Is the surf industry doomed or are their just too many “influencers” battling actual talented surfers for space on companies marketing budgets these days? It seems many top tier surfers can’t get or hold a sticker on their nose. The one and only Damien Fahrenfort aka Doomas Rumors who makes money making decisions for Jordy Smith and was once a sponsored surfer himself is diving into the pit and giving his thoughts on the subject of surf sponsorship in 2019.

Sample:

It’s 2019 and the middle class has been ripped out of the surf industry. Adriano de Souza has 14 sponsors and only makes $90k per year, and Dane Reynolds has been forced out of retirement and into the garment game. He’s got three hungry mouths to feed and one of them doesn’t want to be fed. The one with no appetite is Ando, of course – the only unsponsored man I’d hire if I was brand right now.

Sure Craig sucks to deal with and he cares more about his Instagram’s aesthetic than your bottom line, but isn’t that the very reason surfers used to be cool? They had edge, man!

But Craig is the exception, not the rule.

The rest of you budding pros that want more money or a logo on your board can go and get fucked.

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Click to STAB for The Art of Navigating a Sponsor in 2019

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