Joel Tudor had this to say via his Instagram about the ASP hosting a longboard event in Atlantic City in coming September.
"Hey ASP DO NOT HOLD your logging event in Atlantic City... this is the risk you are taking by holding contest at **** surf spots- if you thought Huntington was bad- just wait till you take your event to AC!"
The thread went on for about 170 comments where Joel went on and on... most of NJ was laughing at him meanwhile the power teet cali style suckers were sucking hard as usual..
Ok, Joel, just like any other surfer out there, is allowed to have his opinion of waves, people, etc etc. The thing I don't understand is what motivates someone like him, of his stature, to go out of his way to post to the internet- claiming AC as the worst spot in NJ... Obviously anyone who surfs here got a good laugh at that comment and will probably thank Joel for doing his part in keeping our line ups thin... however... something about this doesn't sit right with me as a pseudo fan of Joel's for years...
Isn't Joel supposed to be a working class surfer... Just a regular guy who got lucky with surfing so he didn't have to 'pound nails with his brother'? If thats so then why would he see a town on its knees- trying to find ways to stay relevant and afloat- and kick it to the ground? If Joel is supposed to be "the voice" of longboarding and of the american surfing 'counter culture' then what the hell is the point of singling out a small surf scene in a state that has been getting more coverage than California the past year for no other reason than to take a shlt on it?
If it was some flashy aerialist punter kid who said AC sucks... pretty sure it wouldn't even register... but for Joel Tudor... a guy who has built his brand and his image off of being a "working class surfer" to go out of his way to take a **** on a troubled ACTUAL working class town... makes me scratch my head. In my opinion, The East Coast IS working class surfing!! It aint bay watch over here lol... if you pull up to a popular spot in AC in the winter when its firing you will see mostly 10 year old + cars/SUV's blasted in local stickers... guys who took their work boots off to pull on a 5/4/3...
I guess the point I am trying to make here is that here is a guy- who through out his movies and parts of movies and shorts etc blabs on and on about who he knows, and who inspired him, making sure you know his family -was- working class, that San Diego is a "working class town" and that Joel is just another regular guy who surfs really well... but thats not really true is it. After years of hearing about his character, being told stories about his GIANT inflated ego, then actually watching him rip apart my home town for no reason, which is suffering HARD at the moment as it is already.... Joel Tudor and his wanna be working class apologizers can nose ride off a cliff. Stay in California inside the scene you exploited to make a handsome living off of- the beast coast is tired of your ****.
At the end of the day its all about the Cheddar... and I will never buy another item with his name on it or that was endorsed by him.
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Aug 23, 2014, 12:13 PM #1
"Atlantic City is the worst spot to surf in NJ"- Joel Tudor
Aug 23, 2014, 12:18 PM #2
Bro you make lots of valid points. That said, the VB cats would KILL to have such pub be spread by notable personalities about their breaks. I bet CB/WB too.
Aug 23, 2014, 12:44 PM #3Member
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its kinda a sht hole also. longboarding events are like the shortboard events of decades ago. first prize is like $5,000 on a good day i think. the fact is nobody really cares and you shouldn't either
Aug 23, 2014, 12:47 PM #4
solid input, bro.
Aug 23, 2014, 12:48 PM #5
Aug 23, 2014, 01:01 PM #6
Well, look at the positive side of his remarks: people won't go there. More waves for locals.
Besides, Tudor has long been known as a near-total douche canoe. His unprovoked diatribe is par for the douche-canoe course.
Aug 23, 2014, 01:01 PM #7
Aug 23, 2014, 01:18 PM #8
Tudors a pretty heavily opinionated fellow, and has strong ties to the days of old. I always hear the "entitlement" in his voice. I think he started the jujitsu stuff just to match his verbal assault. Listen to most of his interviews, he starts a lot of his lines with "I dont care who you are or what you think."
Aug 23, 2014, 01:18 PM #9Senior Member
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don't know tudor or gaf bout him but can't help but think he got it right cause those who would
run and win a surfing contest here are likely poor reflections of the vibrant surf community here.
Aug 23, 2014, 01:27 PM #10
I think Joel is wrong on both counts; the waves and the city... We hold multi-million dollar poker tournaments, huge triathlons, giant concerts, and about 32 million annual visitors (it grew from 27 million in 2009).. so theres no doubting the infrastructure of AC... *ON THE STRIP & IN THE MARINA* its nothing but hotel rooms, restaurants, clubs and bars. Last time an ASP event was held on the east coast they did it during our swell season in NYC and it was great!!! So if planned well, I do believe a contest could be held in AC and probably be a fun stop every year.
This post was not intended to be me sticking up for AC as a surf tourism destination even though the city could clearly host a large scale event- I don't really care if this particular contest goes down or not. what I do care about someone who I look up to- who many people look up to and listen to- someone who is influential in this industry- just being ANOTHER opportunistic talking head coming out of the woodwork to stick a fork in Atlantic City. The negativity is getting old!
Last edited by wavesliderac; Aug 23, 2014 at 01:33 PM.