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The Surf Simply Podcast
Surf culture, characters, competition and coaching with Ru Hill and Harry Knight from Surf Simply.
Jan 1, 2021
72 - The Unbearable Asymmetry Of Being
A bumper new episode of the Surf Simply podcast with Ru, Harry, Jessie, and Will talking about the creation of Surf Simply’s 5 new Youtube series which just topped a million views, plus: Asher is back to talk asymmetrical surfboards, we review the best surf films of 2020, as well as guests Jon Roseman, Tavarua owner and Cloudbreak big wave legend, and Professor Sam Purkis, Head of Marine Geosciences at Miami University.
1 hr 39 min
Apr 12, 2020
71 - Why We Swim
Bonnie Tsui joins us to talk about her amazing new book “Why We Swim”. Ru talks about steering Surf Simply through the Coronavirus crisis and Will examines what we might learn about surfboard design from Formula 1 cars. Plus all the usual chat and nonsense, and what to watch while you’re stuck indoors.
1 hr 47 min
Mar 11, 2020
70 - Martin Dunn, The Godfather Of Surf Coaching
Ru and Harry dive deep into the world of surf coaching with one of its pioneers, Martin Dunn. As well as coaching numerous world tour competitors Martin was an early inspiration behind Surf Simply’s coaching philosophy. Martin now offers online coaching to surfers of all levels through his website. Special thanks to our guest producer for this episode Jordan Smith.
1 hr 20 min
Oct 16, 2019
69 - The Morning After The Century Before
Humanity has to collectively tidy up its bedroom before it can go out to play! That’s right it’s an environment special where we talk about the surprising data on ocean plastics, what individuals can do to combat climate change and recycling surfboards. Also, monkey poop, neon jumpsuits, crossover boards, Away Co., Teahupoo, Surf Simply revisit Indo and what to watch.
1 hr 20 min
Sep 12, 2019
68 - How To Film Yourself & the EOS 2.0
How to video yourself surfing plus Surf Simply 2019 news including a new online coaching platform, volume to weight calculator now live, tree of knowledge live, return to Surf Ranch, e-foils, the Gamma, Lost, San Clemente and what to watch with special guests Matt Warshaw and Mark Augias, the creators of Encyclopedia Of Surfing 2.0.
1 hr 40 min
Jun 12, 2019
67 - Of The Woods And Sea
The fascinating and thoughtful James Otter from Otter surfboards talks about the world of wooden surfboards and how his business evolved from selling boards into teaching people how to make them.
1 hr 14 min
Feb 23, 2019
66 - Listener Questions 2
Marlon joins the team, Mexican coaching project, Spanglishness, Wright whales, WSL buys NLand, Pat O'Connell as new WSL commissioner, Surfer Magazine gets sold and the Stab awards, plus: is it possible to have too much volume, my first twin fin, how to put your board on the roof and what to watch.
1 hr 32 min
Dec 28, 2018
65 - Wide Points And Bottle Necks
In Asher’s final show as a Surf Simply coach we talk about longboard wide point concepts, the backlash to equal pay for women, violence in surfing plus: Barbados; five contests in one day and a little lightweight banter on immigration, climate change, and gun control, plus what to watch.
1 hr 47 min
Dec 13, 2018
64 - All Things Being Equal
Harry, Jessie, Will, and Teale are back from Europe recording from Surf Simply's new resort for the first time. The guys talk travels, equal prize money, WSL contest action, shapers quiz, representing at the Olympics and what to watch.
1 hr 3 min
Oct 17, 2018
63 - How To Build A Surf Simply
People & Company work with some of the world’s most famous house hold names to help them develop branding and build community. This episode is a repost of an interview they did with Ru Hill about how he built Surf Simply. Ru talks about the importance of building up people, knocking down ideas and why better doesn't mean bigger.
1 hr 2 min
Sep 29, 2018
62 - Surf Science
Professors Sean Newcomer and Jeff Nestler of California State University are on the forefront of scientific research into surfing. They’re asking questions about how boards work, how waves work and how surfers work. Some of they’re results are surprising and all of their work is fascinating.
Sep 9, 2018
61 - Loggerheads & Big Wave Women
Bonnie Tsui tells us about the lives of the women who ride giant waves. Asher judges at the Quintal Loggerhead Classic. Will talks backwards bicycles and neuroplasticity. Plus: drawing iconic board schematics, Harry’s hit parade, world title news and what to watch.
1 hr 31 min
Aug 4, 2018
60 - A Grand Day Out
Surf Simply spends a day at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch. Plus: Harry surfs El Salvador; Jessie goes cave diving; Asher talks shaping philosophy at Bing and surfs Call To The Wall in Malibu; Surf Simply posts philanthropic; Indo goes bananas; Tesla’s surfboard; Craig Pearce’s WSL job application; Felipe Toledo coming of age; Facebook fumbles , what to watch and Teal interviews Surf Ranch guide, James Matthews.
1 hr 31 min
Jun 19, 2018
59 - Surviving Holds Downs + CJ Nelson Interview
Jessie talks breath holds and surviving hold downs. Tommy interviews CJ Nelson and Surf Simply coach, Teale Beckenbach joins us for the first time. Plus: getting engaged, pushing kids into waves, the news, fantasy surfer and what to watch.
1 hr 28 min
May 24, 2018
58 - Mexico & The Machine
With Asher back from the Mexilogfest and Ru back from Kelly’s Wave Pool, we compare the two very different events and ask what lies ahead for surf contests plus: Jacuzzi in the studio, glamping in big Sur, Waco gravity wave, sharks in W.A., upcoming Uluwatu contest and what to watch.
1 hr 36 min
Apr 14, 2018
57 - Mick Fanning: The Best Of Us
Understanding the relationship between surfboard volume and surface area plus: a look back at Mick Fanning’s career; Surf Simply’s Nicaragua trip (and injuries), Derek hand planing, changing towels, no pipe masters, air shows, George Downing passes, Kirra & Bells contest catch up, new contest format; WSL changes and what to watch.
1 hr 15 min
Feb 19, 2018
56 - Clarke Little Interview and Surf Simply 2.0
Surf Simply’s new surf coaching resort, Clarke Little interview; Costa Rica's trump/brexit, happiness apps, surf ranch feedback, a new head judge, Facebook/WSL collaboration; losing the Pipemasters; Pierre Agnes; and what to watch via "asherhythms".
1 hr 57 min
Jan 26, 2018
55 - Shiny New Things
Turning 40; VR Tech; JJF wins world title; Dusty Pain heavy wipeout; drone rescues; antibiotic resistant surfers; Quikbong merger; best objects of 2017; harry’s extra large fanny pack; things vs experiences; Fitbit for surfing; deck pads on longboards; cut backs on twinnies; plus what to watch.
1 hr 28 min
Dec 14, 2017
54 - Bruce Brown, A Final Conversation
Legendary surf film maker Bruce Brown joins us on the show just a few weeks before his passing in Dec 2017. Bruce’s first film “Slippery When Wet” was made in 1955 but is now most widely known for “The Endless Summer” and “The Endless Summer 2”. At 80 Bruce is still sharp, funny and full of great stories from an amazing life.
Dec 8, 2017
53 - Matt Warshaw and The Encyclopedia Of Surfing
Matt Warshaw is the former editor of Surfer Magazine and author of The Encyclopedia of Surfing, The History of Surfing and "Above The Roar: 50 Surfer Interviews". In order to maintain the online life of these latter three incredible projects, he needs subscribers to pay the bills. So that's means us surf geeks need to save the day - www.encyclopediaofsurfing.com
1 hr 21 min
Dec 5, 2017
52 - In Bloom
Blue Planet 2; Competitors Shaping Their Own Boards; Algorithms For Fantasy Surfers; 2018 World Tour Schedule; plus CNN & The FT; Big Wave Courses; Flooded Water Housings; Surfing After the Snip; and Ready To Read.
1 hr 19 min
Nov 12, 2017
51 - Profile, Outline and Foil
Features: surfboard profiles, foil and outline; the photography of Art Brewer. Travel: France, El Salvador, Chile and Fiji. News: Surfline buys Magic Seaweed and WSL take over Mavericks contest. Plus: WSL contest update including the Kelly Slater’s Wave Rancho event, and what to watch.
1 hr 40 min
Sep 8, 2017
50 - Surfboard Volume To Weight Ratios + “Island Earth” Film Review
How to calculate your surfboard size based on weight and skill level, also we unpack the science behind “Island Earth”, a new documentary about the conflict between Hawaiian communities and big agriculture companies, plus the news and what to watch.
1 hr 39 min
Aug 25, 2017
49 - The Women Who Surf On The Pale Blue Dot
Surf Simply’s Kerianne Kreger joins Ru, Harry and Asher for episode 49. We talk: Sexism in the surf industry; The ecplise; Triathlons; First time tow surfing; “Pushed” turns; New WSL CEO, Sophie Goldsmidt; Most expensive places to learn to surf; Fiji, Teahupoo + JBay round up; What to watch plus Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot"
1 hr 26 min
Aug 3, 2017
48 - Surf Photography with Damea Dorsey
This episode is a water photography special. Ru Hill talks with Damea Dorsey about: being a photographer on the world tour; traveling with John John; shooting at Pipeline; living in Bali; film vs digital; Sony vs Canon Vs Nikon and buying your first water photography kit.
Jun 18, 2017
47 - The History Of The Fish + Rob Case Paddle School
Intro: the return of the occasional lady; the new “Tree Of Knowledge”. News: John Severson and Jack O’Neill obituaries; Laird talks pseudoscience again; Mick Fanning’s spider; Matt Warshaws’s History Of Surfing projects go live; Women’s Fiji pro. Feature: The history of twin fins and fishes. Interview: paddling coach Rob Case. Listener emails: how to film yourself.
1 hr 43 min
Jun 1, 2017
46 - Listener Questions
Listener emails special: feet in or out; hacking your autopilot; carve downs and drills. Plus: Nicaragua and favorite coaching moments. News: shark populations; lost off Scotland; new Wavegarden technology; ISA world games; cape fear; Rio and what to watch.
1 hr 10 min
Apr 27, 2017
45 - Systems Vs Goals
Surfer-Trump funny; board buying algorithms; surf industry product awards; new Aussie wave pool; Bells and Margaret’s; Systems Vs Goals; girls vs women; what to watch and Neil DeGrasse Tyson speaks out.
1 hr 14 min
Apr 3, 2017
44 - Snapper and Self Coaching
Bocas Del Torro, Snowboarding, Tree Of Knowledge. News: big wave world tour, sponsorship, Snapper, webcasts, Owen Wright’s back, rise of the goofies. Listener emails: choosing drills and coaching yourself. What to watch: Tommy Whitaker, Connor Coffin Year One, Torryn Martin Sea Legs, Jordy Smith.
Mar 16, 2017
43 - Do Shark Deterrents Actually Work?
Do shark deterrents actually work? We ask leading shark researcher, Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou. News: companies for the planet; Dane Reynolds headlines; surfer magazine merge; BWWT winners; big wave equipment; Listener emails: alternate longboard tour; goofy or natural; Plus: Puppies; snowboarding and what to watch.
1 hr 14 min
Feb 26, 2017
42 - The Cuban Thaw
Main feature: Surfing in Cuba. News: Mavericks goes bust; new surf films and TV shows; Obama Vs Branson and why failure is good; female air project and explicit Vs implicit learning. Listener emails: surfing with different body sizes. What to watch: firewire get technical; surfboard adverts; Gerry Lopez in Bali; John John’s cut downs. Photos by Larissa Akira Hiraishi
1 hr 1 min
Feb 5, 2017
41 - The Wingnut Interview
Robert “Wingnut” Weaver talks about his career as surfing’s most iconic long boarder. Tommy Potterton also joins the growing Surf Simply podcast team. Surfing Magazine shuts down, Owen Wright back in competition, Asher’s rebuttal of Ru’s noseriding technique, Harry talks backhand tube riding, Rusty’s anti shark surfboards, Mick Fanning’s award, Mark Zuckerberg in hot Hawaiian waters. Listener emails: best technique on the WSL and if money were no object.
1 hr 24 min
Jan 24, 2017
40 - Science Salad
This episode is a diet and nutrition special where we look at the science behind eating healthily and debunk some of the common claims you hear in the media. Plus Will makes his own surfboard, Harrison rides single fin thrusters, hang five controversy, Harry surfs with Wingnut, Matt Warshaw launches the History Of Surfing online, Paul Speaker leaves the WSL, Surftech relaunch and what to watch.
1 hr 17 min
Jan 5, 2017
39 - Live Bravely
This special edition of the show features interviews with: founder and editor of Outside Magazine, Larry Burke; climate scientist, Daniel Sigman; and surf film maker Heather Hudson, plus mountain biking, Nazara, the Pipemasters, Who’s on Tour, Photographysux and what to watch.
1 hr 18 min
Dec 15, 2016
38 - The Long Game
The future of longboarding; web series are the new surf movie. News: Dane Vs The Inertia; The Eddie will be on; who’s on tour for 2017; adaptive world title; longboard titles. Listen questions: priority tactics; back foot position. Plus What to Watch and chat from Harry, Derek, Will and Asher.
Nov 30, 2016
37 - Off The Online Rack
Should you buy custom surfboards or buy from the online rack; How to surf bigger waves; Dane Reynolds’ new film “Chapter 11”, plus news, what to watch and lots of the usual surf-centric banter from the guys at Surf Simply.
1 hr 7 min
Nov 17, 2016
36 - Judgebots
What could make judging more objective and could robots do it; the men and women of Jaws; the history and future of artificial reefs; plus the news, what to watch and lots of silly banter.
Nov 8, 2016
35, part 2 - Plenty More Fish In The Sea
The Ross Sea, Ocean stats that will blow your mind, Typhoon lagoon, Deus’s Slidetober, Bonzers, twin fin rails, surf tax and corruption in Indo, best surfing podcasts, new A.I. documentary, computer modeling surfing, plus confirmation bias and how to know if you’re wrong. Photo by Prof. Sam Purkis
Nov 6, 2016
35, part 1 - So Good They Named Him Twice
John John’s world title; How to do the North Shore; Jessie in Ireland; Asher in Indo; Harry at QED; Will in Japan; Eddie Aikau cancelled; Women in Titan’s of Mavericks; Transgender athletes; The WSL and ISA collaborate for Olympics; Tyler’s title; Is judging subjective or just complex?; Kelly’s new year; what’s the triple crown and what to watch. Portrait of John John by Morgan Maassen.
Aug 15, 2016
34 - Surfanomics
Surf coach turned economist Sam Wakerley joins the show to talk about at a new study looking at the economic impact of surfing plus: crocs attacks; the olympics; surfing and university; the US open; padang padang; midget farrelly; plus what to watch.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 2, 2016
33 - South To Sian Film Review
South To Sian movie review; surfing with kids on board; new surf tracking app; Owen Wright injury update; Tyler Wright’s Ladies of The Sea; upcoming Padang Padang event; NLand wave garden Vs the city; chemistry jokes; JBay round up; plus what to watch.
Jul 1, 2016
32 - Algorithms To Surf By
Costa Rica gets epic; Surfline use Trace users as wave bouys; Cape Fear; Puerto Escondido; using algorithms to get the best waves; Harry interviews Christian Dietrich about technological innovations preventing surfer's ear; listener emails - longboard fins and should you switch boards or stick with one.
1 hr 12 min
Jun 5, 2016
31 - Land Of The Long Long Lefts
The guys are back from Peru and coach, Will Forster joins Harry, Ru and Jessie to catch up on what's been going on in the surf world while they've been away: Chicama; Rio; Keremas; the WSL buys Kellly's wave pool; surfing joins the Olympics; logs Vs performance longboards; gathering data on your own surfing; the last flight to Agadir. (Photo: Will at Chicama in Peru last week. )
May 3, 2016
30 - Bustin' Down The Bangladeshi Door
We start with the nerdiest intro ever asking where the best place to surf in Westeros might be; Imaginary surf company; Phi correction; surf video narratives; new girls surf club in Bangladesh; Taj retires; the ISA; surfing in the Olympics; Shane and Keala win XXL awards; Margaret River; the Firewire Addvance; plus what to watch.
Apr 10, 2016
29 - Phi Is The Magic Number
As well as frothing over Wilko's second big win of the year at Bells, we take a look at Phi and the golden ratio, and speculate about what the significance of Daniel Thomson's use of this interesting ratio might be in Firewire's new Tomo surfboards.
Mar 25, 2016
28 - Let The Games Begin
Harry, Asher and Jessie talk about Snapper, Bells and contest judging as well as a look at some famous female surfers plus all the regular news and banter.
Mar 9, 2016
27 - WSL Interview & Eddie Aikau
Dave Prodan of the World Surf League joins Harry, Asher & Ru to talk about the upcoming season, and Asher looks back at the life of Eddie Aikau.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 26, 2016
26 - Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku
We chat with David Davis about his book “Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku” plus the usual surf news and chat with Ru, Harry and Asher.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 28, 2016
24 - Function Over Fashion
The team talk "style." What is it and how should it fit into your functional surfing, also: longboarding, leashes; Adriano De Souza; Pipe; Kelly's wave pool and we talk with the winners of Fantasy Surfer.
Jan 7, 2016
23 - Barbarian Days: The William Finnegan Interview
Ru talks with William Finnegan about his New York Times best seller, "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life". Only Bill Finnegan could have written a book like this being uniquely placed as both: a lifelong surfer and explorer (he was one of the first to surf Tavarua); but with the writing chops of a respected international journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker.
Dec 14, 2015
22 - Trace Up
Interview with Trace founder David Lokshin; the Peahi Challenge; Carissa Moore’s world title; the Surfer Poll; what to put in a surfer’s christmas stocking plus what to watch and the usual surf news and chat with Harry, Asher, Jessie and Ru.
Nov 29, 2015
21 - Listener Emails
Your emails answered: different pop up techniques; kicking when you paddle; establishing your surfing level; and learning at Todos Santos; plus the usual surf news and chat with Ru, Asher and Harry (pictured on his red bonzer).
Nov 12, 2015
20 - The Twenty Surf Century
The boys are back after the fall break with news of their travels plus: Bonzer surfboards; 21st century attitudes to surfing; wave pools; Litmus; John John; WSL news and the run up to Pipe.
Sep 1, 2015
19 - In The Thick Of It
Harry, Ru and Oli talk about the etiquette of navigating a busy line up. Plus: water cameras; finless surfboards; Teahupoo round up; Duke Kahanamoku; best man speeches and what to watch.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 15, 2015
18 - Cross Training & Chiropractors
Harry and Ru are joined by Sam Wakerley to chat about staying in shape when you are out of the water, taking care of your back and why to be cautious of chiropractors.
Jul 29, 2015
17 - Shark Science
Mick Fanning's close encounter at J-Bay last week prompted us to speak with prominent shark researcher Derek Burkholder who helped us debunk a few shark myths and better understand the science around these amazing animals. (Photo by Thomas P. Peschak)
Jul 10, 2015
16 - Tides And The Rule of Twelfths
Harry explains to Ru and Asher why we measure tides incorrectly and how we can time our sessions better; also why you might not want to buy the new GoPro 4 Session; plus all the usual news and banter.
Jun 22, 2015
15 - Surfboard Construction Special
Oli and Asher join Harry this episode to talk about surfboard construction: what to expect from different materials and what language to use when you're talking about them.
Jun 7, 2015
14 - The 10,000 Hours Myth and How To Surf Coach Your Kids
Ru talks about the problems with 10,000 hour rule and what sports science really tells us about how to coach your kids on to become pro surfers, as well as the usual surf news and banter.
May 16, 2015
13 - The Science Of Practice
The science of practice and how it it will help you tube ride better. Recorded live from the beach in Nicaragua.
May 1, 2015
12 - Kings Of The Instagroms
Jessie, Harry and Ru talk King Of The Groms, Big Wave World Tour; Judging Formats; Fishermans's Son & Ramón Navarro, Punta de Lobos, Margaret River and Fantasy Surfer.
Apr 14, 2015
11 - Hells Bells
Surf Simply coach Jessie appears on the podcast for the first time along with Harry and Asher. The guys chat about the recent contest at Bells as well as the usual surf news and chat.
Mar 30, 2015
10 - What A Cluster Flick
The guys review Kai Neville’s new film, “Cluster” and pick their team for Bells as well as the usual news and banter.
Mar 15, 2015
9 - All Snappy At Snapper
Harry, Ru and Asher chat about the 2015 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks as well as the usual round up of surf news and banter.
Feb 26, 2015
8 - Thundercloud, Fantasy Surfer & GMOs
The guys talk Thundercloud, Fantasy Surfer and try to find out whether the surfing world's anti GMO campaign is based on science of fiction.
Feb 13, 2015
7 - How Big Is Your Board?
Oli joins Ru and Harry in slightly lengthy but laid back episode about: how to know what size board you should be surfing; how to get the best out of your GoPro and what's Kelly up to with Firewire.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 30, 2015
6 - Business, Buildups & A Boy From Brazil
Asher's back and the guys talk about how to start your own surf business, what not to do if you own the WSL but you don't use Instagram and the sad demise of the hard charging Ricardo De Santos.
Jan 16, 2015
5 - Steady Eddie!
This episode Ru and Harry play, then pull apart, Eddie Rothman’s rant against the competitive surfing establishment; geek out over fins and gadgets; then restore your aural aloha with the sweet sounds of Luke Vibert and BJ Cole.
Dec 31, 2014
4 - New Parks, New Flags & New Acronyms
Harry and Ru are joined by Asher this week to chat about the end of the ASP, flag waving, wave parks and what the new year has in store for us.
Dec 18, 2014
3 - Pipe & The Old Pink Gun
Ru Hill and Harry Knight chat about the goings on at the Pipeline Invitational, shenanigans at the Surfer Poll Awards and massive Nazaré, as well as the usual surf news round up. All the technical sound problems sorted out this week. So just sit back and enjoy the internet's two geekiest surfers.
Dec 10, 2014
2 - Trophies and Technology
Ru Hill and Harry Knight from the Surf Simply are joined by coach Asher King for the second episode of Surf Simply's new surf talk radio show. Apologies for the sound quality on Asher's mike. It'll all be crystal clear for episode 3 we promise.
Nov 2, 2014
1 - Tour De France
In episode one of the Surf Simply podcast, Ru Hill and Harry Knight from Surf Simply are newly returned from the Quicksilver Pro in France. So lots of Euro news as well contest round up and industry chat.