And that the kind of exclusivity the WSL holds over its athletes makes sense for the World Championship Tour, but for the BWWT that runs two or three events in a given year with a fraction of the prize money, the same logic doesn’t apply.
The WSL wasn’t wrong to flex on this one, and hold an ultimatum over BWWT athletes heads. It makes sense. They’re trying to professionalize big wave surfing.
A number of the athletes that compete in the BWWT aren’t sponsored, and to hold opportunities to compete for more prize money and gain more exposure against them creates a damned-if-you-do damned-if-you-don’t scenario.
Read more here: The Inertia