You didn't have to be Nostradamus to see this coming.
For those of you had bets going as to when this would happen:
Surfline fired me on Friday due to last week's "Corporate Rage" post.
If any of you want a refresher course on "How the Surf Industry Works," this incident should serve as a convenient example. Nothing we didn't already know... but a nice succinct study nonetheless.
For those of you who haven't read the post, please go back and take a look. It's pretty mild, innocuous stuff compared to many of the things Surfline has paid me to write about pro surfers over the last few years. Difference is, this time I expressed an opinion about Surfline and the CEO of Billabong, instead of an under-sponsored Brazilian.
So the word came down from the higher-ups at Surfline that my signed contract for 2009 was no longer being honored. They specifically cited two incidents that led to my termination.
1) My Transworld post, in which I mocked one of their competitors for catering to advertisers, but in fairness noted "I get paid to write for Surfline, a website that also licks advertisers’ balls, part of the machine."
2) The "Corporate Rage" post, in which I mused that in light of recent incidents like the AIG scandal, "perhaps this is the wrong time for any CEO to publicize 100 Tavarua tubes."
I'm posting news of my termination simply to let readers know that they should not expect to find my writing (or my Power Rankings) on Surfline anymore.
I also want to clear up one point: Many people will falsely surmise that Billabong and/or their CEO put pressure on Surfline, and this led to me being fired. Surfline made it clear to me that this is not the case. In fact, they claimed that no advertisers have contacted them with anything except positive feedback about PostSurf.
So... As to any lingering questions concerning whether Surfline licks advertisers' balls or not -- I think we've pretty much cleared that one up.