- 19 August 2013 | Surfing
Anonymous surf street artist Bert has returned to Orange County with a street art installation that depicts ASP executives turning a blind eye to the recent clash between Jamie O'Brien and Ricardo de Santos, in Teahupoo.
During a heated paddle battle at the dying seconds of a Billabong Pro Tahiti Trials heat, O'Brien and Dos Santos became entangled on the same wave. The Hawaiian punched the Brazilian in the face.
Both surfers were eliminated and a viral discourse between the two surfers and the entire surf industry followed online. Now, Bert tells his side of the story at the highly visible corner of W. Balboa and 26th Street, in Newport Beach.
"The ASP has yet to publicize acknowledgment of the drama between O'Brien and Dos Santos and has decided to turn a blind eye to avoid any controversy. Michael Lynch (ASP Chief Marketing Officer) hears no evil, Paul Speaker (ASP CEO) speaks no evil and Kieren Perrow (ASP Interim Commissioner) hears no evil", explains street artist Bert.
Bert, short for Bertlemann, brings surfing to the streets through art and has been using the ASP World Championship Tour, and other surf related trends, as inspiration for these visual urban commentaries.
Bert's work was first introduced during the US Open, where Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson was depicted wearing a robe, with coffee and newspaper in hand.