Stab Magazine | Jeremy Flores roasts J-Bay judges
805 Views

Jeremy Flores roasts J-Bay judges

Story by Lucas Townsend  Jeremy Flores is awaiting a ruling from the ASP Disciplinary Committee after having a public meltdown in the judging tower at J-Bay. Worse still, it’s a decision that could boot J-Flo off tour for 2015 – if he’s suspended from upcoming events. J-Flo lost his round two heat to Sebastian Zietz […]

news // Mar 8, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Story by Lucas Townsend 

Jeremy Flores is awaiting a ruling from the ASP Disciplinary Committee after having a public meltdown in the judging tower at J-Bay. Worse still, it’s a decision that could boot J-Flo off tour for 2015 – if he’s suspended from upcoming events.

J-Flo lost his round two heat to Sebastian Zietz at the J-Bay Open in the closing minutes. Seabass narrowly took the lead with two minutes to go, J-Flo applauded the judges’ score (sarcasm, lol) and needed an attainable 6.07, but a closeout barrel ended it and he paddled to the keyhole in a righteous fury. Then he ran up the beach, threw his board on the deck and continued to get all nasty in the judges quarters. He had an opinion to share, fuelled by a number of close heats not going his way this year, but his choice of words was reportedly flavoursome.

Craig Jarvis wrote for Stab, “He came out the water bristling, and continued to bristle all the way up to the tower, where his board being thrown onto the deck made such a loud noise that it sounded like some sort of structural damage had happened.

“Then there was a torrent of angry, abusive words aimed at the judges. Grannies tut-tutted down below, parents put their hands over their kids’ ears, and security went scrambling, eventually placating the situation.

“As everyone watched closely the ASP closed ranks and went into a huddle. Jeremy returned. The huddle broke. It was announced that Jeremy had apologised to the ASP and that a disciplinary committee would deal with the matter. Thus ended Jeremy’s African adventure.”

Seabass seemed surprised he got the score, too. “He left me needing a 6.5 at the very end. It was just a really good wave, I didn’t go too H.A.M. on it, I kind of babied it,” he told Pete Mel in his post-heat interview. “I thought I was going to pay the price and maybe not get it [the score]. But I knew it was right there and yeah, luckily they saw it my way and got me the score. Jeremy had that last chance and you know, I thought it was a fair heat.”

There's no doubting Jeremy's ability in serious tubes, from Tahiti to Pipeline, contest vest or no. Surely some impassioned lip flapping against his employer won't ice another career. Photo by Timo Jarvinen.

There’s no doubting Jeremy’s ability in serious tubes, from Tahiti to Pipeline, contest vest or no. Surely some impassioned lip flapping against his employer won’t ice another career. Photo by Timo Jarvinen.

Stab loves J-Flo’s passionate approach to life, and as fans we’ve got to take the good with the bad. Because when he’s good he’ll win the Pipe Masters and heats at Chopes with 20-point totals. However this year’s been tough. He hasn’t made it past round three all year, he’s sitting in 28th on the ratings and if he’s suspended for the 6-star US Open or Tahiti or longer, he’ll be relegate to the qualifying series in 2015.

Surf Europe are reporting the altercation turned physical and spoke to ASP head judge Richie Porter. “There has been verbal assault and also a physical one, it could have turned into a fight, so I imagine the sanction will be heavier than normal,” said Porter.

The matter is now being scrutinised at ASP HQ in Santa Monica, but J-Flo’s not-so-clean record won’t help his case. In 2011, Flores was disqualified from the Burleigh Breaka Pro after he and Sunny Garcia had a fight with local, Adam Clarke over an altercation involving Garcia’s then-16-year-old son. It made national news headlines and was captured on film by a 37-year-old man who was also assaulted by Garcia.

“I didn’t swing first,” Flores said at the time. “I didn’t look for trouble, and I wasn’t just going to turn around and run away. The ASP took me out of the event because they think we shouldn’t do violence, and I agree with that.”

Spraying the ASP judges has never gotten anyone anywhere. Ever. Garcia should’ve told him that after he threw a muffin at them in ’95. And Bobby Martinez is the modern day reminder of the hardline ASP take, especially when their tour is called a “fucken wannabe tennis tour”. The ASP have not issued a response but precedence is the corner-stone of any set of laws and Jeremy knows first-hand their reaction to violence in the past.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

What If You Bought This Sumatran Surf Camp For $690k?

Making a blue print out of surfing's most recurring day dream.

Nov 27, 2022

5:07

Harry Bryant Dumps Crutches, Visualizes Pipeline Pits After Snapping Leg

“For once in my life, I’m taking something a bit more serious."

Nov 27, 2022

Sierra Kerr On Greasing Full Rotes, Making Dad Cry & Her Concussion @ VSHPBME 

'I haven’t got my license yet, but I'm thinking of buying a little truck.'

Nov 27, 2022

4:25

“There Definitely Needs To Be More Girls That Try Airs”

Caity Simmers' thoughts on her Vans Pipe Masters debut.

Nov 26, 2022

Preview: Who’s John John Florence Flushing Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl?

The final event of the CS schedule is almost upon us. Let's dissect.

Nov 25, 2022

25:17

Dane Reynolds Said These Clips Weren’t Good Enough

Could'a fooled us.

Nov 25, 2022

Watch Now: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Nov 24, 2022

27:45

How A Magic Island Birthed One Of The Most Radical Surf And Skate Scenes In The World

Mateus Herdy, Pedro Barros and friends in Red Bull x Stab's No Contest, Brazil.

Nov 23, 2022

The Uber Driver Turned Crypto Millionaire Who Denounced His US Citizenship And Whips Into XXL Nazare

"I do what I want, I don't have a boss." -Toby Trouble

Nov 23, 2022

3:36

‘I Thought He Was Gonna Grab A Machete… Then He Picked Up A Rock’

2x SSOTY Jai Glindeman’s drama (& left-tube) filled Sumbawa trip.

Nov 23, 2022

3:34

“The Inside Of Pipeline Sounds Like The Center Of The Universe”

Tosh Tudor seeks solitude at the Vans Pipe Masters.

Nov 22, 2022

Is Rasta Rob Really Going To Ride His Beloved Stock Dims Rad Ripper At The Vans Pipe Masters?

An interview with the most rapidly ascended surfer in recent memory.

Nov 22, 2022

Sierra Kerr And Robbie McCormick Win Vans Stab High Indonesia Presented By Monster Energy

And we had a live premiere in Oceanside to celebrate.

Nov 22, 2022

The Stab Guide To The World Cup

Including which team bears most similarities to former CT surfer Ricky "Ricky Badness" Basnett.

Nov 21, 2022

Unlocked: Albee Layer Speaks His Mind In His SEOTY Entry, ‘Delirium’

Come for the double rotations, stay for Albee's existential thoughts on surfing and life.

Nov 20, 2022

Buy Now: John John Florence’s ‘Gravity’

Get Gravity and support Junior Lifeguards.

Nov 20, 2022

5:02

Craig Anderson Could Find A Spitting Tube In A Tranquil Koi Pond

“How the fuck did I get an invite?”

Nov 19, 2022

Unlocked: Parker Coffin Combats Seven Years Worth Of Mind Demons In SEOTY Entry ‘Sendo’

Sometimes, the only way out is through the belly of a Pipe bomb.

Nov 19, 2022
Advertisement