New On The Extreme Scene

Even Kelly Slater Was Impressed by This Prank

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A French actress who goes by the name Zazon recently used her television sketch comedy show to pull a prank on the Greatest Surfer Ever, Kelly Slater. Zazon stalked Slater at a surf contest, seeking an autograph while mingling with other surfers. After finding Slater and asking for his autograph while heavily hitting on him, Zazon made the situation even more awkward by revealing that she is a transsexual. Slater’s stunned response is classic.

A Tale of Two Skateboarders

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One skateboarder helped possibly avert holy war this past weekend, while another skateboarder’s moral compass was perilously off. As such, we have a tale of two skateboarders, one who is being hailed as a hero of sorts for preventing religious conflict, while another is facing serious jail time for allegedly committing multiple felonies, including scamming the government out of $15,000 in workers’ compensation.

Anthony Kiedis & Flea Catch Some Waves

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I usually cringe when I see celebrities attempting to be cool by surfing in front of photographers. With the two legendary members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers however, I applaud. Especially since Anthony Kiedis looks like he knows what he’s doing. Kiedis and Flea were participating in a charity event for the Surfrider Foundation.

This is Why the ASP Reduced the Number of Surfers on the World Tour


Look at these first round match-ups for the upcoming Hurley Pro at Trestles. Nothing more needed to say.

Heat 1:Dane Reynolds (USA), Chris Davidson (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 2:Adriano de Souza (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3:Mick Fanning (AUS), Taylor Knox (USA), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 4:Taj Burrow (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 5:Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kai Otton (AUS), Rob Machado (USA)
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA), Luke Stedman (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 7:Bede Durbidge (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 8:Bobby Martinez (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Daniel Ross (AUS)
Heat 9:C.J. Hobgood (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 10:Andy Irons (HAW), Tiago Pires (PRT), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 11:Adrian Buchan (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS), Roy Powers (HAW)
Heat 12:Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Damien Hobgood (USA), Kieren Perrow (AUS)

Andy Irons Wins Billabong Pro Tahiti, Kelly Slater Regains Overall Lead

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Andy Irons let the surfing world know that the former three-time World Champion is back, winning the Billabong Pro Tahiti for the second time in his career. Irons defeated former rival Kelly Slater in the semis before taking down CJ Hobgood in the Finals at Teahupoo. Slater’s semifinal appearance, coupled with early defeats for both Jordy Smith and Taj Burrow, allowed Slater to become the overall leader in the adjusted ratings for the ASP World Title.

So This is Why the Lineup was Empty Today


I decided to head out to Linda Mar today for a surf session. I didn’t expect much given the forecasts. Gloomy weather, moderate onshore winds, mild swell. What surprised me was an empty summer lineup at Pacifica. There was one other surfer in the water with me for the first half-hour or so, and he was easily 100 feet north of where I was positioned. The next two hours I had the ocean all to myself. Took a fun board out and caught a few really good rides. Fun day. Came out of the water, got dressed, then saw this sign.

Jordy Smith: An Exclusive Interview


When the contest light turns green at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, all eyes won’t be on the greatest surfer of all-time, Kelly Slater, who has won this event three times. Nor will they be on former three-time World Champion Andy Irons, who was a winner at Teahupoo back in 2002. They won’t be on goofy-footers Bobby Martinez and C.J. Hobgood, both former Billabong Pro Tahiti Champions. Neither will they be on local Tahitian chargers like Manoa Drollet and Michel Bourez. No, all eyes will be on the number one surfer in the world, Jordy Smith.

This is How You Win Converts

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A Hungarian Catholic priest has got the marketing strategy down for recruiting young people into the Church. Using an amazing display of skateboarding skills, Father Zoltan Lendavi dazzled a young crowd with his surprising abilities. The 45 year-old Father Lendavi, who learned as a teenager how to skateboard, thinks he can use skateboarding to help spread the word.

ASR 2010 Recap


Having been involved in the action sports industry for the better part of a decade, I have somehow managed to not once attend the industry’s largest trade show, ASR (Action Sports Retailer). With an exciting new business venture about to get underway, the time was now to attend what was once an action sports retailer expo and is now an action sports extravaganza of epic proportions.

Jeremy Flores Denies Little Kid’s Autograph Request

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With hilarious narration, video footage shows a little grom armed with a calendar or poster of some kind running on the beach. The kid approaches Jeremy Flores, who is leaving the water after finishing a competition heat. Despite the little kid’s begging and pleading, Flores shakes the kid off. The kid is left to his knees, with tears being his only consolation.

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New Audio Interviews

April 14th, 2011 - Rob Machado


Rob Machado, widely considered one of the greatest surfers ever, joined Cyrus for an in-depth interview shortly before his band Melali Sessions Band performed live at Slim's as the soundtrack for Machado's new surf film Melali: The Drifter Sessions to talk about why his competitive career ended, whether he regrets giving Kelly Slater the high five at Pipeline, how he feels with being labeled a soul surfer, the unusual premise of touring as the live soundtrack for his new surf film, and how he became both a talented musician and surfer.

23:40 minutes (21.66 MB)

March 21st, 2011 - Eric Byrnes

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Former Major League baseball player Eric Byrnes joined Cyrus to talk about coming out of retirement to host a sports talk radio show, growing up surfing in Half Moon Bay, his organic clothing line, Byrnt Organics (which is available at one of our official sponsors, SF Surf Co), and training for a triathlon.

22:31 minutes (20.61 MB)

February 3rd, 2011 - Big Wave Surfer Frank Solomon


Big wave surfer Frank Solomon joined Cyrus to talk about sailing across the Indian Ocean and discovering perfect empty waves, getting attacked by sharks, and paying his dues to one day be a competitor at Maverick's.

21:50 minutes (19.98 MB)

January 21st, 2010 Weekend Surf Report

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Cyrus Saatsaz joins Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey of The KNBR Morning Show to provide a weekend surf report and banter about where Kelly Slater ranks amongst the greatest athletes of all-time, and his extracurricular conquests.

5:45 minutes (5.27 MB)

December 20th, 2010 - Tom Curren


Former three-time World Champion Tom Curren joined Cyrus for an interview shortly before playing an accoustic show at The Old Princeton Landing to talk about surfing Maverick's, his relationship with Kelly Slater, and surfing Rockaway Beach earlier that day.

4:56 minutes (4.52 MB)

T.E.S. Revisited: Elena Hight

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Olympic snowboarder Elena Hight joined The Extreme Scene on January 5th, 2008 as Cyrus dug deep to find out about the extremely talented rider.

13:11 minutes (3.05 MB)
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