There’s an old saying in journalism: “If it bleeds, it leads.” It means, in short, that readers are more attracted to blood than just about anything else. People love a good ol’ fashioned dust up. It doesn’t necessarily mean literal blood, though — it just means that conflict drives views. And in the case of Joel Tudor’s suspension from the Longboarding World Tour, it could be argued that the suspension is likely doing more to bring awareness to longboarding than the longboarding tour ever has.
Joel Tudor has never been one to mince words. He’s famously outspoken, and the most recent example came when he called the WSL out for multiple reasons. Back in February, he posted to his 180,000 followers on Instagram that he took issue with a rumor that the World Surf League had plans to hack the number of stops on the Longboard Tour down to just one.