"Go suck a dick!"
For a long there it was hard to beat the social media performance art of San Diego longboard virtuoso Joel Tudor.
His Instagram account @joeljitsu (Joel is a black belt grappler) is, or least was, a hive of incendiary opinion.
Do you remember, Bullfight: Joel Tudor vs Shawn Stussy?
Blood Feud: Joel Tudor versus the World?
Blood Feud: Joel Tudor versus Kelly Slater?
Never pompous, Joel, who is forty-one years old, had a refreshing lack of fear in his ferocity. Lately, his account had gone so quiet, free of any scalding bile, that I had simply stopped looking.
Earlier this morning, a pal alerted me to a new storm brewing. Accompanying an excellent Derek Dunfee photo of Nathan Strom colliding with a fellow longboarder, Joel wrote:
Joel’s almost ninety thousand followers were, mostly, thrilled. Five thousand of ’em liked it. And the comments were, again mostly, positive.
“Free channels for you, brother.”
“Love it. Gotta teach the new kids about traffic control and ding repair.”
And so on.
Then in stepped someone called @byronthekid, who threw a towel over the circle jerk.
“Really? He could not have gone up and above or down and around? It’s just surfing…fucking play time in the water. I am so tired of this egomaniacal mentality. It’s not tough, cool, or respectable. It’s just fucking stupid. I used to have a ton of respect for you Joel, but encouraging this kind of shit as a grown man? It’s lost on me. Rise above.”
This made Joel pleasingly angry.
Joel: “I didn’t ask your opinion nor do I give a fuck ….dude is lucky Nate can surf & was able to turn away avoiding conflict or injury- Nate did the right thing ….anyone who thinks differently is a kook who don’t understand the lineup….get the fuck outta the way!”
From @byronthekid: “No Joel, I know you don’t give a fuck. That’s point and that’s the sad part. I understand the lineup. Fuck I learned from guys like you, but making a spectacle of this shit gets old. In fact, you told me in the Cardiff parking lot about 12 years ago that this very mentality needs to change because kooks aren’t going anywhere and people are going to keep crowding the lineups. I guess you for got that. Keep on keepin’ on.”
The spigot was opened.
Another follower wrote:
“To much drug mr tudor, do you have always bad coment with the peoples, too much drugs you are crazzy, ex Champion you be tooo old need more education mr marihuana.”
Joel replied: “Go suck a dick!”
Back in form! And don’t it feel good!
Read the exchanges here, and thrill to Nathan Strom’s back and forthing too.