Turn a twenty into $7k and 3 PANDA surfboards…
What are we, thirty-six hours from the start of the wildly reliable and aesthetically invisible Lexus car-sponsored Lexus Pipe Pro and the beginning of what may be the last ever season of professional surfing as we know it?
(You really think old man Ziff will shovel twenty-five mill into a 2025 tour?)
Which means, if you want to have a swing at seven gees and a fleet of three PANDA surfboards, for maybe the last time ever, you gotta get in now before the hooter starts the Lexus Pipe Pro.
Things to consider: what’s the surf gonna be like? If it’s game of finding a corner at three-foot Backdoor, maybe Slater, who turns fifty-two in two weeks, ain’t the best choice. If it’s six-foot, ain’t nobody better.
Miss the cut-off for the Lexus Pipe Pro, this Monday 7 am PST, and you miss the season.
Twenty bucks to join.
It’s not a game of chance. It’s simple but it requires a deft hand. All you gotta do is pick one surfer to make it past the Round of 32.
If they advance, you advance.
You can’t pick the same surfer twice.
If you can do this better than everyone else over the course of the season, you’ll win seven thousand American dollars and three PANDA surfboards.
Compare that to what Lakey Peterson’s man Thomas Allen won when he smashed a field of 115,00 competitors (how many of ’em were active no one knows) in the WSL’s fantasy league. When I asked Allen about the prize he said he’d heard that someone, some year, won a trip to Indonesia although “I might have to buy myself a trophy”.
Five years ago, the staggering lack of any prizes was brought into the spotlight when Berlin-based Australian surfer Shane Starling aka Zmonde, picked ten of the eleven event winners, although his victory came and went unacknowledged by the owners of the game.