Newsworthy Information

Homer’s Facial Gesture Odyssey

During his legendary career, Michael Jordan was notorious dangling his tongue out while playing ball. As a result, kids on playgrounds around the world were sticking it out and pretending to be number 23 of the Bulls as he carelessly blew by the Lakers in the playoffs.

He’s no Jordan, but Homer Henard pretty much does the same thing surfing. Instead of driving the lane and dunking, Homer’s driving tubes, punting airs, and unknowingly making faces normally reserved for the Muppet Show. If you ever met Homer, you’d know that’s the comedian he is–an odd man in an odd world. “For some odd reason, Homer’s face resembles more of a cartoon when staring into the lens,” says good friend Omar Etcheverry. “If you think that’s bad, watch him play ping-pong.” Current reports out of Santa Cruz say the kids aren’t making faces–yet.–Checkwood

Attempted Surfing Ban In New Hampshire

When town council tries to stop surfing, the Surfrider Foundation steps in and kicks some ass.

When New Hampshire surfer Stephan Hillman found out that officials from the town of Rye wanted to impose a surfing ban at several local beaches, he called the only people he could think of to help–the Surfrider Foundation. “The town wanted to ban surfing at Wallis Road Extension Beach, Cable Road Extension Beach, and, Sawyer Beach from June 1 through October 1,” said Hillman. “We were basically losing our three best breaks during our peak swell season.” To make matters worse, Hillman only found out about the ban three days before the town council scheduled a vote on the measure–the clock was ticking.

So Hillman, a Surfrider member, called the Foundation’s national headquarters in San Clemente looking for assistance.

“We knew that we had to do something, and fast,” excplaimed Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation environmental director. The Surfrider Foundation’s sprang into action, using its Action Alert e-mail tool to launch a fax campaign to Rye officials, expressing their opposition to the ban. The office then contacted its Northern New England chapter, which is based in Maine, to rally its members to do the same. Surfrider Foundation also rallied support from its Jersey Shore chapter, which successfully overturned a long-standing surfing ban at Asbury Park beach the previous year. Two days later at the Rye Town council meeting, 30 surfers showed up to protest the ban. After several passionate speeches by local surfers, as well as numerous e-mails, faxes and phone calls, the council agreed to withdraw the measure and allow the surfers to form a committee with the local police to work out a compromise.

Two weeks later, the committee announced that the local beaches would remain open to surfing, but subject to closures if lifeguards or law enforcement believe a public-safety issue exists (similar to the long-standing practice of “blackballing” in Southern California). “I am very satisfied with the outcome,” said Hillman. “Thanks to the support we were given by Surfrider Foundation and its chapters, my kids and I will be able to enjoy the surfing here in Rye for years to come.”–Matt McClain

Congratulations to two new daddies!

Todd and Amanda Prestage gave birth to a baby boy named Ethan in Gerringong, Australia. Watch out Gerringong locals–there’s a new face in the lineup. Pete Labrador and his lady Sabrina are the proud parents of Liana, born on February 9, 2004. Both babies are healthy and happy. These kids will be ripping at a break near you soon. The next, next generation is here.

Billabong has a new book that you simply must see. It&#14s called Only A Surfer Knows The Feeling. It’s a look at the past, present, and future of Billabong. Full-color photos of the world’s best surfers, skaters, and snowboarders are all over this thing. In a way, it’s Billabong telling you how rad they are–and they are. This book is a must-have for any fan of surfing, and as a bonus, you get a DVD with the greatest sections from all the Billabong movies. Get Only A Surfer Knows The Feeling at all the major bookstores and surf shops.

We made a mistake! Although it rarely happens, we misnamed a shot of Randall Paulson. In last month’s Photo Issue, we called Randall Paulson “Tamayo Perry”. Sorry, bros, this will never happen again.

Reef and the artist union known as the Ninth Concept will be selling a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted pair of Reef shoes on eBay with all proceeds being donated to Surf Aid. These shoes were painted at a big party up in Hollywood while on Rob Machado’s feet. Go bid on these shoes and help support Surf Aid. For more information, go to surfaidinternational.org.

Cheyne Magnusson busted his collarbone while on a recent trip to Brazil. Cheyne made it home safely and should be back in the water in a few weeks. In other Cheyne news, there’s a rumor circulating that he’s slated to play Jim “Mad Dog” Muir in the new feature film The Lords Of Dogtown.

Tyler Calloway stopped by our offices the other day and showed us some new technology FCS has been working on. The FCS science team has been building and testing a new fin that is rumored to be the next big thing. We’ll know more this summer. Fins are the future!

In video news, there’re some bangers in the works. First off, Taylor Steele is working on his next big one. Filming began where Campaign left off, and the reports have said it’s gonna be a killer. Thomas Campbell is also working on an artsy film called Sprout. He’s currently filming all over the world, and we guarantee you this film will be amazing. Also, Matt Gye is filming for a movie called Day In The Life, which will feature up-close looks at the world’s best surfers in their day-to-day lives. As we speak, Greg Browning and Matt Beauchesne are in Brazil working on the next Drive Thru movie, called Drive Thru South America. This episode will star Shane Dorian, Ozzy Wright, Donavon Frankenreiter, Benji Weatherley, and Kalani Robb. Right now, the rock band Kut U Up is in the studio working on a song for the film. The song, titled “Fine Columbians”, will be featured in the movie and also on Fuel TV in a few months. For more information, go to kutuup.com.

Luke Tresoglavic was snorkeling about 1,000 feet off Caves Beach, about 75 miles north of Sydney, when a wobbegong shark two feet long bit him just below the kneecap and held on. The shark was a stubborn little f–ker and wouldn’t let go. Luke swam to the beach, got in his car, and drove fifteen minutes to the lifeguard station where they hosed the shark with freshwater ’til it let go. Luke didn’t end up needing stitches, but the shark passed away and was buried in Luke’s garden.

Future Fin Systems has unleashed the Vector fin. The two side fins have a Vector foil and a bunch of other scientific stuff that will make you surf better. If you have a Future fin setup on your board, we highly recommend trying these fins out.

Donavon Frankenreiter will be releasing a new full-length CD on May 11, 2004. Donavon has been touring the country like crazy and is currently on tour with O.A.R. For news and updates about Donavon, check out donavonf.com.

Quiksilver and Sony have teamed up and created a cool, little digital camera you can take out into the surf with you. The Cyber-shot U is a tiny (about the size of a cell phone) waterproof digital camera that will fit in your pocket. You can take this thing out there with you and become the next awesome water photographer. The camera has 2.0 mega pixels, which is perfect for e-mailing shots of yourself ripping to your friends. Another great use for the Cyber-shot U is at pool parties. Now you can shoot top-secret underwater photos of all the girls swimming in your community pool, or better yet, Jacuzzi. In other Quik news, they just opened a Boardrider store in Las Vegas. The Sin City store is located at 3200 S. Las Vegas Boulevard. Look for the gigantic neon sign showing videos of Kelly Slater ripping.

TransWorld SURF is championing a new cause. We took it upon ourselves to save a manatee. Manatees are super rad-looking gentle giants that cruise the waterways of Florida. Their numbers are dwindling to less than 3,000, and it’s up to us to save them. Check out savethemanatee.org–these endangered bros need our help. Kelly Slater says, “Everyone should adopt a manatee.” Listen to Kelly and do it.

Sponsor Changes

Kalani Robb to Electric sunglasses

Heath “Nutty” Walker to Reef shoes and clothing

Bruce Irons extended his contract with Arnette.

Chris Davidson to Globe shoes and clothing

Sam Hammer to Osiris shoes

Clay Marzo to Osiris shoes

Jaime O’Brien to Gorilla Grip

Karlee Mackie to Gallaz shoes

 

 

you can take out into the surf with you. The Cyber-shot U is a tiny (about the size of a cell phone) waterproof digital camera that will fit in your pocket. You can take this thing out there with you and become the next awesome water photographer. The camera has 2.0 mega pixels, which is perfect for e-mailing shots of yourself ripping to your friends. Another great use for the Cyber-shot U is at pool parties. Now you can shoot top-secret underwater photos of all the girls swimming in your community pool, or better yet, Jacuzzi. In other Quik news, they just opened a Boardrider store in Las Vegas. The Sin City store is located at 3200 S. Las Vegas Boulevard. Look for the gigantic neon sign showing videos of Kelly Slater ripping.

TransWorld SURF is championing a new cause. We took it upon ourselves to save a manatee. Manatees are super rad-looking gentle giants that cruise the waterways of Florida. Their numbers are dwindling to less than 3,000, and it’s up to us to save them. Check out savethemanatee.org–these endangered bros need our help. Kelly Slater says, “Everyone should adopt a manatee.” Listen to Kelly and do it.

Sponsor Changes

Kalani Robb to Electric sunglasses

Heath “Nutty” Walker to Reef shoes and clothing

Bruce Irons extended his contract with Arnette.

Chris Davidson to Globe shoes and clothing

Sam Hammer to Osiris shoes

Clay Marzo to Osiris shoes

Jaime O’Brien to Gorilla Grip

Karlee Mackie to Gallaz shoes