The World Surf League has fallen to an entirely low ebb of respectability. A governing body that champions equality yet greedily laps up autocratic anti-lesbian dollars. An authority that adores environmentalist yet parsimoniously digs carbon powered wave pools in petro kingdom deserts which also happen to be extremely anti-lesbian.
Craven to the max though, in certain corners, the actual running of professional surfing competitions, judging etc., is the most ludicrously bad part.
Difficult to say, exactly, but its stumbles, its mistakes, make controversies in other fringe sporting communities seem positively tame.
But let us turn our attention to professional blue marlin fishing and the just-wrapped Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in North Carolina’s Morehead City in which a boat named Sensation caught a 619-pound fish for the win, hundreds of pounds over the nearest competitor.
And yet, as if the captain was Brazilian, was disqualified.
Organizers released a statement reading:
After careful deliberation and discussions between the Big Rock Rules Committee and Board of Directors with biologists from both NC State CMAST (Center for Marine Sciences and Technology) and NC Marine Fisheries biologists as well as an IGFA (International Game Fish Association) official, it was determined that SENSATIONS 619.4lb Blue Marlin is disqualified due to mutilation caused by a shark or other marine animal. It was deemed that the fish was mutilated before it was landed or boated and there for it was disqualified. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament follows IGFA rules regarding mutilated fish as outlined in Rule #23 in the Big Rock Official Rules. IGFA rules state that the following situation will disqualify a fish: ‘Mutilation to the fish, prior to landing or boating the catch, caused by sharks, other fish, mammals or propellers that remove or penetrate the flesh.
The boat Sushi was declared the winner, like Griffin Colapinto, with its 484.5 pound bit of mercury-laden flesh, and won $2.77 million.
Has Gisele Bündchen ever dated a fisherperson?
More as the story develops.