The first ever professionally sanctioned surfing competition take place in a man made wave pool is well under way and are you as confused as I am?
Sure, I'm curious and will probably tune in for a bit longer to watch the pros have at it on mechanical lefts and rights. But does the competition format have you scratching your head like a monkey who's misplaced his banana?
Yes Bobby, I is also confused!
It's clearly different to what we're used to when it comes to the World Surf League's competition format, which features four rounds plus the quarterfinals and semifinals that eventually leads to a two man final to decide the winner.
Instead, the Surf Ranch Pro (held in Lenmoore, USA) takes all 54 competitors (36 men, 18 women) and gives them two waves a day to surf (one left, one right) for the first few days of the event.
On the dawn of the third day, competitors will then advance based on their top two scores.
Surfers with low scoring totals will surf first, while those with high scoring totals will go last. This is intended to give surfers who've performed consistently well throughout the event a chance to defend their position.
By the end of day three, every surfer will have their top waves from the six they've surfed throughout the competition totaled. The top eight men and the top four women will then go onto the finals.
When day four rolls around, surfers will get another six waves. Afterwards, their best scoring left and right will again count towards their two-wave total.
Only after each surfer has surfed their six waves will the winners will be decided and a champion of the Lenmoore Snooze Fest, I mean, the Surf Ranch Pro, be crowned.
Who will be crowned the unequivocal ruler of this turbocharged kiddy pool?
It took me a while to work this out, but I hope it's been explained well enough that it's easy to understand. My only miff, and its a big one, is that the World Surf League's Surf Ranch Pro doesn't include any man to man heats.
If you watch enough professional surfing (or any sport for that matter) you'll know that man on man heats are a recipe for drama and action.
I reckon choosing to exclude them from this format is a big missed opportunity.
But that's just me...
What are your thoughts on the Surf Ranch Pro? Does it also seem a little too manufactured to be exciting? I think the surfing is good but man, one can only watch so many safety snaps before it gets a bit repetitive, no?