pinched from Swellnet
And the Phantom Camera footage:
Ohh well it had to happen that is just about it for me , free advertising for the billa-mulit national surf companies i have my stuff made in developing countries by slave labour so that i can maximise my return to the share holders tghe majority of how are large instatuions alined to even worse social and environmental ethiics -bong ,
yep im having a sad , laugh curse belittle & slag me off i dont care i have a great burning passion to expose the industial and financel instatutions that are now the rotten core of most companies associated with wave riding and they are high jacking our life style blaaaaaa blaaaa to them im going to sign off from this BAAA sight a real dissapointment for me but it is tooo industry focused for my liking and truth comes to tell in the back ground it most likely exisits becuase of the surf media anyway
i should have guessed anyway that a format that supported N Carroll and his bunch of thick wits was paper thin to begin with
Woah, I didn’t expect such a response. Paper thin? We have no affiliations and don’t smuggle shit in, either. I simply loved the images of the waves and the watching the skill, and couldn’t give two hoots about the logos and surf industrial complex. Too industry focussed? Hardly. It’s pretty much far from the focus here, in fact it only appears insomuch as the culture is saturated with it.
By the way, the lifestyle was highjacked from the start. The three Hawai’ian lads who took surfing to California did so for advertising.
It is possible to turn a blind eye to the advertising in such clips. It’s not some simple cause and effect such that someone sees a logo and must go buy, and subsequently by defacto supports the surf industrial complex. The people who read this blog and journal know how to think for themselves, they make their own decisions. As such, IMO this post is not supporting the industry. Personally, I just appreciate waves and skill in the clips.
For me, it’s about approach and mindset. IMO, it is possible to take from the surf industrial complex but not to give to them. That is a big difference, for me. I could be wrong and am happy to be shown otherwise.
Logos appearing in such clips and subsequently on this blog from time to time is laughable, as no-one who comes here or buys the journal supports their interests. We know their schtick. If one refuses to recognise the signifiers of advertising what do they become? Simply, colours and shapes.
Out of the muck of the surf industrial complex sometimes comes a recording of moments of skill and waves. And some, while they decry industry (this includes me), have the ability to see past the trinkets and whistles to recognise beautiful and awe-inspiring waves and skill no matter where and how they appear.
I know this is not the opinion of all, and some editors of the ‘baa even disagree with me. But we try to consider numerous approaches and understandings here. Hence, the diversity of posts that appear.
Anyways, thanks for hanging around for awhile, SJ. Your presence was welcome.
When the waves come and people ride them with such brave abandon and style something of the geography of pleasure is articulated to all our experience. The vicarious thrills of a culture know no corporate bounds and the products we use are stolen anyway especially the Internet. Get with it sj you are cooking the goose.
I’m sorry, but I cannot see anthing but Poseidons Maw, the lucky bastards , they run the gauntlet this time?
Can someone translate SJ Hewitt’s comment into human?
I love Clif’s response to SJs free-form rant here. I mean, to say that Kurungabaa supports major surf brands is pretty funny.
The lack of ethics (in a range of ways) of the big surf companies shits me too. But in terms of creating opportunities for accessing and filming insane waves and surfing like this, their access to money and other resources is pretty key and is where they are really relevant, right? In high-performance and competitive surfing, which they pay for, run and market. For me, this kind of surfing is barely real, and only exists as a rare and specific thing. In cases like this, I’m untroubled by watching this borderline impossible footage with ‘colours and shapes’ embedded within it, and as Clif suggests, I hardly notice them to be honest. I also think it would be weird for the Kurugabaa blog not to contain clips like this – this event and these spectacular waves are significant for surfers and have been much discussed and I know I’ve really enjoyed watching them. If that means going to a corporate site, well… okay. I got there via the name of the break, and can’t even recall the company who sponsored it! And then I go back to surfing small waves on a locally made longboard at a sand-bottomed point break… As far from the circus of Teahupo’o as one could get!
At the end of the day, S-Hewitt, what corporation is it that you possibly work for?
On a second note, considering your constant railing against surf corporations, ms. rottmouth,… What corporation is it that has you signed to a contract?
I must admit that I had to be reminded as to which of the major surfing corporations was running this event. I tend to think in terms of site: that is, the Bells contest,Snapper,Chopes etc. That being said I’m not a bright-eyed teenager wanting to wear Kelly’s shorts.
The whole thing is fraught, but it is great to be able to see this stuff.
RE the baa – i worry more about the visible reliance and symbiotic relationship with Google than any supersurf conglomerate. A quick review of the archive says more about the authoring and co-theft, sources, borrowings and influences than I can. Little corporate sponsorship, however that may occasionally drift into mind as an attractive, solve-all fantasy.
That said, it is hard to find a pair of boardies without some loud logo or ‘made in SE Asia’ tag, which I might prefer. I wear them anyhow though I try not to pay through the nose, and notice I tend toward the uglier, least-nice fashion cuts. Contrarian.
Not bright-eyed, not teenage, not KS. Though I do like his haircut, and have found a number of barbers willing to do unbadged knock-offs at cut rates 😉
K’Baa is also a WordPress based website. So you all like, totes are sookling the teets of The Industry. Psshhht. Suckers.
Lol @ SimonO’s haircut comment. Heh heh.
True that, Blasphemy. Google is Overlord and Supreme Being. Caaarn, gimme a pat on the head for that, Lord Google … I crave your benevolance.
zzzzzz for all the “alternatives” out there.
So where’s a clip of Dury’s “Whip me with your rhythm stick” to salve our collective conscience?
I can give you Dury, Puurri. oooh it rhymes 😉
Dance time. Sing along now …
Oh yes, it is beer-o-clock
and since i am singing and dancing and drinking by myself in shanghai:
oh, what that, I want more
oh yeah I found my whip
But before i go
Hey, this party is fun. bartender!
Everyone is out to make money.
Trade would not happen if both sides did not agree that it is in their own best interest.
Everyone sells sanctuary.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Even though everything is for sale, it does not mean that everything DOES sell.
As to some here being afraid that Google may be winning the battle of the mod con business plans,
The world’s made up of pixels any way.
Hells bells, there are people who make serious bank pulling the crumbs out of people’s pockets selling the noise of all those theories that TEOTWAWKI is right around any corner.
And even though it’s all bullshite, it’s Business as usual…. People cash in. People fall for the hype.
Almost forgot where this post started from by the time I got done with that little trip through the baa disco. But Clif’s dance moves aside. To accuse this particular site of selling out and pandering to the interests of multinational corporations, to suggest that this incredible footage should not be watched… Sorry, just can’t see it.
in between the baa’s love bites, borrowed bytes, sound bites, surfskool skites there seems to be some value created here that is not entirely mercantile. Rather it seems that both bridging and bonding forms of social capital are in play and evolving. Moreso the latter but nevertheless.
Fits with my mate Clay’s idea about cognitive surplus – the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles.
For the first time in history, the amount of television being watched by a younger generation is decreasing rather than increasing annually. Why? Because time is being poured instead into interactive media, and above all into online activities. The key word here is “activities”, for the defining feature of new media is action. ie the sudden lowering of the cost of collaboration brought by the internet represents revolutionary new kinds of creativity and problem‑solving. Or the possibility for that, in ways no-one can easily imagine. Yet.
But then, lots of my friends watch TV shows (or youtube) online now, both to avoid advertising and to take control away from network scheduling. They might just be watching TV differently than ways we are used to! I guess that’s active in its own too though…
Also… LOVE BITES!! Who’s getting love bites around here?
hickies allsorts, marine love and play, provenance etc etc
failing that, 80s pop, putting the bite on…
It’s all good.
The boys and girls who’ve created and run this site can do whatever they bloody well want. And so can those on the comment stream.
Fortunately no one here is editing nor excluding anything. Or anybody.
Now, back to the music…. Spreading the love thru quite possibly the best pop group in history.
love bites go well with style council hahaha
And fashion tv with take me home indonesia
“…will the social networks inspire an interest in the future/the unknown?”. (I was going to answer my rhetorical question with a resounding “NO!”.)
“I had found most social networks to be full of nostalgic sludge. I put the words “future” and “unknown” in to twitter and actually came into contact with a character who identified himself as “man from the future”. For a few weeks he thrilled a hardy few of us with his pronouncements upon life on earth and our civilization. Then he flamed out and disappeared. I’m afraid I’m all too ready to believe in these sorts of characters. Some of his epigrammatic missives made up a part of my speech. Like most art or theatre events, the wheeler centre lunchtime talk was supported and attended by a lot of women. One elderly lady approached me at the end and asked what the internet was like and should she botehr to gte involved in it. I’m afraid I was jealous of her and said she was better off where she was.”
– Dave Graney
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