quinta-feira, 5 de junho de 2014

Gabriel Medina #1 in the world

Well, boys, you can say that you heard first from your good old James B!!! Medina #1. Brazil rules!


segunda-feira, 7 de abril de 2014

ASP judging problems: it´s on!!

We´re right now watching second stop of ASP´s/Zosea 2014 Surfing World Tour.

After a cool event in Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, when for a brief moment we thought that some changes were about to take place, we soon recommence to visualize the good olds issues with ASP.

#1: UNFAIR JUDGING
#2: BIASED COMMENTATORS

#1: UNFAIR JUDGING? SAD AND EASY TO SHOW. Let´s see a few examples that happened only in round 3:

GABRIEL MEDINA x JOHN JOHN FLORENCE

Take one: JJF takes a righthander, puts a little cutback then race down the line and throws a nice air, but with controlling problems to stick the turn. But he completes. CRAZINESS!! Martin Potter and Joe Turpell (the commentators) gets crazy about how freakish is JJF, how he´s the best surfer, his recovering capabilities, etc etc.

SCORE: 8.5, for a cutback and an uncontroled air.
JJF one and a half turn: 8.50

Take two: few minutes after JJF´s 8.5, Medina gets a set wave. Two hacks off the top combo with lot of inversion, then throws a backside air reverse with perfect control and still gets a fourth turn to end the wave.

SCORE: 8.77. Only .27 better than JJF´s prior wave?? NO WAY. Medina´s wave had more variety and control. And lots of risk too. So, JJF´s wave could never be only .27 lower than Medina´s. And you could see how sad commentators was on the booth because their favourite boy was losing again to Medina.

Medina´s 4 turn wave: 8.77


JOEL PARKO x KOLOHE ANDINO

Parko is well known for been absolutely overscored by ASP judges. But sometimes Richie Porta´s criteria is over the top! In his heat against Kolohe Andino he gets an 8.50 and a 6.0 for waves with no consequence and risk. Unfair. Kolohe was in his traditional mood, and couldn´t win any heat in that day, but still, watching your opponent be overscored all heat long doesn´t help with anybody´s confidence.

Parko´s 8.5. Unfair to Kolohe and to the spectators on the beach and over the web. Sad.


JULIAN WILSON x FILIPE TOLEDO

That was sad too. It´s unbeliavable how Julian Wilson get scores with waves with no major manouvres. Richie Porta´s judges gave him a 7.17 for a wave that wasn´t a 5.5. Unfair.
Julian is actually needing some help form the judging pannel, as nothing brillant happened in 2014 so far.

The key factor is: When you compete with a surfer that is a media/judges darling, you really need to outsurf your oponent AND the judges pre adjusted will to give that guy better scores. That´s not fair. And a professional sport should be fair! Is not the best surfer in the judges pre-formed opinion that must win a heat. The winner must be the surfer who surfed the best in THAT heat, counting his two best waves!

#2: COMMENTATORS BIAS - EASY TO SHOW

Just take heat analyzer and rewatch a heat. Let´s talk about something that bothers me for a long time. This shit used to be very frequent in Kelly Slater´s heats, but nowadays is much more spread. 

When guys like Kelly, JJF, Parko and Julian Wilson goes to a turn and that turn evetually loses some control (but is completed), what commentators says: 

"What a HUGE turn from John John!! Is amazing his hability to recover from a difficult situation and complete the manouver!! He´s gonna get huge points for that!!"

If that same turn is done by a non biased/media darling surfer, what commentators says:

"Well, it was a nice turn form Freddy P, but he´s lost some control. This lack of control may affect his potencial on that wave!! He´s gonna lose points for that!!"

Alright: if is Kelly´s or JJF wave, they get compliments for losing and recovering control. If is a "normal" ASP surfer, they get a lower score.

Try to reflect on that. Commentators using different criterias to analyse professional surfers in their ASP world tour heats THAT´S UNFAIR. 

I´m really pissed of with this non-changing aspects of ASP.







domingo, 16 de março de 2014

Few notes about the Quiksilver Pro 2014

Hey, boys, i´ve been too happy with Gabriel Medina´s win on the openning event of ASP/ZoSea´s 2014 tour, but, as a surf fan, i couldn´t let pass a few facts that i  have noticed in Snapper. Let´s go the 3 first:

Funny: Kolohe Andino having a NO from an aussie kid in his high five attempt: well, i like Kolohe, but it must hurt a lot in his sponsor eyes as their 2 million dolars/year surfing athlete doesn´t get to be  an idol to the young kids. Sorry, Brother, but it was too fun see the kid dodging you, so i had to put here as a fun fact.


Not funny: Jeremy Flores, the injusticed: was nothing but lack of character the Jeremy Flores attempt to guilt Adriano de Sousa in their interference affair. Here´s two screenshots: one from the wave in question, where you can see Jeremy surfing and clearly Flores could see Adriano paddling from 15 feet away. So YES, it was Flores who should have avoided the situation (don´t forget priority was with Adriano). So shame on you, Jeremy!

Mr. Flores, what a shame

And in the second screenshot, just to show the point, is Jeremy having a fight on the water in Australia during a recent ASP competition.
Jeremy, the good boy


A lesson: Joel Parko in cruising mode, having fun... and then having a shocker: In the final, until Medina´s 8,5 score (5 minutes to the end), Parko was in cruising mode. He was taking his waves, connecting to the inside, having fun and putting a show to his local crowd. In 3 waves, he jumped off in the end smiling to the crowd and to the jet ski driver. Just as he did in his semi final against Adriano de Sousa. Just watch the heat analyzer, you´ll see.

What happened? He got absolutely tired. When Medina got his two scores, few minutes before the heat´s end, Joel yet had a last opportunity, but ended up falling in the last turn. No more legs to burn.

And that´s why Gabriel Medina won the final. And some nice screenshots:

Parko having a good time!!!!!

Humble Medina changing things

Things changed: desperate housewife. "Oh, no, Joel... second again?????"

quinta-feira, 6 de março de 2014

Kelly Slater, new ASP´s owner. And what now??

The new boss


Man, i´m getting really mad about all this ASP/ZoSea deal!

Why the hell international media doesn´t comment about Kelly Slater being new ASP boss??

Is not possible that people on media cannot join the dots.

Deal?? Was for free!!!


Few years ago, Kelly tried to create the Rebel Tour, almost did it. 

And then, in 2013, ZoSea takes over ASP, headed by WHO?? Terry Hardy, Kelly´s manager!!!! What a coincidence!! C´mon!!! 

Terry Hardy? Yeah, right... Is not Kelly´s tour...


I don´t remember to read on surfing media anything about Slater taking control of ASP. Why not?? People are afraid of talk about? Where´s the surfing professional journalists??

Well, boys, this is gonna be a short post. I´m pissed about things like that.

quarta-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2014

ASP´s new rules: are the surfers taking part of their future?

Owen Right, 2014 ASP wildcard


As we´re only about a few days from ZoSea´s new ASP world tour in 2014, i´ve noticed that one of this year´s  wildcard, Owen Wright, was granted with a very high seed: 13th.

This new rule creates a very easier way to Owen in 2014, as he´s gonna face lower seeds in his event heats.

Is that fair?? I know, Owen had a big injury last year (wasn´t not the only, by the way, but i truly think he deserves 100% the wildcard). But what about other guys who fought the whole year for a good ranking placement? They´re just put below O. Right and will have a harder task in 2014.

I even understand the ideia of giving to the wildcard a seed closer to his last year seed. But things change a lot in surfing, and Owen´s 10th place in 2012 couldn´t be the same in 2013. But he was gifted anyways.

Question: rules like that are being discussed with the surfers? Or ASP´s just throwing decisions as they want? More: as Kieren Perrow as Comissioner, how independent or biased are gonna be his calls? Not here to say that K.P .is a biased guy. My point is: how representative is international surfing being on ASP right now?

If ASP is an ASSOCIATION of professional surfers, some decisions shouldn´t be taken in group mode?

I know, surfing as a sport and a business is living in hard times, but a few years ago, surfers seemed to have at least more participation in ASP´s calls.

Am i too naive? Can somebody tell me how ASP´s black box is working right now?


segunda-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2014

Bad behavior is from everywhere?

Hi, guys! I got tired of reading in online internacional forums how hassler and claimers brazilian competitors are.

Americans and Australians surfers don´t waste one single opportunity to yell about how aggressive surfers like Adriano de Sousa, Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo surf in ASP heats (just to name the most quoted).

Well, is that really true?? Not in my opinion! Brazilians are very competitive surfers, but they are good sportsmen. But international media IS really biased about them.

Let´s show some great examples of how surfers worldwide can be very bad boys in their heats?

Ozzie Stuart Kennedy trying to suffocate little Kainoa Igarashi in a heat in Australia in 2014!! No comments about that in international media. But if the choker was a brazilian surfer??  What an international drama, woudn´t be???

And about hassling?? Well, Dingo Morrison (AUS again) is well known for his competitive acting:

Here, Dingo pulling a Hobgood leash in Pipeline!

Hassling?? Don´t you know the Goldie crowds, mate??

Surf love in Duranbah

CJ is another one who´s not affraid of been aggressive and yell loud in heats

Aggression in the midle of a heat, Australia

Joel Parko in Portugal

As long as the media AND online surfers keep the focus in how "aggressive" brazilian competitors are, surfing world will get the same old image!! Absolutely unfair with the new great generation of brazilian surfers around ASP.


Why not to show things  in surfing how they really are? The whlole frame?? Let´s stop bias and prejudice and make our sport more democratic and free for everybody!





sexta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2014

ASP 2014 (ZoSea): the good old problems remain?

Well,

we´ve been waiting for a few months for the "new" ASP to arrive.

After acquiring  the whole ASP for free, ZoSea (read Kelly Slater), announces its first news for 2014.

- A new commentators team (more or less the same), not too many problems on that.

- It seems that head judge Richie Porta continues. (Great, great news for guys like  Joel Parko and Julian Wilson: improved scores on the way, boys!!!)

Great news for Parko!! Porta is still there!


- A new fresh air of liberty seemed appear.... Lewis Samuels with his Power Rankings on ASP´s new website??? Nice!!

Where´s Lewis on ASP´s  surfing media??


NEW ASP`S FIASCO #1:
Well, not so nice, as in less than 48 hours after his first taste on ASP, Lewis page just disappeared.... ANd his presence on ASP 2014 is gone too!! What The fuck??? It seems that our brand new ASP has some old bad habits still very present on board.

First ASP´s censored post of the year!!

ASP guys, didn´t you know Lewis before?? That guy is a truth teller!! If ASP only wanna have some sugar boys writing sugar content, why did you asked for him??

In our digital world, people need and like more and more engagement, the real deal, and not uninteresting content made to dumb people. Watch out, Terry H. and K.S.

We´´ll be watching closely!!