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CONFLICTS of INTEREST

Watching the Billabong Pro Tahiti webcast brings to mind some obvious surf industry conflicts of interest.  Other sport leagues believe that conflicts of interest delegitimize professional sport.  Therefore, they go to lengths to avoid them.  But the ASP?
Bitch, pleeeeease!
Let's consider three examples:

1) Wildcards: Think about this one for a second.  How fuckin' absurd is it [...]

Don’t Blame the Brands

Here’s the conspiracy theory:  American surf media produces banal catalogs because of the brands.  Those greedy bastards only care about selling more threads to the masses, which means surfing must be packaged in a sunny, positive, healthy wrapper for the conservative hoards.  The brands control the media, because without the advertising dollars of the major [...]

CORPORATE RAGE

Lots of stories in the news lately about the groundswell of public anger in the wake of AIG's use of bailout funds to pay out $165 million in bonuses.
It got me thinking about the disconnect between upper management and the little guy as we struggle through this economic crisis.
In the recent Surfline article "Tavarua Time" [...]

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