"32 years of blatant segregation."
Open war broke out, this morning, between the World Surf League and its 2021 longboard champion Joel Tudor. Days ago, Tudor took to Instagram having become frustrated by the rumored decimation of the longboard tour as well as the paltry sums longboarders receive from the League even though they are heavily used by the selfsame League’s social media, marketing etc.
“Yo @wsl @jessmileydyer @elo_eriklogan can y’all explain this kind of equality?” Tudor wrote. “Not very woke of you to treat the log gals with so much disrespect in regards to pay? It’s kinda clear on your own Instagram which style is more favored by your audience! Urging all log gals , parents & friends to write the @wsl asking why this is still happening….also they are planning on canceling the longboard tour to a one event stop! Hit em up , post about it & make some noise to make things right!! Awoooooooooo!”
The aforementioned @jessimileydyer, World Surf League commissioner Jessi Miley Dyer, did not allow the missive to slide and, last night, issued a letter that began, “Hello everyone. I wanted to address a post that our 2021 Men’s Longboard champion made on his IG account yesterday that was both inaccurate and misleading related to the WSL’s approach to equality. Joel created confusion and called into question whether female athletes competing on the Longboard Tour receive equal prize money. It is important that you know, and that you hear directly from me, that we take great pride in the fact that our male and female longboard athletes all receive equal prize money.”
Miley-Dyer’s willful misreading of Tudor’s initial points and gaslighting of “longboard athletes” was not appreciated by Tudor who, in turn, tripled down taking to Instagram yet again and writing:
Well my morning went like this yesterday….woke to a text sent via @jessmileydyer asking me to take my post down saying that I was being unproductive…..I respectfully declined! While it’s quite hilarious that now all of the sudden y’all are open for discussions after the 22 when prior to the post you could of all cared less if we disappeared! Also way to not address the difference on pay between womens ct and womens longboard when gals longboard is fastest largest area of growth for female surfing & used by the entire surf industry as 70% of all female surf brand imaging …..yet paid peanuts by the governing body of surf @wsl for no other reason than they just don’t feel like paying them equally ……on paper and in actual numbers value the log gals are incomparable!!!Yo @wsl you can do better than this!!!!!!!!! Also if yall are short on event costs you can very easily piggyback us on to some of your pre existing comps with 14 day holding periods …run on the down days …once upon a time you use to include us …bells , margret river , narrabeen , Kirra , hossegor , Brazil all use to include us at asp stops but after 1991 you never invited us back ever again. The only time we’ve shared a stage since has been the @vans DTI at Us open / @wsl care to expand on 32 years of blatant segregation? Put us together on occasion and see how much your audience enjoys the style change! Keep those hands up y’all we ain’t done fighting yet!
A very clear win for Tudor as a multitude is now marching on Santa Monica, ready to breech the Wall of Positive Noise. Will Miley-Dyer rethink her strategy and go dark, as is typical for the League, and hope that it all just goes away or gird her loins for war?
Will this 32 years of Jim Crow-esque “blatant segregation” finally but finally come to an end?
David Lee Scales and I, anyhow, chatted about how the World Surf League has a magic ability to get everything, literally everything, wrong amongst other dribs and drabs. Listen here while petitioning the WSL to let longboarders paddle Bells instead of Filipe Toledo.