Some people are naughty. They jump on a story without the facts and go ahead and publish. The Guardian newspaper had a cracker yesterday with their online story on Garrett’s mahoosive wave in Portugal. Where the original version was basically a cut and paste from 2011 and it really did surprise us to read that G-Mac was towing with Cotty (one of his regular tow partners) when Cotty was actually in Spain at the Punta Arenas big wave comp. A quick DM chat on Twitter confirmed he’d been surfing 15ft Spanish olas not 150ft ones in Portugal. So they just made it up basically.
They also ran a pic and video from the record breaking 2011 session.
To be a confused mainstream journo is one thing. To outright lie is another. A certain Interweb Facebook page has taken things one further.
They posted the footage from the 2011 session dated as this Monday 28 Jan 2013 straight to FB’s video hosting service.
And the Internet masses swallowed it whole. Even though the photos clearly show the water colour to be brown this week not blue like in the vid. On the plus side they have a bazillion likes, shares and comments for their hoax.
For proof check the videos below, one is this weeks and the bottom one the original 2011 North Canyon show that’s been ripped off and abused mightily on FB.
Just cos it’s on the Internet don’t make it true.
The actual wave from this Monday…
The original North Canyon show video that’s been ripped off from November 2011…
Here’s another clip we’ve just found.