Pink waves in San Diego
Would you still surf if it looked like this?

If you were at Imperial Beach yesterday, you probably noticed something a little off.

The pink/purple waves were caused by 30 gallons of “harmless” dye released by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, so they can study the water movement along the coastline.

Scripps says this experiment will help them understand actual water pollution, if/when that happens. The dye hung around in the surf zone for a while, before making its way down to Mexico.

Regardless of how “harmless” they say the dye is, I wouldn’t want to be one of those surfers in the image! Clear water for me 🙂

Albee Layer at Redbull Unleashed

In the Redbull Unleashed contest at Surf Snowdonia (Wales) this weekend, Albee took the win, just like I knew he would!

Ironically he was wearing a leash at the contest named Unleashed. Don’t want your board smashing into the center platform I suppose!

After watching the highlight reel, I can say that it really doesn’t look anywhere close to “real wave contests”. But I guess it has to start somewhere.

Albee Layer entered in Surf Snowdonia contest
Albee Layer (on a real wave)

The first ever contest at an artificial wave will take place September 18th and 19th at Surf Snowdonia in Wales.

The competitor lineup has been confirmed, with Jack Freestone and Albee Layer headlining.

I’ve surfed with Albee a handful of times when he’s in San Diego, and it’s the most insane thing ever! We’ll soon see what he can do on an artificial wave.

Here is the full lineup:

  • Jack Freestone (AUS)
  • Albee Layer (HAW)
  • Kanoa Iagarashi (USA)
  • Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
  • Kalani David (HAW)
  • Kai Hing (AUS)
  • Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
  • Brendon Gibbens (ZAF)
  • Yadin Nicol (AUS)
  • Mikey Wright (AUS)
  • Dillion Perillo (USA)
  • Luke Davis (USA)
  • Mitch Crews (AUS)
  • Hiroto Arai (JPN)
  • Billy Stairmand (NZL)
  • Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
  • Marc Lacomare (FRA)
  • Evan Geiselman (USA)
  • Ian Crane (USA)
  • Ian Gouveia (BRA)
  • Jayce Robinson (GBR)
  • Oli Adams (GBR)
  • Reubyn Ash (GBR)
  • Alan Stokes (GBR)

More details at

Jamie O Brien on fire at Teahupoo

JOB must have felt inspired by Katniss Everdeen, because he just dropped into a 12 foot Teahupoo bomb… after lighting himself on fire.

He said it was the best wave of his life, and the biggest adrenaline rush. I’m sure! He burned off his eyebrow before successfully completing this challenge.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of outtakes on the next Who Is JOB episode, but you can watch the best wave of Jamie’s life right now:

Mick Fanning shark attack J-Bay Open

Mick Fanning was hit by a shark in the final heat of the J-Bay Open in South Africa, but he came out unscathed. He said the shark got tangled in his leash, and he threw a few punches, but the water patrol was quick to scoop him up before the attack progressed any further.

Apparently there are rules for this situation, and the contest was called off. We are still waiting to hear from the commissioner how this event will wrap up.

We’re happy you’re safe Mick!

Owen Wright wins Fiji Pro

When Own Wright pulled off two perfect 10’s in his heat yesterday, everyone went crazy. It was only the 7th time that happened in Championship Tour history.

But today in the final against Julian Wilson, Wright wrangled another perfect heat! He is the first to accomplish two perfect heats in the same contest.

The waves were pumping at Cloudbreak, but Julian just couldn’t get it together. Owen blew him out of the water, 20 to 7.84.

Here’s Owen Wright’s 2nd perfect 10 from the final:

And Owen’s adrenaline filled interview after his win:

Fake wave in Austin, Texas

The future is getting pretty crazy for all of the land-locked surfers out there!

SurfSnowdonia is opening overseas in August, and now it has been announced that NLand Surf Park will be opening in Austin, Texas in 2016.

Here’s a video of Wilko, Medina, and Fanning surfing the Wave Garden demo in Spain. Note that these waves are pretty small, while the NLand Surf Park in Texas claims it will have 6 foot barreling waves.

Will all the hipsters be riding their fixies to the wave garden to surf in skinny jeans? It’s possible. But there will be plenty of waves to go around, as they claim it will produce 300 waves per hour! (5 waves per minute)

Artificial waves like this could really expand the surf industry. If you think about it, most people think surfing is cool, but only us lucky ones that live on a coastline get to experience it. Imagine if going surfing was like going to a ski hill or skatepark instead.

The main downside to these artificial waves is the power consumption. Apparently it takes a ton of electricity to produce waves like this, which will probably make it pretty pricey until they can find a more efficient method. How much would you pay for a 35 second head-high wave? $5? $10? $15??

Luckily I live in California and I don’t have to pay for my waves 🙂

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