I went to the Surfer Poll awards last night with a small camera and took pictures of things that I found interesting. Fairly obvious disclaimer: I am not a photographer.
For those who don’t know, the Surfer Poll is a popularity contest. Surfer’s readers vote on which surfers they like the most. It’s like the back section of a high school yearbook, but with more money involved. Of course, the most interesting thing that happened was something I didn’t get a picture of. It involved Sam George and Eddie Rothman.
I grew up reading George in Surfer, and last night, he won an award for his film about Eddie Aikau, the legendary waterman. Before he received his award, I was walking behind him in the hallway, and he was stopped by Eddie Rothman. Rothman was really mad. He kept asking George to come outside with him. George declined so Rothman got so mad he spit on George. The security guards watched and looked awkward. I felt scared and upset even though it had nothing to do with me. Why would anyone spit on another human being? Why was security allowing this to happen? George walked away, looking hurt. Most people looked the other way, embarrassed and scared. Later on, after receiving his award, George had the best quote of the night, which may have had something to do with Rothman’s saliva: ”Being able to surf here is a privilege, not a right.”