A Ripping New Rage Vid, Pete Mel's Stoke Is Everyone's Stoke, and Maverick's on Skis? What?

15 Jan 2021 2 Share

Mike Jennings

Senior Writer

COASTALWATCH | THIS WEEK IN SURFING

Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was January 15 2021

1. Mavericks Has Been Ever So Ridiculous, and Pete Mel Has Been Rad

I don't even know what to say any more. Feels like every week this season our brains get a little more blown by increasingly ridiculous swells hitting California and/or Hawaii. To start, just on a week ago, Pete Mel paddled into what people are calling the wave of the decade at Maverick's. This is right on a month after one of the best days in living memory at the place, back on December 8. There's something about the stoke of Pete Mel throughout these swells, and these performances, it's impossible not to be caught up in it all with him. Stoke is infectious, isn't it? And if someone's gonna get the wave of the decade, it's rad that it's this guy.

2. And Then It Got Even Bigger

To follow that, just two days later, Mavericks upped the ante again, and pushed the mindblowingness to even further levels. To get the full goosebump vibes of the session, you should really check out this gallery from the day.

3. And One More Mavs Thing, This Wipe-Out

South African hellman Grant "Twiggy" Baker paddled into a beast on that faithful Maverick's Sunday, which then forced him into attempting the biggest airdrop of all time. "Maverick's has been so good to me over the years..." reflected Twiggy. "And you know what, I think I was just too over-confident today." Watch Twiggy break down possibly the wipe-out of the year over here.

4. The Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic

Always one of the highlights of the year when the likes of Parko, Occy and more converge on the headland of Burleigh Heads with beautiful and not so beautiful boards to compete in the Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival.

This year it was Coolangatta’s Quinn Bruce who won the Open Men’s part of the event while Dimity Stoyle rode an MR single-fin to her second consecutive Open Women’s win.

1997 Bells winner turned back the clock to take out the Masters, and for the Juniors it was Currumbin’s Ty Richardson defending his title.

See more photos from the event over here

5. A New Rage Surf Vid

Homegrown Australian surfer-run surf accessory brand (deck grip and leggies) Rage release another of their unreal 10 minute surf videos – this one starring Creed McTaggart, Noa Deane, Shaun Manners, Beau Foster and Jake Vincent in West Aus (for the most part, I think). There's some wonderful surfing in here cut together by the perenmially underrated filmmaker Toby Cregan. And by the time the credits roll to "Apology Accepted" by the Go Betweens, you're left feeling like Australian surfing – with or without the WSL – is in a pretty great place. If we get freesurfing movies like this on the regular it is anyway.

6. The Best of Italo's Hawaiian Season

Italo was in Hawaii for 45 days, and he's thankfully squashed the best of all those days into 7 high energy minutes of insane surfing on the North Shore of Oahu. The cuts and the zooms and the music and the everything about this video, gee... I'm not sure I've seen editing choices better capture the essence of a surfer. Top work all around here. I need a lie down.

7. How To Survive the Impact Zone

Speaking of hanging around the North Shore, Koa Smith has swum himself into a heavy shorebreak to help illustrate what you should do when a wave breaks here, and you are there, and you're gonna get drilled. It's a neat little educational video, but it's also quite interesting to see what pro surfers will be doing throughout the 2020s in the pursuit of surf content. Not surfing? Getting smacked in the shorebreak? We'll keep an eye on this ongoing surfer/content machine evolution and report back in 2030.

8. Hanging Out With Reef Heazlewood

Onboard Store's YouTube hang out series – What's Going On? – has been really nice. We've seen Wade Goodall, Soli Bailey, Pat Gudauskas, and now, this week, we get Reef Heazlewood talking surfboards, dealing with being dropped by sponsors and doing crazy airs, amongst other things. The only problem with this show is its frequency, two months between episodes? Give us more!

9. A Vans Triple Crown Update

Sweet, the WSL have compiled the 5 Top Scoring Rides from the Triple Crown this year. No, it's not the same in this all-digital format, but at least it's something. What a shame we didn't get to see Bronte Macaulay smash Sunset. And what a shame we didn't get to see John John put on a Margaret River Pro-like performance out there too.

10. Maverick's on Skis

I lied when I said we were done with Maverick's content for the week, because... Maverick's on skis. His name is Chuck Patterson and I'm not sure if he got lost on the way to the mountains or what, but here he is, surfing the notorious big wave spot at its most hellish, and he's doing it on skis, holding ski sticks and everything. You do you, Chuck!

And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone.

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