Surf fans round on Erik Logan after World Surf League chief attempts to pat self on back: “This is without a doubt the best example of the pathetic word salad dishonest propaganda you’ve spewed!”

"Critical information" from "big cliffs."

Well, it appears that surf fans have finally had enough of the World Surf League’s alternate universe where down is up, success is measured in ladders and THE MOMENTUM IS REAL. For yesterday, chief of executives Erik Logan took to Instagram, as he often does, in order to pat himself on the back, again, for the Apple Watch partnership which was rolled out at the beginning of this 2023 Championship Tour season.

Logan declared, in an interview with Australia’s Channel 9 news, that the technology “really solved a big problem” allowing surfers to get “critical information” from “big cliffs.”

Ostensibly, the device has a heat timer, shows priority and doesn’t work.

Leonardo Fioravanti, and a host of other professional surfers, have criticized the watch, copping fines. Universally beloved Carissa Moore refuses to wear one. Caio Ibelli almost missed his heat because he assumed the thing would tell time.

Etc.

But losing is winning in the aforementioned alternate universe.

Multiple vectors of success.

Except surf fans have finally had enough.

Logan’s Instagram was exploded by truth insisters.

Keith Grace penned, “This is without a doubt the best example of the pathetic word salad dishonest propaganda you’ve spewed since the start of your and the other front-office VAL’s takeover of the CT Tour. It’s truly sad. You and your crew will find the next shiny object to invest in and soon enough leave professional surfing competition in the dust. Only when your group does this, and the rest of us actual lifelong surf dirtbags are left with the charred remains of what you millionaires have done, will there be an outside shot of the CT Tour having a chance to be revived to respectability.”

Hollis Turner added, “Less surfers, better waves please. Can Apple fix that possibly?”

Michael McGann chimed, “Is that why we see the competitors asking for info during heats? Lol. They don’t work.”

And on and on it went.

Things did not go much better on Facebook where Logan decided to write, “We’ve been professional surfing for about 50 years now…” in praise of himself.

We?

We’ve been professional surfing?

Hmmmm.

Well, if I can join in on the self back patting, I think we, together, have three World Surf League scalps hanging off our belts. Paul Speaker, “Backward Fin” Beth and Soph Goldschmidt.

Logan’s is gonna be a real sweet addition.

THE MOMENTUM IS REAL.


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Hollywood funnyman-turned-surfer Jonah Hill skewers profiteers in $1.5 trillion “wellness” industry with breakout clothing brand Meaningful Existence, “We have one simple goal: to spread joy throughout the universe by Monetizing Happiness”

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Jonah Hill, whom you used to read about most days here until a very sweet phone call from the director, funnyman and surf inspiration made me sit back on my haunches and lick the indent where my balls used to be, is behind a new clothing label that skewers goons profiteering off the world’s $1.5 trillion wellness biz.

Alongside a photo of what appears to be the noted thirty-nine-year-old actor, although his surfer’s flaxen couronne has been replaced by a waterfall of brunette curls, is the company’s manifesto.

Meaningful Existence is the lifestyle and wellness COMMUNITY founded, run, and ruled by Prophet Ezekiel Profit.

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Although Hill denies being the front for the brand, if you were to switch on tonight’s Lakers v Suns game at Crypto, you’d see the prophet enjoying ringside seats.

Now, Jesus Harvey Goddamn Christ can’t get ringside Lakers seats, but Hill sure can.

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The prophet Ezekiel Profit’s bio reads,

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He resides at the Meaningful Existence headquarters, a 20,000 square foot beachside compound where he instructs his followers on how to live a better life through monetizing happiness.

Hill has skin in the mental health game. Grew up with money, good neighbourhood, schools etc, but a nebbish Jewish kid called Feldstein don’t get the bitch or the glitz, if you’ll excuse the uncharacteristic lapse into obscenity. 

Whatevs, the meek sometimes do inherit the earth.

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Happy Easter.


"You're safe, Kelly." Photo: WSL

World Surf League changes rules under cover of night allowing “former champions named Kelly Slater” to earn points as wildcard post mid-season cut!

THE MOMENTUM IS... never mind.

I’ll tell you what. If the World Surf League don’t just get more ludicrous with each and every sunrise then my name ain’t Charles Smith. The 2023 Championship Tour has been an absolute comedy of errors, thus far, beginning with the rollout of the much-celebrated Apple Watch that doesn’t work but keeps getting celebrated, and carrying right through to… whatever is happening in Torquay at Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer’s Airbnb on yet another lay day.

The surf has been garbage, the little spike of personality (Leonardo Fioravanti criticizing the aforementioned Apple Watch for not working) getting quickly fined into dull kowtowing and the world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater ready to become victim of the much ballyhooed mid-season cut thereby erasing 90% of the elusive non-surfing surf fans’ reason to watch.

A trash fire by any other name would smell just as shitty.

Thankfully, though, Santa Monica has sorted out a way to save Kelly Slater from ever being mid-season cut, allowing him to surf forevermore. For under the cover of night, the rules regulating wildcards, and the points they are allowed for competing in championship tour events, have been changed.

Previously, and before Slater made proper suck, those wildcards gifted post cull would equal zero points even if that wildcard won the entire event.

Now, and after Slater made proper suck, those wildcards gifted post cull will equal zero points even if that wildcard wins the entire event.

Unless.

That wildcards is a “former champion or top five.”

i.e. Kelly Slater.

Or Conner Coffin, except he ain’t sniffing another wildcard until the World Surf League collapses and Rincon emerges out of the ashes as a specialty event on the reimagined California Bud Tour.

THE MOMENTUM IS REAL.

David Lee Scales and I, anyhow, discuss the absurdity of the World Surf League and many other things related to the absurdity of the World Surf League.

The momentum is real.


Acevedo (left) and ex-girlfriend. Photo: Instagram

Brazilian surfer who beat hell out of female pro in Bali accused of sending ex-girlfriend to hospital after brutal attack: “I ended up isolating myself for almost 3 months until the physical marks come out but those of the heart…”

Persona non grata.

Surfer JP Azevedo is, certainly and deservedly, sitting right in the middle of a shit storm that shows zero sign of lightening any time soon. Days ago, the otherwise unremarkable Brazilian regular foot became infamous for beating the hell out of talented pro surfer Sara Taylor in Bali.

“After being dropped in on on my first wave, the guy’s friend punched me in the head and then after being confronted about hitting me, he attacked Charlie on the beach for filming him,” Taylor wrote on Instagram after posting video of the violence. “This is insane, does anyone know who they are?”

After surf luminaries such as Kelly Slater and skateboarding legend Ed Templeton demanded an unveiling, Azevado was identified and marked.

He, himself, took to social media in order to declare that it was all a misunderstanding due these topsy turvy times.

“This girl looked like a man, I didn’t know she was a woman. She surfed like a man, dressed like a man,” he stated. “She was riding everyone’s wave, she wasn’t respecting anyone. She went with my friend’s wave and pushed my friend out of the loop. I went to ask why she had done that to my friend. She went by and threw water in my face, cursed me. And then I lost my mind due to momentary stress and ended up attacking her. I lost my reason. After I attacked her I saw that it was a woman. She was wearing a T-shirt and I couldn’t see her bra. Soon after I apologized, a friend of mine came paddling up and I said, ‘Calm down, it’s a woman’”.

Well. It appears that Taylor’s being a woman would have made no actual difference as, hours ago, Acevedo’s ex-girlfriend Carol Braga revealed that he put her in the hospital after a brutal attack five-ish years ago.

“I dated JP Azevedo in 2018 and 2019. We ended it when he assaulted me hard,” she wrote. “Ended up in hospital with head trauma I was so ashamed of everything and especially of my daughter who I love so much. (… ) Anyway, I ended up isolating myself for almost 3 months in an inn in Rio, until the physical marks come out. But those of the heart… those still hold on Very difficult all of this.. even bc I loved him… Today, after such news (of the Bali attack), I decided to speak out and expose myself. Dont know if I’m doing it right. Forgive me daughter if you don’t like it. I wish for more peace in the world.”

Support was universal from pro surfing’s stars. Gabriel Medina commented, “Sorry for all that has happened! God knows all things. I wish love and strength in your life. Stay strong, Carol!” Lucas Chumbo encouraged, “it will pay off.” Tati Weston-Webb added three hearts etc.

All in some 2000 plus people commended Braga for her bravery. Acevedo, it seems, a proper persona non grata.


"She threw water in my face, cursed me. I lost my reason. After I attacked her I saw that it was a woman," says JP Azevedo.

Brazilian surfer who beat hell out of talented pro Sara Taylor in Bali blames gender binary confusion for attack, “This girl looked like a man, I didn’t know she was a woman. She surfed like a man, dressed like a man!”

"After I attacked her I saw that it was a woman."

The Brazilian surfer João Paulo Azevedo, aka JP Azevedo, achieved the worst sort of notoriety yesterday when video emerged of him beating hell out of the American surfer Sara Taylor in Bali. 

“After being dropped in on on my first wave, the guy’s friend punched me in the head and then after being confronted about hitting me, he attacked Charlie on the beach for filming him,” wrote Taylor, along with video of the attack. “This is insane, does anyone know who they are?”

 

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A who’s who from the surf and skate world, including world champion surfers Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning, as well as skate icons Ed Templeton, Tony Alva, weighed in on the stoush. 

The greatest surfer ever, Kelly Slater, doxxed Azebvedo writing, “Get this guy sent home where he belongs.”

Azevedo, who’s been living in Bali since 2019, has since blamed the fluidity of the modern gender binary for belting Taylor.

“This girl looked like a man, I didn’t know she was a woman. She surfed like a man, dressed like a man,” he said. “She was riding everyone’s wave, she wasn’t respecting anyone. She went with my friend’s wave and pushed my friend out of the loop.

“I went to ask why she had done that to my friend. She went by and threw water in my face, cursed me. And then I lost my mind due to momentary stress and ended up attacking her. I lost my reason. After I attacked her I saw that it was a woman. She was wearing a T-shirt and I couldn’t see her bra. Soon after I apologized, a friend of mine came paddling up and I said, ‘Calm down, it’s a woman’”.

Taylor, a shredder of sorts, not tour level but good enough to land the occasional air-rev, ain’t no stranger to conflict in the water.

Two minutes into the edit, below, Taylor appears to get a little punchy after a drop in, although maybe they’re pals etc.