Andy Nieblas Doesn’t Belong In Nose Dodgers Anonymous
Quik’s latest film is recommended if you like: The planet Tatooine, riding boards upside down, and difficult surfing made to look easy.
Andy Nieblas was sitting down at his local café one day when his favorite surfer of all time biked past him and flipped him off…
Andy, the now-26-year-old surfer from San Clemente, saw him — an aged Phil Edwards himself — ran over, stopped him, and proceeded to ask about some Orange County surf lore. Phil coolly gave him the bird and biked away.
“Wow, I just got flipped off by Phil Edwards!” Andy said.
Andy studied Phil more than any other surfer, he explained, because Phil was creative and spontaneous in an era of stereotypical homogeneity in the water.
While I don’t think that today’s surfing world is totally homogenous, I do think that Andy is crafting different lines than most surfers his age. He rides switch nearly as well as he does regular, he rides his board upside down, and he takes off fins first and tailrides, only to spin back around with Knost-esque poise.
He also noserides. He noserides really, really well.
And there is trouble brewing in the world of logging right now regarding noseriding — trouble that many in logging’s core are speaking out against.
One part of the trouble is that some longboarders are posting photos of noseriding without their toes perched over the nose — the hallmark of a legal noseride. The other side of the trouble is the vile practice of shuffling to the nose instead of cross-stepping. Joel Tudor has spoken out on occasions about contest judges rewarding similar scores for shuffling and cross-stepping, while cross-stepping is far more difficult technically and much more beautiful aesthetically.
This frustration is summed up in the Instagram account, Nose Dodgers Anonymous. Feast your eyes…
So, now that you know the controversy you are in a better position to understand the nobility of what Andy is doing in this edit.
This clip consists of Andy and friends hunting down waves in a familiar place — the southern end of the Baja Peninsula.
Andy originally crossed the border for the “Escape to the Cape” logging contest in the East Cape region of Baja, where he made the semis.
“One round away from the money round,” Andy said, “But that’s just how it goes sometimes.”
He then shot down to the famed Scorpion Bay for a few days of peeling point waves, good weather, southern hospitality, and Norteño carne asada.
Yes, the surfing might not leave you adrenaline-fueled and pulsating, but if you need a 11-minute escape from the dailiness of your life, this is it.
The colors are Star Wars-esque, the water looks inviting, the music (especially the jazz crescendo at 7:49) is enlightening, and Andy’s surfing is progressive and antiquated — at the same time.
You can check out Andy and Quiksilver’s collab project, “The Blank Canvas Collection” here.
How To Build A Surfboard Factory
"If you want to make a million dollars making surfboards, start with 3 million." -Jeff…
Michel Bourez And Jeremy Flores Win Inaugural Edition Of The Quiksilver Festival in France
Turns out you can have your cake and eat it too.
“It’s Important Who The Fuck These Surfers Are, Because They Form Who You Are”
Legacy surf journo Matt George speaks on his new book 'In Deep' — the literary…
Was Mikey Wright’s Parallelograming In ‘Repeater’ The Best Accidental Surfboard Ad Of 2023?
Watch: Ryan Burch, Kobe Hughes and Derrek Disney on Parallelograms, Pickleforks and Keels.
Why Jason Momoa Had A 26-Year Old Kauaian Surfer Write His United Nations Speech
Maluhia Kinimaka reminds us that professional surfing, science, and helping the planet are not mutually…
Maxed Out In France
Massive swell provides both ample playing field and entertainment for second day of competition at…
Is Australia’s Investment In Youth Surfing Working? A HP Coach Breaks Down The Model
Watch: ‘Limitless’ ft Lennix Smith, Hughie Vaughan, Sierra Kerr and Isi Campbell and decide for…
Who Makes The Best Surfboards In 2023?
According to our survey of 7000 people, you and Italo might have similar taste.
A Tube Festival Within A Festival
Two-for-one deals all day at the Quiksilver Festival.
Full Frame: “There’s No Lineups, It’s Breaking All Over, You Just Have To Be In The Right Place At The Right Time When A Bomb Comes In”
Brett Barley on Hatteras Island, by Daniel Pullen
Long Read: Stradbroke In The Subcontinent
Chasing beachbreak bliss in Prohibition-era India.
Stab Recommends: Xcel Comp X Fullsuit
A suit that increases blood-flow and protects against burglars.
How Kipp Caddy Got KO’d + Tore His Hamstring Paddling An Outer-Reef Bombie
It involves a friend’s 8'4" spearing him in the head…
How Surfers Get Paid Season 2, Episode 2
Loyalty and the Royalty of the Performance Surfboard.
The Surprising Link Between Neoprene And The USA’s ‘Cancer Alley’
A forthcoming documentary called 'The Big Sea' will change how you look at wetsuits.
Radioactive Wastewater From Fukushima’s Nuclear Power Plant Is Being Dumped In The Pacific Ocean
What does releasing 500 Olympic swimming pools of fission fondue mean for surfing?
Meet Aranui 5: The 126m, 103-Cabin Luxury Cruise Ship & Home To Olympic Surfers At Teahupo’o 2024
Who's gonna get the Presidential Suite?