Luke Davis | The Weekend Warrior

Why Jeremy Flores Should Be Banned From the 2014 ASP World Tour

With multiple sources, including Stab Magazine & Surf Europe, reporting that Jeremy Flores started a verbal and physical altercation with ASP judges after his close heat loss at Jeffery's Bay; it is only a waiting game until the ASP hands down some form of punishment. A decision which is being discussed and contemplated as we speak.

This is a serious offense and the punishment could range from a monetary fine to a suspension for the ASP World Tour. From the information that has been posted online since this ordeal, I personally think Jeremy Flores should be suspended from the ASP World Tour as it is clear he cannot control his emotions and acts violent when things don't go his way. Either that, or the ASP needs to increase the security presence in the judges booth.

It's one thing to ask to have a objective conversation with head judge Richie Porta to discuss the heat, but totally different to begin shouting and get physical with the judges. In the end, it is their responsibility to score each heat fairly and they are bound to make some people upset from time to time. But there is no place for physical or verbal abuse directed towards the judges on the ASP World Tour. Stay tuned for updates on this situation and how the ASP reacts.

Above the Wedge | Newport Beach, CA

Surfing Lineup | 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing

With less than two weeks until the official start of the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing, construction on the beach is starting to take shape while the surf lineup has been made official. Among this year’s competitors are Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith, Julian Wilson and other standout surfers from the World Championship Tour. In addition, exciting non WCT tour surfers such as Tanner Gudauskas and Dane Reynolds will take to the water to entertain the crowd and give it their all to win the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing. This mix creates a lot of tension, excitement and the opportunity for major upsets which is why so many viewers tune in to watch the action. 

In addition, the Vans 2014 US Open of Surfing will be home to the ASP Pro Juniors for men’s and women’s, which will showcase some of the best up and coming surfing stars. Did I mention that the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational is back by popular demand? I personally like this part of the event because it showcases longboarders who embody the expressive style and creativity of longboarding, something that includes a lot of noseriding, pier shooting, and impressive maneuvers. 

I am happy to see that Vans and IMG have come together to bring surfing back to the forefront of the US Open of Surfing after last year’s riots broke out after the events concluded, and left the city of Huntington Beach with a major PR crisis. At the end of the day, this is a surfing event and that is what is most important. When the event gets away from it’s roots, it looses its appeal and can border on being disrespectful to the sport of surfing. So here’s to Vans and IMG for making the right call about getting back to the roots of the US Open of Surfing as a surf contest. Cheers!

Paddle Out Honored Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson

Today more than 5,000 individuals showed up to in Newport Beach to honor Ben Carlson, the Newport Beach Lifeguard who drowned while making a rescue last week. This was one of the biggest turnouts I have ever seen for a honorary paddle out and it was evident that the Newport Beach community has rallied around the lifeguards who patrol the beaches each and every day during such a tough time. 

A paddle out like the one that took place this morning is a longstanding tradition to honor watermen who have passed away. Ben Carlson was no different; he was a big wave surfer, lifeguarding veteran and all around waterman. 

On sunday night, as I am writing this post, a memorial service is also being held in Ben Carlson's honor. It is evident that he had a major impact during his time as a Newport Beach lifeguard and will be greatly missed. 

Pictures from Instagram: #BenWouldGo

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