Racism at its very worst!
There are some 28 odd professional surfers on the World Championship Tour and none of them, not one of them, follow BeachGrit on Instagram. One did last year though. His name was Caio Ibelli but he is not on the World Championship Tour anymore because he has been relegated to the World Qualifying Series even though the rules clearly stated that he should have been gifted a wildcard for the 2019 season.
Caio was properly injured, you see, but two other “injured” surfers were allowed into the 2019 draw before him.
It can only be reasoned because he follows BeachGrit on Instagram.
Oh, I’m not saying BeachGrit‘s Instagram is a place you want to be. It is filled to overflowing with social justice warriors and adult learners, one would imagine that is the World Surf League’s demo and one would not be wrong, but Caio Ibelli was also there and he was swiftly kicked onto the World Qualifying Series where there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I am going to consider suing the World Surf League for discrimination on Caio’s behalf.
The World Surf League now has a pattern of discrimination. First, BeachGrit was the only surf-based website not to receive WSL Pipeline advertisements. Second Caio Ibelli was the only World Surf League World Championship Tour surfer to follow BeachGrit on Instagram and he was ignominiously and racistly shown the door to the World Qualifying Series where there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Who amongst you is a lawyer and wants to take this important case up pro bono? (BTW I have a wonderful friend who did work for U2 so “pro bono” here means both “free” and “with an official signed Bono headshot.”)
Also, Ryan Callinan? Are you there? I know you are going to be on the World Surf League World Championship Tour and also follow BeachGrit on Instagram. Please, unfollow if you know what’s good for you.
I personally don’t want you to.
I want you to enjoy our “click link in profile” charm year ’round but it puts your profession in harm’s way and I don’t want that.
Unless you want to join our lawsuit alongside Caio Ibelli. I guarantee fun, maybe a severance (depending on the quality of our pro bono council) and an official signed Bono headshot.
What do you say?