I know this has been discussed, both in the Open Thread and on Longtom’s Pulitzer-adjacent Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons presented by Hydro Flask contest wrap, but not as thorough, or specific, as I would like. So, what are your true feelings surrounding Kelly Slater’s stuffing John John Florence in the dying minute of that semifinal?
A fantastic flourish a la great showmen or cheap, funny, character revealing?
I’ll show my cards here.
I loved it.
Loved the implicit rage, loved John John’s shrug, loved Kelly enjoying a Backdoor just for the sake of enjoying it knowing that his Pipe Masters campaign had reached its end and that he might as well catch a wave that he enjoyed even though it fundamentally goes against every “rule” in our sort of surfing.
But I don’t want to influence your opinion, not that I hold myself highly enough to think I could, so what did you think?
High water mark of 2020/21 World Surf League season or low-ish water mark?
Tell me true.
Also, are you happy that Kelly Slater is my new shark or sad?
More as the story develops.