cove

“Don’t piss in my wetsuit…” – JOB


Jamie O’Brien 5.0 – Surfing Sharks Cove on his regular surfboard and a Catch soft board
Kalani Chapman
Poopies – Getting towed into Off The Wall while wearing skis and rollerblading in his speedos
Isaac Sokol – Snowboarding a handrail at Pipeline

June 19th, 2015

“If Kelly Slater Didn’t Sell Pro Surfing To The Masses, no one will”


Full story here

June 16th, 2015

Shawn “Barney” Barron Memorial Paddle Out Tribute By Santa Cruz Waves


Barney Barron – Ahead of his time, So many stories, so many memories. Santa Cruz will never be the wave same. Everyone loved Barney. He had a way of making us feel comfortable being ourselves. He spoke his own language and his brain worked on overtime. I loved that. His art was something else entirely. He decorated everything and pointed everything. He saw value in things and turned ordinary stuff into treasures. Man, I am gonna miss him. Everyone is. – Dave Nelson

He was an innovator. In his surfing, his art and his personality. There’s nobody I could compare him to . I will never forget you Shawn. I’m sad today, but will always remember you with a grin. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You will always be in out hearts. Love you brother. – Peter Mel

RIP Shawn “Barney” Barron. Humble should and innovator. You were a great friend that always pushed everybody creatively, in and out of the water. A surrealist that brought color and fantastic imagery into our lives. – Patrick Trefz

RIP Barney. You were one of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. You always had a smile on your face and the hospitality and friendship you showed me was amazing. I learned so much from you and you truly are leaving us to early. Your surfing was so original and innovative. The sport of surfing ors you so much. I was just reminiscing on the times we all had spend with you and how to live with such a big heart and not to take things so serious. From your barrel rolls, to flips, to art and amazon wetsuits. I don’t think anyone will fully grasp the influence you had in people. You already were a legend to me and I know that your spirit will live on forever in the people you touched. Love you Barney. – Tom Carey

Shawn Barron, your smile, laugh, art, surfing, inventions, perspective, generosity, and attitude made the world a better place. – Zach Wormhoudt

Barney was the funniest and most likable human of all time, an amazingly inventive surfer who possessed the unique ability to seem simple and innocent at one moment, yet genius and complex the next. Rest in Peace, Barney. – Bill Sharp

My Brother Best Friend, Barney! Your soul Surrounds us with happiness, Golden Light and free spirit! Shawn Barney Barron I love you and thank you for opening the door and inspiring me to follow my dreams. In the cold water your bright, warm smile was my light! You are so beyond amazing and I will enjoy everyday so much more being touched by your spirit! I will do more back flips and radical crazy tricks! I can never thank you enough nor can words describe your incredible accomplishments!! Aloha We love you to infinity-Mahalo West Side Hero! – Jamilah Starr

Elija Crowell
Additional footage/photos
Ryan Craig
Dave Nelson
Patrick Trefz
Doug Acton
Tom Carey
Christian Ohemke
Dale Mandeilah
Jesse Mandela
Go 9 Barn by Cruzmatik and Ribseys Nickel
By Santa Cruz Waves – Live the Lifestyle

June 13th, 2015

CJ Hobgood Calling It Quits After This Last Year On Tour

“I don’t want to be that guy that like hopes I get a wildcard or ohh I’ll just go do this prime to make a little money, like dude I don’t ever want to put on a jersey again. I don’t want to rob someone else an opportunity that could change their life you know, because I already lived my dreams.” – CJ Hobgood


June 12th, 2015

Shawn “Barney” Barron Died From Using Meth

Shawn “Barney” Barron, the 44-year-old Santa Cruz surfer hailed for his innovative surfing and frequent volunteer work, died from a rupture in his heart facilitated by methamphetamine use, according to the Santa Cruz County coroner.” – Stephen Baxter (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

“I AM AN ADDICT!!!!…….so fucn wat ,,,rite!!!..we are human,mistakes ,struggles are part of this life!!….wat is in the core matters the most! i will always and hav always loved and respected you!!!the media loves to rip on pepole,the only finger i point is at myself! our lame paper and people who judge should do the same! Shawn Barney Barronl i know who u are and your are awesome………lov and respect to my homeboy!!! – Anthony Ruffo

Written by Stephen Baxter (who originally wrote the piece on Shawn in the Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Here’s my response to the people unhappy with today’s story on Shawn:
The Sentinel and I do not take it lightly when we write about a person’s cause of death, but we do it routinely and especially about public figures. I knew Barney, not nearly as well as his close friends, but about two weeks before he passed, he helped me and mentored a family member with some mental health problems. He was exactly as everyone describes: Giving, funny, generous and extremely talented and creative. I felt awful when he died, and I wrote a glowing, front-page obituary about Barney that week. I brought food to his memorial at the Lane and attended all of it. The stories were legendary. Barney helped people and touched people’s hearts in so many ways.

When I followed up with the coroner a few weeks later — as I do with basically all the deaths we write about — I was even more saddened and dismayed. I didn’t want to hear what he was telling me. It was so awful to know that Barney’s life had been cut short — in large part according to the coroner — by drugs.
Doing drugs and being addicted drugs is not something to be ashamed about. It’s a medical condition. I get that. Everyone has vices, including me. If Barney was self-medicating because of a mental health problem, I completely understand that too. I wrote the story because I don’t want our best surfers, our most creative and talented and giving people in Santa Cruz, to cut their lives short because of drugs. Enough is enough. It’s the newspaper’s job and my job to shine a light on problems so we can all improve and move on. Every decision is not going to make me popular.

I feel bad that Shawn’s family and friends have to deal with this on top of losing him. Yesterday, I read the whole story to Mike Barron, Shawn’s dad, before it went to print. He said I had “saved him a plane ticket up there to kick my ass” because apparently the story’s tone and facts were satisfactory and sympathetic enough for him.

Later in the day, as it was being edited, I spoke and corresponded with Shawn’s father, stepfather, sisters and girlfriend. They weren’t happy. I tried to paint a full picture of Shawn, and I counted on all of Santa Cruz and all his friends and family to be sympathetic of Shawn’s choices. This story doesn’t ruin his legacy. It’s a blip. They all knew the true Barney. The loving, caring, artistic, zany guy who made all of our lives better. Please feel free to forward this or post it.

Shawn “Barney” Barron heading out for his heat at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz