Put down your pitchforks!
Public shamings are, now, an accepted norm but do you recall a day when small mistakes weren’t paraded down Main Street?
Well, revered surf website Stab, hours ago, conducted a civic lynching by posting a video of hot up-and-coming surfer Cruz Dinofa nearly becoming decapitated by a stray board there on Oahu’s North Shore.
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The caption read, “Not the haircut @cruzdinofa was after. Particularly after nailing this inside nug. Hold onto your boards folks, this could have been really ugly.”
Humiliation poured in from many corners with opinions ranging from angry to rage-filled.
“The surfer who lost the board should be banned for life!”
“The surfer who lost the board is a kook!” etc.
Trouble is, the “surfer who lost the board” was none other than other up-and-comer Tosh Tudor.
The son of longboard champion Joel, and longtime Stab favorite, braved the mob and entered the chat, writing,
“That’s my board that hit @cruzdinofa. Had caught the wave before and my board slipped through my hands while duck diving the wave. Not trying to get everyone’s pity incredibly bummed that this happened and very glad nothing worse came of it. Heal up quick @cruzdinofa.”
Immediately realizing that it had communally executed a friendly, Stab immediately backpedaled, hard, and replied, “Respect for owning this. Happens to the best of us.”
Confused messaging, certainly.
Are we, as a furious horde, supposed to brutalize board losers or give them grace?
More questions than answers.