Last week, when the surf at Cloudbreak got big, heavy, and perfect, the ASP decided not to run the Volcom Fiji Pro. Instead, a bunch of semi-pro big wave charges stole the show and compiled a live highlight reel.
In fact, of all the World Tour surfers on hand, only eight actually paddled out including guys like Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning. As a result, fellow surfers and arm chair critics questioned the meddle of the WT guys who decided to stay behind and watch the bombs unfurl on TV.
One of those critics is big wave surfer (and Chanel model) Danny Fuller who gives the logic that the WT guys make all the money, and so should therefore surf all the waves. In an article at Stab Magazine, Fuller says the lack of WT paddling in to giant Cloudbreak really said something about the type of surfers they are (i.e.; pussy surfers).
To be fair, big wave surfing is a whole different game where a ten foot board is the norm. Kelly Slater brought a bunch of 5’10″s with him. So to surf these monsters, the WT surfers would have to borrow unfamiliar boards and surf waves they don’t normally train for in conditions that could kill them.
Not pussy surfers Danny Fuller, just smart surfers.