Big boss boy.
The Championship Tour class of 2023, post-cull, is currently floating in the waters off Saquarema and did you think we would actually get to this place, here, or did you think the entire World Surf League would have come undone with frightful death threats, refusing to spew carbon all the way to the land of order and progress?
But you recall just last month when America’s Griffin Colapinto beat Brazil’s Italo Ferreira in the final of the Surf Ranch Pro thereby setting into motion a series of terrifying events. First, Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo and the aforementioned Ferreira publicly complained about the judging. Then Brazil’s “passionate” fanbase piled on, demanding justice. They were right, of course, as the judging was awful but World Surf League CEO Erik Logan, adopting a dismissive, paternal tone (after ordering Toledo to “take your shirt off”), dropped an absolute hammer.
To the WSL community,
I want to address the conversation that happened in our community following the recent Championship Tour event at the Surf Ranch. As you likely know, a small number of athletes made statements questioning the judging of the competition and the final results.
I want to respond directly to those statements, however, we first need to address a much more important issue. In recent days, a number of surfers, WSL judges, and employees have been subject to harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence, including death threats, as a direct result of those statements. Those things should never happen in our sport or any sport, and we’re devastated that members of our community have been subject to them. It is an important reminder to us all that words have consequences. We hope the entire WSL community stands with us in rejecting all forms of harassment and intimidation.
In terms of the statements made, we completely reject the suggestion that the judging of our competitions is in any way unfair or biased. These claims are not supported by any evidence.
Firstly, the judging criteria are provided to the athletes ahead of each competition. All athletes competing at the Surf Ranch Pro received these materials on May 20th. Every athlete had the opportunity to ask questions about the criteria at that time. None of the athletes who made these statements took advantage of this opportunity at the Surf Ranch Pro.
Secondly, our rules allow any athlete to review the scoring of any wave, with the judges, and receive a more detailed explanation of how they were scored with the judges. This process has been in place for a number of years, and is the direct result of working with the surfers to bring more transparency to the judging process. It is not acceptable, and is a breach of league policy, for surfers to choose not to engage with the proper process and instead air grievances on social media.
A number of athletes at the Surf Ranch Pro received points for elements such as progression and variety, so it is simply incorrect to suggest these are not taken into account in the judging criteria. Furthermore, our rules have been applied consistently throughout the season, including at events this season that were won by athletes who are now questioning those same rules.
Surfing is an ever-evolving, subjective sport and we welcome a robust debate around the progression of our sport and the criteria used to judge our competitions. However, it is unacceptable for any athlete to question the integrity of our judges who, like our surfers, are elite professionals.
No one person or group of people are above the integrity of the sport.
WSL Chief Executive Officer
He then went uncharacteristically dark, disappearing from view entirely, as his letter was not well-received. More threats. World Shame League. Etc. He stayed lost during the El Salvador event, the judges doing their best to ensure a Brazilian victory and no riots, and he stayed hushed all the way up to the beginning of the Vivo Rio Pro.
Maybe no for there he is in Brazil giggling in the face of death.
Taking to his preferred medium Instagram, Logan declared:
Touchdown Rio de Janeiro! It’s an immense honor to be back in Brazil, the land of samba, sun, and spectacular surf! We are thrilled to once again soak in the vibrant energy, stunning beaches, and powerful waves that this country is renowned for.
Hosting press conferences is always a highlight of our tours, and there’s no place quite like Rio to do this. We can’t wait to engage with the local and international press in this stunning city, share stories, and build anticipation for the World Surf League event.
It’s always an enriching experience for our surfers and staff alike to have the opportunity to meet, talk, and interact with the journalists who are as passionate about surfing as we are. The chance to answer questions, share insights, and engage in meaningful conversations about the sport we love is something we always look forward to.
But it’s not just about us – these events are as much about you, the fans and the incredible community that supports us. Your passion and enthusiasm are what drives this sport and make every wave, every ride, and every event so special.
Stay tuned for some exhilarating action on the waves, and as always, thank you for your unwavering support. Together lets make the World Surf League event in Brazil a surfing spectacle to remember!
He then did what he does best, forcing uncomfortable intimacy on his “buddies.”
Only those with cast iron stomachs are encouraged to watch.