Vote in the POLL on the video. What do you guys think?
This video is NOT about Gabe or Kelly, it’s about the WSL allowing open ended rules, where surfers can do this, and be rewarded for it. Gabe dropped in down the line, it was dangerous and Kelly was lucky he saw him and pulled out before they collided. WSL condone this conduct and have indicated that this behaviour ‘is part of the game’. It’s not part of any game at a local break, why on the World Tour? WSL are damaging surfing’s public image, the vast majority don’t want to see this in surfing. There is NO rule about dropping in down the line, unless the position of the offending surfer, is deemed outside of the takeoff zone. (Read rules below). The WSL is allowing a blatant dishonouring of their duty of care. Also, any kids and newcomers to surfing see their idol ‘surfing god’ doing this, and what will they do, emulate them in the local or any lineup.
153.08 “Blocking Rule” in Priority Situations – The Priority Surfer will
lose priority if in the opinion of the Head Judge or Priority Judge
(a) Paddle in front of the non-Priority Surfer to deliberately
impede them from catching a wave.
(b) Position themselves in the take off zone to prevent
another Surfer from catching a wave.
(c) Use their priority by either paddling for or taking off on a
wave to block their opponent when the Surfer with priority
appears to have had no intention to score. In this situation
priority can be awarded regardless of which Surfer reaches
the take-off zone first after the Ride.
154.09: Using Priority
An interference can be called on a Surfer with Priority if, in the opinion of the Priority or Head Judge, the Surfer utilises their priority in an unsportsmanlike manner to intentionally block another surfer with lower or no Priority outside of the Primary Take-off Zone. For the avoidance of doubt, a violation of this Article does not mean an automatic violation of Article 154.10.
154.10 Serious Unsportsmanlike Interference
If the Discipline Director and Commissioner’s Office determine that an interference during an Event was intentional, unsportsmanlike and of a serious nature, notwithstanding any penalty available under Article 178 (which may include suspension from Events or an entire Tour), a Surfer will lose the benefit of counting their best Event result when calculating their Ranking on the relevant Tour (e.g. if this Article is violated at a QS Event, their QS Ranking will be effected). Notwithstanding any resulting discipline being imposed by the Discipline Director, the heat in question can be re-surfed if determined by the Head Judge that the result was affected by the Surfer’s conduct referred to within this Article.
Article 172: Damage to Surfing’s Image
Individuals bound by this Policy shall not engage in any conduct which could cause damage to the image of the sport of surfing. For purposes of this Article, “damage to the image of the sport of surfing” is defined as any act, regardless of time or place, which casts the sport of surfing or WSL in a negative light. Without restricting the application of this Article, “damage to the sport of surfing” will include any comments or broadcast from social media accounts that the Surfer is responsible for. Any Surfer found in violation of this section shall be subject to the
following disciplinary action:
(i) Monetary Fines and Disqualification.
The monetary fine amounts for an offense of this Article ranges from ,000 USD to ,000 USD per offense.
(ii) Suspension and Expulsion.
Any offender under this Article may be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from an WSL Tour upon the first offense. Where multiple offenses occur within one or more concurrent seasons which demonstrate a pattern of unacceptable conduct, the Surfer may also be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from the WSL.
It’s not even like Medina was threatened anyway, was it? Kelly was combo’d. AND Medina turned back into Kelly, a blocking move. Bit of a low act, a win at any cost mentality and rewarded for it. AND, he retained priority after this, isn’t that great? No thanks!
Perhaps something good will come from Gabe’s actions. Let’s hope so.
The public don’t like it. The general consensus both on youtube and facebook indicates, as do the poll results, that the public deem this ‘not part of the game’.
Video compiled by gredwa. Edited in Windows Movie Maker.