Yes! Yes! and hopefully!
Oh I won‚Äôt lie. It makes me weep with pure joy when Kelly Slater, world‚Äôs greatest surfer, 11 x champ, Pam Anderson/Cam Diaz/Gisele B√ľndchen/Slater Designs/OuterKnown etc. swings by BeachGrit for a chat. Of course he has better things to do, it goes without saying, but it shows that he still cares about our little dance. That, at his core, he is a grumpy local too.
@kellyslater Funny. Cheap. Character revealing.
Oooee and very to the point. Very Hemingway-esque but would you allow me to ramble on a bit in response? Kelly, would you mind if I went point by point in a drifting sort of Melville-ian way?
I think so too. Very funny. I have giggled about it every single day for two months.
Now I assume Kelly means ‚Äúcheap‚ÄĚ as in ‚Äúlow.‚ÄĚ Others have felt the same. That it is needlessly bullying a poor woman who happened to make the honest mistake of putting her surfboard fins in backward.
It‚Äôs funny. And funny covers a multitude of sins but also it‚Äôs not ‚Äúsome poor woman‚ÄĚ it‚Äôs the Chief Marketing Officer of the World Surf League, an organization that has been utterly dismissive of the wants/needs/hopes of its most diehard fans since it transitioned from the ASP. The image is a perfect symbol of the league‚Äôs deafness. Of its complete unwillingness to engage the workaday ‚Äúgrumpy locals‚ÄĚ who love pro surfing in spite of themselves.
I begged for an interview with Beth when the photo first broke and it would have been the perfect opportunity for the WSL to show its sense of humor. The story would have been, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre all beautiful kooks!‚ÄĚ and a list of all our regular transgressions. But, just like in the ex-CEO Paul Speaker era, the Santa Monica office locked its doors and frowned angrily.
Surfing ain‚Äôt an angry frown. It is funny. It is ridiculous. It is the most absurd yet joyful dance on earth.
I hope so. BeachGrit, like surfing, is a place to laugh and have fun and not be serious and partake in the absurd joyful dance. The world is melting down around us and I‚Äôll be damned if I let surfing melt too by getting turned into some furrowed brow‚Äôd empty but successful business.
To hell with that.
We need surfing more than we ever have before and that is the truth.