"Jumbled surf and unfavorable wind."
The third stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour allegedly kicks off in mere hours though surf fans, around the globe, are in no way encouraged to drop what they’re doing, call in sick for work, update internet service provider, no. For the third time in a row, the forecast has been labeled “dog shit” by the League’s official partner Surfline.
The just-released “brief overview” reads:
TUES 4th: Modest yet fun surf, clean in AM – Possible run for at least AM
WED 5th: Smaller surf and with onshore wind – likely off
THURS 6th: New/modest swell but wind problematic – Possible run for at least AM
FRI 7th: Smaller, easing surf but clean – Possible run for at least AM
SAT/SUN 8th-9th: Possible rise of jumbled surf and unfavorable wind — likely off
“Modest yet fun” being the best Surfline could conjure.
“Problematic” and “unfavorable” carrying the day.
But what could have happened between a relationship once crowned with absurd positive fantasy? A marriage based upon seeing the brighter side and by “brighter side” I mean an absurd positive fantasy?
Surf fans clearly remember even just last year, and the years before, wherein Surfline would praise whatever the forecast was using the fruitiest of nonsense. Two-foot and dumping became ten-foot and reeling. Flat became rippable.
Jumbled surf and unfavorable wind is merely jumbled surf and unfavorable wind but how did the union between World Surf League and Surfline officials sour so… publicly?
Did the forecasters, themselves, push back as their good names became synonymous with Erik “Flimflam” Logan?
Did the Surfline brass realize that the momentum is not, in fact, real?
Questions we can bandy about as we tune in to modest surf in mere hours, I suppose.