The Official Blog of FRIED MAN aka Jess Friedman


Nem, Fried Man - Green Highway NEM RemixEXCLUSIVE

RELEASE DATE 2013-11-01
LABELS Studeo74

STUDEO74 present :NEM meets FRIED MAN thru SOUNDCLOUD.comOriginally released by Fried Man on his Unsigned Future Sellout EP in 2010, The Great Highway is an instructional song on how to enjoy San Francisco’s Great Highway, Fried Man style.The story of the songs creation goes that sometime after Fried Man moved to Ocean Beach, San Francisco in 2007, he soon discovered the stoplights on The Great Highway between Lincoln and Sloat Blvd were timed and set to 35 mph. This realization got Fried Man thinking, “Could this be the greatest stretch of road in America to smoke a joint?” Fried Man affirmed is hunch by writing and recording the song, “The Great Highway.”Fried Man made sure to write the tune in a style that would be appropriate anytime you “drive” The Great Highway, whether it be day or night, foggy or clear. He made sure to include surf and dub tones as well as stoner vibes throughout the song. He even set the song to 70bpm, which is double 35bpm, the speed limit of The Great Highway. By the time the song is done, the joint should be done pretty much too as well as reaching the end of the stretch of timed-stoplights on the road.To drive The Great Highway Fried Man’s style:1) Start with car by the Cliff House in San Francisco.2) Head south on the Great Highway3) One you pass Lincoln Blvd, immediately start playing the song, “The Great Highway” by Fried Man and light up joint.4) Set cruise control to 35mph5) Do not use breaks, sit back and puff while cursing throughout the stoplights at 35mph6) Enjoy the Ocean View, laugh at people racing to every stoplight and having to break and wait for light to turn green.7) Cruise past Sloat Blvd to end journey. Song and joint should be just about over as you pass Sloat Blvd.


Official Hula Battle Rules v.2.2 is up!
May 19, 2012, 2:14 AM
Filed under: Events, Fans (aka) Fries, Hula Battle, Info, NORCOB, Pictures, SFV, The ROB, Uncategorized



Official Hula Battle Rules aka The Official Hula Battle Rulebook

Written and Developed by The Hulaguns 2010-2012.

Hula Battle is a full contact sport created by Fried Man & Vernon the Gardener in Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA in 2010.


One day while having a hula hoop session with friends in front of Vernon’s house, Fried Man was showing off how good of a hula hooper he was by running up to other hoopers and knocking their hoops down with his hands, then running away and shouting, “Ha ha! I made your hoop touch the ground! Mine is still going! 3 points! Oh Yehhh!” Fried Man & Vernon, along with fellow Hulaguns & hula hoopers started playing Hula Battle regularly and developed the game and rules to what they are today.


– 3 People (2 players and 1 referee).

– 2 Hula Hoops (1 per player).

– 1 thing to keep score with (referee’s job).


1) Hula hoop! Don’t let it stop and touch the ground.

2) Score points by making your opponents hula hoop stop and touch the ground.

3) Get 21 points to win The Battle (Hula Battle match).

4) Win 2 out of 3 Battles to win The War (defeat your opponent and win).


1) Use your hula hoop as a weapon towards your opponent.

2) Use your hands or body to hit and knockdown your opponents hoop.

3) You can hit and assault your opponent like MMA.

4) No biting, spitting, eye gouging or other illegal cheap moves outlawed in Unified MMA rules.


Scoring points in Hula Battle is a start / stop process similar to other sports like tennis or ping pong.

3 POINTER – Score 3 points every time you make your opponents hula hoop stop and touch the ground while you keep your hula hoop spinning the whole time, (controlled continuous motion of the hula hoop.)

*1POINTER – Score 1 point every time your opponents hula hoop touches the ground and stops while you keep yours up. 


1)You may grab your hoop, stop the continuous motion and “save it” from touching the ground.

2)The catch is one can only stop their hoop from spinning once “INITIAL CONTACT” has been made while in play.


CONTACT – Contact in Hula Battle is simply having player 1’s hula hoop or body touch player 2’s hula hoop or body.

1) “Initial contact” is when contact is made for the first time when a new play starts. “Contact” must be made before a player can stop the motion of their own hoop and save it from touching the ground.

2) Every time at least one player stops the motion of their hoop, then being “in play” resets and players have to make “initial contact” again in order to save their hoop from touching the ground or stopping their own hoop from spinning.

3) If no “initial contact” has been made while in play, and somebody stops their hoop from spinning, then it is a FOUL and 3 points are awarded to the opponent. (INITIAL CONTACT FOUL)


1) You are allowed to have your hula hoop touch and skim the ground, as long as there is continuous motion of the hula hoop, (basically you keep your hula hoop going). 

2) It is up to the Ref to determine if continuous motion was maintained or not.


1) One can only score points when both players are hula hooping at the same time. This is called being “In Play.”

2) When someone scores points or the action is stopped temporarily, the players are “out of play” or “not in play.”

3) “Plays” are the moments of action in hula battle when players can score points. (For example, I could say “I scored 3 points on that last play.”). 

4) No points are awarded on a Draw*

*DRAW = (If you go at it with your opponent and you both end up dropping your hula hoops on the ground at the same time, then nobody scores points.)

5) In order to score a 3 pointer, you must have control of your spinning hula hoop for at least two seconds, much like having control of a football in order to rule a play as a fumble or incomplete pass or something else. It is up to the Ref to determine whether a player has control of their hula hoop or not. If you don’t have control of your hoop after 10 seconds, then the ref will automatically rule a 1 point score instead of 3, and a new play will be begin.



When a player wins 2 out of 3 battles, both players have to do an ending prayer to determine a winner of the war. The ending ceremony is described below:

1) Both players start standing and hula hoop around their waist.

2) Both players then proceed to get on their knees, put their hands together in a prayer position, bow their head towards each other, and then stand up again and hula hoop briefly.

3) This is all while keeping the hula hoop spinning continuously.

4) If the hula hooper that won 2 out of the 3 battles fouls in any way during the ending prayer, then the losing player automatically wins the whole war.

-You are not allowed to make any contact with your opponent in any ways during the ending prayer.

-You can yell and try to verbally, visually distract your opponent, make the hoop fall down any way possible without making contact.


Sudden Death Mode is a method to determine a winner in a single play. It is sometimes needed if a match is going on for over an hour or due to weather that makes Hula Battle unsafe to play.

1) During Sudden Death Mode, points are scored normally except you can only use your hula hoop to engage your opponent.

2) You can’t hit, grab, throw, kick or generally reach out and touch your opponents hoop with your hands, feet, arms, legs, and limbs.

3) You are allowed to block a hoop with any part of your body, but you can’t use a blocking method with your body to knock down your opponents hoop. It is the same principle as throwing a shot put. One may use a  pushing motion to launch a shot-put, but not use a throwing method to launch the ball.

4) Who ever wins the play either wins the battle or war. Both players and the ref must agree upon playing Sudden Death Mode. Sudden Death Mode can be used to end a battle or a war. 

5) One must still do the ending prayer during Sudden Death Mode in order to determine a winner.


1) If a player commits any foul, then your opponent is awarded 3 points. There is no such thing as a 1 point foul. Fouls are bad enough, that shit costs you 3 points homie!

2) Only points for 1 foul per play are awarded. If your opponent commits more than 1 foul during a play, it is still only worth 3 points to the non foul player.

3) If both players foul during a play, then both players are awarded points.

4) While a player can question whether a move is legal, it is up to the ref to determine if an actual foul occurred.

5) Instant replays are allowed if one is recording hula battle. Only a Ref can make the decision to review a play with instant replay.


Only the Ref determines if a foul occurred.

1) Illegal Move Foul- When a player uses one of the cheap moves like eye gouging, spitting, etc . . .

2) Delay of Game Foul – When a player does not start play after 7 seconds, or any other time they stall excessively.

3) Initial Contact Foul – When a player stops the motion of their hoop before making initial contact.

4) Sudden Death Foul – When a player touches their opponents hoop with any part of their limbs during Sudden Death Mode.



-You can play Hula Battle anywhere, as long as both players agree upon the location.

-Since Hula Battle can be played anywhere, your whole environment is considered part of the Hula Battle field of play.

-Hula Battle can be played in any weather that the NFL can legally play in.


-You can wear any apparel you want . . . to a limit. 

-Up to four layers of apparel can be worn on the legs and torso, hands and feet. (Like 3 layers of long underwear and jeans is legal or wearing 4 jackets.).

-Hats, gloves, scarves are all legal.

-One may wear protective gear like hockey pads and mouth guards. 

-If your hoop breaks during a war, then you lose the whole battle. It is your responsibility to have a hoop that holds up during hula battle. You can use a different hoop during the next battle.

-While you can wear objects like sunglasses or headphones, you are not allowed to use anything during hula battle other than your hoop and body to score points. If the objects are not apparel or protective equipment, one has to remove such objects upon an opponents request. 


-You can use any hula hoop you want.

-You are allowed to switch your hoop between battles.

-You can use any tape on your hula hoop, and as much as you want, or none if that is your style.

-Your hula hoop must be smooth and not have any sharp edges.

-There is no weight or size limit on your hula hoop.


-Hula Battle matches & wars have no time limit when deciding a winner.

-You can only wait up to 7 seconds between plays.

-Each player is allowed a single 5 minute time out during the whole war.

-There is a 5 minute time limit between hula battles.

-Only bad weather can interrupt and end a hula war early. Players must enter Sudden Death Mode to determine a winner when bad weather occurs.


1) R&D Rules aka Research and Development Rules are newly proposed rules that anyone can suggest and try out. Since Hula Battle is a new sport that is changing and evolving all the time, Hula Battlers are encouraged to share any new ideas and rules.

2) At the beginning of every Hula Battle, players can agree upon special / customized rules.  As long as the ref is on the same page. 




1) Tag Team is a form of Hula Battle played with 4 players. 2 Players per team. 2 players vs 2 players.

2) 2 Players face off and battle with normal Hula Battle rules while the teammates sit on the sidelines out of play.

3) Everytime someone scores points, the losing team switches players quickly.

4) Players must quickly touch hands and “tag” each other in order to tag in and out.

5) Only the losing players of a play can tag and switch, only after points are scored. If a person keeps scoring points, they must remain in the game until an opponent scores points during a play.

6) Players can’t tag and switch if no points are scored on a play, this includes draws. Players must switch during fouls.

7) All 4 players have to do the ending prayer to make the game official. If a single player fouls during the ending prayer, then the team the player is on loses the war.

Fried Man – The Surf (HD / HQ Youtube Version)

Fried Man – The Surf (HD / HQ Youtube Version)

Hula Battle . . A way to measure up
May 16, 2012, 10:26 PM
Filed under: Events, Fans (aka) Fries, Hula Battle, Info, Pictures, SFV, The ROB, Uncategorized

Bone Mero vs Couching Spazzz


pic by me

Free Fried Man’s Willy . . .Hat

My dear friend Dread Baker modified an old “Free Willy” hat to say Fried Man.

Video and Photo

Free Fried Man’s Willy Hat by Dread Baker. Photo by Elias.


by my other partner in crime Elias

The Origin of Hula Battle
April 17, 2012, 3:05 PM
Filed under: Events, Hula Battle, Info, Music, NORCOB, Pictures, SFV, The ROB, Uncategorized, Video

Hula Battle

Hula Battle is a sport created by Jess Friedman (Fried Man) & Vernon Pinot (SFV / Vernon The Gardener) in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, 2010 in . The object of the game is to make the opponents hula hoop touch the ground. Players must keep their own hoops spinning at all times until a point is scored.

3 points are scored every time an opponents hoop touches the ground. A player can stop the continuous motion of their own hoop and save it from touching the ground during play once initial contact has been made. This is only worth 1 point if a player “saves” their own hoop from touching the ground.

Games are played to 21 points. One must win by 2 points similar to common ping pong or volleyball rules.

Currently the co-creators are teaching the basic and “expanded” rules of Hula Battle on Friday’s in San Francisco at Purusha Yoga studio and around the SF Bay area at various events. Follow Hula Battle, Fried Man, and Vernon The Gardener on facebook for the latest info on all things hula battle.

SFV and Fried Man go by the name of the “Hula Guns.” One must past a series of tests and can only be made a Hula Gun by other members.

Below is a basic video explaining the basic rules of Hula Battle when it was created in 2010. Video by Fried Man.

Follow Fried Man & Vernon The Gardener on Facebook for the latest info on all things Hula Battle

Here are some additional content and links on hula battle:

facebook page

Vernon The Gardener facebook page

Fried Man facebook page

Since April of 2012, Two years after Hula Battle was officially created, select Hulaguns are teaching free Hula Battle classes at Purusha Yoga Studio in San Francisco California every Friday at 7:30 pm. All Ages. Extra Hula Hoops provided.

Free Hula Battle classes taught by The Hulaguns every Friday at 7:30 pm at Purusha Yoga Studio in San Francisco California. All Ages.

my friend makes shovel face art
August 18, 2011, 9:50 PM
Filed under: Fans (aka) Fries, Pictures, The ROB

shovel face art by vernon the gardener