The topic of migration from the World Surf League broadcasts to Facebook is on the table....
And, apparently, it will not slow down. From this event - the Corona Open J-Bay - the main competitions of WSL become available strictly on the social network Facebook.
Well, yesterday, on the first day of the event, the surf fans went into shock, the list of complaints spread worldwide, and surfers were very angry with WSL. It is true that the World Surf League, despite being the entity that governs professional surfing, is still a company that, like all others, is privately owned, it is understood, aims the profit and financial sanity.
"I get it social media is the new normal. But social media is an invasion on our daily lives. An addiction of dopamine hits for likes from Facebook and Instagram is a global epidemic. Yes, it’s a great place for the latest viral video, sound bites of the news and a forum to rage but to watch surfing? I don’t think so. Maybe I’m over-cooking the whole thing. It’s a free service. So what if my data is mined? Privacy in the digital age is more and more harder to find. But the WSL’s decision to take $30million from Facebook in return for exclusive streaming rights for the next two years makes me feel like our fun little past-time has fallen into the hands of the Devil." Alex Workman / Tracks Mag