"I forgot a surf industry even exists."
You may, or may not, know that the annual Waterman’s Weekend took place some few days ago with the more appropriately, but chunky, titled Waterpersons of the Year awards presented by Surf Industry and going to Art Brewer (lifetime achievement), Dr. Cliff Kapono (environmentalist of the year) plus Justine Dupont (Waterperson of the Year). Hosted by the World Surf League Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer, in lieu of the handsy former CEO Erik Logan, it can almost be guaranteed that there was no dry eyes in the house.
The award, once hoisted by professional surfing’s owner Dirk Ziff and his wife Natasha, was in good hands with Dupont and praise was near universal, Miley-Dyer herself leading the charge.
“It was my absolute privilege to present the Sima Waterperson of the Year award this weekend to @justinedupont33 whose passion, courage, and skill have not only redefined the sport of surfing but have also inspired countless others to embrace to push their limits,” she penned. “And, it was extra special to be there for her while she made her own exciting announcement on the stage! Justine’s humility, kindness, and sportsmanship have not only endeared her fans to worldwide but have also made her a role model for young athletes everywhere. I know the best is yet to come for you!”
Erin Brooks raised the roof while others made praying hands.
Record holding big wave surfer Maya Gabeira, though, wrote, “@surf_industry I forgot a surf industry even exists.”
To be quite honest, I had too but, magically, the industry responded, itself, declaring, “We’ve been at it for 34 years. Where have you been? You’re always welcome here,” while throwing a shaka for good measure.
Well who would have ever guessed?
And who knew its birthday was 1989?
Makes sense, I guess.
Martin Potter likely father.
Gabeira seems to have her hands full, in any case, working for the UN now and continuing to defy Kelly Slater by riding big waves.
David Lee Scales and I did not discuss waterpersons of years but did entertain many other subjects that will be sure to interest you including, but not limited to, Laird Hamilton, Devon Howard… and maybe that’s all.
Worth listening to for a story about Sunny Garcia and Andy Irons in the wild.
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