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Chippo And George Do Bells

Close heats and one hundred backside reos.

elsewhere // Apr 4, 2024
Words by Pedro Ramos
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Imagine trying to explain the current state of professional surfing to your therapist.

Most surfers are getting paid in stickers, all but a few play golf, and every single one of them seems to have a vlog. In fairness, the format actually lends itself pretty well to the vagrancy and the downtime that comes with a life spent in professional surfing.

While not claiming that this digital rag is the utmost arbiter of good taste, it will do its best to help weed out content that an advanced algorithmic computational device might fail to accurately deliver to an informed and critical audience.

It’s not all podiums and beer showers.

Like a popular 90s show about “nothing” that was able to exist under the premise that it would be watched simply because it was on TV, YouTube has managed to perpetuate that phenomenon, albeit in a more fragmented manner. Anyone can and will now broadcast their existence.

Given the unidimensional character and ability the WSL has in crafting narratives out of the sport it represents, the candid, behind-the-scenes access to life on tour provides a welcome companion and a cure for boredom as good as any. “Nothing” is relatable because our own lives are filled with it.

Most eyes on George Pittar.

Jacob Willcox’s follow-up to his vlog’s pilot episode in Portugal brings us a high-energy beach POV of George Pittar defeating Dylan Moffat in the final of the Rip Curl Pro trials — en route to narrowly losing to Ethan Ewing in the Round of 32. It’s also sprinkled with free surfing highlights from Pittar and Willcox in the lead-up to the comp, Matthew McGillivray’s surprise birthday party, and a how-to on putting a dent in a house with a golf ball.

Straight from the horse’s mouth: “It’s something that I’ll try to do regularly around events moving forward. The big edits are still my focus, but this is a fun side hustle while I’m stacking clips and on the road, groveling at CT events.”

To prevent Season 1 from being canceled, Chippo, currently ranked 27th, will be aiming for a quarterfinals finish or better at Margies. Rumors suggest that North Point may serve as a backup venue, potentially giving the WA local an unfair advantage, and his last chance at being able to thread some South Pacific orbs in the latter half of the tour.

Reacquaint yourself with the wave and how two CT’ers handled it during a 100-minute wave riding exposition, and hit the embed above for fun times with your screen.


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