As with many business, the Covid years have not been kind to our World Surf League. 2019 ended with such promise, one of the more exciting finals in professional surfing history delivering an Italo Ferreira title. Co-Waterperson of the Year and League owner, Dirk Ziff, buoyed by the thrill, quietly floated its availability on the market for $150m+. A newly appointed CEO Erik “ELo” Logan getting to work creating the programming of his dreams including unboxing shows and home tours. A Chief Community Officer, Tim Greenberg, sensing opportunity on new predominately pre-teen Chinese social media platform TikTok, declaring, “It’s so endemic to who we are as a sport.”
Enter the Peking Suck.
The 2020 World Championship Tour wiped off the books, much staff furloughed, Rumbles at the Ranch.
Greenberg, further declaring, “As [TikTok] creates enhanced tools and more opportunities for us to reach newer audiences, we want to make sure that we’re focused on what’s going to drive our business and that consumer journey that connects back to the WSL.”
Did those “enhanced tools” creating “newer audiences” involve Beijing spying, stealing user information, etc.?
Possibly, and last President Trump threatened to ban TikTok entirely from the U.S. market, something entirely within his power so to do.
Thankfully for girls aged 7 – 10 and the World Surf League, Trump reversed course over the weekend and gave Microsoft a 45-day window in which to purchase TikTok’s U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand operations.
Cautious relief could be sensed emanating from the World Surf League’s Santa Monica headquarters in the form of cute little dancing videos.
More as the story develops.
Fierce: Santa Monica Surf School slams “woke” one-star rating on Google Reviews, “I don’t capitulate to cancel culture and snowflakes…It would appear censorship is alive and well. Welcome to the Orwellian dystopia”
“Lesson got cancelled due to covid-19 and I received and email stating it was canceled due to “the Ch*n*se flu” this is very unprofessional of you and I will not be rescheduling. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BUSINESS”
And here, the owner stepped in.
I’ve written this 3 time but google keeps censoring my reply so here’s one last attemp without saying where the virus originated, maybe this one will not be censored.
Not quite sure why your panties are in a wad. Where did the virus come from? What did the media call it in the beginning? So was I wrong to call it what they did? Amazing at how people forget these things and would rather be politically correct. So when I was refunding you, I only stated a fact and referenced the name the media was calling it at the time. The Media said that chXnxx was the source of the virus so my refund message to you I put in the information that was the available to me. I should have had the foresight to call it covid long before scientist came up with the name, I guess I’m just not that clever. I’m sorry me referencing the origin of the virus offended you. I hope this helps you better understand my frame of my mind.
Oh and BTW, I will not allow you to reschedule with us. . And as far as your statement ” DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BUSINESS”, I don’t capitulate to cancel culture and snowflakes. And anyone who is offended by facts should not book a lesson with us because I only speak the truth….well for as long as freedom of speech is still a right. It would appear censorship is alive and well. Welcome to the Orwellian dystopia.
Just to let you know I was deeply depressed and frustrated by having my rights stripped away, my business shut down and being stuck inside my small apartment for months on end. I felt like my whole life was falling apart. My business which I have put my blood, sweat, and tears into for 15 years was dead and I was stressing out about it shutting down forever and surfing is know so my future seemed so dead. 2020 was the year planed on buying a house and possibly retiring and after the STAY AT HOME order, my whole future seemed lost. I am a social animal, an out doorsman and a waterman and all that was taken away from me. FYI I also I have a compromised immune system and I’m 51, so I was hyper worried about the possibly of catching the virus and possibly dying. Also being a surfer, drowning is my greatest fear and as we know those who are seriously affected basically drown in their own fluids. Seeing my country that I so love and served for being decimated, seeing the world fall into choas and all because of a cover up. So No, renaming the virus will change it’s origin.
Perhaps you should direct your angst and frustration for the global implications due to a cover up that has cost trillions of dollars, put millions of small business out of business forever, countless people suffering, lost homes, lost jobs, tens of thousands of people dead and dying, the families that have to morn their loss, etc, etc, etc….. But no wait…. you did your part! You wrote a bad review! now you are a true activist you have stood up for… what? CPP narrative, the far left, and censorship,…. YAAYYYYY!!!! Go celebrate yourself. Sheepeople like you disgust me. Get a life.
Hardly succinct, but heartfelt yes?
Whose side y’on?
Coming soon: National Geographic’s “Shark vs. Surfer” episode wherein waterpeople discuss the “humiliations daily served” by man-eating beasts!
"The interviews delve into the shocking details of what happened and why many of the surfers have continued to ride the waves after their attacks."
As you well know, one of the most successful ventures in proud history of cable television has been the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. The mid-tier educational network was nothing but a click-through between Country Music Television and E! once starring Kelly Slater’s biggest fran (friend-fan) Sal Maskekela.
But then Discovery discovered sharks and the rest, as they say, is history.
Well, similarly ignored NatGeo (National Geographic) has decided to catch some of that white lightening and launched its very own SharkFest.
Tonight, Sunday, August 2. at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CST with an encore presentation on Nat Geo WILD on Thursday, August 13, at 9 p.m./8 p.m. CST, “Sharks vs. Surfers” will air.
The episode will detail the daily humiliations of prancing about in the man-eating beasts’ watery domain. The indignities etc. Also, “The interviews delve into the shocking details of what happened and why many of the surfers have continued to ride the waves after their attacks.”
Lastly, the special will include insights from marine biologists Ryan Johnson and Dr. Stephen Kajiura to provide context on just how likely shark attacks are while surfing at these popular, shark-filled spots.
Derek, Longtom and I recently discussed sharks ourselves on Dirty Water (Listen here later). I discussed too much but only because I become overly excited anytime Longtom is on the screen.
I love him very much but will try to control my mouth-running glee next time.
Listen: Longtom on electro-shock treatment for Great Whites; Chas Smith continues his outspoken advocacy for kicking dogs. “You see a good thick dog, kick it in the ribs. It feels so good! The dog likes it, you like it. Everyone wins!”
Dirty Water, episode twenty-one, reveals those deep warm truths that can't be hidden even by the oddball antics of Chas Smith…
Incredible, yes, but this podcast falls even deeper than usual into a quagmire of professional jealousy (Charlie Smith on Nick Carroll, “He’s a baby of a man, he’s honestly two feet tall…”) and brings stupidity to such a height (Chas Smith on the extermination of Great White and bull sharks), the listener may switch off for good.
But, do stay.
For many deep truths are ultimately revealed, including the concept of tonic immobility, where a man-eating shark can be made helpless by placing hands on the snout; why you should never raise the spinnaker on a seventy-foot yacht en route to Mexico from San Diego while children are wandering the decks untethered and Shane Dorian shows his former master Kelly Slater how to respond to trolls.
The episode, which is number twenty-one, concludes with a discussion on the Torah/Talmud, Lutheran and Presbyterian architecture and why Longtom would fear death by White far less if only he let Jesus Christ dance on the marble tabletop of his heart.
“I don’t know why anyone ever dodges this punch! Take the punch full on. Go to heaven,” says Chas. “It’s Occam’s Razor. If I’m wrong we’re all in hell anyway and we’ll giggle and burn. If I’m right, we’re in heaven.”
Medal of Honor: Heroic surfing champion saves two women from drowning after their “troublesome selfie session” takes deadly turn!
To criticize selfie culture is, at his point in time, hollow and silly. Dumb. The selfie is as ubiquitous now as brushing one’s teeth. As bidet-ing one’s bottom. There is no associated shame with snapping a selfie in front of a Black Lives Matter protest, of snapping a selfie on a golden Buddha, of having your male pal snap a selfie of you in the shower…
…of snapping selfies on a jetty whilst hurricane waves lash its rocks and that is precisely where we lay our scene, near Houston. For there two girls stood and snapped but something went horribly wrong and they fell into the ocean and began to drown.
Thankfully, surfing champion Johnny McGee, 67, was in the water.
Without missing a beat, he paddled over to the girls and had them hold onto his legs then paddled them all the way to shore.
McGee told the local radio station, “I guess I was meant to be there because there was nobody else out there. Surfers know through experience, [if] you go underwater [you should] relax, relax, relax. Don’t fight it or you’re going to end up using your energy and your air.”
It is unknown if McGee later told them girls that they were “on glue” before blocking them on social media.