Friday, July 18, 2008

the end is near...

...oh the "dragonslayer" is at it again. Check out the full article at USA Today , where I go for the truth in reporting...

Such quotable piece:

  • "Laird Hamilton, revered as a god among surfers"- I always watch Laird video parts before surfing. It's like watching The Last Supper before dinner every night.
  • "propel with a paddle almost like a kayak"- I can't think of more of a reason not to do it.
  • "The sport stands to change ocean recreation, much as snowboards changed the ski slopes."- Not really, its like going from snowboarding to skiing. De-evolution?
  • "I'm on for the ride. It'll be bigger than surfing."- Forildo, the day surfers are out numbered by paddle jockeys is the day Kevin Costner signs on for Waterworld 2.
  • "Duke Brouwer, promotion manager at Surftech"- Is Duke Brouwer a made up name? Like Duke Kahanamoku and Dick Brewer combined?
  • "a private company that doesn't disclose financial results."- For fear of being lynched by real surfboard shapers struggling to make ends meet.
  • "He also buys, develops and sells real estate in Hawaii and is developing property on Maui and Kauai."- His fellow Hawaiian locals must love him for that.
  • "his fierce competitive streak bubbles up" but "Hamilton, under the guidance of stepfather and pro surfer Bill Hamilton, scorned such contests."- Competive but hates contests?
  • "eventually surfers will get used to the newcomers, and stand-up paddling will be welcome."- Never.



*photo By Bob Riha, Jr., USA TODAY

29 comments:

bob said...

wow. hate paddle surfing much ian? what if they are not catching waves, just paddling beyond the break for conditioning?

btw...

my condolences on the loss of your friend.

Anonymous said...

Not a big fan myself. They have a habit of snakin waves. The ones I have watched anyway. It's a fad. It'll go the way of the pet rock before you know it.

Anonymous said...

That's what they said about kite surfing too. I got no beef with them as long as they stay out of the line-up!

Ian... said...

Kite boarding/surfing is completely different, and fine by me. SUPing is fine with me as well: I enjoy watching awkward surfers blow sections. The thought of a SUP nation on the otherhand is just scary.

Anonymous said...

Bob, you are seriously the most annoying person on this blog. Shut up!

Haole said...

I see Bob is the new me!!! I stopped posting under a name so they would leave me alone. Anonymous Losers

bob said...

um. i wasn't being an a**, simply asking a question. and how many times you see my name vs the anonymous douchebag like yourself.

Anonymous said...

I have friends who do it. Whatever. I don't mind just like I don't care that Bob is queer. It's all good.

Petrified Pete said...

Down with paddle boards, up with mini-skirts!

Ian,
Your job is to sell boards bro, it's probably a safe assumption to assume that you could make a dime or to off of twelve feet of foam and a paddle to boot. I'm sure one paddle board sale equates to three or four standard boards. And if you want to knock any rogue surfing faction set your sights on the goddamned kite boarders. I've never NOT seen those pricks weave through the line up. Besides, back to the bottom line..."Air"(a retail kite board shop in Mt.P) is apparently doing pretty well, as they moved to a more upscale location.

All I'm saying is embrace paddle boards and sell the shit out of the monsters, add paddles, giant board bags, gloves, etc...and laugh all the way to the bank.

Focus your agression on your competition not your potential ally.

Ian... said...

I don't compete, and I cry on the way to the bank.

Mayko said...

Paddlers don't bother me much. There aren't that many around FB anyway. The few that are out there don't make that many waves anyway. Also, paddling seems to take alot of energy and I've heard them complain of shoulder, neck and back pain...so they don't seem to last very long before calling it a day. The waves at FB don't seem to be condusive for paddle surfboards most days. It is not my thing, but if they want to lug that monster heavy ass board and paddle around be my guest. But I think it is more of a fad right now. And who'd want to paddle that ship when you could ride a longboard and have way more fun turning, nose riding etc. I tried one a couple of times wanting to like it, but found myself yerning for my surfboard. Short or long...your surfboard just lets you feel more connected to the wave.

Max Headroom said...

Welcome to the big time blog. Where two's company and three's an audience.

the anonymousE said...

Back to Bob (and Haole for that matter). All this talk about anonymous posts, quite frankly (as I yawn) bores me. I have ripped into both of you on several occasions under the "pen" names anonymouse, annoymouse, r.i.p. anonymouse, and lil' anonymouse. None of which are spelled anonymous. Though I have always used these names, I have never used my real name which is Will. But what's funny is that you post as "Bob" or possibly "haole". Pretty anonymous as far as I'm concerned. And then you bitch about anonymous posts. Unless you start putting your real first and last name and include a picture of yourself, users of this site or the gay singles site you frequent...well we won't know who you are...you'll just be...well...anonymous to us. So get off you lil' trip, quit bitching and crying because people aren't being nice to you and go back to surfing the cock, I mean dock at Wal-Mart. Kook!u

annoymouse said...

..."what if they are not catching waves, just paddling beyond the break for conditioning?"

CLASSIC!!

grumpy local said...

Laird talks like a girl.

Travis said...

Attention "anonymouse, annoymouse, r.i.p. anonymouse, and lil' anonymouse" not trying to get caught in your nonsense, but one thing stands out to me, you are the only one on this Blog that doesn't talk about the actual post 9 out of 10 times. Everyone else no matter what angle reference the topic at hand.

Travis said...

I live in Garden City and I paddle occasionally. It is a great workout on days the swell is not working in our favor. Just don't paddle in standing. If the nose dips you eat sand and get hit by your massive board. Yes I saw surfers laughing at me!

Anonymous said...

The picture is great-12 feet of board, a paddle, and it doesn't look like he made into that little wave.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he needs a tow.

djjahd said...

it's not like we have an overbreeding of paddle boarders here in good ole SC.... on the other hand kite boarding is getting bigger and their lines attached to their kites are dangerous... they can sometimes get a little close to riders... but i havent really had an issue

annoymouse said...

sorry Travis . .
~

Anonymous said...

I laughed at the paddleboarder at the washout yesterday AM.instead of sitting outside on a longboard,he trolls up and down the crowded lineup annoying everyone.Take that boat somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

If Laird wants to do that who cares . The guy actually surfs real waves .He lives in Hawaii (the epicenter of surfing). Not folly. We really don't get many waves here . But you tell it how it is brahhhh because you are so cool.

Anonymous said...

http://www.cisurfboards.com/sb_biscuit.asp

watch vid, rob goes combo paddleboard to biscuit

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this insight. I had no idea.

"He lives in Hawaii (the epicenter of surfing). Not folly. We really don't get many waves here ."

Laird sux

Anonymous said...

Laird raped me

lawless said...

3 reasons why SUP's are the new rollerblades:

http://www.surfermag.com/av/pierce-brosnan-wipe-out/

http://www.fitsugar.com/553762

http://popsugar.com/332900

Anonymous said...

living in Hawaii or folly laird will still be an ass clown...Ian will not sell SUP because he gets it....SUPs are trendy,stupid,big business dirty money making pool toys.

core workout...that's funny.

what ever happened to sports specific training.

why not just go for a paddle on a longboard?

the anonymouse said...

Who's Laire?







heehee!!!