Excused From The Cloudbreak Contest?
Tuned in for the Asp Professional Surf Contest.
The big wave day was all time.
Don’t really care that much that they didn’t run the contest, what was bugging was some of the B.S. that was being spewed for not running it.
The First Excuse- The wind is blowing to hard and not really favorable conditions.
I don’t know how they were saying this with straight faces when you could see the conditions getting better on the webcast.
“If it was a ‘devil wind, I would have never paddled out immediately after [the contest] was called off” Mark Healy
Another Excuse being fed to the web viewers …. Guys Weren’t Prepared For Those Sized Waves……
Maybe not prepared physically and mentally but not having the correct board?
They knew about this swell weeks in advance, even I knew about the swell.
If they were undergunned its their (the contest guys) own fault. You had non ASP/WCT guys flying in from all over to surf about the known swell, how come they knew about the swell and the ASP Surfers didn’t? Answer: They did know about the swell.
The the tour guys figured they would just ride their 5’10’ at restaurants???????
“I think that 75 percent of [all of the Tour surfers, not just those slated to surf on Friday] straight-up didn’t want anything to do with it.” Mark Healy
“It may have been a missed opportunity [for the ASP], but there’s definitely a chance that, had it run, a lot of surfers that are considered the best in the world would have looked really dumb,” says Healey. “And that wouldn’t have been good for the WCT either.”
The Safety First Excuse was driving me nuts as well-ya it was dangerous out there, and its only one event of many, and guys have to think about the future etc. etc. etc….? This is SURFING not Ice Skating.
to use the commentators go to line “ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!”
The Pro WCT/ASP Surf dudes are great surfers no doubt about it and I don’t fault some of them for not wanting to paddle out BUT “best in the world” gets chucked down our throat all the time by the ASP and its underlings, and it was time to either put up or shut up and Cloudbreak Shut Them up at least for that day.
The Official Line:
ASP Executive Richard Gellman
“We look for contestable surf in remote and exotic locations. We’re not a big-wave tour. If the surf happens to be big, that’s of interest to some people. A lot of people like to see the skill and ability of surfers in small-medium conditions.”
Gellman is a tool. Whats interesting is seeing the best surfers in the world charge in great waves. It’s not a hard equation to figure out.