Down the Line surf talk radio podcast for the week of June 28, 2009 is now available. This week, Scott Bass, Surfer Magazine’s Online Editorial Director, and Transworld Surf’s Jeff Baldwin cover the latest news in the world of surfing.
Among the topics discussed during this week’s two hour surfing podcast:
- Is Kelly Slater starting a professional surfing revolution? Acclaimed surfing writer as well as a contributor to Kelly Slater’s recent book, Kelly Slater: For the Love, Phil Jarratt, wrote an article stating that Kelly Slater is in the process of organizing a mega-money alternative world surfing tour. While facts are not easy to come by, the story says that the tour would consist of eight worldwide events, each event would offer a million dollars in prize money (the ASP Dream Tour currently offers $300,000 per event), and it would be covered by ESPN. It is unclear if this alternative surfing tour would conflict with the ASP surfing tour. While this sounds like a massive undertaking, when you consider that Kelly Slater has long been a critic of the ASP scoring (somewhat ironic as he has won nine of their championships!), the ASP marketing of their athletes / tour and he has connections across the surf industry and ESPN (ESPN: Down the Barrel surf movie), there might be something to this story.
- Greg Long wins the Billabong Pico Alto Invitational 2009 at Pico Alto in Peru.
- Tanner Gadauskas wins the six star ASP WQS Mr. Price Pro in South Africa.
- Is El Nino returning this year?
- Is ASP World Tour leader, Joel Parkinson, going to lose all of his ASP points and his title hopes for surfing in an unsanctioned ASP event in New Zealand?
- An interview with Kirk Wilcox of Surf Aid International.
- An interview with Randy Rarick about his 5th Annual Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction
The Down the Line surf talk radio podcast is now available at iTunes.