Laurie Towner and the "corporate wankers"

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Not having a sponsor may limit a surfer's privilege but it can increase their freedom. Of course that all depends on how you look at it.

Take Laurie Towner for instance. Lost his main sponsor, has to work as a tiler to make a crust, but now he has the freedom to tee off on the surf industry like this (the context is Laurie's Cloudbreak wave again being snubbed for an award):

"I feel for the surfers who have to keep the corporate wankers happy. I’m a bit bummed but in some way happy this wave didn’t make the top 5 nominees for @wsl @wslbigwaveawards. After Surfer mag didn’t put this wave in their top 5 for barrels of the year, beaten by 3 foot skeleton bay waves and a few others (if had the chance I wouldn’t swap all 5 waves chosen in surfer awards for this one haha), I knew there was no way this wave would make the top 5 big wave award nominations because of corporate bullshit!"

"What's the surf industry going to get out of Laurie Towner? The reason I’m somewhat happy is because all my life I though it would be amazing to have a ride of the year next to my name. I now know it’s a meaningless award chosen by kooks with no idea, who play the cards of surfers careers. Winning awards would be in some big wave surfers contracts. It used to be in mine and it truly sucks for the surfers trying to make a career out of riding big waves. Lucky for me it means nothing now."

"Although the money would of been nice if I made the top 5 it reassures me I want nothing to do with winning awards. I will never enter a wave again if I’m to ride another bomb, which I will. This wave is MY ride of the year, maybe my ride of my life and no one can take that from me. Maybe I’m being biased, you tell me? I wouldn’t change this wave for anyone else’s wave this year if had the chance even if you were to give me 50g on top, there is no better feeling than to successfully paddle a big scary draining wave safely to the channel."

"To all the up and coming big wave surfers, Fuck the big wave awards, do it for yourself no one else!"

"Sorry If I’m being negative. I'm not the only one who feels a little hard done by in this years nomination, there is a hand full of terrible decisions. I just want what’s best for the future of young big wave surfers and this needs to be fixed! honestly @wsl get tow waves out of ride of the year! You shouldnt be helped by a jet ski. It’s also hard to think an unmade wave can be ride of the year. Well @granttwigbaker wave might be an exception haha..."

"Also sorry for the novel."

(Homepage photo of Laurie at Cloudbreak by Ted Grambeau)

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boykee commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 7:06am

absolute legend!

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 7:39am

Saw this last night on his insta and was hoping you’d post it.
Sickest cunt

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GONAD_MAN commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 7:40am

Keep charging Laurie. Fuck the WSL.

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yahabo commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:01am

Laurie is awesome but I'm confused. On the one hand he says he's bummed about not getting in the top five of a corporately driven award run by seppos, and on the other hand he says that whole scene is fucked anyway. This doesn't sound like a bloke who doesn't give a fuck. If that was true, he wouldn't have mentioned it, and this "story" wouldn't exist.

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derra83 commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:17am

Just shows what a dodgy game it is, with corporate interests ruling the decisions, but unfortunately it's the only game in town so young up and comers have to play it. - as did LT once upon a time.

More power to him.

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eel commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 12:21pm

Agreed. It comes across as a massive whinge. If he doesn't want to be part of that scene, why post about it?

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 12:59pm

A whinge but a fair one. This should have been there and he made it. Must be frustrating for him as he is a great surfer and the real deal not some woozy Brazilian who is afraid of fish.

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willywonty commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 1:51pm

needessentials sent him on that trip, but they arent a big brand so guess he aint got no chance of an award. maybe he did it to get some publicity for them out of him whinging. then again, maybe its just a whinge. i reckon he wants the award, but not the big sponsor hassles. which seems fair enough.

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Seppo_Retard commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 5:49pm

Don't blame US. We hate it system too. The WSL is based in Oz. It's run by Aussies. I assume "Wankers" from the Gold Coast. The companies that back it are all Aussie companies (Billabong, Ripcurl, Quiksilver). Underground guys get the shaft sponsored guys win. But occasionally one of the underground guys, like for example Ben Andrews, catches a wave to big to ignore.

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flemgooz commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 8:14am

Laurie should be a role model of a true Australian sportsman. But he's not the first. From memory Cheyne Horan suffered huge setbacks from sponsors when he thumbed his nose at Coca-Cola.
In fairness there are not too many corporates that have any civilised ethics, but you'd agree Coke & KFC would have to be as bad as it gets. What next? surfing for Adani?
Rave over...Good one Laurie for sticking it to the fatman.

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Champ commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:40am

Seems Rip Curl aren't showing much love for their hero of only 2 years ago Wilko . No wildcard into Bells is ridiculous. Hes an absolute drawcard and his win was one for ages . Sorry to the locals but I would think he is easily a better surfer to watch at Bells .

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mhhales commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 9:56am

Mate Wilko is a champ no doubt... but Ripcurl did give him the chance for the wildcard this year in the trials... but he lost to an 18y/o local go figure!

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Spuddups commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 10:51am

You're sailing pretty close to the wind RE your comments about Mark Richards.

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flemgooz commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 7:17pm

Seriously, well I guess ther'd be a lot of mates of Mark who could find that offensive.
But I did say I couldnt blame him, and Id have probably done the same..
What stinks more is that Cheyne Horan didnt receive the accolades he deserved because it cost him dearly. To me that made him more of an ambassador to the true surfing spirit.
Same as whistleblowers, the Assanges and anyone else that sticks it to the fatman.

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Spuddups commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 5:15am

I completely agree with your comments about Cheyne Horan, but I reckon you didn't need to disrespect MR like that to make your point.

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redmondo commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:21am

You won by a nautical mile. No honour in accepting fraud awards from kooks. I got few awards from khao san road.

Victory!

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:32am

Don’t stress Laurie.

There isn’t a surfer in Australia , if not the world who isn’t aware of and in awe of your exploits. The fact that you’re a perfect example of the cutthroat and unrepresentative surf industry’s focus on industry numerics instead of deep rooted respect from the surfing community only endears you more to everyone.

If it makes you feel better , I never got recognition for a two second tube I scored at HT’s in front of a boat full of “ mates “. The pain never goes away but you’ll learn to live around it.

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daisy duke kaha... commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:34am

The judges probably thought that was Johnny Utah dropping in at Cloudbreak.

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Blue Blue Room commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 9:29am

Artful wave riding at its best, why not the vote of the people!

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ryder commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 9:34am

Still waiting for Mark Visser to jump out of a plane strapped to a ski!
Might need a bigger Jeep.

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belly commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 10:02am

Hyperbole aside, the ride in the short vid above is bloody impressive!!! What is the criteria for the top 5? Ie the equivalent of the CT criteria. If there isn't a framework to critically evaluate the top 5 then Laurie is probably right about it not being transparent. Or is it just a popularity contest like the Logies?

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dewhurst commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 10:04am

Take a look at where the pack is compared to where Loz takes off!

Deeeeeeeppppp

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mick-burnside commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 10:06am

i read somewhere that at completion of this wave the worlds elite big wave riders present gave laurie a standing ovation......vindication in itself.......the corporate thing is complex.......its all part of people wanting a slice of the cake......be it surfing industry. building . law. church......i see it that swellnet is itself a small corporation.....we are all contributing right now......those at the top of corporations want and need more and believe they are worth more and will often go to extremes to get it.....this world is complex and we are all complicating it....thankfully many of us can just split and go for a surf......i like blue blue rooms comment......but if someone has more contacts or followers.....public voting can be manipulated as well.....keep that wave in the memory bank laurie.....no one can ever take it from you......to me thats what its all about

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stunet commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 10:15am

Unfortunately, popular votes always turn into popularity contests. May as well ask who's got the biggest social media following.

About 8 or 9 years ago, Quiksilver ran a heat at Snapper where viewers could judge the heat themselves by dialling numbers on their mobile phones. All votes were tallied and the surfer with the most won. It was instantaneous so there was a running leaderboard.

At one point Dane Reynolds was in the lead and he hadn't even caught a wave!

Shows how the 'popular vote' can be skewed.

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Nick Bone commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 6:06pm

was it 55c a sms?

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bill-poster commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 10:09am

What I've always liked about that wave is that Laurie didn't flick off after the barrel, even after the drop of a lifetime, then getting pitted for eternity (slight exaggeration), he didn't flick off in front of the cameraman for a smile and a shaka but stayed riding that line of energy as it dwindled down the reef.

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radiationrules commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 11:08am

..my ten cents worth..the raw footage shared that day on insta showed the people in the lineup going banana's about your wave Laurie (i'm just adding to Mick Burnside's and Bill Posters comments) ..we all need more coin..but hey, as far as I'm concerned, you're in the elite for - sheer courage (how far inside the pack are you?) judgement (what a perfect wave) synchronicity (being in the wave, not trying to damage it) - as the character Sando says in Tim Winton's Breath - "You don't need the photo mate, you were there" (swap "photo" for "money"). On yah LT awe inspiring for a more than a decade to me.

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mick-burnside commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 11:27am

like radiation rules stated...... all the crew(down line from lauries take off) goin bananas......theyre claiming his wave.......maybe its like hey im here too with some of those egos seeking a stoke ....where as the bloke in the hot seat performing(laurie) is just shutting up and doing it......claiming someone elses wave shits me.....cause its usually done at the a grade or elite venues where mr video is.....its like theyre trying to suck a bit of reco or energy from lauries achievement.

mick b

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 11:31am

Ya don’t think they might just be stoked because their mate just got horrendously tubed on massive fucking wave??

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mick-burnside commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 12:40pm

at that level im not convinced that theyre purely stoked for their mate......he certainly has a lot of mates it seems( laurie is a great person )....he was able to ride the wave out without making a big song and dance ......im thinking there would be a lot goin on out there in a heavy duty swell like that not really a place to get the cicus atmosphere goin......i rekon chill out and focus on your task at hand..... ive never seen it happen at jan juc, cronulla, scarborough or gc beachies or more up tempo waves....its when the video or camera are out and the a grade and elite are out....thats my opinion.

mick b

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Eugene Green commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 1:21pm

Pre-internet, you’d just give a “HOOT!”

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Craig commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 11:37am

Fairly sure they're not claiming Laurie's wave. as GF said it's just pure stoke and amazement at such a critical late drop, bullshit no hands tube and absolutely perfect big cavern!

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Spuddups commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 11:46am

They're just stoked on Laurie's wave. Nothing to see here. Move on.

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Nick Bone commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 6:09pm

hang on. what?

I cant claim a mates wave when im down the line/on the shoulder cause im stoked for the guy? No, no, I'm definitely stroking my ego..

2019 stupidest comment

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frog commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 12:04pm

Some great waves i have ridden were filmed / photographed. Over time the image has replaced the real memory in my mind. Whereas amazing waves ridden alone or unfilmed are burned in my mind more clearly.

Selfies distort the experience. Stay pure and out of sight.

Frogg

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 1:41pm

Agree totally.

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Nick Bone commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 12:06pm

https://espressoscience.com/

Scroll half way down and there is a article about the photographs and memory

Even better, click the listen in browser button for it.

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Eugene Green commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 9:43pm

Is there anyone left in the world immune from the temptation to rant on social media?

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 1:40pm

Those who don't have social media, I guess.

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Lanky Dean commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 1:46pm

It's ride of the year, not ride of a lifetime.......

Your in the other category Laurie.

Congratulations!

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Lanky Dean commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 1:47pm

WSL = KOOKS
Just in case anyone forgot .

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 1:53pm

I remember all that cloudbreak footage - how it was just so big and there were some sort of steps on the biggest waves that made it stand up like a slab, at huge size. Soon after we saw that mad Russian tow into Ulus at a size I've never seen before - an incredible ride. It was like surfing shifted up a level of consciousness in a 2 month span. Was that 2017?

I think we Aussies love someone who works like one of us, who also does incredible things - the level of relation is high.

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northeasterly commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 2:07pm

I reckon Laurie Towner has it worked out right now. He's able to chase swells but is working a regular job that will give him skills to use well into his older life. And he can speak his mind.

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lolo commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 3:28pm

Hard to argue. It's an awesome wave and expertly ridden. Does that make it ride of the year or barrel of the year? Nah. Top 5 maybe. Definitely deserved a slot in barrel of the year compared to some of that Puerto stuff. But nowhere near a winner in either.

Ramon's from the same session was a level above this one.

And it's hard to beat a guy getting barrelled 8 times on a wave that lasts over two minutes at Skeleton Bay for tube of the year either.

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 3:50pm

You’re comparing tow in to paddle in though. Might as well be a different sport.

Also most competent surfers could get tubed at Skeleton bay.

To do what he did at Fiji requires courage that 99 percent of surfers in the world don’t have not to mention the skills required to surf the wave to absolute perfection.

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Tim.antonie commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 3:34pm

Awesome wave - unfortunately the surfing industry is no longer able to fund (through sponsorship) the 10s of people it provided lifestyles for in the good times - the surf industry has had to cut back on excesses to survive in a world where kids no longer default to surf clothes and general lifestyle / fitness brands now enjoy a greater share of the wallet - surf brands have consolidated and now need to focus on which athletes sells board shorts etc and unfortunately (like many other action sports) only very few athletes generate a return on investment above cost of capital - harsh reality for many who enjoyed the good times over the last 15 years !!! The surf industry is run by corporations and always will be - this is to the benefit of the top athletes and stakeholders - consistent with all global sports

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I focus commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 4:10pm

Its the take off / drop that mesmerises me on that wave, absolutely on the edge yet no hint of the wobbles or loss of control.

As for the corporate thing nothing new there you either play the game like the pros (say what you are told to like a true American clone) or you don't get a look in even the Brassos have worked that one out.

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Tim Bonython commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 5:28pm

I've seen it all with the XXL although I missed that wave of Lauries as I was too far inside and only got the tail end. 5 minutes later Nathan Florence got onto my Tavarua boat and was loosing his mind after witnessing that ride. Saying 'it was un-fucking believable' and he was so pumped to maybe get one similar. But yeah, i reluctantly send in my clips. Mainly after the surfer requests me too when they want their wave entered. So its not about the $$ for me plus I want my footage to be exclusive for my films. Actually, when entering in Nathan Florence's Teahupoo paddle ride back in 2015 where it lost to Shane Dorain's Peahi bomb as I recon Shane's was more XXL than the excellence of Nathan's which we all know Nathans was way more technical. So Nathan was a victim too. But that's WSL XXL for you..

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wally commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 7:49pm

Looking at the rides that were in the top 5, I reckon if Laurie's wave was filmed from the front angle and undeniably showed the length of his barrel he would have been in there. There's no land angle at Cloudbreak. Still, every surfer knows it was one of the better completed mega-sized tube rides ever filmed.

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eel commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 2:34pm

Well there is a 'land' angle at cloudbreak. It's from the tower.

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crg commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:03pm

If you go back to the homepage and enlarge Grambeau's still shot as big as you can you see just how ridiculous the drop was and just how PERFECTLY poised and balanced Laurie is.
Everyone in the water that day, everyone who has ever surfed a wave over 12ft and every other big wave surfer in the world know how good that wave was. An incredible once in a lifetime moment.

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stunet commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:07pm

To crg's post above.

Right click on the image below, then hit 'Open Image In New Tab', then click the new tab for full effect.

Stare at it. Take a monent to compare the size of Laurie to the size of the wave, and then also consider where he took off in relation to the pack.

It's an almighty effort, and I agree with Wally about a front on view adding a whole 'nother dimension to the wave.

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Sacdog1 commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 10:50pm

Magnificent

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simba commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 8:44pm

fuk yeah

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Solitude commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 9:03pm

Such food for thought this one, mosty
great (some ridiculous) comments above.
I really like what bill-poster said about him continuing on down the wave. He was feeling it, it wasn’t for the sponsor, mags, peanut gallery, WSL or ego.
I don’t know the bloke but that just seems like him, salt of the earth, humble family man, who just so happens to be one of the premier big wave surfers on this planet.
To Laurie’s credit there’s been a lot said about him not being sponsored over the years and non of it by him. He’s played it down, taken it on the chin. I think the man deserves to give the ‘surf world’ and all it’s ingenuine stakeholders a little peice of his mind.

PS- any of this other raw footage or other angles of this or his others waves out there?

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maddogmorley commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 10:13am

Check out Lucid Dreaming Solitude

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019 at 10:11pm

tbb's full-on bodybash'n is viewed as disrespectful to old school pod bodysurfers.
tbb views flippers as the evil that destroyed surfing >>(FF 1,000,000 years)

Now neoprene spacemen lifelined to decking rails minimize wave contact to a blip.
Jealous of WSL autobot ski troupe who no longer even touch the gross moist waves.

Step off the rails, now surfjustsurf & claim the ride of your life. (Spock: Highly illogical)

Footnote: Skeg tbb rates the ride highly alongside fellow swellnetonians input

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Bsm17 commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 11:47am

Amazing wave and probably deserves an award but don't really understand the rant. Everyone who receives money has a boss and everyone in some form or another recieves a benifit from the corporate world.
If you want to be payed to surf play the game, if you don't then surf for fun with no recognition like the rest of us.
Laurie is an amazing surfer who i love to watch, but you got to wonder what he would he do if a sponsor once again offered a large sum of money to surf.

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orfokyeh commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 12:04pm

Didn't some corporate wankers give him 20 grand years ago when he got big wave award (towed in) at cow bombie. Even though there where bigger waves surfed by little known locals. Pretty sure these corporate wankers got him the award that day. Anyway the lad charges and deserves all the smoke up his arse he gets. Good on him for stirring shit coz it happens every year.

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mowgli commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 12:13pm

Sick wave.

But, sponsorship is a privilege not a right (especially when it comes to surfing....or am I being naive?). Furthermore, these are for-profit businesses, and so they are under no obligation to promote in any shape or form people or things that do not lead to a return on that investment. Sounds like too many people forget that. Mr Towner included.

Hey, I get it, the ideal scenario for any of us is to get paid to do something we love doing. Heck, I would love to be paid enough to work part-time on screenplays, stay at home being a dad and growing veggies, pay off the mortgage and build a retirement fund, and still go to the Maldives once a year....But the world does not work like that for 99% of people.

Ever heard cries from artists along the lines of "the government needs to support artists more because the work they do brings value to society!" or "people just don't see the value in art and aren't willing to pay a fair price!"....and thought "put a cork in it, nobody cares about your shitty art". Of course you have. And that's because we live in a market-based society (as effectively all societies are excl. Nth Korea) and the market sets the price. If you're not able to make a living, it's because the rest of us simply don't agree with the value you place on your own work (i.e. how high you regard yourself!). Or businesses don't believe they'll get a sufficient ROI to give you a living wage and send you to far-flung destinations for photoshoots.

Sorry your dreams aren't the reality. But suck it up.

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

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Bsm17 commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 12:37pm

Couldn't have said it better. If I was Laurie i would be appreciative of the life these corporate wankers gave him when he was a junior. While many people like myself were doing a $5 an hour apprenticeship.

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belly commented Thursday, 18 Apr 2019 at 12:57pm

Alternatively put, and as your tag line suggests, 'life is a long lesson in humility'...

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batfink commented Saturday, 20 Apr 2019 at 9:53am

Thank you for your 'corporate world is a corrupt and soul-less construct of some very greedy minds, so just get on with it and deal with reality' tour de force.

I'm assuming you won't be in the front lines when the revolution comes.

Visionary.

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rob tas commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 12:28pm

Hey Laurie, i suppose these things happen to us sometimes. I got snaked on a bomb by this guy last week and thought why do i bother, but i reckon its fortified me a bit now. So, don't give up. Get back 'in the ring' and enter again ... do a Tiger Woods on us. bon chance mon ami

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bassnake commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 2:19pm

Laurie, your an aussie ripper mate and that wave at Cloudbreak was just fucken awesome to watch-no wonder you reckon it's your wave of a lifetime.
Anyway now that WSL is running all the comps we just have to watch the circus deteriorate into a seppo mess, fuck pete mel he is the most annoying announcer, just so full of himself
For all it is worth watching the younger ones come through I have given up watching the shit simply because the yanks have fucked the show, just keep it simple you idiots and the punters will watch
It's a bit like reality tv these days, -no-one with any credibility watches cos its just the same shit regurgitated
Keep the chin up Laurie, you charge big time

Bass Strait

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tango commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 4:11pm

I greatly respect Laurie's surfing and breadth of ability, could watch him all day. Having been handed my arse by a 5ft wave at Cloudbreak, I also can't get my head around the violence you'd be subject to if you went down on anything over 10ft out there, let alone this wave of his. It's got so much punch it's absurd.

However, people in glass houses need to be careful when throwing stones. Nobody is making these blokes commit to getting there and paddling out: it's all an individual choice. If you're there to gain recognition or win awards, then I reckon you;re doing it for all the wrong reasons. If you need cameras there, what are you really there for? What still or footage could possibly go even close to communicating the adrenaline and satisfaction that (I imagine) a wave like this generates?

As has been said, the peers in the water saw it, and it sounds like the impression was universal. That should be enough. Whinging only implies a a longing to be part of it, rather than any kind of railing against it.

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spencie commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 4:28pm

That take-off was the absolute pinnacle of great surfing. The skill and commitment required to pull that off shows his place at the highest level of surfing.

easterly

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rihale commented Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019 at 10:31pm

amazing surfer no doubts - laurie seems to be upset rather than not caring

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lindo commented Thursday, 18 Apr 2019 at 7:45am

He makes it look too easy. I thought that wave of Dave Wassel's out there a few years back was even more critical, but perhaps it was a different camera angle? I don't think that one got nominated for an award either ...

Lindo

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udo commented Thursday, 18 Apr 2019 at 8:25am

David Scard Cloudbreak Paddle in angle 2- youtube

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zoddle commented Thursday, 18 Apr 2019 at 12:16pm

Some of the other waves nominated were pretty lame. Big and crazy yes, but very scrappy and few didn't even make it

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frog commented Thursday, 18 Apr 2019 at 2:05pm

Takes guts to sit that far inside. Technically excellent.
But me thinks he doth protest too much.

Silence would have been a stronger statement.

Frogg

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Yendor commented Friday, 19 Apr 2019 at 12:10pm

How does the tagline go? WSL "let's script this"

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batfink commented Saturday, 20 Apr 2019 at 10:01am

Critical drop, perfect balance, perfect line, brute of a wave, long long barrel although hard to tell how long at that angle.

Best big wave ride I saw last year. Best any ride I saw last year.

Re why he's having a go about it, you could give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is railing against the apparent injustice of it all which can be done without it being a whinge. You know, if you were feeling generous.

You could just say 'this is how the world works, get on with it' or you could say 'this is how the world works, and I ain't gonna take it anymore'.

This is how the world works, but if you are going to give out awards claiming that a particular ride was 'biggus dickus ever' wave, than you really should have a biggus dickus wave, not just the wave that was most sponsored. Seems a reasonable argument.