If Gary Elkerton can't do it, you shouldn't either.
Is Progression A Bigger Threat To Surfing Than Sharks?
A serious investigation into a serious sport.
As we all know, the North Shore’s gift to surfing sustained a knee injury after trying an air and has pulled out of competition until the further notice.
Yes, it will be sad to watch the J-Bay Open without Coco Ho around. Heal up, darling.
In other news, John John Florence also hurt himself trying an air (really more of a kick out) which has prompted a hot topic of debate in the intellectual surfing community.
Is modern-day surfing the biggest threat to modern-day surfing?
The recent string of injuries has earned airs a place amongst the most dangerous aspects of our sport — right there with sharks, drowning, and middle American department stores. And while there once was a time when it seemed as though airs were the most logical way to progress surfing, it is now apparent that Bede Durbidge was more of a prophet than a performer.
It’s called safety surfing for a reason.
Luckily, J-Bay is one of the safest waves on tour when you look at it that way — and especially if you completely negate the fact that Filipe Toledo does airs at pretty much every venue, lands most of them and almost never gets hurts.
From here on out, if you truly respect surfing and want it to progress healthily, you shouldn’t do anything that Gary Elkerton can’t do.
Onto the rankings.
#69 Stephanie Tillman
I grew up with a chick who recently stabbed a guy at a motel in New Jersey. As an established surf journalist, I was following the story very closely. As a result, Google now brings me to an article about this odious crime every time I try to go to the Stab site.
It leaves me feeling angry and confused — shoutout to all the reef booty wearing dads who just clicked into this article from Facebook.
#33 Jadson Andre
Some things never change. And there is something about watching him do an early-grab air reverse on a warbly chest-high left that makes me feel so safe while striving to meet an increasingly large list of demands in our wild and confusing modern world.
#27 Ricardo Christie
Everybody knows that winning the World Title is a game of consistency. But people forget that losing the world title is too and he looks hard to beat with 17th place in all of the five events so far.
#23 Waves That Look Fun But Turn Out To Be Annoying Or Hard To Surf
-Most of WA
#21 Crosby Colapinto
Is he the new Griffin Colapinto, who is the new Kolohe Andino, who is the new Dino Andino? Is he Dino Andino?
#19 The Brazilian Fans
They showed up on the beach in droves. They sang. They danced. And they kicked balls with a ferocity we haven’t seen in surfing since Marshall’s went out of business.
#16 Conner Coffin
If not doing airs is the new doing airs, then Conner Coffin is actually the most futuristic surfer on tour — no offense to Joan Duru.
#15 The WSL
They pulled one of the most cunning marketing tricks of the year by not running the women at big Barrinha — never before in surfing have so many people been so enthused by the idea of watching Sally Fitzgibbons surf overhead waves.
#14 John John Florence
It took him a while to go through with it, but you gotta give John props for honoring one of the greatest traditions in all of surfing — pulling out of the Brazil event. A dignified way to hang up the jersey for the year.
#13 Gabriel Medina
If he’s a real competitor, he’ll damage his MCL just to one-up John John.
#10 Jordy Smith
Coming off a second place in Rio, all eyes are on the big South African as he sets out to win his first major event since the 2006 O’Neill Grom Prix. Will the tears flow on his homeland?
#8 Kelly Slater
As another US election season is starting to take shape, the 47-year-old social media fanatic could be hungry to prove himself as the most progressive surfer on tour. It will be interesting to see him face off against the right at J-Bay.
#5 Kanoa Igarashi
He’s Japan’s highest rated surfer since Brett Simpson and this is where he found a new gear last year. Let’s hope that he can keep it coming.
#3 Kolohe Andino
A lot of people say that second place is the first loser — if that proves to be true, can he be the first loser to win an event this year?
#2 Stephanie Gilmore
She got 3rd in Brazil and is 3rd in the rankings, but it doesn’t matter because she already won J-Bay just by existing.
#1 Filipe Toledo
The story of this year’s World Title comes down to a single wave — and it’s the one that John hurt himself on in Rio. But when you analyze the data, you can see that Filipe would have never pulled out. It’s about time for a World Title berth.
Springsuit Of The Event
And now, we take a moment of silence to collectively express our gratitude to Owen Wright for his never-ending commitment to the short ams, short legs game.
Word of the story
extremely unpleasant; repulsive.
"a pretty odious character"
Conspiracy theory of the event
John John’s largely plant-based diet was responsible for the collapse of his knee due to the fact that he was consuming enough protein to support an incredibly active human body BUT not enough to make his brain function in a way that jacks him up with enough chemicals to make him feel like throwing a spear at a Wooly Mammoth or surfing like Italo Ferriera/trying to land an air on that section.
Meditation of the event