So, I'm a pretty avid fan of the WSL. Love the surfing, Mick's my guy, respect the Brazzos all-or-nothing paddles, the new crop of young guns is great & the entire WSL tour has improved exponentially in format & execution & technology (dig the reports from Strider and Pete Mel in the water) since, oh, maybe the NY competition. The problem for the viewer is.....there's no sound of the sport. It's all announcers, announcers, announcers. Don't get me wrong, the talking heads are really good, really professional. But wtf, is there ANY other sport where you never hear anything from the area of competition? No! And the result is, surfing becomes boring to the viewer. Tennis: racket hitting ball, players making noise, grunting/screaming/bellowing of competitors, crowd noise, umpire rulings & barking enforcements. Baseball: bat on ball, crowd noise, umpires bellowing, directional mics picking up player & umpire convos. Football: crowd noise, players smashing one another, players screaming at one another, sounds of efforts & struggle. Basketball: player chatter on court, cursing (NBA), crowd noise, coaches screaming invectives at players. Soccer: crowd noise, sometimes player chatter on field, player huddles frenzy noise. Lacrosse: crowd noise, players hitting one another, sideline player/coach chatter. Hockey: puck on stick noise, crowds going crazy, coaches barking at referees & at players, players chirping at one another on the ice. Boxing & MMA: man, you are feeling like you are in the ring with those fighters. Surfing: silence. Except for announcers. Surfing, what it should be: the competitors as they pull out all the stops to get into waves; the wipeouts, the waves deafening crashing & deadly; jet skis revving hard on their missions to extract the competitors in hazardous conditions; competitors barking at one another while waiting on sets; fans / crowd noise; the guys on the boats as they position for recoveries & other stuff; the waves(!) crashing & smashing, the brute force of the ocean; the sprint to priority by the competitors; the ipod headphone music the surfer is listening to as they get jazzed for their heat. There's so much, so easily, that should be done to make the sport so much more watchable. And now the complaints about Turpel & others from the trolls. Butt seriously, our sport is weirdly, oddly, bizarrely.....silent....to the viewer.