The sliding doors of competition surfing

Stu Nettle
Surfpolitik

Like all subjective endeavours competitive surfing is an easy thing to be critical of. Surfing is a sport without a finish line or goalpost so success is determined by the subjective observations of a small group of people – the judges. Beauty, as the saying goes, is in the eye of the beholder and so to is surfing ability. There's plenty of room for grievance.

Yet for the most part the system works. Foolish is the person who questions Kelly Slater's standing as the best surfer ever, and the World Tour is a good representation of the best competitive surfers in the world; a year-long contest season irons out isolated errors of judgement.

While that may be so, at the individual level there's plenty of room to question how we judge good surfing. An incident on the weekend involving young Byron Bay surfer, Garrett Parkes, being an excellent example.

Parkes was competing at the World Junior Championships at Burleigh Heads, the third and last event on the World Junior circuit. Parkes placed 5th at Burleigh to give him 17,000 points for the season. At the same competition Brazilian surfer, Caio Ibelli, placed 17th and also ended up on 17,000 points. To decide the winner Ibelli and Parkes had a surf off with the Brazilian coming up trumps.

Ibelli was chaired from the beach, lifted to the podium and awarded the title of World Junior Champion. The photos and press releases were dispatched and the story was all but over. Or so it seemed to most.

Taking a cue from 'Mark' the anonymous commenter at Surfline who uncovered the ASP's recent premature awarding of Slater's 11th title, I checked the mathematics. Calculator in hand I did the sums and they weren't correlating with the official result. It appeared to me the ASP had made a fundamental mistake – they'd used an outdated points system!

Between 2010 and 2011 the points breakdown for ASP events changed slightly, with the new system rewarding consistency. The new values and associated rules were announced in the ASP Rulebook. Added together using the new points Ibelli scored 16,534 for his three results. Parkes, however, scored 16,900. Accordingly, he should've won the title without any need for a surf off.

Furiously I checked and double-checked all the clauses and rules lest I overlooked something simple. There were a few hazy wordings in the rulebook – I'm not big on Legalese – but no, it appeared the ASP had made a huge mistake.

The only way to tell for sure was to call ASP Media Director, Dave Prodan. On a Saturday afternoon in an airport lounge on a scratchy phone line Prodan took my call. He quickly digested the news and said he'd contact Tour Manager, Al Hunt. Before hanging up he assured me he'd call back in ten minutes.

With the thought of a huge scoop on my hands I began to draft a story. Yet I'd barely concocted the attention-grabbing headline ("ASP make second title blunder!") when Prodan rang back. Unfortunately for me, and of course unfortunately for Parkes, the ruling was sound. According to Hunt, the World Junior Championships were a nascent circuit – just two years old – so the ASP hadn't yet included them in the new points system. In fact, the circuit is only partially covered in the ASP Rulebook. Hence the trouble I had finding clear information.

Dave Prodan went on to say the ASP will assess the World Junior Championships and that they may soon use the new points system to bring it into line with the mens, womens, longboards and regional juniors. All those categories use the new system.

So while the matter had been settled one salient point remained: If the ASP had've used the new points system then Garrett Parkes and Caio Ibelli could've done exactly the same surfing and Parkes would've been awarded world junior champion. On the stroke of a pen the results would've differed.

The moral of the story? Sometimes it's not just subjective judging that can decide the outcome in competitive surfing.

Congratulations to both Caio Ibelli and Garrett Parkes.

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things-that-mak... commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 12:11am

So much for making your own luck.

A big yeewwwwww to Ciao and Garret!!

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braithy commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 1:52am

Trouble is ... no one would be surprised in the slightest had the ASP made another mistake.

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derra83 commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 2:33am

You're right, no-one would be surprised if the ASP made another mistake. They've got to kick a few goals before they win back trust. But the greater matter is that the fate of comp surfers is always in the hands of administrators. It's the nature of the sport, as the article states. I reckon if the ASP and the sport as a whole (event licensee, sponsors etc) want to lessen their influence then they need to create uniform systems that people and competitors understand.

And Billabong needs to get rid of Luke Egan, who is Parko's coach, as event director. That's be a good start.

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the-roller commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 3:05am

Egan's "influence" as a coach or connie director?....

If we were to look at Parko's long term record at all of theses ASP events, if Luke's position is a conflict of interests, Parko should be the first guy dumping him, as it has not transfers to intended results!

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derra83 commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 3:40am

I don't know about that, I;ve never looked at the records. But success or failure is irrelevant, it's the perception of conflict that will keep people asking questions and discredit the sport.

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victor commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 3:47am

i wonder if cheyne horan had scrutinized his heat scores many years ago,maybe a couple of those second places may infact have been first places ?

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carlos commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 4:00am

Just for the record. Luke Egan stood down from the position of Parko's coach. He is now the contest director for all Billabong sponsored contests. Why can't the ASP organise to have the same points system for all events? Well done Garret.

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derra83 commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 4:29am

OK, that's one less thing to whinge about.

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patty commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 5:24am

No worries Garrett. Take a shot at the kneeboard world title. I've seen the photos.

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carlos commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 7:11am

Garret's dad, Dave Parkes, is a 6 x Australian knee board champion and shaper. I don't think Garret will be a knee boarder but his old man rips.

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dewhurst commented Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 at 10:48pm

In the Occumentary Occy's mum thought that surfers won their heats by being the first surfer to shore. Perhaps the ASP should give that a go?

When I heard Occ's mum say that I remembering thinking "aaah, so that's where he gets it from!"

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sandspit commented Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 at 6:47am

Wonder where Davey Cathels would have placed? Wasn't he supposed to be in the lead before the last comp but then buggered his leg and lost his chances?

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 at 6:51am

Good point sandspit.

First question - where do we find the old scoring system? Stu?

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stunet commented Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 at 9:15am

You can't find the old point values - and hence, the values the juniors were competing for - online anywhere. The last ASP Rulebook was updated on the 10th Oct and there are no listings of the old values in it. There's also no listings of the old values on the ASP website. I gathered the info from old press releases and also from the 'results' page on the Billabong World Juniors website where the final placing has a corresponding point total next to it.

It's a right pain in the arse and it left me wondering if the juniors even know what points they are competing for in the worlds.

As for Davey Cathels, he came in third overall without competing in the last event. Yeah, he was in the lead but not sure what he needed to score in the last event to win the title. It's all a bit up in the air for the World Juniors but speaking to Dave Prodan at ASP it sounds like they may be making firm decisions soon. Let's hope so.

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zambezi commented Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 at 12:12pm

Oh No. You just know that brewser is going to get his paws on this and rub his ears with glee. It's duck season !!!

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sidthefish commented Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 at 10:23pm

the super gronk spent all yesterday having a twitter fight with Sunny Garcia, hasn't been seen since.

ahhhhh, feel the serenity.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 1:07am

Volcom Pro- Sick final!!

Wonder if brewser was watching?

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Craig commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 1:12am

Amazing Final!

Was like a full on shoot out, wave for wave with some of the best Pipe specialists going around.

What a buzzer beater by John John!!

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stunet commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 2:27am

'Wonder if brewser was watching?'

Of course he was, Jamie O was in it. And Brewser's Twitter response to his boy's last second loss? "We don't need "contests" to "prove" anything. All we need is live cameras, good waves, and good surfers."

Sorry Brewser, if we want tension and excitement we also need a clock counting down and judges scoring.

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ryder commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 2:56am

That should get a response out of him Stu, and keep him up all night on a drug fueled bender. All good though as we won't hear from him after that for atleast 48hrs.

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whaaaat commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 3:27am

Yeah, an amazing comp all round. And only a Prime level one at that. Good grief!

I know they surf Pipe together most days of the week but even so J'OB's grace towards JJF in defeat was a damn fine thing to watch. Take a note, Idiot Bunny.

A moot point but one to muse on anyway: how would J'OB and a few of the other Pipe specialists go in the big ends of the WT tour? When you see such comparatively lowly ranked surfers (JJF and a couple of others aside) doing their thing, makes you wonder if a special, supplementary tour should be put together for big wave tuberiding.

Or do we want our best surfers to be all-rounders?

Thoughts?

Be nice.

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stunet commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 3:54am

Not sure about a supplementary big barrel tour, Whaaat. I think the reason you see local guys do well at Pipe is simply because they are locals. I don't think it's a given that they would succeed at other big wave spots. Sure they'd do well, but then so would the World Tour guys. There's very few slouches on the Tour these days.

Local knowledge only serves you well at your local.

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sidthefish commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 3:59am

don't follow comp surfing much, but I think it all comes out in the wash.

I haven't seen anyone in the last 20 years win the title that didn't deserve it. (In my eyes, Dooma over Kong was the last.)

Guys like DaneR etc are free to choose not to compete if the structure doesn't suit them.

But I reckon if they want to be World Champ, then they can grind away for the year like the rest of us, not pick and choose and chuck a tanty when it doesn't fit.

Those Pipe sorta guys just had a great event, if it hits 20, the Eddie sorta guys get theirs, It's all good.

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lolo commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 4:38am

Wow - what a final.

Still don't know how you come up with a winner in that final. Looked like a three way dead heat to me. JOB was throwing away a couple of nines and still didn't win?

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sidthefish commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 4:41am

yeah, BR is right, it's all so terribly boring.

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whaaaat commented Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 at 4:58am

@ stu

Yer probably right. Good place to have local knowledge, though; some of those waves at low tide were pitching further than than they were rearing. Just how did JJF make that bottom turn and miss being guillotined by the lip??? Farking awe inspiring....

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stunet commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 6:48am

@Lolo,

Yeah, JOB threw out a 9.00 and an 8.33. To reiterate the point made in the article above: years ago the ASP used to count 4 waves not 2, if that were the case then JOB would've won. Without definitives or absolutes for scoring surfing will always be a case of 'best fit' in a subjective system. The only thing that is definitive is the count down of the clock.

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carl-williams-cock commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 8:43am

take your point but is there anyone who thinks that JOB DIDNT do the best surfing of the competition???

is there a way to score competition where competitors accrue points through the competition? that way consistency is awarded and not just 5 minutes of luck at the end of the final.

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thermalben commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 8:55am

JOB was probably the form surfer on the Finals day.

But, he was lucky to make the finals - only just scraping by in his Round 2, Round 3 and Round 4 heats. So, no - I don't think he was the best surfer for the entire competition.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:00am

do you want consistency or peak performances at clutch moments under maximum pressure?

If your footy team plays the best footy for 60 minutes and in the last 20 gets overtaken by an inspired performance by the opposing team do you think the victory was somehow undeserving because they were'nt the most consistent team?

If a boxer is ahead on points for 10 rounds but gets KO'ed by an opponent in the Final Rd is that victory not noteworthy and deserving?

Sport is supposed to reward the peak moment, the clutch performance. That is what was so exciting about John victory yesterday.
Sure he'd been unimpressive for most of the event. Poor cunt has a deep gash in his hand with stitches....the hand he grabs rail with. With that injury obviously hampering his performances he kept squeaking through heats using his savvy and grace under pressure.
Obviously JOB was the form surfer of the event and started the Final like a runaway steam train. Unstoppable.

Yet when the pressure was greatest and most would've already conceded defeat in their minds this 19year old kid who seems as thick as two short planks and looks like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth took off late and deep and speared a bomb in the last 5 minutes.

Then with 30 seconds remaining he engaged in a full paddle battle with a full grown man and recognised Pipe Master (how much easier to just sit back at that Point and let the defeat and second place happen) and took off on the most critical and heavy wave of the Final, using the most outrageous display of skill and confidence to make a wave only a handful of people could even contemplate making.

I'd say that was deserving of being crowned the winner.

There's something special about this kid.

Hope it's barrelling behind the rock at Snapper.

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thermalben commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:04am

Erm, yeah that's what I meant to say Steve.

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:30am

5 minutes of luck at the end? Harsh, very harsh. Barger and Yeomans were each scrambling to get on every - any! - wave that was coming through; neither made any of the ones they caught. Over the falls, caught inside - it was mayhem. Yet JJF kept his head and, despite being covered like a rash by J'OB, made it onto the most critical wave of the finals. And then made that wave look almost easy!!!

Very, very bloody lucky, I reckon.

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the-spleen_2 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:38am

By his own admission Jamie O only surfed well in the finals. Listen to his post heat interview. Averaging out scores is pretty stupid and it leaves the competition without need for finals, which would be anti-climactic if you ask me. Slater is the master of building momentum throughout an event and peaking when it counts most.

John John did something similar. He kept his head and did the right thing at the right time. That's as important in surfing as holding a rail under an 8 foot Backdoor axe.

As Freeride say...clutch moments.

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the-spleen_2 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:41am

And as Whaaat says too.

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carl-williams-cock commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:46am

but if that last wave didnt come for john john???? then JOB wouldve won.

the fact it came was luck not skill. I wont deny it was exciting but the result seems harsh. looking for a fairer way to reward 4 days of surfing.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:48am

Fairer way????

Mate it's s'posed to be a Sport not a fucking knitting circle. We don 't want a group hug we want to see a winner.

Sure it was luck the wave came but it took all the skill of a Pipe champion to get into position for that wave and to ride it successfully.

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carl-williams-cock commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 9:55am

i didn't say no winner i said no finals. surfers accrue points and the person with most wins. still get the oversized cheque and spray of champagne. the eddie aikau does that and the backdoor shootout does something similar.

outside of surfing the FA cup runs that way. just add points up and total them.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 10:04am

Don't know much about soccer but I thought the FA Cup was a knock-out competition?

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carl-williams-cock commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 10:09am

club with the most points wins. no finals. bottom 8 (I think) get relegated.

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 10:11am

Yeah, maybe that would be fairer. Dunno.

Even if it were fairer, would you really want to surrender the drama and pathos, the agony and the ecstasy, the titanic struggle of that final for, what, a mathematician's logic?

We need more Shakespearean moments, not fewer. You won't tell your grandchildren about who had the highest average wave score.

Moments like that are the stuff of legends.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 10:17am

"The holders of the FA Cup are Manchester City, who beat Stoke City 1–0 in the 2011 final for their fifth Cup triumph and first since 1969."

That sure sounds like a Final to me.

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stunet commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 10:19am

Put me down for the clutch moments. As Whaaat just alluded to averaging scores over four days removes the theatre and turns a surfing comp into a maths class. Bugger that, count down the clock and put the squeeze on the competitors.

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thermalben commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 10:23am

You should have seen our office during the final. All of us were yellin' and hollerin' at the big monitor as the last couple of minutes counted down, and we all punched the sky as JJ exited his Backdoor barrel on the hooter.

You don't get that with aggregate scores.

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lolo commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:09am

Totally agree. Cliffhanger finishes when they happen are awesome.

Sudden death overtime, golden point, golden goal - it happens in a lot of sports. Are they a FAIR way to end the contest that is essentially even? No but who gives a shit! We want to see the theatre of it. Like Steve said - its sport, its entertainment, not a knitting circle. Save the "everybody wins a prize" for the kindy kids.

Would JJ get a 10 and a 9.9 if he got those waves in the first 5 minutes, not the last 5? I doubt it - seemed to my like his 10 was about the 4th best wave of the final but the judges get influenced by the theatre of it too. Hard to not give it a 10 given the timing of it. Sure its subjective but isn't any sport. Referee's, umpires, judges play a major role in deciding any close sporting event. An inch here or there, a wrong decision at a crucial time by the ref can all make the difference between death or glory.

Definitely highlights Stu's original point though. Move the goalposts even slightly and you get a different winner. Don't have an extended time for the final and you get a different winner. Make the football field an inch wider and the guy scores in the corner instead of brushing the sideline. It's what sport is all about.

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clif commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:11am

Oh, there was a competition on? Who was first to the beach?

"Don't try. That's very important: not to try." Charles Bukowski

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:16am

Wen Jiabao

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:44am

I thought it was Burger Nozaki, that other French guy.

Great name.

Nozaki.

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tylerdurden commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:50am

Every contest format has it's pros and cons.
The biggest negative for the man on man format is when one surfer is slightly in front and has priority near the end.
The guy in front then shadows the other guy making sure that both of them don't get a wave.
This happens to a degree virtually every heat. It provides a degree of tension but makes for a poor spectacle. Once in a blue moon the guy without priority sneaks a wave and occasionally wins, the rest of the time the spectators watch no waves being ridden for the last 5 minutes of every heat.
An expression session style format would counteract this negative but has been flatly rejected by the ASP. The closest they have come is the round 4 no knock out round that they currently use.
Until the ASP can get around this problem, the majority of heats (and competitions) will not end like the Pipe contest but with a slow fizzle out as one surfer tries to stop the other surfer catching a wave at the end. Tension yes, action no, and this will always limit the marketing potential for a television audience.
Enter a series of comments from Freeride and Whaaat detailing where I am clearly wrong, have no fucking idea, need to state my real name, how I am such a fucking idiot etc etc

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clif commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:50am

Yes! The Dear Leader. I am humbled to be in The Party's servitude. I for one welcome to surfing the New True Cartel. Next, the CCP Pro at Pipeline.

"Don't try. That's very important: not to try." Charles Bukowski

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:53am

No Tyler.....

Just wondering what happened about answering the question about the beef you had with the ASP.

You seemed to conveniently forget to answer the question.

Any chance of an answer?

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clif commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:54am

By the way, I am on Hainan at the moment and I can tell you first hand the consequences of the Quicksilver Pro and ISA Comp here is shit. Environmental mess, local populace disruption, in bed with corrupt officials, drugs offences, etc. A little bit of digging and ... Wow.

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clif commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:57am

And they just got here..

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the-roller commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:59am

Stiv Shearer - freeride,

If surfing comps were like Australian footy, would we all dig it if there was a freaking tie, and we did the whole thing over again the next week? ;-)

Old J.O.B. blew the load by letting JJF get that last righthander in the last 40 seconds.

But, don't fell too sorry for the bloke as he's a capitalist to 'da max... And he's still taking that sponsorship money all the way to the bank.

Good on 'ya, Stiv.

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p-funk commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 11:59am

Ben - as Im the only surfer in the office, I can assure you it was more of a spectacle around here. I involuntarily claimed it for JJ on his exit from that backdoor bomb with a stand up double fisted number and let out a 'farrrrkin carrmoorrrnnn!" whilst looking at the lifeless corpses in the surrounding cubicles for backup and high fives. Nothing.

Errrr.... yeah.... as you were everyone....

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stunet commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 12:03pm

Drug offences, Clif...?

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the-roller commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 12:13pm

Fair? Surfing is not fair.

And that's what makes it all so farking good.

This Volcom Pipe Pro was the shizizzle.... Most likely going down as the contest of the millennium.

Not only will it bring on a stream of meaningless comments and tweeties by the few kookmeyer negs like Rottkamp,

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Neg%20spiral

it's about to kick off the rest of the ASP World Cup Tour!

Bring. It. On.

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thermalben commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 12:13pm

Epic p-funk! I can only imagine the deafening silence as you stared around the office post heat :)

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clif commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 12:15pm

What I mean is: A fair amount of drugs demanded, drugs fetched, drugs used, local people put at risk, no-one actually caught though (the consequences for drug supply and use and even being near the vicinity of them here are intense). Drug testing and competitive surfing. Ummm. OK.

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zenagain commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 12:44pm

I think Tyler might be on to something for a change. I too am frustrated watching crucial heats wind down with the priority holder holding off the trailing surfer up until the hooter blows. It does make for poor spectacle.

This is just a thought, but maybe they could consider blowing a quick double hoot at the 25 minute mark of the heat signalling to the surfers 5 minutes to go and removing priority?

Thoughts?

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tylerdurden commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 12:46pm

Hi Freeride, a bit like how Stu has swept under the carpet my suggestion to interview Dave Prodan and fire some tough questions at him about AI, the drugs policy and lots of other issues raised on here. He gave one reply saying why he wouldn't do it but it was full of lame excuses. He didn't respond to my follow up, I think he was hoping that with lots of other posts by people like yourself it would be forgotten about.
Can't tell you about my beef, there is a possibility of future legal action.
Have a nice day!

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 12:58pm

Hi Tyler, Dave Prodan is a media director, he has ZERO to do with generating or enforcing ASP policy.

But I intend to ask some of your questions to people who do.

Now, asking you directly, and if you don't respond I'll assume it do be true.

Are you the guy who submitted a contest format to the ASP that they then used without acknowledgement?

Saying yes or no to that doesn't prejudice any legal action.

A guy with potential legal action pending against someone/organisation clearly has an agenda: it would be best to put that agenda out there, otherwise your comments could be seen as being part of a vendetta.

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 1:47pm

@ TylerDurden

Unlike Zen, who is clearly wrong, has no fucking idea, needs to state his real name, is such a fucking idiot etc etc, I like your idea about blowing a quick double hoot at the 25 minute mark of the heat signalling to the surfers 5 minutes to go and removing priority, as this would have the effect of drastically increasing the degree of tension and improving the spectacle, given that, right now, the guy without priority occasionally sneaks a wave and wins, but the rest of the time we spectators watch no waves being ridden for the last 5 minutes of every heat.

Good work. I like it.

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 1:53pm

Maybe, Steve or Stu, you could mention it to Dave during the interview?

Don't forget proper attribution.

That's "Whaaaat" with 4 a's.

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tylerdurden commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 2:04pm

Sorry Steve, you are wrong in your assertion.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 2:10pm

What assertion?

You sound like a spin-doctor trying to hide something from the public TD.

Anyway, thats your call.

Pretty friggin ironic to ask for a bit of transparency and get it but in return play with weasel words designed to hide the truth.

I think if you weren't trying to hide something you could Very easily clear up any misunderstanding.

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 2:16pm

@ my friend, TD

"Can't tell you about my beef, there is a possibility of future legal action."

Freeride's correct, that lying jackal. Until a matter is actually, well, a legal matter. viz. at trial or being considered by the Court, it is not subject to the sub judice rule.

Tell away, mon ami.

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stunet commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 2:23pm

Tyler Durden: "I have had my own issues with the ASP in the past and have very good justification for my belief that ***** is extremely compromised when it comes to asking tough questions to those within the surfing industry"

Tyler,

I'm not stupid. I know exactly what your beef is. I read every one of your posts on Realsurf before you deleted them under threat of legal action and then apologised unreservedly - and not a bit sycophantly - to those you accused. It's why I'm not entertaining any of your requests. You got a problem? Fight your own battles.

And to think you accuse other people of a conflict of interest...

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 2:42pm

Say it ain't so, Joe please
Say it ain't so
That's not what I want to hear Joe and I've got a right to know.

Say it ain't so, Joe please
Say it ain't so
I'm sure they're telling us lies Joe please tell us it ain't so.

They told us are hero has played his last trump card
He doesn't know how to go on.
Were clinging to his charm and he turned and smiled
But the good ole days are gone.

The army and the empire may be falling apart
And the money had gotten scarce.
One mans word held the country together
But the truth is getting fierce.

Say it ain't so, Joe please
Say it ain't so
We pinned our hopes on you Joe and they're ruining our show.

(Ooo Baby)
Don't you think we're going to get back
(Ooo Baby)
Don't you think we're going to get tired
We're going to get burned
We're going to get learned
We're going to get turned
We're going to get burned
We're going to get burned
Ooo learn
Turn
Burned
Ooo burned
Yea.....

Ah, my hopes and dreams shattered. That's the sort of low-down, lousy, lack-lustre sort of behaviour I'd expect from Zen or one of the other low-life types on this blog, not you.

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zenagain commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 5:45pm

Whaaaat the fuck are you on about Whaaaat?

Am I reading things correctly? Above you called me a fucking idiot, even though it was my idea about the 25 minute hooter. Just then you accuse me of lack-lustre behaviour and being in cahoots with low-lifes?

Please tell me it aint so. I rarely bag people and quite often go into bat for others. Tyler Durden is an exception, I've taken him to task before because personally, I think he's a bit of a wanker. I did agree with him on some points regarding the lack of excitement regarding the priority system though. Maybe you should re-read a few of my previous posts just for clarification.

But that's all right mate, Friday arvo, long lawyers lunch, onto the third bottle of a cheeky little Cabernet, I understand. All is forgiven.

And Stu, if you take that idea to the ASP, that's capital Z and capital A:)

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freeride76 commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 5:56pm

I think whaat is taking the piss Zen...

and Tyler has been busted with his fingers in the bullshit jar.

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zenagain commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 6:01pm

Whoops!!!

And here I am post surf and the cut runs deep.

Should have known, peace be with you lads- Tyler too.

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stunet commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 6:07pm

'I think whaat is taking the piss Zen...'

Which what? The Whaaaat what has 4 'A's' in his name or the Whaat what has 2 'A's'?

We need to get this sorted out. What?

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whaaaat commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 6:19pm

'I think whaat is taking the piss Zen...'

Wot?

Doncha believe it, TD. Zen, Freeride, Stu and those other low-life types just don't get you.

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theblowin commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 6:23pm

Sorry to interrupt people but i seem to be experiencing some dramas- every swellnet page i open freezes till a pop up says that swellnet is not responding with a tag that says' recover webpage' , i click on the tag and a few seconds later the page refreshes and functions normally. But then i have to go through this process with every new page. Only site on the computer that it happens to.

By the way, great work to the fellas at swellnet, the site is a credit to ya's- cheers

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stunet commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 6:32pm

Thanks for the heads up, Blowin, and thanks for the compliments too. My browser is working fine but I'll do the rounds of diff browsers and check. I'll also give the eggheads a call to see if things are OK under the hood.

I'll report back shortly...

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zenagain commented Friday, 3 Feb 2012 at 6:59pm

Actually, me too. Been happening all day but only on Internet Explorer. Google Chrome is fine. Thought was my laptop but the same thing happens here on my work pc too.

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gromfull commented Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 at 7:11pm

i have been experiancing the same problem for the last two days.

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sidthefish commented Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 at 10:51pm

yeah, its only MS Explorer, and its at your end guys. Chrome is fine.

also I've been trying to change my pic, cos I'm tired of lookin' like a washed up Jesus, system won't let it happen.

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thermalben commented Sunday, 5 Feb 2012 at 8:02am

Sorry guys, we've got some minor code issues - but only with Internet Explorer (and only some versions). Best short term option is to (a) use another browser like Chrome or Firefox, or (b) install the Chrome plugin for IE, which works a treat. See here: http://code.google.com/chrome/chromeframe/