Surging is all the rage these days, however is surfing a sport or a lifestyle?
Here are a few reasons to ban surfing from the 2020 Olympic Games. 5 questions to ask yourself regarding if surfing should be banned as an official Olympic Sport?
Seriously though if you think (and I cringe to even use this word) “sport” of surfing should be included in the Olympics just look at what the IOC did for snowboarding. Your average Joe, Mom and Pop now thinks of snowboarding as a combination of gymnastics meets aerial skiing. This is possibly the worst way to showcase snowboarding and is dangerous as hell. When the youth of today or tomorrow see snowboarders on television doing triple corks in the air, well imitation is the greatest form of flattery, the hiccup becomes if you don’t stick that triple cork, you may end up drinking out of a straw and cruising around like Superman for the rest of you life. Olympic Surfing will not bring out the best of our lifestyles..
2. Drug Testing
Do we really need or want to drug test someone like Kelly Slater? What about Gabriel Medina, and all the rest of the boys. Heaven forbid the “real world” finds out that surfers enjoy smoking weed and drinking beers after a session. Or maybe that’s just me? This is what the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) has this to say about drug testing “Athletes, coaches, trainers, judges, media and staff can and will be tested, but selections are entirely random. – SURFER MAGAZINE. PEDs, (performance enhancing drugs) are most likely not something surfers or the media are taking, not even AI… If you look like a body builder odd are likely you’ll have a tough time paddling a surfboard into the lineup, unless your name is Laird.
“I swim but I wish I never learned, The water’s too polluted with germs” – Bradley Nowell of Sublime. Do I really need to go on here? Our oceans are filthy, surfers know this but the general public might still be clueless considering the amount of people you see fishing of the piers in Southern California. Growing up as a surfer I fondly remember the local beaches being closed to public due to health concerns, sometimes it would last for days or weeks on end. Whether it was oil spills, medical waste washing ashore, rain runoff or just about every nasty thing you could imagine, there were numerous times as waterman where you really had to question your health and sanity when paddling out mid winter. Is surfing worth an ear infection, a third leg or worse?? Prior to the start of the Rio Pro surf competition in 2015, the WSL (World Surf League) was forced to cancel their backup venue due to pollution issues. Athletes health should NEVER be put at risk for a silly medal.
4. Beat it Kook..
If you surf then you’re most likely aware that most surf spots (any decent ones) are packed full of kooks, myself included. Surfing took off in the 50’s with the beach boys fad, Gidget and what not. Now anyone that “owns a surfboard” can call them selves a surfer. There was a time less than 60 years ago when most surf spots were empty. Nostalgia aside there are currently well over 2 million surfers in the US alone. And this isn’t really a surfing country like Australia or Brazil. As more any more people get into surfing those of us looking for unspoiled waves are really going to have to start traveling to far remote parts of the globe. You can blame social media, Tom Carey, Sean Collins and a whole slew of surfers in the industry for blowing up spots as of late, if you think the waters crowded now, wait till surfing is shown on NBC during Prime Time… Locals only, ha that died in the 90’s!
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5. Lifestyle Monetization
Enough already, please stop trying to make a buck of the life that some people have dedicated themselves too. Look at the music industry, are they putting guitar players against one another to see whos best? Not a chance. Surfing should not be competitive, it should be about having fun, connecting with nature and if you’re doing it right getting barreled. There are people that have completely checked out of the modern world, traded in everything they own, friends and even families is search of that perfect possibly un-ridden wave. Some of the best surfers in the world, Travis Potter comes to mind don’t even have a phone, they live off the land with only one goal in life, to be in the water as much as possible. Good luck trying to make a buck off feral surfers living among malaria infested beaches. Or maybe that’s what the IOC should show for the “sport” of surfing instead of dudes groveling over knee high waves around Tokyo in 2020.
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