The Grit! with Chas Smith
Summary: The Grit! is a twice monthly show co-hosted by David Lee Scales and Chas Smith discussing the most scintillating headlines from the surf world. Part of the Surf Splendor Network.
In today’s show David and Chas celebrate the biggest influencer of 2018; hint they’ve sunk businesses, instigated substantial firings, and have even started a trend to desecrate the seven wonders of the world. Plus, a look back at the best fights of 2018 and a look into the future at Slater’s retirement. Enjoy! Follow @SurfJournalist … Continue reading "031 – The Grit! December 11, 2018"
In today’s episode David recounts his East Coast sojourn, Chas fills David in on the current lawsuits and rumors swirling around the North Shore, and the boys analyze the value of the Vlog before playing a round of Barrel of Nah? Enjoy! Follow @SurfJournalist and @SurfSplendor Visit Surfrider.org Full review on the Florida Surf Film … Continue reading "030 – The Grit! November 26, 2018"
In today’s episode David and Chas question Joe Rogan’s affection for Kelly Slater, blame Dane Reynolds for dismantling surf media, question Joel Tudor’s level of narcissism, and claim victory for getting ELo to drop the oar. Plus, they crown a Happy Giveaway winner and plot the 1st annual Gritty Awards. Enjoy! Follow @SurfJournalist and @SurfSplendor Today’s episode was … Continue reading "029 – The Grit! November 2, 2018"
? In today’s episode Chas and David track Isis’s affiliation to surf media. Chas investigates the WSL’s declaration of war on surfers and aims to take his 3rd WSL scalp. David presents the 2nd annual Gritty Awards and the boys play around of Barrel or Nah? Enjoy! Follow @SurfJournalist and @SurfSplendor FOLLOW UP Thanks to … Continue reading "028 – The Grit! October 9, 2018"
Recorded while watching Stab High imbibing on vodka coco’s, Chas and David chime in as the event unfolds, reflect on the Surf Ranch Pro, throw the tennis ball for Riley, and play a Texas themed round (up) of Barrel or Nah? Enjoy! Today’s episode is sponsored by SpyOptic.com, use promo code “podcast” to support this … Continue reading "027 – The Grit! September 22, 2018"
In today’s show David recounts his Texas surf trip (NLand & BSR), Chas recounts his book tour of the Pacific Northwest, the boys then discuss the dangers of censorship, the value of criticism, and Chas’s daughter explains how to burglar a surf shop. Plus Barrel or Nah? and more! Enjoy! Today’s show is sponsored by … Continue reading "026 – The Grit! September 2, 2018"
? In today’s show David and Chas analyze Dirk Ziff’s speech, delivered during his acceptance of the Waterman of the Year award. Chas offers an open letter as rebuttal, and the boys question whether the WSL is helmed by a man who fails to understand fundamental surfing truths. They also survey Kanoa’s mental health, and … Continue reading "025 – The Grit! August 10, 2018"
In today’s episode, Chas explains the harsh reality of losing 188k friends and confronts an existential crisis. He and David then analyze the WSL’s botched Facebook roll out, the wage gap in women’s professional surfing, and the new addition of the WSL airshow. Plus, Barrel or Nah and so much more. Stay barrel! Follow @SurfJournalist … Continue reading "024 – The Grit! July 13, 2018"
Matt Warshaw and David Scales interview director Chas Smith about his new film “Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story”. The boys discuss Lisa’s troubled youth, her ascent to surf stardom, her legacy, and the current state of the surf film landscape. This conversation was recorded at the Florida Surf Film Festival during the world premiere of … Continue reading "023 – The Grit! Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story"
In what is perhaps the most important episode of The Grit! to date (other than the 360 vs 540 debate), David and Chas offer solutions to reverse surfing’s sexist patriarchy, and clearly outline how surf brands can increase profitability through fostering cultural inclusion and embracing racial diversity. Gather the family for this very special episode. … Continue reading "022 – The Grit! June 8, 2018"
Today Chas and David welcome professional snowboarder and Olympic commentator Todd Richards. The sole purpose of this discussion was to bridge the air rotation gap between surf, snow, and skate; and by God, resolution may have been found! Todd also weighs-in on the constraints of professional sports commentating, how wave pools will change surfing, and … Continue reading "021 – The Grit! May 25, 2018"
In today’s episode Chas and David give Sophie Goldschmidt her 9 month progress report, survey the wave pool arms race, analyze the WSL’s new Fascist policy, and recount one of the best surf fights in history. Plus Barrel or Nah and much more! Enjoy. Today’s episode is sponsor by Spy. Purchase through SpyOptic.com and use … Continue reading "020 – The Grit! May 11, 2018"
Today Chas and David discuss The Year of The Snake and why Jake Patterson is the most disruptive coach in surfing, they critique current hair styles trending on the top 32, analyze potentially racist surf etymology, and discuss how to extort rich tourists. Plus everyone’s favorite game, Barrel or Nah? Enjoy! Follow @ReportsFromHell and @SurfSplendor … Continue reading "019 – The Grit! April 23, 2018"
In today’s episode Chas and David discuss Lisa Anderson’s new biopic “Trouble”, recap the implications of the Rip Curl Pro, analyze how Facebook’s political woes will drown their media partnership with the WSL, they offer to crowdfund a new car for Pottz, and they watch the latest surf celeb sex tape. Very barrel. Enjoy! Follow … Continue reading "018 – The Grit! April 6, 2018"
In today’s very special episode, David and Chas welcome guest Devon Howard. Back in September, Devon professed his passion for the Egg surfboard design on Surf Splendor and when Chas got wind, his sensibility was aggravated. Online ribbing ensued, tensions boiled, and we finally sat them all down together with mics to capture the debate. … Continue reading "017 – The Grit! with guest Devon Howard"