Surf fans near and far have come together, today, in an attempt to solve a great mystery roiling the professional landscape. Hours ago, World Surf League CEO Erik Logan posted an image to social media featuring himself and current world number six Kanoa Igarashi, captioning it, “Having an opportunity to speak the worlds best surfers is something that NEVER gets old! Last week I had a chance to speak to our sponsors at the Vans US Open, and no question one of the highlights was having an ability to interview Kanoa. He’s a very special person, global superstar and one of the best surfers in the world. I wanted to thank him for taking such great time for our partners and giving us some extra time to talk! #graitude #surfing #lovewhatyoudo”
On the surface all very wonderful, but what is stumping fans, here and there, is the secret finger message on display (see top photo).
Igarashi, on the left and appearing somewhat dazed, is holding up one finger pointed at Logan’s eye. Logan, on the right and grinning broadly beneath model-perfect beard, is holding up two fingers somewhat limply pointed at his own chin.
Neither is known to affiliate with a gang nor is either a 12-year-old girl.
What, then, is the message?
1 – 2?
Professional surfers and management coming together to ensure a Kelly Slater title for 2022 thereby exciting mainstream news and, tide rising, floating all ships?
Igarashi letting the world know that new-look Logan stands for peace and is our time’s John Lennon?
Later, the two shook hands in an uncommon way further muddying waters.
Do you have a decoder book?
Are you a 12-year-old girl?