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ISA and That Surf Tour Unified On Olympics

by The Editors on December 20, 2017

The International Surfing Association (ISA) today announced an agreement with a certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) on the qualification principles for surfing in the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020.

In principle, the agreement will see up to 18 of the 40 places at the Games reserved for WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers (10 men and eight women), with the remaining 22 places determined at the 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, and a single slot (each for men and women) for the host nation (Japan).. . With the support of the WSL, the ISA eligibility rules for Olympic participation will require surfers to make themselves available for their national teams to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2019 and 2020 and, if selected by their National Federation, to participate.

A little less that half the surfers will come from theSounds like a nice compromise. For the official word, from the two organizations, please follow the jump.

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Ziff’s Next Surf Pond: Palm Beach

by The Editors on October 30, 2017

Billionaire Dirk Ziff, who left his position on the board of The Weinstein Company earlier this month, appears to be planning a second of his wave ponds in Florida, according to a story in the Palm Beach Post

Palm Beach County commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved zoning for a wave park planned by . . .  billionaire Dirk Ziff.

Ziff, the co-owner of a certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport), already owns one surf pond in Lemoore, California. Ziff was at the commissioners meeting, however he reportedly didn’t comment on the pond, the construction plans, or anything else.

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Jose Cuervo: Corpo Surfing’s New Best Friend

by The Editors on October 25, 2017

Nothing puts the stamp of quality on a sporting entertainment property like a good old hard alcohol sponsorship. And that’s what a certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) is doing with Jose Cuervo, according to a story on SportsProMedia.

Under the deal, which covers the remainder of this year, Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional brand will be aligned with two upcoming contests: next month’s season-ending Maui Women’s Pro, and the Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop on the men’s Championship Tour, in December. . . “The partnership between the WSL and Jose Cuervo Tradicional is a great fit culturally,” said Beth Greve, the WSL’s chief commercial officer. “The WSL is thrilled to work with such a prestigious and famous brand, and one that has been endemic to beach culture for almost 40 years.”

Epidemic to beach culture indeed. 

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Jeep Apparently Still Follows Pro Surfing

by The Editors on September 8, 2017

Seems that the marketing people from Jeep are still paying attention to events produced by a certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production even if the rest of us have given up. Jeep has reportedly signed “a long-term renewal and expansion of their global partnership” with said privately owned entertainment company. This is a good reminder that these deals have less to do with real audience than with how well event sales people are at mirage marketing. (Side note: today is a lay day for the Trestles surf content production event.)

For the official word from the privately owned entertainment company behind the Jeep deal, please follow the jump.

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Surf Event Production Company CEO Leaving

by The Editors on January 12, 2017

The CEO of a privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streamed content production (mostly surfing sport) announced yesterday (Wednesday, January 11, 2017) that he is leaving the company that he helped create.

“It has always been my intention to pass the baton to someone at the right time to lead the next phase of what we have all created,” he said. “I believe that time is now. With the acquisition of the Kelly Slater Wave Company, we are at a remarkable inflection point in the League’s history and we are ready for a new leader who can guide the organization to even greater accomplishments.”

We did not have high hopes for the organization when it began, however, it has done an amazing job of packaging and presenting pro surfing to the global audience. We still believe the global audience which they are selling sponsorship against is much smaller than their business (and their high production values) can viably support, but they have survived for five years and likely will keep going as long as their current interim CEO wants to.

As we have mentioned before, this CEO appears to have a knack for leaving companies just before they implode. This could be because he’s such a great leader that the companies are unable to survive without him, or maybe it’s  a sixth sense for getting out just in time. Either way, it will be sad to see him go — especially for those who enjoyed making fun of him.

For the official exit message from the CEO, please follow the jump.

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2 John Florence Wins World Title, Etc. . .

by The Editors on October 25, 2016

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It took him six years, but 2 John Florence has finally won his first world surfing title.

His placing into the final at the MEO Rip Curl Pro (and ultimately winning the event) has earned him an excess of points that puts him above the rest of the field of his peers, claiming the world title. This sweet victory sends him into his favorite stop on the World Tour, and into his own backyard, the infamous Pipeline. A win there would surely be the cherry on top of an incredible season.

For the official word from Florence’s wrist-based time keeping device sponsor and more words from the privately owned entertainment company responsible for producing these surfing events, please follow the jump.
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Hurley Pro: Medina vs. Gudauskas Hoopla

by The Editors on September 12, 2016

We’d like to interrupt the squabbling regarding the Round 3 Heat 7 match up between Gabriel Medina and Tanner Gudauskas at the Hurley Pro that has been boiling nearly nonstop for days now to make an announcement: the surfers, the judges, and the events are the exclusive property of a privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streaming whose primary focus is making money for the company’s owners. Everything else is just a ruse. Now, back to your squabbles.

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Hurley Pro: The Boys Are Back in Town

by The Editors on September 1, 2016

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Hey SoCal, you like watching the big boys play in the smoothest, rampiest, most consistent contest waves in the world? Now is your only real chance to see how a certain privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streaming content production does it right in your own backyard, with the Hurley Pro at Trestles. The show begins September 7, 2016 with a window open until September 18, 2016.

With four events remaining on this year’s CT a thrilling three-way title race is emerging between John John Florence (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA). Florence and Wilkinson are on the hunt for their first world title while Medina looks to reclaim his 2014 surfing crown. . . Florence will wear the coveted Jeep Leader Jersey heading into the Hurley Pro after taking back-to-back runner-up finishes as the previous two events on the CT in South Africa and Tahiti. Florence, whose best result at Lower Trestles was a second place in 2014, will be looking to improve on last year’s 25th place finish at the event and extend his lead heading into the European leg of the tour. Florence will face Davey Cathels (AUS) and either Brett Simpson (USA) or Tanner Gudauskas (USA) in Round 1.

And remember, if you only watch one round, make it Round 1. That’s the round that everyone is in. Duh! For the official word from that privately owned entertainment company specializing in event and online streaming content production, please follow the jump.

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Jeremy Flores Wins Teahupo’o In A Helmet

by The Editors on August 25, 2015

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Jeremy Flores prevailed over reigning world surfing champion Gabriel Medina at an apparel sponsored event at Teahupo’o, Tahiti today (August 25, 2015) in what was probably one of the most entertaining content production days in a long while. Even more impressive — he accomplished this feat while wearing a helmet.

“Gabriel (Medina) is one really tactical guy so I thought I’m going to play his game,” said Flores. “He’s really aggressive in the water so I thought I’m going to be even more aggressive. Hats off to him, he’s surfed amazing all event and that was definitely one of the hardest heats.”

See what he did there? “Hats off.” Yes, Flores was being literal about the helmet hat. For the official production notes (including full results from the fanal day) from the privately owned entertainment event and online streaming production company responsible for this commercial shoot, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Sally Fitzgibbons Wins At Cloudbreak

by The Editors on June 4, 2015

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Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons did not let a little thing like a busted ear drum get in her way at the Fiji Pro. No, she blasted on through over South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag to defend her win at Cloudbreak.

“I’m so exhausted the tears came out,” said Fitzgibbons. “It’s been such a big couple of days and quite a bit of pain. I just thought whatever the ocean is going to deal up to me I’ll be happy with it. At this stage to have a win is so amazing and I’m just so happy. Credit to the medical staff for taping me up and to everyone supporting me back home – I love you guys, we did it. In the face of adversity this is definitely one of the most special wins I’ve ever had.”

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