Notable and Quotable from a Busy Month in Pro Surfing

Ben Mondy

August was a busy month in the world of pro surfing. And because keeping up with the headlines is never easy when you're out having fun, we've gathered a few of the more notable and quotable moments of August before they hit the end-of-month books.

Slater, during the Final at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Kelly Slater. - WSL / Kelly Cestari

"I'll tell you what, Andy right now would equally be mad and stoked that I won this thing."
Kelly Slater on winning the Andy Irons Most Committed Performance Award at the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

Taj Burrow Taj Burrow. - WSL / Sean Scott

"It's funny because everyone talks about how chilled out this event is, but we're all competitive. Deep down, as soon as we paddle out, we're in it to win it."
Taj Burrow after winning the 2016 Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy against Shane Dorian, Rob Machado, Travis Logie, Jamie O'Brien and Bethany Hamilton.

Julien Thouron, Anglet 2016 The Anglet Surf de Nuit at Chambre d'Amour featured the latest in night surfing technology. - WSL / Antoine JUSTES

"Surfing in the dark is definitely extraordinary, even with all the balloons and LEDs on the board, you never quite see as well as during the day."
Jorgann Couzinet, the winner of the Anglet Surf de Nuit, a night-surfing competition in France.

Adrian Buchan after his Round 2 win. Adrian Buchan. - WSL / Brett Skinner

"There were a couple of years where I was fighting for my career, and learning to be a dad, and it was really tough. I grew a lot as a person. I definitely feel now that I'm only one big result away from being in the world title race."
World No. 4 Adrian Buchan talks tour life to the WSL.

Bianca Buitendag prior to her Quarterfinal heat. Bianca Buitendag prior to her Quarterfinal heat at the Margaret River Pro. - WSL / Ed Sloane

"In my culture it's not very popular to go out and travel. You have to go to school, go to a university, get married..."
In a recent Bianca Buitendag interview, she discusses her Afrikaner background, in which she didn't learn English until she went to high school and how surfing offered a different path.

Matt Wilkinson winning Heat 12 of Round Three. Matt Wilkinson. - WSL / Kelly Cestari

"I love watching John surf and he's amazing, but right now, in the position we are in, I'm probably not his biggest fan."
Matt Wilkinson after losing his Round 3 heat during the Billabong Pro Tahiti and relinquishing the Yellow Jersey to John John Florence.

Paul Speaker Paul Speaker. - WSL

"This was more about delivering an experience to our athletes -- and we're excited that 12-year-old surfers can now imagine being Gold Medalists, as well as World Champions."
Paul Speaker, WSL CEO, in an interview with Surfline regarding surfing's inclusion in the Tokyo Olympics.

Bede Durbidge (AUS) greets fans on his way up the beach at the Oi Rio Pro. Bede Durbidge. - WSL

"I have been surfing for a couple of months now. I was on a longboard for a few weeks then upgraded to a 6'8" single fin for about a month and now I'm back on my regular shortboard. Every surf I go for, it feels better and better. I have entered Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipe in Hawaii."
Bede Durbidge released a statement about overcoming a broken pelvis and returning to competition.

Cutback at Makaha Midget Farrelly, Circa 1962. - WSL

"He's an Australian surfing icon that can't be forgotten. When it came to speed, rhythm and style, Midget was the best. I wanted to surf just like him."
1976 World Champion, Peter Townend on the passing of Australian surfing icon Midget Farrelly in a recent WSL post.

Matt Wilkinson winning Heat 1 of Round Two at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Matt Wilkinson. - WSL / Damien Poullenot

"If he had 20 bucks and we were hungry he'd spend it and then try to figure out how to get the next 20 bucks. Dad never worried about money so it just rubbed off that if he wasn't stressing why should I be stressing?"
Matt Wilkinson on his upbringing, and his personality, in a revealing interview with the WSL.

Matt Biolos Shaper Matt Biolos. - WSL

"Haha. I'm no sage. But if I had to bet my house on it, or was forced at gunpoint…well, I'd probably say Medina. He's just a proven winner. Proven mindset."
Lost shaper to the stars, Matt Biolos on the world title race during a WSL interview.

Mega Semadhi's perfect 10 during the Final at 2016 Rip Curl Cup. Mega Semadhi's perfect 10 during the Final at 2016 Rip Curl Cup. - WSL / Nate Lawrence

"From my point of view, there is no local. We are all locals of this universe and today we are all locals at Padang Padang."
Local hero and winner of the Rip Curl Cup, Mega Semadhi shares the love.

Keanu Asing (HAW) placed 3 rd in  Heat 1  of Round Four  at Billabong Pro Tahiti 16 Keanu Asing at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. - WSL / Poullenot/Aquashot

"I feel like Italo thought he was going to walk through that heat. He probably thought I was an easy draw but I'm giving it the best I can. I'm fighting for money, for my career, for my work. I'm not just going to let these guys take my money, and take my job."
Keanu Asing after his win against Italo Ferreira during Round 4 of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.