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A dispatch on airwind from C.S. Louis in South Africa Collected Thoughts 057

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Editor’s note: For those of you familiar with our printed books, you may recognize the name C.S. Louis from a variety of pieces he’s written in them. He’s long-winded and a literary and literal contradiction. But he keeps us on our toes and always shoots us straight. He ran into Brendon Gibbens and Noa Deane in Cape Town yesterday.

All “the boys” do is talk about ramps. They topple over and roll around on the ground each time one forms for an instant. One could argue it’s not even surfing that they perform. The waves are terrible by all traditional measures, and the average surfer can relate to Noa Deane and Brendon Gibbens’ approach in South Africa about much as they can paddling Jaws.

The lazy sunbathers on a Sunday drive have no clue what the boys are doing out there bobbing about. One car stops, and then two, and then fifteen cars watch and wait for fly-aways and ill-fated landings to flat. Middle-aged women in striped tops and their tennis-sweater cloaked husbands clap and gasp and exclaim in a way not unlike Brendon had been minutes earlier. Noa must be in disbelief at this certainly non-spectacular roadside spectacle.

Noa is so relaxed. He’s lying face down on a mountainside patch with BG (Brendon Gibbens) pulling at his arms trying to paddle through the roadside gravel or some trippy shit. They’re at the foot of a peninsula dividing ridge where mist sits fifty meters in the sky driven by eddies and local lore. Noa doesn’t know to be anxious about the surf. He is unaware of what lurks along the graduating sand bar or that he’s about to leap several feet over a jagged ledge to narrowly avert disaster at the rock-kissed shoreline. Brendon does. He’s knows all about it. He’s just about the only one here each day. Exclaiming and hopping about, yelping each time a ramp appears and disappears. And although this swell magnet strip has its day, today is not it. But no bother because Noa is relaxed and BG is fucking psyching and they haven’t seen each other since France or Copenhagen or something.

The fly-aways ebb and the middle-class contingent dwindles as they are replaced by Chacma baboons that seem less interested. The adults lie lazily primping while the kids cause a fucking ruckus. But the adults only stare, seeming to shake their heads at this display of mis-spent youth searching for fucking air wind. —CS Louis

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Who’s that British madman? Collected Thoughts 135: The first time Nate Lawrence saw Tom Lowe paddle past him

Editor’s Note: You know we’re up to something when a dude like Tom Lowe’s name starts coming up. The British surfer smiles in the face of horror, and he’s been on our radar and in our inbox. Here’s some scary info from Nate Lawrence about him. Stay tuned for what we’re up to.—Travis  This might…

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There was a fight on a surf podcast Collected Thoughts 134: Nate Lawrence on the near violence on Surf Splendor

It’s 5 a.m. and I’m sitting on the couch at WY’s Scott Chenoweth’s house in Long Beach — wide awake because I just heard a car getting broke into right outside. I can’t sleep so I end up in the vortex of my phone and find myself hitting a link to a podcast featuring Beach Grit’s…

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Jordy Smith, West Oz in trunks Collected Thoughts 133

Jordy is one of the easiest guys to take photos of surfing. He lands most of his airs and always entertains. On this day, Jordy was surfing in board shorts in the chilly waters of West Oz. O’Neill needed board short photos and instead of flying somewhere warm to do the shoot, Jordy just surfed…

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Garut Widiarta at Padang Padang Collected Thoughts 132: More Indo gold with Nate Lawrence

Garut Widiarta has been surfing out at Padang Padang since he was a little kid. And while he still looks like a little kid, his surfing does not. Recently it turned on for a few hours with only a handful of guys out and Garut was doing turns like these… 🤤 —Nate Lawrence

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Deserted Deserts Collected Thoughts 131: Nate Lawrence checks in from the road with Ian Crane and Evan Geiselman

There’s no shortage of swell. And there’s no shortage of hype. People love to talk about the next swell….But how’s the one out the back?! After surfing in Bali with 93 other guys, Evan and Crane rented and car and drove straight to the ferry. No sleep and some bed bug bites later they saw…

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More of the Same Same Collected Thoughts 130: Year of the fucking drone.

“So here we are. 2017. Year of the fucking drone. We’re pretty far behind schedule, according to Marty McFly. But finally every single person in the world owns a drone. Yay! And now we get to look at even more of the same same. Same beach. Same angle. Different caption. (insert grammatical error here) The…

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Mitch Coleborn in Indonesia Collected Thoughts 129

“Surfing will always have those off-moments that make you pause and really appreciate the place we get to play.” —Nate Lawrence

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The Inside Section Collected Thoughts 128: Nate Lawrence is at it again

Editor’s Note: Nate doesn’t realize how messed up this is, sending us these insane, casual lineups from the weekend when we’re in the sharky doldrums of summer, and he’s running through race tracks like this. That being said, might be time we join him, back on the road…  “The inside section, looking oh-so fun on a…

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A John John Florence Prediction Collected Thoughts 127: Nate Lawrence chimes in on the sporting side of things

“There’s been plenty to talk about with the WSL recently. Most of it about the horrible advertisements and even worse music coinciding with the WSL. But I got to thinking after watching the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs and how un-competitive it has been — it’s almost like the WSL. Kelly Slater was Michael…

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My Indo Dream Wave Collected Thoughts 126: Nate Lawrence and the wave that started his Indo Obsession

“For the better part of my teenage years I drooled at photos of this wave. I still do today” —Nate Lawrence Editor’s Note: Nate Lawrence was there to document this wave when it was new. Timmy Tuner and Brett Schwartz and Travis Potter would venture to the jungles of Indo, get dropped off and wait for…

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New Swell in Bali Collected Thoughts 125

“The swell is filing in and we found a nice right all to ourselves. Bali bagus.” —Nate Lawrence

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John John Florence, 14 for Five years Collected Thoughts 124

Looking at this photo, it seems like so long ago. John John was this young, long haired blonde kid who surfed Pipe. I remember seeing him paddling out in pretty big conditions and thinking that he was going to drown. But he didn’t. And then he caught one of those big waves. But that’s all…

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