The old boys are going mad!
It was announced right here and two days ago that the World Surf League is running a Masters Division feat. all of your favs including Michael Ho, Gary “Kong” Elkerton, Tom Curren, Damien Hardman, Dave Macaulay, Sunny Garcia, Cheyne Horan etc.
Every one of your favs minus Derek Ho and if you read the World Surf League wraps you’d think it was all cupcakes and roses between the boys. Here’s a snippet:
Most of the time competitors escape to the airport as soon as they’re eliminated from an event but the vibes in Azores have been the opposite. Regardless of results, athletes have been hanging around and watching each other’s heats. Tom Curren, asked for Matt Hoy’s autograph after losing out to him in Heat 17.
“The passion is still there,” said Luke Egan. “We’re just a lot older.”
Do you believe the cupcakes? Roses? Well we have a billboard in Lemoore and we have a man on the beach in the semi-autonomous Azores. He says:
Despite the serene nature of the WSL press releases the old boys have been going mad.
Sunny Garcia came out of the water flipping the bird, saying, “The judges are…still…fucked. The judges are still fucking kooks.”
The WSL changed the format which meant Michael Ho was eliminated. He said, “This is fucking bullshit.” That some of his competitors “should be in the women’s division” and that they’re “all fucking crybabies.”
Everyone is a caricature of what they were thirty years ago.
Kong, who surfed three heats and only caught waves in one of them, is fatter.
Dave Macaulay and Dooma Hardman are somehow more boring.
Tom Curren, blaming his fins while riding a wild alternative board, is reaching new realms of crazy.
Most of all, it’s the greatest contest ever. Beautiful island. Black sand. Warm water.
Oh, and Jodie Cooper is surfing in the women’s division.
Jodie Cooper, most recently seen getting allegedly attempted drowned by Tomo Sr. in New South Wales!
I wish I was in the Azores. This all sounds incredible. I wish I was our man on the beach.