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WSL Implements “Excessive Hassling” Rule As A Result Of The Zeke Lau Vs. John Florence Heat

“They gotta make new rules to contain me!” – Zeke Lau, Tournotes 2018

news // May 23, 2018
Words by stab
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By proving that he could run, jump, and dunk the ball from the free-throw line, Wilt Chamberlain forced the NBA to instate a new rule that when shooting a free-throw, a player’s feet could not cross the line. 

By proving that he could rattle John John Florence by treating him like a priority buoy, Zeke Lau forced the WSL to instate a new rule that when surfing in a heat, competitors could not “excessively hassle” their opponents. 

“I seen the Zeke Rule,” Lau quipped in the most recent edition of Tournotes. “I’m making history out here. They gotta make new rules to contain me. Excessive hassling… I call it just a little love tap, y’know. That’s all it is.”

Under the Unsportsmanlike Conduct during a heat addendum, the WSL rulebook states:

154.09: Excessive Hassling in Priority situations

In the opinion of the Priority and Head Judge, if a Surfer excessively hassles another Surfer who has Priority in an unsportsmanlike manner an interference can be called. For the avoidance of doubt, a violation of this Article does not mean an automatic violation of Article 154.11, but may include sanctions under Article 171 (Sportsmanlike Conduct).

Based off a downloaded version of the WSL Rulebook from early 2018 in comparison to the version linked above, Stab can verify that this is in fact a new rule. While there were previous mentions of “excessive hassling” in the older version of the rulebook, there was no specific rule dedicated to its enforcement.

TLDR: Zeke Lau is the Wilt Chamberlain of surfing. 


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