That's 47 concurrent overlapping heats!
One of the great puzzlements in professional surfing is why there are so many professional surfers. We’ve been pondering this odd fact together for many years without satisfaction, without satisfying answers as to why professional surf competitions are filled with so many professional surfers that they must run over two distinct swell events. Without understandable justification as to Alex Ribeiro.
I sometimes think that professional surfing might just be the world’s tallest pyramid scheme, all these professional surfers paying entry fees etc., but then put my drink down and try to think more sensibly. Less conspiratorially.
But then this morning, demitasse in hand, I stumbled across the very latest news for a new wave tank being built near Palm Springs, California and would you like to read the details?
-The surf lagoon would be open to the public 330 days per year.
-Surfers would pay an hourly fee or sign up for various packages or passes.
-Surf sessions will run one hour at a time.
-On an average, there will be about 50 to 60 surfers in the water at any given time.
-On a weekend day, there will be about 75 surfers in the water at any given time.
-For a special event, such as surf competitions, there could be as many as 95 surfers in the water at any given time.
-Proposed hours for the lagoon are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights; to midnight on weekends and holidays.
-The surf center, open 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., would include restaurants, bars and shops that will be open to the public. Non-surfers who want to use the beach, pools and enjoy other activities like bocce ball and pickleball, can buy a day pass.
For a special event, such as surf competitions, there could be as many as 95 surfers in the water at any given time.
Imagine a surf competition with 95 professional surfers in the water at a time. Roughly 47 heats overlapping. 1,504 professional surfers per sixteen heats.
“Non-stop action…” as Joe Turpel would coo and is this the World Surf League’s great plan for domination? To make every able bodied man, woman and child a professional surfer with all the incumbent fees etc?
It is difficult to see another angle.