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DOWN THE LINE - SURFING PODCAST

Lighthearted look at an overly self-important surf culture. Rumor, Innuendo, parking lot hearsay & fodder. Hosted by Scott Bass and David Lee Scales features the latest surf news along with live interviews, local issues, and special guests from the WSL tour and industry leaders.
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Aug 8, 2017

WeedMaps video with Nathan Fletcher

“Yeah I Smoke Dope So What?”

 

Shows him rolling a joint, smoking it and going surfing, going to eat, going skating.

 

Socially, economically. It became a great escape from responsibility, school, work, stress, the future. IT MADE ME LAZY, MENTALLY DULL, PARANOID AND GENERALLY CHECKED OUT OF LIFE.

 

David:. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS NEW WEEDMAPS video with a surf pro who says “Yeah I smoke dope, so what? “


I think any company that markets alcohol or drugs to teenagers is misguided at best and legally exposed. Legal age to smoke dope is 21.

 

I would argue that STAB magazine’s demographic is closer to 13-21 years olds than 21-31.

Jul 21, 2017

Felipe Toledo performs massive back to back complete commitment air reverses in 7’ wave. There are defining competitive moments in pro surfing’s history and this is one of them.

 

Top 5 greatest competitive moments in Pro Surfing's History

  1. Felipe Toledo’s 10 point ride back to back committed huge air revers at J Bay 2017
  2. Kelly s comeback vs Bruce Irons at Teahuppo. Combo’d by Bruce and with time ticking down scored back to back 10s . 2006?
  3. Owen Wrights final heat performance at 2016 Fiji Pro at Cloudbreak. Tavarua
  4. Andy Irons victory in Chile; after taking time off tour to deal with personal issues. AI comes back possessed and claims his rightful place.

Kelly’s air at the Quiksilver Pro in New York?

Jul 7, 2017

July 06, 2017 Having a nine-foot gun stuck in a two-foot thick lip on an eight-foot wave and landing directly on one’s head while one is deep in a backside barrel is, by all accounts, a nightmare scenario.

Luckily, Koa Rothman is alive and well.

Kelly Slater paid $7.8 million for a home in a town where everyone knows his name.

2017 Surfing Walk of Fame’s honorees

World wide wave parks update.

Jun 22, 2017

The waves themselves are the real stars.

Great waves are the most important factor;

This is why the WSL needs to adopt my new paradigm.

The new WSL - The Surf Dictates Our Future

Nine events: which focus on quality waves wherever they may be found within a given month.

Tour is dictated by swell and not by time. we can find great surfers to ride them. Great surfers are everywhere.

WSL focuses on great waves at each event. No matter what.

Jun 6, 2017

The new WSL - The Surf Dictates Our Future.

The Worlds Greatest Surfers Competing in the Worlds Greatest Waves

Broadcast to the World via the World Wide Web

Core Surfing Values & Beliefs

RIP John Severson, Jack O'Neill, Greg Allman

Outerknown Fiji Pro

May 23, 2017

It's the same show different name. SPIT - Spitcast - Scott Bass and David Lee Scales talk surf, music, culture but mostly surf. The same as Down The Line Podcast only it's the same. Thespitpodcast.com or spitpodcast.com is where you will eventually find all about the show, including the RSS feed, vids and images we discuss during the show.

Apr 27, 2017

David goes all big time on Scott

Olympic surfing talk

WSL A Hurley Pro Save Trestles Nuclear Waste Protest

A debate, no an argument- should David call the show Down The Line Surf Pod? or No? Surf News? Really?

Emails about f-bombs.  Bells Beach is awesome once again. Would you pay for WSL premium subscription.

Apr 19, 2017

Save Trestles MY ASS

Some 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at Trestles is all stored up with no place to go. AT TRESTLES AT SON ONOFRE

Edison officials overseeing the plant’s decommissioning have set a target date of the end of 2032 to remove nearly every remnant of the generating station, which hugs the Southern California coastline at the northern tip of San Diego County in Camp Pendleton.

The operative word is "nearly" because, in all likelihood, the waste — also called spent fuel or used fuel — will stay behind for years to come, stranded until a long-term solution is reached on what to do with it.

Mar 20, 2017

Owen and Wilko oh my. Owen Wright winning feels Oh en so right! Judges.

The official line from the WSL website is that the judges analyze the following elements when scoring waves:

  • Commitment and degree of difficulty
  • Innovative and progressive maneuvers
  • Combination of major maneuvers
  • Variety of maneuvers
  • Speed, power and flow

Which is the most important?  

Mar 9, 2017

March 8, 2017 Down The Line Surf Pod

Scott and David talk all things WSL as we await the kick off of the 2017 season at Snapper Rocks in Australia. Mick Fanning, Owen Wright: which will go further in 2017? The Top 5 JJF, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Gabriel Medina and Julian Wilson: who has the most pressure to bring home a world title? Plus which surfers will be one and done? Which rookie will surprise us? Plus Alex Gray, Morocco and much much more.

Mar 4, 2017

Gabby’s Without Daddy; Owen Wright Back on Tour; Another Shark Attack at Reunion Island; Ten Internationals Shapers selected to Honor Al Merrick; Alex Gray in Morocco; Cuba, Utah, Surfer mag, Dion Agyius, and much more.

Feb 7, 2017

The Mavericks surfing competition, the nation’s premier big wave event, has been canceled this year after organizers were sued by its sponsor and filed for bankruptcy, event representatives said Friday.

Held half a mile off Half Moon Bay in Northern California, the annual one-day contest features two dozen professional surfers competing on one of the world’s most dangerous surf breaks, where waves can reach 60 feet.

The event, officially known as Titans of Mavericks, takes place between November and March after a 48-hour notice is given when conditions are right, aligning clear weather and majestic swells.

The cancellation comes one week after Red Bull, Mavericks’ broadcaster and only sponsor, filed a lawsuit against the event’s promotional and management groups, Cartel Management and Titans of Mavericks, for breach of contract, seeking $400,000.

In its bankruptcy filings, Cartel faces claims of about $1.9 million and Titans of Mavericks faces more than $776,335, according to court records filed Tuesday.

The surfers themselves, the Grant Twiggy Bakers, The Greg Longs of the world; they just want to run a big wave contest at Mavericks; for the surfers the big wave fraternity

Sabrina Brenna- a San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner and who heads up the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing who has hashtag #bigwavefeminisim , #surfraggetes on her tweets- she is suggesting that jeff Clark was conned by the cartel. She represents Bianca Valenti ; and together they forced Cartels hand making the Committee of 5 include a Womens Heat.

Controversy from the beginning: But controversy has also followed it from the beginning. One of its first moves was to extract the contest from Body Glove, which in 2014 had signed on to be a three-year title sponsor later filed a lawsuit that is still ongoing. It also limited access to the break on contest day for media and passenger boats.

Sponsors never materialized, which partly explains why the Cartel and Titans of Mavericsk owe approximately $2.5 million to their top 20 creditors. Cartel and Miller also recently lost a $1 million lawsuit for breach of contract after failing to fulfill their marketing obligations with a self-tanning company.

THE BIG ASSET IS THE PERMIT. Among the companies’ remaining assets are the five-year exclusive permits they were granted by several agencies to hold the surf contest at Maverick’s. No one seems to know what will happen to those permits, or to the contest, if the bankruptcy leads to a sale of the two companies.

The Contest at Mavericks needs to go away;-- at least for five years. Let the egos and power brokers simmer down . Eventually, if it seems appropriate, perhaps a leader with a transparent mission can arise , someone like Greg Long, Grant Washburn… someone not tainted by the past and whose character transcends the bickering. Or maybe not. Maybe Mavericks as a contest site is just one big wipeout.

Jan 25, 2017

January 24, 2017 -  Down The Line Surf Podcast

NICK CARROLL: “Did he jump or was he pushed?”

We are year 5 years into the WSL experiment with competitive professional surfing

Speaker leaves on high note ; great broadcasts; increased pay for athletes; the co-opt of Slater’s wave pool; the purchase of the XXL Big wave awards and creation of the big wave tour; everything is quite rosy except for the finances.

NICK CARROLL: The original business plan drawn up by ZoSea Media, the Santa Monica-based sports marketing vehicle that took ownership of the ASP at the end of 2012, called for a tour that earned more than its keep. There was the million a pop for each CT’s naming rights. Lucrative tour partnerships with a range of non-endemic companies would be sold across a range of categories. Cars, electronics, cosmetics, travel and airline, beverage, and several other categories were mentioned. This would all be in sync with a range of equally impressive new broadcast deals, which would work to secure the partnerships and open more and more doors for all concerned.

It was epic blue sky thinking. And for all the shiny coherence of today’s CTs, for all the hard work of Paul and his many loyal staff, it clearly hasn’t quite worked. Deals had to be cut immediately around that naming rights fee; major CTs in Fiji, Rio and Maui remain without corporate names (or fees) attached. A fortune has been spent on trying to lure non-endemic backers through the door, with limited success; indeed three of the most prominent names on the WSL site, Samsung, Jeep and Corona, aren’t strictly newcomers — all had prior relationships with professional surfing events. The media platform is still essentially the web broadcast: massively improved from the stumbly event-to-event ASP version, for sure, but still largely preaching to the converted.

It is January of 2017, the revenues being brought in don’t meet the forecasts.

Plan A was to test pro surfing's place in the grander sports market place; it has done that. Outcome of Plan A is that surfing is small time. At least according to dollars and cents: THE WSL seems to have a huge fiscal gap.

The hemmoraging of Ziff’s money continues; so it was time for Speaker to leave; the small amount of eyeballs watching the WSL webcasts will never be enough for the WSL to court big time umbrella sponsorship from corporations such as Coke-a-Cola-, Toyota, IBM, Royal bank Of Scotland – any huge corporation in any huge sector can climb onto any number of better suited content platforms Major League baseball, Major League Soccer , Lacrosse ; Samsung rolled the dice, relatively cheaply and the ROI on that deal could be great, we don’t know, it could be break even, we don’t know, could be not so great – we don’t know.

So, if the amount of money going out is far greater than the amount of money coming in why keep going? Year 5, no fiscal ROI- why keep going?

PLAN B

A question for you David: Who is the greatest sprinter on the planet? Who is the greatest Swimmer on the planet?

If you went Bulgaria and asked some one at the outdoor market “What does the green jacket represent in Golf? “They wouldn’t know. You and I would know. But in Bulgaria or Nigeria not so much. You ask that same person who the greatest swimmer is: that person will tell you it’s Michael Phelps.

Surfing and the 2020 Olympics has the potential to pull this whole WSL endeavor out of the red and into the black. At least that what Ziff is thinking. Four more years. And he may be right.

But only if there are waves early in the waiting period;
NBC will cover this new sport if there is something to cover;
but Mother Nature always sings last.
If no waves show up in Japan early in the waiting period surfing in the Olympics is screwed; there is no way NBC covers live surfing during the second half of the Olympics when they have swimming gymnastics, soccer, track n field and other guaranteed sports with huge fan bases that sponsors will be demanding they cover.

So Ziff and the WSL, and fans of professional surfing are already trying to forecast a swell which is four years away- 2020.

Jan 12, 2017

Jan 11 2017 pod featuring Scott Bass and David Lee Scales. This episode discussion centers around surf coaches for the professional surfers on the WCT, plus boring tea conversation, meterological insight, Morrocco, Yadin Nicol, Levi Slawson, 1WaveChallenge, AL Merrick, Boardroom show, shapers, Hipstergram instagram Icon update. Life is good. Go surfing.

Dec 31, 2016

December 30, 2016 surfing podcast. Rules. There are attempts. We’ve all seen the carved wooden signs telling us how, when and where to surf with “etiquette.” Etiquette is fucking golf term. Surfing has no etiquette. Closest to the peak or surfer who’s been waiting? No one really knows. Regardless, rules, norms, ideals – they sound good on wood, but not in the water. Isn’t that part of surfing’s allure? The Wild West. No rules – just paid parking and Strabucks. Our culture holds onto this 1950’s era beatnik-motorcycle-outlaw-fringes-of-society image, but expects everyone to know and follow rules that are carved into a wooden sign. I prefer chaos. I’d be okay with rules if we all followed them. Our problem is that every surfer has his/her own set of individualistic set of rules. ‘Merica. Individualism. Plus we talk about Highlights of 2016 and upcoming WSL WCT Surfers. The best to NOT be World Champion. Jordy. Kolohe. Julian. Who of these three.

Dec 12, 2016

In this pod we talk about upgrading the Pipeline Masters and Via the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Have the bottom 10 surfers of the WCT relinquish their spots in the PipeMasters so that potential Vans Triple Crown winners and past Pipe Champion can compete; think JOB, Rob Machado, Bruce Irons, Derek Ho, Tom Carroll. Plus must have items for a Mentawai trip. We also talk about Dane Reynolds getting dissed by The Inertia and Dane's rebuttal. We also talk about the WeedMaps House on the North Shore.

Nov 30, 2016

Dane is saying,"I am not a competitive surfer; I’m a surfer."

Interestingly when I think of Dane Reynolds’ I often, not always, but often, I think of the Club Sandwich turn he threw down at Haleiwa a few years ago during the REEF Hawaiian Pro competition.

In Chapter 11 and other video clips Dane Reynolds has undoubtedly surfed freer, expressed himself more deeply, and more sincerely. But will history look back on Dane’s legacy and point to the Club Sandwich at Haleiwa as his Sistine Chapel? Or, more likely, and like Michelangelo, will Dane’s legacy include many works of art with the Club Sandwich at Haleiwa being one of the highlights in a fine list of waves surfed

Gives you a good dose of stoke and some insight into where Dane Reynolds mind is at right now.

Nov 15, 2016

Nov, 15, 2016 -- Down The Line Surf Pod - This week Scott & David read viewer emails; talk about Jazz music; Trump's effect on surf hardgoods in North America & his denial of climate science; Paige Alms victory at WSL Big Wave Tour at Peahi jaws; why the Titans of Mavericks event did not run with a perfect day at Mavericks; evolving the WSL WCT so that the season ends in Hawaii and emphasizes the Vans Triple Crown; Mason Ho wins XCEL Pro; Allman Brothers documentary; proper ways to cook filet mignon or rib eyes; David's hair do; really good affordable value wetsuits from NeedEssentials; a canceled trip to NLand Surf Park and much more.

Nov 2, 2016

Down The Line Vault: Way back in 2008 Fernando Aguerre was talking Olympics with us. I asked him point blank if surfing in the Olympics was a reality. he said Surfing in the Olympics in 2020. He predicated it! ISA President Fernando Aguerre plus some other good stuff from Marty Thomas and Scott Bass.

Nov 1, 2016

This episode Scott & David talk about the Eddie Aikau contest, Shinedown - the band, donations starting to heat up, Titans of Mavericks offers spots to women, Kelly Slater to retire after the 2017 season,  Mick Fanning's chances, John John Florence sophmore slump, Nland Surf Park in Austin Texas and much much more. Give a listen. Light-hearted surf banter, because it's surfing not Syria.

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