Tuesday, 12 April 2011

surplus to requirements



it may be my somewhat narrow mind, but i'd say some of the surfing in this clip, knost in the final especially, renders progressive longboarding as a concept somewhat superfluous. He effortlessly marries full rail cutbacks with lightning quick footwork, turning as hard as many of the three fin longboard pro's aspire too, yet still with the grace inherent in the traditional aesthetic.

Just my two cents but id watch that every day of the week instead of arm waving, butt wiggling and forcing airs on a board of a length more suited to something else....

6 comments:

Ramsnake said...

Agreed and such fabulous longboarding waves to ride!

Russ Pierre said...

Ahhh just in time to remind me that the BLU starts this weekend, so more butt wiggling, arm flapping and outragious attempts to look cool. However, I myself shall be riding the trusty 9'4" log (got me third overall last year in the masters), Matt Travis is riding a log, James Parry, although possibly missing the first event is riding a log this year. The tide of change!! rumour has it that the world stage may shift that way too, according to Mr Parry. We'll see.

CP said...

mmmmm very interesting and good for you russ! I, of course, am far too undeniably cool to sully myself with competing-it's all about soul for me!!:-)

joking aside, while it's not really my cup of tea, i think competition longboarding is ripe for some change, it's pretty much dead in the water as things stand now. I think Tudor's events are the most interesting things to have happened for quite a while. Tudor has been a constant voice of sense as far as i can see over the last few years where pro longboarding is concerned.

On the flip side, a lot of the people on longboards in hawaii and australia (outside noosa et al~) still want to surf in that hack and slash mould so i doubt they are going to agree. Like i said previously, if longboarding itself cant agree what it wants to be it's no suprise it's a hard sell outside our niche!

yo said...

i myself am thankful for the squiggle boys and magazine worshippers. if everyone was on a cool board it would be paipo! hahhahaha but seriously, i'm glad that so many folks have bought into the too short board deal, it means the vast amount of the competition in the water can only be IN the water for 20 or 30 minutes at a time before they are to tired, plus they're easier to go around.

super STEEP sight bro,
soulglider

karl said...

any idea what sort of board knost is riding in this clip.
is he using those hull flex fins ?

great blog by the way :)

CP said...

Matt calvani of bing described al's board real well on the jamboards forum but i cant find the thread now. `very hull influenced with wide point forward, hull rails and flex fin from what i remember

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