The year 2022 is winding down, and here we are at its finale. However, how has this year treated you? Full of unexpected turns? Awesome little presents, right? Or did you take a series of blows that really hurt? Whatever it is, I hope it’s the former, but if the latter was more your speed, I won’t be offended.
If you make it through some of surf’s most tumultuous issues in 2022, you’ll be among illustrious company in 2023.
But, wait a minute, who were they? Assembled here in order of decreasing potential for violence.
5) The World Surf League announced the 2019 Championship Tour dates in early October. Padang Padang and the high quality were no more. The Surf Ranch, founded by Kelly Slater, has reopened. A surf competition with the lowest attendance in history.
Professional surfers and surf enthusiasts are getting increasingly frustrated with the sport’s incessant dallying. Speculating about the possible underhanded goings-on at the World Surf League’s Santa Monica headquarters.
4) A month previously, the sitting longboard world champion at his home break of Cardiff Reef, California was smacked on the buttocks by a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) pilot. A severe public reprimand.
(3) Reputable surfer’s opinion While saying, “At the highest level of sport, the kind of level reserved for persons labelled GOATs, sport influences culture, provides people hope, and instigates change,” JP Currie concluded that Kelly Slater is not the greatest athlete of all time.
Kelly Slater is not the greatest surfer of all time, and I think he would acknowledge as much if given the chance (maybe during an ayahuasca-induced vision quest in Costa Rica).
(2)The Jacksonville, Florida, Rip Curl store, where the courageous Tyler Wright rides the waves, had a butt n boobs contest. This is a girls-only beach, and surfing is not allowed. Pure boobs and buttocks only.
1) In a heat with Kelly Slater and Nathan Hedge, eventual world champion Filipe Toledo repeated his courageous act of cowardice by opting to bob out the back and let two old men trade perfection instead of paddling after a wave.
Finally, we have an answer. In the grand scheme of things, those three hundred and something days were really tranquil.
Except if I completely overlooked it.