|Who Blew Up?
How much has been said about this guy and how much more is still to be said? Kelly grabbed the Quik Pro by the scruff of the neck and he didn’t let go. For a guy who was quoted recently in an online video saying “he didn’t care about the future of pro surfing” he sure looked like he cared last week. In the hard, close heats Slater dug deep. When the waves opened up, so did he. Potter said it best when he said “he demands the best of himself” in reference to a hands free backside tube attempt which he didn’t make but was spectacular in it’s ballsyness. The rest of the title contenders must be shitting themselves because he is dangerous at the worst of times, but when he’s on a roll he is almost unstoppable.
This guys surfing is getting better with each event. What a pleasure it is to watch him ride tubes! He was unlucky against Dane, but his time will come. There is no question that he is the new darling of pro surfing.
Pott’s commentary in the Quik Pro was exceptional. His insight and understanding of the competitive mind and his explanation of it to us everyday viewers made the webcast so much more dramatic and interesting. Without him and Barton Lynch (both former world champions) the recent webcasts would be sooo vanilla.
Who Blew it?
1. The tech gremlins in the Quik Pro webcast.
There is not much more frustrating than watching John-John paddling for a BOMB, needing a score when suddenly the feed is dropped and you are left staring at a frozen screen wondering what the hell has just transpired.
2. The ASP.
It seems that this pretty much toothless entity is about to be taken over by what in surfing sports management terms you’d refer to as a Great White Shark, ZoeSea Media. Slater’s brazen and somewhat contradictory snubbing of the ASP system in his recent online interview with Sal Masekela now makes so much more sense. Terry Hardy is Kelly’s manager and he is also John-John Florence’s. He was a prime instigator in the rebel tour mumblings of 2009. Terry has teamed up with Paul Speaker. Paul has held high level posts in the NFL, the entertainment industry and has sat on the board of Quiksilver. To cut a long story short these guys, with ‘King Kelly’ in the background pulling the strings, are going to determine what the future of professional surfing will look like. What will it look like? TheBOMBsurf’s prediction is that it will be bald and hail from Coco Beach Florida for a while yet.
3. The goons who stole Dane Reynold’s boards.
Seriously, karmically you are going to hell for this act. You will stub your toe every time you paddle out, you will grow weird and uncomfortable things in your crotch, you will get skunked, you will get caught inside - often, you will get dropped in on and you will start to hate life as a surfer. How could you steal boards from someone as mellow and chilled as Dane? Still he ripped on his own hand shaped creation which was about his 11th choice of equipment. It says a lot about his level of talent and it will be interesting to see how Dane progresses as a shaper.