Surf champion Tyler Wright and wife Lilli Baker | Photo: @tylerwright
Surf champion Tyler Wright and wife Lilli Baker | Photo: @tylerwright

Socially progressive World Surf League slapped with tacitly supporting far-right Central American autocrat accused of jailing “lesbian women” ahead of Surf City El Salvador Pro!

Chief of Sportwashing.

The Santa Monica-based World Surf League has worked extremely hard during these past few years to place itself squarely in the camp of social progressives. From patting itself on the back for making equal pay between and women, adopting the most liberal trans inclusion policy, robust environmental bush planting and ruthlessly muzzling those who disagree, many have celebrated the acronym WSL also standing for “Woke Surf League.”

A brave new world.


Hours ago, the “global home of surfing” came under heavy fire for being a super gross polluter. The average surfer with his one-board-per-year and one-trip-per-five was fingered as 50% more environmentally damaging than the normal citizen. The professional surfer with her six-boards-per-event and three-trips-per-month, then, at least 90% more more environmentally damaging.

Whilst breaking out the scrub brushes an attempting a nice green wash, the League was hit once more, this time for tacitly supporting far-right Central American strongman Nayib Bukele and his brutalist incarceration spree.

The Guardian recently profiled Jose Antonio Potes and his childhood pal Manuel Castrillon, both Colombian, who traveled to El Salvador looking for work. Once there, the two were locked up in a draconian anti-gang mass arrest and spent over three months in jail with no trial or explanation.

“It started really making sense then that they were just throwing innocent people in jail to show them off to the outside world,” Potes said as he met many behind bars who were there by mistake. “You no longer need to have any link with the gangs to be locked up in El Salvador. You simply need to be a young male,” lawyer Ruth Elonaro López added.

Young and male or wholly female as other reports suggest that “lesbian women” are being taken from their homes and tossed in the clink after being denounced by strange taxi cab drivers.

The World Surf League, as you know, is headed to El Salvador in a few short weeks, for the Championship Tour stop number seven, the Surf City El Salvador Pro.


But how do you think WSL CEO Erik Logan and self-described architect of the grand liberal reforms Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer will react to right-leaning shenanigans south of the border? Will Bukele’s name be banished from the booth, like the great conservative Bethany Hamilton, or will announcers be instructed to simply look the other way?

Will Wright take a knee for the nearly 70,000 people recently locked up, many without trial?

Currently more questions than answers.

World Surf League CEO Erik Logan teaches current number 3 Jack Robinson to breathe hypocrisy (insert).
World Surf League CEO Erik Logan teaches current number 3 Jack Robinson to breathe hypocrisy (insert).

“Repugnant” World Surf League comes under heavy fire for wanton greenwashing as new report reveals surfers’ carbon footprint 50% greater than average person!

Breathe the hypocrisy.

The World Surf League, self-billed “global home of surfing,” is not shy when it comes to burnishing its environmental bonafides. Talking points sent down from twin chiefs Erik Logan and Jessi Miley-Dyer include referring to the ocean as “office, home and playground” thereby necessitating preservation. Action items involve coordinating planting a bush in Western Australia. But behind the scenes, deals are struck with landfill-ready, carbon spewing Chinese SUVs and any other company willing to open a chequebook in order to be covered by a green wave.

Well, it appears the jig might be up as a new entirely damning BBC piece fingers the average surfer as having a 50% greater carbon footprint than an everyday Joe. Professional surfers, with the amount of boards chewed through, non-stop airline travel, passively shilling Great Wall Motors, certainly scratching 80%.

An excerpt:

Historically, surfing has had an image of a sport and lifestyle that is in tune with, and protects, oceans and the environment.

But environmental campaigners say the manufacture and export of polystyrene and polyurethane boards and neoprene wetsuits comes with a significant carbon footprint.

One long-standing study estimated the manufacture of a traditional polyurethane board, covered with epoxy resins and exported across the globe, could be responsible for producing the equivalent of up to 250kg of carbon dioxide.


The reporter did find a glimmer of hope, however, in the top UK women’s surfer Lucy Campbell who has declared, unlike the World Surf League, that she will no longer accept sponsorships from gross polluters.

“It’s often hard to turn down a big pay cheque, if they’re a brand that isn’t sustainable, but it’s definitely more worthwhile in the long run,” she said, adding, “I think that they (the brands) need to take the onus and make that difference. It may come at a higher price but I think eventually that price will come down as technology advances.”

Mark Dale, the chief marketing officer for Agit Global, the US company that makes the mass-produced board Wavestorm dumpster-anticipating VAL boards, might have agreed, in theory, but quickly pointed the finger elsewhere, stating, “The misconceptions about Wavestorm is that we are creating this mass of boards that are meant for landfill, but you can use a Wavestorm board for many years. We don’t build boards as disposable boards here.”


The World Surf League’s Logan and Miley-Dyer are yet to respond but be on the lookout for another bush planting somewhere near you.

Or maybe an exciting new partnership with clean coal.

Photo: Sports Illustrated. On stands May 18.

81-year-old Martha Stewart joins surf stars Anastasia Ashley, Malia Manuel, Caroline Marks as Sports Illustrated swimsuit pin-up!

Age but a number.

Few honors are as great, maybe, than that of gracing the cover and/or centerfold of the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit edition. Oh women posing scantily clad may seem antiquated but it is also empowering, I think, and many surf stars have been empowered during the course of the magazine’s fifty-plus year run. Notables include Anastasia Ashley, Malia Manuel, Caroline Marks and Kelly Slater.

Well, the 81-year-old Martha Stewart has officially joined their ranks becoming the most senior person ever and wow.

“When I heard that I was going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s pretty good, I’m going to be the oldest person I think ever on a cover of Sports Illustrated.’ And I don’t think about age very much, but I thought that this is kind of historic.”

Historic is right.

Though lest you think the lifestyle guru and ex-con is merely a pretty face, Stewart is also an avid waterwoman being trained by none other than “King of the Sea” Laird Hamilton.

Back to Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, though, which current crop of professional surfers would you like to see included?

Felipe Toledo?

Good choice.

Watch heart-scarring moment when freakishly aggressive tiger shark attacks innocent kayaker off surf-rich Oahu!

Shark rage.

There has been a spate of wild, unfortunate, sometimes deadly shark incidents, of late, and surfers around the world should certainly be put on notice. I am sure scientists have some sort of hypothesis, a reason why the ocean’s toothy beasts are going berserk and it may well have something to do with the tense political climate on land.

Then again, maybe not, but word has clearly passed amongst the apex predator that it is open season on humans, all humans, even those innocently enjoying a day of fishing off surf-rich Oahu.

But let us turn our attention to Scott Haraguchi who just so happened to be roughly a mile offshore in his fine yellow kayak, line in water, maybe listening to Brother Iz. He had his high-definition GoPro running, maybe hoping to capture a victorious reeling in of mahi-mahi or wahoo. Instead, he captured an unprovoked bit of nasty from a freakishly aggressive tiger shark.

“I heard a whooshing sound that sounded like a boat heading towards me without the motor and I looked up and I saw this big brown thing. My brain thought it was a turtle but then I got slammed by it and realised that it was a tiger shark,” he told the local news.

After the incident, Haraguchi continued to fish only realizing how rude the shark was when reviewing the footage later.

Semi-undeterred, the brave man declared he will now take a partner on his fishing adventures, adding, “I realise that life is short, time is short on Earth, so make the most of it.”

Dang sharks.

But does such a clear picture of shark rage give you pause?

It should.

Photo: Beef.
Photo: Beef.

Music-loving surfer brutally gunned down in suburban Los Angeles following road rage incident!


Rage, in all its many forms, seems to be reaching epidemic status in these United States of America. Whether it is exploding in digital forums, losing mind whilst waiting for the grocery checkout, screaming swears and splashing in the lineup (often justified) or launching into a full tirade on an airline, people, it seems, have lost their bearing.

I was on a flight to New York, recently, and a portly woman one row back became incensed that her carry-on bag would have to go in the back of the plane and not over her head. One of the stewardesses dared call her “honey” when explaining the situation and that set her right off. Multiple deep swears, face beet red, full steam ahead down fury road. She was eventually escorted off by security to the cheers of other passengers, delaying the trip by a good hour, though I sat and pondered her actions. She must have known her outburst was not going to have any desired effect, what with many, many stories about disruptive passengers being kicked off, heavily fined and placed on no-fly lists.

Entirely self-destructive.

Road rage is, of course, the grandaddy of all the various rages, coming into vogue in the mid-1990s and growing in popularity yearly. What once consisted of honking, raising a middle finger, maybe riding a bumper and flashing brights has, in this age, turned entirely deadly.

Take the tragic story of the 25-year-old Jordanian immigrant Mohammad Khair Hani Ali Zaid Al-Kilani, for example. The young man had come to Southern California based on falling in love with the lifestyle as a boy and was truly living his dream. He discovered surfing, according The Los Angeles Times, and enjoyed music on the beach with his friends after sunset sessions.

Well, one week ago from today, Al-Kilani was driving near Marina del Rey when a driver cut him off and continued driving erratically. At a stoplight, the young man got out of his car and approached the other driver only to be shot, point blank, in the chest.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

But what sort of insanity is this? Both getting out of vehicle, in this day and age, I suppose, and/or straight murdering someone who approaches you?


And have these topsy-turvy times forced you to change your behavior? Are you more wary, less inclined to start a conflict?



Just crazy.

Real quickly while you’re here, though, have you watched Netflix’s Beef yet?

It’s very good.