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Got a few emails asking me whether its really true that you can buy surf brand underwear. Some of you must think its an urban legend. Well, it is true and here is the proof.


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Last weekend, I got an email from TurfnSurf.ie in Bundoran telling me about a beach party that they are holding in August to raise funds for a township building programme in South Africa. Earlier in the year, surfers from the East coast of Ireland took part in a fund raising drive to raise awareness and money for people who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis and on August 11th S.I.R.F will hold its annual fundraising paddle in Strandhill to support its school building project in Indonesia. In fact, they are presently building their third kindergarten. Its a long way from the popular image of the lazy, drugged up, selfish, stoopid surfer as immortalised by Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) in 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High" and surfing is all the better for it.


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Junior Brown & The Beach Boys


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"Now the greasers they tramp the streets or get busted for trying to sleep on the beach all night / Them boys in their spiked high heels ah Sandy their skins are so white /  And me I just got tired of hangin' in them dusty arcades bangin' them pleasure machines / Chasin' the factory girls underneath the boardwalk where they promise to unsnap their jeans" Copyright © 1973 Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)

Immortalised in Springsteen's music, not alot of people know that Asbury Park has a workable surf break although it is illegal to surf there. According to a Surfline article on the area, you will avoid the crowds but you won't avoid the crims. I briefly passed the area once when I was visiting NYC and it kind of looked like, eh,Tramore...only cleaner.

 

Here are some dudes catching a wave down in Asbury Park.

 


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Ok, the HBO blurb for this show is, "Set in Imperial Beach, California, the last great surf-break before Tijuana, where the U.S. meets Mexico, and water meets land, John From Cincinnati tells the story of the Yosts, a family of surfers whose awesome athletic talents have seemed for generations to come with a curse attached...The Yosts' reign and reputation, once defined in the curl of a perfect wave, have been eroded by years of bad luck, addiction and hubris. But just as things are looking like they can't get worse, a stranger named John arrives – and the Yosts' banal existence is lifted into something profound, miraculous and, possibly, universal."

Now, this show has been co-created by a guy called Kem Nunn, and this guy happened to write a novel called, "Tapping The Source" which went on to be the inspiration for 'Point Break' which, like it or not, every surfer I have ever met is able to quote at length. In fact, you could run a table quiz for surfers based entirely around trivia questions from that movie. And this is made by HBO who also made 'Six Feet Under', 'The Sopranos' and 'Rome'. Put those two things together and you have a series which although warm hearted is not going to be, exactly, family entertainment. Let's just say that the first ten minutes shows one of the main characters Butchie Yost shooting up smack and includes the line, "You just paid to see a donkey f**k a woman". In adddition, if the show is successful it will provide yet another avenue for musicians to have their music listened to since, as has been shown by Fionn Regan on 'Greys Anatomy' and by Bell X1 on 'The OC', synch licenses have become a fashionable and popular move for the artist on the up, and Kasabian's 'Sun/Rise/Light/Flies' is used over the climatic surf scene that ends Episode One. Oh yeah, and pro surfer Keala Kennelly is in the cast too.

Rather than do a long write on this I thought I would simply give you the link via i-Tunes to download the first episode, and also a couple of You Tube clips for the opening sequence and a trailer and let you make up your own mind. Comments are, as always, very welcome.

Opening Sequence

Series Promo


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The Ripcurl Boardmasters, Newquay is one of the big ASP events held in the UK. Combining the 5 star mens and womens WQS contests with skateboarding, BMX biking and, er, bikini contests, the 6 day event also has a two day music festival wrapped up where the bands this year include Ash, Guillemots & Funeral for a Friend. Channel 4 recently broadcast highlights from the 2006 event and it looked sick. Tickets for the Unleashed festival are £25 per day or £49.50 for both Unleashed dates and can be bought at this link. There is no onsite camping and here is the full week schedule.



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I can't imagine Renault Supremo and entrepreneur Bill Cullen being interested in the decidely non bling lifestyle of the average Irish surfer and he wouldn't be happy to hear that Renault is not a favoured brand of Irish wave riders, but it hasn't stopped Renault from bringing out a surf branded version of the Clio in association with RipCurl. I won't get all Jeremy Clarkson on this car but, lets just say, no self respecting surfer would be caught dead in one of these, although I had a Aussie mate who had to be physically restrained in a surf shop once from purchasing a pair of Billabong branded underpants, so addicted was he to buying anything with a surf brand logo on it. Even he would not part cash for this because surfers drive one of three types of automotive transport; station wagons, two seater commerical 4WDs and camper vans. I think the makers of the adverts for this car know it too as they focus on a pair of surf turkeys sitting in the car with their wetsuits on backward. I guess this car is aimed at the same people who have bought tickets for Cois Fharraige, non surfers who want to get a little of the surfer lifestyle. I have some advice for those guys (and girls). Instead of parting with your cash for something with a logo on it; simply get up at 5am with a splitting hangover, pull on some clothes you have left in the freezer overnight then get into a bath full of cold water with ice floating in it.

 

 

 

 


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Ok, Bundoran Ocean Festival, a long established date in the surfer's social calendar and one which is endorsed by the Irish Surfing Association. This year events include gigs by The Undertones & Gerry Fish, a surf movie festival, surf art exhibition, free surfing lessons and the Gala Ocean Ball, an event that is always a riot in the best sense of the word. For further details and full line up, click here.


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CLUAS Verdict: 8 out of 10

Prince once again demonstrates why he is the pre-eminent popular musician in American life on this big name tribute to 1970s songwriter Joni Mitchell

Originally planned for release in the 1990s, this tribute to Joni Mitchell by some of the biggest names in the music business such as Elvis Costello, Brad Meldhu, k.d lang, Annie Lennox and her former lover James Taylor conforms to type by being neither flesh nor fowl. Lovers of Mitchell's spare arrangements and tensed up, anguished vocals will find these interpretations over produced and slick and fans of the contributing artists will equally wonder why their heroes recorded songs by an artist better known for her lyrics than her melodies. The low point of this record is an appaling rendtion of 'The Boho Dance' by Bjork and the absolute highlight is 'A Case of You' by Prince which flows out of the speakers like Manuka honey. The man is a solid gold genius and this cut sounds like it was done in a single take; Prince sits down at piano, tape starts rolling, wonderful music pours out of him, effortlessly. The 8 I've given for this record is reserved for that track alone. Nice one Prince, nice one Joni.

Jules Jackson


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