Interview: Erik Logan on growing the sport
Back in 2014, Swellnet ran a series of articles that examined the overstated - sometimes wildly overstated - viewer figures given by the newly formed WSL.
At the time, then CEO Paul Speaker said surfing had "120 million bona fide fans" plus "130 million hand raisers" giving professional surfing a potential fan base of 250 million people.
This despite the finals of CT comps that year maxing out at 118,000 viewers (for Chopes) and dropping to 25,000 (for Margs).
Seven years and two CEOs later, the amount of fans interested in pro surfing has now increased by 130 million, with Erik Logan recently stating there are "380 milllion people interested in surfing".
The stat came from an interview Elo gave to 'Sports Section'. Elsewhere in the interview, Elo documented his vision for growing the sport, the opportunity the Olympics presents (to grow the sport), and why the Woz has committed to the 'Ultimate Surfer' television series (to attract landlocked viewers and grow the sport).
He also mentioned how Morgan Cibilic doesn't mind getting on the cans.