While the petition has over 210,000 signatures, the Olympics moved forward with scaled-down plans and testing that busted up the reef.
But Paris 2024 is adamant that Teahupo’o is the only option for the surf comp and Australian Koby Abberton, former pro surfer and member of the Bra Boys surf gang, thinks surfers need to take action. And he lured Kelly Slater into the discussion.
Abberton posted the statement above last week.
He captioned it:
“ATTENTION ALL OLYMPIC SURFERS!”
The post, which we recommended reading in full above, calls for Olympic surfers to “represent who and what surfers are to the world’s media today.”
“We have morals and codes,” it says and mentions the protest held at Teahupo’o and the reef destruction.
“The government and Olympic committees are not listening.
“It’s time for all of you competing to speak up on this. Show us the power of your generation. Not the quiet greedy little kids I’m seeing today! You seem to only care where the next pay cheque comes from. It’s time to speak up or boycott the Olympics!”
“We want you to Threaten to Boycott the contest until the drilling & destruction of the reefs stop.”
Hawaii pro surfer Kekoa Cazimero was the first to comment, writing “We are with you.”
Abberton quickly pulled Slater into the conversation and commented:
“You watch @kellyslater have to speak up again because surfers today are dead silent. Mark my words.”
A flood of comments followed and Slater responded to one:
“I’m owned by the Olympics which I’m not in and do nothing with? Interesting take. No wave pool is part of the Olympics.”
Finally, Abberton calls on Slater and Laird Hamilton to “speak up.”
Pro surfer Kirra Pinkerton was also in the conversation and wasn’t afraid to share her opinion, writing:
“No surfer would agree with what’s happening. And so no one should surf this event until this is stopped.”
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