Author: Chas Smith

Governing body for Olympic surfing releases policy officially banning transgender women with elevated testosterone levels from competing in women’s events! – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Governing body for Olympic surfing releases policy officially banning transgender women with elevated testosterone levels from competing in women’s events! – BeachGrit

World Surf League remains a bastion of freedom. Days ago, the International Surfing Association, recognized governing body for Olympic surfing, released its official policy regarding transgender athletes participation in contests that read thusly: A surfer assigned male at birth – and/or – who identifies as a man and has man/male on his national identity card […]

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Surfing’s birthplace reels under staggering Snickers shortage as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson buys every last candy bar on Hawaiian island to pay for past sins! – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Surfing’s birthplace reels under staggering Snickers shortage as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson buys every last candy bar on Hawaiian island to pay for past sins! – BeachGrit

Disturbing. As any hungry surfer knows, Snickers really satisfies. The iconic candy bar, packed with peanuts, has long been a staple of quick energy burst pre or post session. As delicious as it is nutritious and yet surfing’s very birthplace, the island chain of Hawaii, is currently staggering under a devastating Snickers shortage right as […]

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After shock loss in race for Honolulu City Council, Makua Rothman’s political ambitions jumped back to life as state senator hires big wave surfer to team! – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

After shock loss in race for Honolulu City Council, Makua Rothman’s political ambitions jumped back to life as state senator hires big wave surfer to team! – BeachGrit

To the White House! One of the more exciting American political races at the start of this month was that of Makua Rothman, who was running for Honolulu City Council there on the famed isle of Oahu. Running for district two, which covers the North Shore and Waikele, the big-wave surfer and eldest son of […]

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Southern California’s Kolohe Andino stuns in last second Cold Water Classic win, travels to state’s hostile north and rips coveted trophy from weathered hands of surly locals! – BeachGrit
Surfing California

Southern California’s Kolohe Andino stuns in last second Cold Water Classic win, travels to state’s hostile north and rips coveted trophy from weathered hands of surly locals! – BeachGrit

Shark tooth to the heart. Every year, for the past ten or such, I have begun each professional surfing year thinking “this one belongs to Kolohe Andino.” The handsome boy from San Clemente seemingly had it all. Pedigree from an iconic 80s surfing legend, one Dino Andino. Support from the most powerful brands in the […]

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In unmitigated blow to California and Hawaii, Kelly Slater’s hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida named “best surf town in America” by respected travel blog! – BeachGrit
Surfing California

In unmitigated blow to California and Hawaii, Kelly Slater’s hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida named “best surf town in America” by respected travel blog! – BeachGrit

Every rose has its thorn. The World Surf League is halfway through a three-year deal to host its most famous, insanely watched Final’s Day there on Lower Trestles cobbled stone and, no doubt, San Clemente officials are confident of their place in the pantheon. Yes, the Spanish Village by the Sea is often considered one […]

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“Feral soft-top anarchy” predicted on iconic Waikiki as Hawaii’s Land Board repeals requirement for surf instructors to be permitted! – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

“Feral soft-top anarchy” predicted on iconic Waikiki as Hawaii’s Land Board repeals requirement for surf instructors to be permitted! – BeachGrit

Yikes! Any surfer worth his, or her salt, has certainly made pilgrimage to Oahu’s Waikiki. Oh, I know that the strip of fine sand, fronted by crystalline waves, abutted by a menagerie of hotels from various eras, on Honolulu’s southwest is not everyone’s cup of tea but its historical importance is without shade or shadow. […]

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University of Southern California student excoriates World Surf League for performative “Indigenous Peoples Day” celebration of itself, demands “returning and de-commodifying” stolen lands! – BeachGrit
Surfing California

University of Southern California student excoriates World Surf League for performative “Indigenous Peoples Day” celebration of itself, demands “returning and de-commodifying” stolen lands! – BeachGrit

Money where mouth is, please. The new, kinder World Surf League rarely misses an opportunity to build awareness of various en vogue social issues. Much Instagram posting. Many references during professional surfing contests. More Instagram posting. Santa Monica has not shied away from draping itself with the shawl of “awake” and, most recently, published a […]

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University of Southern California student excoriates World Surf League for performative “Indigenous Peoples Day” celebration of itself, demands “returning and de-commodifying” stolen lands! – BeachGrit
Surfing California

University of Southern California student excoriates World Surf League for performative “Indigenous Peoples Day” celebration of itself, demands “returning and de-commodifying” stolen lands! – BeachGrit

Money where mouth is, please. The new, kinder World Surf League rarely misses an opportunity to build awareness of various en vogue social issues. Much Instagram posting. Many references during professional surfing contests. More Instagram posting. Santa Monica has not shied away from draping itself with the shawl of “awake” and, most recently, published a […]

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Surf fans riding wild emotional wave break into lusty cheers as Giselle Bündchen appears to send coded message to Kelly Slater in wake of Tom Brady troubles! – BeachGrit
Surfing California

Surf fans riding wild emotional wave break into lusty cheers as Giselle Bündchen appears to send coded message to Kelly Slater in wake of Tom Brady troubles! – BeachGrit

Could this be it? Can you, as a surf fan, take anymore? The wild highs, the depressing lows of this ongoing saga involving Gisele Bündchen, her estranged husband Tom Brady and one-time flame Kelly Slater? It is, truly, almost too much but surf fans are, if anything, steady in wanting, needing to see a reconciliation […]

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University of Southern California student excoriates World Surf League for performative “Indigenous Peoples Day” celebration of itself, demands “returning and de-commodifying” stolen lands! – BeachGrit
Surfing California

University of Southern California student excoriates World Surf League for performative “Indigenous Peoples Day” celebration of itself, demands “returning and de-commodifying” stolen lands! – BeachGrit

Money where mouth is, please. The new, kinder World Surf League rarely misses an opportunity to build awareness of various en vogue social issues. Much Instagram posting. Many references during professional surfing contests. More Instagram posting. Santa Monica has not shied away from draping itself with the shawl of “awake” and, most recently, published a […]

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