Reasons not given.
Of all the events slated for the World Surf League Championship Tour 2020/21 season, I was most excited for G-Land. That iconic East Javanese wave has been part of surfing’s lore like few others. From the Mike Boyum days and the wild n wooly surf camp he built, celebrated in Michael Oblowitz’s Sea of Darkness, to Chris Ward putting on a backside barrel clinic to multiple Kelly Slater moments.
There have been no CT contests at G-Land for 22 long years but, thrillingly, that was all set to change with the Quiksilver Pro G-Land. It had been slated to run June 4 – 14, 2020, before Coronavirus cancellation, but put back on after the just-weeks-ago restart.
Most excited but after a fresh perusal of the schedule on the World Surf League’s own website, as noticed by an eagle-eyed People™, the contest is absent.
No word from the World Surf League as to why, which gives us the duty to speculate.
Did the Pipeline fiasco, wherein World Surf League CEO Erik Logan and four busy bees contracted Covid thus suspending the event then dropped a Cone of Silence over the North Shore leaving surf media to sort out a Yago Dora connection thereby pushing a story of bungling and mismanagement cause other nations/municipalities to reconsider their involvement?
Is G-Land the first shoe to drop and should we expect Teahupoo to follow?
Will the World Surf League release a statement or hope that fans of professional surfing forgot?
Which do you prefer, the Cone of Silence or the Wall of Positive Noise?
Is Pip Toledo pleased that a heavier wave has been potentially dropped, eyeing that 5th place finish so he can win his first World Championship at 3 foot Trestles?
Give me your speculations.