Being right certainly does feel wonderful. But days ago, there I was sitting on my stool, wondering out loud if the world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater had set the stage, so to speak, for his grande finale.
Gazing out across the horizon, he would have seen a grueling Australian leg followed by weird International Surfing Association business all enveloping multiple long monotonous quarantines.
Did he not decide to get healthy by surfing on his broken-for-four-years foot, eat right, rest well?
Well, now look. John John Florence, heading into the quarterfinals of the Margaret River event drops out citing knee injury. Off Rottnest too. Certainly not headed to El Salvador.
Kolohe a further high ankle sprain away from waving sayonara to the WSL/ISA himself.
When Slater refused to go to Australia, I’ll admit I found it strange. He was sitting 3rd in the rankings, after a 3rd place finish at Pipe, and maybe could have put up more results at Narrabeen, Margaret (if Box), Rottnest.
A 12th crown not entirely out of grasp.
Likewise, I found Florence’s latest announcement strange. He is, also, currently 3rd in the world and surely one of three title favorites. Why not just keep battling it out? His Japanese prospects do not look good what with the 2ft closeout beachbreak certainly on tap.
Then, like a bolt of white lightning, it hit me.
The big names on tour just don’t care. They can drop in and out as they like and still snag a year-ending 5th.
That’s all that is needed, remember, to punch a ticket to Lower Trestles for the exciting final’s day dreamed up by the World Surf League’s Kansan CEO Erik “ELo” Logan whilst trying to re-create the excitement from a pre-Covid Italo vs. Gabriel 1 vs. 2 final heat of final event bacchanal.
In so recreating, though, ELo stripped his stars of motivation and by “stars” I mean Gab, Pip, Italo, JJF, Caio. They simply don’t need to go to every event anymore and can cherry pick at will.
Who wants to be the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors?
Best regular season record in basketball history only to run out of gas a few inches shy of the finish line, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals.
Not John John Florence, that’s for sure.
I bet not Gab, Pip, Italo either.
Watch them each go down with one injury or another at some point during the year only to come raging back to a miraculous 5th.
Caio will fight the good fight, though.
Clocking in daily just like us.