Author: Derek Rielly

Dirty Water: Beloved surf-hero Peter Mel on his bombshell wave at Mavericks and the reckless flirtation with Methamphetamine that nearly put him behind bars, “When you’re at your lowest it feels nothing can help you!” – BeachGrit
Surfing California

Dirty Water: Beloved surf-hero Peter Mel on his bombshell wave at Mavericks and the reckless flirtation with Methamphetamine that nearly put him behind bars, “When you’re at your lowest it feels nothing can help you!” – BeachGrit

The year of the Condor continues! Methamphetamine is a terrific drug if used in correct proportion and for right reasons etc, a weekend-long sex party, to put the brakes on a kid with ADHD. For Peter Mel, the big-wave surfer turned occasional WSL commentator from Santa Cruz, California, he put on the beast’s collar ’cause, […]

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Waimea Bay’s iconic Samurai house “not for sale” says owner as Jonah Hill expands North Shore property search to include $US7 million estate adjacent to softest wave on seven-mile miracle! – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Waimea Bay’s iconic Samurai house “not for sale” says owner as Jonah Hill expands North Shore property search to include $US7 million estate adjacent to softest wave on seven-mile miracle! – BeachGrit

“With direct access to numerous world-class surf spots right out front, this property is an ocean enthusiast’s dream.” The owner of Waimea Bay’s Samurai House has squashed the rumour Hollywood funnyman and body positivist Jonah Hill had added the magnificent home to his collection of beachfront joints, which includes Hill’s epic new $15 million Malibu […]

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Wild scenes at Burleigh Heads as onlookers help noted local surfer and lifeguard rescue jetski lodged in rocks during monster swell, “Rough day at the office! Couple of scratches!” – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Wild scenes at Burleigh Heads as onlookers help noted local surfer and lifeguard rescue jetski lodged in rocks during monster swell, “Rough day at the office! Couple of scratches!” – BeachGrit

“I didn’t see how he got there, but the poor bloke was well and truly wedged on the rocks.” The Burleigh Heads surfer James “Billy” Watson, a noted local, lifeguard, big-wave surfer, tamer of Jaws etc, has shown terrific class under pressure after he retrieved his lost ski from the rocks at Burleigh Heads, albeit […]

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In raw tell-all interview, Kelly Slater reveals the dark side of competing, “Sometimes I think, what the f*$k am I doing”, cradling a convulsing pedestrian following fatal hit-and-run accident and his pessimistic view of surfing, “I feel bad for the next generation!” – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

In raw tell-all interview, Kelly Slater reveals the dark side of competing, “Sometimes I think, what the f*$k am I doing”, cradling a convulsing pedestrian following fatal hit-and-run accident and his pessimistic view of surfing, “I feel bad for the next generation!” – BeachGrit

“I felt like my life was going to be special. I just knew it. I never questioned it. I just felt like I could create anything.” Seven years ago, the wife and baby of surfing photographer Chris White were swept across the North Shore’s Kam Highway by one of those great North Shore pulses. The […]

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Quiksilver partners with troubled streaming giant Netflix, releases eighties-themed “Stranger Things” capsule, “A hot delivery of Surfer Boy!” – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Quiksilver partners with troubled streaming giant Netflix, releases eighties-themed “Stranger Things” capsule, “A hot delivery of Surfer Boy!” – BeachGrit

And releases spooky movie starring Mikey Wright and one-time world #1 Kanoa Igarashi! Several years ago, on a warmish fall day in San Francisco, BeachGrit arrived in the famous port city to interview and film American musical act Metallica for a collaboration with surf co Billabong. In a back room, I asked the band’s singer […]

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Big-wave world champ, scion of North Shore strongman and #1 Billboard artist Makua Rothman to follow UFC hall-of-famer BJ Penn into Hawaiian politics! – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Big-wave world champ, scion of North Shore strongman and #1 Billboard artist Makua Rothman to follow UFC hall-of-famer BJ Penn into Hawaiian politics! – BeachGrit

“I decided to turn down the opportunity for awards or money and use the platform to speak about issues that were of concern to my community.” The storied Makua Rothman, big-wave world champ, winner of the Billabong XXL award for riding a sixty-six footer at Jaws when he was eighteen, is following neighbour and pal […]

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Brave Hawaiian boy who learned to surf wearing a lifejacket and who stunned world by stealing tour lead from greatest of all time Kelly Slater releases feel-good celebratory film, “Only One Will Make It!” – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Brave Hawaiian boy who learned to surf wearing a lifejacket and who stunned world by stealing tour lead from greatest of all time Kelly Slater releases feel-good celebratory film, “Only One Will Make It!” – BeachGrit

Described as being “extremely intelligent and extremely capable and magnificent when angry.” Barron Mamiya, the little Hawaiian who stunned the world by snatching the tour lead from Kelly Slater following the two North Shore events, has released a celebratory short film. The twenty-two-year-old bantamweight, who started surfing aged three and with an orange life preserver […]

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Celebrated big-wave pioneer, previously thought of as immortal, dies at North Shore home, “He was the single most beloved surfer in Hawaii apart from Duke Kahanamoku and Rell Sunn!” – BeachGrit
Surfing Hawaii

Celebrated big-wave pioneer, previously thought of as immortal, dies at North Shore home, “He was the single most beloved surfer in Hawaii apart from Duke Kahanamoku and Rell Sunn!” – BeachGrit

“He knew Sunset and Waimea the way Kelly Slater knows Backdoor.” The iconic, legendary, sorta immortal big-wave surfer, Peter Cole, winner of the Makaha International in 1958, has died at his North Shore home, surrounded by his wife Sally and his kid, Peter Jnr, aged ninety-one. Ol Pete wasn’t in the best of health, no […]

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