If you’re an astute observer of pro surfing, especially of the longboard variety, you’ve likely stumbled upon a groundswell of dissent among competitive longboarders recently directed at the World Surf League. The kerfuffle can largely be traced back to a (now deleted) Instagram post in early February by Joel Tudor, reigning longboard world champion and San Diego surf icon. Tudor’s main bone to pick with the WSL has been his contention that the League intends to scrap the longboard tour. WSL officials told us in February when we reached out, however, that they were waiting to make a statement until tour dates were solidified.
There’s little doubt that Tudor is one of the most influential – and gifted – surfers to ever wax it up. He’s carried the log-riding torch most of his career. And he’s done it better than anyone. Normal surfers get him. But his social media posts – and perhaps discussions with WSL officials we’ll never be privy to – have apparently gone too far. The World Surf League announced today that it had suspended Tudor from all surf-related League events, effective immediately.