The Twitter Nation

3 08 2009
Twitter is Creating a Stir in the Surf Industry. Photo: Cozad

Twitter is Creating a Stir in the Surf Industry. Photo: Cozad

Last month surfing scribe Charlie Smith created a minor stir when he revealed he had been writing Jamie O’Brien’s Twitter page. As lame as Twitter is, it’s interesting because it provides an unfiltered forum for users to connect with regular Joes. Plus it sifts out some of the bro-bro surf journalism. In the future there may not even be a need for the surf media, and I’m not so sure that would be a bad thing. Let’s take a look at some of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Damien and CJ Hobgood:

The Hobgood brothers actually have one of the best Twitter pages out of all the pros. During the US Open CJ wrote this about the Jetski pilots that were utilized: “some real cowboys on the ski for our heats, me and Damien Wills caught 4 foot air on the way back out, judges didn’t score it.”

Joel Parkinson:

The world champ elect’s Twitter page is updated quite a bit, but it’s a little on the vanilla side. He also has his own website. I recommend you watch this video of Occy, Barca and the boys dancing and singing after Parko’s JBay win.

Jason Shibata:

I met Jason at the Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz about 10 years ago. He seemed like a nice enough kid. The weather was horrible and we ended up at an undisclosed Westsiders house drinking beer. Parko won the event that year and I proved you can actually cover a surf contest without even watching the surfing. Right now he’s giving live reports form the ISA Games in Costa Rica.

Kelly Slater:

Probably one of the least exciting. This guy must be busy or something. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if he broke news of the new tour on his Twitter page. Kelly does have a good sense of humor though. Check out this interview.


As far as I can Mark Occhilupo does not have a Twitter page but his chin does.

Ben Dunn:

Ben had this to say about Lewis Samuels last month. “@postsurf your funny, i’ve never herd that before. do u wake up every morning and think about different ways to rag on me?”

Shane Beschen:

I’m not sure he even writes his own updates, but I have always respected Shane’s surfing. I interviewed Shane a long time ago and asked him about progression in surfing. “I don’t think any of the guys on tour are into airs,” he said. “Even during expression sessions you see guys doing four moves to the beach. I honestly don’t think that guys on tour have control over them.” A lot sure has changed since then.


Bede Durbidge:

 Mick Fanning:

 Bobby Martinez:




One response

3 08 2009

Do you know how I know you’re gay? You have a twitter page.

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