Rabbit Bartholomew on the parallels between the Tour's past and present
Rabbit Bartholomew is the only man I’ve ever seen cry while describing a wave he’d once surfed. Fair to say surfing means a bit to him. So when the former World Champion took the reins of the ASP in 1998 and found it moribund, and a poor reflection of what surfing was all about, he set about transforming it into what would become known as “The Dream Tour.”
Shea Lopez The author of SURFER’s Top 32 Review, Shea Lopez spent 11 years competing on the World Tour and now reigns as our resident expert on the pro surfosphere. Well, it happened again, and it becomes more difficult to digest every time: At the ISA World Games recently completed in Panama, Team USA finished
The ASP needs to hire professionals, not their friends.
The day after Kelly won his ninth world title I picked up my Saturday morning Los Angeles Times—a paper that might be considered a barometer of how the media in the most populous surf city in the world views surfing—and there in the sports section, buried on Page D6 was a quarter-page story by Pete Thomas with a small picture. “Kelly Slater Wins Ninth Surfing Championship.” The Times devotes as much space to a bass fisherman winning a local angling event.