Zach Weisberg The Inertia Founder
Between discussing beatings on the North Shore, the injustice of Andy Irons’ tale, talking shit about The Inertia, and why he hates his first wife, ’twas a good talk. The call only dropped once. And now we’re best buds…’til the next episode. Enjoy.
When you get a mic shoved in your face and you’re tempted to brush it off with a dull, apathetic platitude, think better of it. Champion an outlandish cause. Give people something to think about.
One is a beacon of country club civility, the other a pursuit once relegated to society’s fringes. Though the two sports make unlikely bedfellows, surfers love golf. But what do these two seemingly antithetical sports have in common?
If the surf industry is high school (which it kind of is), and winter on the North Shore is a mandatory field trip (which it kind of is) then Chas Smith is the mischievous year book editor who just pulled his last senior prank. Suspended, braddah! For just totally being him, baby.
Of all the people you could watch Pipe Masters with, Turtle, aka John Philbin, from the cult classic surf film North Shore, tops the list. So when I realized I was sitting beside Mr. Philbin, we struck up conversation, which inevitably meandered to discussions of North Shore (as I imagine it often does) and the prospect of a sequel: North Shore 2.
Dustin Barca marched with a crowd of nearly 1,000 professional surfers and locals through downtown Haleiwa to protest against Monsanto and GMOs in Hawaii.
A handful of subjective decimal points sealed the fate of the 2013 World Title, and in a post-heat interview, Kelly questioned the decision’s validity. So that begs the question: Did Mick Fanning deserve the title-winning score?
“I was willing to die for surfing. I was. I was willing to die for it. Can you imagine that in another sport?” Shaun Tomson shares some of the most profound moments of his life over a caprese salad.
If I felt as confident about my surfing as I do about my dancing (voted Best Dancer in HS…enough said), I’d wear the bright neon spandex alone at the beach daily. People would talk about it. I’d smile and be very outgoing and friendly about it all.
I never imagined that answering the question of how Andy Irons died would prove so torturously challenging and transformative.
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