Brodie Carr Resigns from ASP

“It is my duty to accept responsibility for the recent calculation error that resulted in the premature crowning of Kelly Slater’s 11th ASP World Title,” Brodie Carr said. “Ultimately, the responsibility for every activity within ASP lies with me. Therefore, I have elected to resign my position as CEO.” Photo: ASP/Kirstin


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Last week the Association of Surfing Professionals mistakenly awarded Kelly Slater his eleventh World Title. After the mathematical error was discovered via Twitter, Kelly Slater alerted the ASP and returned the title. One day later, he won it back. The ASP apologized the following day, and admitted its embarrassment regarding the oversight, but apparently, the event had a deeper impact as CEO Brodie Carr announced his resignation today.

“It is my duty to accept responsibility for the recent calculation error that resulted in the premature crowning of Kelly Slater’s 11th ASP World Title,” Brodie Carr said. “The determination of the ASP World Title is the most important moment in professional surfing. Ultimately, the responsibility for every activity within ASP lies with me. Therefore, I have elected to resign my position as CEO.”

Richard Grellman, Independent Chairman of the ASP Board, will temporarily act as Executive Chairman while a global search for a new CEO is undertaken.

“The Board of Directors met today and reluctantly accepted the resignation of Brodie Carr,” Richard Grellman said. “We would like to recognize his valuable contribution over the last six years and wish him every success in the future.”

When asked to comment on Carr’s resignation, ASP International Media Director Dave Prodan provided the following response via email:

Brodie Carr has navigated the ASP through arguably the most exciting and difficult six years the sport of surfing has ever seen and he has done so with class and effectiveness despite a number of daunting hurdles. He considers all the activities within the ASP to be his personal responsibility and, in light of our organization’s ASP World Title calculation error last week, he has determined that the best course of action for pushing the sport forward is to resign.

I, personally, am disappointed in this decision as he has been a close colleague and inspiring leader to me since I began at ASP five years ago and I’ve always valued his opinion. I think his decision to resign is characteristic of his selflessness and passion to see the sport succeed. I’m confident that he will become an asset wherever he decides to go next.

At the moment, there are no candidates for the replacement, but the ASP Board of Directors will begin a global search immediately.

  • mccormick

    resign? pretty dumb as if your only responsibility is to add and subtract pro tour ratings

  • MelissaSchuler72

    That dave prodan is alway a class act. Is he a candidate for the job?

  • Chad

    Everyone makes mistakes.That one isn’t worth resigning for.

  • Patrick Hasburgh

    there is no resign to resign; it was an honest error… big deal.  Moving on.

  • Jason Torres

    I agree with Melissa. He is always level-headed and articulate. Also, I remember he was in that piece on City Events and he had some good points. Inertia interview on candidacy of one of us?

  • Eric

    Personally, I think the error is kind of a big deal if the ASP expects people to take competitive surfing seriously.  Like others have stated however, a first time offense doesn’t warrant a resignation.  Suck it up and move on.

    Sounds more like he’s over it.  The ASP that is.  Or the pressure from who’s really running the show..

  • Son Of Sam

    Where is Al Baydough to laugh this off as a “nothing” issue? Where is his response that “this happens in all sport?” Where is his massive defence of Brodie Carr? The ASP? The first shoe just fell.

    You felt it, right?

    Is this the right thread to make this comment? Is it wrong to point out that the ASP is just a puppet mechanism for the three established retailers that really run the show? Is it wrong to point out that these retailers are guilty of obfuscation on truth… especially when it comes to Andy Irons?

     http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/asp-to-introduce-drug-testing-from-2012/story-e6frg7mf-1226191172206

    That won’t correct corporate greed, but it will target the personal demons everyone here seems so intent to focus on. F**k Andy’s demons. F**k Bobby Martinez Demons.

    Where is the truth?

    Brodie had no control over anyting. The ASP is a non-entity in reality. The retailers run the ASP. They control the surfers. They feed the surfers. They enable the surfers.

    #Learn2Swim

    • Al Baydough

      Two words:

       Penn State

       

      • Stu

         I’ll see your Penn State and raise you and Andy Irons.

        • Al Baydough

          You call that a raise? Yeah, Irons ODing is so much worse than a fifteen year pedophile binge under one of the greatest college football legacies of all time.

           You just outdid yourself. You truly are a complete f**k-wit. There is obviously no point whatsoever in continuing any form of dialogue with you, not even for my own twisted amusement. Goodbye. 

          • Stu

            not worse at all.  but if you’re comparing Carr to JoPa, both are responsible through acts of omission.  But you’re right – I’m sure AI’s kid will feel his daddy’s death was less important than the PSU molestations.

          • Stu

            not worse at all.  but if you’re comparing Carr to JoPa, both are responsible through acts of omission.  But you’re right – I’m sure AI’s kid will feel his daddy’s death was less important than the PSU molestations.

          • Sebastian

            Stu & SOS: while Andy’s death was tragic, he was an adult and as such responsible for his actions and what he chose to put into his body, regardless of who enabled him or covered it up. What happened at PSU was about enabling a rapist to bugger defenseless, vulnerable children. Does that sound like equivalent situations to you?! Get a f*cking grip – you should be ashamed for even trying to draw a comparison.

          • Stu

            so what you’re saying is that it was ok for the ASP to stand by and watch AI self-destruct?  Again, I’m sure his kid, also a defenseless little child, will grow to wish they had done more.  

          • Son Of Sam

            Sebastien,

            Uhhh, Al Baydough is the one who drew the comparison. Ludicrous, I agree.

            And if you opened your eyes, you would see this issue goes into Corporations giving underage kids illegal drugs to entice them into the scene. Again, Andy is the lightening rod… NOT THE STORY.

          • Stu

            but making it that much more interesting, it appears JoPa has hired Billabong’s top-notch PR team to deal with the current fiasco.  Story is that JoPa didn’t do more because he had dengue fever.

          • Son Of Sam

            Sebasten, it was Al Baydough who drew the comparison.

            Andy is the lightening rod, not the story. The story goes as far back as Corporate reps giving illegal substances to underage kids to entice them into signing with their teams.

          • Al Baydough

            Your reading comprehension is laughable. Go back to school. You really need it.

          • Son Of Sam

            Basic Math wasn’t my strongsuit. But Al, I counted two Penn State references in two separate comments in this thread, about Brodie Carr’s resignation, before I even brought it up.

            So yes, you drew the correlation. Not me.

            As far as school goes, I am pretty sure I’ve got you one-upped in every way.

            As my commentary here is dumbed down for people like you.

          • Stu

            Easy SOS, Al is likely to insult you with one of his favorite quotes now.  It’ll be up to you, however, to discover the true meaning of the same since he’s not one for particulars.

          • Dandaman

            FINALLY. You have my attention, please continue.

          • Dandaman

            Finally. Something worthy of attention. Please continue.

          • Al Baydough

            I’m with Dandaman: that is a point worth developing.

             This was also a major issue in college and pro sports recruitments. Probably still is. 

             We do have to accept that this problem will never go away. Drugs will always claim the random “victim” now and again. I doubt many of us here would have the fortitude to “just say no” under similar circumstances. 

             To clarify, I brought up the Penn State horror because peeps on here were acting like the premature (but absolutely inevitable) crowning of Slater was tantamount to serious criminal activity. My bad thinking everyone who read that would have the intelligence to see how obvious it was. Context and perspective have been blown out of all proportion on this subject. 

          • Son Of Sam

            Al, once the facts about the Penn State thing came out… the Media have been all over it. There are hundreds of media vans camped outside Penn State right now.

            After Andy Irons died, Billabong told people it was Dengue Fever, and then they said drugs (after the police report), then 5 months later they admitted to funding his rehab. Again, this is not about Andy’s personal demons. This is about systematic drug enablement of a three time champion by a Corporation. Follow the dots from Michael Tomson, to Blair Marlin to Kai. Follow Andy’s career. Listen to what people on the streets of the NS are saying.

            The Surf Media have said nothing about ANY of this.

            People like you and Dandaman want to stick you fingers in your ears and pretend this is all just conspiracy or just paparazzi baloney.

            If you think blowing the calculation for a World Champion prematurely is “just a joke” then you’ve proven my point: The ASP and everything connected with Pro Surfing IS a JOKE. One big fucking ruse to cover up the insane corruption that permeates every level of the Corporate Surf World.

            Watch Fred Pawle over the next few days.

            He was the one who finally broke out the story about Sarge diddling pro surfers against their will when no one else would talk about it.

          • Son Of Sam

            Al, once the facts about the Penn State thing came out… the Media have been all over it. There are hundreds of media vans camped outside Penn State right now.

            After Andy Irons died, Billabong told people it was Dengue Fever, and then they said drugs (after the police report), then 5 months later they admitted to funding his rehab. Again, this is not about Andy’s personal demons. This is about systematic drug enablement of a three time champion by a Corporation. Follow the dots from Michael Tomson, to Blair Marlin to Kai. Follow Andy’s career. Listen to what people on the streets of the NS are saying.

            The Surf Media have said nothing about ANY of this.

            People like you and Dandaman want to stick you fingers in your ears and pretend this is all just conspiracy or just paparazzi baloney.

            If you think blowing the calculation for a World Champion prematurely is “just a joke” then you’ve proven my point: The ASP and everything connected with Pro Surfing IS a JOKE. One big fucking ruse to cover up the insane corruption that permeates every level of the Corporate Surf World.

            Watch Fred Pawle over the next few days.

            He was the one who finally broke out the story about Sarge diddling pro surfers against their will when no one else would talk about it.

          • Al Baydough

            The media did touch on AI’s addiction well before his death. The various media sources did not present a unified voice concerning his demise. Granted, it took Outside Magazine to truly rattle the cages but pretty much everyone I know in the surf world (and that’s a lot of people) was hep to Andy’s issues years before this happened; it was discussed openly and AI was himself fairly transparent about his pleasure pursuits. You need to get your facts straight. 

             Regulating illegal substances in any sport is very costly and difficult. Look how long it took for the MLB to out the rampant use of steroids. Look how long it took for cycling to out Armstrong. And these are far larger organizations with infinitely more money to allocate for drug testing.

             But screw all of this. What’s utterly pathetic is that anyone would equate a completely minor mathematical mistake with the death of one of its greatest stars. There’s something wrong with people who do such things and it has nothing to do with professional sports, let alone pro surfing. You’d be better served focusing your attention inwards. This forum is not the kind of therapy you need.

          • Stu

            Did you like my daddy guitar story Jeff? 

    • Dandaman

      Whinge. blame, conspiracy,  whine, moan. Like droplets of drizzle on my windscreen, a mild irritant easily wiped away. Piter pater piter pater.

  • Al Baydough

    Looking at the magnitude of vehemence in the posts concerning this truly minor issue  you’d think Carr had pulled a Sandusky. 

     What’s next? Upstaging the OP Pro riots and trampling families to death on the beach over an over/underscored wave? Are your lives really this sad?

     People are f-ing insane. With any luck the next asteroid will be a direct hit.

  • The dingo ate my baby!

    Ha Blasphemy Rottmouth is back!
    Well the first time I’ve noticed it anyway.
    How long could he/ she stay away from the festering sore?
    Welcome back – good luck perservering into the headwinds.

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