The WSL enters yet another exclusive agreement!

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Straight outta Santa Monica...

WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt is "delighted" to announce that the League has signed another exclusive broadcast deal. This time it's FOX Sports who will be the sole US television broadcaster for the 2019 Men's and Women's Championship Tour, as well as the Big Wave Tour.

If you're struggling to keep up with all the delightful broadcast partnerships the WSL is signing then, rest assured, it ain't your ailing memory. A quick count by Swellnet registers media deals with YouTube, Facebook, ESPN, RedBull Media, CBS Sports/Bleacher Report, and ABC USA. We may have missed some.

All this in six years.

Here's Sophie's statement:

"We're delighted with the additional coverage FOX Sports will bring to our events and millions of fans across multiple platforms. With our athletes continuing to take the sport to new performance levels, more people than ever can now witness the excitement of professional surfing and everything that comes with our world class events."

More. People. Than. Ever.

It also appears Ronnie Blokey has been dropped from the webcast team with the release saying: 

"Longtime WSL play-by-play announcer Joe Turpel and former World Champion Martin Potter call the action from some of the most remote and exotic surfing locations in the world. Rosy Hodge (former Championship Tour competitor) and Strider Wasilewski serve as commentators reporting from the water. In addition, Ross Williams and Big Wave Champion Peter Mel round out the commentary team."

Read the full press release here.

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hillsintas commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:24pm

Will OCEAN SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, INC., & The National Surf League be a thing?

http://oceansportsdevelopment.com/

OSD acquired the exclusive rights to the Webber wave pool technology in order to create the NATIONAL SURFING LEAGUE™ surfing park resorts across the USA and to help develop the sport of surfing as an Olympic and NCAA sport. The fact that we can create a world-class hollow barrel on demand provides OSD with the ability to create unique sports television programming content. Our stadium resort locations make the proliferation of surfing possible by enabling municipalities, non-profits, high schools, NCAA, and the Olympics with the exact same training equipment which is economically feasible.

Our group’s real estate, engineering, construction and operation experts will see your project through from site acquisition and custom pool design, to build-out, long-term management and league participation. Our technological niche and manufacturing expertise logically position Ocean Sports Development and the NATIONAL SURFING LEAGUE™ for long-term growth.

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:25pm

Wow, they've trademarked National Surfing League?

Surprised it got through.

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Merlyn commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 1:36pm

US 86745522 - but only for Hats; Surf wear; Swimwear; T-shirts; Wetsuits.

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Jof commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:28pm

Ronnie was the best commentator by more than a country mile.

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ringmaster commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:34pm

Agree!

Are the people that run this circus retarded???

Seems anything that is universally popular among rank and file surfers gets boned and replaced with even more banal, corporate wank. Not to mention the gradual move to full 'americanisation'.

How long can it last in it's current form?

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amb commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 1:55pm

agree love the Ron Dog, thought Vaughn was also very good on the Volcom comp...backward move for mine.

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seen commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 6:28pm

Agreed. So they have 2 South Africans, and 3 mainland US and 1 Hawaiian in the booth.
No Ronnie. No Barton. No Brazilian commentators.
And yet the top 10 has 3 Brazilians and 3 Aussies.
I don't get it - if they want to grow the sport surely have some diversity in the booth, and in the company. Or do they only want to grow on mainland USA???

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johnson commented Sunday, 17 Feb 2019 at 9:08am

The Brazilian announcers do the Portuguese stream. Though I think they don't appear on camera, only as voice-over.

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hamishbro commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 1:40pm

Totally agree Jof, he was the lynchpin of the commentary team and super professional. What a dumb decision.

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backyard commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 10:04am

Second that.

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belly commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:31pm

Fox Aus has been showing WSL events for years, alas with varying degrees of commitment. The full press release is US centric (surprise surprise) and does not shed any light on changes, if any, for the Fox Aus coverage. Unless I'm completely missing something!

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stunet commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:37pm

No, it's not pertaining to Australia. Really, I only posted it to illustrate how short term these deals are. Last year the WSL made a huge dance about signing the exclusive FB deal, yet now you can watch it on your phone through the FOX app.

Why are they creating digital and television infrastructure for year-by-year arrangements? What does it say about the sport? Is this the way it's always going to be?

Coke were involved with pro surfing for over 25 years, Fosters sponsored the whole tour for a decade, Quiksilver, Billabong, and Rip Curl have been there forever, yet the broadcast deals turn over every single year. Why?

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geek commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 1:44pm

Because nobody watches and they can't make any money

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:45pm

Does this mean the FB deal is now null and void?

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stunet commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:46pm

Ha ha...fuck, who knows??

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:50pm

Sure looks like a clusterfuck.

Find anything on your travels Stu?

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stunet commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:52pm

Yep.

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frog commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 12:58pm

Cause most of it is boring to watch even for surfers.
Massive waves with lives on the line might get some attention.

Or, perhaps they could release a couple of white pointers in the line up during heats. That would rate through the roof!!!

Frogg

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 3:48pm

They did that at Jefferys the other year. It was quite a fish.

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beenjammin commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 1:17pm

Pretty happy to eject myself from following this side of surfing.
Don't think I'll miss the Jeep ads or the Kanoa Igarashis of the world...

Here's hoping Bobby Martinez is the next CEO/Commissioner

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Crustie commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 12:32pm

Ah c’mon that Jeep ad was pretty good “I Surf the roads” so cool .

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dinnerdish commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 1:24pm

WTF...no blokey ron thats terrible news..he is da man for commentary

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Robo commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 1:49pm

Great. Spot the Aussie.

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udo commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 2:07pm

Ronnie still there ..YEW!

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Filthyboy commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 2:11pm

Speewn;no ronnie.thats pretty shit.

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memlasurf commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 2:13pm

We should take bets on how long the WSL will last. How can a sport with so few real participants (once a week) and who also get bored stiff if the waves are rubbish or lullish (often), make any money. If Ziffy pulls the plug the whole thing is gone immediately. Supper and the tennis player move onto another sport and we go back to watching Youtooob clips. Has surfing outside of selling clothes and paraphernalia in its heyday, made any big money for anybody (Ben are you rich and famous?). Even more so for those from outside the bubble, who always end up in retreat with their tail between their legs after losing big (nike 6.0?). Ziffy and the yanks have far more money than sense and now Ronny has gone, we have it all white USA except for Potts (back in my day when I was number...but never mentions the fact he should have had more than one title except for a strange habit). Very frustrating watching something I have loved all my life getting railroaded and with GOAT (who I respect though never liked) a seeming participant. Someone has got to call bullshit eventually.

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Giovanni commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 5:33pm

"Someone has got to call bullshit eventually." Ok, fine. Bullshit. Bobby Martinez was clearly way ahead of the curve on this one.

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memlasurf commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 5:47pm

Thanks Giovanni yes and he was quite prescient about the parallel with tennis considering Soph is an ex wanna be tennis pro. Nostradamus eat your heart out.

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Filthyboy commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 2:19pm

Is he still there,ok.ph-yeeeew!!

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blindboy commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 2:36pm

Pro surfing's endless search for an audience! Not going to end anytime soon. They appear to be in "blame the medium" mode when the issue is, and always has been, the product. Coming up next ....... the great wave pool fiasco!

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Lanky Dean commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 2:42pm

Right now they are blaming the viewers for not enough viewers.....LOL.

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Gary G commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 3:07pm

Gary thinks the WSL needs more Gary

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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Gary G commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 3:10pm

Gary isn't really looking for an exclusive agreement, more like a broadcast partners with benefits kind of setup

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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Gary G commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 3:13pm

#HeatAnalyserAndChill

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 3:52pm

I'd like to hear Gary call the Big Wave events, what did Fred Van Dyke say again?

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stunet commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 4:15pm

Ha ha ha

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Gary G commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 4:29pm

Gary doesn't know much about this Van Dyke fella, but he sure feels a latent connection to those big wave surfers with their toned muscles and giant sticks.

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 8:21pm

Seriously Stu can we organise this? WSL Big Wave tour events but the Swellnet stream has Gary G doing the voiceover for 2019?

It would be better than Roy and HG commentating on the Graeco-Roman wrestling or gymnastics at the Olympics!

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Lanky Dean commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 2:30pm

Wowser.......still not sure if I could handle this VJ

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Larry Lee commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 10:00pm

So much fluid ........

Gary, now I know I was wrong
I messed up and now you're gone
Gary, I'm sorry I neglected you
Oh, I never expected you to run away
And leave me feeling this empty
Please come home 'cause I miss you, Gary
Gary, come home
Gary, come home

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 4:42pm

Just quietly, I heard Sophie had a few too many West Coast Coolers at the WSL Christmas party and hit Ronny B up. Ronny being the gentleman that he is politely declined.

Hell hath no fury and all that...

#MeToo

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 5:23pm

Hang on- this isn't STAB.

Apologies chaps. Lashings of apologies.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Giovanni commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 5:31pm

Never apologise for what is very likely the truth... 'Sophie Goldschmidt' lol. You can't make this shit up.

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memlasurf commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 5:53pm

No Zen they are walking a middle path now. They new Enfant Terrible is Beach Grit from what I can gather (Chas got kicked out a while ago).

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Lanky Dean commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 5:52pm

Look more puff pastry about nothingness.
This time filled with Cream and Shit*........I mean goldschimdt....

FFS....

Nothing about surfing though...just more jumping up and down / ego / nothingness press release. Oh wait a minute don't want to upset the millions of fans wink wink.....

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Solitude commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 8:26pm

Maybe Ronnie has had enough? He’s got a family.
Will be missed. I must say out of all remaining, I reckon Ross Williams is the easiest to listen too, humble and knowledgeable.

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Lanky Dean commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 12:57am

Ohio's analysts Ross Williams
Does quite a good job being over critical of well everyone except john and Kelly .......

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Giovanni commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 2:14pm

True Lanky Dean, he does give a verbal working over to most everyone but those two. Would appear with his return that John-John no longer needs his services as much as the 'millions of fans' that don't actually exist.

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nextswell commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 8:40pm

Fucking idiots. I guess they are sick of the 4000 online viewers for each event. Keep Turpel that will solve the problem.

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Remigogo commented Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 at 10:49pm

Dunno peoples.

40,000+ plus stadiums surrounding wave parks doing a big bash hyped noisy, flashy day nighter competition.

As the sun rotates around the earth in 24hrs comps can be competed throughout the hundreds of stadiums around the world. Imagine what the Indians could bet on. ( I dunno how many actually surf).

Not a bad way to fill lay days of the WSL adding to that junior events and solid other wave highlights and comps.

Seems to me some potential there now with all these players involved. Must be time for a dedicated surf channel fox!

Is it the times are really changing where potential is pretty bloody good for everyone's hip pocket.

Every chargers!!!

From young grommets to old.

Though I do wonder.... Do the pools need to be barrelling 6ft?

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.cylinders commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 2:39am

At the most recent cricket world cup (and maybe the one before that?) in NZ we had a great thing called the Alternative Cricket Commentary led by a bunch of comedians (actual ones). They would livestream their own call so you could mute the TV and listen to all the name calling, shit stirring, nicknames, and sing song antics. It was glorious, and I don't even follow cricket.

They eventually got shut down by the ICC and broadcasters but it was something special that many Kiwi's will remember for some time.

Methinks this so called surfin league could use some of that magik.

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PCS PeterPan commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 6:38am

Relax , relax , don't forget the most important fact , everyone commenting here surfs , so just go surf !
DROP OUT of the WSL "sphere of influence" and go surf .
I personally 'dropped out' some 4 years ago , and by my calculations have managed to score approximately 24 more surf sessions in that time . Some quite memorable .
So I would like to thank the WSL for doing such a good job of attempting to fuck up our most loved pastime , but alas I'm about to go for a paddle once I'm finished typing this .
OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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hillsintas commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 7:44am
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Remigogo commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 9:12pm

Hillsintas at first look I thought...

Yep the pools need to be 6ft. Then I noticed the bottom half of the legs and thought at least they reflect the current times.

Let's hope the waves get bigger in em.

C'mon Occy!!!

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 10:48am

Mall Cop's splitscreen Flow Barrel Cam franchise is up for grabs.
Mall's smudgy swimwear Change Room Cam gets 1000 x the hits of Pipe Masters.
WSL trades Pro Chix xxx bum shot catalogue for Mall Cops bikini trial highlights.

WSL is not fishy enough!
Californian Girls knock me out when I'm down there!..("I wish I wrote that!")
Return Surf City to it's roots : 2 girls for every boy...("I wish I wrote that!" )
Next Xmas Party...xxx WSL for Me too!..("I wish I wrote that!")

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Ricko2526 commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 12:33pm

The commentary is all so bland - its akin to state run media. Surely it would be better to have the broadcasting at least once removed from the governing of the sport.

Are the non english commentaries more interesting?

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frog commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 1:05pm

One over used commentary line is "xxxx gets progressive on the end section"....
Now the viewer observes the pro surfer doing a boring air reverse in a boring shorebreak. Boring air reverses were sort of progressive 20 years ago but now??,
One or two moves a contest are truly progressive. The rest is just routine surfing with varying degrees of style and dificulty.
Turps and potts should try silence sometimes like in tennis. Imagine tennis commentators commenting on every backhand or volley as it happened?
But i think they have a brief that unless it is pumping, if they are silent for more than 5 seconds, the 4000 viewers will have time to think "this is boring" and might look in the fridge or put some washing away to brighten their day.

Frogg

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Giovanni commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 2:05pm

lol Frog "... or put some washing away to brighten their day." Pissed myself laughing reading this one... well, time to go do some laundry...

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lostdoggy commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 1:33pm

I liked the commentary when it was just ex pros talking shit.
I think they were usually sponsored or ex-sponsored pros from whoever the event was being sponsored by.
Real amateur, but funny.
Then Kelly would come on occasionally between heats and give some professional insight.

I don't think I learn anything that I find interesting or care about from the commentary these days.

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Lanky Dean commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 2:46pm

I really miss those days.....

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Spuddups commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 3:44pm

It's hard to see how pro surfing can survive in its current form. Seems to me they're just rearranging the chairs on the Titanic at the moment. Like Memlasurf said, once the WSL's billionaire owner gets tired of throwing his money down the drain then the whole thing's gonna fold like a pack of cards.
I'm not sure where pro-surfing goes from here. There's a couple of events I enjoy watching: Jaws, Pipe and J-Bay, but apart from that I can't be bothered these days. The wavepool thing was shit. I've been surfing for 32 years and I live and breath it. If they can't grab my interest then what hope is there? How can they expect the non-surfing public to give a shit?
At the end of the day if the tour dies who really would care other than the pro surfers and hangers on? For the vast majority of us we'd just keep surfing and watch the odd clip on youtube.

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Spuddups commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 3:46pm

Oh yeah, the only commentator I liked was Jake Patterson. He was too controversial for them evidently.

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Halfscousehalfc... commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 10:39pm

I’m going to try hard and not watch and listen to the dribble....I’d rather watch good Aussie local talent in local comps like the Burleigh heads single fin comp. bring on the single fin tour!

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Johnno B Biscuit commented Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 at 11:10pm

Maybe Ronnie was axed because sometimes he dared calling the people riding waves surfers? (instead of athletes)
How come footy players are footy players, cricketers are cricketers but in WSL speak surfers are athletes?
(Some image trip I guess)

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Solitude commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 6:53am

I reckon they are just overcompensating..
Let’s get serious, the whole set up and the ‘athletes’ are by and large far from what other sports would deem professional. I’ve got perspective from the health / injury management side of things and it’s totally laughable. They also love to repeat that they have the best surfers on the ‘planet’ ad nauseam.
Of course they have most of them but I’m sure the bottom half of the CT would be looking up and to the right when trying to explain that they were better than surfers than the likes of Chippa, Jack Robinson, Kai Lenny, insert totally ripping freesurfer sponsored or not.

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Horas commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 3:10am

Well spotted,more.people.than.ever.Fuck the lot of the snivelling cunts.Get a dog up ya Sophie fuck you and your kind.

Horas

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sean killen commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 6:30am

No Ron dog wft.. can’t listen to the other FLOGS .. talkn absolute shit..

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amb commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 10:37am

Dont panic Ron dog is still on the team, was just a missed typo (apparently)

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thermalben commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 10:56am

It's incredible that in publishing a broad descriptive paragraph about the entire commentary team for use across major international media (seeing that this was a milestone achievement, being with Fox Sports), that they left out one of the most important announcers.

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Blowin commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 11:09am

Does anybody else think it’s weird that the least liked member of the commentary team is ostensibly it’s head ?

WSL arrogance or just another graphic illustration of their inability to read the mood of their core audience ?

Silly me .....of course it’s arrogance !

They don’t need or want the core audience whilst they’re not required to make a profit.

The WSL is probably shaking their heads in disbelief, thinking “ Who do these people think they are ? We’re the ones funding this thing .”

Except , in Australia they’re not the ones funding it....we are.

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Solitude commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 11:48am

I wonder if the Europeans and Brazilians feel the same amount of 'Americanism' as most Aussies feel with regard to the WSL?

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belly commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 12:57pm

When your winning world titles like Brazil is probably helps those peripheral issues go away. Also they're up and coming countries in a relative sense, Australia a traditional competitive surfing powerhouse, the pill is more bitter for us. Read the replies in the thread ;-)

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Gary G commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 1:07pm

For those wondering if the non-english streams are more entertaining, your ol' pal Gary has found a side-by-side comparison:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjp1Zrvn8VQ

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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Fleazool commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 1:15pm

The problem they have isn't the commentary, even though it's generally poor.
It's what they a commenting on. Endless heats of journey men when all you really wanna see is the top 10 or so going at it. The format needs a shake up. No one gives a shit whether Morias beats Hermes apart from sponsors & extended family.
Only the very best should be on the CT.
Pick the best day of the waiting period, send the top 16 out in 4 x 1 hour heats. Winner makes the final. Encourage them go nuts from the get go. Hassling, paddle battles, the odd scuffle.
The top 4 then fight it out over a 2 hour final for the win. Condense it down to the very best surfers, best waves & 1 day.

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Common Tata commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 4:09pm

Common Tata reports on the commentator expression session surf off........
Pottsy, it looks like Sophie has gone for the Brazillian wax for this heat.
Yeh, she switched it up looking for a bit more stick for this heat.
Joe is lining up from deep inside and looking for a nugget on this one.
Yeh he might have just found one, Sophie has just dropped in on him and Joe is going for it, he has priority on this wave of consequence and it looks like hes getting ready to backdoor it.
Look at these athletes unbeleivable both disappearing under the chandelier, wooh looks like Sophie has found the doggie door and been spat out!
What do you make of it Strider?
Yeeeeeh, Joe is looking a bit disappointed on his exit there, probably wishing he had a bigger gun on hand.
Ok then, we will be back with that last score to see who came out on top after the ad break featuring random people with voice overs of people chugging coronas and doin fuckin airs off the sand dunes in their Jeeps.
Stay tuned we will be back with more seppo dribble from WSL
Wanker Surf League.

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Blowin commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 4:39pm

Confine the pricks to Manly like it’s 1988.

Medina and JJF will still be amazing and if you need to see them in good waves either :

A/ Wait for a web clip

B/ Go to a world class line up and watch the best surfers go nuts like they tend to do with or without the parasitic WSL.

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Fleazool commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 5:46pm

Make it Manly likes it's 1978

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tubeshooter commented Friday, 15 Feb 2019 at 7:33pm

Perhaps the WSL could put this guy on the commentary team. I think Fox has his number on file.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0mpUKnh9yo

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morg commented Saturday, 16 Feb 2019 at 9:27pm

@Fleazool great idea. WSL have turned every comp into an event that just seems to go on and on and on, and at times are so boring that I forget to watch the few heats I hope are worth watching (e.g Toledo, Wilson, JJF, C Moore etc).

Make it intense and reduce them down to one or two days to keep it interesting. Plus forget chasing perfect comp waves. The stuff some of those guys do in average to crappy waves is mind blowing.

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Troz commented Sunday, 17 Feb 2019 at 6:38am

Fleazool you're on fire, the format needs a shake up. 2 man heats are boring, they just sit around for most of the time. Go back to 4 man 20 minute best 3 waves so they have to catch something. Cricket evolved with 20 20.

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Toppa commented Sunday, 17 Feb 2019 at 9:35pm

I might be Sandra Sully with the late news but for those who are interested Ronnie B is still on WSL Commentary team according to this link. https://beachgrit.com/2019/02/hot-from-the-desk-of-wsls-svp-of-global-id...

Toppa

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 18 Feb 2019 at 12:48am

Foxtel are killing every Oz sport they touch in recent deals.
Oz % foxtel viewers + (2019 TV)...v...Oz % 2018 TV ratings
30% Cricket Test- Foxtel + (TV 7 )viewers down 30% from TV 9 ratings
30% (Cricket One Day- Foxtel only) viewers down 60% from TV 9 ratings
20% Cricket Big Bash- Foxtel +(TV 7) viewers down 10% from TV 10 ratings
30% (A League Football -Foxtel only) viewers down 30% from TV 10 ratings
30% NBL Basketball -Foxtel + (TV 9) Foxtel viewers only down from TV 10 ratings
Note: Despite Cricket crowds leaving... A-League + NBL attendance is Up.
However...Foxtel is down no matter which sport...It's brand is Toxic.

WSL (Democratic Santa Monica Jewish Community religiously ban FOX/Breitbart)
Add Foxtel's clumsy publicised decimation of high end Australian Sport.
So what sort of deal would bait Democratic WSL to court washed up republican TV.

WSL big Wig Steph scored 'Kayo deal' that may need to backdoor Foxtel.

One Fox drawcard is 'Sportstar soaps/quiz shows' rating higher than Live Events!
Dumbass Footyshow style Pro surfer Sandcastle Squishing or Wax Cake Bake offs.
What I don't get is... OWN's >(WSL) Erik can do the double twist couch surfing trip.
[Erik] Looks identical to his twin bro' rogue Swellnetonian 'memlasurf' see: above.

All we know is WSL crossed enemy lines & Pros are modeling coronas in Greenroom.

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 18 Feb 2019 at 8:47pm

I won't go into whether the donkey or the elephant (or those who pull the donkey or the elephant's strings) owns the US Media, but re: your declining sports attendances, here's a great twitter:

https://twitter.com/emptyseatspics?lang=en

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jdu commented Monday, 18 Feb 2019 at 8:10pm

I don't mind watching the odd contest when the surf pumps but can generally take it or leave it at most locations (pipe, jbay the main exceptions).
But loved the teams event at the board riders battle over the weekend, surf was reasonable but not something I would watch a wsl heat in but it had me hooked all day. Good format good atmosphere good commentary. It kept making me think how boring wsl broadcasting is.

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jonathandymond commented Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019 at 6:05pm

yeah - the whole thing ponderously rolls inexorably closer to the king of all circuses - the roadshow that is F1 motor racing !!!
" wanna buy some cheap diamonds , my boy ??? " a ahahaha lol
..... and ' frog ' don't even mention sharks mate , the mere sight of one a couple of miles away is enough to cancel a major comp. now it seems ;-/

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Shaneoak commented Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019 at 7:22am

Sorry Wsl you have lost me, I have tried to tough it out and listen to the American dribble but with no Ronnie that’s the nail in the coffin. I don’t mind Peter Mel but joe, strider and the Hawaiian commentator are cringeworthy. Just not interested in it anymore, which is a shame.