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Helmets Are Officially Cool Again

Click or Miss Vol. 6

cinema // Dec 19, 2020
Words by Zack Raffin
Reading Time: 3 minutes

By the grace of God, this week the world of surf media gave us more to ingest than yet another Koa Smith unboxing video.

With Pipe on, it’d be easy to miss out on your weekly smattering of vanity. To borrow another modern cliché: 

Literally nobody:
Us: Don’t worry, we got you!

When it comes to judging Surf Youtube’s top performers, we won’t let you down, and with the comment section of our new site currently stuck in limbo (we’re working on it!) I can say whatever I want to no affliction. Hazzah! 

Jack’s Fightin More Than Foamballs
Channel Subs: 111k
Video Views: 33,558 (11,186 views/day)
Like/Dislike Ratio: 1,036/6 or 172.6 likes per 1 dislike

Jack and Alana have made their way from Kuai to Oahu for… well you know why. In this video, we learn that Jack Freestone has recently been promoted to a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Given how he grappled with the foam ball in his R32 heat, it seems as if his interdisciplinary approach is paying off. 

Slates On A Mayhem?
Channel Subs: 42.4k
Video Views: 3,568 
Like/Dislike Ratio: 449/1

Kelly seems to be fully switched-on a the moment. In part 1 of Mase and Rory’s 8 days of X-mas edits* we find the two enjoying V-Land on what seems to be an average day—that is until Kelly “insisted” on a board trade with Mase. They say diversity is the spice of life, and Kelly’s early-round use of a twin fin, the above session on a Rad Ripper, and a host of chirpy IG comments all point to one thing: a searing-hot Kelly heading into finals day at Pipe. If the below doesn’t show you the King’s powers are at full strength, nothing will.

*As for the remaining 7 edits, we’ll be packaging all these and delivering them to you accordingly (pretty bow and all).

Koa and John Do [redacted]
Channel Subs: 66.1k
Video Views: 101,224
Like/Dislike Ratio: 4,186/30 or 139.5 likes per 1 dislike

Last week we showed you Nate Florence’s Jaw’s P.O.V. Despite having a third World Title and first Pipe Masters to fight for, brother John couldn’t sit home and let Nate snag all the bombs. Above, John tags Koa Smith for a session at famed North Shore Outer Reef, [redacted]. Knee’s looking pretty sweet, eh?

Could Kai Ever… Qualify?
Channel Subs: 48K
Video Views: 5,846
Like/Dislike Ratio: 312/2 or 106 likes per 1 dislike

Whatever your opinion, no one should question Kai Lenny’s determination and goal-oriented approach when it comes to watersports. While he’d have to fight off many a springy teen and swivel in conditions that aren’t to his fancy, stranger things have happened (remember: Willian Cardoso won an event on his backhand). Whatever your thoughts, he has this guy’s approval. 

Feel Good Content For All

Not a Vlog, but in what was easily the most entertaining video of the week, we have step-off guru Will Skudin giving Action Bronson a taste of this week’s ‘Noreaster. The NY icon and infamous host of ‘Fuck That’s Delicious’  has transformed his body over the past year, losing 125lbs in truly inspiring fashion. Watching what is essentially a slimmed-down, tatted up, extremely stoned Santa Claus boogie board in snowy beach break peaks should bring a smile to everyone’s face. 

Until next week!


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