3 of the Most Frustrating Things on the World Tour

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Nothing’s perfect, we get that. But nothing’s more frustrating in the world of surfing than some basic mistakes, in my opinion, they keep on making over and over and over. Not that we’re going to lose any sleep over it, but geesh!

1. South Africa’s abbreviation as ZAF
What the heck? When USA’s abbreviation is USA, Australia’s abbreviation is AUS and Hawaii’s is HAW, why can’t South Africa’s simply be SA? Whenever we see Jordy Smith or Travis Logie with the abbreviation ZAF next to their name, it’s a little frustrating. What’s the “Z” even stand for? Zimbabwe?

2. The way some folks pronounce Gabriel Medina's name
Listen, folks, it’s Gabriel Medina NOT Gabrielle Medina. The Australian commentators are always calling Gabriel Gabrielle. It’s an easy fix, right? Wrong. They do it time and again. From Rosie Hodge to Ronnie Blakey and to other Australian surfers, the most recent being Taj who called him, yep, Gabrielle. It’s a long A, not a short A. I always think of Laird Hamilton’s wife when they say this. It’s Gabe as in Gabriel. Not Gab as in Gabrielle. Fix it!

3. Hawaii as its own Country
It's not that big of a deal, but the last I checked Hawaii was part of the USA. It’s been for a long time, too. But in pro surfing it appears to be its own country. It’s this separation of state that leaves the US feeling less of a man in the world of pro surfing. After all, most of the Hawaiians on tour have blond hair. And no one has a Hawaiian last name. John John should represent USA. Seabass should represent USA. Even Freddy P should. If they simply referred to Hawaii as a state, and put it in there with the USA, the USA would have one of the strongest groups on the world tour. But yet they still separate them and it’s a little frustrating … not that I'm going to lose any sleep over it or anything.—-Skip Snead


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Nothing’s perfect, we get that. But nothing’s more frustrating in the world of surfing than some basic mistakes, in my opinion, they keep on making over and over and over. Not that we’re going to lose any sleep over it, but geesh!

1. South Africa’s abbreviation as ZAF
What the heck? When USA’s abbreviation is USA, Australia’s abbreviation is AUS and Hawaii’s is HAW, why can’t South Africa’s simply be SA? Whenever we see Jordy Smith or Travis Logie with the abbreviation ZAF next to their name, it’s a little frustrating. What’s the “Z” even stand for? Zimbabwe?

2. The way some folks pronounce Gabriel Medina's name
Listen, folks, it’s Gabriel Medina NOT Gabrielle Medina. The Australian commentators are always calling Gabriel Gabrielle. It’s an easy fix, right? Wrong. They do it time and again. From Rosie Hodge to Ronnie Blakey and to other Australian surfers, the most recent being Taj who called him, yep, Gabrielle. It’s a long A, not a short A. I always think of Laird Hamilton’s wife when they say this. It’s Gabe as in Gabriel. Not Gab as in Gabrielle. Fix it!

3. Hawaii as its own Country
It's not that big of a deal, but the last I checked Hawaii was part of the USA. It’s been for a long time, too. But in pro surfing it appears to be its own country. It’s this separation of state that leaves the US feeling less of a man in the world of pro surfing. After all, most of the Hawaiians on tour have blond hair. And no one has a Hawaiian last name. John John should represent USA. Seabass should represent USA. Even Freddy P should. If they simply referred to Hawaii as a state, and put it in there with the USA, the USA would have one of the strongest groups on the world tour. But yet they still separate them and it’s a little frustrating … not that I'm going to lose any sleep over it or anything.—-Skip Snead

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