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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    I thought it was an interesting interview. I understand Slater's take on divorcing the sponsors from the competitions, but it really isn't that much different from sports like Golf or Tennis where they have a big lead sponsor. So, I'm not sure what would be the ideal setup?
    the main reason, as i understand it, is b/c the SPONSORS (hurley, rip curl, etc...) own the rights to the footage, NOT the ASP. in golf, the PGA still owns the rights to the footage from the tournament, not the main sponsor.

    i enjoyed the interview, but found that there's only just so much actual substance there...i'm sure slater had more to say on the state of pro surfing, on health & wellness, etc...that didn't make the edit of the interview that we all got to see. but it does confirm that mr. slater is one athlete from whom i'd like to hear more about what goes on inside his head. it helps, too, that he's articulate & well-spoken & clearly intelligent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    I thought it was an interesting interview. I understand Slater's take on divorcing the sponsors from the competitions, but it really isn't that much different from sports like Golf or Tennis where they have a big lead sponsor. So, I'm not sure what would be the ideal setup?
    i agree...**** if you dont have sponsors whos gonna give them free boards, wetsuits, wax, shirts, shoes, shorts, pants, belts, belt buckles, wallets, sunglasses, stickers, board bags, air plane tickets, hotel rooms, alcoholic beverages...i need to change careers

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    slater got his wish. nike and hurley just dropped the sponsor at the us open in HB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 757surfer View Post
    slater got his wish. nike and hurley just dropped the sponsor at the us open in HB.
    Gonna be interesting to see who takes that spot.

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    I swear Slater is Poseidon because everything he says somehow works out in his way haha. And yea it is because that contest is probably the largest revenue generator for surfing in the US. whoever picks it up has big shoes to fill. honestly, based off the interview, it would be interesting if the ASP did. however, its in CA at one of the largest surf brand home bases so i think somebody will. I hope Volcom does. Everything that Volcom has been doing lately has been working really well

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    Yeah, I loved the Fiji coverage this year. Also, wasn't Volcom absorbed by a larger company? they probably have the $ to take over this now

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    Did Sal used to work for MTV or Channel 1? He looks familiar
    sal is the guy from the xgames.the host or something like that..hes ok..chris cote on the other hand is a collosal douche!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 757surfer View Post
    I swear Slater is Poseidon because everything he says somehow works out in his way haha. And yea it is because that contest is probably the largest revenue generator for surfing in the US. whoever picks it up has big shoes to fill. honestly, based off the interview, it would be interesting if the ASP did. however, its in CA at one of the largest surf brand home bases so i think somebody will. I hope Volcom does. Everything that Volcom has been doing lately has been working really well
    nobody will ever accomplish what slater did.11 world titles,bet this year is his 12th..hes a superfreak.it doesnt matter how good u surf,its all about the paddle battle.guys like dane reynolds,jj florence,jeremy flores,the surf great but suck in competitions.thats why i dont watch them no more.fuk comps..freesurfing is where its at!!dont get me wrong,if i could make a living doing what i love i would,and i think thats how most kids on here think..but in reality,theres thousands of great up and coming surfers and thats why u wont make it.unless u surf everyday,and im not talkin surfing ****ty jersey waves,or the few days it gets epic,if u surf indo one week,next week your in mexico chasing swells,week 3 your surfing 20ft chopes,then u stand a little chance.but surfing the east coast everyday wont get u anywhere.i surf for fun so i dont care..read kelly slaters book pipe dreams and u will understand why he is the messiah of surfing...................

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    http://70.32.66.235/dbdown.php .....heats on demand in portugal.from rd 5 and up is epic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    I use Watermen's.

    I actually posted to see everyones thoughts on what jimmyslade had to say about the industry's involvement in creating professional surfing as we know it. There have been quite a few threads about X surf company, their influence on the culture, how they bring "kooks" to the sport in droves, etc. etc. It seemed to me that he was trying to say that it has actually held the sport back from developing on its own as most other professional sports have.
    He also mentioned that there is no organization in pro surfing that is not based in the industry. I take exception to that because I thought that's what the ISA is all about.
    Bottom line, I think he was alluding to the fact that things are not going so hot with the ASP behind closed doors, from the fans to the surfers and everyone in between. The writing may already be on the wall and the ASP's days of influence may, in fact, be numbered. I've heard rumors of a "rouge tour" for a couple years now. They are becoming louder.
    So, what does everyone think in regard to the survivability of pro surfing if the current, industry-lead ASP organization ceased to exist?

    zaGaffer: Heats on demand, my man. I don't usually watch more than an hour or so of any day of live competition, depending on the time zone of the comp, day of the week and my work load (which has been smothering me since I got back from PR--price you have to pay). For instance, the Quik Pro France is coming up in a week or so. You can go to the comp's site from last year and watch every single heat in it's entirety.

    erock, Even if the ASP disappeared wouldn't there just be another organization with a different name that was still supported by the sponsors? Without sponsors nobody even knows who these guys are unless you've known them your whole life. Sponsors have to be involved with the amount of money at stake. Even big sports orgs. like the NFL/MLB are still not really that independent and run by sponsors, they just happen to be huge national TV stations who pay money to make more money. my question is, is it possible without sponsors?