Tell Us What You Really Think, Gabs
And there we were thinking the new Gabs has been chilling with Kingy. Smiling, calling people "mate", probably eyeing off twinnies in the local surfshop.
It's good to know the fire still burns inside, and the old Gabby can fire up when he wants to.
As was commented upon by Steve Shearer in his recap, Gabs was in a judging limbo at the tub. Those with the clipboards didn't know where to score him, and subsequently the guy who can do almost anything on a wave didn't know what to do.
Then there was Griff in the Final being rewarded for twelve consecutive identical turns as if he's Kalani Robb seeing how many spinners he can do on a Beater. Meanwhile, Italo surfed like a degustation chef, serving up a little bit of everything, and came away with the very same score.
It was clearly too much for Gabs to handle, so while Kingy went to grab a double serve of loaded fries, Gabs fired up on Instagram.
Please understand the importance of this discussion.
Surfing has been my life and my love for this sport is unconditional. I have put all my heart into and and want to leave a beautiful legacy one day when I look back at it.
However the surfing community, especially in Brazil, is mesmerized with the poor clarity and inconsistence of judging for many years now, but lately it has been even more shocking.
It is quite clear that judging is now rewarding very simple surfing, seamless transitions and have taken critical turns in critical sections off the criteria. This is very frustrating and is stagnating the sport.
Fans and sponsor will not accept this to continue and will in a near future be draw away once all they want is equal and fair judging to the sport.
Also, important to note that many coaches and managers have had the opportunity to speak to WSL after heats/events to ask about PROGRESSION and VARIETY in the criteria and the lack of reward for this space. The response given by them is always quite defensive by giving poor examples to illustrate THEIR point.
WSL needs urgently to clarify judging and apply equal and fair judging to save the progression of the sport.
Gabriel Medina and Brasil.