"You have a disease known as Angry Old Gringo Syndrome that afflicts surfers who've been forced to watch Griffin and Kelly lose too many times."
The World Surf League, still staggering over the recent Surf Ranch Pro PR disaster where three Brazilian world champs publicly lambasted the organisation for poor judging, has become embroiled in a new contretemps after a surf fan posted his racist theory on Brazil’s recent dominance of the tour.
user112345567, who has zero followers and who self-identifies as Joe Schmo Average White Guy, writes:
“Quick history lesson. When you take an oppressed racial minority and let them compete against rich, privileged, racist White people what happens? Hint: The White people lose every time. You can see this in the NBA, NFL, MLB, Boxing, Track and Field and now surfing. Except in surfing it’s Brazilians not Blacks. White people don’t have the hunger, the drive, the motivation and the anger that an oppressed minority has bottled up inside them. When you are given everything, you have nothing to gain. That is why whites can’t win and will never be great athletes.”
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When surf fans lunged at the bait, Joe Schmo doubled down.
“Kelly slater has double the world titles of brazil,” wrote Caleb Miller.
Schmo replied, “The NBA was all white before they finally let Blacks in. Now it’s 72.3% Black. Same concept. Different Sport.”
“The wsl never kept brazil out of competition there just was never a good enough surfer from brazil to compete at the time,” replied Miller.
Schmo, “You’re missing the point. It took Blacks time to catch up and finally surpass Whites at Basketball and it will take time for Brazil to surpass Whites at surfing but make no mistake it is happening.”
thats_what_you_git hit back, “Yet another L #troll
Schnmo, “@thats_what_you_git Hi, I’m Dr. Schmo, based on your symptoms I believe you have the very common disease known as “Angry Old Gringo Syndrome” that tends to afflict Southern California surfers who have been forced to watch Griffin and Kelly lose too many times. Sadly there is no cure for the disease which gets progressively worse over time as Brazil wins more and more world titles but I suggest driving more on the gridlocked freeway and surfing crowded summertime Lowers as much as you can to alliviate your anger and frustration.”
Apart from Italo’s well-catalogued humble beginnings learning to surf on a cooler lid and daddy selling fish to beachfront restaurants etc, Filipe and Gabriel appear to’ve come from relatively middle-class and, likely, European Portuguese stock which negates the “oppressed racial minority” line.