surf forums, a barometer of surfing’s decline, updated.
Surfing website forums – where so many have a gnarly avatar and a brutal attitude, together with a great and withstanding knowledge of the laws that govern conspiracy, corporate malfeasance and how to get money out of a liquidation the day before the liquidator drives into the carpark in his gold Bentley – are becoming as interesting as reading a second hand book on Australian Commercial Law.
Swellnet, for instance, not the most salubrious site on surfing available – where so many want to talk about business, and from a professional perspective – that’s because half the the bastards are in business, asamatteroffact these gentleman are sitting at their desks being paid minimum $250 per H and here they are streaming their stellar piss on Sellnought’s fragrant wind.
Some people go to Tech to learn how to be an accountant, others read selected Swellnet forums. There is an idiosyncrasy in this, because not only do surfers know the feeling, surfers are also rebels without a cause. So why are we reading half-baked, misinformed and, you must admit, very fucking boring public utterances from a bunch of pear-shaped suits sitting in carpeted cubes sixty stories in the air .. ? And who lately seem to be fixated on unwholesome subjects most normal men of forty plus would rather avoid lest the good wife and kiddies find out.
Realsurf, for instance – and may I preface this personal onslaught by saying that Newport is the home of some very fine surfers, very fine, all six of them, and how they are thrust at you in the bookshops and papershops.
One Realsurf forum has a thread that is, in reality, a column – and it is called Ask Carroll. There have been 90,000 plus views registered on this thread, and 1,600 comments appended. Mathematic principle demands it of me to produce a meaningful number out of this, and that is – that there are 38,986 surfers, worldwide, who feel it necessary to ask Nick Carroll a question, or at least listen in to what he has to offer someone else for their troubles.
And all in public.
We You .. have a problem.