A wonderful shift!
Now, describing the United States of America, Australia and Brazil as “toxic” may be unfair but is it unjust? Likely, though the three countries have completely dominated professional surfing at the highest level for decades upon decades and anywhere we see complete domination for decades upon decades we also see unfair power balances i.e. toxicity.
Well, the sludge might just be draining away as a surfer from Indonesia and a surfer from Portugal bested all-comers at the just-wrapped Great Wall Motors Sydney Pro presented by Rip Curl, the second stop of the freshly minted Challenger Series.
Rio Waida (Indonesia) and Teresa Bonvalot (Portugal) took the wins for men and women in an exciting final’s day.
Waida (above) beat “Headless Horseman” Ryan Callinan and Bonvalot out-dueled Nikki Van Dijk in fine enough conditions causing the World Surf League’s Senior Vice President of Competition, Head of Tours Jessi Miley-Dyer to jubilate in an almost antiquated, much-missed, globalist way.
Per Instagram, Miley-Dyer wrote, “Incredible to see some new faces and flags on the top of our podium here at the Challenger series in Manly. I truly believe that surfing is a global sport, and that our next generation will come from all over.”
She emphasized the post with a strong arm emoji, the Indonesian flag and the Portuguese flag.
Many congratulations all around and thrilling to wonder what country may shine next. I, personally, would love to see a surfer from Mexico dominate or one from South Africa not named Smith.
Do you think, anyhow, an Indonesian surfer may receive a wildcard into the upcoming Championship Tour G-Land event or has it already been spoken for by Ultimate Surfer Zeke Lau?
More questions than answers.