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Dane and Gabriel in Hawaii Collected Thoughts 030

Hawaii photographed by Scott Chenoweth What Youth

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I’m trying to keep calm. I’m trying to carry on. But after doing some responsible drinking, I’m going to chime in. Since Friday, two maneuvers were pulled off that were crazy. One by Dane in competition — a turn that perfectly demonstrates his disregard for things like waves, surfboards and competitive strategy. The turn was a big fuck you to no one in particular — they just bring that kind of intensity. Whether or not it was out of frustration, he rode out clean and got a 7.33. No claim. Just a casual duck out. Yes, best turn ever: 7.33. Remaining calm. Carrying on.

Down the beach at Rocky Lefts, Gabriel Medina did a massive backflip and dubbed it the best thing he’s ever done and posted it on his website, sending it to the viral machine where it has since been destroyed, amended, praised and commented upon by anyone who’s turned on a computer. And aside from the fact that everyone has already seen it, the incredible backflip has been covered with so much graffiti and commentary I can no longer even enjoy the damn thing. Despite the fact that it’s probably on par with Danny Way doing an ollie over the Great Wall of China.

This saddens me. I want these amazing feats to psyche me up to surf and live, but they just don’t. At least not as much as the Kelly’s part in Focus did. Or Taj in Sabotaj. Or Andy in Momemtum: UTI.

And don’t get me wrong, both events were documented fairly well, but the way I had to view them would be the equivalent to watching Sonic Youth with the sound turned off. Dane’s turn was cluttered with webcast chatter, and despite the fact that I have thoroughly been enjoying Shane Dorian and Nutty on the webcast, it was a turn I’d rather lay a song to and talk about for the rest of my life. Instead, it’s on a heat recap and will be cursed with a 7.33 for the rest of eternity. Medina’s, on the other hand, was posted on YouTube, set to a club thumping atrocity and then replayed five times in one edit and rebroadcast on every site in the world where commenters were allowed to chime in with their name games and negativity.

But instead of getting negative myself, I’ve decided to keep calm. And carry on. Because at the end of the day, both Dane and Gabriel have just done things that were super sick. And I like that. Happy Holidays. -Travis

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Craig Anderson, Mentawai Islands Collected Thoughts 111: Horrible waves in Indo aren’t that bad

“We hopped on the Bintang boat and got the best waves of our year. Shortly after, we got back on that same boat and got the worst waves of our year. Turns out, horrible waves in the Mentawais still aren’t that bad…” —Nate Lawrence

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Gunner Day Mind Pump Collected Thoughts 110

“A three week flat spell led to an over-hyped swell. The over-hyped swell led to a crowded lineup. The crowded lineup led to searching for other waves. Gunner Day. A first timer to the inside-mind-pump section.” —Nate Lawrence

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Have Surf Magazines Lost their Minds? Collected Thoughts 109

Have surf magazines lost their minds? First off, surf photographers have always been creepy people. Writers, not much better. But it seems in my years dealing with surf magazines that the people in charge are usually pretty turned on. They know how to make a very selfish sport look fun and inviting. I always looked…

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Too Much Perfect in Indonesia Collected Thoughts 108

Living in Bali has it’s perks. It’s cheap, warm and has waves all year round. It also has it’s downsides. Traffic, pollution and kooks. But the perfect waves always conquer the cons when contemplating if there is a better place to live. But just recently the perfect waves didn’t seem so perfect. I found myself…

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Nate Lawrence nearly robbed To get you this Collected Thought Number 107 lineup shot

I nearly got robbed trying to get a lineup shot. I probably deserved it though. After all, I am exposing surf spots. And taking photos of a wave and making it look prettier than it is. The wind? It was onshore. The crowd? It was packed. But that’s the thing with us sketchy photographers, it’s…

Dillon Perillo, Indo Collected Thoughts 106: “Dillon lost his mind out here, which is kind of like finding it for him.”

On an island in remote Indonesia, Dillon Perillo can finally surf again. 5 hour sessions in the middle of the day with no one out. And then again just before sunset. This is not Malibu. —Nate Lawrence

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Chippa Wilson on the “Duo”, Bali Collected Thoughts 105

I was pretty amazed when Chippa pulled out this Neil Purchase Jr surfboard with only 2 fins and decided to ride it at pumping Uluwatu. The takeoffs were late and the drops were steep, but it didn’t hinder Chippa’s surfing. The positions in which he was riding the waves were something I hadn’t seen before.

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The Bukit Peninsula Collected Thoughts 104

The warm water splashes on your toes as you pass mostly naked women on the beach on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. Left, right, left. Your head can’t stop spinning. Then you see the waves. One, two, three, four. Lines stack up to the horizon and then you pick your time and go. Paddle towards the sun….

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Julian Wilson in Bali Collected Thoughts 103

Still think spraying someone who’s paddling over the shoulder is one of the best things (and brattiest) in surfing. Julian Wilson partakes in Bali recently. —Nate Lawrence

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Bronson Meidy, 12, Keramas Collected Thoughts 102

There’s a new kid to the surf scene in Bali. His name is Bronson Meidy and he just turned 12 this week. I usually don’t like to say anything about kids this young because you just want them to be kids. Eating candy and shit. Not worrying about sponsors and sticker placement. Just going surfing…

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The Indian Ocean Spotlight: beach parties, waves and Scandinavian women Collected Thoughts 101

The Indian Ocean is back in the spotlight. Swells are stacking up and surfers are busy paying excess baggage on flights. So what’s new? It’s still hot, dirty and full of Brazilians. There’s still corruption and crazy tourists. People are still getting crunched my motorbikes daily. But there are parties every night and Scandinavian women…

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Chippa Wilson, Bali 2016 Collected Thoughts 100

“Sometimes it feels so good to dig your back hand in the water and do a nice Larry layback. Chippa in Bali recently unveiling his new Brixton stickers.” —Nate Lawrence

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